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FSMA 101: 'You Are What Your Records Say You Are'

May 6, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Over the past few years, the entire food industry has been invested in understanding the mandates of the FSMA and how it might affect their companies. With the proposed rules in progress and deadlines quickly approaching, there is no better time than right now to start thinking about how your business will work to implement the rules. 

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Securing the Supply of Sea Scallops For Today, Tomorrow

May 6, 2015 2:50 pm | by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | News | Comments

Good management has brought the $559 million U.S. sea scallop fishery back from the brink of collapse over the past 20 years. However, its current fishery management plan does not account for longer-term environmental change like ocean warming and acidification.

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Where Every Piece of Pez is Made

May 6, 2015 2:15 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

A Kim Kardashian-themed Pez dispenser? Vanessa Yurkevich takes a look at how the candy is made and its cult following. 

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Photo of the Day: McDonald's Unveils a Brilliant New Take-Out Bag

May 6, 2015 1:40 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

There's nothing worse than reaching into your takeout bag after a hard day at work, only to find your French fries have spilled everywhere and your burger is smashed on the bottom. Fortunately, McDonald's Hungary has come up with a solution: The BagTray.

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Scientists X-Ray Chocolate to Avoid the Dreaded Chocolate 'Bloom'

May 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Chocolate is one of the world's most popular foods, but when a whitish coating called a bloom appears on the confection's surface, it can make consumers think twice about eating it. 

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Fries at the Doorstep: Fast-Food Pushes Into Delivery

May 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.

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3 Key Issues to Ponder Before Going 'All In' On the Cloud

May 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Padman Ramankutty | News | Comments

There are three challenges IT organizations must consider and tackle in order to smoothly transition to a hybrid or all-cloud environment.

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US Gives Farmers Approval to Spray Crops From Drones

May 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smaller drones weighing a few pounds had already been approved for limited use to take pictures that help farmers identify unhealthy crops. The RMAX is the first time a drone big enough to carry a payload has been approved.

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Wendy's to Sell 640 Restaurants, Bakery Ops

May 6, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wendy's is planning to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants to franchisees and will also sell off its bakery operations. The hamburger chain also announced Wednesday that its first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations as sales improved in North America.

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slow

May 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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How to Give Online Customers What They Want

May 6, 2015 9:05 am | by Darrell Sterling, Regional Sales Manager, Johnstone Supply | Articles | Comments

Customers are spending less time on the phone and road and more time on their computers shopping for the best deal. How can you provide extra value and separate yourselves from your competitors if your customers are shopping strictly online?

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Multi-Piston Depositor

May 6, 2015 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The filling machine is ideal for integrating with Horizontal Vacuum Formers, Tray Sealing Lines and with automatic conveyors to accurately fill a wide range of pumpable products such as sauces, marinades, salsa, entree items like Macaroni and Cheese, gravy or virtually any other pumpable product with or without particulates.

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Turkey Farmer Hit By Bird Flu Sees Emotional, Financial Toll

May 6, 2015 8:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lifelong turkey farmer Greg Langmo knew as soon as the young flock that usually clustered around him like curious little puppies turned lethargic and stopped eating that his Minnesota farm had been struck by the bird flu that has shaken the poultry industry.

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Flex Lift Vertical Conveyor

May 6, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The vertical conveyor is perfect for use in high-speed applications where floor space is limited. Recent design enhancements and modifications have added even more features and benefits.

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The Battle For Consumer Trust

May 5, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

In this digital world full of bloggers and self-proclaimed experts, it's almost impossible for consumers to see through all that misinformation. So how can supermarkets help?

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Research Aims to Maximize Blueberry Harvest

May 5, 2015 2:35 pm | by University of Georgia | News | Comments

Getting more blueberries from the field to the grocery store, without hurting their quality, is the focus of a new nationwide research project led by a faculty member in the University of Georgia College of Engineering.

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The Next Decade Will Make or Break Food Industry Companies

May 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Technomic, Inc. | News | Comments

Today's major foodservice and retail food brands, along with their suppliers, face increasing challenges in recognizing and responding to ever-more-diverse consumers and their rapidly changing expectations. At the same time, companies must remake their businesses to leverage emerging channels and technology platforms.

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Kellogg First-Quarter Earnings Fall 44 Percent

May 5, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $227 million, down 44 percent from last year amid sales declines and the effect of the strong dollar.

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Panera CEO on Push to Banish Artificial Ingredients

May 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

By the end of the next year, the chain says the dozens of ingredients on its "No No List" will be banished from its menu. Some of the ingredients are already gone, while others are in the process of being expunged.

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USDA Report: Labeling Costs Producers Without Benefits to Consumers

May 5, 2015 11:50 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers. The COOL mandate requires meat producers to label where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

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Lean and Green: Not Just For Your Diet Anymore

May 5, 2015 11:15 am | by Travis Mai, eCommerce Sales and Training Manager, CURT Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

One of the primary objectives of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste. Since reducing waste is also an objective of going green, the two programs reinforce each other. Here are a few ways going lean can help you go green at the same time. 

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