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Sine Pumps for Cheese Curds

February 22, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Company's sine pump technology produces powerful suction with low shear and no pulsation.

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Quinoa Boom Stressing Bolivian Highlands

February 21, 2013 12:22 pm | by PAOLA FLORES,Associated Press | News | Comments

The growing global demand for quinoa by health food enthusiasts isn't just raising prices for the Andean "super grain" and living standards among Bolivian farmers. Quinoa fever is running up against physical limits. The scramble to grow more is prompting Bolivian farmers to abandon traditional land management practices, endangering the fragile ecosystem of the arid highlands, agronomists say.

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Debate over Delaying NYC Soda Rule Continues

February 21, 2013 12:18 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

It's up to a judge whether a first-of-its-kind size limit on sodas and other sugary drinks will take effect in three weeks. Beverage-makers and sellers, seeking to hold off enforcement while a lawsuit plays out, faced off in court Wednesday with city officials. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling didn't immediately rule or say when he would.

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Feds Announce Charges in Chinese Honey Import Case

February 21, 2013 12:16 pm | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Five people and two companies have been accused of flooding the market with cheaper honey from China and avoiding $180 million in duties, federal officials said Wednesday. The Chinese honey was declared as other commodities and shipped through other countries to the United States to avoid anti-dumping duties, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

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Beer Companies, DOJ in Resolution Talks

February 21, 2013 12:14 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice is talking with beer makers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo about potentially resolving a legal challenge to their $20.1 billion deal. The beer companies and the government are asking the court for a stay of all litigation proceedings until March 19. There is no guarantee a resolution will be found.

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Feds Indict 4 in Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak

February 21, 2013 12:11 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal grand jury indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history. The 76-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Georgia.

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Consumer Trends: Food Recalls Hit Two-Year High

February 21, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Food recalls documented by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement reports during the fourth quarter of 2012 reached a two year quarterly high, according to the ExpertRECALL™ Index released today. This activity represents an average rate of approximately six food recalls being documented every day in the fourth quarter.

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Daily Sound Bite: Vt. Considers New Syrup Labeling System

February 21, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

As the Vermont maple syrup industry vies for a bigger place on the world stage, the state Senate has passed a measure along to the House that would revamp the way maple syrup is labeled in the state. The new grading labels would bring Vermont maple producers in line with the way the rest of the world and, legislators hope, make it easier for producers to sell product abroad.

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Solve Problems with Definitions

February 21, 2013 10:00 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

Simply providing a clearer expectation of what “good enough” looks like can solve many problems we encounter.  Sometimes we create problems simply because we haven’t provided a clear expectation of roles and responsibilities.  Sometimes we spend ridiculous amounts of time trying to solve problems we can’t clearly communicate.

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ISM: Manufacturing Is Off to a Good Start

February 21, 2013 9:46 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector continued to expand in January 2013 for the second consecutive month, and the overall U.S. economy grew for the 44th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Study: Antioxidants Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be

February 21, 2013 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

Antioxidants have long been believed to prevent a host of illnesses including cancer and heart disease. A new study from Harvard that followed over 5,000 people for 14 years found that antioxidants had little to no impact on dementia, Alzheimer's disease and stroke.

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La. Brewery Expanding Operations

February 21, 2013 9:37 am | News | Comments

What started years ago as a love of brewing beer and sharing it with friends and family has blossomed into a profitable multistate beer business for a family in St. Martin Parish. The Knott brothers of Arnaudville, Karlos, Byron and Dorsey, and their families on Monday officially welcomed visitors to Bayou Teche Brewing's new facility.

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Smucker Decides to Keep Memphis Plant Open

February 21, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

Strong demand for peanut butter and a $6 million tax break persuaded J.M. Smucker to reverse its decision to close its Memphis plant. According to The Commercial Appeal, the Orrville, Ohio-based company announced Monday it will invest $55 million in new equipment at the plant and add 65 jobs.

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Vt. Hopes to Sweeten Syrup Sales with Grade Changes

February 21, 2013 9:33 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press | News | Comments

Would fancy grade maple syrup by any other name taste as sweet? Vermont lawmakers are pondering that question as they consider whether to drop the state's traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one. The change pits tradition versus a desire to be a bigger player in world markets.

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Horsemeat Scandal Spreads to Czech Republic

February 21, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

The Czech Republic became the latest country to detect horse meat in food products labeled as beef in a widening European food labeling scandal, officials said Wednesday.The discovery was made by the state-run Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority. DNA tests detected horse meat in lasagna Bolognese made by frozen food processor Tavola S. A. Comigel and sold at a Tesco store in the western city of Plzen.

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Kellogg Recalls Special K Cereal

February 21, 2013 9:29 am | News | Comments

Kellogg's has issued another cereal recall, this time involving three package sizes of Special K Red Berries due to the possible presence of glass fragments. The Battle Creek, Mich., company said the nationwide, voluntary recall involves 11.2- and 37-ounce packages and a 22.4-ounce twin pack. The packages have specific UPC codes and "Better if Used Before" dates stamped on them.

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Photo of the Day: Grading Maple Syrup

February 21, 2013 9:27 am | News | Comments

In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 photo, 18 different grades of maple syrup are displayed in East Montpelier, Vt. Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to drop the state's traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one.

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Fire-Safe Globe Valves

February 21, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

The Clampseal fire-safe forged globe valves are designed for plants where fire safety is a major concern.

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Viscosity Control Courses

February 21, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff Food Manufacturing Product Releases | Comments

Company offers two hands-on courses designed to help users comprehend the functionality of their instrument and solve the mysteries of fluid behavior while creating a successful and repeatable method.

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Pocket PLC

February 21, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The RIO-47300 Pocket PLC Series includes more I/O, screw terminals and two Ethernet ports which allow management of an unlimited number of inputs and outputs without an external Ethernet switch.

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