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Sine Pumps

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MasoSine positive displacement pumps have full steam-in-place and clean-in-place compliance and can be stripped down in less than 10 minutes.

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Heat for Harsh/Damp Environments

April 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Heating equipment designed for harsh and damp environments helps keep employees warm and productive.

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Daily Sound Bite: Meat by Any Other Name...

April 4, 2013 12:36 pm | News | Comments

The American meat industry is considering revamping the names it uses to differentiate between various cuts of pork, beef, lamb and veal. The current system, known as the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards, is better designed to meet the needs of retailers than consumers.

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7 Common KPIs for Production Monitoring

April 4, 2013 12:28 pm | by Red Lion Controls Inc. | Articles | Comments

Strategic philosophies or practices such as Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Total Quality Management and Continuous Improvement are used by many organizations to help improve processes, drive productivity and maintain a competitive edge in today’s ever‐increasing global economy. Despite varying concepts, each practice uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to assess, analyze and track manufacturing processes.

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Recall: Pet Food May Be Tainted with Salmonella

April 4, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

A Connecticut pet food company is recalling three frozen varieties of its foods for dogs and cats because of possible salmonella contamination. Manchester-based Bravo! on Wednesday issued the voluntary recall for varieties of its Chicken Balance, Chicken Blend and Beef Blend Burgers products that were made on specific days.

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Billionaire: Fake Wine Made Me Quit Auctions

April 4, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A Florida billionaire energy maven and wine collector has told a New York jury he doesn't like wine auctions anymore because he has too often been the victim of buying fake wine. William Koch began testifying Wednesday in the civil case he brought against one-time billionaire Eric Greenberg, a California businessman who sold him wine in 2005.

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Ryan Gosling Stands Up for Cows

April 4, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

He's not milking his fame, but Ryan Gosling is lending his name to the cause of cows. The 32-year-old actor sent a letter this week to the National Milk Producers Federation urging the group to advocate against the industry practice of removing calves' horns. He asks that they help stop what he calls a "barbaric practice" by requiring farmers to breed naturally hornless cattle.

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Mondelez Gave CEO Sweet Pay Hike in 2012

April 4, 2013 12:16 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Mondelez International gave CEO Irene Rosenfeld a pay package worth $22 million last year, as the maker of Oreo cookies and other sweet snacks split from Kraft Foods and began operating as an independent company. The compensation represents a 40 percent increase from Rosenfeld's pay in 2011, according to an AP analysis of a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Thieves Target Maple Sap in Maine

April 4, 2013 12:13 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press | News | Comments

Sticky-fingered thieves are stealing the sap right out of Maine's maple trees. With little more than a spout-like tap and a bucket, people are looting the liquid out of trees on private property and hauling it away to turn into sweet maple syrup.

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Consumer Trends: Sustainability Top Purchase Criteria for Packaging

April 4, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

An independent research study commissioned by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), revealed 65 percent of decision makers at Fortune 500 consumer product companies view packaging sustainability as a high priority.

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Company Responds to Food Additive Controversy

April 4, 2013 9:45 am | News | Comments

Last month, activist group The Cornucopia Institute formally requested that the FDA remove common food additive carrgeenan from the food supply, arguing that the additive was unsafe for human consumption. Ingredient Solutions, Inc. has released the following information in response to consumer concern over the food additive carrageenan.

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Doc Lays Blame for Obesity on Food Processors

April 4, 2013 9:44 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Dr. Robert Lustig specializes in treating childhood obesity and has written a book, "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease," in which he claims the cure for many of the nation's collective health issues can be achieved by "reducing the availability of sugar in our diet."

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The Virtual Plant Seen Through Standardized 3D HMI

April 4, 2013 9:32 am | by Chris Parkinson, Senior Engineer, HMI Technology Lead | Articles | Comments

From physical pushbutton stations to sophisticated graphical interfaces with 3D representations of equipment — HMIs are the visible part of a controls and/or manufacturing intelligence system. Unlike controller code that is seen by few, anyone and everyone can see the HMI.

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Mich. Bills Spark Debate over Paid Sick Time

April 4, 2013 9:32 am | by ALANNA DURKIN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Michigan Republicans are pushing to ban local governments from requiring employers to provide paid sick leave as cities in other states move to enact such mandates. Legislation recently approved by committees in the Republican-controlled House and Senate would prohibit counties, townships and cities from adopting policies that requires employers to provide paid or unpaid leave not required under federal or state law.

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First Lady Challenges Kids with Lunch Contest

April 4, 2013 9:31 am | by STACY A. ANDERSON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."

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ConAgra 3Q Profit Falls on Ralcorp Charges

April 4, 2013 9:28 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods reported a third-quarter profit that fell shy of Wall Street expectations as the maker of Chef Boyardee and Hebrew National hot dogs booked charges related to its acquisition of Ralcorp and struggled to grow sales for its existing brands.

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Meat Industry To Reboot Labels

April 4, 2013 9:26 am | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The American meat industry is rolling out a refresh of the often confusing 40-year-old system used for naming the various cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal. That's because the system — the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards, or URMIS — was designed more for the needs of retailers and butchers than for the convenience of harried shoppers more familiar with Shake 'n Bake than boneless shank cuts.

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Photo of the Day: The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

April 4, 2013 9:22 am | News | Comments

Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."

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Ovenable Packaging for Seafood

April 4, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Oven Ease ovenable family of food packaging products for seafood allows seafood processors to develop products that can be seasoned or marinated prior to packaging.

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Aerosol Spray Lubricants

April 4, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PURITY TM FG Aerosol Spray Lubricants help plant managers protect those hard to reach places.

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