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Photos of the Day: Belgian Brewers Look to Regain Local Support for Beer

April 18, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

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Brewers Campaign to Bring Belgians Back to Beer

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

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The Making of Matzo

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Passover celebration calls for Jews to avoid leavened grain, so matzo has become a traditional favorite during the holiday. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making matzo.

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FAQs on GFSI-Recognized Food Safety & Quality Schemes

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Articles | Comments

Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification isn’t going away — but here’s hoping industry confusion over the various standards will. The following answers to these frequently asked questions might help.

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Drawer Cabinets

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

LISTA sheet steel drawer cabinets offer made-to-measure top quality for professional use.

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Code Reader Software

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

DataMan® 5.2 software features expanding tuning and scripting capability, as well as a new test mode for DataMan 300 and 503 series barcode readers.

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Liquid/Solid Separator System

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The new Micro Drum Screen™ Advanced Liquid/Solid Separator system reduces industrial waste using screens with mesh sizes 2.5 times finer than secondary screening systems (200 microns compared to 500 microns).

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Where Do Our Favorite Foods Come From?

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Today's menus are full of new twists on old dishes and surprising inventions. But where do these fascinating foods come from? Urbanspoon has broken down where some of our favorite foods got their start, and you might be surprised by some of the findings.

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IFT Launches 'FutureFood 2050' to Address Food Security Issues

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

The Institute of Food Technologists today announced a sweeping new program, FutureFood 2050, which is designed create a broad dialogue on how science will deliver solutions needed to feed the world’s nine billion people by the year 2050.

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3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact the Entire Supply Chain

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. | Articles | Comments

If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group.

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Food Manufacturing Profits Continue to Fall in Canada

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Profit levels in the food manufacturing sector dropped for the third consecutive year and totaled slightly more than $3.5 billion in 2013, according to The Conference Board of Canada. Production is expected to rise by almost 3 percent in 2014, the strongest increase in several years.

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Philly Chocolate Shop Shuttered for Delinquent Taxes

April 17, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter. The Department of Revenue says that it revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory for delinquent tax payments.

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Northern Beef Packers Received $4.3M in State Aid

April 17, 2014 11:52 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state agencies shows the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

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Post Acquires Michael Foods for $2.45B

April 17, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

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Freeze Kills Florida Citrus Trees

April 17, 2014 10:15 am | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Florida Panhandle property owners lost thousands of dollars in citrus trees and other non-native plants because of the harsh winter. Temperatures dipped into the 20s and below across the region this winter and ice stayed on the ground for more than 24 hours.

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FDA Closes Puerto Rico Bakery for Multiple Violations

April 17, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Los Genuinos, Inc., a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, food manufacturer, has agreed under terms of a court order not to process or distribute food until it addresses the unsanitary conditions found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators.

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PepsiCo Posts Strong 1Q Profit with More Snack Sales

April 17, 2014 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period.

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Infographic: How America Snacks

April 17, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

The majority of snacking in America occurs after lunch, with 28 percent of Americans snacking in the afternoon, according to The Hartman Group. But early morning snacking is an emerging opportunity space for food and beverage companies, retailers and restaurants.

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Honey Maid Turns Ad Backlash into Love

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Graham cracker maker Honey Maid's television ad featuring biracial and gay families has received more than 5 million views — and a lot of negative feedback. Honey Maid has responded with a second ad in which hate messages are transformed into the word "love."

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What Does the Future Hold for Cloud Computing?

April 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc. | Articles | Comments

While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into what the future brings for cloud computing.

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