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Pabst Brewing Considers Returning to Milwaukee

January 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago, but now its current owner is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made.

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Most States Report Job Gains in December

January 29, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Strong fourth-quarter hiring numbers nationally translated to the state level as well, as 42 states reported falling unemployment rates in December. Alaska and Montana each saw employment increase by 0.7 percent compared to November.   

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Lower Oil Prices to Make Big Impact on Food Prices

January 29, 2015 9:15 am | by Rabobank Group | News | Comments

The price declines of both oil and agri commodities will contribute to lower costs for food production, and in the current global macro-economic climate, Rabobank expects this will eventually lead to lower consumer food prices.     

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Once a Niche, Local Foods Are Now Big Business

January 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once "quirky niche" designation to claim a much more prominent — and permanent — place in the U.S. food and beverage retail-scape.      

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Inside the Kitchen, Cooking Apps Are All the Rage

January 29, 2015 8:25 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kevin Yu is the founder of SideChef, a cooking app that supplements recipes with social media. It's one of many apps that offer recipes, step-by-step videos, measurement conversion, timers, shopping lists and other elements meant to simplify our lives in the kitchen.

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USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading With Descriptive Terms

January 29, 2015 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA is revising the grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying. The move comes in response to petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute.

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PLC-Based Control Systems

January 29, 2015 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The PLC-based Control Systems are ideal for sequential control of a wide range of automated processes including mixing, pumping, chemical dosing, water treatment, fractionation, heat exchange and many others.

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Anti-Cut, Palm-Coated Gloves

January 29, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

These Vis-Tech cut resistant gloves provide excellent grip and dexterity, allowing workers to handle small parts easily. The gloves also have an open back to allow air to circulate and keep hands cool and comfortable. 

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VIDEO: Why a 200-Year-Old Brewer Turned to Robots

January 28, 2015 3:20 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Some things in business simply cannot be hurried. Badische Stattsbrauerei Rothaus in Germany hasn't changed the recipe of its beer since the 1790s, but the company needed to change the way it packaged its bottles. So, it turned to robots.   

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Earlier Assumption About BPA Exposure Confirmed

January 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by DOE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY | News | Comments

Coating the mouth with BPA-containing food, like soup, does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, a new study in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology shows. The study authors conclude that oral exposure does not create a risk for high exposures.

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Sales Channel Visibility Improves Manufacturing and Inventory Planning

January 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Dan Blacharski | Articles | Comments

Managing extended sales channels has been a largely intuitive process, relying on ‘hip pocket’ estimates, lacking in visibility and accountability, and too often isolated from central enterprise supply chain planning.         

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Survey Says Spain is Most Likely to Unveil New Wine Region in 2015

January 28, 2015 1:20 pm | by Carinena | News | Comments

According to a survey of 350 industry experts including retailers, beverage directors and sommeliers by research provider Wine Opinions to identify the next great wine discovery for 2015, Spain is most likely to unveil a "yet to be discovered" wine region.

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Drink Up: Study Says Compound in Beer Can Ward Off Alzheimer's

January 28, 2015 1:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Who says beer isn't good for you? Science says it is! According to researchers, beer doesn't just satisfy your taste buds and get you drunk, it also is quite healthful. The solution to help guard these cells from damage? Xanthohumol.   

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McCormick Profits Climb in 4Q

January 28, 2015 12:40 pm | by McCormick & Company, Incorporated | News | Comments

McCormick & Company, Inc. reported its fourth quarter earnings, which include a 2 percent sales growth in the fourth quarter and a 3 percent sales growth for fiscal year 2014. The company estimates that it will post a 4 to 6 percent sales growth this year.

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What Can We Learn From EU's New INCO Regulation and its Impact on Business?

January 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jean-Christophe Calmejane, VP, Lascom Solutions | Articles | Comments

The U.S. is in the process of establishing its own changes to labeling laws. While the the FDA and European labels are different, both are focused on better legibility, more comprehensive information, and specific nutrient information (fats and added sugars, etc.).

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New Exec. Named to Lead Jack Daniel's Brands

January 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brown-Forman Corp. has announced a new executive for its Jack Daniel's Brands. Jack Daniel's is Louisville-based Brown Forman's flagship brand. Mark McCallum is set to start this Sunday as the executive vice president and president of Jack Daniel's.

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5 Key Functional Food Ingredients to Know For 2015

January 28, 2015 10:45 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

As a result of ingredient innovation, enhanced ingredient understanding and recent and proposed regulatory changes, functional food marketers are now able to target a wider range of consumers and their more diverse and pressing nutritional and health needs in 2015.

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Humane Certification of US Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent in 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:10 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

Reasons for the trend are apparent in a new national survey of 5,900 Americans released in November by the American Humane Association showing overwhelming popular support for the humane treatment of farm animals and humanely raised foods.  

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VIDEO: Innovations in the Food World Often Start With Technology

January 28, 2015 9:45 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

From agriculture to production, innovations in the food world often start with technology. Where better to find a mass of these innovative ideas than in the epicenter of entrepreneurs and tech startups: Silicon Valley.        

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States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 28, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues. Union-heavy states Indiana and Michigan enacted such laws in 2012.

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