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Girl Scouts Byte Into Digital For Cookie Sales

December 1, 2014 10:16 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1 million scouts were expected to opt in as cookie-selling season cranks up this month and the scouting organization gets digital sales underway. But digital sales are intended to enhance, not replace, the paper spreadsheets.    

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Consumer Group Condemns Muscle-Bulking Cattle Chemicals in Food Production

December 1, 2014 9:47 am | by Beef Additive Alert | News | Comments

Merck Animal Health is taking steps to re-introduce to market the potent FDA-approved profit-enhancing, weight-gain feed drug Zilmax after the drug maker voluntarily suspended sales in Summer 2013, amid animal welfare concerns of hoof loss and lameness.

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Arizona Brewing Companies Fight to Hang Onto Business

December 1, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of Arizona's most successful microbreweries are brewing for a legislative battle to hang onto their business. Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies are in danger of losing their restaurants that aren't attached to brewing operations once they surpass a production cap.

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In Wisconsin, Black Friday Shoppers Came For Beer

December 1, 2014 9:21 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 800 people were in line by 8 a.m. Friday outside of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee to buy a limited edition Black Friday brew. In less than four hours, the brewery was sold out of its 5,000 22-ounce bottles, each of which sold for $15. 

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Poor Durum Crop to Impact Pasta Consumers

December 1, 2014 9:16 am | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Durum is ground into the semolina flour used to make pasta products. About half of the nation's durum is produced in North Dakota, where wet weather during spring planting and the fall harvest led to a crop that's more than 4 percent smaller than last year's.

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PRODUCT VIDEO: 2-1 Merge Conveyor

December 1, 2014 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The system is designed to maintain bag registration, with calculated speed-to-length ratios necessary for proper product stagger at the merge. 

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Barcode Reader Performance-Monitoring System

December 1, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The RTM is a server-based product that connects to a network of DataMan readers and regularly pulls read rate information as well as images from packages.

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US Tea Sales Increased 5.9 Percent Last Year

November 26, 2014 2:15 pm | by American Botanical Council | News | Comments

Tea is the world's second most-consumed beverage after water. According to a new report published in the current issue of HerbalEGram, sales of loose, bagged, concentrated, and herbal tea in the United States increased by 5.9 percent in 2013.

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Q&A: Why Pick Domestic Manufacturing?

November 26, 2014 1:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When starting a company, one of the most important decisions to make is whether to manufacture your product domestically or abroad. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Allen Klevens, the CEO and founder of Tooshlights, to discuss his choice to select a domestic manufacturer.

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VIDEO: Edibles Makers Cash in on 'Green Friday' Deals

November 26, 2014 1:20 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

At the Dixie Elixir marijuana edibles company in Denver, Colorado, workers are preparing a special holiday edible to get a piece of the holiday shopping rush. Manuel Bojorquez reports.                  

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Infographic: Drink in the Opportunities

November 26, 2014 12:40 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

In an infographic by PMMI, it is revealed that nearly one-third of the top 100 CPG companies in the United States are located within a 200 mile radius of Philadelphia. PMMI will bring its latest packaging and processing solutions to the East Coast in February.

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Fuji Food to Expand to Chicago Suburbs, Create 110 Jobs

November 26, 2014 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A California-based fresh food manufacturer, Fuji Food Products Inc., is expanding in the Chicago suburbs. The company is opening a $2.5 million food processing and distribution facility in South Elgin that is expected to create 110 jobs.   

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Here's What the Astronauts Are Having For Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 11:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, ECN magazine | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. This fact alone puts the meal miles ahead of Thanksgiving in space. 

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Tentative Deal to Settle XL Foods Beef Recall Lawsuit

November 26, 2014 11:23 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Lawyers have brokered a tentative deal to settle part of a class-action lawsuit filed over an E. coli outbreak and the largest meat recall in Canadian history. The lawsuit is against XL Foods Inc., which operated a meat-packing plant in southern Alberta during the tainted beef recall in 2012.

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VIDEO: This 100 Year Old Turkey is Delicious

November 26, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Koch family farm is the turkey company in the United States that breeds turkeys with a 20th century ancestry. Duane Koch, COO of Koch's Turkey, says the specific breed of turkey is leaner and holds a unique taste that consumers enjoy, increasing sales rapidly.

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True Source Honey Issues Alert on Honey Shipped From Turkey

November 26, 2014 9:35 am | by True Source Honey | News | Comments

The True Source Honey CertificationTM Program, whose mission it is to protect consumers, retailers and manufacturers from illegally sourced honey, has issued an alert concerning honey labeled as coming from Turkey. The U.S. has had repeated problems with honey that is illegally shipped from China to avoid anti-dumping duties. 

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Kentucky Whiskey Maker Fetches More Than $28K For 1st Bottle of Bourbon

November 26, 2014 9:20 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bottle appeared to rank among the most expensive bottles of bourbon ever sold. Eric Gregory, president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association, said he doesn't know of any other bottle that sold for that amount or higher. All of the money will go to a local charity.

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Cargill Reveals How 2015's Top Trends Translate Into Cocoa, Chocolate Applications

November 26, 2014 9:00 am | by Cargill | News | Comments

Aimed at manufacturers working in range of sectors including confectionery, bakery and dairy, Cargill's webinar helped identify how the top food trends for 2015 will translate into applications for the cocoa and chocolate industry.     

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9 Ways to a Food Waste-Free Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014 8:45 am | by FoodTank | Articles | Comments

Unfortunately, while we are giving thanks for the harvest, we are also wasting massive amounts of food. Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the United States will waste about five million tons of food. In one year, Americans alone waste about 34 million tons. 

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Tator Tots Appealing to Hipsters as Comfort Food Celebrates 60 Years

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The comfort (and kid) food staple, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, has been making it big on the bar scene, showing up as a crispy snack recently everywhere from neighborhood holes-in-the-wall to upscale craft bars.   

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