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U.S. Food Recalls Skyrocketed At End Of 2011

February 14, 2012 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Food recalls across the nation increased 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 and affected over 80 percent more units compared with the previous three-month period.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Say Retailer-Prepared Food Is Restaurant-Quality

February 14, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Recent consumer research by food industry consultants Technomic indicates that retailers' prepared food offerings have evolved to the point that they are viable alternatives to all types of restaurants. Forty percent of consumers surveyed in Southern California agreed that "prepared foods from retailers are restaurant-quality foods at better prices." Nearly two-thirds say they've seen significant improvements in the quality and variety of retailer prepared foods over the past five years.

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Snack Maker Expects Big Growth From Whole Foods

February 14, 2012 10:06 am | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Dakota company created to provide a healthy snack for American Indians expects its sales to grow by a third this year after seeing its product picked up by national grocery chain Whole Foods Markets.

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LED Lights Extend Meat Shelf Life

February 14, 2012 10:04 am | News | Comments

A switch to LED lights in refrigeration units could save the retail meat industry millions of dollars each year, according to research from Kansas State University. Kyle Steele, recent master's graduate in animal sciences and industry, Silver Lake, Kan., found that using light-emitting diode, or LED, lights in refrigeration units both saves energy for meat retailers and extends the shelf life of some beef products.

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McDonald's Tells Suppliers To Stop Using Hog Crates

February 14, 2012 10:00 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said Monday it will require its U.S. pork suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out crates that tightly confine pregnant sows, a move that one animal rights group predicted would have "a seismic impact" on the industry.

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The Magic Beans (Part II)

February 14, 2012 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

This week we're taking a deep look into the world of soybeans with a five-part video series hosted by Jason Shoultz and originally run by Aol's American Heartland. In this episode, the host and an Iowa farmer visit a tractor race and learn just how powerful soy diesel can be.

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SPX Awarded Contract To Create Dairy Plant In China

February 14, 2012 9:54 am | News | Comments

SPX Corporation today announced that its Flow Technology segment has been awarded a contract worth approximately $40 million by Bright Dairy & Food Co., Ltd. to establish a new dairy processing plant in Shanghai, China capable of producing pasteurized fresh milk, ultra-high temperature (UHT) long shelf life milk and yogurt.

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Seven Sweet Secrets Of Chocolate Making

February 14, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

Valentine’s Day is one of chocolate’s biggest days of the year, so IFT took the opportunity to reveal seven secrets about how the sweet confection is made. 

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Photo Of The Day: McDonald's Embraces Humane

February 14, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, it will require its U.S. pork suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out the use of stalls that confine pregnant sows. Smithfield Foods had already announced plans to phase out the stalls.

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Food Of The Future

February 14, 2012 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

A Chicago chef brings his vision for the future of food to the TED Conference. He sculpts foods that fool the eyes and delight the palate, but his sights are set on a much more important mission.

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10 Trends In Manufacturing Technologies

February 14, 2012 9:30 am | by Steven Hawkins, Director of Automation Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Systems in demand include programmable controls, robotic systems, supervisory controls, data acquisition and information management systems. These systems deliver high-quality, reliable and repeatable solutions to our customers, improving their processes.

Adjustable Steam Tunnel

February 13, 2012 3:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The KST 80A-712 with Steam Venting Package is a tunnel system featuring stainless dual-wall construction. It is compatible with a wide range of containers, including those challenging to shrink consistently. The dual-zone system features five rows of steam distribution tubes on each side.

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Self-Locking Tray Former

February 13, 2012 3:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The POPLOK™ Tray Former is a self-locking tray erector that erects corrugated trays with no glue. The system is designed for any self-locking tray, including 1-, 2- and multi-tuck, as well as more intricate display trays.

Automated Material Handling System

February 13, 2012 3:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The automated material handling system provides a total process solution for moving highly fragile food product through multiple process operations into bulk storage for temperorary holding prior to final packaging.

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Rotary Airlock Valve

February 13, 2012 3:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed specifically for sanitary applications, the Quick-Clean Series of rotary airlock valves aids in regulatory standards and practices compliance, reduces cleaning and sanitizing time, and simplifies inspection.

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Wireless Sensor System

February 13, 2012 3:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The zSeries wireless sensor system provides Web-based monitoring of temperature, humidity and barometric pressure in critical applications. The compact wireless "End Devices" mount discretely on the wall in clean rooms, laboratories and any remote facility.

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Electromagnetic Vibratory Feeders

February 13, 2012 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Company's small vibratory feeders for hazardous locations boast a Hi-Vi electromagnetic drive circuit as a solution for users' feeding, screening and conveying applications. These units are CSA approved for Class II Division I, Group F&G hazardous environments.

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Flowers Foods Posts Weak 4Q Results

February 13, 2012 1:50 pm | News | Comments

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares fell in trading Friday after the bakery company delivered disappointing fourth-quarter results and full-year guidance.

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Food Safety Researchers Comment On Raw Milk Dangers

February 13, 2012 1:48 pm | News | Comments

Martin Wiedmann and Rob Ralyea, Cornell University researchers and experts on food safety, comment and the danger presented to farmers and consumers by the raw milk movement.

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Mayo Clinic: Overeating May Double Risk For Memory Loss

February 13, 2012 1:44 pm | News | Comments

A new study from Mayo Clinic supports the idea that “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” The study, released today, suggests that eating too much may double the risk for memory loss in people age 70 and older. This research will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28.

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