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Digital Viscometer

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

The DV-I Prime Digital Viscometer features a continuous sensing capability for rapid viscosity measurement.

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Transducer Electronics for Scale Systems

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

The HBM AED9101D transducer electronics process signals from strain gage full bridge transducers, making them digitally available via various interfaces such as Profibus, DeviceNet or RS232/422/485, free from interference and even over greater distances.

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3M Adds Coca-Cola Exec to Board

February 6, 2013 12:35 pm | News | Comments

3M Co. said on Wednesday that it has named Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent to its board of directors, effective April 1. The appointment expands the company's board to 11 directors. Kent, 60, has been CEO of Coca-Cola since 2008, and he became chairman in 2009. Before that he was president and chief operating officer, and was president of Coca-Cola International.

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Automation Industry Outlook to Improve in 2013

February 6, 2013 12:32 pm | News | Comments

A survey conducted jointly by J.P. Morgan and the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) reached out to nearly 1,800 professionals worldwide in the automation and control industry. The results suggest more manufacturers will look to industry experts for help in managing risk and automating their industrial equipment. Among the markets driving the activity is the food and beverage industry.

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Hain Celestial Earnings Rise on UK Acquisitions

February 6, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

Hain Celestial Group Inc.'s said Tuesday that fiscal second-quarter profit rose 58 percent on higher revenue driven by acquisitions in the United Kingdom and rising sales of its brands elsewhere. The maker of Celestial Seasonings tea and Earth's Best baby food raised its full-year earnings outlook, but cut its revenue outlook, after revenue came in short of analysts' expectations.

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Omega-3-Rich Ground Beef Available Soon

February 6, 2013 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Thanks to Kansas State University research, part of a healthy diet can include a hamburger rich with omega-3 fatty acids. Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry, developed a technique that enriches ground beef with omega-3 fatty acids — fatty acids that have been shown to reduce heart disease, cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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Daily Sound Bite: Yum Underestimates Chinese Chicken Concerns

February 6, 2013 12:24 pm | News | Comments

Yum Brands expects to lose 25 cents per share at the close of it's first fiscal quarter. The decline is driven by a sharp drop in sales in China, after concerns about the quality of chicken supplied to KFC, a Yum subsidiary. The company's CEO told investors that negative media coverage lasted longer than expected.

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Report: Dam Removal Good for Klamath Salmon

February 6, 2013 12:23 pm | by JEFF BARNARD,AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

A federal report says removing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California and restoring ecosystems will produce a big increase in salmon harvests and boost farm revenues. The 400-page report was produced by federal scientists to help the secretary of Interior evaluate whether it is in the public interest to go ahead with the $1 billion project.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Performance Declined in December

February 6, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Due in large part to softer same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) declined in December.  The RPI — a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry — stood at 99.7 in December, down 0.2 percent from November.

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Food Safety Update: Meat, Poultry and Seafood Processing

February 6, 2013 11:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Update section of Food Manufacturing is designed to offer our readers insight into the state of food safety concerns across the industry. We received hundreds of responses to this month’s survey on meat, poultry and seafood processing.

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Pringles Boosts Kellogg’s Sales

February 6, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

Kellogg reported a fourth-quarter loss on a pension-related charge, but its underlying earnings rose as its recently acquired Pringles chips helped boost sales. The maker of Froot Loops, Eggo waffles and Pop Tarts said net sales for the period rose 18 percent to $3.56 billion.

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Study: Outdoor Fast Food Ads Could Promote Obesity

February 6, 2013 9:38 am | News | Comments

In a study published online in the peer-reviewed journal BMC Public Health, Dr. Lenard Lesser and his colleagues suggest that the more outdoor advertisements promoting fast food and soft drinks there are in a given census tract, the higher the likelihood that the area's residents are overweight.

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Russia Considers Resuming Georgian Wine Imports

February 6, 2013 9:36 am | by MAX SEDDON and MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI,Associated Press | News | Comments

Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's top sanitation official, said a first round of talks between delegations from both countries was successful Monday, and that a Russian delegation will visit Georgia this month to discuss issues related to restarting the import of wine and mineral water. He said that could happen by this spring and that fruit imports may follow.

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Yum Blindsided by KFC Chicken Scare in China

February 6, 2013 9:33 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

When KFC was hit by a controversy over its chicken suppliers in China late last year, parent company Yum Brands offered free drinks and ice cream to bring diners back. The company, based in Louisville, Ky., apparently didn't realize the severity of its problems; the promotion did little to assuage fears about its chicken and on Tuesday the company said it expects its earnings per share to decline 25 percent in the first quarter.

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Critics Seek to Delay NYC Sugary Drink Limit

February 6, 2013 9:31 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Opponents are pressing to delay enforcement of the city's novel plan to crack down on supersized, sugary drinks, saying businesses shouldn't have to spend millions of dollars to comply until a court rules on whether the measure is legal.

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Brainstorm: Automation in Poultry Processing (Part III)

February 6, 2013 9:30 am | by Christy Miller, Marketing Manager, Eagle Product Inspection | Articles | Comments

Christy Miller of Eagle Product Inspection 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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Dr. Oz Finds "Toxic" Chemicals in Food Products (Part II)

February 6, 2013 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

In part one of this three-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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Photo of the Day: A Glass of Reconciliation

February 6, 2013 9:28 am | News | Comments

Russia on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, held talks on whether to resume Georgian wine imports after a seven-year ban, the first tentative step toward repairing the ruptured ties between the two ex-Soviet neighbors. Russia banned the imports of Georgian wine, mineral water, fruits and vegetables in 2006 amid rising political tensions in the run-up to a 2008 war.

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High Level Bulk Depalletizer

February 6, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company's new Model 108HL high level bulk depalletizer is the solution for packagers who need reliable depalletizing with top flexibility, easy installation and quick payback.

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Sugar Guide

February 6, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company has recently launched the 'Ultimate Sugar Guide' to provide comprehensive information about sugar content determination and moisture in sugar.

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