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Thought of the Day: Organic Farming on the Rise

January 22, 2013 12:29 pm | News | Comments

The Worldwatch Institute reports that organic farming has expanded threefold since 1999, with organic farmers largely centralized in regions like Australia and the Pacific Islands. According to the organization, 84 countries have now implemented organic certifications or regulations.

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IPPE Coverage: Novus International Previews Events

January 22, 2013 12:23 pm | Videos | Comments

Lauren Dieckmann of Novus International previews some of the events her company is sponsoring at this year's IPPE in Atlanta. The company will be sponsoring a happy hour and breakfast as well as other events during the show, which takes place January 29-13, 2013.

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Probe of Fish Rulemaking Finds Flaws

January 22, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

The first stage of an investigation into how the federal government makes fishing rules has found flaws in record-keeping and financial disclosure by fishery managers. The report by the Inspector General of the U.S. Commerce Department was released Wednesday.

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EU Court Rules in Favor of AB InBev in Trademark Case

January 22, 2013 12:18 pm | News | Comments

A European Union high court has ruled that only brewing giant AB InBev has the right to use the trademark "Bud" in Europe after rejecting a challenge from Czech company Budejovicky Budvar. After the EU's General Court dismissed Budvar's case, the Czech company said it would consider an appeal at the EU's highest court.

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Consumer Trends: Reaching Consumers on the Web

January 22, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to global food advertising network Gourmet Ads, the real challenge is getting out in front of consumers in a compelling way, in order to generate sales and maintain your position in the grocer's aisle.  And the key to doing that these days is the Internet.

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Extreme Eating: Food That Pushes the Limit

January 22, 2013 9:54 am | Videos | Comments

With the new year comes a slew of lists claiming to have found the worst-for-you foods in America. ABC singles out some of the top contenders for the Extreme Eating Award from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. From 1,700-calorie breakfasts to pasta with three days' allowance of saturated fat, these gut-busting dishes will shock even the most ardent fast food fan.

Organic Farming Continues to Expand

January 22, 2013 9:39 am | News | Comments

Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service.

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Nation's Largest Fishery Open in Alaska

January 22, 2013 9:37 am | News | Comments

The harvest season for Alaska pollock, the nation’s largest fishery, opened Sunday, Jan. 20. The 2013 Alaska pollock Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska is 1,387,146 metric tons, 3.8 percent higher than last year’s TAC of 1,335,944 metric tons. Alaska pollock accounts for approximately 30 percent of all U.S. seafood landings by weight.

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Artist Has Sweet Obsession

January 22, 2013 9:33 am | by MARTIN GRIFFITH,Associated Press | News | Comments

Long before Hostess Brands' plan to shut down made Twinkies the rage, Nancy Peppin found something special about the cream-filled snack cakes. No, she doesn't have a sweet tooth for them. But she has featured Twinkies in hundreds of pieces of quirky, satirical artwork because of an obsession with what she calls the "ultimate American food icon."

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McDonald’s Settles Mich. Suit over Islamic Diet

January 22, 2013 9:31 am | by JEFF KAROUB,Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement.

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Savvy Entrepreneurs Play By Different Rules In Uncertain Times

January 22, 2013 9:31 am | Articles | Comments

The entrepreneurs who are successful during times of uncertainty are so because they don’t rely on the standard approaches they’d use in predictable times, and they look for opportunities — the positives — in situations that would have been considered negatives five years ago.

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Coca-Cola Workers Stage Strikes in Germany

January 22, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

Thousands of Coca-Cola employees in Germany are staging short-term warning strikes this week in a dispute over wages. Workers at two Coca-Cola facilities in Bavaria walked off the job on Monday, the dpa news agency reported, and co-workers at some 50 others were to follow in the coming days in a bid to put pressure on the company ahead of the next wage negotiation round with the union.

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Photo of the Day: Remembering Twinkies

January 22, 2013 9:27 am | News | Comments

This undated image shows "Never Forget,'' one of the most recent of dozens of pieces of art Nancy Peppin has created over the years using Twinkies and other Hostess products. A graphic artist by day for slot machine-maker International Game Technology, Peppin doesn't like to eat Twinkies. She uses them to depict popular culture similar to Andy Warhol.

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Double Wall Piping Systems

January 22, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Chem Prolok™ is a thermoplastic double wall piping system that meets EPA requirements for underground chemical transfer.

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Overload Safety Couplings

January 22, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Torq-Tender™ overload safety couplings are available in special models designed for washdown applications.

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IPPE Coverage: Washdown-Safe Thermal Transfer Coding, Booth #7070

January 22, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The IP DataFlex Plus thermal transfer overprinter features an IP65-rated printer body installed on the web and an IP55-rated stainless steel controller installed on either side of the packaging machine.

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January Featured Products: Poultry Processing & Conveying

January 21, 2013 2:28 pm | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Each month, Food Manufacturing highlights products in a featured category. This month, we are spotlighting poultry processing and conveying equipment.

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Thought of the Day: Irene Recovery Continues

January 21, 2013 12:58 pm | News | Comments

A fish hatchery damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Irene is nearly ready to open again. The fish tanks have been scrubbed and disinfected, and needed electrical repairs are nearly complete. Wade Jodun, a manager for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said operations might be up and running as early as March.

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How Business Networks Can Create A Win-Win for Buyers & Suppliers

January 21, 2013 12:41 pm | by Siddharth Taparia, Senior Director of Portfolio and Strategic Marketing, SAP | Articles | Comments

A Business Network contains a suite of network connected and analytic applications and an ecosystem of buyers and suppliers that can use these applications for initiating sourcing relationships, buying products and services and identifying additional opportunities for increasing revenue or saving costs.

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Pork Checkoff Offers Emergency Tools

January 21, 2013 12:30 pm | News | Comments

The Pork Checkoff recently introduced two new tools to help pork producers in the event of a crisis or emergency on their farm. The Farm-level Crisis Response Plan template and Emergency Action Plan, provide customizable, step-by-step guides to help producers be prepared and stay on track in their commitment to providing a safe, quality product.

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