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Three Simple Complexities Of Data Protection

October 1, 2012 12:40 pm | by Dennis Wenk, Symantec | Articles | Comments

Data loss, data unavailability and data corruption all have adverse economic impacts on the organization. Not only do we need to ensure that data is usable and available, we also need to ensure that sensitive data is protected from unauthorized use.

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Red Lobster: For The Non-Seafood Lover In You

October 1, 2012 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Red Lobster isn't just for the seafood lover in you. The chain that brought seafood to the masses is hoping to broaden its appeal by revamping its menu on Oct. 15 to boost the number of dishes that cater to diners who don't want seafood, including lighter options such as salads.

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Peanut Butter Recall Includes Major Retailers

October 1, 2012 12:26 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands manufactured by Sunland.

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Artisan Food A Booming Industry

October 1, 2012 12:22 pm | by KAREN FERNAU, The Arizona Republic | News | Comments

Nationally, artisan food sales soared by about 19 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to the National Association for Specialty Food. At the same time, research giant Packaged Facts reports nearly half of U.S. adults say they "like to eat food with artisan appeal."

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Consumer Insight Coming To PACK EXPO

October 1, 2012 10:41 am | by SOURCE PMMI | News | Comments

The importance of gaining consumer insight before making decisions on marketing and packaging can’t be overlooked. Brand owners attending PACK EXPO International 2012, will have access to a range of compelling consumer insights to help them make smarter packaging decisions.

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School Lunch Photos Spark Boycott

October 1, 2012 10:06 am | Videos | Comments

If a picture says a thousand words, one of them could definitely be "yuck." The students of Capac High school in Mussey, Mich., have launched a boycott after new federal guidelines meant to improve the nutritional quality of school lunches led their school to add some questionable items to its menu.

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The Fallacy Of Raising The Bar

October 1, 2012 9:50 am | by Michael P. Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

There is a new education reform coming and it is getting a lot of attention by the media. In  the rush to follow the latest education movement, people often fail to go back and really examine the socio-economic and other student problems holding the kids and teachers back.

Bacon Shortage 'Baloney,' But Prices To Rise

October 1, 2012 9:28 am | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are dismissing reports of a global bacon shortage that lent sizzle to headlines and Twitter feeds last week.

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Photo Of The Day: Grape Pickers Look To Georgian Elections

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | News | Comments

Georgia holds tightly contested parliamentary elections today. For the grape pickers and others like them struggling to make ends meet on rich agricultural land and unable to sell their produce to Russia, the election offers some sense of hope. 

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Calif. Dairies Going Broke Due To Feed, Milk Prices

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Across California, the nation's largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months and many teeter on the edge of insolvency. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business.

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$599K Grant Will Kick-Start 3-Year Project

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by KATHERAN WASSON, The State Journal | News | Comments

Kentucky State University received $599,751 last month from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will allow researchers to focus for three years on a project that will turn a former wastewater treatment plant into a "model farm" full of paddlefish, hybrid striped bass and channel catfish.

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CFIA Defends Practices As Recalls Grow

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

An XL Foods plant southeast of Calgary has had its operating license temporarily suspended and several products have been recalled for fear of E. coli contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says further recalls are likely in the days ahead.

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Hershey: We're A Knowledge Company, Not Candy Firm

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by DAVID WENNER, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News | News | Comments

It might come as a surprise to hear J.P. Bilbrey, CEO of The Hershey Co., explain that Hershey is no longer a candy company. It's a "knowledge" company that makes candy. That self-view is a key part of Hershey's strategy for growth, both in and outside North America.

Sanitary, Tool-Less Conveyor

October 1, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for tool-less disassembly and without niches to harbor bacteria, the conveyor can quickly and easily be sanitized to meet food manufacturing requirements.

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Sectional Doors

October 1, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CruiserWeight Door with Wind Load Package has received Florida Building Code Approval as well as the industry’s first Notice of Approval from Miami-DadeCounty for hurricane susceptible areas and high wind load environments.

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Bulk Bag Filler

October 1, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

This high-output filling system features a Power-Lift system for powered fill head height adjustment and an Easy-Load rotary bag hanger systems.

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October 2012 - Keeping The Chicks In A Row

October 1, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Throughout its 89-year history, Just Born in Bethlehem, Penn., has produced such iconic candy brands as PEEPS® and MIKE AND IKE®. The family-owned company prides itself in maintaining a sense of tradition, while continuing to generate growth through innovative production processes.

Drought Impact Estimated At $128M For Ark. Ranchers

September 28, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The study released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says some ranchers sold off their herds because they couldn't afford to feed their animals. The $128 million figure is a conservative one that assesses only costs to ranchers, according to the study's authors, Michael Popp and Nathan Kemper.

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SD Beef Plant May Conduct Test Slaughter Soon

September 28, 2012 12:45 pm | News | Comments

A long-delayed South Dakota beef-processing plant is ready for a test run, an indication it is making progress toward opening. Aberdeen city officials have issued Northern Beef Packers a temporary certificate of occupancy, which will allow the plant to slaughter up to five cattle to test its equipment.

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NY To Host Beer, Wine Summit

September 28, 2012 12:43 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called for a "summit" to boost the beer and wine industries in New York just months after he began a similar event to try to make the state the nation's largest producer of Greek-style yogurt. "The yogurt summit worked very, very well," Cuomo said. He said the beer and wine summit in late October will be patterned after it.

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