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Refurbish Food Manufacturing Machines for Increased Food Safety

May 2, 2013 12:19 pm | by Bob Shapiro, CEO, GSC Packaging | Articles | Comments

Food processing and packaging equipment is complex and multi-faceted, often with difficult-to-reach areas that can house biofilms and food soils that may result in microbiological hazards. Hidden surfaces lead to inadequate sanitation if not properly addressed, but those are not the only danger zones.

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Storage Space Can Be Found by Simply Looking Up

May 2, 2013 12:04 pm | by Paul Mihelich, Director of Sales, Wildeck | Articles | Comments

For many food manufacturing facilities, the loading dock and warehouse can be busy areas. With employees passing through, forklifts and hand pallet trucks moving about, and conveyor systems and storage racks fixed to the ground, space is often a premium in these areas.

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Consumer Trends: Who Is Today's Primary Shopper?

May 2, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

For today's retailers and manufacturers, it has become increasingly complicated to pinpoint who are today's primary shoppers. Soccer moms? Working women? Men? In a new study commissioned by PLMA, GfK Custom Research North America answers the questions with some surprising results.

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Cott Reports Lower Sales for 1Q

May 2, 2013 9:50 am | News | Comments

Shares of Cott Corp. fell Wednesday after the beverage maker reported lower first-quarter revenue, citing a loss in market share and a broader decline in the North American soft drink industry. The Canadian company, which makes private-label drinks for retailers, said its total filled beverage volume was 193 million cases for the quarter, down 5 percent from 203 million cases a year ago.

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Groups Criticize Pa. Liquor Bills

May 2, 2013 9:48 am | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Tom Corbett's push to liberalize Pennsylvania's beer, wine and liquor laws drew broad criticism from anti-addiction groups during a Senate committee hearing Tuesday, and a key state senator suggested that any sale of private alcohol licenses won't deliver the kind of windfall Corbett has touted.

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Wis. Panel Approves Junk Food Stamp Bill

May 2, 2013 9:47 am | by KEVIN WANG,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Wisconsin Assembly committee approved a bill on Tuesday that would limit the amount of food stamp benefits that could be spent on junk food. Republican Rep. Dean Kaufert, of Neenah, amended his original bill to require people enrolled in the state nutrition assistance program, known as FoodShare or food stamps, to spend at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits on items such as milk, bread and vegetables.

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Abused Disabled Iowa Plant Workers Awarded $240M

May 2, 2013 9:45 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

For decades, the lives of 32 mentally disabled Iowa turkey processing plant workers were controlled by their Texas-based employer, which profited handsomely by hiring them out. Regardless of sickness or injury, they were driven from the dilapidated, bug-infested bunkhouse where they were housed to their 41-cents-an-hour jobs removing the slaughtered birds' innards.

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Calif. Lawsuit Claims Lead in Ginger, Plum Candies

May 2, 2013 9:43 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press | News | Comments

California has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other food retailers, manufacturers and distributors, alleging the companies are selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies without warning labels, as required by state law.

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Photo of the Day: Spreading the Word About Wine

May 2, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival is a production of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA). The LPVA was formed in 1998 with a goal to help spread the word about all the wonderful things the Leelanau Peninsula has to offer including a growing number of award-winning wineries, excellent restaurants and a rich agricultural history.

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Frozen Foods a Good Bet

May 2, 2013 9:02 am | by Bloomberg Television | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg's Senior Markets Correspondent Julie Hyman talks about betting on frozen foods. She highlights the strong performance of what she calls staples food companies and suggests that frozen foods companies will likely continue to be profitable in the coming months.

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Protecting Your Key Innovations

May 2, 2013 9:02 am | by Katie Crosby Lehmann, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers often make significant investments in product, packaging and processing innovations to gain a competitive advantage. That advantage could lead to competitors adopting the same innovations without respecting the original manufacturer’s intellectual-property rights.

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Two-Compartment PET Container

May 2, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Smiler™ two-compartment polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container is the first of its kind. The Smiler™ technology enables bottles and containers to be injection blow molded into different shapes and sizes.

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Polyethylene Packaging System

May 2, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The tna robag® FXIS 3ci vertical form fill and seal (VFFS) rotary polyethylene packaging system offers efficiencies up to 99% of target output while reaching speeds of 150 bpm.

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Countertop Induction Range

May 2, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The IR1800 Induction Range is ideal for cooking, warming and sautéing.

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Daily Sound Bite: Monster Sues San Francisco City Attorney

May 1, 2013 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco’s city attorney, arguing that City Attorney Dennis Herrera unfairly singled the company out by asking that it produce evidence that its drinks are safe.  Since then, Monster says Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change its labels and marketing materials.

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U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Slower Pace in April

May 1, 2013 12:45 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory activity expanded at a slower pace in April, held back by weaker hiring and less company stockpiling. The report is the latest sign that economic growth may be slowing this spring. The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its index of manufacturing activity slipped to 50.7 last month.

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Cargill Looks To Improve Nutrition of Kids’ Food

May 1, 2013 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Cargill today announced a new initiative to help food and beverage manufacturers and foodservice operators find formulation solutions to address the complex challenges associated with improving childhood nutrition. In support of this initiative, Cargill is launching www.childhood-nutrition.com to provide ideas for solving formulation challenges associated with creating kids' products that are healthier and taste great.

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PepsiCo Pulls Controversial Mountain Dew Ad

May 1, 2013 12:41 pm | News | Comments

PepsiCo pulled an online ad for Mountain Dew that was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, The Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A goat character known as Felicia is included in the lineup.

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Jury Deliberates in Iowa Worker Abuse Case

May 1, 2013 12:39 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A government attorney asked jurors Tuesday to award damages to 32 mentally disabled workers, saying they were subjected to around-the-clock discrimination by a Texas company that profited from their work at an Iowa turkey plant. An attorney said the former workers for Henry's Turkey Services suffered "broken lives" because of the conditions they endured while living at a run-down bunkhouse in rural Iowa and working at West Liberty Foods.

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Monster Beverage Suing San Francisco City Attorney

May 1, 2013 12:37 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco's city attorney over demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors. The company, based in Corona, Calif., says it's being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year had asked Monster to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe.

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