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Truffles: Worth Their Weight In Gold (Almost)

May 9, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Jack Czarnecki hunts rare black and white truffles in Oregon to use for his restaurant and truffle oil business.


Multi-Size Case Packer

May 8, 2012 3:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The model 206 allows manufacturers to run multiple package sizes and pack patterns for a variety of retailers while reducing changeover downtime. This packer offers flexibility to pack many styles of cartons, cans and semi-rigid containers, single or multipacks, into RSC, HSC, HSC display cases or trays.


Texture Analysis Course

May 8, 2012 3:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Practical Course on Texture Testing and Analysis provides attendees with the technical training they need to get the maximum value out of their texture analyzer.


Greek Frozen Yogurt Ingredients

May 8, 2012 3:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Greek Frozen Yogurt program provides dairy manufacturers with the full complement of formulas, stabilizers and flavor ingredients necessary to begin manufacturing Greek frozen yogurts.


Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork

May 8, 2012 12:23 pm | News | Comments

The nation's second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs. Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it's planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.


Report: Schools Should Lead Fight Against Obesity

May 8, 2012 12:22 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, a major new report says.


Kraft Pushes Dressing Beyond Salad

May 8, 2012 12:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Salad dressing on your fish? How about on your stir fry? In a new ad campaign launching next week, Kraft Foods Inc. is hoping to boost sales by encouraging consumers to use its dressings in a limitless variety of dishes — as a dip, a spread, a marinade or perhaps a glaze. In case the message isn't clear, the packaged foods giant is even rebranding its lineup of dressings as "Anything Dressing."


Kosher Food Maker Settles Working Conditions Case

May 8, 2012 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Twenty former food manufacturing employees who complained about working conditions have reached a $577,000 settlement with a Brooklyn kosher food manufacturer after engaging in a five-year campaign that led more than 120 supermarkets to stop selling the company's products.


Mushroom Farm Workers 'Didn't Have To Die'

May 8, 2012 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Three men who died at a Fraser Valley mushroom farm after being overcome in a shed by a mix of toxic gases, despite repeated warnings from workplace safety authorities, didn't have to die, a coroner's inquest has been told.


Consumer Trends: Predicting Children’s Snack Choices

May 8, 2012 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Attitudes, relationships, intentions and personal behavior control are all factors that could affect a child’s decision in either reaching for an apple or grabbing a bag of chips, according to a new study out of the University of Cincinnati.


The Crisis Management Playbook

May 8, 2012 11:17 am | by Annie Searle, Principal, Annie Searle & Associates LLC | Articles | Comments

A little detective work often shows that emergency management plans are, by and large, lifted from another organization, resulting in a poor fit, or perhaps the plan was created by former staff members who took a couple of FEMA courses.


Dutch CSM To Sell Bakery Operations

May 8, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

Dutch company CSM NV plans to sell its main operations, the bakery ingredients division, which makes processed flour and products such as bagels, English muffins, pizzas, tortillas, and sweet glazes.


Diamond Foods Names New CEO

May 8, 2012 10:03 am | News | Comments

Diamond Foods Inc. on Monday named food and beverage industry veteran Brian Driscoll as its president and chief executive officer, three months after ousting its top executives for their role in a payment scandal.


Vermont Ranked Top In Locally Grown Food

May 8, 2012 10:01 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont has 99 farmers markets and 164 CSAs, with a population of fewer than 622,000, according to the 2012 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, which relies on U.S. Department of Agriculture and census figures. Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii rounded out the top five.


BPI Closing 3 Plants Amid 'Pink Slime' Uproar

May 8, 2012 9:59 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday.


Pepsi Sued By Heirs Of Formula Developer

May 8, 2012 9:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The heirs of the man who helped develop the formula for Pepsi are suing the soda company over their right to share with the public documents detailing their father's invention. The daughter and son of Richard Ritchie say PepsiCo Inc. is interfering with their ability to market or sell the rights of their father's life story and documents detailing his 1931 soda formula. The suit seeks a declaration that their disclosure of the documents would be protected by First Amendment rights and wouldn't be considered a trade secret violation.


Photo Of The Day: King Of Local

May 8, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

Local food is big in Vermont, which ranks as the top state in a new Locavore Index, based on the number of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture farms where customers pay ahead for produce and other foods throughout the season. Vermont had 99 farmers’ markets, 164 CSAs, based on USDA data, and a population of 621,760, according to 2010 census.


Fair Food: Is The Food System Broken?

May 8, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Oran Hesterman, the author of a new book, claims that the current food production system is endangering our environment, our health and our future. He offers a prescription for change.


Zero-Configuration App For Control Systems

May 7, 2012 3:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company has released Opto aPAC, an application for monitoring and managing the SNAP PAC System using mobile devices running the Android operating system. The app provides real-time control system access and information to authorized automation professionals equipped with wireless, Android-based smart phones or tablets.


Modular pH Sensor

May 7, 2012 3:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The S8000 Modular pH Sensor Platform is available as a submersion mounted sensor system, reducing measurement costs for open tanks and vessels as part of water and wastewater treatment applications.



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