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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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Environmentally Friendly Pest Management

January 23, 2013 3:21 pm | by Patrick T. Copps, MS, B.C.E., Technical Services Manager, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

The days of traditional pest management strategies — which may have included an over-reliance on pesticides and reactive pest treatments — are long gone. In their place is a proactive approach to pest management that uses chemical treatments only as a last resort.

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Seafood, Lemon Juice Vulnerable to Fraud

January 23, 2013 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Nearly 800 new records of “food fraud” added to the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) Food Fraud Database present new information about foods that are vulnerable to fraudulent manipulation in today’s food supply.  Analyses of new information by USP scientists add seafood (fish, shrimp), clouding agents and lemon juice as categories vulnerable to food fraud.

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House GOP Seeks to Defuse Debt Crisis

January 23, 2013 12:44 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR,Associated Press | News | Comments

With tacit support from President Barack Obama, House Republicans were moving Wednesday to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least four months. The GOP legislation marks a tactical retreat by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who is eager to avoid a potential first-ever default on U.S. payment and debt obligations.

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Two Men Sue Subway for Falling Short on Sandwiches

January 23, 2013 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Two New Jersey men have sued Subway, saying the world's biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them on its so-called footlong sandwiches. The filing made Tuesday seeks compensatory damages from the company and a change in practices. Plaintiffs' lawyer Stephen DeNittis says the company should either make their sandwiches 12 inches long or stop advertising them as footlongs.

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Charges Hurt Heinz 3Q

January 23, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Co. said that an early payment to a company it bought a Chinese soy sauce maker from in 2010 will hurt its fiscal third-quarter earnings by 4 cents per share. The Pittsburgh-based ketchup maker acquired Foodstar, which manufactures Master brand soy sauce and fermented bean curd in China, from Transpac Industrial Holdings Ltd. for $165 million.

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Recall: Pizza May Have Metal Fragments in Dough

January 23, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Annie's Inc. is voluntarily recalling seven kinds of frozen pizza sold nationwide over the possible risk that metal fragments made their way into the dough. The organic and natural food company said it issued the recall after finding out that a metal mesh screen at a third-party flour mill had failed. As a result fragments of the mesh were found in the flour and pizza dough.

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Consumer Trends: Pet Owners Confused About Nutrition

January 23, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A recent petMD survey on the topic of pet nutrition revealed confusion among pet owners regarding the nutritional needs of dogs and cats. While 57 percent of respondents rightfully look to pet food labels for information about the ingredients in their pet's food, what is written on the labels is often misinterpreted.

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Dairy Farmers to See Big Payout After Price Fixing Settlement

January 23, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

After ongoing litigation, the Dairy Farmers of America have reached a tentative $159 million settlement with dairy farmers in 14 states who sued the organization over what the farmers called anti-competitive business practices that drove down the price of milk and hurt farming operations by depriving them of revenue.

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Purchase Mobile Computers Wisely

January 23, 2013 11:44 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group | Articles | Comments

Higher productivity, increased labor costs and a strong trends towards true mobility in the work place are all factors that have put the spotlight firmly on ‘total costs of ownership’ for computers and devices. Organizations will have to start spending more on durable and reliable mobile computers rather than looking for bargains, if they want to avoid losing valuable productive time.

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Value Menu Boosts McDonald’s 4Q

January 23, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. eked out a higher profit in the fourth quarter with the help of its Dollar Menu and the McRib, but the world's biggest hamburger chain also warned that a key sales figure is expected to drop this month. The negative forecast reflects the intensifying competition and changing dining habits McDonald's is facing.

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Rice Mill Plans $13.4M Expansion

January 23, 2013 9:41 am | News | Comments

A rice mill will spend $13.4 million on an expansion and modernization of its facility in eastern Calcasieu Parish, the company and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said Tuesday. Jindal said Tuesday that the 55,000-square-foot expansion of Farmers Rice Milling Company's packaging and distribution plant will allow it to increase processing speed and volume.

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Mars: Sweet Employer

January 23, 2013 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

Mars was named to Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For." Fortune's David A. Kaplan interviews Debra A. Sandler, the president of Mars Chocolate North America, to find out what makes the processor of some of the world's most iconic candy brands so sweet to work for.

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Coke Plans Interactive Marketing Blitz for Super Bowl

January 23, 2013 9:38 am | by MAE ANDERSON,The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most people will be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3. But Coca-Cola is asking viewers to cheer for three very different groups in an interactive marketing blitz during the big game: a troupe of showgirls, a band of cowboys and a biker-style gang of "badlanders" — all on a quest for a thirst-quenching Coke in a desert.

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Tentative Settlement Reached in Milk Price Lawsuit

January 23, 2013 9:36 am | News | Comments

Southeastern dairy farmers from 14 states have reached a tentative settlement for nearly $159 million in their antitrust lawsuit against the Dairy Farmers of America over claims of dairy price controls. The preliminary settlement heads off a civil trial that was to have begun Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Greeneville.

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Opponents of NYC Soda Size Limit Doubt Racial Fairness

January 23, 2013 9:34 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

The NAACP's New York state branch and the Hispanic Federation have joined beverage makers and sellers in trying to stop the rule from taking effect March 12. With a hearing set Wednesday, critics are attacking what they call an inconsistent and undemocratic regulation, while city officials and health experts defend it as a pioneering and proper move to fight obesity.

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Photo of the Day: Coke's Marketing Blitz

January 23, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

Coca-Cola's 2013 Super Bowl campaign, which will include TV spots as well as a Web site and interaction with consumers on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, is the beverage maker’s latest attempt to capture interest of people who watch the Big Game with a second screen such as a tablet or smartphone nearby.

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