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Grinding & Conveying for Coffee Processing

January 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company features innovative engineering resources and equipment manufacturing capabilities to handle complete coffee system requirements.

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Bulk Bag Conditioning System

January 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

New bulk bag conditioning system utilizes hydraulically actuated, twin heavy wall tubular steel pivoting conditioning arms.

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IPPE Coverage: Gourmet Patty Former, Booth #6059

January 15, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The high-speed Vemag Gourmet Patty Forming System produces hamburger patties with a "homemade" look.

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Snyder’s Lance CEO to Retire in May

January 14, 2013 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Pretzel maker Snyder's-Lance said Monday that it is promoting its president and COO Carl Lee to lead the company, as CEO David Singer plans to retire in May. Singer will step down after the snack food company's annual shareholder meeting on May 3.

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Case Sheds Light on Inner Workings of Maple Leaf Foods

January 14, 2013 12:39 pm | by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Maple Leaf Foods has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $175,000 a month in interim spousal support after an Ontario judge struck down parts of a marriage contract meant to keep the family's wealth within the bloodline. The case lays bare intimate details of the McCain's marriage and lavish lifestyle, as well as the inner workings of one of Canada's largest food empires.

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Thought of the Day: Coke Gets Serious About Obesity

January 14, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

New ads by Coca-Cola, the world's No. 1 beverage company, will address obesity. The two-minute ads will air during prime time on major networks and will coincide with the company's pledge to provide more diet options at soda fountains across the country.

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ConAgra Names New Lamb Weston President

January 14, 2013 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Lamb Weston, the ConAgra-owned company that operates a sweet potato processing plant near Delhi, will have a new boss in February. ConAgra Foods has announced Greg Schlafer will join the company on Feb. 25 as president of its Lamb Weston frozen potato business.

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Judge Approves Dempsey Purchase of Tully’s Coffee

January 14, 2013 12:32 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,Associated Press | News | Comments

The auction for the beleaguered Tully's Coffee chain concluded Friday in federal bankruptcy court, with a judge approving the sale to an ownership group led by actor Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey had claimed victory last week after bidding concluded, but a company that teamed up with Starbucks to make an offer for Tully's filed an objection.

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Drought Cut Corn Crop by 25 Percent

January 14, 2013 12:29 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press | News | Comments

The final report on the 2012 growing season showed farmers harvested 10.78 billion bushels of corn, less than three-fourths of what the agency predicted last spring. Corn was the crop hardest hit by the drought that settled in just as the plants were maturing.

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Consumer Trends: Obesity Crisis Ignites Individual Rights Debate

January 14, 2013 12:26 pm | by LIZ SIDOTI,Associated Press | News | Comments

Where does government's duty to protect its people end and an individual's right to choose begin? And when someone's choice impacts society, how far is too far? These questions are at the core of the national conversation over America's obesity epidemic, a private issue that's become more public as rates rise and stress our healthcare system.

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BPA Debate Resurfaces

January 14, 2013 12:23 pm | Videos | Comments

Despite recent assurances that the bisphenol-A (BPA) does not, as was once suspected, present health risks to consumers, a new study revives the old controversy. The study, conducted by the NYU School of Medicine, shows a possible link between BPA exposure in children and a higher risk for heart and kidney problems later on.

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Eat What You Want; Never Get Fat

January 14, 2013 9:57 am | Articles | Comments

A new invention that can be inserted into the stomachs of dieters can eliminate food before it's digested. The apparatus, a pump that sucks food from the stomach, eliminates 30 percent of food before the calories are absorbed.   

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NY Birds Eye Plant Sold

January 14, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

A company that has purchased the closed Birds Eye plant in central New York plans to open a food-processing facility that will employ 183 people. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the plant was purchased last week by a real estate holding company. New York is giving the company up to $1 million in Excelsior tax credits in exchange for a commitment to create 183 jobs.

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ADM Restarts Illinois Plant After Explosion

January 14, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland has restarted operations at a corn processing plant in Illinois two days after an explosion forced the facility's closure. ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said Friday that the company plans to be back at full production in Peoria by Saturday.

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With Almonds’ Rising Revenues, Land Values Soar

January 14, 2013 9:51 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press | News | Comments

California's almond industry, which grows about 80 percent of the global almond supply and 100 percent of the domestic supply, has seen dramatic growth — powered by strong demand from new money-spending middle classes in India and China. The growth has prompted a rush for almond-growing land and pushed almond land values through the roof.

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Flowers Foods to Buy Hostess Bread Brands

January 14, 2013 9:48 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Hostess has found a new home for its most popular breads, including the iconic Wonder bread. The bankrupt maker of Twinkies, Devil Dogs and other snack cakes said late Friday that it selected bids by rival bakery Flower Foods Inc. to buy six of its bread brands for $390 million.

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When Lightning Strikes Your Plant Floor

January 14, 2013 9:43 am | Articles | Comments

Although leaders within your business would like to believe disasters won’t occur, failing to prepare for one puts your workers and bottom line at risk. Several disaster-related hazards can impact your business including, fires, natural disasters, chemical spills, medical emergencies, blackouts and more.

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Coca-Cola to Address Obesity in Ads

January 14, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola became one of the world's most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it's taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity. The company on Monday will begin airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

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Photo of the Day: The Highly-Prized Almond

January 14, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

In 2011, for the first time ever, the value of the California almond crop surpassed the state’s iconic grape industry to move into second place, behind dairy — making almond producing land one of the highest priced and most sought-after in the region. The demand for almonds is driven largely by the newly-minted money-spending middle classes in China and India.

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IPPE Coverage: Food-Grade Checkweigher, Booth #3661

January 14, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces the Quick Check ZQ375, a checkweigher designed with food-grade, stainless steel construction to satisfy stringent sanitary regulations in food processing.

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