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Bulk Bag Discharger With Material Delumper

February 8, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MATERIAL MASTER™ Bulk Bag Discharging System features a fork-lift loaded bulk bag lifting frame with adjustable height receiving frame.

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Time/Temperature Monitoring System

February 8, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The TempTRIP time/temperature monitoring system allows users to connect temperature data to a shipment reference for valuable data reporting and analysis.

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Sanitary Value Housings

February 8, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sanitary Value Housings are engineered to meet the sterile filtration demands of the food and beverage industry.

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Daily Sound Bite: Sagging Productivity Eats Into Corporate Profits

February 7, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

With economic activity shrinking in the fourth quarter of 2012, worker productivity also contracted. The figure will rebound and the downturn was caused by temporary factors, say economists, but not without some impact on corporate profits.

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Registration Open for PROCESS EXPO and Dairy Show

February 7, 2013 12:29 pm | News | Comments

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced that registration is now open for the co-located PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show, taking place November 3-6, 2013 in Chicago's McCormick Place.

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U.S. Worker Productivity Shrinks

February 7, 2013 12:26 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity shrank in the final three months of 2012 although the decline was caused by temporary factors. Productivity contracted at an annual rate of 2 percent in the October-December quarter, the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2011, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Productivity had risen at a 3.2 percent rate in the July-September quarter.

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Foam Cups, Containers Eyed in NYC Recycling Push

February 7, 2013 12:23 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Could plastic foam containers get 86'd from the menu of takeout food options in the nation's biggest city? A sanitation official said Wednesday the idea is under discussion but it's too soon to say what will get recommended in an upcoming report on increasing recycling rates.

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Calif. Districts Misspent Cafeteria Money

February 7, 2013 12:19 pm | by TERENCE CHEA,Associated Press | News | Comments

California school districts have misspent tens of millions of dollars intended to provide subsidized meals to low-income students, according to a state Senate report released Wednesday. The California Department of Education recently ordered eight districts to repay about $170 million to programs that offer free and reduced-price lunches and breakfasts, according to the investigation by the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes.

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Flowers Foods Profit Climbs After Hostess Demise

February 7, 2013 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Flowers Foods said Thursday that its profit rose by 67 percent in the fourth quarter, as the maker of Tastykakes and various breads benefited from acquisitions and the demise of rival Hostess Brands. The company, based in Thomasville, Ga., said sales volume rose 10 percent for the October to December period. Its purchase of Lepage Bakeries, which makes Nature's Own bread, contributed to the quarter's sales.

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Consumer Trends: Top Egg Trends for 2013

February 7, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The egg experts at the American Egg Board (AEB) and Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) teamed up with trend authorities at NPD Group and Research Chef Walter Zuromski, CEC, CCE, BS, who is AEB Culinary Advisor, to compile the following list of top egg trends for 2013.

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Cutting the Mustard

February 7, 2013 11:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

Beaverton Foods, Inc. is currently the largest processor of specialty mustards in the country and operates out of a 70,000-square-foot food processing facility in Hillsboro, Ore., shipping about 30 million units per year. But its beginnings were much more humble.

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2012 Sales Rise for Ky. Bourbon, Tenn. Whiskey

February 7, 2013 9:34 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey had another sales spike in 2012, led by pricier premium brands that lifted revenue above $2 billion. Mixed together, Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey sales from producers or suppliers to wholesalers rose 5.2 percent to 16.9 million cases last year, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, a national trade association that released figures Wednesday.

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Eating Fried Foods May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

February 7, 2013 9:32 am | News | Comments

Regular consumption of deep-fried foods such as French fries, fried chicken and doughnuts is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, and the effect appears to be slightly stronger with regard to more aggressive forms of the disease, according to a study by investigators at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Stolen Giant Cookie Sculpture Recovered in Germany

February 7, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

German police have recovered a cookie sculpture that may have been stolen by someone impersonating the Cookie Monster. Spokeswoman Jacobe Heers says the 20-kilogram (44 pound) gilded sculpture was found Tuesday morning outside a university. It was hanging from the neck of a horse sculpture with a red ribbon.

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Dr. Oz Finds "Toxic" Chemicals in Food Products (Part III)

February 7, 2013 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

In part three of this four-part series, television's Dr. Oz sounds the alarm on what he calls "the dangerous chemicals you don't know you're eating." The TV doc talks with his guests about "hidden health threats" and "toxic chemicals" in well-known food and beverage brands.

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Brainstorm: Automation in Poultry Processing (Part IV)

February 7, 2013 9:30 am | by John Kadinger, Market Manager, Key Technology | Articles | Comments

John Kadinger of Key Technology weighs in: Poultry has long been one of the least automated food processing sectors. As automation equipment becomes more sophisticated, how will poultry processors see their business practices change? 

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Green Mountain Sells More Coffee in 1Q

February 7, 2013 9:28 am | News | Comments

Green Mountain Coffee's net income rose 3 percent in its most recent quarter as it sold more single-serve coffee packs and brewers. But its forecast for revenues in the current quarter was below what analysts had been expecting and the company's stock was down almost 7 percent in extended trading.

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Poland: No Evidence that Country Is Source of Horsemeat

February 7, 2013 9:26 am | News | Comments

Investigations in Poland have found no evidence backing Irish claims that Poland was the source of horsemeat that ended up in Irish and British burgers. Jaroslaw Naze, deputy head of Poland's General Veterinary Inspectorate, said Ireland needed to hand over more documentary evidence, including of labels on the suspected meat supplies, so that Polish officials can complete their own investigation.

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Photo of the Day: Cookie Monster Blackmails Bakery

February 7, 2013 9:22 am | News | Comments

A police officer holds a golden Leibniz cookie in front of the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday Feb. 5, 2013. It is still not clear if the cookie belongs to the Bahlsen House, which reported theft in January. Someone dressed as the Cookie Monster has sent blackmails regarding the stolen cookie sculpture.

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Temporary Power Distribution System

February 7, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The MGL25-8C-480-120V-GFI Temporary Power Distribution System converts three phase 480V current to usable single phase 240V AC and 120V AC for applications where operators must tap into high voltages independently of the local power grid.

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