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Whiskey Company To Make Barrel Wood In Ala.

December 15, 2011 4:04 am | News | Comments

STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) — The company that produces Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is breaking ground in north Alabama for a plant that will produce the wood used in its barrels. The mill operated by Brown-Forman Cooperage is located in Stevenson, which is in northeast Alabama. The mill will produce white oak stave and heading material that will be used to produce whiskey barrels.

Rice On The Rise

December 15, 2011 4:03 am | News | Comments

Japan To Assess Safety Of Imported Beef

December 15, 2011 4:02 am | News | Comments

TOKYO, Dec. 15 (Kyodo) — Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to ask the government's food safety panel to assess the safety of imported beef in two cases in which the country allows imports of beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger and from cattle aged more than 30 months, ministry sources said Thursday.


Brainstorm: Energy Management

December 15, 2011 4:01 am | by Bob Zak, GM and President, Powerit Solutions North America | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: What are some of the most overlooked energy management methods food manufacturers can employ to reduce their utility expenses? Most food plants aren’t controlling peak demand at all.

Ex-Health Inspectors Charged With Bribery

December 15, 2011 3:59 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former health inspectors have been accused of accepting bribes in exchange for passing hundreds of restaurants on food safety exams in a city known for its culinary scene, officials said Wednesday. In addition to bribery charges, Ajamu Stewart and Clifton Sanders face felony counts for falsifying public records, said District Attorney George Gascon and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

Photo Of The Day: Whole Foods Goes Halal

December 15, 2011 3:54 am | News | Comments

(AP) — In this Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, Jack Acree, executive vice president with American Halal Co., Inc., left, and Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer with American Halal Co., Inc, stand near their products in a freezer case at a Whole Foods store in Darien, Conn. The company helped Whole Foods develop its first nationally distributed halal (Islamically permitted) food product called Saffron Road entrees that the food stores started selling in August.


Texas Oysters Doomed By Disasters

December 14, 2011 11:29 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A USA Today article covered the ever struggling Texas oyster industry, which has been decimated by one disaster after another, including Hurricane Ike in 2008, last year’s BP oil spill and the recent bloom of toxic algae. A monster drought … 

Reach Trucks

December 14, 2011 9:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 7000 Series Reach-Fork® trucks feature productivity-enhancing lift and lower speeds. The product includes regenerative lowering, which produces energy when the forks are lowered to increase battery shift life and reduce the need for downtime. The machine delivers 9% more productivity and 21% more energy efficiency than competitive models.


Forming Machine

December 14, 2011 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 745 multi-outlet forming machine combines accurate weight control and quick changeovers with mobility. A vane pump feed system uses a rotating spiral to gently move product to the rotor, eliminating overworking, bridging and backflow. The vane pump feeds directly to the mold plate cavity and can portion up to 11,700 patties per hour.


Low Flow Air Process & Liquid Circulation Heaters

December 14, 2011 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

AHPF series heaters are used to heat low flows of air, gas, water or aqueous solutions with air/gas flow up to 15 CFM and air/gas out temperature up to 430° C (800° F). This 316 stainless steel unit can handle pressures up to 100 PSI and 50 watts per square inch. Omega Engineering, Inc.


Summer Floods Cost Midwestern Farmers

December 14, 2011 8:13 am | News | Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring's rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.

BBB: Self-Regulation Results In Remarkable Changes In Children's Food Ads

December 14, 2011 8:05 am | News | Comments

Arlington, Va. (BBB) — Five years ago, leading food and beverage companies made a major commitment to be a part of the solution to childhood obesity by agreeing to limit what foods they advertise to children under the age of 12. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) launched the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) in November 2006 with ten charter companies.

Brainstorm: Instrumentation and Weighing

December 14, 2011 7:53 am | by Fred Cox, Vice-President of Sales/Marketing, Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company | Articles | Comments

What are important issues food manufacturers must consider when making decisions about the implementation of instrumentation and weighing devices in their facilities? Water combined with high-pressure cleaning takes its toll on electronic equipment. Food production facilities are best suited for weight displays that carry an IP69K rating and are resistant to high-pressure water jets of up to 1,450 PSI and temperatures of up to 176 degrees Fahrenheit.

Five Food Trends To Watch In 2012

December 14, 2011 6:27 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (Euro RSCG) — Global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide today issued an in-depth look at what’s trending in food for 2012-13. Marian Salzman, CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, and one of the world’s leading trendspotters, curated the list, which is part of a catalog of more than 150 trends in 32 categories.

NY Brews Beer Promotion

December 14, 2011 6:23 am | News | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The growing microbrewery industry is trying the same kind of I Love New York promotion used to boost tourism and wineries. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and brewers statewide on Wednesday will launch an "I Love NY Brew" promotion. The goal is for the growing New York beer brewing industry to work with convenience stores and New York City bars and restaurants to get more space on shelves and on menus for the state's beers.

Norwegians Battle Butter Shortage

December 14, 2011 6:20 am | News | Comments

OSLO, Norway (AP) — High demand for butter used in traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes has caused a big shortage, leading the government to slash import duties on the cherished product. Butter consumption has steadily increased in the Scandinavian country this year, partly because of the nation's increased popularity of low-carb but fat-rich diets.

Korean Cake Recalled

December 14, 2011 4:03 am | News | Comments

HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A Hanover company is recalling Korean Cake, or Gyeong Dan, because the product contains undeclared eggs. Rhee Bros. Inc. said Tuesday that it is recalling its 8-ounce packages of ASSI brand Korean Cake. The cakes were distributed nationwide to Asian food retail stores.

Fed Says Economy Is Healthier, Takes No New Steps

December 14, 2011 4:00 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost growth. Hiring is picking up and consumers are spending more despite slower growth globally, the Fed said in its policy statement issued after its final meeting of the year.

Fruit Traders Protest In Sri Lanka Over Transport Rule

December 14, 2011 3:56 am | News | Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of produce traders protested for a third day in Sri Lankan streets Wednesday, halting business at the capital's central market over a new rule changing how they transport their goods. At least 24 people have been hurt and 83 arrested in the protests over a rule that fruit and vegetables be transported in plastic baskets rather than sacks.

Survey: Shoppers Expect Discounts

December 14, 2011 3:53 am | by Smarter, Efficient Shoppers Focus on Consumer Product Purchases | News | Comments

NEW YORK (Deloitte) — Excitement over unexpected in-store deals has diminished as discounted prices become an anticipated part of the consumer products shopping experience, according to the Deloitte/Harrison Group annual American Pantry Survey. For nearly one-third (30 percent) of consumers, at least seven of 10 items in their shopping cart is discounted.


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