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Video: Colbert on Domino's Smart Slice Pizza for Schools

July 9, 2014 8:00 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert, host of the late-night comedy show "The Colbert Report," pokes fun at Domino's attempt to make nutritious food to fit Michelle Obama's school lunch rules. The pizza chain introduced a Smart Slice that has one third less fat, salt and cheese.

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Don't Bring Contaminants Along for the Ride

July 9, 2014 7:45 am | by Keith Schmitz, Writer, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

Though so much attention is focused on the cleanliness of tools, tables and processing equipment, airborne pathogens can't be ignored. Fortunately, the negative pressures created by large exhaust fans in these areas remove most of the bioaerosols. 

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Tubular Conveyor

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

This conveyor is for use in longer distances, over multiple levels or unique layout configurations that require numerous inlet and discharge points. 

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Pre-Poured Plates for Salmonella Detection

July 9, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

As evidenced by a number of recent outbreaks and food recalls, there remains a need for constant vigilance in testing for Salmonella in foodstuffs.

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Dynamic Dim Sum in the Land of Barbecue

July 8, 2014 2:59 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bo Lings, which opened in 1981 and began dim sum service in 1987, for years has drawn out-the-front door weekend lines for dim sum at its location in the former Kansas City Board of Trade building a couple blocks from Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. 

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IFT: Consumers Want Reduced Sugar, Salt in Food Products

July 8, 2014 2:50 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

More than 50 percent of consumers rated sodium and sugar reduction as an important food attribute, over calorie, carbohydrate and fat reduction. A recent discussion at the 2014 IFT annual meeting shows that US products are more likely to tout low-fat attributes instead.

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Allens Canned Vegetable Company Changes Name to Sager Creek

July 8, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sager Creek Vegetable Company | News | Comments

Allens announced its name change to Sager Creek Vegetable Company to reflect its new ownership. The Arkansas-based canned vegetable company said the product names will remain the same, including veg-all®, Allens Popeye Spinach® and Freshlike®.

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How 'ERP-Like' Solutions Can Drive Profitability

July 8, 2014 2:26 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Small manufacturers believe they can not afford ERP solutions nor spend the time to iron out the complexities. Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist to provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the hefty price.

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Equipment, Software Investments Expected to Grow in Q3

July 8, 2014 2:15 pm | by Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation | News | Comments

The Q3 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook report shows equipment and software investment to grow during the rest of the year after a weak start.  Materials handling equipment will show stronger growth over the next half year.

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Salmonella Victims' Stories May Shape Quality Egg Punishments

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking the victims of the salmonella outbreak in 2010 to share their stories as prosecutors consider how to proceed with the punishments. Quality Egg, an Iowa egg producer, admitted to intentionally selling tainted eggs.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Ice Cream Flavors to Increase Happiness

July 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by Baskin-Robbins | News | Comments

Who knew that certain ice cream flavors could improve one's mood while releasing tension? According to a Baskin-Robbins survey, just the thought of ice cream puts 71 percent of people in a happy mood even if they are preoccupied or stressed. 

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VIDEO: Smart Grill Talks, Texts When Food is Ready

July 8, 2014 10:26 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Lynx Grills, a technology company that makes grills, developed a concept grill that has the technology of a smart device. Called a Smart Grill, the grill is a voice recognition product that communicates back to you via voice and text when it needs you to do something.

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Two Calif. Cities Pursue Per-Ounce Soda Tax

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

San Francisco and Berkeley, two of the most progressive cities in the U.S., are aiming to become the nation's first to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. Many blame soda for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases, and claim they should be taxed like a pack of cigarettes. 

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Egypt's President Doubles Beer Tax to 200 Percent

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a move to ease the country's staggering budget deficit, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi doubled an already existing tax on beer, from 100 percent to 200 percent, and increased the tax on local and imported wines to 150 percent.

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Moving on: Selling Your Business at a Premium

July 8, 2014 8:27 am | by Peter Arendt, Managing Director, Food and Agribusiness, Huntington Bank | Articles | Comments

Whether you’re Hormel Foods buying Muscle Milk or simply have made the decision to sell the business you spent a lifetime building, there are plenty of buyers. However, finding the right buyer and structuring the transaction can be daunting. 

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Photo: Wheaties Lets Consumers Choose Next Cereal-Box Athlete

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by General Mills | News | Comments

For the first time in the 80-year history of the brand, Wheaties will offer sports fans the opportunity to select the next athlete to be featured on the cereal box. Athletes represent motocross, lacrosse, women's soccer, MMA, and track and field.

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Archer Daniels Midland Adds Natural Flavors to Portfolio for $3B

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland is adding natural flavors to its portfolio by acquiring the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors in an all-cash deal that will total $3.13 billion. ADM makes sweeteners and emulsifiers for an array of packaged foods and drinks.

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec. Seeks New Trial

July 8, 2014 8:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Francine Katz, a former Anheuser-Busch executive, is seeking a new trial for gender discrimination after unsuccessfully suing the company in May. Katz worked for the brewing company for two decades and claims she was paid significantly less than her male predecessors.

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Jack Daniel's Opens Barrel-Making Cooperage in Alabama

July 8, 2014 8:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the popular Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey opened a new facility in Trinity, Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of the Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery. The new cooperage is expected to make about 700 American white oak barrels per day.

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Production Retorts

July 8, 2014 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces a pair of all-new full production size retorts. The retorts can deliver chilled or aseptic quality at shelf stable costs.

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