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Improving Downtime and Disaster Recovery with Virtualization

June 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by Jacob Haugen | Articles | Comments

Virtualization as a manufacturing tool is powerful because it's hardware independent for systems that cannot fail.

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Lobster Prices Rise as Summer Season Gets Off to Slow Start

June 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine lobstermen and retailers say the summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers. That is an average increase of about $1 to $2 over last year. Lobstermen are also getting about a dollar more per pound for lobster at the dock.

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Sustainable Manufacturing Starts with Compressed Air Optimization

June 18, 2015 12:05 pm | by Alfredo Piccolo, Vice President CTS Sales & Marketing USA Atlas Copco Compressors LLC | Articles | Comments

Of all the energy used in manufacturing, compressed air systems have the largest potential for improvement.

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A Food Scientist's Take on Eating Insects

June 18, 2015 10:20 am | by IFTlive | Videos | Comments

Eating bugs may not seem appetizing, but according to John Coupland, PhD, CFS, Professor of Food Science at Penn State University and spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), insects are a sustainable alternative protein source with nutritional benefits that can’t be ignored

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Federal Competition Bureau Allows H.J. Heinz-Kraft Foods Merger Deal

June 18, 2015 9:15 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Competition Bureau has given its OK to the proposed merger of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group.

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Update: Foster Farms Suspends 5 After Undercover Video Shows Abuse

June 18, 2015 9:00 am | by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producer Foster Farms suspended five employees Wednesday after an animal-rights group released undercover video showing live birds being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and plucked.

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McDonald's to Shrink in US, 1st Time in Decades

June 18, 2015 8:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.

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Russia Won't Lift EU Food Embargo if Sanctions Stay

June 18, 2015 8:20 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moscow will lift its embargo on European and U.S. foods only when the West scraps its sanctions against Russia, a top Russian official said on Thursday.

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How to Develop and Execute a Weekly Maintenance Schedule

June 18, 2015 8:05 am | by Tim Kister, CMRP, Life Cycle Engineering | Articles | Comments

Developing and executing a weekly maintenance schedule comes with its own unique set of challenges. However, there are ways to make it easier, more manageable and, most important, effective. 

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Report Questions Nutrition Group's Ties to Food Companies

June 18, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A prominent food industry critic recently slammed the American Society for Nutrition over its ties to large food companies, while ASN officials defended the group's research efforts and disclosure practices.

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SKF Enlight

June 18, 2015 7:40 am | by SKF USA Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

New SKF Enlight combines a powerful new mobile app with a special Bluetooth-enabled vibration sensor to allow non-expert staff to gather critical machinery data, effectively turning a standard mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet into a data-collection device.

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InvisiPac Pattern Control System

June 18, 2015 7:25 am | by Graco Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

With the InvisiPac Pattern Control System, users can easily convert from a solid adhesive bead to a stitched bead. Stitching can be turned on or off with the push of a button, and operators can easily stitch individual beads or the entire pattern.

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Wine-Making Shortcut Gives Bubbly a Fruitier Aroma

June 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In recent years, many winemakers have turned to commercial yeast products to give the fermentation process a boost. How they ultimately affect bubbly has been an open question, but now scientists have stepped in to find out.

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Dairy Index Reveals Opportunities to Revitalize Milk Through Innovation, Communication

June 17, 2015 2:40 pm | by Tetra Pak | News | Comments

Consumers worldwide remain overwhelmingly positive about the goodness of milk, understand its nutritional value, but feel variety and convenience are not keeping pace with modern lifestyles and expectations.

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Photos of the Day: #PutChocolateInASong

June 17, 2015 1:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It certainly didn't take long for food companies and foodies alike to start dishing out some hilarious takes on the #PutChocolateInASong hashtag that's trending on Twitter right now. Reese's says they "like big cups and they cannot lie."

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First Lady Promotes Healthy Eating Overseas

June 17, 2015 1:15 pm | by COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama took her campaign for healthy eating overseas on Wednesday, but let it slip that she still has work to do at home.

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5 Veggie Facts You Probably Didn't Know

June 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's #NationalEatYourVegetablesDay and, naturally, this food holiday is a trending topic on Twitter this morning. In recognition of the green holiday, I thought it would be the perfect chance to read up on some fun veggie facts.

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Morton Salt to Move Headquarters to Downtown Chicago

June 17, 2015 12:15 pm | by Morton Salt, Inc. | News | Comments

Morton Salt, Inc. today announced it has signed a lease agreement to relocate its Chicago headquarters office to the new River Point tower currently under construction in the West Loop. 

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Health Groups Laud Trans Fat Ban as Potential Litigation Looms

June 17, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-expected move to ban trans fat drew raves from public health groups and litigation concerns from some representing the food industry.

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Store Offers Big Discounts on Nearly-Expired Food

June 17, 2015 10:45 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new grocery store is on a mission to solve two problems: preventing tons of food waste and offering healthy alternatives to families who might not be able to afford traditional stores. Michelle Miller reports from the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester, where that idea is being put to the test.

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