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Can Manufacturing Learn a Lesson From Farm-to-Table?

January 14, 2015 8:00 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Blogs | Comments

For manufacturers to find the new competitive advantage, it will depend on social and environmental responsibility, and ultimately how to stand out with customization and added services for business viability. Manufacturers are — and must — change their mindset. 

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Pump Fillers

January 14, 2015 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The pump fillers are ideal for entrees and frozen meal processing and are the most modern fillers on the market today. Accurately fill products such as gravies and sauces or prepared fish, meat and chicken. 

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Patty Fill System

January 14, 2015 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The interweaving strands allow for excellent transfer of heat through the product, making cooking times faster and patties more uniform. 

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GMOs With Health Benefits Have Large Market Potential

January 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Over the last few years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms, have been added. Examples include rice enriched with pro-vitamin A and folate-enriched rice, developed at Ghent University.

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Study Says Eating School Lunch After Recess Boosts Produce Consumption

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

With food waste as a growing problem in the U.S., a new study looked at ways to get kids in school to eat more produce. The researchers found that by switching the recess hour to before lunch, kids consumed up to 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. 

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VIDEO: Pringles Releases New 'Food Truck' Flavored Chips...in Secret?

January 13, 2015 1:45 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Did Pringles just release a new flavor and not even tell anybody? New Kickin' Chicken Taco flavored Pringles are popping up in a supermarket chain in the Midwest, apparently part of a new 'Food Truck' collection.          

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How to Protect Your Facility Floor During Winter

January 13, 2015 1:10 pm | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

Rain, snow, ice, and ice melt can play havoc on a floor’s finish, and when this happens, they can also damage the floor itself. But there are ways to keep hard-surface floors clean, safe, and healthy during the winter.       

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66 Percent of US Workers Admit to Workplace Mistakes Due to Tiredness

January 13, 2015 12:30 pm | by Red Bull | News | Comments

To be more productive at work, pick-me-ups like coffee, energy drinks and tea are more popular choices than energy bars, smoothies or juices. About 93 percent of respondents said they have taken action to boost their energy at work, with caffeine as a top workplace necessity.

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Holy Guacamole! Americans to Eat a Record 240M Avocados During Big Game

January 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Hass Avocado Board | News | Comments

It's estimated Americans will eat nearly 120 million pounds or 240 million fresh avocados during the week leading up to the Big Game on Feb. 1. That's a whopping 3,785 avocados per seat in the University of Phoenix Stadium and it's 21 percent more avocados than in 2014.

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VIDEO: What's Hot in Food Trends, From Seaweed to Toast

January 13, 2015 11:20 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Toast as a taste, seaweed on everything and chocolate as dark as night. These are just a few of the trends at this year's Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. Watch this video to find out what other wacky food trends may be coming your way. 

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Mozambique Links 72 Contaminated Beer Deaths to Crocodile Bile

January 13, 2015 10:30 am | by EMMANUEL CAMILLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three more people have died from drinking contaminated beer, bringing the number of fatalities to 72, as the number hospitalized fell by more than 150. Dozens of people fell ill in Chitima after drinking the traditional beer, known as Pombe. 

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Alabama Principal Seeks Food Cans to Defend Against School Intruders

January 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An eastern Alabama school principal is asking students to bring cans of food such as corn and peas as a way of fighting off a school intruder. In a letter to parents, Principal Holley said the food can could stun an intruder "or even known him out."

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 9:54 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity. To make the most of the program and the equipment, be sure to include a few maintenance components to ensure the long-term health of any lift truck fleet.

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VIDEO: US Grocery Stores Are Missing Out on Ethnic Food Trend

January 13, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Videos | Comments

Are American supermarkets missing out on a big sales opportunity by not stocking enough ethnic foods? A new study says more than half of ethnic food consumers claim to have to visit three or more specialized stores to find the full product selection they desire.

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How Restaurants Can Cope With Higher Food Prices in 2015

January 13, 2015 9:10 am | by Andrew Kanzer, Head of Sales, Swift Capital | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the industry’s increases, food prices are expected to reach their highest annual increases in three years, which could hinder many businesses. In July, average food prices were up 7.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

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EU Parliament Approves New GM Crops Planting Rules

January 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's legislature has approved by a big margin a new law giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc. 

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Soda Giants: Smaller Cans Means Less Guilt

January 13, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As people cut back on soda, the two beverage giants are pushing smaller cans they say contain fewer calories and induce less guilt. The goal is to offset falling consumption with packages that cost more per ounce and are appealing for their portion control.

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Latest Poll Shows Consumers Have a Big Appetite For GMO Labeling

January 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A new poll reports that 66 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring food manufacturers to label any products that contain genetically modified organisms. That statistic is higher than the number of consumers who say it's important to know whether a food is organic. 

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Belted Conveyor Platforms

January 13, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The 3200 Series platform includes the Flat Belt and Precision Move conveyors. The Flat Belt is perfect for heavy-duty part handling, while the Precision Move conveyor offers the lastest in timing belting and drive technology for low profile belt conveyors.

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MorningStar Farms Recalls Black Bean Burgers For Undeclared Allergen

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

MorningStar Farms is issuing a voluntary recall of certain code dates of Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because they may contain undeclared peanut.                     

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