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Prosecutors Review Case Involving Chemicals in Restaurant's Tea

August 19, 2014 10:15 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The police agency investigating how an industrial cleaning solution ended up in a woman's iced tea at a Utah restaurant, badly burning her throat, is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anyone should be charged.  

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Four at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:00 am | by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors allege the owners of Rancho Feeding Corp. schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye rather than stopping plant operations during inspector lunch breaks.        

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DRY Soda Launches The Craft Soda Category's First Discovery Pack

August 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Inspired by the thriving discovery/variety pack trend in the craft beer sector, DRY Soda's Discovery Pack is the first in the rapidly growing craft soda industry — which is now the primary revenue driver growing the larger carbonated soft drink category. 

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Sweets and Savory Solutions Guide Helps Food Manufacturers Ensure Accuracy and Safety of 'Convenience Foods'

August 18, 2014 3:00 pm | by Mettler Toledo | Product Releases | Comments

The new METTLER TOLEDO sweets and savory guide will provide best-practice suggestions to enhance testing accuracy and speed. In turn, process improvements can help manufacturers keep customer happy and deliver the kind of enhanced economics that protect profit margins.

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KeHE Completes Acquisition of Nature's Best

August 18, 2014 2:55 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Already the largest distributor of specialty food products and the second-largest distributor of natural food products in North America, KeHE will now employ over 4,000 employees, operate 14 warehouses, distribute to over 35,000 store doors weekly and export to 32 countries.

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Woman Who Drank Chemical-Laced Tea at Utah Restaurant Improving

August 18, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 67-year-old woman, who had been in critical condition since Aug. 10, was upgraded to serious condition Sunday. Authorities said a restaurant employee unintentionally put the heavy-duty cleaner in a sugar bag, and a worker later mistakenly mixed it into the iced tea dispenser.

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Report: Nearly 50% of Food Gifts Purchased for Personal Enjoyment

August 18, 2014 2:30 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 42% of consumers have purchased at least one food gift for others in the past 12 months. An even larger percentage (47%), purchased at least one for themselves.      

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Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud Fray

August 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan participated in negotiations Sunday with the owners of the Market Basket chain — feuding cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas — as well as several other shareholders.

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McDonald's Confronts its Junk Food Image

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

At a time when Americans are paying closer attention to what they eat, the fast food giant is trying to sway public opinion by first reaching out to the reporters, bloggers and other so-called "influencers" who write and speak about McDonald's.

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New CEO of Idled SD Beef Plant Optimistic About Future

August 18, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant filed for bankruptcy last summer because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter. The new CEO of the renamed New Angus plant said he is working on a five-year plan for the facility with a goal of eventually employing nearly 600 people and handling up to 1,000 head of cattle per day.

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Bourbon Boom: Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 9:44 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Last year, Kentucky distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels of bourbon — the most since 1970, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association. Inventory has topped 5 million barrels for the first time since 1977, the group said.       

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England Seeks 'Choc Doc' to Study Candy

August 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cambridge University is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like the sweetest job in the world: studying the fundamentals of chocolate. The research goal is to identify ways of keeping chocolate-based food from melting in warm climates.

Craft Brewer Sun King Plans Indiana Expansion

August 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Craft beer maker Sun King Brewing Co. is planning to build a second production facility and tasting room in central Indiana. The new brewery, which is expected to open next summer, will help Sun King keep up with demand and have outdoor space for events with up to 3,000 people.

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VIDEO: Let Science Lead the GMO Debate

August 18, 2014 9:15 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The debate over GMOs is a hot issue. Each side has its own opinion, so what can be done to hear only the facts? How about a science court where both sides conduct an assessment through facts only? The public would benefit if they knew that their decisions would be based solely on fact.

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Slicing System

August 18, 2014 9:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Slicing system increases yields while reducing valuable giveaway. All this adds up to consistent slice thickness, accurate portion weights and faster payback.

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Process Solutions For Adding Gluten-Free to Your Product Mix

August 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Kevin Wilson, Senior Project Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food facilities that work with allergen products can design dedicated process lines to avoid cross-contamination issues. Yet, with gluten-free products being relatively new, retrofitting an existing plant to incorporate this allergen into the current product mix can be challenging.

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Current Transducer

August 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

New AT/ATR-LS Current Transducer combines a current transformer and signal conditioner that is great for monitoring large loads.

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Infographic: Improving the Seafood Aisle

August 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Greenpeace USA | News | Comments

In the eighth annual Greenpeace USA report Carting Away the Oceans, supermarkets and their seafood departments were under the microscope. Take a look at how these top retailers compete when it comes to policy, initiative and red listers.  

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Oscillating Circulation Fan

August 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Whether aimed at a workstation using a standard wall mount or down an aisle or assembly line using a pedestal, Twister provides the versatility and performance needed to improve worker productivity and safety where it's needed most.

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VIDEO: America is Falling in Love With Specialty Spreads

August 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Consumers are falling in love with specialty spreads. Everything from nut butters to hummus to chocolate, the trend is taking over. Move over PB&J's, with so many options tempting Americans today, spreads have become an easy way to add protein to the diet.

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