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Risk, Opportunities With Used Equipment

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm | by David Young and Jim Swope, PMP, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Cutting costs and accommodating production schedules are two of the major factors driving the purchase of used equipment in the food manufacturing marketplace. On average, a manufacturer can save 25 to 50 percent when compared against purchasing new equipment.

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Iowa AG: Lawsuit Against Whiskey Maker Templeton Rye to Proceed

September 30, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Iowa attorney general's office says a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.

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8 Tips for Maintenance Efficiency

September 30, 2014 2:30 pm | by Scott McNeill, Director of Operations, TPC Wire & Cable Corp. | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers operate on thin margins, so wringing every drop of efficiency out of equipment is crucial. This is especially important in food manufacturing, where consumers are often price sensitive. Here are eight simple tips to keep your equipment properly maintained and running smoothly.

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Oklahoma Man Charged With Murder in Food Plant Beheading

September 30, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 30-year-old Oklahoma man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. Alton Nolen faces murder and assault charges in connection with the death of a 54-year-old woman.

Nestle Waters Engages iGPS Logistics for Shipping

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by iGPS Logistics | News | Comments

iGPS Logistics and Nestle Waters' North America have announced an agreement to introduce iGPS pallets as the shipping platform for Poland Spring brand natural spring water to customers throughout the North East.           

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VIDEO: McDonald's Looks to Win Over Millennials

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Fortune recently cited data indicating that since 2011, the number of U.S. consumers ages 19 to 21 that ate at McDonald’s at least once a month was down 13%.              

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Q&A: Distribution Trends in Food Manufacturing

September 30, 2014 11:25 am | by Holly Henschen, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with a pair of experts from Grainger to discuss the latest distribution trends and how they impact food manufacturing. Sean Foran and Elizabeth Bernhardt teamed up to provide the following answers.     

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'Convenient,' 'Healthy' and 'Creative/New' the Trends in Refrigerated Meals and Meat Market

September 30, 2014 11:15 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Major trends in the category of branded refrigerated meals and meats products are centered on making products more convenient, healthier and more creative or original in their approach to flavors and ingredients, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts.

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Hawaii Restaurant Fined for Removing Sign Stating Violations

September 30, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Hawaii Department of Health fined a Honolulu noodle restaurant for breaking food safety rules and for taking down a sign that stated the violations. Officials say a restaurant manager removed the sign for a weekend.     

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Food Companies Should Pay Attention to Gen. Z

September 30, 2014 9:00 am | by Kelly Weikel, Senior Consumer Research Manager, Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

If you think Gen Z isn’t worth your time yet due to a lack of spending power, think again. Many are teens or college students, already with an estimated $250 billion in spending power and primary decision makers for both their retail and foodservice food and beverage purchases.

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Group Makes 1,126-Pound Bowl of Hawaiian Rice Dish

September 30, 2014 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaii's Fifth Annual Rice Festival is claiming a world record for a popular Hawaii dish, after putting together a massive bowl of 600 pounds of rice, 200 pounds of ground beef, 300 scrambled eggs and 200 pounds of gravy. That's some serious loco moco! 

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HoneyBaked Ham to Hire 10K Employees

September 30, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HoneyBaked is already gearing up for the holiday season. The company is preparing for the annual rush on its signature Honey Baked Hams, Turkey Breasts and other products by providing part-time jobs for more than 10,000 people.     

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Manual Palletizer

September 30, 2014 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PalletPal 360 features a new, smaller base and makes loading and unloading pallets faster, safer and easier because it lets the user step even closer to the unit’s platform, for the best access to palletized loads.

Advanced Slicing System

September 30, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new PowerMax®3500 is the ideal solution for slicing a variety of innovative products. This mid-sized slicer’s upper and lower infeed drives provide complete control over the product while offering up to three AccuPower™ Independent Drives for the highest possible yields.

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Reiser Honors Ruiz Foods' 50 Years by Gifting Vemag DP3

September 29, 2014 3:00 pm | by Reiser | News | Comments

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Ruiz Foods, Reiser participated in the celebration in Denison, Texas by gifting them a Vemag DP3. Ruiz Foods purchased their 100th Vemag earlier this year, and Reiser made good on their promise of "Buy 100 Vemags and then get one free."

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Research Shows Consumers Are Spending More on Specialty Food

September 29, 2014 2:40 pm | by Specialty Food Association | News | Comments

Shoppers say they are spending one in four of their food dollars on specialty food, up from one in five in 2013. Their top picks? Chocolate, olive oil and cheese are purchased most but tea is gaining, making it into the top 10 specialty foods consumers report buying this year.

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8 Steps in Water Treatment to Protect Your Products and Equipment

September 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Marc Weaver, PE, LEED, AP and Taylor Wilson | Blogs | Comments

Whether you're designing a new food processing plant or upgrading an existing facility, determining necessary water treatment is a critical step in protecting and maintaining your plant's systems. Here are some steps to develop the most-effective water treatment program. 

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Survey: Consumers Would Rather Give Up Booze Than Coffee

September 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by Cumberland Farms | News | Comments

Cumberland Farms' recent survey asked consumers what they would be willing to do or give up in order to get their daily coffee fix. The surprising results include giving up booze rather than giving up coffee.           

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Bakers Push Congress to Address Grain Shipping Crisis

September 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by American Bakers Association | News | Comments

The American Bakers Association urged the Senate to continue its oversight of the freight rail shipping crisis. Bakers have struggled to receive flour shipments in a timely fashion, which is a major concern for the baking industry.     

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Futurists Forecast What Consumers Will be Eating in 2050

September 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Leading futurists from the Institute of Food Technologists believe that in the year 2050, the food on consumers' plates will be tailored to meet their specific health needs.                      

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