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Forming Machine

April 22, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Though completely electric, the PROVATEC 760E Forming Machine uses less electricity than other machines its size, while forming food at a faster pace. A smaller footprint also makes it a better choice for food and meat processing operations.

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What Makes Chipotle Pork So Special?

April 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

In January, Chipotle halted sales of pork at hundreds of its restaurants, saying one of its suppliers wasn't adhering to its strict standards. Just what makes Chipotle's pork so special? Bloomberg's Julie Hyman traveled to Iowa to find out.

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Sweet Potato Naturally 'Genetically Modified'

April 21, 2015 2:20 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world. Because of the presence of this 'foreign' DNA, sweet potato can be seen as a 'natural GMO.'

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Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 21, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to require companies to clearly label food produced with genetic modification. The office of Attorney General Bill Sorrell formally adopted rules to implement the labeling law this week.

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Hormel Says Bird Flu Outbreak Will Hurt Turkey Sales

April 21, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

So far the virus has been found at farms housing 2.3 million turkeys, all of which have died of the disease, or have been killed or soon will be in order to stem the spread of avian flu. Most of the birds were in Minnesota, which is the largest turkey-producing state in the U.S.

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US Senator Says School Yogurt Program is Expanding Nationwide

April 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal program adding Greek yogurt to items available for school lunches is expanding nationwide. The federal Department of Agriculture pilot program began in 2013 with New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona, adding eight more states last year.

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In The News: Blue Bell Creameries Recalls All Products

April 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Find out everything you need to know about this story by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Food Trends: Here’s A Look At What’s In & What's Out for 2015

April 21, 2015 11:35 am | by Laurel Mintz, CEO, Elevate My Brand | Articles | Comments

Trends in the food industry come and go just as quickly as trends in fashion, and failing to keep up means losing customers. Chefs and restaurateurs are constantly hustling to update their menus, reinvent classic dishes, and adapt to the latest fads and tastes. Already in 2015 we are seeing some big shifts in what people want.

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Environmentalists Contest Broadened Use of New Herbicide

April 21, 2015 11:05 am | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmentalists are contesting the federal government's decision to allow more widespread use of a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.

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Taco Bell Returns to Japan After 20-Year Absence

April 21, 2015 10:40 am | by Tomoyuki Tachikawa | News | Comments

Taco Bell Corp., a major U.S. fast food chain, opened a restaurant in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Tuesday, returning to the Japanese market ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an absence of about two decades.

NY Cheese Packing Plant to Close, Putting 53 Workers Out of a Job

April 21, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Heluva Good cheese packaging plant and country store in Wayne County are shutting down, 90 years after the company's founding.

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Blue Bell Recalls All Ice Cream Products Over Listeria Concerns

April 21, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

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A Silicon Valley Superfood That Makes You 'Bulletproof'

April 21, 2015 9:15 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

In the late 1990s, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey was overweight and struggling to stay focused. Many adventures later, his "bio-hacking" endeavors led him to create Bulletproof Coffee, a brew he claims gives you steady energy throughout the day and suppresses your appetite for hours. 

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Why McDonald's is Still a Powerhouse, Despite Recent Troubles

April 21, 2015 8:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't end soon. But don't write the obituary just yet. McDonald's has many strengths that the rivals biting at its heels can only envy.

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Manufacturers Are Looking to the Cloud

April 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers know that in order to be successful in the rapidly changing markets of the global economy they must make more efficient use of large amounts of data to leverage business intelligence and become more agile. They are looking to the cloud as a solution.

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Some Farmers Look to Capitalize on Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amid record harvests of corn and soybeans last year, some farmers are turning to an unlikely source to increase their bottom lines: non-GMO seeds.

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Automatic Rotary Ring Stretch Wrapper

April 21, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Octopus "1717C" automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper is compact in size and is versatile for a variety of applications, making it a perfect machine for selling through distribution.

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The Most Expensive Regulation in Manufacturing History

April 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by NAMvideo | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers released a new study that confirms our worst fears: the ozone regulation under consideration by EPA right now will be the most expensive regulation of all time. This could cost manufacturing and the total U.S. economy a solid $140 billion per year.

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Rain-Resistant Coating May Get More Cherries to Your Table

April 20, 2015 2:40 pm | by Oregon State Univ. | News | Comments

A tissue-thin, food-grade film developed at Oregon State Univ. acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-related cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a whole season’s crop.

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UK Fish Sticks Maker Taken Over For $2.8B

April 20, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nomad Holdings Ltd. has agreed to buy Iglo Foods Holding Ltd., the frozen food company that introduced fish sticks to Britain in the 1950s, for 2.6 billion euros ($2.8 billion).

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