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Bird Flu Found in Top Minnesota Turkey Producing County

March 30, 2015 9:00 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory to Move to High-Tech Plant

March 30, 2015 8:35 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. About 2.5 million pounds of matzos were baked for April's Passover holiday, and distributed worldwide.

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Forget Zipcar: Contract Manufacturing Pioneered Sharing Economy

March 30, 2015 8:10 am | by Nelson Alor, Manager, Contract Manufacturing, Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

Contract packaging has proven to be a boon for the food and beverage industry and for innovation in processing and packaging. The lowered entry barriers such companies offer pave the way for first adopters to select state-of-the-art processing and innovative packages without taking the plunge and investing in a new line.

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Bulk Material Blending System

March 30, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This fully automated, self-contained, bulk material mixing system blends a combination of five, highly caustic, free flowing powdered additives with a sluggish flowing, high dusting base ingredient. 

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Vacuum High Speed Disperser

March 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Charles Ross & Son Company | Product Releases | Comments

The new Ross Model HSM-100LH-3 Vacuum High Speed Disperser is designed for laboratory and pilot-scale mixing of batches up to 5 gallons.

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America Has Entered a New Era of Sports Nutriton

March 27, 2015 3:35 pm | by Package Facts | News | Comments

Among the most popular functional foods are sports drinks and nutrition bars. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36 percent of all U.S. adults consume sports drinks. Meanwhile, dollar sales in the nutrition bar segment grew an impressive 8 percent last year to reach $2 billion.

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Q&A: How B2B E-Commerce Is Changing The Manufacturing Business

March 27, 2015 2:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

​Michiel Schipperus, CEO of integrated e-commerce provider Sana Commerce, spoke with our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology, recently about the transformation of (B2B) manufacturing business.

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Food Processing Plant Down? 3 Solutions to Keep Operations Moving

March 27, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

If a disaster puts your plant’s operations on pause, know your options for continuing production outside the walls of your facility. Co-packing, co-manufacturing and built-in redundancy are three solutions to keep your operations moving when your plant is down. Here are the key things to know about each.

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New Video Addresses Myths About Meat Color, Safety

March 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by NAMI Foundation | News | Comments

Many people believe that if their fresh beef has turned brown, that means it has spoiled. In this video, Purdue University professor Brad Kim explains the science of meat color and why a color change doesn't mean meat has spoiled.

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Food Additive May Be Safer, Greener Antifreeze

March 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

​The sweet taste and smell of antifreeze tempts children and animals to drink the poisonous substance, resulting in thousands of accidental poisonings in the U.S. every year. But today, researchers are describing a new, nontoxic product based on a common food additive that could address this health issue and help the environment at the same time.

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From Farm to Table: How Product Lifecycle Management Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

March 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by John Kelley, Vice President of Product Value Chain Strategy and Kerrie Jordan, Director of Product Value Chain Marketing, Oracle | Articles | Comments

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? How did that meal end up on the plate in front of you?  Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail –- product lifecycle management. 

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Thai Junta Leader to Fight Forced Labor in Fish Industry

March 27, 2015 12:15 pm | by TODD PITMAN, THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.

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Oral Benefit of Natural Sweetener is Unproven

March 27, 2015 11:15 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

New research out today concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental cavities in children and adults. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is widely promoted globally, and can be found in wide range of everyday products including sugar-free chewing gum, toothpaste, gels, lozenges and sweets.

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VIDEO: A Breakup of Campbell Soup Could Prove Tasty For Investors

March 27, 2015 10:55 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

A breakup of Campbell Soup may be the best recipe for the food giant to revive investor interest, as shoppers increasingly turn their noses up at the company's core simple meals and beverages offerings.

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Raw Milk Dramatically Increases Foodborne Illness Risk

March 27, 2015 10:40 am | by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future | News | Comments

Researchers determined that raw milk was associated with more than half of all milk-related foodborne illness, even though only an estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S. population consumes it.

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The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No.1

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the last installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, we reveal No.1.

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Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To? Pt. 4

March 27, 2015 9:15 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., U.S. & Canada | Articles | Comments

In the final installment of this four-part series, we ask: which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

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Diet Sodas Fall in US; Pepsi Returns to No. 2 Spot

March 27, 2015 8:35 am | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

 Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

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Monsanto Fined For Not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 8:10 am | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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Explosion Proof LED Light with a Scaffold Bracket Mount

March 27, 2015 7:50 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The 150 watt LED light head produces 13,000 lumens of light and is attached to an aluminum rail/ladder mount bracket that allows operators to easily mount this unit to ladders, handrails, catwalks, and other similar structures.

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