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Congress Eases Whole Grain Standards For School Lunches

December 10, 2014 11:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods.

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Criminal Prosecutions Signal New Era of Enforcement in Organic Food Industry

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by Davina Pujari, Stice & Block LLP | Articles | Comments

Recent criminal prosecutions indicate the maturation of the organic food regulatory program and the exponential growth of the industry. As in other industries that undergo rapid expansion, the lure of increased profits creates incentives for bad actors to engage in fraud.

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Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling GMO's to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling.  

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Parents of Teen Killed by Caffeine Overdose Seek Ban on Stimulant

December 10, 2014 9:45 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Because caffeine powder is sold as a dietary supplement, it's not subject to the same federal regulations as certain caffeinated foods. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain, but it is almost impossible to measure with common kitchen tools.

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Q&A: Trends in Manufacturing and Logistics

December 10, 2014 9:30 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

We are living in a moment of great change for the manufacturing and logistics industries — vocational training in schools is decreasing, and workforce is tightening. Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad says, “The baby boomers are moving out of the workforce and not being replaced.”

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VIDEO: Women Want Whiskey

December 10, 2014 9:05 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Some of the most well-known whiskeys today were either founded, owned, managed or saved by women. As Michelle Miller reports, there are even clubs to experience and learn about different whiskeys and whiskey cocktails.        

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Food Service Firms Admit to Cheating US Military

December 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Several foreign companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan. Documents say the privately held firms fraudulently inflated the price of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Large UK Pub Chain, Heineken Clash Over Beer Cost

December 10, 2014 8:15 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the United Kingdom's biggest pub chains has dropped Heineken products from its 926 properties in a confrontation over the Dutch brewer's demand to sell products at higher prices in the Republic of Ireland.          

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Almond Industry Generates More Than 100K Calif. Jobs

December 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Almond Board of California | News | Comments

According to a study, the almond industry supports California's economy by generating more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion in gross revenue across all industries in the state, adding about $11 billion to the size of its total economy.

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Powder Injection Mixer With Hopper

December 10, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Typical solids dispersed using the SLIM include CMC, guar gum, carrageenan, xanthan gum, alginates, pectin, calcium carbonate, starch, carbomers, sugar, salts, dye powders and other additives or fillers. 

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Consumer Trends: How Americans Are Enjoying Their Wine

December 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by E. & J. Gallo Winery | News | Comments

As a whole, the survey told us that Americans are enjoying wine more often than ever before by bringing it into dining, entertaining and even the most casual experiences — all while demonstrating an eagerness to experiment with various flavors and formats.

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Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield, Nebraska. The Labor Department has proposed fining the MInnesota-based company $30,900 for violations found after the June 19 death.

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How Fresh Produce Companies and Bloggers Produce Fresh Results

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

Food and Mom Bloggers provide produce companies access to new audiences, encourage consumer engagement, create recipes and authentic content along with quality videos and photographs, and truly understand how difficult it is to get kids to eat green. 

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Bud Light Adding Messages to Bottle Labels

December 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by Bud Light | News | Comments

Each of the new bottles of Bud Light will feature a different "Up For Whatever" message on its label that is intended to inspire spontaneous fun, no matter where or when it's enjoyed. Some Bud Light bottles, for example, will be labeled as "The perfect beer for leaving your comfort zone in another time zone."

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Food Sentry Makes Food Risk Ratings Free to Consumers

December 9, 2014 12:03 pm | by Food Sentry | News | Comments

Food Sentry has changed its model so that it helps businesses and organizations discover risks to their import food supply chain. This change has allowed them to make available their proprietary consumer Food Risk Ratings Guide at no cost through their website.

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80 Years of Bays English Muffins

December 9, 2014 11:50 am | by Bays Corporation | News | Comments

This year, Bays English Muffins celebrates eighty years of baking the world's best English muffins. It all began in 1934 when George Bay opened a bakery in Chicago's Loop selling English muffins with a recipe his English grandmother brought to the U.S. in the 1800's.

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Infographic: The Importance of Forklift Safety

December 9, 2014 11:20 am | by National Positions and Lift Truck Capacity Calculator | News | Comments

Forklifts in a warehouse are a vital part of any operation. Whether you require one to move boxes of products, pallets or other storage equipment, these machines are an indispensable part of smooth warehouse operations.        

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VIDEO: Happy National Pastry Day!

December 9, 2014 9:40 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Every food has its day, and today is National Pastry Day. ABC's Nikki Battiste heads into the kitchen to learn the art of the strudel.                                 

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Is it Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 9, 2014 9:15 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

Sometimes the simple phrase of “going green” can seem overwhelming. After all, where do you start? Where can you see the most significant impact? There are many ways in which you can go green in your warehouse. Below are just a few ways you can get started.

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Study Shows That Calorie Labeling Reduces Weight Gain by 50 Percent

December 9, 2014 9:00 am | by Obesity Society | News | Comments

Recent guidance from the United States' Affordable Care Act and the United Kingdom's Responsibility Deal encourage calorie labeling in chain restaurants, yet there have been mixed results as to the effects of calorie labeling on consumers' meal choices and weight status. 

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