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New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

August 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. But now, the USDA is issuing an alert to consumers to actively read food labels before buying these products.

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Whisky's Worries Mirror Economic Fears in Scotland

August 25, 2014 2:34 pm | by MARTIN BENEDYK, DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whisky makers are worried about the risks involved in finding themselves overnight in a new country with, among other things, a different currency. Nine out of 10 bottles of Scotch are sold overseas for a value of 4.3 billion pounds ($7.1 billion) a year.

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Teamsters to Host Investor Call on Sysco, US Foods Merger

August 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters | News | Comments

The Teamsters are hosting an analyst call on the Sysco and US Foods merger antitrust obstacles. Representatives will outline issues that may jeopardize the deal and harm workers, customers and consumers.                

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North Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Hurt by Disease

August 25, 2014 2:17 pm | by Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota | News | Comments

The North Dakota winter wheat crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with scab disease that can make grain unsafe for people and animals to eat.                        

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Auburn University Offers Beer Brewing Course

August 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by RUSS COREY, TimesDaily | News | Comments

Interested in learning about brewing beer? Now there is a graduate-level course at Auburn University in Alabama for just that. The Brewing Science and Operations program began a few years ago as craft brew enthusiasts pushed for home brewing in the state.  

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Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Alan Nicol, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Ultimately, consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe. People tend to make decisions based on a single significant factor and in retail settings that factor tends to be price.   

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Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

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VIDEO: Microbrewery Chooses High-Content Recycled Cans

August 25, 2014 10:25 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

An aluminum giant and a tiny microbrewery have tapped into a growing trend of craft brewers turning to cans. But these cans are different. Red Hare Brewing Company partnered with Novelis, which uses 90 percent recycled content.       

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Calif. Earthquake Shakes Famed Wine Country

August 25, 2014 10:11 am | by KEN SWEET, ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake. Napa is California's best-known winemaking region. The earthquake adds to what has already been a difficult year for the state's winemakers.  

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De Rothschild, Grande Dame of Wine, Dies at 80

August 25, 2014 9:51 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Philippine de Rothschild, who cracked a male-dominated wine industry to become company chairwoman and was known by many as simply "The Baroness," has died. She was 80. De Rothschild was a grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards.

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Infographics: What Happens When Baby Boomers Retire?

August 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

Baby boomers occupy the majority of skilled trade positions, while younger workers are mostly employed in other professions. So while baby boomers are aging out of the manufacturing industries, what will happen to the once booming industry?

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Invasive Insect Threatens Iconic Florida Citrus

August 25, 2014 9:22 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida has always been well known for its oranges. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy and very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called "the yellow dragon."

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Calif. Hot Sauce Plant's Tour Offers Whiff of Excitement

August 25, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

As many as 3,000 people are expected to visit the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce over the weekend in the Los Angeles' suburb of Irwindale. During a 20-minute walk through the 650,000-square-foot facility, visitors can watch chili grinding at Huy Fong Foods.

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Venezuela Proposes Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers

August 25, 2014 8:50 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has implemented a mandatory fingerprinting system at grocery stores to help combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system."     

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Q&A: The Workings of Supplier Relationship Management

August 25, 2014 7:45 am | by Jennifer Brusco, Director, Media and Content, TraceGains | Articles | Comments

What is supplier relationship management? Which suppliers should you focus on? Who should manage the supplier relationship? Bill Michels, CPSM, CPM, MCIPS, president of ISM Services sat down with TraceGains to discuss the answers to some of these questions. 

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Wash-Down Conveyors

August 25, 2014 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

These conveyors are ideal for the baking and food processing industry and the high level of sanitation it requires. Conveyors are designed for fast and effective cleaning.

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PRODUCT VIDEO: Bakery Depositor

August 25, 2014 7:30 am | by Unifiller | Product Releases | Comments

The depositor is perfect for depositing custards, jams, batter and just about any flowable product directly from a mixing bowl or bucket. 

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Ice Cream: Now With More...Okra?

August 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A study by the Institute of Food Technologists shows how okra extracts can be used as a stabilizer in ice cream. Scientists found that water extracts of okra fiber can be used to maintain ice cream quality during storage — thereby extending the shelf life.

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Lawyer: Dickey's Barbecue in Utah Had Another Chemical Burn

August 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a woman nearly died unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant, a second victim has come forward. The woman's attorney said an employee at Dickey's Barbecue burned her tongue on the same substance. 

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Lawyer Wants Seized $125K Wine Collection Back

August 22, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania lawyer, Arthur Goldman, convicted of selling high-end wine from his home despite state liquor laws is hoping to win back the seized collection. Goldman's collection is estimated to be worth $125,000 or more.      

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