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Oregon's GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money

October 14, 2014 9:34 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

With ballots going out to Oregon voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million. Labeling opponents have reported cash and in-kind contributions of $7.3 million thus far.

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Photos: World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Entrants in the prettiest pumpkin category were lifted into the air for the crowd at the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. A 2,058 lb. pumpkin grown by John Hawkley took first place and set a new North American record. 

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Bulk Bag Discharger

October 14, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Low headroom bulk bag discharger is designed for discharging pet food product. 

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Partition Inserter

October 14, 2014 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 70 partition inserter automatically opens and inserts multi-celled lightweight chipboard partitions into RSC, HSC or Tablock cases utilizing efficient servo technology that ensures positive, high speed reliability.

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VIDEO: Late Night HBO Host 'Investigates' Pumpkin Spice

October 13, 2014 3:43 pm | by Last Week Tonight | Videos | Comments

John Oliver, host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," investigates pumpkin spice. Well, he doesn't really investigate. He says things about it, though!                             

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Book Looks at Costs of Pork Production

October 13, 2014 3:33 pm | by JERRY HARKAVY, Associated Press | News | Comments

When the recession took hold six years ago and consumers stopped eating high on the hog, the giant meatpacker Hormel Foods began ratcheting up production to meet a surge in demand for Spam, its low-cost processed pork product in the familiar blue tins.

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Consumer Trends: Edible Label for Cannabis Products

October 13, 2014 3:26 pm | by CannaBadge | News | Comments

CannaBadge has introduced an all-natural frosting label that goes directly on a cannabis infused product, such as cakes, cookies, brownies and cupcakes.                           

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VIDEO: A Taste of Honey

October 13, 2014 3:04 pm | by CBS Sunday Morning | Videos | Comments

Mead is a drink made by fermenting honey instead of grapes, resulting in a libation that can be either dry or sweet. Correspondent John Blackstone sips and shares its secrets at California meaderies.              

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Mars Chocolate Facility Celebrates 50 Years

October 13, 2014 2:56 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate, known for its Snickers bars, M&M's candies and Twix candy bars, is celebrating 50 years at its Albany, Georgia-based facility. Today, the facility employs approximately 175 associates who roast high-quality peanuts for a variety of Mars' iconic brands.

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McDonald's Invites Unappetizing Questions About its Food

October 13, 2014 2:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The push comes as McDonald's fights to boost its performance in the U.S.     

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Oregon Trail Leads to Success

October 13, 2014 12:25 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Portland-based Bridgetown Natural Foods rides the snacking trend with its Gluten-Free, Organic, Kosher and B-Corporation certifications.                               

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OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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Researchers: Large Number of Fish Will Disappear From Tropics by 2050

October 13, 2014 9:55 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

A study by the University of British Columbia examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks. Researchers say the tropics, among other areas, will see a loss of fish populations that are important to fisheries and communities.    

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Hog Farms Rebound From Virus That Killed Millions of Piglets

October 13, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has waned. As pig numbers increase, steep prices on things like bacon should ease.            

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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to Open $4M Corn-Mill Facility

October 13, 2014 9:09 am | by JIM MIMIAGA, Cortez Journal | News | Comments

"Value-added agriculture" is a popular phrase in rural areas for locally processing a raw crop into a more profitable, packaged food item. The mill will produce and package several varieties of food-grade cornmeal under the Bow and Arrow brand name.

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Chocolate-Covered Bugs on the Menu at Insect Museum

October 13, 2014 9:00 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press | News | Comments

What looked like a Halloween trick was actually an array of treats being served up Saturday at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans. The menu included crickets and wax worms on toothpick skewers and fudge infused with crickets.

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VIDEO: The Chemistry of Pizza

October 13, 2014 7:56 am | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Whether it’s a plain cheese, a deep-dish stacked with meats or a thin-crust veggie delight, there’s just something about pizza that makes it delicious. There’s a lot of chemistry that goes into creating the perfect pizza pie, though.   

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5 Tips to Extinguish Factory Fire Risks

October 13, 2014 7:50 am | by Zurich Insurance Group | Articles | Comments

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), property losses at U.S. factories total nearly $1 billion each year. To help reduce these annual losses, Zurich recommends that manufacturing facilities make a commitment to the following five steps.

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Mini-Cupcake Maker Doubles Sales by Creating Special Containers

October 13, 2014 7:45 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The owner of Baked by Melissa, a miniature-cupcake company, wanted to quickly expand her business by shipping nationwide. But the cupcakes, which are slightly larger than the diameter of a quarter, didn't travel well. Success came with what's called a clamshell package.

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Depalletizer

October 13, 2014 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Packagers seeking improved technology in depalletizing will find advances for maximizing their packaging productivity with the Model 108 depalletizer. The depalletizer runs plastic, glass, metal and composite containers interchangeably.

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