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Baby Lobster Decline in Maine Worries Producers

April 23, 2014 10:01 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline. The downward trend has lobstermen, retailers, state officials and ocean scientists concerned that the impact could soon be felt on dinner tables nationwide.

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Report: Organic Companies Make Supply Chains Greener

April 23, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

According to the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s second annual Member Sustainability Progress Report, the organic food industry is taking significant strides to reduce its footprint in 11 areas throughout the entire supply chain. 

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Budget Cuts Could Decrease Food Safety in Vancouver

April 23, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The Public Service Alliance of Canda says Metro Vancouver became the only major metropolitan center in the country without food inspectors dedicated to consumer protection when the team was disbanded in January. Planned spending on the food safety program will drop by $35 million.

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Benchmark Against the Best

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

I believe it's possible that the best are hiding from you — and that's why it's important to find ways of getting to know your peers. Even the most minimal networking can yield the kind of feedback you'd never get internally or from a customer.

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Consumer Trends: Plain Vodka Takes the Cake

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

While the global spirits market continues to be saturated with flavored vodkas, a study of the 2013 distilled spirits sector by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States shows consumers still prefer the pure, unadulterated quality offered by unflavored vodkas.

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Sugar, Water Companies Settle Maui Water Dispute

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Native Hawaiian and environmental groups have settled a dispute with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar and Wailuku Water Co. over the diversion of water from four Maui streams. Sugar plantations have been irrigating their fields with water diverted from the streams for more than a century.

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McDonald’s CEO Doesn’t Flinch Under New Breakfast Pressure

April 23, 2014 10:12 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Without specifying names, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said the company hasn't seen any impact from the "most recent competitor" in the breakfast space. The comments came after Taco Bell's launch of its national breakfast menu late last month.

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Dr Pepper Snapple 1Q Profit Beats Expectations

April 23, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

Dr Pepper Snapple on Wednesday reported a higher first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations, as reduced costs offset weak sales growth. The company said lower costs for ingredients and productivity improvements helped boost operating profit.

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Mexico Food Labeling Rules May Cause High Sugar Intake

April 23, 2014 10:06 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar. The labels assume an average acceptable daily consumption of sugar is about 360 calories, equivalent to about 90 grams of sugar.

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Photos of the Day: 'Modern Family' Star Opens Beer Eatery

April 23, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City, Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.

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‘Modern Family’ Actor Ty Burrell Opens Beer Restaurant

April 23, 2014 9:50 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City, Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.

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Apocalypse Cow: The Bundy Cattle Standoff

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Videos | Comments

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is fighting the federal government over his right to graze cattle on public lands. Backed by dozens of armed supporters, Bundy is in a standoff with U.S. officials who say he must remove his herd from federally protected land.

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The Importance of Custom, Cost-Effective Food Safety Programs

April 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Shepard, CEO, Shepard Bros. | Articles | Comments

As our food supply has become increasingly global in nature, the challenges to food safety also have become more complex. Companies must have a strong, well-defined food safety program — including cost-effective cleaning and sanitation programs.

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Vertical Lift Module

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Shuttle XP 1000 Vertical Lift Module (VLM) features an overhead crane mounted on the unit for easy handling of heavy goods.

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Data Monitoring Software

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

SyncOperations software allows manufacturers to monitor and synchronize data from all equipment and processes in real time.

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Ergonomic Casters

April 23, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The TWERGO™ wheel (Multiple Wheel Ergonomic) is designed for a variety of industrial applications.

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Navajo Advocates Push for Junk Food Tax

April 22, 2014 12:55 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Navajo President Ben Shelly earlier this year vetoed measures to enact a 2 percent sales tax on tax on junk food like chips, cookies and sodas, and to eliminate the tax on fresh fruit and vegetables. This week, tribal lawmakers have a chance to resurrect the proposals.

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McDonald’s Profit Dented by Weak Sales

April 22, 2014 12:51 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 percent in the first quarter as guest counts fell. The company also saw customer counts decline last year as it struggled to manage an array of new menu items and fend off intensifying competition.

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Powdered Alcohols Lose Label Approvals

April 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But Bureau representative Tom Hogue said the approvals were issued in error.

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Oroville, Calif. Courts Sriracha Maker

April 22, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

As the controversy continues to heat up over the possible relocation of the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, Calif., Oroville Economic Alliance announced its ambition to have the Sriracha plant relocated to Oroville, Calif., near San Francisco.

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U.S. Investigates Mexican Sugar Exports for Unfair Prices

April 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations by the American Sugar Alliance and other industry groups that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than the country has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.

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