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Consumer Trends: 7 Food Opportunities For Businesses

August 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Regional preparations of fermented foods, like craft pickles and small-batch whiskey, are being elevated in the preferences of consumers looking for artisan foods. Packaged Facts survey data in 2014 finds that 53 percent of consumers seek out bolder flavors.

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Record Drought is Not So Sweet For Calif. Honey Production

August 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey and raising prices for consumers. The state is traditionally one of the country's largest honey producers, but the lack of rain has left fewer places for honeybees to forage.

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How Much Does Fantasy Football, Other Timewasters Cost Employers?

August 21, 2014 11:35 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

With the majority of the 26 million fantasy footballers congregating in person or online for their league draft, now is a good time to re-examine the impact that fantasy sports, as well as social media timewasters, have on the workplace.   

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Sanitary Process Installation: What to Ask When Selecting a Subcontractor

August 21, 2014 9:30 am | by Mike Murdaugh, Senior Process Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Plant owners often spend significant time and money to acquire the right equipment with the proper sanitary construction. However, if you do not carefully screen installation subcontractors, you could put your plant at risk of a food safety issue.

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US Foods Worker Indicted on Embezzlement Charges

August 21, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 43-year-old worker for U.S. Foods Inc. has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $400,000. Cesar Raphael Barretto was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud. Barretto worked for the company helping customers place orders.   

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VIDEO: Are Food Trucks Disrupting the Restaurant Industry?

August 21, 2014 9:20 am | by CBS Evening News | Videos | Comments

A growing number of American streets are starting to accumulate food trucks. According to a study, 4,100 food trucks are now open for business in nearly 289 cities. For older and less mobile establishments, those numbers are hard to swallow.

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Photos: Bathroom Made Out of Belgian Chocolate

August 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Bathroomsweets.com | News | Comments

A bathroom furniture retail website and U.K-based chocolatiers have created a bathroom furnished with Belgian chocolate. The idea sparked when they realized over a million people searching for new bathrooms were typing "bathroom sweets" rather than "bathroom suites."

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Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

An Alberta court has fined Cargill, the largest beef processing plant in Canada, $80,000 for failing to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples from the company's High River plant.             

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Seafood Substitutions Expose Consumers to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury

August 21, 2014 8:45 am | by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa | News | Comments

Fishery "substitutions"— which falsely present a fish of the same species, but from a different geographic origin — are the most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to University of Hawai‘i at Manoa scientists. Mislabeling can expose consumers to high levels of mercury.

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Turning Waste From Cocoa, Vegetables Into Biodegradable Plastic

August 21, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists say it won't be long before we begin seeing our chairs and plastic bags made out of cocoa and other food waste. The shift to more environmentally friendly bioplastics has been challenging, but researchers are working on a less costly way to make the transition.

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A Close Look at Energy Drinks From LA Top Distributor

August 21, 2014 8:00 am | by LA Top Distributor | News | Comments

Energy drinks are becoming the go-to choice for people on the go and the convenience stores that keep them supplied. LA Top Distributor, a leader in offering retailers the best in wholesale convenience store supplies, takes a deeper look into the energy drink phenomenon.

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PRODUCT VIDEO: Field Potato Sorter

August 21, 2014 7:45 am | by TOMRA | Product Releases | Comments

The Field Potato Sorter can be used for different varieties and sizes of unwashed potatoes, while process and packer customers can use the data the machine produces for predictive analysis to achieve purposes such as optimizing production lines.

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Leak Detection System

August 21, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

PIVT leak detection system is ideal for packages that contain a brine or juice such as hot dogs, sliced luncheon meats and sausages.

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Happy 150th Birthday, Jim Beam!

August 20, 2014 2:56 pm | by Beam Suntory | News | Comments

Fans named Jim Beam are invited to make history in Kentucky by joining in on toasting their "namesake" during the legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam's 150th birthday celebration. Jim Beam Bourbon is now the world's number-one selling bourbon whiskey.

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#FeelingSick: Can Twitter Help Better Identify Foodborne Illness Cases?

August 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

What if Twitter could be used to track foodborne illness cases and more quickly identify the source of the problem? New research by Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School shows that new technology might better allow health departments to engage with the public.

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Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others. The authors ranked each country based on aggregated responses to a series of questions developed to assess their policies.

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Eggland's Best Drops Calorie Count for its Eggs

August 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by Eggland's Best | News | Comments

Eggland's Best has reduced the calorie count for its large eggs from 70 to 60 calories. Three different outside labs were used to confirm the lower calorie content. In addition to 10 fewer calories, compared to ordinary eggs Eggland's Best has 25 percent less saturated fat.

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Report: Packaged Produce Means Less Time, Waste

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more than 70 percent of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. The hectic pace of the average American's daily routine has become a key factor as to why the reliance on convenience and ready-to-eat foods has spiked.

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Investing in America’s Manufacturing Future

August 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing.  Will these initiatives bring a resurgence to U.S. manufacturing? 

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EPICA Wines Introduces Malbec to Millennial Groups

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by VSPT Wine Group | News | Comments

The newest addition to Chilean repertoire targets growing U.S. millennial wine enthusiasts. EPICA Wines introduces Malbec, which has dominant notes of ripe plums, strawberries and violets, to its portfolio. The wine will be sold nationwide for those that wish for an "epic lifestyle."

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