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Irwindale Declares Sriracha Factory a Public Nuisance

April 10, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Irwindale, Calif., declared on Wednesday that Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods' production plant is a public nuisance. The Irwindale City Council's action gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from residents last fall.

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Photos of the Day: USDA Projects Lowest Florida Orange Crop in 24 Years

April 10, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame. The USDA's 2013-2014 orange forecast is 110 million boxes, down 18 percent from last season's final production figure.

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Deadly Bacteria Decimates Florida Orange Production

April 10, 2014 9:40 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame. The USDA's 2013-2014 orange forecast is 110 million boxes, down 18 percent from last season's final production figure.

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The Tree of 40 Fruit

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by TEDx Talks | Videos | Comments

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each tree has the ability to grow more than 40 different varieties of stone fruits, including peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines.

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The Evolution of FSMA and Track-and-Trace Technology

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Johann Heydenrych, Senior Vice President, SAP Solutions | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act has propelled the industry forward through a more holistic approach of track-and-trace requirements throughout the supply chain. While the industry has progressed to meet the more stringent standards, there is still ample room for improvement.

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NRDC: GRAS Process May Allow Dangerous Chemicals into Food

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) review process of chemicals used as food additives is “woefully inadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk,” according to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Wi-Fi Connected Data Logger

April 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The TR-72wf-H contains an integrated Wi-Fi function that enables it to automatically upload recorded data from the logger to Company's free cloud-based WebStorage device.

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Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger

April 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The HRS-Rotex is a rotary scraped surface heat exchanger that brings new technology to the market.

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Plane Bearing Insert

April 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The new Poly-Round® Plus plane bearing insert has a stainless pin on the outer diameter to facilitate drop-in installation into bearing housings without utilizing a set-screw as an anti-rotation device.

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Lightning Kills More Than 60 Dairy Cows in Chile

April 9, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Ranchers in southern Chile say that a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars. Storms erupted on Sunday, spawning the lightning strikes in south-central Chile.

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NY Holds Summit on Beer, Wine and Cider Industries

April 9, 2014 12:28 pm | by JOSEFA VELASQUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

New York's alcoholic beverage industry was on display at a summit Tuesday organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to focus on bolstering the business. New York is home to more than 600 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries and ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production.

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Matzo, Kosher Wine Maker Manischewitz Sold to Investment Firm

April 9, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Matzo and kosher wine maker Manischewitz has been sold, just in time for the Passover Seder meal. Sankaty Advisors, an arm of private equity firm Bain Capital, bought the company from a group including investment firm Harbinger. The price was not disclosed.

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Japanese Worker Able to Poison Food Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The food poisoning affected thousands of consumers in Japan.

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P&G Abandons Foods, Sells Pet Food Brands to Mars for $2.9B

April 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble is shifting away from the edible business so it can focus on its core brands like Tide detergent and Pampers diapers. The world's biggest consumer products maker is selling 80 percent of its pet food business to Mars for $2.9 billion.

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Consumer Trends: More Shoppers Grab Nut-Based Spreads

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

More and more consumers are shopping for nut-based and sweet spreads, according to Mintel. New research indicates that, despite very high household penetration rates, there is still room for growth in this multi-billion dollar category.

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Affecting Change to Improve Business Health (Part II)

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

To plan your business change, either slow and steady or drastic and urgent, pretend you are changing your personal health. Make a plan to change your personal health, and then translate it to a business context. It’s one of my favorite planning methods.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Rating Lowered on Struggling Soda Sales

April 9, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. declined Tuesday as an analyst lowered her rating on the beverage company, saying she believes it is overexposed to the U.S. carbonated soft drink category. Dr Pepper Snapple has been dealing with Americans cutting back on soda.

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Virus Kills Millions of Baby Pigs, Drives Up Pork Prices

April 9, 2014 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, never before seen in the U.S., has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year. With little known about how the virus spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

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Target to Offer Exclusive Organic, Sustainable Products

April 9, 2014 10:25 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Target has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists. The new products will be offered exclusively at Target.

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Ex-Broker Gets Prison Time for Bribing Buyers at Kraft, Frito-Lay

April 9, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Two former officials with one of the nation's leading tomato processing companies were sentenced in a federal price-fixing case. Randall Rahal was sentenced to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants like Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.

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