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Rabobank: Dairy Giants Need More M&A to Compete

July 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

According to a new report released by Rabobank, global dairy giants, like Nestle and Danone, have been through challenging conditions in the past year and a half. In order to grow sales, dairy companies need to acquire or tie up with more companies.

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Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role for Manufacturers

July 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Changing demographics will continue to affect employers, including manufacturers. According to a Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation report, population shifts are being felt very much in the present and are having a direct impact on the slow world rebound.

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Study: Mold in Chobani Outbreak Poses Serious Threat

July 9, 2014 11:45 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

In August and September 2013, more than 200 consumers of contaminated Chobani Greek Yogurt became ill with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the contaminant and identified it as the mold Mucor circinelloides.

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'Right-to-Farm' Amendment Shields Against Anti-GMO, Animal Rights Groups

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of a proposed farming amendment to be added to the Missouri Constitution hope amending the constituion could provide a legal shield against efforts by animal welfare groups to restrict particular farming methods or by organic food advocates to prohibit GMOs.

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For Mfgs., No Time Like the Present for Exchange Server Hosting

July 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

Not all manufacturers can afford to set up and maintain their own Exchange Server. That’s why increasing numbers of manufacturing operations are making the switch to Exchange Server hosting. Hosted Exchange services typically include security, antivirus and anti-spam.

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US Job Openings Hit 7-Year High

July 9, 2014 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

According to the Labor Department, US employers posted 4.64 million jobs, a 3.8 percent increase from April's total of 4.46 million. Employers also added a net total of 288,000 jobs in June alone, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

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China's Food Costs Rise Almost 4 Percent in June

July 9, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's food costs rose 3.7 percent in June after surging 4.1 percent the month before on a rebound in prices for pork, a staple meat in China. However, the country's inflation rate remains below the 3.5 percent annual target set by the ruling Communist Party.

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PMMI Reveals Packaging Hall of Fame Commission

July 9, 2014 9:32 am | by PACK EXPO | News | Comments

PMMI declares the 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame Commission. PMMI has coordinated the Packaging Hall of Fame since 1971. The honor recognizes career packaging professionals and their contributions to both the industry and packaging education.

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Variety is the No. 1 Reason Drinkers Choose Craft Beer

July 9, 2014 9:22 am | by Tully & Holland Inc. | News | Comments

Within a relatively stagnant beer market, craft beer exhibited strong growth on a consistent basis. In 2013, retail sales grew an estimated 20 percent, from $11.9 billion to $14.3 billion, representing the industry’s 8th consecutive year of double-digit sales growth.

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Cornell Study: Alternating Pesticides Shoos Dairy Flies

July 9, 2014 8:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Flies on dairy farms can spread disease and an array of pathogens that cost farmers millions of dollars in losses each year. According to a Cornell University study, the best way to ensure flies don't become resistant to insectisides is to only use them when needed.

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Infographic: From Consumer Trends to New Product Innovation

July 9, 2014 8:08 am | by General Mills | News | Comments

The newest lineup of products from General Mills builds upon food innovation. Today, more than 50 percent of consumers are looking to add more protein to their diets, making high-protein foods among the most sought-after items in U.S. supermarkets. 

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Video: Colbert on Domino's Smart Slice Pizza for Schools

July 9, 2014 8:00 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert, host of the late-night comedy show "The Colbert Report," pokes fun at Domino's attempt to make nutritious food to fit Michelle Obama's school lunch rules. The pizza chain introduced a Smart Slice that has one third less fat, salt and cheese.

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Don't Bring Contaminants Along for the Ride

July 9, 2014 7:45 am | by Keith Schmitz, Writer, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

Though so much attention is focused on the cleanliness of tools, tables and processing equipment, airborne pathogens can't be ignored. Fortunately, the negative pressures created by large exhaust fans in these areas remove most of the bioaerosols. 

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Tubular Conveyor

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

This conveyor is for use in longer distances, over multiple levels or unique layout configurations that require numerous inlet and discharge points. 

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Pre-Poured Plates for Salmonella Detection

July 9, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

As evidenced by a number of recent outbreaks and food recalls, there remains a need for constant vigilance in testing for Salmonella in foodstuffs.

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Dynamic Dim Sum in the Land of Barbecue

July 8, 2014 2:59 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bo Lings, which opened in 1981 and began dim sum service in 1987, for years has drawn out-the-front door weekend lines for dim sum at its location in the former Kansas City Board of Trade building a couple blocks from Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. 

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IFT: Consumers Want Reduced Sugar, Salt in Food Products

July 8, 2014 2:50 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

More than 50 percent of consumers rated sodium and sugar reduction as an important food attribute, over calorie, carbohydrate and fat reduction. A recent discussion at the 2014 IFT annual meeting shows that US products are more likely to tout low-fat attributes instead.

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Allens Canned Vegetable Company Changes Name to Sager Creek

July 8, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sager Creek Vegetable Company | News | Comments

Allens announced its name change to Sager Creek Vegetable Company to reflect its new ownership. The Arkansas-based canned vegetable company said the product names will remain the same, including veg-all®, Allens Popeye Spinach® and Freshlike®.

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How 'ERP-Like' Solutions Can Drive Profitability

July 8, 2014 2:26 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Small manufacturers believe they can not afford ERP solutions nor spend the time to iron out the complexities. Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist to provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the hefty price.

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Equipment, Software Investments Expected to Grow in Q3

July 8, 2014 2:15 pm | by Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation | News | Comments

The Q3 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook report shows equipment and software investment to grow during the rest of the year after a weak start.  Materials handling equipment will show stronger growth over the next half year.

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