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Crisis Management Before the Crisis: Lessons For Food Companies Handling Combustible Dusts

February 13, 2015 9:15 am | by Kara L. McCall, Michelle Ramirez | Articles | Comments

There are several engineering, training, and safety measures that a company handling these types of combustible particles can take to prevent a fire or explosion, including identifying the combustible dusts in your facility, instituting proper housekeeping and ventilation to prevent dust release and build-up (and therefore preventing the formation of dust clouds), and eliminating and controlling ignition sources. 

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Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Port

February 13, 2015 8:52 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports. And U.S.-produced perishables, including meat and produce, are unable to be sent to Asian consumers.

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Global Frozen Food Market Value Will Reach $156.4B By 2020

February 13, 2015 8:25 am | by Persistence Market Research | News | Comments

Busy life schedule is influencing consumers to shift their dietary preferences towards ready-to-eat food products. Hence, frozen foods have become an important part of the modern diet. Freezing or refrigeration allows consumers to have access to foods which were either unavailable or available only during a particular season.

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General Mills Will Move Forward With Pillsbury Plant Closure

February 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills is pushing ahead with its planned closure of a southern Indiana Pillsbury plant and a neighboring business that together employ more than 400 workers under an agreement the company reached with the union that represents those workers, the union's president said Thursday.

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LED Light Fixture

February 13, 2015 7:55 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

This powerful LED light produces 2334 lumens, operates from 12 or 24 volts DC and is available in a variety of configurations to allow tailoring to the specific requirements of various applications.

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Electric Forming Machine

February 13, 2015 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The SRT-2600 Servo Rapid Throughput Electric Forming Machine proves that less is more. The machine uses no hydraulic oil, making for a more hygienic process.

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Most Loved Chocolate Brands Named By Analytics Company

February 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by NetBase | News | Comments

NetBase, a social media analytics company, measured the behaviors, emotions and opinions about some of the biggest chocolate brands on the market. The statistics show that Dove has consistently earned a top spot in the "Love" category.

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5 Ways High-Speed Doors Pay Off For Food Quality, Energy Savings

February 12, 2015 1:45 pm | by Michael Watkins, VP Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

No matter if food is frozen or fresh, keeping the operation cold throughout the product handling chain is important for maintaining quality and avoiding failures that threaten a company’s market reputation. Yet protecting product also requires making sure the plant wastes as little of the cold air it generates as possible.

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VIDEO: Learn How to Utilize Your Supplier For a Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 1:10 pm | by Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

Food Manufacturing's sister publication, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations magazine, had the chance to speak with Nino Granatiero, Vice President, Safety and Marketing for Grainger, about some of the top safety issues Grainger sees with its manufacturing customers.

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Anheuser-Busch vs. Craft Brewers: Ky. Beer Distribution Bill Advances

February 12, 2015 12:40 pm | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and is attempting to buy more. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen out of the market if the beverage giant were to control more of the state's distribution system, arguing it would have no incentive to market any products but its own.

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Smaller Brands Bring the Action in Spirits, Wine and Beer

February 12, 2015 12:10 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

Many of the categories and brands that dominate the industry are being challenged as smaller brands and categories are outpacing — and in some cases taking share from — the more well-established in the alcohol industry, according to Technomic's analysis of 2014 year-end results.

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McCloud Services’ Annual Pest Invasion to Take Place April 21

February 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by McCloud Services | News | Comments

Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety Seminar brings together individuals from the entire food supply chain of custody to learn industry best practices and network.

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VIDEO: Brisket Sees Sudden Spike in Popularity

February 12, 2015 11:30 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Whether it's on a sandwich or served with sides, brisket is a meat eater's bread and butter. Brisket used to be a cheaper alternative to top cuts like sirloin, but the tasty meat has seen a sudden spike in popularity and prices are now soaring.

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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 12, 2015 10:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.

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UK's Nutritional Research Funding Comes From Sugar

February 12, 2015 10:23 am | by British Medical Journal | News | Comments

Public health scientists and a government committee working on nutritional advice receive funding from the very companies whose products are widely held to be responsible for the obesity crisis, BMJ reports. The findings raise important questions about the potential for bias and conflict of interest among public health experts as the UK faces a growing obesity epidemic.

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Nestle Takes on Hershey's in Licorice Wars

February 12, 2015 9:45 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The Hershey Co. currently dominates the licorice market with a more than two-thirds share, mainly from Twizzlers. But according to NBC News, Nestle wants to take a bite out of the $300 million licorice market with its new SweeTARTS Soft & Chewy Ropes.

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Dyes Act as Probes to Aid Food Quality

February 12, 2015 9:10 am | by BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY | News | Comments

Researchers are investigating whether common food dyes could act as optical probes of the quality of edible goods. Testing the consistency of foods is important because consumers expect products to look and taste the same each time they buy them, and changes in physical consistency could also be indicators of bigger problems.

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Greater R&D Tax Credit Opportunities For Manufacturers

February 12, 2015 8:45 am | by Chris Bard and Chai Hoang, BDO USA | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies attempting to develop new or improved products, processes, or software are eligible for federal and state R&D tax credits. These credits can equal up to 15 percent or more of qualified spending costs, i.e., taxable wages, supply expenses, and a percentage of contract research expenses related to research. 

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Kellogg Reports Loss of $293M in 4Q

February 12, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $293 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Michigan-based company said it had a loss of 82 cents on a per-share basis.

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Maine Lawmaker Wants to Outlaw 'Cheater Pint Glasses' of Beer

February 12, 2015 8:00 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine's State Sen. John Patrick is pressing for a bill that would require each pint of beer sold in the state to be 16 ounces. He said some bars and restaurants that advertise draft beers as pints are actually serving 14-ounce glasses, causing drinkers to lose out on those last tasty sips.

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