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Light-Weight Can End

July 29, 2014 8:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The easy-open end will look and function like any other easy-open end consumers have come to rely upon when buying their favorite canned foods. However, it will be fashioned from light weight metal, making it 20 percent lighter than comparable ends and the lightest-weight easy-open end of its kind in the U.S.

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Coca-Cola Among Companies Looking to Make Gains Overseas

July 29, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Major companies such as Coca-Cola are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India. Coca-Cola is looking abroad for growth largely because it's becoming tougher for beverage makers to increase revenue in a U.S. market already awash in soda and other refreshments.

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First Food Safety Course for Makers of Pot Edibles

July 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by The National Cannabis Industry Association | News | Comments

Makers of marijuana edibles can now take a course specifically designed for learning about food safety in the cannabis industry. With the interest in edibles and infused products growing, the NCIA ServSafe course will teach professionals the importance of cleanliness.

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Lake Huron Reels in Trout, Walleye as Fish Population Grows

July 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory for the first time since the chinook salmon numbers nosedived in the early 2000s. Native fish species, such as walleye and lake trout, that had been kept down by the alewife-salmon dominance are bouncing back.

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Infographic: Health-Conscious Eaters Want to Bite Into Quality Sandwiches

July 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

According to research by Technomic, today's consumers place higher importance on the quality of meat, bread, cheese and condiments in creating a good sandwich than in years past. Quality is often tied to health, and data also shows demand for healthier sandwiches.

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European Expansion on Tap for Japanese Bonito Flake Makers

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

A group of dried bonito flake makers, along with one distributor, aim to spread the key ingredient for soup stock and dishes in Japanese cuisine in European countries. Construction is set to be completed for the 2015 world exposition in Milan next May.

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Tyson Foods Set to Sell Poultry Operations in Mexico, Brazil

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The sale to JBS SA, the parent of JBS USA Holdings Inc., which owns Pilgrim's Pride, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. News of the $575 million sale comes after Tyson's announcement earlier this month of a $7.75 billion deal to buy Hillshire Brands Co.

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Mushroom Meatballs? School Meal Solutions Dished Up at Senate Hearing

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | by American Mushroom Institute | News | Comments

Mushroom meatballs are just one example of new products being introduced into school meals to meet USDA nutritional guidelines. Congress is debating the current nutrition guidelines and beginning preparation for the reauthorization of school nutrition programs in 2015.

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Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

July 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | News | Comments

The manufacturing sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy. Over the past decade, manufacturing lost nearly a third of its workforce due to a lack of demand for American goods. However, since 2010 it has grown steadily in terms of the number of workers.

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Photo: Craft Beers Tap Into Trends by Region

July 28, 2014 9:26 am | by Mintel | News | Comments

New research from Mintel says over half of craft beer drinkers like to share their knowledge of beer with others, which has helped thrust many small brewers into the limelight, as word of mouth is often their strongest ally. So, what is each region saying about the trend?

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VIDEO: The 9 Lives of Coconut Water

July 28, 2014 9:17 am | by New York Times | Videos | Comments

Coconut water is everywhere. As a $400 million global food craze, it began nearly a decade ago making claims as a superfood able to fight illness. Now, this clear liquid drink is being sold as a somewhat more healthful type of water, with a growing host of added flavors.

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Soylent... It's Not What You Think

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

I recently read about a product that “hacks” a part of life that I happen to rather enjoy — eating. Soylent is a liquid food replacement made of a slurry of vitamins, minerals, protein and carbohydrates that its inventors are calling the future of food. 

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US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

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Friend or Fad? Backlash Has Begun Against Gluten-Free Dieters

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by ELLEN McCARTHY, The Washington Post | News | Comments

The gluten-free backlash reached an apex last month, when comedian Jimmy Kimmel remarked on his late-night show that in Los Angeles, gluten was "comparable to Satanism," and sent a film crew to ask gluten-free dieters whether they knew what gluten was. (Most didn't.)

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Honduran Brothers Bring Cheese-Making Business to Nebraska

July 28, 2014 8:20 am | by TYLER ELLYSON, The Columbus Telegram | News | Comments

After fleeing from their crime-ridden homeland, two brothers brought their dreams to reality when they opened their U.S. cheese-making business in October 2013. Central American Foods LLC is working to produce 50,000 pounds of cheese a month.

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Son of Victim to Attend Deadly Salmonella-Tainted PB Trial

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The upcoming trial of the Peanut Corporation of America's salmonella outbreak of 2008 has a Minnesota son, who lost his mother after she ate tainted peanut butter, hoping to send a message to food manufacturers on peddling contaminated food.

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Iowa Town to Lose 450 Jobs From Tyson Foods Closure

July 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa | News | Comments

Approximately 450 employees of the Cherokee, Iowa Tyson Foods will lose their jobs with the upcoming closure of the plant. The company, which is the second-largest employer of the city, is also closing plants in Buffalo, New York and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

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Air/Gas Flow Meter

July 28, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The air/gas flow meter, which measures fuel gas, process gas, inert gas, waste gases and air in small line sizes, is ideal for optimizing natural gas flow control for industrial ovens, heat chambers and furnaces to reduce process and plant fuel costs.

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Protein Chips

July 28, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New protein chips are positioned to be an alternative to protein bars and shakes commonly used for post-workout recovery snack.

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The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 25, 2014 3:14 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturers that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

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