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$300K in Stolen Wine From Famed Restaurant is Found

January 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley, California, restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar in North Carolina. Napa County sheriff's Capt. Doug Pike says it's unclear how the 76 bottles ended up in Greensboro.

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Study: New Rating System Would Be Easier to Digest Than Current Nutrition Labels

January 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

If labeling on food was easier for consumers to digest it might improve nutrition and curb the obesity epidemic, suggest two McGill University researchers. Two of the authors of the study compared four labeling systems.    

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into the Lifecycles of Their Products

January 23, 2015 1:25 pm | by Larry Korak, Industry & Solution Strategy Director, Infor | Articles | Comments

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report. Author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs at $1.78 per hour.

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Calif. Raisin Case Headed to Supreme Court

January 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

For the second time, Melvin Horne will defend his rights as a raisin farmer by arguing to the Supreme Court. Under a government program, raisin producers are forced to hand over nearly half of their annual crop without getting paid.     

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VIDEO: How Technology Could End Illegal Fishing

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by The Economist | Videos | Comments

There is a good chance that one in five fish sold in a store or served in a restaurant has been caught illegally. That would amount to 26 million tons — the weight of nearly 500 Titanics — of fish a year. But clever use of technology could help prevent this pillage.

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Sustainability is Challenged as Many Renewable Resources Max Out

January 23, 2015 9:45 am | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

The days of assuming natural resources can be swapped in and out to solve shortages — corn for oil, soy for beef — may be over. Scientists found that many key resources have peaked in productivity, pointing to the conclusion that "renewable" is not synonymous with "unlimited."

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VIDEO: This Australian Yogurt is Taking Over Shelves in America

January 23, 2015 9:10 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Move over, Chobani — there's a new Greek yogurt in town. Female entrepreneur Koel Thomae's Australian spin on Greek yogurt has won over American consumers' stomaches. The company had over 70 million in sales last year alone.       

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2015: The Year for Strategies to Mitigate and Defend Against Food Labeling Challenges

January 23, 2015 8:45 am | by David L. TerMolen, Freeborn & Peters LLP | Articles | Comments

Food companies continued to see significant risks associated with the labeling and marketing of food products in 2014, highlighted by the continued deluge of consumer class action lawsuits. Although these risks will remain substantial in 2015, the coming year should see significant breakthroughs in labeling and legal strategies to mitigate and defend against those risks.

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American Shoppers Unlikely to See Benefit From Euro's Drop

January 23, 2015 8:30 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn't rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There's very little to celebrate. There's simply too much demand in the U.S. for any markdowns.       

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Nitrogen Generators For Modified Atmosphere Packaging

January 23, 2015 8:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Packaging with nitrogen displaces the air inside a package to keep oxygen at controlled levels (less than 2 percent). An in-house nitrogen generator is the most efficient and economical source of nitrogen and it can extend food product shelf life.

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Are Distributors Partners or Customers?

January 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The word customer when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers; one manufacturer even insists that their employees refer to their distributors as “channel partners.” 

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Freeland Foods Voluntarily Recalls Spicy Seed Due To Potential Health Risk

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, CA is voluntarily recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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McDonald's Earnings Fall; Changes Afoot to Woo Customers

January 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.

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Starbucks' First-Quarter Profits Soar on Strong Sales, Traffic

January 23, 2015 7:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts.

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Where Does Your City Stack Up in Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 2:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report presented to a national mayors' group projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015. Find out where your city ranks!                      

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software | Articles | Comments

Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.

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Campbell Named to Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World List

January 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Campbell Soup Company | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Company has been named to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list by Corporate Knights — a media, research and financial products company — for the third year in a row.       

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Finding Farmland: New Maps Offer a Clearer View of Global Agriculture

January 22, 2015 1:00 pm | by INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS | News | Comments

Knowing where agricultural land is located is crucial for regional and global food security planning. Information on field size offers valuable insight into local economic conditions. Two new maps provide a significant step forward in global cropland information.

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Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whales From Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods

January 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by NOAA FISHERIES WEST COAST REGION | News | Comments

Commercial fishermen have known for some time that tuna, along with other species of fish, congregate around objects drifting on the ocean surface. Since tuna are naturally attracted to whale sharks, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission adopted a resolution. 

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