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Mountain Dew Creates New Craft Soda

March 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Mountain Dew is joining the craft craze with its new DEWshine, expected to hit the store shelves on March 23. But even though the product has yet to hit store shelves, the beverage giant is taking some grief for going craft.

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What Happens to Grain During Cooking?

March 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

Researchers, trying to understand wheat-related health problems, have found new clues to how the grain’s proteins, including gluten, change when cooked and digested.

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Flavor is Encoded in Your Brain

March 13, 2015 1:35 pm | by German Institute of Human Nutrition | News | Comments

The ability to taste is crucial for food choice and the formation of food preferences. Now, a team of researchers has revealed how taste is encoded in patterns of neutral activity in the human brain.

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Litigation Abounds When Competitors Hire One Another's Employees

March 13, 2015 1:00 pm | by Fred Mendelsohn, Partner at Burke, Warren, Mackay & Serritella, P.C. in Chicago | Articles | Comments

A recent case gives flavor to the types of claims that are often brought when one competitor hires one or more employees of another competitor. It also serves as a reminder of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” when hiring experienced employees.

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Why Manufacturers Should Care About MES

March 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by Andrew Waycott | Articles | Comments

It’s a brutal, cost-driven world for manufacturers. Increasingly, those who don’t use Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to drive down variability and costs will be left by the wayside.

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How to Pronounce 22 Tricky Types of Wine

March 13, 2015 11:10 am | by Food Beast | Videos | Comments

Sick of feeling dumb every time you hit the wine list at your favorite restaurant? What about those hours spent in the wine aisle trying to pronounce those labels? No more — we got you.

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Predictive Analytics: Turning Data Into Inventory Insights

March 13, 2015 10:25 am | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Margins are tight in manufacturing today and there is constant pressure to reduce working capital. Controlling inventory is, as a result, a critical part of managing resources, controlling waste and keeping cash flowing.

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5 Barrels of Stolen Bourbon Found in Backyard

March 13, 2015 9:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another iconic bourbon brand in Kentucky has been targeted in a heist, but this time authorities say they have arrested a suspect caught with the stash of pricey whiskey in his backyard.

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3 Keys to Handling Crisis Communications for Your Food Manufacturing Plant

March 13, 2015 8:55 am | by Matt McGrogan, Project Manager, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Construction projects do not always run as planned, sometimes resulting in emergencies that require immediate reactions. Here are three keys to an effective crisis communications approach.

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Got the Munchies? Snack Delivery Services Have a Box For That

March 13, 2015 8:25 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Meal delivery services have been a booming business for a while. But what about between meals? During the past five years, a growing number of companies have rushed to help snackers who want their afternoon and midnight munchies satisfied by mail.

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Regulators Say Powdered Alcohol is Illegal in Massachusetts

March 13, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Alcohol Beverages Control Commission issued the advisory two days after a federal regulatory agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, approved Palcohol, a condensed form of alcohol that is intended to be mixed with water into drinks.

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Poultry Stocks Mixed Amid Avian Flu Fears

March 13, 2015 8:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of poultry producers were mixed Thursday, a day after falling sharply on fears that new cases of avian flu could impact U.S. poultry exports. Authorities in Arkansas and Missouri said that avian flu was detected in turkey flocks at farms in the two states this week.

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Infographic: Eggscellent Facts About the US Egg Industry

March 13, 2015 8:00 am | by American Egg Board | News | Comments

This egg business is a growing industry and today there are approximately 175 egg producing companies in the U.S. with flocks of 75,000 hens or more. Take a look at this infographic to see which five states are the largest egg producers in the nation.

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Portable Drum Dumper

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

Portable drum discharging system safely and efficiently empties drums of various materials into your process. 

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 12, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Should the product be approved and regulated like other alcohol products?

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Egg Industry Orders Up Kevin Bacon Ad Campaign; Will it Work?

March 12, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The American Egg Board plans to launch an advertisement campaign later this week featuring "Footloose" actor Kevin Bacon. The Board will use puns involving his last name to help push eggs as a top staple in the American diet. 

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Heineken Loses Suit Against Romanian Craft Brewer

March 12, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A small beer manufacturer in Romania has won a lawsuit against Heineken, which sued it for using a brand name it says it is too similar to a local brew it produces.

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Sanderson Farms to Build Poultry Plant in NC

March 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

State officials said Thursday that Sanderson Farms will build a processing plant and hatchery in Robeson County that will create about 1,100 jobs during the next three years.

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Acme Smoked Fish Corporation Opens Largest Smoked Salmon Facility in US.

March 12, 2015 11:31 am | by Acme Smoked Fish Corporation | News | Comments

The 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility was meticulously built to initially produce 10 million pounds of cold smoked salmon per year with the highest quality and food safety standards in the industry.

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Coca-Cola CEO Gets $18.1M After Company Fails to Meet Targets

March 12, 2015 11:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent was given a pay package worth $18.1 million last year after the world's biggest beverage company failed to meet its own growth targets.

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