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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries to Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 8:55 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder.

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USDA to Propose Standards For Organic Seafood Raised in US

April 16, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish year this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide to embrace them.

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India's Die-Hard Hindus Push For Beef Slaughter Ban

April 16, 2015 8:00 am | by NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred — and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country — India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. 

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Pharma-Grade Pin Mill

April 16, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

A new pharmaceutical-grade Pin-Mill grinds friable powders, flakes and granules into controlled particle sizes ranging from coarse to fine. 

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The Financial Benefits of Reliability

April 15, 2015 3:20 pm | by Bruce Hawkins, CMRP, Emerson Reliability Consulting | Articles | Comments

When manufacturing organizations look to asset reliability to improve their facilities, there is often one main driver behind this decision: financial performance. 

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Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food After Glass Found in Jar

April 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Beech-Nut | News | Comments

Beech-Nut today has issued a voluntary recall of its Beech-Nut Classics Stage 2 Sweet Potato & Chicken in 4oz glass jars. The recall follows a single report of a small glass piece found in a jar of the product.

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Heinz Recalls Baby Food

April 15, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

A batch of Heinz brand baby food is being recalled across the country due a potential loss of the container seal, which could cause the product to spoil.

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Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 1:30 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

One vision of the future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and full automation. 

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Consumers Buying More Organic Products, New Data Shows

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The organic industry says U.S. sales of its products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products in 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday.

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KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of its fruit and nut bars as "healthy"- because they do not meet federal standards.

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California using a long-expired permit.

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Tech Tastes Wine: When Start-Ups and Investors Meet Over Great Wines

April 15, 2015 10:45 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The goal of Tech Tastes Wine is to introduce tech entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts for collaboration and investments - and at the same time learn more about fine wines, the wine industry, and new technologies for the food, fashion, and wine sectors.

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Bird Flu Spreads to Iowa Turkey Flock; 6th Midwest State

April 15, 2015 10:20 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota.

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'Entopreneurs' Feed Growing Appetite For Edible Insects

April 15, 2015 10:00 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you. An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

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3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 15, 2015 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

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Is Safety a Backseat Driver?

April 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Holcombe Baird III, Reliability Center, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The answer to getting rid of reactive and backseat safety practices lies with the maintenance department. 

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Sheriff: Purloined Bourbon May Involve Multiple Suspects

April 15, 2015 9:00 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whoever stole five heavy barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon from a Kentucky warehouse may have taken a lot more liquor than previously thought and the case could result in multiple indictments, according to the sheriff investigating the whodunit mystery in the world's bourbon-making hub.

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The Cronut's Unexpected Success Story

April 15, 2015 8:25 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

At Dominique Ansel Bakery in downtown Manhattan, bakers work to all hours of the night to keep up with demand. In the first installment of the Eureka! series, Bloomberg takes you behind the creation of Ansel's most desired pastry: the Cronut.

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Report: Nestlé Expected to Sell Frozen Foods Unit

April 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Swiss multinational Nestlé is reportedly close to an agreement that would sell its Davigel frozen foods unit to Brakes Group.

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Bulk Bag Discharger

April 15, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Patented system designed for discharging product into customer's process. Unit possesses several stainless steel features including the Flo-Lock discharge spout closure system which quickly halts material flow for partial bag discharge.

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