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Labeling System

August 8, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New labeler achieves label orientation on handled containers with offset spouts up to one gallon in size. Ideal for vinegar and other foods, the servo-driven labeler offers high speed wrap-around labeling with high operating efficiencies.

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Magnetic Separator

August 8, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The spherical pipeline magnetic separator is used for powder processing. The product houses a high-intensity magnetic element with flux strengths ranging from 10,000 gauss to over 12,000 gauss in larger models.

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Combating the Talent Gap With Targeted Training

August 7, 2014 2:50 pm | by Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME | Articles | Comments

The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models. 

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Calif. Collector Who Sold Bogus Wine Gets 10-Year Term

August 7, 2014 2:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California collector convicted of making fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced for a decade in prison.  The judge said the public needs to know that food and drinks are safe and "not some homemade witch's brew."

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Bad Bite: A Tick Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

August 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions.

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J.M. Smucker Co. to Acquire Nut, Fruit Snacks Brand

August 7, 2014 12:29 pm | by The J. M. Smucker Company | News | Comments

The J.M. Smucker Company, popular for its Folgers, Pillsbury and Smuckers brands, has agreed to acquire Sahale Snacks, a Seattle-based company. Sahale is a manufacturer of branded nut and fruit snacks, which are primarily sold in the United States.

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Chobani Partners With IMG to Increase Brand Awareness

August 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Chobani | News | Comments

Chobani will increase its presence and products to students and fans by leveraging IMG College's access to school decision makers and its partner schools' intellectual property on campus, in local retail locations, food service, at athletic facilities and more.

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Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nestle SA, maker of the Haagen-Dazs brand, experienced decreased sales in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss Franc weighed on the bottom line. A stronger franc shrinks earnings in dollars and other currencies when those earnings are restated in francs.

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Consumer Trends: Cheese-Eaters Want Specialty Flavors

August 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

A new report says consumers are looking for cheese products that are more indulgent, with new tastes and experiences. Consumers are broadening beyond traditional favorites, such as cheddar and mozzarella, and are now looking for higher priced specialty cheeses.

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Photo: Getting Sweet With Apple Fries

August 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Sweet Apple Pie Fries! | News | Comments

It all started with an addictive twist on an America classic that became a local sensation. Nine years later, Niki Durig of Portland, Ore., has her eyes on creating a national franchise that would share her dessert and opportunity with the country.

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Can MRSA be Controlled in Our Food Supply Chain?

August 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Jim Praechtl, CEO, Clearstream, LLC | Articles | Comments

MRSA and other resistant microorganisms on their own will not control themselves. The industry has to take proactive measures to bring this and similar pathogens that affect livestock operations and production processes under control.      

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Canada Officials Recall Food Products Over Listeria, E.coli Concerns

August 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling two products due to concerns about listeriosis and a third recall due to possible E.coli. The products include Genoa Salami, Sliced Crimini Mushrooms and certain brands of French cheeses.

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Russia Bans US Food Imports in Retaliation to Western Sanctions

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk, milk products, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union and other countries. Russia depends heavily on imported food, particularly in the largest city of Moscow.

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Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola plant in Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles. Although distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, firms have seldom been attacked.

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Anheuser-Busch to Tap First Mexican Beer

August 7, 2014 9:18 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of AB InBev, is hoping to tap into the fast-growing Hispanic market by importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.

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FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' to Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:09 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption. 

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VIDEO: Consumers Say "More Protein, Please!"

August 7, 2014 8:00 am | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

Consumers want more protein even though they may be unsure how to get it. A recent report says that 62 percent of U.S. adults make a point of consuming plenty of protein. How and where will companies be tapping into this increasing demand?

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PRODUCT VIDEO: Vibratory Conveyor

August 7, 2014 7:45 am | by KeyTechWW | Product Releases | Comments

Iso-Flo is a versatile family of natural frequency vibratory conveyors with frame-mounted mechanical drives that operate with high amplitude, low frequency movement. 

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Form, Fill, Seal Machine

August 7, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Phaser XP offers a number of machine options including a package support with eject, ultra-low profile frame design, fiber optic print registration, polyethylene film seal jaws, hole punch, tear notch, flavor injection, pre-zippered reclosable and package solutions.

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HP: Most IoT Devices Lack Security, Open to Attack

August 6, 2014 2:42 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

A recent study from Hewlett-Packard reveals that 70 percent of Internet of Things devices — including sensors and connected infrastructure — are seriously vulnerable to attack. On average, 25 vulnerabilities were found per device, totaling 250 vulnerabilities.

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