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Traceability Software

February 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy (SIMBA) Lite 2012 is designed to provide food processors with the ability to process, label and track their products from "field or dock to customer."

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Q&A: Automation Trends for Food Manufacturers

February 14, 2013 4:47 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Incorporating automated equipment into food manufacturing processes can offer a wealth of benefits. Matt Wicks of Intelligrated spoke with Food Manufacturing about how food processors can best harness automated technologies in their facilities.

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Q&A: Pest Identification Goes Digital

February 14, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

For food manufacturers facing an infestation, quick and accurate identification of the pest is essential to resolving the issue and avoiding further damage or contamination. Today, more and more food facilities and pest control companies are utilizing digital technology to identify pests accurately and efficiently.

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Death by Soda?

February 14, 2013 4:31 pm | Videos | Comments

A coroner in New Zealand has named excessive consumption of Coca-Cola as a "substantial factor" contributing to the heart attack that killed 31-year-old Natasha Harris. The country's food and beverage industry association says it will not consider placing warning labels on soda containers.

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Q&A: Food Defense Strategies

February 14, 2013 4:18 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Food recalls are a threat to public health as well as a company’s bottom line, and the impact of a recall can last for years after the event is over. Don Hsieh of Tyco Integrated Security discusses how companies can use food defense strategies to prevent recalls.

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The Battle Against Regulation

February 14, 2013 4:11 pm | Videos | Comments

The U.S. food industry is fighting against food regulations that could make junk food harder to access and impose stricter standards on food advertising. The food and beverage industry's combined lobbying efforts make the industry one of the nation's largest political campaign donors.

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Packaging Company Achieves Scheduling Success

February 14, 2013 2:55 pm | by ScheduleSoft | Articles | Comments

Austin Packaging Company (APC), a Minnesota-based USDA contract manufacturer for some of the world’s largest food companies, found a software solution that helped to create a fair, consistent and more predictable workforce schedule. 

HACCP for the Organic Professional

February 14, 2013 2:36 pm | Events

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and NSF International, a public health and safety organization and parent company of organic certifier QAI, are offering a  course entitled, “Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for the Organic Professional.” The two-day course will be offered Tuesday-Wednesday, March 5-6, prior to the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California.

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Corona-Bud Revise Deal to Appease Regulators

February 14, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Anheuser-Bush InBev changed the terms of its proposed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo Thursday in an attempt to push through a deal that federal regulators say will kill competition. AB InBev is willing to sell Modelo's Piedras Negras brewery and give perpetual rights for Corona and the Modelo brands in the U.S. to Constellation for $2.9 billion, the company said Thursday.

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Nestle Posts $11.55B Profit in 2012

February 14, 2013 12:34 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle SA, the world's biggest food and drinks maker, predicted another challenging year ahead but overcame tough global economic conditions to post a full-year net profit Thursday of 10.6 billion Swiss francs ($11.55 billion) for 2012. With 330,000 employees worldwide and 461 factories in 83 countries, Nestle is a major buyer of food commodities such as wheat, sugar, milk and coffee.

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EU Calls for Emergency Meat Testing

February 14, 2013 12:33 pm | by RAF CASERT,Associated Press | News | Comments

European Union nations on Wednesday called for more intensive testing for a month to try to contain the scandal in which horsemeat was sold as beef. The emergency meeting at EU headquarters included nations most affected by the horsemeat scandal that has swept through Europe, with millions of burgers and frozen meals recalled across the continent.

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Monster Changes Label to Qualify as Drink

February 14, 2013 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Monster Beverage Corp. is changing the labeling on its cans so that its energy drinks will no longer be considered dietary supplements, a move that changes the federal guidelines the drinks must follow. Monster's CEO told the industry tracker Beverage Digest that the cans will now list "Nutrition Facts" rather than "Supplement Facts," as well as disclosing caffeine content.

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Study Examines Why Most Survived China’s Melamine Scare

February 14, 2013 12:30 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Scientists wondering why some children and not others survived one of China's worst food safety scandals have uncovered a suspect: germs that live in the gut. In 2008, at least six babies died and 300,000 became sick after being fed infant formula that had been deliberately and illegally tainted with the industrial chemical melamine.

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Consumer Trends: Casual Dining Challenges

February 14, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

There's good news to report for the casual-dining segment: customer enthusiasm is up. But the other side of the coin shows that new challenges are emerging for casual-dining operators as the lines continue to blur between limited-service fast-casual restaurants and full-service casual-dining chains.

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Daily Sound Bite: Buffet Bets on Heinz

February 14, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, along with 3G Capital, will acquire Heinz in a $23.3 billion dollar deal, netting Heinz shareholders $72.50 per share of common stock. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.

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Have You Written Your Plan?

February 14, 2013 11:31 am | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, Mettler Toledo Product Inspection | Articles | Comments

In January 2013, the FDA proposed two new food safety rules that will prevent adulterated food from entering commerce and help prevent the spread of foodborne illness. The proposed rules implement the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in 2011, and are available for public comment for 120 days.

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Obama Talks Food Safety

February 14, 2013 9:51 am | Videos | Comments

President Barack Obama details the mission of FDA, USDA and the Department of Agriculture. The president describes his administrations plan and vision for the role of government in ensuring the availability of safe food to all Americans.

Hawaii Lawmakers Consider Taxing Sugary Drinks

February 14, 2013 9:46 am | by ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,Associated Press | News | Comments

The state Senate judiciary committee has pushed forward a proposal to add a fee to sugary beverages in Hawaii. The judiciary committee's vote Tuesday came just a day after the Senate health committee approved the same bill. Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the fee is an important way to fight obesity.

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Home-Cooked Meals from a Can

February 14, 2013 9:44 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

There's nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal, especially if it comes out of a can or a pouch. As more people try their hand at mimicking sophisticated recipes from cooking shows and blogs, food companies are rolling out meal kits and starters that make amateur chefs feel like Emeril Lagasse or Rachael Ray in the kitchen.

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Industrial Real Estate Continues To Strengthen Despite Slow Economic Growth

February 14, 2013 9:43 am | by Jim Morris, Industrial Services Lead, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Demand for industrial real estate continues to rise, but modest economic growth continues to impact the sector nationally. And that modest economic growth trend, impacted by the uncertainties surrounding the U.S. financial and Euro Zone debt challenges, is likely to continue to define the market’s progress for at least another year.

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