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Q&A: Prepping for FSMA Whistleblower Provisions

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

OSHA is considering comments on its proposed procedures for handling whistleblower provisions provided by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Attorney Jonathan Secrest spoke to Food Manufacturing about the new procedures and how food companies can prepare for the inevitability of more whistleblower claims.

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Motor Brake

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

MagnaShear™ motor breaks employ oil shear technology for long-service life in applications like the frequent start/stop cycles seen on conveyors, cranes and other material handling equipment.

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XRF Spectrometer for Milk Powder Analysis

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Epsilon 1 X-ray fluorescence (XRF) benchtop spectrometer is designed for the analysis of milk powder.

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Drive for Air Compressors

April 3, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company has introduced new drive technology for oil-injected screw compressors with variable speed drive in the 50-125 hp range.

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Calif. Company Buys Failed Northern Beef Packers Plant

April 2, 2014 1:08 pm | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based company bought Northern Beef Packers and its assets in a deal that was mandated to close Friday. Northern Beef filed for bankruptcy, but a judge ruled that the company could be put of for sale in an eleventh-hour decision.

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ISM: March Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 12:53 pm | by By Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Manufacturing expanded in March as the PMI registered 53.7 percent, an increase of 0.5 percentage points, compared to February’s reading of 53.2 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.

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2014 Equipment, Software Investment Growth Forecast at 4.2%

April 2, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

The 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation expects equipment and software investment to grow and continue steadily in the short term, according to its Q2 forecast.

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Reaping the Gains of Business Process Automation

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, once fact is indisputable: business process automation is on the rise.

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Consumer Trends: Sadness Dampens Urge to Indulge

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to a study by the University of Miami School of Business Adminstration, sadness can combat over-indulgence in unhealthy foods. The study found that when people were made to feel sad, they were more likely to indicate how consuming indulgent foods could cause health problems.

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Research Plots the Path of Ancient Cattle Domestication

April 2, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Missouri News Bureau | News | Comments

University of Missouri researchers completed a genetic history of 134 cattle breeds to trace the origin of domestication. Cattle breeding and breeds' genetic history is vital for animal farmers looking to maximize their herds’ meat and dairy production.

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Cozy Local Diners Crop Up Near the Las Vegas Strip

April 2, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Eat is Las Vegas' first neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on freshness and locally sourced ingredients. A critical mass of boutique restaurants has moved downtown, a novelty in an area long dominated by the Heart Attack Grill and other over-the-top venues.

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Chick-fil-A Beats KFC for Top U.S. Chicken Chain

April 2, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Preliminary data from food industry researcher Technomic shows that Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A held the lead because its locations are much busier, even though there are far fewer of them. Chick-fil-A first surpassed KFC as the top chicken chain in 2012.

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Okla. Manufacturer Recalls 8,700 Pounds of Chicken

April 2, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

The USDA says the products from AdvancePierre Foods were formulated with milk and soy, which are not declared on the label. The company with operations in Oklahoma is recalling frozen chicken products distributed to food-service establishments.

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German Brewery Cartel Fined $319M for Price Fixing

April 2, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case. Info from the German branch of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA aided the suit.

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Coke Weighs World Cup Sponsorship Tone on Brazilian Unrest

April 2, 2014 10:11 am | by ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

As the company launches its biggest World Cup marketing campaign, Coca-Cola's executive vice president, Joe Tripodi, told The Associated Press it would react rapidly to any outbreak of protests in an attempt to reflect the mood of the nation.

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Infographic: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day by the Numbers

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

In honor of National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day today, the makers of Welch’s® PB&J Snacks surveyed people across the United States about their peanut butter and jelly preferences. One key finding: A slight majority of Americans choose creamy peanut butter over the crunchy variety.

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Behind the Scenes at Mars' New Candy Factory

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mars recently held the grand opening of its new $270 million factory that will churn out Peanut M&Ms and Snickers. CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.

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7 Lighting Considerations for a Lean Transformation

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Michael Drew, Industrial Vertical Sales Manager, and Rick Leeds, Vertical Marketing Manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers in every industry have a number of lean transformations to consider when it comes to plant efficiency. Reconsidering a facility’s electrical lighting can play a critical role in improving all aspects of day-to-day operations.

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Agitator Drive for IBC Polypropylene Tanks

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Slip-on, quick mount agitator drive provides an enclosed sealed system for mixing batch quantities of low and medium viscosity liquids, eliminating the possibilities of contamination and leakage.

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Temperature Data Logger

April 2, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Temperature Data Logger Model TR-71wf contains an integrated Wi-Fi function that enables it to automatically upload recorded data from the logger to company’s free cloud-based web storage service.

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