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Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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Jennie-O Turkey Farm in Minn. Hit By Deadly Bird Flu

April 9, 2015 10:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said.

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Pinnacle Foods Plans to Double Workforce at Illinois Factory

April 9, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Jersey-based Pinnacle Foods Inc. has completed a $50 million expansion at its plant in the Fayette County town. On Wednesday company officials announced they were adding 90 jobs at the facility. That's more than twice the current 85 employees.

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Did You Know That You Are in the Hardware Store Business?

April 9, 2015 9:40 am | by George Krauter | Articles | Comments

Consider the essential considerations that companies like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware chains must employ in order to maintain a profitable scenario. Now compare the situation in the many MRO store rooms. The word “store” is the operative word here, because the MRO storeroom is in fact a “store.”

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Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC to Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

How can diet sodas be advertised as "diet" products when artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain? That's what one consumer advocacy group is eager to know.

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7 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Next Trade Show

April 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Robb Clawson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hargrove | Articles | Comments

A trade show should be one of the highlights of your sales and marketing year. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the most of exhibiting at your next trade show.

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Sabra Recalls 30K Cases of Hummus Over Listeria Concerns

April 9, 2015 8:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

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Number of People Sickened by Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

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180° Rotation Lift & Seal Hydraulic Drum Dumper

April 9, 2015 7:45 am | by Material Transfer and Storage Material Transfer and Storage Product Releases | Comments

System safely inverts drums, then empties the materials into an existing process. MTS hydraulic Lift & Seal System docks drum to a gasketed pour cone for dust-tight operation, an da clean working environment.

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Illinois Company Recalls Ham Loaf Over Allergy Concerns

April 9, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says a routine inspection at Dutch Valley Meats in the village of Arthur found that the loaves were mislabeled because they didn't indicate they contain wheat, a known allergen

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 8, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US.

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Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

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Specialty Food Sales Top $100B For First Time

April 8, 2015 2:20 pm | by Specialty Food Association | News | Comments

Retail sales of specialty food sales grew 19 percent from 2012 to 2014 versus a tepid 2 percent increase for all food. The industry, fueled by small businesses, now boasts 15 segments that exceed $1 billion in sales, including cheese; coffee; meat, poultry and seafood; chips, pretzels and snacks; candy; and yogurt.

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FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced proposed regulatory changes that would explicitly exempt direct-to-consumer farm sales from federal registration requirements.

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VIDEO: School Lunches Are Making the Grade

April 8, 2015 1:05 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

How are students adapting to the healthier school meal standards? A new study tells everything. Since the USDA's healthier school standards went into effect, students are eating more fruit and throwing away less of their entrees and vegetables.

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Study Suggests Cheese is What Keeps the French Heart-Healthy

April 8, 2015 12:35 pm | by American Chemical Society | Blogs | Comments

Figuring out why the French have low cardiovascular disease rates despite a diet high in saturated fats has spurred research and many theories to account for this phenomenon known as the "French paradox." 

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Rye is on the Rise: A New Whiskey Trend That Goes With the Grain

April 8, 2015 12:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A little bit lighter and spicier tasting than bourbon, rye whiskey is made, obviously, from rye, a grass related to wheat. Where bourbon has to be made from at least 51 percent corn, rye must be at least 51 percent rye.

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International Food Safety Community to Convene at Annual Food Safety Summit in Baltimore

April 8, 2015 11:05 am | by Food Safety Summit | News | Comments

Later this month, thousands of food safety professionals are expected to convene in Baltimore, MD for the 17th  Annual Food Safety Summit, taking place April 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Managing Supply Risk For Distributors

April 8, 2015 10:40 am | by Lisa Russell, Industry and Solution Strategy Director, Infor Distribution | Articles | Comments

As distributors continue to enhance services to customers to remain competitive in today’s market, constant diligence is necessary to maintain a streamlined and efficient supply chain that is resistant to disruption.

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Food Additive Could Serve as a Safer, More Environmentally-Friendly Antifreeze

April 8, 2015 10:10 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

The sweet taste and smell of antifreeze tempts children and animals to drink the poisonous substance, resulting in thousands of accidental poisonings in the United States every year. But today researchers will describe a new, nontoxic product based on a common food additive that could address this health issue and help the environment at the same time.

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