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Muffin Batter Depositors

September 5, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Stand-alone muffin batter depositing machines and industrial muffin systems are the most widely used depositors in the food industry. 

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Homogenizer

September 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The benefit of homogenization is well known throughout the food sector. It provides a much more stable product, with a better shelf life, and it also reduces the use of additives and helps manufacturers to optimize the composition of products.

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Consumer Trends: 91 Percent of Americans Eat Breakfast for Dinner

September 4, 2014 2:00 pm | by Krusteaz | News | Comments

A variety of factors contribute to the rising popularity of breakfast for dinner, with the main appeal being ease of preparation versus a traditional dinner meal. Today, 91 percent of Americans say they eat breakfast items for an evening meal. 

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Save More, Work Smart: Top 3 Tips for Manufacturers

September 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by David Schnitt | Articles | Comments

Purchase orders are typically issued by a manufacturer for specific goods and raw materials. They are a legal document that specifies pricing and quantities when ordering product. What’s happened, however, is that many manufacturers now issue POs for every transaction.

Lead, Cadmium Found in Some Chocolate Bought in Brazil

September 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The researchers tested 30 milk, dark and white chocolate products bought in Brazil. Most were Brazilian brands, some of which are also sold in the U.S. They found that dark chocolates had the highest amounts of lead and cadmium.     

USDA to Buy Up to $13M in Canned Pink Salmon

September 4, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has agreed to buy the canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen. Earlier this year, the agency purchased $20 million worth of canned salmon.                 

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Blue Bunny Ice Cream Plant Closes its Doors

September 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Daily Sentinel, Le Mars, Iowa | News | Comments

The maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, Wells Enterprises, said it would close its ice cream plant in St. George, Utah, and move production to its Le Mars facility. The Utah plant is expected to be closed by the end of 2014.           

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90 Layoffs in Archer Daniels Midland Sale

September 4, 2014 11:30 am | by Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The sale of Archer Daniels Midland's northeastern Pennsylvania plant forced the company to lay off 90 employees. Another 118 workers who make chocolate will transfer to the buyer, Cargill, which has yet to decide what will happen to the Hazleton plant.

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Fast-Food Protesters Cuffed at Higher-Pay Rallies

September 4, 2014 11:00 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Several protesters in New York and Detroit were handcuffed in their latest attempt to escalate fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. Since the protests began in late 2012, organizers have switched up their tactics every few months.

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Eliminating Noxious Plant Odors Through Incineration

September 4, 2014 10:25 am | by Scott Baldwin and Joe Bove, PE, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

In food processing facilities, both the product and the method of cooking can lead to strong, often unpleasant, odors. There are several ways to address and control industrial air pollution.             

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Do No-Calorie Sweeteners Help or Hinder Diet Choices?

September 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Dick Jones Communications | News | Comments

New research from Texas Christian University suggests that no-calorie sweeteners may lead to diet-sabotaging choices. The study measured cognition, snack choices and responses to sugary foods.                

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Legislators Discuss Relaxing Wine-Shipping Laws

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Legislators on the Alcohol Distribution and Shipping committee met in Pierre to discuss a proposed bill that would allow residents to buy up to 12 cases of wine per year directly from wineries, which is currently illegal in South Dakota and eight other states.

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Program Trains Refugees For Work on NY Dairy Farms

September 4, 2014 9:20 am | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's dairy industry, the third-largest in the nation, produced an estimated 740 million pounds of yogurt in 2013 — more than triple than in 2007— and farms struggle to fill jobs created by the new demand.           

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US Eating Habits Improve, Except Among Poor

September 4, 2014 9:00 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A 12-year study found the overall diet improvement was largely due to decreased intake of foods containing trans fats, but the disappointing results point to a need for policy changes including better nutrition education.      

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Penn. Liquor Board Reports Record Revenue

September 4, 2014 8:40 am | by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board | News | Comments

In a new report, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said the total for the year ending June 30 is $13 million, or about 2.5 percent, higher than the previous year's transfer.                      

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Infographic: How the World Wastes Food

September 4, 2014 8:20 am | by U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization | News | Comments

The researchers’ results reveal where in the food-supply chain farmers, engineers, and consumers might more effectively get edibles into mouths.                             

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VIDEO: What Coffee Does to the Brain

September 4, 2014 8:00 am | by AsapSCIENCE | Videos | Comments

It's easy to understand why coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, after oil. For many, it keeps us awake and moving through our busy days. But, how does it actually work?                 

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Bulk Container Dumper

September 4, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This bulk container dumper is designed specifically for processing applications handling non-free flowing, high bulk density materials. 

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Perforators

September 4, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Perforators are designed to enhance the shape and taste of finished products.           

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PepsiCo Unveils New Water-Modeling Tool

September 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by PepsiCo | News | Comments

PepsiCo announced the company's latest Water Report and unveiled Hydro-BID, a ground-breaking data management and modeling tool that estimates the availability of freshwater in water-scarce regions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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