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5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 8:20 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three reporters from the online publication Food Safety News have been asked to supply all communication they had with ABC in 2012. The subpoena comes in lieu of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC's coverage of a meat product dubbed as "pink slime."

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

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Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

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PRODUCT VIDEO: Pie Pusher Conveyor

July 30, 2014 7:50 am | by Dorner Conveyors | Product Releases | Comments

Engineers developed a pusher conveyor that accepts pies from a line on one end. After four pies enter the pusher, they are moved onto the infeed of the oven in a row four across for a total of eight pies across the conveyor — maximizing the oven's capacity.

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LED Signal Light

July 30, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Signal light is a compact design providing versatile status change indication for wide-ranging industrial applications such as conveyor lines, automated guided vehicles, machine tools, robots and warehousing.

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Consumer Trends: The Next Greek Yogurt?

July 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Stonyfield | News | Comments

Stonyfield is encouraging consumers to #CheatOnGreek with its creamy French cousin, Petite Creme. Could this be the next Greek yogurt? Stonyfield is shaking up the yogurt shelves with this new product. The twist? Petite Creme is not yogurt.

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3M Commemorates 30 Years of Petrifilm Plate Innovations

July 29, 2014 12:48 pm | by 3M | News | Comments

The 3M Petrifilm Plate technology has expanded significantly since its launch in 1984. Food safety experts around the world have put their trust in 3M for microbial indicator tests. With 16 patents in its portfolio, the company shows no sign of slowing down.

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Is Carrageenan Safe to Use in Infant Formulas?

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Marinalg International | News | Comments

Carrageenan has been eaten and used as a food ingredient for hundreds of years across the globe. Critics, however, have questioned its safety in infant formulas. Find out what the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives has to say about the additive.

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Craft a Beer Business Plan at Upcoming Workshop

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Echo Chamber Consulting | News | Comments

It's no secret that the business of craft brewing has been growing at record numbers, but brewing beer and the business of beer are not the same. Learn how to craft a business plan for your beer vision with the "How to Start a Craft Brewery" workshop on Sept. 14-16.

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Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast Table for the First Time

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The maker of iconic breakfast staples, Jimmy Dean, is launching new bowls and sandwiches to lure in eaters for lunch and dinner. Owned by Hillshire Brands, the company is introducing 16 microwavable products, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

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Acidity in Alaskan Waters Poses Risk to Crab, Fisheries

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the ocean waters near Alaska are becoming more acidic from the release of carbon dioxide in the environment. Increased ocean acidification could harm important commercial fisheries in the state.

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5 Important Reasons to Keep Maintenance History

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Gena Lyon, Marketing Assistant for Eagle Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Recording maintenance history accurately leads to failure prevention and drives awareness about equipment maintenance. CMMS software will narrow down performance issues to parts and elements of your equipment. Here are five major benefits to keeping track of maintenance. 

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VIDEO: Is the Alcohol Industry Getting Too Sweet?

July 29, 2014 11:00 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

A growing trend is taking hold in the alcohol industry — excessively sweet drinks. Millennials, in particular, are fans of the sweet, fruity drink. Thus, brands are bringing forth many new options to the marketplace to satisfy the growing consumer demand.

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1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Miss. Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at Omega Protein, a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast, killed one employee and injured three others. The publicly held company produces fish oils and fish meal for human consumption and use in aquaculture and industrial applications.

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Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 9:53 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling. Stoppages create costly downtime and waste, which can erode end users’ bottom line. 

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Photos: The Always-in-Season Superfruit

July 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Cherry Marketing Institute | News | Comments

Tart cherries were a standout star at the recent Fancy Food Show. The nutrient profile is not the only reason these ruby-red fruits are hotter than ever. Trend experts say tart flavors are on the rise due to consumers' changing palate for less sweet tastes.

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They'll Drink to That: N.H.'s Liquor Sales Soar to Record $626M

July 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The record sales for fiscal year 2014 were $23 million higher than the previous fiscal year — an increase of nearly four percent. Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica attributes the record sales to innovative marketing and the strategic location of the state's 77 liquor stores.

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Kraft Searches for Food Hacker to Meet Growing Trends

July 29, 2014 9:08 am | by Kraft Canada | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Canada is getting trendy in its efforts to help on-the-go millennials cook tasty, easy meals. The company has launched a national search for a food hacker. Food hacking is a growing trend aimed at helping busy consumers create meals with unexpected twists.

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Kellogg Co. Closes the Door on Georgia Plant

July 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Kellogg Co. spokesman said the move, which is expected to eliminate 325 jobs, is part of the company's four-year efficiency and effectiveness program and will help the company cut costs. The western Georgia plant is scheduled to be closed by the end of next year.

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Red Lobster Stacks Food Higher as it Struggles to Survive

July 29, 2014 8:53 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Red Lobster's recent changes are an attempt by the seafood chain to reverse a year-long decrease in sales. Sit-down chains have been struggling since the economic downturn as people cut back on spending. The company is going vertical on the plate to push quality.

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