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IPPE Coverage: Sanitary Mixer, Booth #6059

January 25, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The "Sani-Mix" Blender from AMFEC is a sanitary and efficient mixer constructed of solid stainless steel.

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Sanitary Conveying for Powders

January 25, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The P-Series Venturi Loader is designed for conveying powders in sanitary applications.

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Starbucks up Ahead of 1Q Report

January 24, 2013 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Starbucks were up slightly in premarket trading Thursday with analysts expecting the coffee company to report a higher profit for its fiscal first quarter after the closing bell. The higher expectations come as Starbucks has continued expanding its footprint and diversifying its business mix.

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Tea Growers Form International Forum

January 24, 2013 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The world's top tea-growing nations have formed the first-ever international forum of tea producers, aiming to make their product the most popular beverage globally and also to ensure price and production stability. The International Tea Producers' Forum was established by the six major growers — India, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.

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Tenn. Wins Federal Grant for Food Safety Center

January 24, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Tennessee is one of five states to receive a federal grant to establish an Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. The center will be located at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and operated in cooperation with the state Health Department.

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IHOP Parent to Rid Supply Chain of Gestation Crates

January 24, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The parent company of IHOP and Applebee's said Wednesday that it will eliminate the use of gestation crates from its pork supply chain for its more than 3,500 restaurants. DineEquity Inc. said the move is part of its commitment to animal welfare. It joins a growing list of restaurants and other food companies that are halting use of the practice over growing public concern.

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McDonald’s Adding Fish McBites to Lineup

January 24, 2013 12:26 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's used the Dollar Menu to help lift its profit in the latest quarter. Now the world's biggest hamburger chain is turning to a pipeline of new menu items to boost slumping sales, starting with "Fish McBites." The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is betting that it will be able to beat back intensifying competition and economic pressures with the lineup.

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Thought of the Day: Fighting for Your Right to Big Gulp

January 24, 2013 12:13 pm | News | Comments

An unlikely coalition of opponents to New York City's new law restricting the sale of high-calorie beverages is taking the city to court in an attempt to block the legislation. The American Beverage Association along with the New York state NAACP and others appeared in court on Wednesday to challenge the law.

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Consumer Trends: Favorite Chain Restaurants

January 24, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Technomic Inc. has presented its first ever Chain Restaurant Consumers' Choice Award winners. Selected by consumers themselves, the winners were recognized yesterday at the Consumer Trends & Directions Conference in Newport Beach, CA.

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Trader Joe’s Raises Price of ‘Two-Buck Chuck’

January 24, 2013 9:44 am | News | Comments

The popular wine known as "Two-Buck Chuck" will need a new name after the bargain beverage's price was raised. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports that over the past decade shoppers at Trader Joe's California stores paid $1.99 for a bottle of Charles Shaw shiraz or cabernet sauvignon.

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Experts Predict Good Year for Wis. Dairy Farmers

January 24, 2013 9:41 am | News | Comments

Wisconsin produced a record 27.2 billion pounds of milk last year. However, the 4 percent increase didn't necessarily translate to more money for dairy farmers. Milk prices were down and feed costs were higher. Both factors helped offset the increase in revenue from harvesting more milk.

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Beverage Giants, NYC Lawyers Face off in Court

January 24, 2013 9:39 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

The first courtroom arguments in the closely watched case ended without an immediate ruling. Opponents said they planned to ask a judge to delay enforcement during the suit, which has broached questions of racial fairness alongside arguments about government authority and burdens to business.

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Unions See Sharp Decline in Membership

January 24, 2013 9:36 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press | News | Comments

Union membership plummeted last year to the lowest level since the 1930s as cash-strapped state and local governments shed workers and unions had difficulty organizing new members in the private sector despite signs of an improving economy.

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Burger King Stops Using Supplier Linked to Horsemeat

January 24, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

Burger King says it has stopped buying beef from an Irish supplier whose patties in Britain and Ireland were found to contain traces of horsemeat. The fast food chain said in a statement that it had dropped Silvercrest Foods as a supplier for its U.K. and Ireland restaurants as a "voluntary and precautionary measure."

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Photo of the Day: Dueling over Drinks

January 24, 2013 9:32 am | News | Comments

New York City defended its groundbreaking size limit on sugary drinks Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, as an imperfect but meaningful rein on obesity, while critics said it would hurt small and minority-owned businesses while doing little to help health.

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Measuring Wheel Encoder for Conveyor Systems

January 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The MA20 measuring wheel encoder provides position and speed feedback for conveyor systems.

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Ingredient Scales

January 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RP30 series digital ingredient scales with 360-degree stainless steel platforms increase productivity and decrease ingredient costs by allowing food prep to be performed directly on the scale while weighing each stage of the process plus providing the total weight of the food item.

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IPPE Coverage: Entry-Level Egg Processing, Booth #5622

January 24, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The OVOCOMPACT® integrated skid is a small line designed for egg producers who want to enter the liquid egg business with a low initial investment.

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Whole Foods CEO Talks Healthy Food

January 23, 2013 3:38 pm | Videos | Comments

Whole Foods recently made Fortune's list of the 100 best companies to work for. The company's CEO takes viewers on a tour of one of his stores, discussing nutrient density, local sourcing and sustainability — topics about which the company hopes to educate customers.

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YouTube Video Has Viewers Swearing Off Seafood

January 23, 2013 3:32 pm | Videos | Comments

What many are calling the first celebrity clam appeared recently in a YouTube video simply titled, "Clam Eats Salt." The video, which appears to be of the clam "licking" salt from a table, actually shows the animal exposing its strong, sensitive foot, and it has many taking a pass on seafood dishes.

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