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Infographic: Women Will Shape the Adult Beverage Industry

October 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

The majority of women in the U.S. are of legal drinking age — and they're increasingly engaged, experimental and educated consumers of spirits, wine and beer. Young and ethnic women, in particular, will shape the future of the adult beverage industry, according to Technomic.

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Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting | News | Comments

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

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USDA Gives Maine $600K to Invest in Specialty Crops

October 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will give Maine $602,679 to invest in ten specialty crop initiatives. The initiatives will help strengthen food products such as potatoes, wild blueberries and maple syrup.           

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New Pickle Processing Plant in Washington

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by MARK STAYTON, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

The plant joins Sakuma Bros. Farms as the only Skagit County-based crop processors and will help salvage valuable rotation crops of cucumbers and cabbage. The facility currently produces pickle chips, spears, whole pickles, sauerkraut and pickled cauliflower.

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Why You Should Be Feeding Your Pets High-Quality Food Brands

October 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Our four-legged friends are often fed over-processed and chemically altered foods. Am I saying pet owners should only feed their animals raw food? Not necessarily. But I do think we should be mindful in the food brands we are purchasing for them.

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Real Foods Issues Recall on Mexican Cheddar Dip

October 14, 2014 10:56 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Real Foods of Seattle, Washington is recalling 96 units of its Mexican Cheddar Dip product due to an undeclared allergen. The product was distributed and sold throughout the state.                   

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SunBurst Foods Issues Recall For Nearly 150 Products

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by FDA | News | Comments

SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling all of its SunBurst, Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Is the Trade Deficit Really Bad?

October 14, 2014 10:34 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

I think America’s trade deficit is the biggest single obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs or keeping manufacturing jobs in the country. I also agree with Warren Buffet who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the federal budget deficit or consumer debt, and could lead to political turmoil.”

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

The power of cloud computing to connect a multitude of devices and platforms is yet another transformation that is impacting manufacturing facilities. The use of cloud in the food & beverage industry can monitor time-critical perishable foods that have set temperature, pressure and humidity requirements.

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VIDEO: The Secret Behind Wisconsin Cheese

October 14, 2014 10:13 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

PBS Food ventures north to the land of Cheeseheads to discover exactly what is so special about Wisconsin cheese. What they find is a fascinating mix of strategic farming, homogenized cultures and immigration politics.        

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Moms Agree: Food and Happiness Go Hand in Hand

October 14, 2014 10:04 am | by Chr. Hansen | News | Comments

Leading food ingredient company, Chr. Hansen, Natural Colors Division, commissioned the "Thought for Food" survey to learn what U.S. moms look for in food labels and gauge their perceptions of natural ingredients.          

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Salt Reduction: Challenges vs. Opportunities For the Food Industry

October 14, 2014 9:57 am | by UBM Live | News | Comments

Salt reduction has been one of the most prevalent topics in the food industry for many years, with a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health regarding salt intake as one of the major health issues of today's population.   

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Ebola Could Have Significant Impact on Global Food Security

October 14, 2014 9:39 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

One example of how the health care crisis more than 5,000 miles away could affect food production in the United States is the potential impact on the production and distribution of cocoa beans used in making chocolate.     

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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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