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VIDEO: Fish Farm Goes Vegetarian to Save Seafood

February 23, 2015 9:15 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Fish farms have a big problem: They’ve been making feed out of sardines and anchovies from the oceans, a source that could be depleted within a few decades. A California company called Two X Sea could have a solution.

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Calif. Wine Taster Uses Blindness to Advantage

February 23, 2015 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hoby Wedler uses his blindness and refined sense of smell and taste to develop an expert palette that is garnering rave reviews in California's wine region. His monthly "Tasting in the Dark" series at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery is growing in popularity.

Johnsonville Sausage CEO to Retire, Oscar Mayer Exec to Replace

February 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in the company's history, Johnsonville Sausage will not be led by a member of the Stayer family. Ralph Stayer has led the privately owned Sheboygan Falls company for the last 47 years.

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Prodigy Plus Ice Machine

February 23, 2015 7:50 am | by Scotsman Ice Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Prodigy Plus ice machines offer two significant optional features: Smart-Board™ advanced feature module with additional diagnostic capabilities and Vari-Smart™ ice level control that allows operators to customize ice levels for specific applications or requirements.

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E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine

February 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 8/65 E Roto-Flow Portioning Machine with PLC control makes it easy to change the patty stack count and conveyor travel during operation.

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NAMI Applauds Agreement in Nine-Month West Coast Port Labor Dispute

February 23, 2015 7:15 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The dispute and resulting slowdowns have cost the meat, poultry, hide, skin and leather industries an estimated $85 million a week. While the deal between the two sides is a crucial step to ending this slowdown, the impact will continue to be felt.

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General Mills Marks 10 Years of Health Improvements

February 20, 2015 3:40 pm | by General Mills | News | Comments

General Mills has improved the health profile of 76 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005, when it first established its "Health Metric" to encourage progress on nutrition and health improvements. These improvements include enhancing positive nutrition such as increasing protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, or reducing limiters such as calories, sodium, sugar and fat.

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Nestle CEO: Why We Removed Artificial Coloring

February 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO speaks about earnings and the company's decision to remove artificial additives from its products.

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VIDEO: Giving Surplus Produce a Second Chance

February 20, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The stats on food waste in the U.S. are not pretty. About half of all food wasted is fresh produce. One San Francisco-based social enterprise is taking the problem head on with a simple mission to give surplus produce a second chance.

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Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 1:45 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.   

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Bugs Crawl Onto the Menu at Le Cordon Bleu

February 20, 2015 1:20 pm | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bugs in a gourmet kitchen are usually something to be squashed or swatted. But at Le Cordon Bleu, the esteemed French cooking school, chefs and food scientists spent a week simmering, sauteing and grilling insects to extract innovative flavors.

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Photo of the Day: Doctors Say Health Apps Boost Care

February 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A decade ago, who would have thought that an application on your smart phone could be the trick to keep you healthy? Allowing your doctors access to your fitness trackers and health apps can provide them with the day-to-day information they need.

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McCormick to Buy Italian Season Maker

February 20, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spice seller McCormick & Co. is adding some Italian flavor to its lineup by paying up to $97 million for the more than century-old Drogheria & Alimentari.

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VIDEO: 30th Anniversary of Cherry Coke

February 20, 2015 10:35 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Thirty years ago today, Coca-Cola USA announced that it would start selling Cherry Coke in cans and bottles in test markets across the country. Company officials predict that consumers would buy 130 million cases a year.

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5 Facts on Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 9:40 am | by by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.

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Attack on Sugars, Caffeine Has Beverage Makers Upset With Dietary Committee

February 20, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended restrictions from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. The Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars for the first time.

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FTC Moves to Block Sysco's $3.5B Purchase of US Foods

February 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators are challenging the $3.5 billion sale of US Foods to Sysco, saying the deal would hurt customers by reducing competition between food supply companies. Sysco Corp. agreed to buy US Foods in December 2013, saying they would create a company with $65 billion in annual revenue.

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Butterball Acquires Second North Carolina Processing Facility

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Butterball, LLC | News | Comments

The purchase of the facility, closed by its previous owners in December 2014, will help Butterball continue to meet growing consumer demand for a variety of Butterball turkey products.

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Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

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Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

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