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How Counterfeits Can Impact Your Manufacturing Process

March 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tom Grace | Articles | Comments

The counterfeiting of well-known brands and products is a problem that continues to rise each year; currently, it is estimated to make up five to seven percent of world trade or $1.77 trillion in 2015.

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Managing Food and Beverage Supply in a Constrained World: Segmenting Your Suppliers

March 20, 2015 12:40 pm | by Dave Donnan, Partner and Leader of A.T. Kearney’s Global Food and Beverage Practice | Articles | Comments

Due to a series of supply-and-demand pressures — from a growing middle class in developing markets to increasing weather volatility — the global food industry is rapidly transforming. As a result, leading food and beverage companies are rethinking their supplier relationships

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FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples as Safe

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods as safe, saying they are as nutritious as their conventional counterparts. The approval covers six varieties of potatoes by Boise, Idaho-based J. R. Simplot Co. and two varieties of apples from the Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc.

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Prison Sentences for Egg Theft Scheme in Cuba

March 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a dozen people in Cuba have been sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison for conspiring to divert millions of eggs to the black market.

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Napa Winemaker's Life, Finances Unspooling Before He Shot Investor, Self

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Robert Dahl came west from Minnesota with a powerful desire to make his fortune in Napa Valley's famed wine country. And it looked like he had succeeded — for a while.

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Food Service Companies Vow to Go Cage-Free For Liquid Eggs

March 20, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Three of the largest food services companies each announced in recent weeks that they would purchase liquid eggs exclusively from cage-free poultry facilities by 2020.

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Are You in Compliance? OSHA's 10 Most Cited Violations

March 20, 2015 9:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Each year, OSHA names the most cited violations it encountered during its workplace safety inspections that year. The seminar, “Avoiding OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations,” provided insight on the most frequently issued citations and industry best practices for reducing the hazards.

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Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic in Some Vino — Should We Drink On?

March 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to a story reported by CBS News, a researcher named Kevin Hicks analyzed 1,300 bottles of wine and found that almost a quarter of them had arsenic levels higher than what's considered safe for water.

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High-Pressure Water Pump

March 20, 2015 8:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This new high-pressure water jet pump unit from NLB Corp., the Model 350, combines an innovative new fluid end design with a rugged 350 hp (261 kW) diesel engine in a unit that can be easily towed to job sites.

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Assessing Structural Damage: Your No. 1 Priority After Disaster Strikes

March 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Johnny Johnson, VP of Field Services, Stellar | Articles | Comments

After a disaster, your food processing plant must get up and running again as soon as possible. Making moves to clean up or sweep debris may be a tempting first response, but it could be deadly. Instead, you must assess for structural damage first.

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Vacuum Conveyor

March 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This belt conveyor by Dorner really does suck...and that's a good thing! The 2200 Series Vaccum 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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Diageo to Add Alcohol-Content, Nutrition Information to Labels

March 20, 2015 7:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Global alcohol giant Diageo says it will put alcohol-content and nutrition information on the labels of its products. The label will include information like the drink's alcohol by volume, fluid ounces of alcohol, calories, carbohydrates, and fat content based on a typical serving size.

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Chicago Wholesaler Recalls Possibly Tainted Beef Products

March 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the recall Thursday of meat that may be tainted with a dangerous type of E. coli bacteria. The recall affects beef cheek products distributed to stores and restaurants in Chicago by El Cubano Wholesale Meats.

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Exemption in 'Tennessee Whiskey' Law Raises Legal Flags

March 19, 2015 1:20 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as "Tennessee Whiskey" could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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Study: Fast-Food Limits Didn't Cut Obesity Rate in South LA

March 19, 2015 1:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

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Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Trendy California Creation: Pop Tart Doughnut

March 19, 2015 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling. Donut Bar, with outlets in Fountain Valley and San Diego, calls the 1-pound creation the "Big Poppa Tart Donut."

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Pure Foods Selects Tennessee City for US Headquarters

March 19, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The specialty snack food maker is investing $22 million to build an 88,000-square-foot facility that's expected to create more than 270 jobs in Kingsport.

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Detroit's Better Made Potato Chips Turns 85

March 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by SYLVIA RECTOR, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

Better Made was one of at least 22 chip-makers that sprang up in Detroit in the late 1920s through the mid-'30s — and the independent, family-owned business is the only one of that era still in business, a rare survivor in an industry dominated by conglomerates.

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English Researchers Help to Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 19, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Consumers in developed countries tend to take the humble chocolate bar for granted. But the world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

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