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Q&A: Will Court Ruling End Japan’s Whaling?

April 1, 2014 12:42 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's whaling program is at a crossroads after the International Court of Justice halted the program, concluding that the supposed research program is a guise for commercial whaling. This week's ruling cannot be appealed, but Japan has other options to consider.

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Sparkling Waters Flood into Soda Sales' Territory

April 1, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Sparkling water is chipping away at the dominance of traditional sodas like Coke and Pepsi, particularly in the diet category. Last year, a small brand called Sparkling Ice saw sales more than double to $302.4 million from the previous year, according to IRI.

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Meat Processor Reduces Cleaning Time

April 1, 2014 12:27 pm | by Dynamic Conveyor | Videos | Comments

Meat processor, Jason Grobbel, talks about how the DynaClean conveyor is very unique in that it allows them to completely disassemble it, with ease, every night, and ensures full sanitation. Jason, and his employees, know that they have a bacteria-free conveyor the next day.

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Vertical Expansion: Building Up, Not Out

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Vertical expansion, in the forms of elevated work platforms, multi-level racking systems, and automated storage and picking solutions, is a great solution for many manufacturers.

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Consumer Trends: Diners Drawn to Distinctive Digs

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Data released by Technomic indicates that the 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 3.5 percent annual sales increase in 2013, a significant decline from 4.9 percent the prior year. Technomic says brands must differentiate themselves to gain market share.

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UPDATE: BPI Responds to Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 11:05 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

After the blog we ran Monday on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article. The original image is one that has been widely used to represent “pink slime,” but BPI says this isn’t its product.

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April Is National Soyfoods Month

April 1, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

This April, the Soyfoods Association of North America is celebrating National Soyfoods Month by spreading awareness of the benefits of soy-based foods. This year's theme, "Soyfoods: Endless Possibilities," promotes the versatility and sustainability of the plant-based proteins.

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Oregon Officials Drop Proposed Ban on Pot-Laced Foods

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CHAD GARLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials backed off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban. A March 19 draft of the rules would have banned the sale of all cakes, cookies, candy and gum that contain the drug.

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USDA Projects Fewer Corn Acres as Farmers Switch to Soybeans

April 1, 2014 10:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The amount of American cropland devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more acres to soybeans. The USDA said it expects 91.7 million acres of corn to be planted this year, down from 95.37 million acres last year.

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George Dickel Sues Tennessee over Liquor Storage Requirement

April 1, 2014 10:03 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whiskey maker George Dickel is suing to overturn a Tennessee law that requires liquor to be stored in or around the county where it is distilled. The lawsuit comes following a legislative fight over the state's legal definition of Tennessee whiskey.

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U.S. Soda Sales Drop to 1995 Lows

April 1, 2014 9:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

U.S. sales volume of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent in 2013, according to a report released Monday by Beverage Digest. That represents a steeper drop than the 1.2 percent decline in 2012 and brings total soda volume to the lowest level since 1995.

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Photos of the Day: Global Warming May Trigger 'Hotspots of Hunger'

April 1, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Global warming will push food prices higher, trigger "hotspots of hunger" among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a report issued Monday.

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Global Warming Worsens Food, Hunger Problems

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said. A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger "hotspots of hunger" among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee.

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Food Prices Skyrocket in 2014

April 1, 2014 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The cost of putting food on the table is rising and there appears to be no end in sight, according to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report indicates that food prices climbed 0.4 percent in January, the largest increase since September 2011.

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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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