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Ben & Jerry's Sues Porn Studio

September 7, 2012 9:38 am | Videos | Comments

A porn company's new line of feature films, produced under the name Ben & Cherry's and featuring titles such as Boston Cream Thigh, features cover art that is strikingly similar to ice cream giant Ben & Jerry's logo.       

Why Cheaper Warehouse Equipment Isn’t Always Less Expensive

September 7, 2012 9:30 am | by Carol Thorsen, Manager, Wynright Corporation’s Inside Sales | Articles | Comments

Perhaps one of the most significant contributions the Internet has made to our daily lives (outside of being able to connect with people we never spoke to and didn’t even know in high school) is the ability to find the rock-bottom price for just about anything we need to purchase easily.

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Balcony-Style Thermoforming Machine

September 7, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Farmo Res Prima K7-Food Thermoformer is designed for the portion packaging of liquid food products such as jam, honey, sauces and spreadables.

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Barcode Readers

September 7, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

DataMan® 100 and 200 fixed-mount barcode readers now feature 2DMax+™ code reading software technology, which allows readers to identify and decode severely damaged or poorly marked 2-D matrix codes.

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Induction, Mixing And Dispersing

September 7, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The multifunctional Ystral PiloTec processing system is the newest generation of induction, mixing and dispersing equipment bringing established production processes to a laboratory or smaller scale.

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Producers Prepare To Tackle Pork Board Budget

September 6, 2012 12:53 pm | News | Comments

In the midst of some of the most difficult market conditions in years, more than 50 pork producers will meet in Des Moines Sept. 5-6 to draft a 2013 budget for the National Pork Board that focuses on continuing to build demand for pork while addressing several challenging production issues.

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Co-Ops Brace For Arrival Of Giant Rivals

September 6, 2012 12:50 pm | by JOHN MILLER,Associated Press | News | Comments

It's no coincidence food cooperatives across the U.S. are making big changes. Many are preparing for the arrival of a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, two organic- and specialty-food industry giants that are opening new stores nationwide. Some co-ops are even dispatching camera-toting, intelligence-gathering crews to poach ideas from the big guys.

Apple Cider Gets Trendy

September 6, 2012 12:48 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hard cider, which came to the United States with the pilgrims but was lost in a sea of sweet, unfermented juice after Prohibition, has been making a comeback with increased sales and launches of new styles and flavors that have brought a bushel of options to store shelves.

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EU: Wines Can’t Make Health Claims

September 6, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says wines cannot make assertions like "easily digestible" since it is a health claim unbefitting alcoholic drinks. Thursday's EU Court of Justice ruling means that the Germany's Deutsches Weintor cooperative will have to change the labels on its Dornfelder and Burgunder wines which it described as "mild edition" with "gentle acidity."

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Snyder’s-Lance To Buy Snack Factory For $340M

September 6, 2012 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Snyder's-Lance Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to buy cracker maker Snack Factory LLC for $340 million in cash to expand into the deli-bakery snack business. The company expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter. It anticipates the acquisition will add 2 cents per share in its 2012 fiscal year and 10 cents per share in 2013. Snyder's also thinks the purchase will boost its revenue by $160 million in 2013.

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Consumer Trends: Nanotechnology Awareness Low, But Opinions Strong

September 6, 2012 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Awareness of nanotechnology is still low, but there are some surprising differences in opinion. Perhaps not surprisingly, reports of having heard at least a little about nanotechnology were significantly higher among all sub-65 age groups than among those in the 65+ age group.

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800 Coffee Farmers Earn Fair Trade Certification

September 6, 2012 9:51 am | News | Comments

Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announced that two groups of independent, small-scale coffee farmers have achieved Fair Trade certification.  As part of Fair Trade USA’s Fair Trade for All initiative, these new pilot programs will provide 800 small farmers in Costa Rica and Colombia access to the many opportunities and benefits of Fair Trade.

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Goya Foods Breaks Ground On New Headquarters

September 6, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

The nation's largest Hispanic-owned food company has broken ground for the next phase of its headquarters and regional distribution center in northern New Jersey. Goya Foods received more than $80 million in tax breaks from New Jersey to remain in the state. The 615,000-square-foot, $127 million headquarters and warehouse are being built in Jersey City.

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General Mills Reaffirms Guidance

September 6, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

General Mills Inc. on Wednesday reaffirmed its full-year forecast but says its first-quarter profit may fall. The Minneapolis-based food company said it expects its first-quarter profit should meet the company's expectations, but will fall in comparison to last year. It did not provide further details on the period but will report its full results on Sept. 13.

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Green Mountain To Introduce 'Wellness' Drinks

September 6, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. on Thursday plans to introduce a line of drinks touting antioxidants, vitamins and other health benefits, as the company looks to expand amid intensifying competition for its single-serve coffee drinks. The Waterbury, Vt.-based company's "Wellness Brewed" drinks, which can be made with its Keurig single-serve brewing machines, come as the patent on its K-cup technology is set to expire this month.

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U.N. Sees No Evidence Of New Food Prices Crisis

September 6, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

Prices of basic foods remained flat in August, offering assurances that a repeat of the global food price crisis that sparked rioting several years ago is unlikely, U.N. food agency officials said Thursday. While current prices are still high, they are lower than the levels that triggered rioting and unrest in parts of the developing world in 2007-2008.

Photo Of The Day: Tea Under Pressure

September 6, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

The patented "Gizmo Closure and Delivery System," an innovative, pressurized bottle cap design that infuses a drink with fresh, preservative-free ingredients upon opening, has been utilized for the first time in Tea of a Kind. Once the cap is twisted, the ingredients burst into the bottle and self-mix, creating a color change and a visual confirmation that the drink is fresh and ready to consume.

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Communicating Change To The Outside

September 6, 2012 8:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

As we make improvements to our business and our processes, not only must we effectively communicate our new expectations to our own personnel, but we must also communicate to our service providers and often our customers. Sometimes it takes all of our thought and energy to focus on our own issues and improvements.

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Beer Stabilizers

September 6, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Polyclar™ beer stabilizers inhibit haze formation in all types of beer.

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Rubber Disc Return Rollers

September 6, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rubber Disc Return Rollers feature 4 tapered roller bearings (two in each hub) for smooth operation and a service life up to three times longer than traditional 2-bearing roller designs.

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