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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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External Frame Grabber for Imaging Systems

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

iPORT™ SB-GigE and SB-U3 external frame grabbers help imaging system manufacturers and integrators reduce costs, simplify cabling and speed time-to-market.

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Mat-Style Conveyors

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

Mat-Style Conveyors are designed for package and product handling versatility. They easily handle flexible packaging, plastic containers, cartons, cases and bundles.

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La. Lawmakers Give Wine Ice Cream Sales the Cold Shoulder

March 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to add wine-infused ice cream to supermarket shelves got a frosty reception Thursday from Louisiana lawmakers, who were confounded by how to shelve and sell pints of Cherry Merlot and Red Raspberry Chardonnay sold by Mercer's Dairy of New York.

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Appeals Court Approves COOL Meat Labeling

March 28, 2014 12:38 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that indicate where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule took effect last year and requires labels on steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat.

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McDonald’s Heats Up Breakfast War with Free Coffee

March 28, 2014 12:34 pm | News | Comments

McDonald's is offering free coffee to its customers for a limited time as competition for the breakfast crowd intensifies. Participating U.S. locations will offer small cups of McCafe coffee at no charge during breakfast hours from March 31 through April 13.

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Century-Old Entenmann’s Bakery to Shut Down

March 28, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Entenmann's bakery on Long Island is closing its Bay Shore facility this summer after more than a century in business. Entenmann's parent company Bimbo Bakeries USA announced on Thursday that production is being shifted to other plants.

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