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Family Businesses Can Outlast Tough Times

April 5, 2013 9:36 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Some family businesses are more resilient during downturns because of that focus on the long term as well as a commitment to their customers, and employees and careful spending, said Pramodita Sharma, a University of Vermont business school professor, and editor of the Family Business Review, a scholarly business journal.

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China Kills Poultry amid Flu Scare

April 5, 2013 9:34 am | by GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press | News | Comments

China has started slaughtering all poultry at a Shanghai market after a new bird flu strain that has killed five people was detected in pigeons being sold there. The mass bird killing is the first so far as the Chinese government responds to the H7N9 strain of bird flu, which has sickened 14 people, many critically, along the eastern seaboard in its first known infections of people. The first cases were announced Sunday.

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Freshest Fish Traded at Night in NYC

April 5, 2013 9:33 am | by VERENA DOBNIK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Think Wall Street trading is brutal? Head up to the grittiest part of the South Bronx, where cutthroat deals are made in the dead of night on a massive concrete floor that reeks of fish guts. The New Fulton Fish Market is the nation's largest seafood market, and second in the world to Tokyo's.

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3 Hostess Properties for Sale in Iowa

April 5, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

A real estate company working with Hostess Brands is looking to sell three Iowa properties as part of the ongoing auction of the bankrupt company's assets. The Des Moines Register reports that the buildings include a 3,000 square-foot bakery building and a 12,750-square-foot warehouse that are located in Waterloo.

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Photo of the Day: Flu Fears Spreads Through China Market

April 5, 2013 9:27 am | News | Comments

A worker spays disinfectant liquid on to chicken cages at a wholesale market on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Shanghai, China. In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a bigger threat to people, scientists said Wednesday.

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Pomegranate Juice Adulteration: Grape Expectations

April 5, 2013 9:24 am | by Dr. Robert J. Packer, PerkinElmer Inc. | Articles | Comments

Fruit juices with high levels of antioxidants, such as pomegranate and cranberry, have become very popular over recent years due to perceived health benefits of antioxidant compounds and the increased accessibility through a number of global producers selling through global retailers.

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Heat for Harsh/Damp Environments

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Heating equipment designed for harsh and damp environments helps keep employees warm and productive.

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Sine Pumps

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MasoSine positive displacement pumps have full steam-in-place and clean-in-place compliance and can be stripped down in less than 10 minutes.

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Lubricants with Metal- and X-Ray-Detectable Caps and Components

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

DETEX™ products are NSF® registered chemicals specially packaged with metal and x-ray detectable plastic components to protect against foreign object contamination.

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Daily Sound Bite: Meat by Any Other Name...

April 4, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

The American meat industry is considering revamping the names it uses to differentiate between various cuts of pork, beef, lamb and veal. The current system, known as the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards, is better designed to meet the needs of retailers than consumers.

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7 Common KPIs for Production Monitoring

April 4, 2013 12:28 pm | by Red Lion Controls Inc. | Articles | Comments

Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever‐increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track manufacturing processes.

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Recall: Pet Food May Be Tainted with Salmonella

April 4, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

A Connecticut pet food company is recalling three frozen varieties of its foods for dogs and cats because of possible salmonella contamination. Manchester-based Bravo! on Wednesday issued the voluntary recall for varieties of its Chicken Balance, Chicken Blend and Beef Blend Burgers products that were made on specific days.

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Billionaire: Fake Wine Made Me Quit Auctions

April 4, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A Florida billionaire energy maven and wine collector has told a New York jury he doesn't like wine auctions anymore because he has too often been the victim of buying fake wine. William Koch began testifying Wednesday in the civil case he brought against one-time billionaire Eric Greenberg, a California businessman who sold him wine in 2005.

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Ryan Gosling Stands Up for Cows

April 4, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

He's not milking his fame, but Ryan Gosling is lending his name to the cause of cows. The 32-year-old actor sent a letter this week to the National Milk Producers Federation urging the group to advocate against the industry practice of removing calves' horns. He asks that they help stop what he calls a "barbaric practice" by requiring farmers to breed naturally hornless cattle.

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Mondelez Gave CEO Sweet Pay Hike in 2012

April 4, 2013 12:16 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Mondelez International gave CEO Irene Rosenfeld a pay package worth $22 million last year, as the maker of Oreo cookies and other sweet snacks split from Kraft Foods and began operating as an independent company. The compensation represents a 40 percent increase from Rosenfeld's pay in 2011, according to an AP analysis of a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Thieves Target Maple Sap in Maine

April 4, 2013 12:13 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press | News | Comments

Sticky-fingered thieves are stealing the sap right out of Maine's maple trees. With little more than a spout-like tap and a bucket, people are looting the liquid out of trees on private property and hauling it away to turn into sweet maple syrup.

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Consumer Trends: Sustainability Top Purchase Criteria for Packaging

April 4, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

An independent research study commissioned by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), revealed 65 percent of decision makers at Fortune 500 consumer product companies view packaging sustainability as a high priority.

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Company Responds to Food Additive Controversy

April 4, 2013 9:45 am | News | Comments

Last month, activist group The Cornucopia Institute formally requested that the FDA remove common food additive carrgeenan from the food supply, arguing that the additive was unsafe for human consumption. Ingredient Solutions, Inc. has released the following information in response to consumer concern over the food additive carrageenan.

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Doc Lays Blame for Obesity on Food Processors

April 4, 2013 9:44 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Dr. Robert Lustig specializes in treating childhood obesity and has written a book, "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease," in which he claims the cure for many of the nation's collective health issues can be achieved by "reducing the availability of sugar in our diet."

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The Virtual Plant Seen Through Standardized 3D HMI

April 4, 2013 9:32 am | by Chris Parkinson, Senior Engineer, HMI Technology Lead | Articles | Comments

From physical pushbutton stations to sophisticated graphical interfaces with 3D representations of equipment — HMIs are the visible part of a controls and/or manufacturing intelligence system. Unlike controller code that is seen by few, anyone and everyone can see the HMI.

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