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New Hampshire Drives Tourism with 100-Year-Old Diner

July 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

Every four years during New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, almost every White House wannabe makes a stop to this tiny diner tucked onto a side street of the state's largest city. The menu includes pancakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches and more.

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First Lady's Produce Garden Tours to Resume Mid-July

July 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tours of Michelle Obama's produce garden will begin operating again after the tours were grounded due to mandatory budget cuts last year. The first lady planted the garden in 2009 to help inform the public of her anti-childhood obesity initiative.

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Using Industrial Ultrasonic Cleaners in Your Facility

July 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Frank Pedeflous, Omegasonics | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers from the food, drug and automotive industries have discovered that industrial ultrasonic cleaning systems provide them with premium results over traditional cleaning methods. Here are five benefits industrial ultrasonic cleaners provide manufacturers.

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Trader Joe's Faces Suit for Improper Meat, Produce Origin Labeling

July 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Made in the USA Foundation | News | Comments

Made in USA Foundation Chairman Joel D. Joseph filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's for improper use of the "country of origin" labels on its meat and produce. Joseph helped draft and achieve the passage of the federal Country of Origin Labeling Act.  

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VIDEO: The Nutty Seed That's Driving Americans Crazy

July 2, 2014 8:22 am | by PBS FoodBuzz | Videos | Comments

Did you know the UN called 2013 the year of quinoa? What is it about this nutty seed that has so many people in a craze? Its origins can be traced back to South America, where it was cultivated and used by pre-columbian civilizations between 3000-5000 B.C.

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US Breweries Have More Than Doubled in 5 Years

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | by U.S. Census Bureau | News | Comments

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, employment in the breweries industry has climbed in the five-year span — rising to 26,077 employees in 2012, up by 3,825, from 22,252 in 2007. The number of US breweries has increased from 398 to 869 in five years.

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Infographic: The Chemistry of Chocolate

July 2, 2014 8:15 am | by Compound Interest | News | Comments

Why does chocolate satisfy the way it does? Andy Brunning, a high school chemistry teacher in the U.K., makes beautiful infographics about everyday chemistry on his blog, Compound Interest. Unsurprisingly, his most popular posts are about food and drinks.

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Organic Trade Group to Create Jobs with US, Korea Arrangement

July 2, 2014 8:15 am | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

An arrangement was welcomed by the Organic Trade Association between the U.S. and Korea. Estimates are that American exports of organic processed foods and beverages to Korea, valued at $35 million in 2013, will more than double over the next five years. 

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European Officials: Browned Food Can Increase Cancer Risk

July 2, 2014 8:00 am | by European Food Safety Authority | News | Comments

The European Food Safety Authority confirmed that acrylamide in food is a potential danger to consumers, as it can increase the risk of developing cancer. Acrylamide is a chemical compound that typically forms in starchy food products during high-temperature cooking.

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Pasta Fraud Results in $5M Cash Settlement Fund

July 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Kinsella Media | News | Comments

A settlement of two class actions has been reached with Dakota Growers, the maker of Dreamfields Pasta. The lawsuits claim the packaging for Dreamfields Pasta are misleading, therefore a $5,000,000 cash settlement fund will be established for consumers.

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Closed Loop Position Controllers

July 2, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This new generation closed loop position controller is for quarter turn actuators. Product provides proportion closed loop control for liquids, gases, or any application utilizing a quarter turn actuator, in such industries as food and beverage.

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3D Tool Pathing Solution

July 2, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new 3D tool pathing solution generates paths from sold 3D models as well as quickly performs 3D to 2D file conversions. 

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Are Manufacturers Stuck in the 20th Century?

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by James Jensen, VP of Products and Services, Perillon | Blogs | Comments

Technology continues to advance and companies performing compliance the same way year after year will quickly fall behind the competitive curve and will soon find themselves with noncompliant events impacting both operations and company brand image.

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Consumer Trends: Top Reasons Americans Support Biotechnology

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by United Soybean Board | News | Comments

According to a survey conducted by the United Soybean Board, 57 percent of consumers characterize the role of biotechnology in food production as positive or neutral. Among the positive opinions, reasons included improved nutrition and improved crop yields.

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World Cup: Patriotic Waffle House Won't Serve Belgian Waffles

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A day before the U.S. faces Belgium in the World Cup, the Waffle House, a Georgia-based restaurant, announced on its Twitter account that they, "...don't believe in Belgium waffles." When asked for its opinion on Belgian waffles, the company responded: "We dominate them."

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USDA: US Farmers Plant Record Soy Crop, Less Corn

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year marks a record for U.S. farmers planting soybeans, with millions of acres of land devoted to the crop. Among the states that planted record amounts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

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USDA:Safe Handling of Produce Cuts Illness Risk

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The USDA is reminding consumers to safe handle their produce and fresh-squeezed juice to prevent foodborne bacteria from multiplying. No matter where the fresh fruits and vegetables come from, it is important to follow these safety tips to prevent food poisoning. 

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Calif. Oyster Farm Fights High Court to Stay in Business

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by PAUL ELIAS | News | Comments

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is considering several options to keep the oyster farm operating after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider its appeal to stay open. Federal officials want to return the oysters to the waters of Drakes Estero in Northern California.

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Hormel Foods to Buy Muscle Milk for $450M

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam, will pay $450 million to buy CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said consumers are increasingly looking for portable, easy-to-eat products packed with protein.

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Snack Foods Raise the Bar with Nutritional Ingredients

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Marilyn Stieve, Business Development Manager - flax, Glanbia Nutritionals | Articles | Comments

In line with consumers’ pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, protein bars have exploded onto the mainstream nutrition scene. Manufacturers are now honing in on the potential that this offers, looking closely at the requirements of the mass market. 

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