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Compact D-Frame Drives

November 15, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Up to 68% smaller than previous generation drives, compact D-frame drives are optimized to deliver highly reliable performance in the 125-450 HP range while exhausting 90% of the drive-generated heat outside the enclosure via the backchannel.

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90K Pounds Of BBQ Sausage Recalled

November 14, 2012 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC a Fort Madison, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 90,975 pounds of bourbon barbecue sausage products because they may have been underprocessed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Pork Producers Feed Hurricane Victims

November 14, 2012 12:56 pm | News | Comments

The Pork Checkoff’s event trailer traveled to the East Coast last week to assist in feeding victims of Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record to hit the northeast coast. The hurricane hit New York and New Jersey especially hard, flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway lines, as well as cutting off electricity to parts of the city and its suburbs.

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Sunflower Company Starts Roasting In Texas

November 14, 2012 12:53 pm | News | Comments

A North Dakota-based sunflower business is beginning production this month at a sunflower roasting facility in the Texas city of Lubbock. The SunGold Foods plant will produce in-shell sunflower seeds to be sold as snack food. The National Sunflower Association says the plant will open with 40 full-time employees, with room to more than double capacity.

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Smithfield Foods Begins Layoffs At Va. Plant

November 14, 2012 12:51 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Smithfield Foods Inc. said Wednesday that it will begin its previously announced shutdown of a Virginia facility that makes hot dogs and deli meat. The Smithfield, Va.-based company said layoffs will start at the Portsmouth plant in January and it will close at the end of March.

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New E. Coli Case Linked To XL Foods

November 14, 2012 12:50 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A new case of E. coli has been linked to the XL Foods beef plant at the center of an extensive product recall. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the new case is in Alberta and brings the total number across the country to 18. The agency says the person became ill last month and is still recovering.

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Consumer Trends: Chefs Take On Food Allergies

November 14, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

While many restaurant owners are willing and able to substitute ingredients or leave them out altogether to accommodate food-allergic guests, an increasing number of restaurateurs are choosing not to, implementing strict "no substitutions" policies instead.

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Wholesale Prices Fall 0.2 Percent

November 14, 2012 9:49 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wholesale inflation fell in October as a big drop in gasoline and other energy prices offset a rise in the cost of food. Wholesale prices dipped 0.2 percent in October, the Labor Department said Wednesday. It was the first decline since May and followed big gains of 1.1 percent in September and 1.7 percent in August, increases that had been driven by spikes in energy.

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Calif. Business Group Sues To Invalidate Cap-And-Trade

November 14, 2012 9:47 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press | News | Comments

California's largest business group filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the validity of the state's cap-and-trade program on the eve of the first pollution permit auction.The California Chamber of Commerce's lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court was not expected to stop Wednesday's planned cap-and-trade auction.

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Sanderson Farms Backs Out Of Proposed Chicken Plant

November 14, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms says it won't build a chicken processing operation in southern Nash County. The company said on its website Tuesday that the decision was made in collaboration with Nash County officials and is a result of "various timing issues," which company officials wouldn't discuss.

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Monster Beverage Approves Buyback

November 14, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

Energy drink maker Monster Beverage said Tuesday that its board has approved the repurchase of up to $250 million of its outstanding common stock. Earlier this month Monster Beverage Corp. reported that its third-quarter net income climbed but its revenue growth slowed.

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Wal-Mart Launches Food Subscription Service

November 14, 2012 9:41 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday will officially launch a mail subscription service, called Goodies, that lets shoppers discover new foods from the comfort of their homes. For a monthly fee of $7 that includes tax and shipping, customers get a box of five to eight hand-picked, sample-size food items, ranging from organic to ethnic products that are not currently carried on Wal-Mart's shelves.

Photo Of The Day: Turkey Treats

November 14, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is offering ice cream lovers an extra treat this Thanksgiving holiday with its Turkey Cake and new Turkey Leg individual novelty, now available at participating Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide.

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A New U.S. War: Restoring Our Competitiveness

November 14, 2012 9:30 am | by Gordon Zuckerman | Articles | Comments

Today, we are threatened by a new brand of economic imperialism. While the form of the threat is different, the results could be as destructive as the earlier dangers of previous problems from Fascist military imperialism, the spread of Communism and the more recent Jihadist terrorist attacks. The restoration of the competitiveness of the American manufacturer is a new kind of war we need to win.

Choose Your Weapons!

November 14, 2012 8:30 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Most of us can name at least a generous handful of different business improvement or process improvement methodologies that have either come and stayed for a while or come and gone quickly.  Some of us can even name a few that the rest of us have forgotten.  With so much of a fad phenomenon in the improvement methodology track record, how do we choose one to adopt for our own needs?

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Food Safety On The Job

November 14, 2012 8:30 am | Videos | Comments

Christina Blanchard works as a food safety and quality assurance officer in a produce packing facility. She discusses her background, her job and her commitment to producing safe, quality foods. She also dispenses advice to future professionals looking to enter the field.

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DC Motors

November 14, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Both IEC and NEMA frame motors are available from 1/50 to 500 HP, and custom-designed motors are available up to 3,000 HP.

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Continous Level Sensors

November 14, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The SmartBob AO level sensor features an integrated 4-20 mA analog output to a PLC for monitoring bin level measurement data.

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ATP Test Swab

November 14, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Clean-Trace™ Water – Total ATP test swab will be moving to an innovative, liquid-stable formulation that allows improved temperature stability and test result accuracy.

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Former Chicken Inspector Decries New USDA Program

November 13, 2012 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Phyllis McKelvey, a retired chicken inspector and grandmother of eight from Guntersville, Alabama, is petitioning the USDA on Change.org to stop expansion of a new pilot program she says is already letting bile, feces, pus, and scabs into the nation’s poultry products.

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