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American Food Trends 'Heat Up' Via Social Food Sharing

February 26, 2015 10:25 am | by National Pork Board | News | Comments

Based on social media posts shared by Americans across all 50 states, a new study revealed that nearly half of socially shared food content included smoked, hot and spicy flavors paired with popular proteins, while the most common ethnic flavor was Cajun.

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Coffee Lover? Cookie Fanatic? Now You Can Have Both in One!

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

KFC restaurants in Britain are soon rolling out the Scoff-ee Cup, an edible coffee cup made from a cookie. The chain will debut the wafer-coated, sugar-papered white chocolate cups around the same time the it plans to introduce Seattle's Best Coffee.

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5 Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 26, 2015 9:15 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

When these five fears are prevalent, openness and creativity are replaced by "watching your back" and "looking good," and when those drive you, you will never truly succeed.

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Sizing Up Success: Consumers Crave Packaging Size Variety

February 26, 2015 8:50 am | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management, Tetra Pak | Articles | Comments

Suley Muratoglu, vice president, Marketing & Product Management, Tetra Pak Inc., explains the forces shaping packaging size variety, including why and how brands and retailers should take this into account when conceptualizing products.

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Fruits, Veggies to Get Celebrity-Studded Marketing Push

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A new campaign looks to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities to shill for fruits and vegetables.

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Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

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Pic-N-Place Tandem Case Packer

February 26, 2015 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 949 Pic-N-Place packer is a high-speed “soft-case” solution for precise, gentle handling of product with a proprietary technology that eliminates breakage.

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Seasoning System

February 26, 2015 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fully integrated with both oil spray and flavor injection systems, the intelli-flav OMS 5 seasoning system offers consistent coverage and flavor for both wet and dry seasoning.

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Report: FDA Recalls Fell in Fourth Quarter of 2014

February 25, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

According to the latest recall index, the pharmaceutical, medical device and food industries saw 398 recalls the final three months of last year, a 23 percent decrease from the previous three-month period.

Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. Officials called the company's new role "a natural extension of what our restaurants are right now."

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 25, 2015 2:05 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory. 

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EU Investigating Chocolate Merger Between Cargill, ADM

February 25, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices. Minnesota-based Cargill last fall announced plans to purchase ADM's global chocolate business for $440 million and merge the operation with Cargill's cocoa and chocolate division.

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#ThanksMichelleObama: How US School Meals Compare to Those Around the World

February 25, 2015 1:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Photos of school lunches from around the world are going viral. There's only one problem: the photo of the U.S. meal doesn't even come close to comparing to those in Italy, Brazil, South Korea and others around the globe.

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Lawsuit Claims Purina Brand is Killing Dogs

February 25, 2015 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A dog owner has filed a lawsuit against a pet food company alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating a brand of the company's dry dog food. The suit alleges the food contains an animal toxin used in automobile antifreeze and a group of toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains.

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Jack Nicklaus to Have His Own Ice Cream

February 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Schwan Food Company in Minnesota is teaming up with the 18-time major champion to create Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream. It will be sold by the pint and available in grocery stores in select markets.

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Campbell Soup's 2Q Profit Falls on Weak Soup Sales

February 25, 2015 11:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, whose brands also include V8 juice, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauce, has been struggling as American's change tastes and shift away from processed foods and preservatives. 

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Nebraska Beef Processing Plant Proposed by Investors

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors said they have been meeting with officials from Gering and Bridgeport to discuss the cities as potential sites for the processing plant. The 170,000-square-foot facility could be a game changer for local economies when it opens in two years.

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3 Nutty Facts to Munch on in Honor of Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day

February 25, 2015 10:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In honor of National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day, I thought it would be fun to take a trip back in time to find out more about these delicious snacks. Did you know, for example, that the original chocolate-covered peanut candies were called Goobers?

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Q&A: How Low-Calorie Diets Slow Aging

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor, Laboratory Equipment Magazine | Articles | Comments

Scientist Stephen Ginsberg of the NYU Langone Medical Center and the Nathan Kline Institute says that a low-calorie diet can stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain.

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Utah Governor Wants to Leave Liquor Laws Untouched

February 25, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Gary Herbert says state lawmakers should back off efforts to change Utah's liquor laws this year, including a proposal to repeal a requirement that some restaurants mix and prepare drinks out of customers' view. 

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