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USDA Reports Corn In 18 States Hurt By Drought

July 10, 2012 7:46 am | News | Comments

Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop.

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Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera

July 10, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FLIR A35 is a stabilized, non-radiometric longwave infrared thermal imaging camera built to fit in the tight spaces common to machine vision applications.

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Serial Communication Module

July 10, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SNAP-SCM-CAN2B is a high-speed serial communication module for acquiring data from generators, motors, sensors, actuators and other industrial devices connected to a Controller Area Network (CAN).

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Shrink Sleeve Label Applicators

July 10, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's product line is comprised of two distinct styles of shrink sleeve label applicators, catering to both moderate and high-speed line requirements.

‘Smart Tags’ Ensure Food Quality, Less Waste

July 9, 2012 4:22 pm | by Davor Sutija, CEO, Thinfilm | Articles | Comments

While the public and regulatory focus is on egregious situations that demand recalls, even safely transported goods may not be delivered in optimal quality due to improper refrigeration and storage temperature.

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Contamination Prompts Meatball Recall

July 9, 2012 4:16 pm | Videos | Comments

A listeria scare prompted the recall of 300,000 pounds of meat, including meat balls and frozen meat patties from Buona Vita's southern New Jersey processing plant.

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Q&A: Robotics vs. Product Distribution Conveyors

July 9, 2012 4:02 pm | by Craig Collett, Director of Robotics and Wrappers Product Line, Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers are always looking for ways to achieve higher outputs and lower costs, and automating their packaging lines is an effective way to achieve this goal.

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Whaling Meeting Ends With Mixed Results

July 9, 2012 1:02 pm | News | Comments

The International Whaling Commission ended its annual meeting on Friday amid dissatisfaction from a variety of members, including Japan, which sought permission for coastal communities to carry out small-scale whaling.

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Smithfield Foods To Open Restaurant

July 9, 2012 1:01 pm | News | Comments

The Smithfield, Va.-based company plans to open the Taste of Smithfield restaurant on Tuesday. Customers can buy salads and sandwiches made with Smithfield pork products as well as ribs and burgers.

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Ocean Acidity Threatens Seafood Security

July 9, 2012 12:59 pm | by KRISTEN GELINEAU,Associated Press | News | Comments

Oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs, and the potential impact of all of this is huge because seafood is the primary source of protein for many people around the world.

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Head Directly To Jail, Do Not Collect $2M

July 9, 2012 12:58 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

With fraud in the manufacturing sector continuing to rise, businesses need to look for ways to protect themselves. Steps to secure your business might include reviewing online banking and transactional accounts daily, dedicating a computer to just banking transactions (no email or web browsing on this computer), and using spyware detection and authenticated applications.

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IDFA Wants Limits On Milk Supply Removed From Farm Bill

July 9, 2012 12:56 pm | News | Comments

The stabilization program will hamstring a growing dairy export business, discourage investment into processing facilities and ultimately hurt new or expanding dairy farms by limiting increased demand for more milk production, says the International Dairy Foods Association.

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Heinz CEO’s Pay Drops 8 Percent

July 9, 2012 12:53 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Writer | News | Comments

H.J. Heinz Co., the world's biggest ketchup maker, says it gave its CEO a pay package worth $14.4 million in its fiscal 2012, down 8 percent from last year, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

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Consumer Trends: Rise Of The Millennials

July 9, 2012 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Over the next decade the baton will be passed from one mega-generation to another as Millennials come of age and Baby Boomers enter the next phase of their lives and spending patterns. As a result, established food brands and traditional grocery stores will be pressured at both ends by sets of consumers with very different value equations.

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Farming Parody Video Goes Viral

July 9, 2012 10:12 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Peterson said the brothers aimed the video at their city friends on Facebook because they "hardly knew anything about the farm." They ended up educating the world. "I'm Farming and I Grow It" video has become an Internet sensation with more than 3.2 million views since it was posted June 25 on YouTube.

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Wash. Wineries Hope Gallo Will Lift Industry

July 9, 2012 10:08 am | by MAI HOANG,Yakima Herald-Republic | News | Comments

Washington wineries are hopeful that the recent acquisition of Washington brands Columbia Winery and Covey Run Winery by Modesto, Calif.-based E. J. Gallo Winery, the world's largest privately owned wine company, will boost the state's industry.

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Campbell Soup To Buy Juice Maker For $1.55B

July 9, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Co. is buying carrot and juice maker Bolthouse Farms for $1.55 billion in cash as it seeks to bolster its struggling business with fresher offerings.

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PepsiCo Enters Yogurt Market

July 9, 2012 10:03 am | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out its first yogurt in the U.S., as the company known for its sodas and Frito-Lay snacks continues bulking up its cupboard of offerings with a more nutritious appeal.

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324K Pounds Of Meat Recalled For Bacteria Contamination

July 9, 2012 10:00 am | News | Comments

A southern New Jersey-based meat company has recalled more than 324,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to a possible bacteria contamination.

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Drink Coffee, Dodge Cancer

July 9, 2012 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Next in a spate of studies claiming to prove the benefits of drinking coffee, Harvard researchers have announced in a new report that drinking coffee may lower the risk of developing skin cancer.

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