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High-Speed Camera

October 9, 2014 7:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The rising demands of industrial image processing for automization and quality assurance increasingly requires cameras with the highest possible resolution, very high frame rates and global shutter technology.

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VKD Software

October 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

VKD Software reduces batch feeding errors by up to 50 percent. The process is known as bumping and it follows the philosophy of running a dry material feeder at full speed, stopping it prior to the batch set point and controlling the helix motor.

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Food Companies Spend Heavily to Defeat GMO Food Labeling Votes

October 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

Citizen initiatives on the November 4 ballots in both Colorado and Oregon would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered ingredients on food packages. The pending votes have sparked a high-priced battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.

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Better Food Traceability to Reduce Unnecessary Waste

October 8, 2014 3:13 pm | by Angela Fernandez, Vice President of Retail Grocery and Foodservice, GS1 US | Articles | Comments

While food waste is commonly a result of consumer behavior after purchase, food manufacturers and their trading partners can help ensure more edible food stays out of the garbage by implementing better traceability processes.       

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VIDEO: The Science of Spiciness

October 8, 2014 3:00 pm | by TED-Ed | Videos | Comments

When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire. This video details the science and history behind spicy foods, giving insights into why some people continue to pay the painful price for a little spice.   

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Getting the Most Out of Aquaculture: Pearls of Wisdom

October 8, 2014 2:48 pm | by American Physiological Society (APS) | News | Comments

As global populations rise, so does the demand for seafood. In developing nations, fish and seafood often comprise a large portion of the diet. Aquaculture is a booming business and the fastest growing form of global food production.     

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Daughter of Oklahoma Beheading Victim is in 'Utter Shock'

October 8, 2014 2:27 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelli Hufford, daughter of the woman beheaded at the Oklahoma food plant last week, says she felt "complete and utter shock" when she learned how her mother had been killed. The plant employee who attacked her mom will face the death penalty. 

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Mars Chocolate to Launch Wide Range of New Products

October 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America | News | Comments

Mars Chocolate North America announced a wide range of new products that will hit store shelves in the coming months, and two of the items are back by popular demand. Fan favorites M&M'S Brand Crispy Chocolate Candies and SNICKERS Xtreme Bar will join newcomers.

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Minn. Firm Recalls 62K Pounds of Meat Products For Possible Listeria

October 8, 2014 1:55 pm | by Food Safety | News | Comments

A Burnsville, Minnesota establishment is recalling approximately 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria. The products were produced on various dates between July and September, and then shipped nationwide.

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Beer Industry Mourns Lost Youth

October 8, 2014 10:57 am | by Donna Hood Crecca, Senior Director, Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The consumer group once owned by the major brewers now spreads the love among spirits, wine and beer. Beverage selection is driven not only by cost, but also by occasion, desired flavor attributes, food and the suggestions of those around them.

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VIDEO: Heirs of Real 'Aunt Jemima' Sue For $2B

October 8, 2014 10:48 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

The descendants of a woman who they say portrayed Aunt Jemima are suing Quaker Oats for $2 billion over profits they claim the company promised to their great-grandmother.                     

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VIDEO: Chobani Founder Pledges $2M For ISIS Refugees

October 8, 2014 10:42 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, is giving $2 million to refugees displaced by the terrorist group ISIS.                                      

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Snack Food Manufacturer Expands, Creates More Than 250 Jobs

October 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia, Mississippi. Officials say the company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years.      

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Big Name Restaurants Reduce Calories in Their Menus

October 8, 2014 9:57 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

Researchers say this could herald a trend in calorie reduction in anticipation of expected new federal government rules requiring large chain restaurants — including most fast-food places — to post calorie counts on their menus.      

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Pumped About Pumpkins: Just a Health Hype, or the Real Deal?

October 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Baylor University | News | Comments

Pumpkin spice cake donuts, pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin lattes. While pumpkin has many health benefits, how much are consumers truly benefiting from pumpkin-laced candy? Afterall, it's still just candy...right?           

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Regulators Consider Options For Maine's Elver Fishing

October 8, 2014 9:29 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. Prices topped $1,800 per pound in 2012 and 2013, and the fishery is Maine's second most valuable, behind only lobsters.

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Pepsi Sells Artisanal Soda 'Caleb's Kola'

October 8, 2014 9:22 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that will come in a glass bottle. The name is a nod to a pharmacist from North Carolina who is credited with creating Pepsi's formula in the 1890s.       

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Bulk Bag Filler

October 8, 2014 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

High output filling system features a Power-Lift system for powered fill head height adjustment and an Easy-Load rotary bag hanger system.

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Nestle's Animal-Welfare Move in Line With Consumer Concerns

October 7, 2014 2:26 pm | by Hartman Group | Blogs | Comments

In a recent study by The Hartman Group, 76 percent of consumers said they prefer companies that avoid inhumane treatment of animals. Many people believe that content animals who lived good lives will provide more nutritious meat.     

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October is 'Get to Know GMOs' Month

October 7, 2014 2:15 pm | by GMO Answers | News | Comments

This month GMO Answers invites the public to "Get to Know GMOs."  With consumers' conscious efforts to know more about how their food is grown, GMO Answers provides an online resource for information on GMOs and how food is grown.   

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