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General Mills Marks 10 Years of Health Improvements

February 20, 2015 3:40 pm | by General Mills | News | Comments

General Mills has improved the health profile of 76 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005, when it first established its "Health Metric" to encourage progress on nutrition and health improvements. These improvements include enhancing positive nutrition such as increasing protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, or reducing limiters such as calories, sodium, sugar and fat.

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Nestle CEO: Why We Removed Artificial Coloring

February 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO speaks about earnings and the company's decision to remove artificial additives from its products.

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VIDEO: Giving Surplus Produce a Second Chance

February 20, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The stats on food waste in the U.S. are not pretty. About half of all food wasted is fresh produce. One San Francisco-based social enterprise is taking the problem head on with a simple mission to give surplus produce a second chance.

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Adopting Technology to Go Lean in 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 1:45 pm | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.   

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Bugs Crawl Onto the Menu at Le Cordon Bleu

February 20, 2015 1:20 pm | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bugs in a gourmet kitchen are usually something to be squashed or swatted. But at Le Cordon Bleu, the esteemed French cooking school, chefs and food scientists spent a week simmering, sauteing and grilling insects to extract innovative flavors.

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Photo of the Day: Doctors Say Health Apps Boost Care

February 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A decade ago, who would have thought that an application on your smart phone could be the trick to keep you healthy? Allowing your doctors access to your fitness trackers and health apps can provide them with the day-to-day information they need.

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McCormick to Buy Italian Season Maker

February 20, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spice seller McCormick & Co. is adding some Italian flavor to its lineup by paying up to $97 million for the more than century-old Drogheria & Alimentari.

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VIDEO: 30th Anniversary of Cherry Coke

February 20, 2015 10:35 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Thirty years ago today, Coca-Cola USA announced that it would start selling Cherry Coke in cans and bottles in test markets across the country. Company officials predict that consumers would buy 130 million cases a year.

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5 Facts on Girl Scout Cookie Production

February 20, 2015 9:40 am | by by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

You might know that Girl Scout Cookies are sold across the country and that the profits fund community service projects, scholarships, and summer camps. However, you might not be aware that the beloved cookies are sustainably produced and safe for consumers with common dietary restrictions.

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Attack on Sugars, Caffeine Has Beverage Makers Upset With Dietary Committee

February 20, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

The American Beverage Association is not so keen on some of the recommended restrictions from the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. The Committee is considering putting limitations on added sugars for the first time.

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FTC Moves to Block Sysco's $3.5B Purchase of US Foods

February 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators are challenging the $3.5 billion sale of US Foods to Sysco, saying the deal would hurt customers by reducing competition between food supply companies. Sysco Corp. agreed to buy US Foods in December 2013, saying they would create a company with $65 billion in annual revenue.

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Butterball Acquires Second North Carolina Processing Facility

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Butterball, LLC | News | Comments

The purchase of the facility, closed by its previous owners in December 2014, will help Butterball continue to meet growing consumer demand for a variety of Butterball turkey products.

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Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

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Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

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Rotary Drum Screen

February 20, 2015 6:30 am | by Munson Machinery Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

This new, compact Rotary Drum Screen removes solids from industrial and municipal waste streams, and recovers solid product from process streams, at rates from 600 to 2,790 gal/min (2,270 to 10,560 liter/min) without blinding or clogging the screen, while reducing floor space and headroom requirements compared with non-rotating equipment of equivalent capacity.

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Sales Presentations, Executed Smarter

February 20, 2015 6:00 am | by Yooba Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

This sales performance solution is an innovative platform for the management and distribution of collateral to iPad and WIN8 tablets.

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Six states are considering phasing out bisphenol A, or BPA, from consumer products, while four states are set to take up restrictions on cadmium. Other potential measures include restrictions on formaldehyde, triclosan and microbeads.

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Nestle Profits Rise, But Held Back By Weak Pricing in Europe

February 19, 2015 2:45 pm | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nestle S.A. says net profit rose 44 percent last year. But annual sales fell in Swiss franc terms due to hesitant consumers in Europe and shifting exchange rates. 

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3 Ways Leaders Can Create Lean

February 19, 2015 2:10 pm | by John Maher, VP Product Strategy at Synchrono | Blogs | Comments

Gone are the days where leaders sit in their offices sending out directives to the rest of the organization and lead mainly by pounding on the rest of us when those directives are not met. Today, leaders are responsible for training and mentoring their people.

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Coca-Cola Attacked by Protesters With Gas Bombs, 10 Injured

February 19, 2015 1:40 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ten people were injured in southern Mexico after an attempt to attack the Coca-Cola company's offices in the southern state of Guerrero. Protesters tried to attack the Coke offices "to damage the facilities."

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