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Chobani Launches New Brand Platform and Creative Campaign Centered on Brand's Natural Values

May 1, 2015 8:10 am | by Chobani | News | Comments

Committed to its founding mission of providing better food for more people, Chobani's multi-media, multi-platform campaign focuses on the brand's core belief: "To love this life is to live it naturally."

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'Top Chef' Judge Simmons Joins NY School Nutrition Effort

May 1, 2015 8:05 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press | News | Comments

"Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of child nutrition issues as Congress prepares to reauthorize the federal law that governs school meals.

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5 Labeling Best Practices for Food Companies

May 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Ronald J. Levine, Herrick, Feinstein LLP | Articles | Comments

In recent years, food labeling has become a target of civil lawsuits, especially class actions, and regulatory action.  Every day we read about a new class action attacking words such as “natural,” or a warning letter or other challenge to food labeling.

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Greek Yogurt Coming to a School District Near You

May 1, 2015 7:55 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

The past several years have seen Greek yogurt emerge as a food industry darling due to both its health halo and because the product has spurred growth in the overall retail yogurt segment.

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Cheese, Poultry Facilities to Open in Virginia

May 1, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelly Turkeys USA LLC will invest $1.4 million in its first U.S. poultry processing facility, creating 33 jobs and Ewes Guys LLC will do business as Twenty Paces and invest $321,000 in a cheese facility at Bellair Farms.

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Dynatrol G Series Level Switches for Problem Applications

May 1, 2015 7:17 am | by Automation Products, Inc. - DYNATROL® Division | Product Releases | Comments

The Dynatrol® G Series Level Switches are specifically designed for special problem applications that involve extremely light weight or fluffy products - or for heavier bulk solids that tend to pack or bridge easily.

H1 Quinplex Food Machinery Lubricant

May 1, 2015 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

LE’s H1 Quinplex® Food Machinery Lubricant (4025) is an NLGI grade 2 semi-synthetic grease suitable for a broad operating temperature range. Formulated with high-viscosity pure food grade base oil, it is NSF H1 registered for incidental food contact, and is certified Kosher Pareve and Halal.

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Years-Old Pork Served for Lunch at Schools in East Tennessee

April 30, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An East Tennessee school district served years-old pork to students for lunch and is now implementing new food-handling procedures. Local media outlets report that the frozen meat had dates of 2009 to 2011 and was served to students in the Hawkins County district on April 22. No sicknesses have been reported.

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3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

April 30, 2015 12:05 pm | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

At one time or another, all food processors and beverage manufacturers will be in the market for a refrigeration compressor rebuild or replacement. Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure.

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Q&A with Michael Desso, Nestlé USA Director of Safety, Health and Environment

April 30, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Earlier this month, Nestlé USA announced that all 23 of its factories are now landfill-free and contributing zero waste for disposal, reflecting the company's commitment to environmentally sustainable business practices. Food Manufacturing recently had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A on the topic with Michael Desso, Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Nestlé USA.

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Calming Your Biggest Fears About Industrial IoT

April 30, 2015 11:45 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The Industrial Internet of Things is not a simple concept; however, it's also not a topic so complicated that manufacturers should fear or ignore its potential in realizing the greater levels of efficiency, data sharing and global competitiveness it brings.

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Navajo Pride Flour Mill to Close, 26 Jobs Lost

April 30, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials are giving its Navajo Pride flour mill a face lift, but only after shutting it down. The Daily Times reports that the closure, effective today, will last a year and affect 26 employees.

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Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees

April 30, 2015 11:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Service Employees International Union plans to announce Thursday that it is launching a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald's, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

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National Recall Leads Call for New Sanitizing Systems to Eliminate Harmful Bacteria

April 30, 2015 11:10 am | by RGF Environmental | News | Comments

Food safety is a national concern with nearly 50 million Americans becoming ill from eating foods contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus aureus as well as mold, yeast and viruses.

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Best Practices for Sharing Data across the Enterprise

April 30, 2015 8:00 am | by Khris Kammer, Information Partner and Competency Manager, and Keith McPherson, Director, Market Development, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

The best way to tap into the valuable data generated in plants is by associating it with other data in order to get a holistic view of plant operations

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Nevada Assembly Panel Considers Ban on Powdered Alcohol

April 30, 2015 7:55 am | by RILEY SNYDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada lawmakers are considering a ban on the sale and possession of powdered alcohol. Powdered alcohol is a beverage mix that can be blended with a liquid to create an alcoholic drink. It's banned in six states and heavily regulated in several others.

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Jeni's to Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 30, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO John Lowe says in a statement that the product to be destroyed amounts to 15 tractor-trailer loads on more than 300 pallets. It will cost the Columbus, Ohio-based company more than $2.5 million.

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Oreo Maker Mondelez Says Profit Doubled as it Raised Prices

April 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez, the company behind Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, said its profit in the first quarter nearly doubled as it raised prices for its products and cut costs. The company said it raised prices due to higher costs to make products.

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Record Pollution Fine for McDonald's Supplier in China

April 30, 2015 7:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported.

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Apple Slices Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

April 30, 2015 7:20 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Sliced apples and products containing them produced by Sun Rich Fresh Foods Ltd., of Brampton, Ont., are being recalled because of the possible presence of Listeria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall is based on its test results and there has been one illness linked to the slices.

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