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Tank Washing Nozzle

December 16, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The smaller-sized tank washing nozzles are designed to fit through openings as small as 2 inches, while maintaining a slow and controlled rotation speed.

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Go Lean in 2015: No Manufacturer is Too Small to Benefit

December 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Dave Lechleitner, Principal, Product Marketing at Exact | Articles | Comments

If you embrace lean manufacturing as part of your company’s overall business strategy, long-term strategic benefits are possible including increased profits, decreased costs, and long-term efficiency gains.           

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Woman Who Drank Toxic Tea Settles With Restaurant

December 15, 2014 1:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Utah woman has reached a settlement with a Dickey's Barbecue where she unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals and nearly died. A worker had inadvertently mixed an industrial cleaning solution into an ice tea dispenser at the barbecue chain restaurant. 

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6 Key Predictions For Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 1:10 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm. However, there’s good news to share.

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European Food Allergen Rule Causes Confusion Among Consumers

December 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone else mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion.               

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Spanish Police Investigate Large Meat Plant Fire

December 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's national police says it has deployed sniffer dogs to help investigate a large fire that destroyed one of the country's largest meat plants last month in the northern city of Burgos. The Campofrio fire caused evacuation plans throughout the entire city.

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Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 11:50 am | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | News | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 11:30 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy has thrived despite the global slowdown. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.         

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VIDEO: Tasting the World's Most Expensive Mulled Wine

December 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Mulled wine is a staple of the festive period for many, but not may will be able to afford this Cinnamoney Spiced Wine. The world's most expensive mulled wine will set you back $75 per glass. The drink includes familiar mulling spices such as cloves, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks.

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Fish Farming Finds its Way to the Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:55 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

With global consumption of seafood outpacing wild fish populations, many have turned from roving the world's waters to aquaculture, using coastal net pens or ponds to raise freshwater and saltwater species. But the emerging trend of indoor aquaculture is bringing the surf to America's turf.

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Waterloo May Purchase Idle Hostess Factory Downtown

December 15, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The city of Waterloo, Iowa is considering buying the idle former Hostess plant downtown to encourage development. The Council will vote on a plan to spend $400,000 on the building that used to serve as a Wonder Bread bakery and up to $15,000 on closing costs.

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7 Strategies to Spur Agribusiness Growth During Challenging Times

December 15, 2014 9:10 am | by Lockton | News | Comments

The world's population will rise to 9.1 billion by 2050 with food demand surging 70 percent beyond today's levels. This explosive growth may seem daunting, but with sound risk management strategies, those in agribusiness can increase profitability while growing their market share. 

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New Insights Into the Origins of Agriculture Could Help Shape the Future of Food

December 15, 2014 8:45 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research. Scientists grew wild versions of what are now staple foods to identify traits that make some plants suitable for agriculture. 

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5 Tips For Remaining Discreet in the Digital World

December 15, 2014 8:20 am | by Mark Sell, President & Co-Founder of MD Logistics | Articles | Comments

Privacy breaches are very real and can result in physical or intellectual theft, compromising both livelihoods and reputations. One such breach occurred in 2010 in Connecticut, when thieves cut through the roof of a warehouse and made off with millions of dollars in medications.

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Meat Packing Software

December 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy, or SIMBA, is designed to provide food, meat and poultry processors the ability to process, label and track their products from receiving to shipping. 

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Consumer Trends: Top Dishes of the Year

December 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Urbanspoon | News | Comments

Which dishes resonated most with Americans this year? From the classic filet to the bacon-topped donut, the list reveals American's favorite meals of this year. Read on for Urbanspoon's most popular dishes and cuisines of 2014.   

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Bulk Bag Discharger

December 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This unit features the exclusive Flo-Master bulk bag massaging system to promote material flow. The product includes a round bag spout access chamber with "gull wing" doors for easy operator access.

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VIDEO: Cafe Serves 120 Varieties of Cereal, 13 Flavors of Milk

December 12, 2014 2:20 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Cereal Killers, a new London eatery, has opened serving 120 different types of cereal with 13 different flavors of milk. The cafe is the United Kingdom's first-ever specialty cereal shop. The owner says the cereals come from the U.S., Australia, South Africa and South Korea.

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Cheaper Food Costs Help Lower US Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 1:50 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.

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5 Ways to Reduce Preventive Maintenance Costs in Food Processing Plants

December 12, 2014 1:25 pm | by Steve Hawkins, VP, Stellar Refrigeration Services | Articles | Comments

While equipment upkeep and parts replacements are necessary, there are ways you can reduce your preventive maintenance costs without decreasing your food processing facility’s operational efficiencies.             

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