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When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become the Front Line For 'All Natural'

February 27, 2015 8:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

There’s certainly an “ick” factor to artificial additives, even though they enhance flavor and color, helping us “taste the rainbow” in our favorite sweets. Controversy has swirled around the potential health risks of synthetic dyes since studies began linking them to ADHD and other behavioral problems.

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Nebraska Meat Plant Closure to Cost 125 People Their Jobs

February 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Land O' Frost meat plant in West Point, Nebraska told its employees that production will continue into the second quarter of the year at the former Wimmer's plant, giving them time to find other jobs.

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Food Compactor

February 27, 2015 7:57 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Food Compactor Systems are tailored to the specific needs of diverse processing requirements to handle food waste and byproducts.

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Flint Low Women's Boots

February 27, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

When the the temperature rises, look no further than the Flint Low for a cool women's work boot. Created with an outdoor-inspired, sporty design, the boot features waterproof leather with mesh inserts to improve breathability in hot temperatures.

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How a Digital PSM Program Can Save You Time

February 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

What if I told you that your facility could shorten its process safety management (PSM) audit from four days to four hours? This was a reality for a plant I audited recently — all thanks to its digital PSM program. 

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Farmers Turn to Robots as New Farm Hands

February 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

With a growing produce demand and a shortage of farm workers, agricultural areas like Salinas Valley, California are tuning to technology investment programs like Thrive Accelerator to improve farming practices.

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What's Going on With the Labor Unions of Today?

February 26, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Labor unions are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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VIDEO: Is the Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses the beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox on "Taking Stock."

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Oat Breakfast Cereals May Contain Common Mold-Related Toxin

February 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

A new study reports that some oat-based breakfast cereals in the U.S. contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A (OTA) that's been linked to kidney cancer in animal studies. The findings could have implications for consumer health.

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First Lady: US Experiencing 'Culture Change' Around Food

February 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Michelle Obama says the U.S. has seen a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. The first lady says food companies are "racing like never before" to create and sell more nutritious food.

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Coca-Cola Plans Big Celebration of Centennial of its Iconic Bottle

February 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle design that's so recognizable, you'd know the brand if you held it in the dark.

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VIDEO: Why Gin is Becoming the Latest Tonic of Choice

February 26, 2015 11:10 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Gin has been Britain's drink of choice since the 1700s, but with a nickname like "mother's ruin," the spirit's reputation has taken some knocks. Thanks to some crafty distillers, a new gin craze is buzzing across the pond.

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American Food Trends 'Heat Up' Via Social Food Sharing

February 26, 2015 10:25 am | by National Pork Board | News | Comments

Based on social media posts shared by Americans across all 50 states, a new study revealed that nearly half of socially shared food content included smoked, hot and spicy flavors paired with popular proteins, while the most common ethnic flavor was Cajun.

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Coffee Lover? Cookie Fanatic? Now You Can Have Both in One!

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

KFC restaurants in Britain are soon rolling out the Scoff-ee Cup, an edible coffee cup made from a cookie. The chain will debut the wafer-coated, sugar-papered white chocolate cups around the same time the it plans to introduce Seattle's Best Coffee.

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5 Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

When these five fears are prevalent, openness and creativity are replaced by "watching your back" and "looking good," and when those drive you, you will never truly succeed.

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Sizing Up Success: Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

February 26, 2015 8:50 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., explains the forces shaping packaging size variety, including why and how brands and retailers should take this into account when conceptualizing products.

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Fruits, Veggies to Get Celebrity-Studded Marketing Push

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A new campaign looks to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities to shill for fruits and vegetables.

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Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

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Pic-N-Place Tandem Case Packer

February 26, 2015 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 949 Pic-N-Place packer is a high-speed “soft-case” solution for precise, gentle handling of product with a proprietary technology that eliminates breakage.

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Seasoning System

February 26, 2015 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fully integrated with both oil spray and flavor injection systems, the intelli-flav OMS 5 seasoning system offers consistent coverage and flavor for both wet and dry seasoning.

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