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Researchers Calculate 'Hidden' Emissions in Traded Meat

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed.

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NSF International Partners with American Feed Industry Association to Provide Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification

November 20, 2014 2:30 pm | by NSF International | News | Comments

The SF/SF Certification Program was developed to further enhance consumer confidence in the feed and food supply industry by establishing food safety guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply essential for the growth and care of animals.

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Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Hort Technology | News | Comments

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious Seattle, and Washington is part of the nation’s hard cider revival. The amount of cider produced in the state tripled between 2007 and 2012.     

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Canada's Food Safety System Ranked World's Best

November 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by Canadian Food Inspection Agency | News | Comments

The ranking highlights Canada's success in a number of areas such as our capacity to respond to food safety emergencies, as well as food safety communication to stakeholders and the public. The report also found that public trust in food safety was the highest in Canada.

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Peanut Company to Sell Mississippi Operation

November 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Texoma Peanut Company will sell its peanut drying facility in Clarksdale, Mississippi, according to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The company is a salted and roasted nut and seed manufacturer located in Madill, Oklahoma.    

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Infographic: Health Not an Issue When Dining Out

November 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

An infographic by The Hartman Group shows that when eating out, consumers tend to eat less healthfully. The reasons for not eating as well when dining out include: focusing on things other than health when eating at restaurants and the menu not including enough healthy options.

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Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.

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General Mills CEO: Water is Critical to Business and Engagement is Key

November 20, 2014 11:00 am | by General Mills | News | Comments

General Mills released a new water policy that provides the necessary framework to guide the company as it engages with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds, particularly those critical to the company's business. The scope of the policy includes General Mills' supply chain as well as its suppliers.

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VIDEO: 'The United States of Drinking'

November 20, 2014 10:42 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new Smithsonian Channel special called "United States of Drinking" looks at some of America's favorite drinks. Award-winning food writer and host John Ozersky joins "CBS This Morning" to talk about his spirited trip across the country.   

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Food Giants Hitting Stride on LGBT Workplace Equality

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | by Human Rights Campaign Foundation | News | Comments

Food, beverage and grocery companies continue to set the pace for corporate LGBT inclusion, according to a report issued today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

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Animal Rights Group Releases Chicken Slaughterhouse Abuse Video

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online that it says was taken at a Koch Foods slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

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'Booze Traveler' Host Explores How the World Drinks

November 20, 2014 9:52 am | by WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. Part travelogue, part drinking diary, "Booze Traveler" takes viewers with Maxwell as he travels to Louisiana, Tennessee and 13 foreign countries, including Armenia and Nepal. Each episode is a quest to distill the essence of a place through its beer, wines and spirits. 

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Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

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Cost of Thanksgiving is Going Up

November 20, 2014 9:37 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame dairy products, coffee and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

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Vacuum Conveyor

November 20, 2014 8:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This belt conveyor really does suck... and that's a good thing! The company's 2200 Series Vacuum Conveyor is perfect for securing parts in transit on an incline conveyor or for critical applications such as inspection, assembly and accurate feeding.

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Bulk Bag Material Conditioner

November 20, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Discharging bulk bags containing material that has solidified, hardened, or agglomerated can cause serious operational bottlenecks. Conditioning and emptying bulk bags can be dangerous if the proper equipment is not utilized. 

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Foster Farms Thanksgiving Turkey Donations To Feed 84,000 People

November 19, 2014 3:05 pm | by Foster Farms | News | Comments

The turkeys will be distributed to local communities and families in California, Oregon and Washington to help feed needy families this Thanksgiving. Each food bank received 750 turkeys — or 13,500 pounds of turkey.     

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Sysco and US Foods Teamsters Protest Sysco Shareholders Meeting

November 19, 2014 3:00 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters | News | Comments

Teamsters employed at Sysco and US Foods protested outside Sysco's shareholders meeting Wednesday to demand answers to tough questions from the company's Board of Directors about its proposed purchase of US Foods and the impact on thousands of jobs.

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Fuji Food Products to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Chicago

November 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by Fuji Food Products, Inc. | News | Comments

Set to be fully operational in December 2014, the 40,000 square foot plant will produce and specialize in fresh, refrigerated, and ready-to-eat meals serving the Midwest with national distribution capabilities.      

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Darden Restaurants Cuts Jobs, Costs to Save $20M Annually

November 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Orlando, Florida-based company behind the Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains said it is eliminating 85 jobs, which includes 60 existing positions and 25 open spots. The changes affect its marketing, development, aviation, external affairs and field operations departments.

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