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In a Galaxy Not So Far Away, There's 'Star Wars' Themed Mac and Cheese

May 11, 2015 12:20 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Let's be honest with ourselves: food tastes so much better when it is shaped like our favorite TV and movie characters. Now, Kraft Foods is taking your favorite galactic warriors from the "Star Wars" series and turning them into Macaroni and Cheese.

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3 Ways to Determine the Fitness of Your Refrigeration Compressor

May 11, 2015 11:45 am | by Mike Horst, Division Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Because the compressor and its bearings will deteriorate over time, staying on top of its performance is crucial to avoiding a catastrophic failure. Here are three methods that can help gauge your compressor’s fitness.

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Fun Facts About Avocados

May 11, 2015 10:10 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Whether they’re in a big bowl of guacamole or scooped on top of your salad, avocados enjoy a special place in our hearts and stomachs. On top of being tasty, avocados are a noted super food with a number of fantastic health benefits.

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School Nutrition Director Suspended For Serving Up Years-Old Meat

May 11, 2015 9:40 am | News | Comments

A school nutrition director has been suspended after serving 4- to 6-year-old pork to students. The Times News reports Mandy Kenner has been suspended for three days without pay after students at schools in Hawkins County, Tennessee, were served meat dating back to 2009-2011 on April 22.

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EastPack 2015

May 11, 2015 9:38 am | Events

EastPack continues to be an integral part of the largest design, manufacturing, and packaging trade show serving the Eastern United States.

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Warren Buffett May Be Right About Whole Foods

May 11, 2015 9:15 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Buffett joked that nobody smiles at the organic grocer. Investors aren't either. Shares of Whole Foods plunged due to weak sales growth. Will new stores with cheaper products be the answer to its problems?

Reducing Supply Chain Costs With Better Transporation Logistics

May 11, 2015 8:50 am | by Brad Forester | Articles | Comments

Establishing an environment of end-to-end supply chain visibility leads to more efficient manufacturing, lower costs and fewer incidents of a mismatch between supply and demand.

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Craft Beer Boom Means Expansion For Norland International

May 11, 2015 8:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Lincoln-based bottled water equipment maker's entry into the craft beer business two years ago has paid off and company officials said Saturday they're planning a $2 million expansion tied to the rapidly growing craft beer industry in the U.S. and abroad.

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Oregon Wine Industry Wants in on Obama's Trade Agreement

May 11, 2015 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon's wine industry has come into its own in recent years, spurring the growth of wineries and newly planted acres of vineyards. Now the wine industry wants in the trans-Pacific trade agreement that President Barack Obama came to Oregon to promote.

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PowerMix Planetary Disperser

May 11, 2015 7:45 am | by Charles Ross & Son Company | Product Releases | Comments

The Ross PowerMix Planetary Disperser is designed for efficient heavy-duty mixing of viscous pastes and highly-filled dispersions.

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Labeling System

May 11, 2015 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Date Code Genie is an automated labeling system that employs a touch screen interface, a high speed direct-thermal label printer and wireless/cloud technology to bring users the most efficient and accurate date code labeling system available.

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Update: FDA Unaware of Listeria in Blue Bell Plant Before Outbreak

May 8, 2015 5:05 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Results of a Food and Drug Administration investigation released this week showed the company had found 17 positive samples of listeria on surfaces and floors in its Oklahoma plant dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it "was not aware of these findings" before doing its own inspection this year in response to the outbreak.

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Grocers Appeal Vermont GMO Law Ruling

May 8, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association will appeal a federal court ruling allowing a Vermont food labeling law to proceed.

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Q&A: How the Kraft/Heinz Merger Will Affect the Supply Chain

May 8, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

While the merger of Kraft and Heinz has sparked mostly positive comments from investors and the media alike, the move does not come without some concerns. One, in particular, is how the supply chain will be affected.

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NAMI Highlights Importance of Nutrient Dense Foods Such as Meat and Poultry as Foundation for a Healthy Diet

May 8, 2015 1:47 pm | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

Nutrition guidance recommending nutrient dense foods such as meat and poultry products, including red and processed meats, should be the foundation of government nutrition policy, the North American Meat Institute said Friday in comments submitted to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services regarding the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 8, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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Mars Inc. Backs Sugar Labeling Requirement

May 8, 2015 12:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Mars Inc., the maker of M&Ms and Snickers, announced its support for a federal government proposal that would require food companies to disclose added sugar among their nutritional information.  

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Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Takeover Bid

May 8, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Syngenta AG announced on Friday that it declined a $45 billion takeover offer from American rival Monsanto that "fundamentally undervalues" the Swiss agribusiness giant.

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McDonald's Key Sales Figure Dips in April

May 8, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain, which is in the midst of a turnaround plan, said Friday that global sales at established locations open at least 13 months fell 0.6 percent in April.

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SnackWell's Cuts Artificial Flavors From Ingredients

May 8, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Snack maker SnackWell's has become the latest food company to tweak its ingredient list to appeal to customers seeking healthier options.

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