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Tips & Techniques for Mixing & Blending Success (Part II)

January 16, 2013 4:57 pm | by Scott Jones, Marketing Manager, Marion Mixers | Articles | Comments

Combining two or more processing functions, such as mixing and drying, or mixing in a vacuum or with pressure, may eliminate additional costly equipment. Also, the addition of mixing accessories may further optimize the mixing process. 

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10 Million Irish Burgers Recalled Over Horsemeat Fears

January 16, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

An Irish meat processor says it's recalling 10 million burgers from supermarkets across Ireland and Britain because of fears that some could contain horsemeat. Government authorities say Spanish or Dutch ingredients suppliers are suspected of causing the contamination.

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Ind. Winery Sues Can Maker Over Foul Cider Smell

January 16, 2013 12:26 pm | News | Comments

A southern Indiana winery is suing a beverage can manufacturer, alleging that aluminum cans it made caused the winery's hard apple cider to develop a foul odor. Bloomington-based Oliver Winery sued Broomfield, Colo.-based Ball Metal Beverage Container Corp. last month in Monroe Circuit Court. That case was transferred to federal court in Indianapolis last week.

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Energy Drink-Related ER Visits on the Rise

January 16, 2013 12:24 pm | by GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new U.S. government survey suggests the number of people seeking emergency treatment after consuming energy drinks has doubled nationwide during the past four years, the same period in which the supercharged drink industry has surged in popularity in convenience stores, bars and on college campuses.

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Cheez-It to Sponsor NASCAR Sprint Cup Race

January 16, 2013 12:22 pm | by JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Watkins Glen International has signed a multi-year deal with Cheez-It crackers to sponsor the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Finger Lakes track. WGI president Michael Printup and Kellogg Co. officials made the announcement of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Tuesday.

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Ahead of the Bell: Chipotle Slides on Warning

January 16, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. slid in premarket trading Wednesday after the casual dining chain warned that fourth-quarter earnings would miss estimates because of higher food costs. Food costs are expected to be just about a third of sales, up 130 basis points from last year because of higher commodity costs.

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Thought of the Day: Horsemeat "Totally Unacceptable"

January 16, 2013 12:12 pm | News | Comments

The Irish public is on high alert after a food industry watchdog announced it had found horse DNA in burgers purchased in some of the nation's largest grocery chains. The country's agriculture secretary called the finding "totally unacceptable."

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Consumer Trends: Coffee Habits in the Workplace

January 16, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

ARAMARK analyzed sales information for calendar year 2012, from more than 100,000 workplaces it serves in the United States, and found that customer employees working in the Houston, Los Angeles and Chicago metropolitan areas consumed the most cups of coffee on the job, while those in Miami, New York and Las Vegas consumed the least.

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Kan. Lawmakers Asked to Repeal Corporate Farm Laws

January 16, 2013 8:59 am | by JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer | News | Comments

Kansas' top agriculture official called Tuesday for the repeal of state laws restricting corporations' involvement in agriculture, a move that would reverse a policy enacted more than 80 years ago. Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman said the state's anti-corporate farming laws hinder the growth of agriculture and recruitment of new agribusinesses to Kansas.

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Cold Still Threatens Crops in West, But It's Easing

January 16, 2013 8:57 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The freeze gripping the West appeared on the verge of easing Tuesday, but farmers who spent millions to protect crops were still assessing damage, some produce prices climbed, and businesses and residents dealt with burst pipes. The National Weather Service predicted another frosty night, but said temperatures would begin to warm as high pressure moved east.

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USDA: Wis. Company Recalls Ground Beef Products

January 16, 2013 8:55 am | News | Comments

A Wisconsin company is recalling about 2,500 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Glenn's Market and Catering of Watertown is recalling the raw beef.

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Ireland: Horsemeat Found in Supermarket Burgers

January 16, 2013 8:54 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Irish food safety watchdog said Tuesday that it had discovered traces of horse and pig DNA in burger products sold by some of the country's biggest supermarkets, including a burger sold by global retailer Tesco that authorities said was made of roughly 30 percent horse.

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USDA Offers Loans to Farmers Who Grow for Locals

January 16, 2013 8:52 am | by ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

With interest in locally grown food soaring, the federal government said Tuesday it has created a small loan program to help community farmers who might not be able to borrow money from banks. The low-interest "microloans" of up to $35,000 are designed to aid startup costs, bolster existing family-run farms and help minority growers and military veterans who want to farm.

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Photo of the Day: Citrus on Ice

January 16, 2013 8:00 am | News | Comments

As an unusual cold spell gripped parts of the West for a fifth day, some California citrus growers reported damage to crops and an agriculture official said national prices on lettuce have started to rise because of lost produce in Arizona.

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Air Filter Housings

January 16, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

GlidePack® air filter housings ensure high indoor air quality and provide leak-free (less than 0.5% guaranteed) filter integrity.

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IPPE Coverage: Tunnel Freezers, Booth #6776

January 16, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company will highlight its Freshline® liquid nitrogen (LIN) tunnel freezers, which can freeze and chill poultry and meat faster than mechanical freezers six times their size, at IPPE.

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IPPE Coverage: Infrared Pasteurizing, Booth #3638

January 16, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company's infrared pasteurization is approved by USDA FSIS and recognized for post-process, pre-package surface pasteurization on RTE deli products.

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Tips & Techniques for Mixing & Blending Success (Part I)

January 15, 2013 5:32 pm | by Scott Jones, Marketing Manager, Marion Mixers | Articles | Comments

Is it called mixing or blending? These words are commonly interchanged. However, some experts use mixing to describe the combining of wet and dry materials, and blending to describe the combining of dry materials. The following tips and techniques should at least make you aware of the efficiencies and best practices to accomplish safe, cost-effective mixing and blending while achieving your goals.

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Coca-Cola Puts Its Spin on Obesity Epidemic

January 15, 2013 5:25 pm | Videos | Comments

In the midst of a growing public conversation about the causes, effects and ways to prevent obesity, Coca-Cola has decided to get into the fray. The company is launching its own set of advertisements touting its artificially sweetened beverages but also arguing that sugar isn't solely to blame for the obesity epidemic.

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Taking Inventory Management and Asset Tracking to the Cloud

January 15, 2013 4:55 pm | by Elie Jean Touma, President and CEO of ASAP Systems | Articles | Comments

By moving inventory management and asset tracking (IMAT) to a web-based platform, manufacturing companies realize major cost savings as well as increased operational efficiency from general time saved in deployment and overall maintenance of the system to increased real-time collaboration within the team.

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