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Black Friday Ale Lives Up To Its Name

November 26, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

One Milwaukee brewery is getting in on the Black Friday action. Lakefront Brewery created Black Friday Imperial India Style Black Ale and even trademarked the name. Brewery President Russ Klisch says there were 150 people lined up by 8 a.m., with one guy claiming he arrived just after bar time.

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Canadian Meat Plant Suspended Over Food Safety Concerns

November 26, 2012 9:50 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the license of an Edmonton meat-processing plant over concerns for food safety. The decision involving Capital Packers Inc. came Thursday. The CFIA says adequate controls for food safety "are not being reliably implemented in the facility on a consistent basis."

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Drought Worsens After Weeks Of Improvement

November 26, 2012 9:48 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The worst U.S. drought in decades has deepened again after more than a month of encouraging reports of slowly improving conditions, a drought-tracking consortium said Wednesday, as scientists struggled for an explanation other than a simple lack of rain.

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Hostess Begins Liquidation Process, Fires 18,500 Workers

November 26, 2012 9:47 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread are up for sale now that a bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Hostess Brands Inc. to fire its 18,500 workers and wind down its operations. A last-ditch effort to end a strike with Hostess' bakers union failed and Judge Robert Drain on Wednesday approved the company's request to shut down its business and sell the pieces to the highest bidder.

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Pepsi's Fat-Blocking Soda Hits Shelves

November 26, 2012 9:44 am | Videos | Comments

Pepsi's new beverage product takes "diet soda" to the next level. Pepsi Special, a new low-calorie beverage, has just been launched in Japan with a special government stamp-of-approval. The beverage contains dextrin, a dietary fiber thought to have fat-blocking properties.

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Three Dead From Poisonous Mushrooms In Calif.

November 26, 2012 9:44 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

A third person has died from eating poisonous mushrooms at a California senior care facility where a caretaker found the fungus in the backyard and used it to make soup, authorities said Wednesday. The 90-year-old man died on Saturday. The Placer County Sheriff's Office identified him as Frank Warren Blodgett.

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Photo Of The Day: Winter Warmers

November 26, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

Santa’s not the only one making a list this year. Displaying the spirit, passion and imagination of America’s small and independent brewers, CraftBeer.com — the beer lover-oriented site of the Brewers Association (BA) — released its own list of winter seasonal craft beers, produced by BA members.

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Plastic Connectors Are Beneficial For Industry (Part I)

November 26, 2012 9:38 am | by Riley Phipps, Value Plastics, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Industrial and laboratory OEM designers are constantly being challenged to come up with more versatile, user-friendly, light weight and cost-effective product solutions for their equipment and instrumentation. An important component in this design process is the selection of tubing connectors for the transfer and management of fluids and gases, particularly for mission-critical applications.

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HVAC and Building Automation Drives

November 26, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Z1000 family of HVAC drives is comprised of the Z1000 variable speed drive as well as the Z1000 Bypass Package designed specifically for commercial HVAC applications.

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Explosion-proof I/P Transducer

November 26, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The model 950XP explosion-proof I/P Transducer with natural gas option features a bleed rate of only 3 scfh.

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CE 446 Case Erector

November 26, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The CE 446 automatically selects, erects, squares and seals the bottom flaps of regular-slotted (RSC) and half-slotted (HSC) corrugated cases at speeds up to 20 cases per minute.

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Heinz Rolls Out Jalapeno Ketchup

November 21, 2012 10:20 am | News | Comments

This Cyber Monday, Heinz® Ketchup is giving its more than 1 million Facebook fans in the U.S. a hot holiday offer with the chance to purchase its newest limited edition flavor, Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended with Real Jalapeño, before it hits retail store shelves. To celebrate “12 Days of Jalapeño Ketchup,” fans can purchase the product exclusively through Facebook from November 26 to December 7.

USDA Releases Tips For Safe Thanksgiving

November 21, 2012 10:17 am | News | Comments

The holiday season is famous for its hustle and bustle, and all of that merriment would not be possible without the hard work of party hosts. This Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is sharing tips that can take one worry off your plate: foodborne illness.

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Judge Rejects Farmer’s Claim Over Rice Quality

November 21, 2012 10:12 am | News | Comments

An Arkansas farmer who claimed a supplier sold him inferior rice seed in 2009 was ordered Tuesday to pay for it anyway, according to the company that sued him. RiceTec Inc. of Houston had sued Scott Meredith of Delaplaine, saying he hadn't paid for rice seed he planted three years ago.

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Turkey: Main Course Or Animal Companion?

November 21, 2012 10:11 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press | News | Comments

According to the industry group National Turkey Federation, more than 46 million of the big birds will be served as Thanksgiving dinner this year. Just a few hundred will get to experience the holiday as a pet, said turkey rescue Farm Sanctuary.

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Hostess Unable To Reach Deal With Baker’s Union

November 21, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and other snake cakes, said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge in White Plains, New York, will decide if the company can shutter its operations.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Support Nutritional Disclosure At Restaurants

November 21, 2012 10:02 am | News | Comments

In a recently completed survey of restaurant user attitudes, Technomic found that 65 percent favor nutritional labeling in restaurants, with the strongest demand for listing of calories and sodium content. Seventy percent of consumers say they care that chain restaurants disclose calorie and other nutritional information on their menus.

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Photo Of The Day: The Wonka Experience

November 21, 2012 1:00 am | News | Comments

Unwrapping this fall at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Sweet! Hollywood is a colorful, colossal candy extravaganza that lets both kids and adults immerse in the splendiferous joy of chocolate and lollipops, jelly beans and bubble gum, and, at last, the amazing world of eminent chocolatier Willy Wonka.

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Judge In BPI Lawsuit Recuses Himself

November 21, 2012 1:00 am | News | Comments

A federal judge overseeing a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota beef processing company against ABC News has recused himself from the case. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from the case that is being heard in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.

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Pesticide Accusations Hurt Teavana Shares

November 21, 2012 1:00 am | News | Comments

Shares of tea maker Teavana, which Starbucks is in the process of acquiring, fell on Tuesday after a short-seller of its stock, Glaucus Research Group, said it found pesticide in its teas. Teavana responded that its teas are safe, and Glaucus stands to benefit by making claims that would hurt Teavana stock.

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