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Coca-Cola Sales Up, Thirst for Diet Coke Fizzles

July 22, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage maker, said its quarterly sales fell short of estimates as the demand for Diet Coke has fizzled out. The sales volume, however, rose 3 percent, boosted by the gains in China, India and the Middle East.

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Cost Savings Calculator Helps Companies Eliminate Paper

July 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aptean | News | Comments

A new online calculator can help manufacturers eliminate paper on the shop floor. The calculator, created by Aptean, can help companies save in labor costs, material yields and capacity uplift potential, allowing companies to improve in every area of their operations.

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Changing Eating Habits Causes McDonald's Sales to Slip

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain, McDonald's, is struggling to boost its sales due to changing eating habits and the persistent financial struggles of lower-income customers. Sales fell approximately 1.5 percent for the second quarter.

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Kentucky Brewery Facility to Boost Production by 400 Percent

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Against the Grain Brewery, a Kentucky facility, plans to expand its facilities in Louisville, boosting production by more than 400 percent. The company expects to create 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The addition will include a barrel brewhouse.

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Infographic: What's Behind the Coffee Buzz?

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Compound Interest | News | Comments

Coffee is a cornucopia of chemical compounds that influence its taste. One group of compounds about which plenty is known are the chlorogenic acids. In medium to light coffee brews, the main source of bitterness comes from the chlorogenic acids.

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China's Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks and Travels to Japan

July 22, 2014 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scandal surrounding meat supplier Husi Food has added to a string of safety scares in China over expired beef and chicken that have left the public wary of restaurants and other suppliers. The meat scandal has tainted popular restaurant chains and spread to Japan.

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What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar? Unilever Closes Florida Ice Cream Plant

July 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida ice cream lovers may be crushed to hear a Tampa Bay area ice cream factory, Pinellas Park, will close its doors as the company shifts its production to plants in Tennessee and Missouri. The 55,000-square-foot factory produces Klondike and Popsicle treats.

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Calif. Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall on Listeria Concerns

July 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wawona Packing, a California fruit company, has issued a nationwide recall of peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots for possible listeria contamination. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers, including Costco and Trader Joe's.

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A Global Survey and a Mobile App: What They Tell Us About Mitigating Risks

July 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Laura Dunn Nelson, director-industry relations, Alchemy Systems, LP | Articles | Comments

According to the 2014 Global Food Safety Training Survey, workforce training tends to come up short due to the unavailability of two necessary resources — time and money. Such limitations increase risk for the company, its workers and, in particular, consumers.

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VIDEO: 5 Produce a Day, the Ugly Way

July 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Marcel | Videos | Comments

Consumers are encouraged to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, which can be costly. More than 300 million tons of imperfect produce is thrown away each year. Now, Intermarché, a grocery chain in France, sells the "hideous" produce to fight food waste.

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Campbell's Turns to Organic Soup to Boost Struggling Sales

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is turning to organic ready-to-eat soups in rectangular cartons to help falling soup sales. It's one of the many moves the 145-year-old company is planning in hopes of driving sales in its flagship unit.

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Beef Produces 5 Times More Gases Than Pork, Eggs

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

According to a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, beef produces five times the amount of heat-trapped gases per calorie. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption. 

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Carbon-Graphite Bearings

July 22, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

These new bearings are specifically designed for dry running in high temperature applications. The product is a great choice for high temperature equipment, including continuous bakery ovens, screw conveyors and continuous dryers.

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Magnetic Separators

July 22, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces line of magnetic separators to their distribution structure. The line includes six items: a magnetic mat, the RapidClean, the MAGRAM, a magnet filter combo, a pressure pipeline separator and a spherical pipeline magnet.

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Get to Your Plate

July 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

The National Chicken Council says more consumers are choosing chicken. In a study, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1, up 17 percent from 2012 findings.

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Obtaining Facility-Wide Energy Intelligence is Easier Than You Think

July 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by Allison Parker | Articles | Comments

Regardless of the size of the facility, the first hurdle most plant managers and engineers encounter in meeting facility-wide energy management is the absence of detailed data about how energy is being used within their facilities — beyond the metered usage.

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Report: Russia Lacks Dairy Products Aimed Towards Elders

July 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Currently, the Russian dairy market offers many products targeted at younger generation; at the same time, there is lack of products specifically targeting those aged 55+, who consume dairy due to the habit rather than health and age-aligned reasons.

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Thirsty for Growth: US Craft Brewers Flourish Overseas

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. craft beer scene is so fresh and dynamic, Europeans are becoming as excited about it as Americans. Many large American craft breweries are setting up businesses in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom in hopes to make the industry grow.

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Halifax-Area Meat Market Recalls Beef, Pork for Metal Filings

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth, near Halifax, is advising its customers to avoid eating any ground beef and pork sold by them. The Agriculture Department says the products might look OK to eat, but doing so could be a health risk.

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Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

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