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VIDEO: America is Falling in Love With Specialty Spreads

August 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Consumers are falling in love with specialty spreads. Everything from nut butters to hummus to chocolate, the trend is taking over. Move over PB&J's, with so many options tempting Americans today, spreads have become an easy way to add protein to the diet.

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Ex-Peanut Plant Manager Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 1:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The former manager of the Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak says he lied to investigators to protect the company he worked for but then decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened.

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Alcohol Delivery Comes to D.C. Through New App

August 15, 2014 1:38 pm | by Klink Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

For the past year, several U.S. cities have allowed alcohol deliveries through Klink Technologies, an on-demand alcohol delivery business. Washington D.C. is the latest to drive this consumer trend.               

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Managing Multiple SKUs to Meet Customer Demands

August 15, 2014 1:28 pm | by Gerry Gomolka, VP Business Development, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food producers often find themselves saddled with too many different products, or SKUs, all in an effort to appease customers. Too many SKUs can drag down profits with frequent changeovers that drive up production costs and decrease throughput.

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Economic Development: What's in it for Food Manufacturers?

August 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Charles Ching, Economic Development Project Manager, City of Fairfield, Calif. | Articles | Comments

Fairfield officials see a bright road ahead for its food manufacturing cluster because of a business-friendly environment, available space to attract additional businesses and its impressive list of attributes, like its ample supply of water. 

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Researchers Develop Food Safety Social Media Guide

August 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

What if your company could effectively communicate to key audiences about foodborne illnesses and how the risk can be reduced? Now you can. Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a guide to help your company participate in online communities.

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Food Allergies More Widespread in Big Cities

August 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

A new study shows that young inner-city children appear to suffer from food allergies more than others. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that at least one in 10 children from four large U.S. cities has a food allergy.    

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VIDEO: BLT vs. Club Sandwich Face-Off

August 15, 2014 10:35 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" sinks his teeth into the debate of which is better: the BLT sandwich or the classic club sandwich? Hilarity ensues when he compares the lettuce in a BLT to the Holy Ghost because "no one knows why it's there."

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Infographic: Biggest Losers in Food Waste

August 15, 2014 10:02 am | by Popular Science | News | Comments

The planet may have to feed a global population of 10 billion people by 2050. With that milestone looming, organizations like the U.N., the National Resources Defense Council and Food Tank are working on ways to make food systems more efficient.

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USDA Clips Wings of Misleading Language on Organic Packaging

August 15, 2014 9:50 am | by The Cornucopia Institute | News | Comments

The USDA announced that it would rein-in misleading language on organic packaging that has been suspected of confusing consumers. Specifically, the agency addressed companies that market food products with words like "organic" or "organics" in their brand-name.

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Non-Traditional Packaging Excels in Beverage, Dairy Industries

August 15, 2014 9:32 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

U.S. producers have been catching on to the benefits of aseptic cartons, which were first developed for shelf-safe dairy products in 1961. But much has changed in the past 15 years, with growing segments of the dairy, beverage and food industries embracing carton technology so enthusiastically that it now dominates certain categories.

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NH Frozen Pizza Facility Comes Back From the Ashes

August 15, 2014 9:08 am | by Rustic Crust | News | Comments

Rustic Crust, a manufacturer of organic and all-natural pizza crust and sauce, is soon to break ground with a new frozen pizza facility on the site of its former factory in Pittsfield, N.H., which burned to the ground earlier this year.      

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Coca-Cola Bets on Energy Drinks With Monster Stake

August 15, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola is buying a heavy stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks. The deal is the latest move by Coca-Cola to look beyond its own portfolio of Sprite, Dasani, Powerade and other drinks for growth. 

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Whole Foods Recalls 368 Pounds of Ground Beef

August 15, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that two Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef for possible contamination of a popular bacteria. So far, three people have fallen ill.

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US Producer Prices Rise Only 0.1 Percent in July

August 15, 2014 8:20 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June. The cost of vegetables, among other goods, fell. In the past year, producer prices have risen just 1.7 percent, slightly below the Federal Reserve's target.

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Adjustable Bracket Mounted Lights

August 15, 2014 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EPL-JH70-120 is a metal halide hazardous area light fixture that is capable of illuminating an area 13,000 square feet in size.

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Closed Cell Silicone Sponge Sheeting

August 15, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bellofoam is a closed cell silicone sponge sheeting designed to support a variety of industrial, manufacturing, gasketing, insulation, sealing and padding requirements in factory floor industries.

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Independent Distributors Can Take Key Steps to Compete With Larger Rivals

August 14, 2014 2:59 pm | by Ranga Bodla, NetSuite Senior Director of Industry Marketing, Manufacturing & Wholesale Distribution | Articles | Comments

It’s not easy being an independent distributor these days. They face constant competition from large national distributors, most of which have the advantage of multiple locations, more capital to support investments and the purchasing power to get volume discounts. 

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Ensure Alcoholic Beverage Palatability, Profitability

August 14, 2014 2:53 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

For manufacturers to thrive in the rapidly evolving worldwide alcoholic beverage market, they must streamline processes like never before. This guide helps manufacturers worldwide ensure the consistency, taste and profitability of their products whether they produce beer, wine or spirits.   

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Coming Soon: Genetically Edited Fruit?

August 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

With awareness of what makes these biotechnologies new and different, genetically edited fruits might be met with greater acceptance by society than GMOs so far have been, especially in Europe. Fruits are but one example of dozens of possible future applications for GEOs.

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