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Genetically Engineered Fruit Flies Could Save Crops

August 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Natural Environment Research Council, Oxitec Ltd. | News | Comments

The fruit fly is a serious agricultural pest which causes extensive damage to crops. It is currently controlled by a combination of insecticides and baited traps. Now, experts are releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild as a way to control pests. 

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Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

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Constellation Buys Casa Noble Tequila

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With stars like Justin Timberlake, P Diddy and George Clooney all launching their own brands, tequila sales are rising. Constellation Brands is closing a deal next month to buy Casa Noble tequila. Casa Noble tequilas include Casa Noble Crystal, Reposado and Añejo.

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Preventing Pests From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 13, 2014 11:35 am | by Rotex | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitos, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation. 

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VIDEO: Farm-to-Table Movement Reworked by Menuless Restaurants

August 13, 2014 9:56 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Instead of the typical American dinner where the protein takes center stage, chef Dan Barber asks consumers to make vegetables the main act. Barber says health is about what the landscape wants to provide and how our diets can be fashioned to support that.

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Kellogg to Require Suppliers to Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:30 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg Co., a Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer, is announcing new global sustainability commitments in two areas — responsible sourcing and natural resources. Under the plan, the company will require suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas outputs.

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Photos: OREO Surprises 50 of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 9:00 am | by OREO | News | Comments

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller. Because these small towns often go overlooked, many people probably don't know about the little things that make them so unique.

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US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

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Penn. Liquor Board Urged to Boost Markup on Wine, Liquor Prices

August 13, 2014 8:45 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

PLCB's finance director proposed that the markup be raised from 30 percent to 35 percent. The issue of the markup rate comes amid a high-profile legislative stalemate over the future of Pennsylvania's state-controlled liquor system.    

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Former Manager of Ga. Peanut Plant 'Scared' By Salmonella Test

August 13, 2014 8:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samuel Lightsey, former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella, said he was "scared to death" the first time he saw a positive lab test that had identified the deadly pathogen in the company's products.  

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Big Lots Adds More Big Name Brands to Food Lineup

August 13, 2014 8:20 am | by Big Lots, Inc. | News | Comments

Big Lots, a large American retailer, is revamping its food department selection with an eye toward value, consistency and convenience. A few of the brand names that the company is adding include: Kraft, Nutella, Smucker's and Pillsbury.   

Rethinking Business Processes to Boost Margins

August 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Brian Shannon, Principal Business Process Management Strategist, Dolphin Corp. | Articles | Comments

Companies across the spectrum of food manufacturing, whether it be a purveyor of customized ingredients for the food and beverage industry or a multi-national food company, have all found a recipe for success and profitability by optimizing their near-cash processes.

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Cart Mounted Lights

August 13, 2014 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof portable tank light with a manhole mount flange option uses a 400 watt metal halide lamp to produce 75,000 lumens of light capable of illuminating 20,000 sq. ft. of work area.

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Circular Vibratory Screener

August 13, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Round Vibratory Screener is suitable for scalping of bulk food products such as sugar, salt, flour or starch.

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Stonyfield Yogurt Expands Market to Babies

August 12, 2014 2:48 pm | by Stonyfield | News | Comments

Now, babies and toddlers can enjoy a variety of yogurts made by Stonyfield in packaging innovated by Happy Family, the first organic brand to offer a complete line of nutritious foods for kids of all ages, and presented by the two brands in one unique product.

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11 Questions to Ask a Contract Manufacturer Before Partnering

August 12, 2014 2:35 pm | by Craig Zoberis, founder and president of Fusion OEM | Articles | Comments

To bring your legacy product to market, you want to ensure you and the contract manufacturer are working together to find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions. The following questions act as your official guide to partnering with the right contract manufacturer.

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Consumer Trends: Older Populations Want a Bite of Convenience

August 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Convenient products are often targeted at the busiest and time-scarce consumers. However, manufacturers employing this strategy alone are missing a large proportion of potential customers. A new report shows that older consumers are looking for easy-to-eat foods.

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The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods and Quaker Oats

August 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two great-grandsons of the woman who once served as the face of Aunt Jemima filed a class action lawsuit against Quaker Oats and its parent company, PepsiCo, for exploiting Anna Short Harrington and not paying royalties to her estate.     

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PRODUCT VIDEO: Bottle Unscrambler

August 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by NJM Packaging | Product Releases | Comments

New UNISORT 32 bottle unscrambler is ideal for food processors and contract packers. With its advanced design, the product eases maintenance, improves ergonomics and speeds changeovers.

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10 Feared Dead in Denmark Listeria Outbreak

August 12, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A listeria outbreak that has killed 10 people is being linked to contaminated sausages as the possible cause. Danish officials have closed down the meat producer in Copenhagen and recalled all of its products. It is not yet clear whether any of the products were exported.

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