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Plea Hearing Set for Ex-Manager in Halal Food Case

December 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company's exporting and marketing practices.           

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Food Year in Review: 2014 — A Year of Battle Lines Drawn Over Dinner

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

If there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or debating how healthy is too healthy for school lunches, or scolding one another for our gluten choices, this year our collective culinary consciousness seemed mired in disputes.

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How Single Point Automatic Lubricators can Increase Productivity, Safety in the Food Industry

December 18, 2014 1:45 pm | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Kluber Lubrication North America | Articles | Comments

When it comes to enhancements in food safety from a lubricant perspective, previously unknown terms such as NSF H1 and CFIA have become commonplace. Now, food industry professionals have myriad options when choosing products that help achieve targeted levels of food safety for their facility.

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15 Top Diet Trends For 2015

December 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by Pollock Communications | News | Comments

Nutrition experts say that consumers still look to gluten-free eating, while low-fat diets have fizzled. They also agree that consumers care about GMO-free, along with locally grown food and high quality protein.      

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US Food Additives Market to Register Around 7% Growth Until 2019, Report Says

December 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by TechSci Research | News | Comments

Rising consumption of processed and packaged food coupled with increasing inclination towards all natural ingredients to drive the U.S. food additives market in the coming years.                    

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Kraft Foods Group Announces Appointment of New CEO

December 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kraft Foods Group | News | Comments

John Cahill will succeed Tony Vernon, who will retire as CEO on Dec. 27, 2014, the last day of the company's fiscal year. Cahill was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi Bottling Group.       

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Saputo to Sell Canada's Largest Producer of Snack Cakes to Canada Bread

December 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada Bread Co. has agreed to pay $120 million in cash to buy Saputo Inc.'s bakery division, which makes Joe Louis and May West snack cakes. Montreal-based Saputo is primarily a cheese and dairy company, with operations throughout Canada, the United States and outside of North America.

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High Liner Foods Opens New U.S. Headquarters

December 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by High Liner Foods Incorporated | News | Comments

High Liner Foods Incorporated announced the official opening of its newly-constructed U.S. headquarters, a 38,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility located at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H.     

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8 Tips for Managing Moisture for Pest Prevention in Food Facilities

December 18, 2014 11:30 am | by Pat Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

Buildup of water and organic debris can contribute to pest problems in food facilities. Here are some essential tips for ensuring facilities and restaurants are cleaned properly.

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5 Things to Know: Alcohol Calorie Labels on Menus

December 18, 2014 11:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here are five things to know about the Food and Drug Administration's new menu labeling rules, which will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods and beverages, on menus by next November.

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OEE Gets a Boost from the Industrial Internet

December 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: a facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered ‘World Class’.

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Presidential Task Force Calls to Combat IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

December 18, 2014 11:00 am | by SeaWeb | News | Comments

IUU fishing is one of the most crucial global threats to the sustainable management of marine fisheries worldwide. It has significant environmental, economic, and social implications and jeopardizes the biological integrity of the ocean.  

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US-Cuba Thaw Could Benefit Farmers, Among Others

December 18, 2014 10:45 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Reporter | News | Comments

U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume at last: President Barack Obama announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. Among those eager for access to a Cuban market cut off by an economic embargo are U.S. farmers.

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Reading Bakery Systems Expands Oven Manufacturing Facility

December 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Reading Bakery Systems | News | Comments

The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, will double the existing Oven Works manufacturing facility to 38,000 square feet. The expanded facility will also include a 480 square foot, environmentally controlled paint booth.

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Perky Jerky Expands Distribution Into Asian Markets

December 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Perky Jerky | News | Comments

Perky Jerky landed in more than 220 high-end specialty retailers and supermarkets across Japan and South Korea in October 2014, with plans to be in China by January 2015. Its American ultra-premium turkey jerky line has experienced strong sales in its first several weeks in both Japan and Korea.

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Vertex Forming Systems

December 18, 2014 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

VerTex Forming Systems are ideal for consistently creating a wide range of formed, further value-added poultry products. These systems are designed for superior versatility, texture and the lowest cost of ownership.

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High-Efficiency Air Dryers

December 18, 2014 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Removing moisture and particles from compressed air is critical for manufacturing food products and other processes requiring clean, dry air. A new range of desiccant dryers, Hydra-D, outperforms traditional dryers by using pressure swing adsorption to increase dryer efficiency and simplify operation.

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Massachusetts Couple Sues Whole Foods, Ranch

December 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8-year-old son's death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat.     

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Alcohol Calorie Counts to be on Menus by Next Year

December 17, 2014 2:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know — or even think about — how many calories they are imbibing.

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McDonald's in Japan Limits Serving Size of Fries

December 17, 2014 2:30 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's in Japan began rationing its fries Wednesday. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of processed spuds and an extra shipment from the U.S. East Coast by sea.

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