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The 'Original' Paleo Diet: What You Should Know

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

According to researchers at Georgia State University and Kent State University, there were many more than just one Paleo diet. The findings, published in The Quarterly Review of Biology, state there is very little evidence that any early hominids had specialized diets.

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Figures Show US-Cuba Trade Likely Hit Decade Low Last Year

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The statistics show that U.S. farmers sold slightly more than $253 million worth of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the first 10 months of 2014. If the last two months of the year reflect similar levels of sales, 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba since 2004.

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Little Change Seen in Fast Food Portion Size, Product Formulation Between 1996 and 2013

January 5, 2015 12:30 pm | by Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of popular menu items served at three national fast-food chains between 1996 and 2013. They found that average calories, sodium, and saturated fat stayed relatively constant, albeit at high levels. 

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Should the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Include An Environmental Agenda?

January 5, 2015 11:45 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

As 2015 hits, it is officially time for a new edition of the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines stand to change a good deal in 2015, as an advisory panel advising the process is pushing to include new environmental considerations.

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Study: Fructose Proves More Toxic Than Table Sugar

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by University of Utah | News | Comments

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.

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6 Critical Questions to Answer Before Moving APM Data to the Cloud

January 5, 2015 10:20 am | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The Cloud is providing new opportunities to leverage APM data so manufacturers can not only improve their plant performance, but also potentially offer new products and services. Still, many manufacturers are concerned about moving what is often considered proprietary and sensitive information from the plant floor into the Cloud.

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VIDEO: Inside Jacques Torres' New Chocolate Factory

January 5, 2015 9:50 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

You might think that Valentine's Day would be the number one holiday for chocolate, but it's actually Christmas. Jacques Torres' stores are stocked with edible eye candy, and it all comes from this 40,000 square foot chocolate factory.    

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Healthy Eating Guidelines May Consider Environmental Impact

January 5, 2015 9:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — possibly at the expense of meat. The beef and agriculture industries are crying foul, saying an environmental agenda has no place in what has always been a practical blueprint for a healthy lifestyle.

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Photo of the Day: 11-Year-Old Takes the 'No Pop Challenge'

January 5, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

What would you do for $500? Jonathan Sarisky, 11, successfully completed a year of the "No Pop Challenge" in exchange for the cash. Sarisky, from Livingston, Mont., avoided soda, hot chocolate, milkshakes and any other sugary beverages for the year.     

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Calif. Citrus Braves the Bitter Cold

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Citrus growers in California say their crops survived the freezing temperatures of the last three days. California Citrus Mutual President Joel Nelson said that citrus growers put in place frost protection measures to protect their crops. The last critical freeze for the industry was December 2013. 

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Bad Malt Barley Crop in 2014 is Not Likely to Affect Beer Prices

January 5, 2015 8:40 am | by LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year, farmers and maltsters have been scrambling to salvage a large portion of the crop hit by heavy rains in August, especially in Montana and Idaho, the top two barley-growing states in the U.S. Growers in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada, faced similar issues.

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US to Resume Beef Imports From Ireland For First Time Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat meat from infected cows. 

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Bow Tie Disperser

January 5, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

These Bow Tie Dispersers, also called High Viscosity Dispersers, are designed for mixing heavy pastes and viscous liquids. Driven by an explosion-proof inverter-duty motor, the bow tie agitator quickly wets out solids and incorporates them into a liquid vehicle.

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Fast-Food Companies Look to Transform Negative 'Junk Food' Image

January 2, 2015 9:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives customers find objectionable.

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VIDEO: Colorado Groups Work to Change Labels on Edible Pot Products

January 2, 2015 8:30 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

One year ago, recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado. But now that's leading to a problem — people are overdosing on edible pot that looks like a regular snack. Because of the dangers, some are trying to take some of the risk out of a rocky mountain high.

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VIDEO: The Business of Bubbly

January 2, 2015 8:00 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg talks with Thomas Bouleuc of Moet & Chandon about the booming business of champagne around the holidays. Nothing says New Years Eve like a big bottle of bubbly.                     

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Side Seal System

January 2, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Versa Seal requires no air and has very few moving parts for ease of operation and minimal maintenance.  There is no need for the operator to adjust temperature with speed changes. 

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Poll: Americans Support Menu Labeling

December 31, 2014 10:55 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more. According to a poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in fast food and sit-down restaurants.

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Hong Kong Destroys Poultry From China After Bird Flu Found

December 31, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Hong Kong began destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market Wednesday and suspended imports from mainland China after some birds were found to be infected with bird flu.The market in Cheung Sha Wan in the Kowloon district will be closed and imports suspended for 21 days.

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Court Sides With POM Wonderful in Beverage Fight

December 31, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that denied POM Wonderful's request for a preliminary injunction against Portland, Oregon-based Pur Beverages.

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