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Consumer Trends: Diners Become Nutritionally Aware

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

As today's consumers seek healthier menu options, health has grown beyond a fad and into a lifestyle. Technomic says that restaurants can capitalize on this increasing nutrition awareness, but notes that menu terms like "gluten-free," "local" and "natural" are rarely used.

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Texas Distillers Dip into Salty Vodkas

April 3, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

The Lone Star State is a surprising hotbed for the distillation of vodka and other spirits. During the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers detailed the burgeoning industry for liquor in a grandiose region.

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GMO Salmon Caught in FDA Delay

April 3, 2014 10:12 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Genetically modified salmon are the first GMO animals eligible for human consumption. The fast-growing fish have been caught in a net of delay for four years as the Food and Drug Admnistration stalls in deciding whether it will approve the fish for sale.

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Female Brewers Make Their Mark in N. Carolina

April 3, 2014 10:01 am | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times | News | Comments

Women are joining the ranks of craft brewers in North Carolina. Nationally, more than 2 million jobs are supported by beer, according to the Brewers Institute trade group. Traditionally, beer has been targeted toward men, but now more ladies are sipping pints.

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White House Garden Sprouts National Health Discussion

April 3, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden is more diverse this spring with a new grain variety and fruit tree and an emphasis on pollination. The garden was initiated in 2009 to encourage the national discussion about healthier eating and living.

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Ala. Poultry Plant Announces Layoffs

April 3, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Poultry slaughtered at Wayne Farms LLC's Dothan plant will be sent to AlaTrade in Phenix City, company officials said. The deboning lines at the Dothan plant will no longer be necessary, and 560 employees are expected to be laid off by June 8.

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Photos of the Day: Maple Syrup Goes High-Tech

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Maple syrup production has come a long way, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. But now sugar-makers are harnessing new wireless monitoring technology to keep the precious sap flowing.

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Maple Syrup Makers Tap Wireless Monitoring Technology

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by HOLLY RAMER and LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. But now sugar-makers are harnessing new wireless monitoring technology to keep the precious sap flowing.

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Climate Change Impacts Global Food Supply

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that global crop yields and extreme weather damage already are being impacted by climate change. The report's lead author, Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University, speaks with CBS News.

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Q&A: Prepping for FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

OSHA is considering comments on its proposed procedures for handling whistleblower provisions provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to Food Manufacturing about the new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.

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Motor Brake

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

MagnaShear™ motor breaks employ oil shear technology for long-service life in applications like the frequent start/stop cycles seen on conveyors, cranes and other material handling equipment.

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XRF Spectrometer for Milk Powder Analysis

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Epsilon 1 X-ray fluorescence (XRF) benchtop spectrometer is designed for the analysis of milk powder.

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Drive for Air Compressors

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced new drive technology for oil-injected screw compressors with variable speed drive in the 50-125 hp range.

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Calif. Company Buys Failed Northern Beef Packers Plant

April 2, 2014 1:08 pm | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based company bought Northern Beef Packers and its assets in a deal that was mandated to close Friday. Northern Beef filed for bankruptcy, but a judge ruled that the company could be put of for sale in an eleventh-hour decision.

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ISM: March Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 12:53 pm | by By Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Manufacturing expanded in March as the PMI registered 53.7 percent, an increase of 0.5 percentage points, compared to February’s reading of 53.2 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.

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2014 Equipment, Software Investment Growth Forecast at 4.2%

April 2, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

The 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation expects equipment and software investment to grow and continue steadily in the short term, according to its Q2 forecast.

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Reaping the Gains of Business Process Automation

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, once fact is indisputable: business process automation is on the rise.

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Consumer Trends: Sadness Dampens Urge to Indulge

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to a study by the University of Miami School of Business Adminstration, sadness can combat over-indulgence in unhealthy foods. The study found that when people were made to feel sad, they were more likely to indicate how consuming indulgent foods could cause health problems.

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Research Plots the Path of Ancient Cattle Domestication

April 2, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Missouri News Bureau | News | Comments

University of Missouri researchers completed a genetic history of 134 cattle breeds to trace the origin of domestication. Cattle breeding and breeds' genetic history is vital for animal farmers looking to maximize their herds’ meat and dairy production.

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Cozy Local Diners Crop Up Near the Las Vegas Strip

April 2, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Eat is Las Vegas' first neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on freshness and locally sourced ingredients. A critical mass of boutique restaurants has moved downtown, a novelty in an area long dominated by the Heart Attack Grill and other over-the-top venues.

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