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Craft Brewers Placing Greater Emphasis on Quality

September 15, 2014 10:12 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Craft brewers increasingly are turning to employees of much larger shops like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors to tap their experience in creating beer with a consistent flavor and quality time after time on a large scale.          

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Calif. Produce Company Issues Tomato Recall

September 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taylor Farms of Tracy issued a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella.                                 

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Heineken Rejects SABMiller Takeover Bid

September 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by its rival SABMiller. The Heineken family informed SABMiller it intends to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company.                    

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Penn. Liquor Board Returns $2.4M in Licensing Fees to Communities

September 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board | News | Comments

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board oversees the regulation of more than 18,000 liquor licenses and permits statewide, including clubs and beer distributors. As part of the annual license renewal or validation process, licensees pay a fee ranging from $125 to $700.

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LED Leak Detection Flashlight

September 15, 2014 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

OPTIMAX 400 is an economical, violet light LED leak detection flashlight. It emits less visible light so industrial fluid leaks are easier to spot, saving technicians valuable diagnostic time and effort. 

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PRODUCT VIDEO: Smart CDR

September 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Smart CDR is an innovative condition monitoring system that provides users with instant feedback on the performance of their CDR (Current Diverter Ring) in diverting shaft currents away from bearings to ground. 

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VIDEO: Expect a Smorgasbord of Deals in Natural, Organic Industry

September 12, 2014 2:30 pm | by The Deal | Videos | Comments

Not only will food giants be looking to buy growth by picking up companies in the fast-growing segment, but private equity firms are also seeking to invest.                                      

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Why Synchronize Time? 3 Ways it Benefits Manufacturers

September 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Dieter Pape | Articles | Comments

Worrying about whether your clocks display the same, accurate time — and how that impacts your maintenance crews, the start and stop time of shifts, timestamps and reporting or compliance issues — doesn’t have to be an extra item on your plate. 

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Consumer Trends: 'Duck Dynasty' Snacks to Make Debut

September 12, 2014 1:30 pm | by Smithfield Specialty Foods Group | News | Comments

Smithfield Specialty Foods Group has signed a two-year agreement with A&E for a line of snacks from Duck Dynasty, the hit TV show that follows the Robertson family and their duck-call business, to produce a line of nut-based snacks.  

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Coconut Water Still a Niche Product

September 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

A recent survey by Canadean shows that out of 2,000 adults, only one in ten consumers, or 7 percent, have purchased coconut water in the last twelve months.                         

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Tea Blender: US Imports Will Absorb Greater Food Safety Responsibility

September 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by QTrade Teas & Herbs | News | Comments

QTrade Teas & Herbs, the largest supplier of organic and fair trade tea in North America, says the most significant reform of U.S. food supply in 70 years is underway — and it will affect tea importers, too.        

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How Millennials Are Making Their Mark on Food Packaging

September 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Janet Forgrieve, Freelance Writer, SmartBlogs | Blogs | Comments

This generation cares more about the benefits of the products, so the goodness should be spelled out on the packaging. Millennials are also on the lookout for sustainable packaging, and studies show the group flocks toward shelf-stable cartons instead of cans.

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Subscription Service is Redefining the Meaning of Local, Organic Produce

September 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Farmbox Direct | News | Comments

For those who are looking to embark on a healthier, cleaner lifestyle, Farmbox Direct offers seasonally selected produce perfect for those who don’t have enough time to shop for food that’s good for their mind, body and soul.          

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VIDEO: The Best and Worst of Fast Foods

September 12, 2014 10:20 am | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

Americans are spending more than ever to dine out, topping $680 billion every year. Consumers want more for their money, better quality and greater variety than what you can get at your typical fast food chain.                 

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E.Coli Outbreak Source Remains a Mystery

September 12, 2014 10:00 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fatal strains of E. coli have killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a Washington boy fighting for his life. Investigators say they don't expect to find the specific sources of the outbreak, which might be tainted food or contact with livestock.

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Research Center Now Offers HACCP Award for Food Companies

September 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Leatherhead Food Research | News | Comments

Leatherhead will now be offering Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturers with HABC, as well as Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing.                                 

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Street Food: A Trip to the Heart of American Food Culture

September 12, 2014 9:15 am | by Hartman Group | Blogs | Comments

The lesson for food companies is not to open a chain of food trucks but to visit them frequently and pay attention to new flavors and dishes. In addition to getting a great food experience, you’ll have taken a trip into the heart of American food culture.

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Infographic: Top 5 Trends in Food Inspection

September 12, 2014 9:00 am | by Thermo Scientific | News | Comments

Consumer safety has always been a primary concern for food processors. However, with the enactment of the FSMA and continuing recalls, the intensity has been turned up even higher. Here are the top five trends we see in the packaged product inspection industry. 

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Hershey Wins Dow Jones Sustainability Award, North America Index

September 12, 2014 8:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey’s heritage of engaging with consumers and communities began with the company’s founding more than 120 years ago and is rooted in a tradition of ethical business practices, remarkable employees and giving back to its communities.   

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USDA: Lower Corn Prices Could Lead to a Decline in Beef, Chicken Costs

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The expectations have driven corn and soybean prices significantly lower. However, since the grains are staples in livestock feed, lower prices could eventually lead to a decline in the cost of beef, pork, chicken and milk.             

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