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Gluten-Free Food Industry Reaches $973M, Report Says

January 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

The gluten-free market is cementing its staying power as more than a mere dietary fad and continues to make national headlines, including a recent announcement by popular foodservice chain Pizza Hut that it will begin offering gluten-free pizza. 

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Judge: Dairy Pollution Threatens Washington Valley's Water

January 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.        

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Study: When Chocolate Milk Removed From Schools, Total Milk Intake Drops

January 15, 2015 12:35 pm | by CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING (NRC RESEARCH PRESS) | News | Comments

Researchers measured milk consumption by children and found that when chocolate milk was removed from schools, the overall consumption dropped drastically by about 41 percent. Additionally, of the students who chose plain milk, there was a greater amount of milk wasted.

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Connecticut Brewery Settles Dispute With Anchor Brewing

January 15, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Hartford brewery and restaurant has agreed to change the label on its bottled beers following a trademark dispute with the Anchor Brewing Co. in California. A settlement calls for City Stream Brewing to change the name on its bottle beer from "City Steam" to "Citysteam."

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Phoenix Restaurants Out to Show Super Bowl Visitors it's a Foodie Oasis

January 15, 2015 11:30 am | by TERRY TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York's restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL's big game is a chance to simply score some points as a major culinary player.       

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What's Ahead in 2015? Five Mom Bloggers Share Advice For Food Makers

January 15, 2015 10:50 am | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

You don’t’ need a crystal ball to predict that food manufacturers and Mom Bloggers will continue to forge great partnerships throughout the year. So I asked the Mom Bloggers in my network what trends food manufacturers should be aware of in the new year.

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The Play Off Nostalgia Continues: Strawberry Honeycomb Cereal is Back!

January 15, 2015 10:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Following the recent trend of bringing back old brands, Post Foods, LLC has decided to bring its Strawberry Honeycomb cereal back to the breakfast table. The cereal was first introduced in 1983 as a limited edition item but quickly became a big hit.

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Safe, Compliant Ammonia Management Reduces Risk

January 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Michael J. Curato, P.E., Senior Vice President, Woodard & Curran | Articles | Comments

Most manufacturers of food and beverages have a common concern: the need to keep ingredients, processes and the final product cold. In most applications, the refrigerant of choice is anhydrous ammonia, but recent changes to OSHA’s enforcement approach have created new risks.

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US Wholesale Prices Drop 0.3 Percent in December

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said that its producer price index declined 0.3 percent last month, the biggest decline since a similar drop in October 2011. In November, wholesale prices dipped 0.2 percent.               

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Hawaiian Host to Buy Rival Firm Mauna Loa

January 15, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaiian Host, maker of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, said it's buying macadamia nut processor Mauna Loa from The Hershey Co. The deal brings Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. under the control of Hawaii-based owners for the first time in 15 years.

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Kellogg Acquires Majority Stake in Egyptian Biscuit Maker

January 15, 2015 8:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Kellogg Company has acquired a majority stake in the Egyptian biscuit maker Bisco Misr. The transaction of Bisco Misr, which is the number one packaged biscuits company in Egypt, allows Kellogg to advance its global snacks business in growing emerging markets.

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Ga. Appeals Court Hears Case Over Vidalia Onion Regulation

January 15, 2015 8:25 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bitter fight over Georgia's famed sweet onions is winding its way through the legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand.

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Research Looks to Crustaceans For Bio-Food Packaging

January 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

Petroleum-based plastic bottles and films is an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways. Thankfully, there has been a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. New research shows that chitosan-based coatings can preserve food just as well as petroleum coatings can.

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Pallet Systems

January 15, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The pallet systems provide users with greater customization capabilities to benefit assembly and other similar processes. Pallet system components include merge and divert kits, a lift and locate station and pallet stops. 

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Palletizer

January 14, 2015 3:20 pm | by A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel palletizer is the solution for harsh plant environments with high humidity or moisture or corrosive factors caused by some foods and beverages. 

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VIDEO: Is This the Healthiest App Yet?

January 14, 2015 2:45 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Are you looking to get healthier this new year? There is a new app out that can help you do just that. It's called Bag IQ. The application can track and analyze quality, nutrition and the price of the food products you buy.       

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7 Key Questions to Ask Before the 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 2:00 pm | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).

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5 Ways Loyalty Marketing Can Transform CPG Brands

January 14, 2015 1:35 pm | by Greg Engen, Vice President, consumer packaged goods, Aimia | Articles | Comments

CPG marketers are naturally inclined to focus their efforts on the tried and true. But the days of standing pat with the same old marketing tactics are over. Those marketers who embrace this transformation, rather than shy away from it, will be the brand leaders of tomorrow.

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Millennials Drive High-Protein Snack Innovation

January 14, 2015 1:00 pm | by Janet Forgrieve, Freelance Writer, SmartBlogs | Blogs | Comments

Two trends have come together to help drive the growth of new snack foods: consumers are snacking more and sometimes using snacks to replace meals. Meanwhile, they're also trying to avoid empty calories and search for convenient snacks with nutrition.

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Cargill Sells Texas Cattle Feed to Calif.-Based Family Operator

January 14, 2015 12:25 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Cargill announced the future closure of Lockney, related to the shutdown of the company's Plainview, Texas, beef processing facility on February 1, 2013. The plant closed primarily due to drought that had severely limited the region's cattle supplies. 

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