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Strategic Planning for Food Manufacturers Is More Crucial Than Ever

April 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar | Articles | Comments

As food manufacturers face stronger regulation and fierce competition, many recognize the need for establishing a strategic plan. This months-long process entails looking at where you are and where you want to go, and creating a roadmap to get you there.

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High-Temperature Lubricant

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Klüberfood NH1 CH 2-220 oil is designed for lubricating high-temperature chains in baking and beverage can manufacturing applications.

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Rotary Screw Compressor

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s ASD rotary screw compressors series units are available in 25, 30, and 40 hp with flows from 106-194 cfm and pressures to 217 psig.

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PID Controllers

April 1, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The PXU series of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers enables tighter, more reliable control over a wide range of processes, including temperature, flow and pressure, from a single model.

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International Partnership Aims to Boost Wheat Yields by 50 Percent

March 31, 2014 12:51 pm | News | Comments

The new International Wheat Yield Partnership seeks to increase wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034. The partnership brings together research funders, international aid agencies, foundations, companies and major wheat research organizations.

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Brewers Boil over Proposed FDA Rule on Leftover Grains

March 31, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The FDA has proposed a rule that would make it more difficult for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed. Beer makers say that if the new rules are adopted, they would be forced to dump millions of tons of grains into landfills.

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed by Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting. Is the media just lifting the veil on a product that is simply, by its composition, pretty off-putting? Or are they adding fuel to the fire?

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Consumer Trends: Seasonings, Spices Sector Grows with the Economy

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Seasonings and spices form an integral part of any cuisine, as they are responsible for developing the taste and aroma associated with the dish. The global seasonings and spices market grew from $10.7 billion in 2010 to an estimated $12.5 billion in 2013.

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Court Slaps Japan’s Antarctic Whaling with Injunction

March 31, 2014 11:49 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Court of Justice on Monday halted Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government claimed. Australia sued Japan at the U.N.'s highest court in hopes of ending whaling in the icy Southern Ocean.

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Groups Push for More Humane Poultry Slaughter

March 31, 2014 11:46 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Animal welfare groups and lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve the treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.

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Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

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Ind. Fish Farm Expansion Approved Despite Complaints

March 31, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

An Indiana county approved Bell Aquaculture's plans to build a feed mill as part of a $30 million expansion supporters say will help turn the area into an aquaculture hub. The approval came despite neighbors' complaints about the stench produced by the farm's fish feces lagoon.

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Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

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Saputo to Close Maryland Cheese Plant

March 31, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Canadian cheesemaker Saputo Inc. says it is closing its plant in Hancock, Md., eliminating 60 jobs in a tiny town that has lost three other big manufacturers in the last decade. Saputo also will close plants in Wisconsin and Canada's Alberta province.

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Canadian Chicken Producer Convicted of Animal Cruelty

March 31, 2014 10:03 am | by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Maple Lodge Farms, one of Canada's biggest chicken producers, will have to spend at least $1 million over three years to ensure compliance with federal rules after an Ontario judge convicted the company of causing undue suffering to the birds.

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Photos of the Day: Farmers Cautious About 'Big Data'

March 31, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

Large seed companies are harnessing "big data" to provide farmers with guidance on how to get the most from their fields, but some farmers are concerned this information could be hacked or exploited by corporations or government agencies.

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‘Big Data’ Revolution Raises Security Questions for Farmers

March 31, 2014 9:46 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Large seed companies are harnessing "big data" to provide farmers with guidance on how to get the most from their fields, but some farmers are concerned this information could be hacked or exploited by corporations or government agencies.

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Mexican Lime Shortage Squeezes U.S. Customers

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A dismal harvest and unstable conditions in Mexico have resulted in a steep rise in the price of limes for American customers. Some restaurant and bar owners are shelling out nearly four times more for limes than they were paying a month ago.

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Fill Level Monitoring: Saving Money and Staying Safe

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by John Terra | Articles | Comments

Fill level monitoring, an alternative to checkweighing inspection, is a stage of the manufacturing process in which packages are filled to the correct height, regardless of the type of container or contents, using thermal imaging, sensors  and X-rays to measure the proper level.

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Double C-Face Coupler Brake

March 31, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s double C-face coupler brake mounts on the drive-end of a standard C-Face motor, replacing the commonly used motor brakes mounted on the back of a special motor designed with a mounting flange and extended shaft on the fan end of the motor.

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