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Quebec-Based Agropur to Become 5th-Largest Cheese Processor in US

July 23, 2014 9:15 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada's largest dairy co-operative, Agropur, is doubling its U.S. processing operations with a deal to buy the dairy processing assets of Davisco Foods. The Quebec-based company said it will become the fifth-largest cheese and ingredients processor in the states.

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Japan Increases Quarantine Checks on Food Imports

July 23, 2014 8:55 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

The expired meat scandal from China has spread to Japan, leading the government to enhance the check system to prevent problematic food from entering Japan. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has sold outdated chicken and beef to Japanese retailers and restaurants.

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VIDEO: Land of the Free Market? Not When it Comes to Beer Trade

July 23, 2014 8:20 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

While most beers sold in the U.S. are named either Coors Light or Bud Light, craft brews are growing. How did we end up with an explosion of craft brews, but when it comes to buying them from other states, you find nothing but restricted markets.

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Ky. Bourbon Makers Churn Out 5M Barrels, the Most in 37 Years

July 23, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kentucky Distiller's Association said the state's bourbon inventory has topped 5 million barrels of whiskey for the first time since 1977. Production has soared by more than 150 percent in the last 15 years, resulting in nearly 5.3 million barrels at the end of 2013.

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'Exotic' Makeover: V8 Gets Trendy With Ingredient List

July 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's beverage brand, V8 Juice, is hoping to spark a turnaround in the struggling beverage by hitching it to the growing popularity of new brands that mix more exotic ingredients like coconut water, kale and ginger and tout their freshness.

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Vertical Z-Style Conveyor

July 23, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The company's vertical z-style conveyor is an ideal solution for food processing facilities who have a need to move product to higher elevations.

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Ethernet Driver

July 23, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The company's new Ethernet driver in Kepware Technologies KEPServerEX version 5.15 is an OPC communications platform that allows PC software to access controller data/variables with a streamlined and easy-to-use interface.

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USDA Hire Stokes Dietary Guidelines Controversy

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by The National Center for Public Policy Research | News | Comments

The appointment of Angela Tagtow, a controversial 'environmental nutritionist', to head the USDA's Nutrition Policy and Promotion is facing criticism about politicization of federal nutrition advice and its consequences for public health.

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Consumer Trends: Pizza Hut Turns to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Special Delivery

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by Pizza Hut | News | Comments

Pizza Hut unveils an enormous live-action Pizza Thrower for comic enthusiasts and diehard Ninja Turtle fans worldwide. Standing at more than 12 feet tall, the Pizza Thrower boasts a 180-degree rotating tower with a turret-mounted seat to trigger the pizzas.

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Better On-the-Job Electrical Safety

July 22, 2014 12:44 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electricity is a crucial component in commercial and industrial environments because many business processes rely on electric-powered equipment. The prevalence of electrical equipment in the workplace can become an occupational hazard without safety practices in place. 

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Coca-Cola Sales Up, Thirst for Diet Coke Fizzles

July 22, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage maker, said its quarterly sales fell short of estimates as the demand for Diet Coke has fizzled out. The sales volume, however, rose 3 percent, boosted by the gains in China, India and the Middle East.

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Cost Savings Calculator Helps Companies Eliminate Paper

July 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

A new online calculator can help manufacturers eliminate paper on the shop floor. The calculator, created by Aptean, can help companies save in labor costs, material yields and capacity uplift potential, allowing companies to improve in every area of their operations.

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Changing Eating Habits Causes McDonald's Sales to Slip

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain, McDonald's, is struggling to boost its sales due to changing eating habits and the persistent financial struggles of lower-income customers. Sales fell approximately 1.5 percent for the second quarter.

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Kentucky Brewery Facility to Boost Production by 400 Percent

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the Grain Brewery, a Kentucky facility, plans to expand its facilities in Louisville, boosting production by more than 400 percent. The company expects to create 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The addition will include a barrel brewhouse.

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Infographic: What's Behind the Coffee Buzz?

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Compound Interest | News | Comments

Coffee is a cornucopia of chemical compounds that influence its taste. One group of compounds about which plenty is known are the chlorogenic acids. In medium to light coffee brews, the main source of bitterness comes from the chlorogenic acids.

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China's Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks and Travels to Japan

July 22, 2014 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding meat supplier Husi Food has added to a string of safety scares in China over expired beef and chicken that have left the public wary of restaurants and other suppliers. The meat scandal has tainted popular restaurant chains and spread to Japan.

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What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar? Unilever Closes Florida Ice Cream Plant

July 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida ice cream lovers may be crushed to hear a Tampa Bay area ice cream factory, Pinellas Park, will close its doors as the company shifts its production to plants in Tennessee and Missouri. The 55,000-square-foot factory produces Klondike and Popsicle treats.

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Calif. Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall on Listeria Concerns

July 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wawona Packing, a California fruit company, has issued a nationwide recall of peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots for possible listeria contamination. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers, including Costco and Trader Joe's.

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A Global Survey and a Mobile App: What They Tell Us About Mitigating Risks

July 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Laura Dunn Nelson, director-industry relations, Alchemy Systems, LP | Articles | Comments

According to the 2014 Global Food Safety Training Survey, workforce training tends to come up short due to the unavailability of two necessary resources — time and money. Such limitations increase risk for the company, its workers and, in particular, consumers.

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VIDEO: 5 Produce a Day, the Ugly Way

July 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Marcel | Videos | Comments

Consumers are encouraged to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, which can be costly. More than 300 million tons of imperfect produce is thrown away each year. Now, Intermarché, a grocery chain in France, sells the "hideous" produce to fight food waste.

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