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Photo of the Day: NY Brewery Builds Christmas Tree Out of 300 Kegs

December 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Shawn Dowd | News | Comments

A two-story Christmas tree made of 300 half-barrel beer kegs lights up the sky outside the Genesee Brew House in downtown Rochester, N.Y. The keg tree is trimmed with 600 feet of green lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.     

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Artist Wins 'Eat More Kale' Battle Against Chik-fil-A

December 12, 2014 12:35 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | News | Comments

A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chik-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale" — similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin" — has won his legal battle.          

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Pet Food Manufacturer to Open $2M Kentucky Facility

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

A pet food facility is opening in northern Kentucky. FreshChoice Complete Diet Products is planning to move into a former food processing plant in Gallatin County, creating 22 jobs. The company touts its products as having "real, whole and fresh ingredients."

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Japan Calls For 'Emergency Imports' of Butter to Ease Major Shortages

December 12, 2014 11:30 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As the Christmas Eve cake rush approaches, grocery stores are limiting customers to a maximum of two packages of butter each. Last week the government announced its latest plan for "emergency imports" to ease shortages of the spread.    

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Avian Flu Continues to Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested positive for the H5N2 strain of the disease. Its origin is unknown, and more farms could be affected, officials said. The outbreak has now spread to seven farms. 

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Top Misconceptions About Fall Protection

December 12, 2014 10:20 am | by Mike Cameron, Technical Specialist, 3M | Articles | Comments

When it comes to preventing falls, breaking bad habits and dispelling misconceptions can help reduce accidents and save lives. A good starting place is the five most common misconceptions about fall protection.         

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Eggland's Best Launches New Liquid Varieties

December 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Eggland's Best | News | Comments

Eggland's Best is giving households in the Midwest a few extra minutes at the kitchen table with the launch of their new line of convenient liquid eggs. The liquid eggs are available in three varieties: Cracked & Ready, Scrambled Eggs and French Toast Batter. 

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Q&A: How Kellogg Company Manages a Distributed Workforce Across 19 US Facilities

December 12, 2014 9:50 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with John Whitaker, the senior business analyst of the Kellogg Company, to find out how Kellogg manages a distributed workforce across 19 U.S. facilities. This article originally appeared in our November/December 2014 print edition.

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75 Years of Coffee Innovation: White Coffee Corporation Marks Milestone

December 12, 2014 9:35 am | by White Coffee Corporation | News | Comments

Gold or diamond commemoratives should accompany an anniversary this noteworthy. Instead, White Coffee Corporation's goal was to meet its customer's increasing demand for single serve coffees.                

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Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 12, 2014 9:10 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The proponents say they drew strength after coming close to victory but stopped short of promising another attempt in the 2016 election.

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VIDEO: From Cow to Cone, the Making of Ice Cream

December 12, 2014 9:00 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

No matter the time of year, indulging in a bowl of creamy ice cream never seems to go out of fashion. As part of National Chemistry Week, the American Chemical Society takes you on a journey from cow to cone as we explore the chemistry of ice cream. 

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Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 12, 2014 8:20 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs.  Now, some companies are turning their sights to women as they look for skilled workers to fill the roles.

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Am I Being Poisoned By Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food traceability is an important factor in determining where I source my food from. And although I already know the Earth’s waters are littered with various garbage, I will admit I was surprised to learn just how much.         

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In Crowded Marketplace, Breweries Search For Unique Identities

December 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times | News | Comments

Breweries everywhere are constantly on the lookout for clever names for their products. And it is getting more difficult, with 3,100 craft breweries across the country. After deciding on a name, many breweries search online to see if others have already claimed it. 

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Potato Industry's Lobbying Pays Off as Congress Adds Vegetable to WIC Menu

December 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. The potato industry has aggressively lobbied for inclusion in WIC for years.

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VIDEO: How 3D Printing Will Impact the Future of Food

December 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by IFTlive | Videos | Comments

Hod Lipson, Ph.D., Director of Creative Machines Lab at Cornell University, talks about 3-D printing in conventional manufacturing and how it is creating new opportunities for food companies to create not only a variety of food products, but customizable ones, too.

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Big US School Districts Plan Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

December 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Urban School Food Alliance | News | Comments

Serving nearly 2.9 million students daily, Alliance members procure more than $550 million in food and supplies annually. The coalition aims to help drive down nationwide costs, while setting higher standards for the quality of food served in its schools. 

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Cargill Opens Cocoa Facility in Indonesia to Serve Growing Asian Market

December 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Cargill | News | Comments

Food and beverage manufacturers seeking to meet the growing demand amongst Asian consumers for chocolate and cocoa products will benefit from a greater availability of high quality cocoa powders following the inauguration of Cargill's cocoa facility in Gresik, Indonesia.

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USDA Sees High Corn, Soybean Demand in Report

December 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to the crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted.

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Manufacturers Need an ERP as Unique as Their Business

December 11, 2014 11:30 am | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Food manufacturers and distributors require lot tracking capabilities to provide detailed information on inventory, shipments, and expiration dates to help ensure FDA compliance and efficiently run operations in case of a recall.     

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