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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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Case Sealer

February 12, 2015 7:45 am | by A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp | Product Releases | Comments

This case sealer ensures total case control while automatically feeding back-to-back cases, positively folding the inner flaps, and gently closing and sealing the large outer flaps at speeds to 50 cases/minute.

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Soybots: A Robotic Garden That Seeks Light to Grow Soybeans

February 12, 2015 4:40 am | by Purdue University | Videos | Comments

Purdue Univ. professors designed a robotic platform allowing indoor plants to search for light to sustain nourishment. Soybots were created by McMullen and Fabian Winkler, an associate professor of electronic and time-based art.

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3-D Printing Might Mean Big Changes For the Future of Food

February 11, 2015 2:45 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Perhaps one day you'll saunter into your kitchen, load ingredients in a combination printer/cooking machine and flip through scores of recipes before deciding what to print up for supper. You might find yourself eating foods you'd never currently consider, such as powdered crickets printed up as a palatable alternative meat.

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How Far is 'Too Far' When it Comes to School Nutrition Rules?

February 11, 2015 2:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Who doesn't love grandma's homemade double chocolate chip brownies? Sharing — and showing off — your family's recipes was always the highlight of my fundraising experiences. But not so fast: new government rules requiring healthier options at schools may mean saying goodbye to the days of bake sale fundraisers.

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