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Almonds Get Roasted in Debate Over Calif. Water Use

April 20, 2015 8:00 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state's giant economy.

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Recall Review: April 13-17

April 20, 2015 7:55 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Here is a roundup of the food industry recalls that were in the news last week.

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Food Waste Software

April 20, 2015 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Normandy 2.0: Hello automation. Goodbye manual food waste tracking. This food waste software is designed to simplify your green waste management plan.

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Heinz, French's Each Target the Other's Condiment Dominance

April 17, 2015 4:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Although ketchup and mustard often accompany one another on hot dogs, Americans for decades have largely bought different brands of each condiment. Ketchup-maker Heinz and mustard-maker French's, however, recently set their sights on the other's flagship product.

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Shoppers Look For Health, Except When They Snack

April 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Consumers may say they want healthy foods, but does this translate to snack time? Shoppers may seek out healthy food, but when they want to snack its the unhealthy options that seem to get the attention.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

April 17, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Do you want to stay on top of what's in the news and find out what's trending? Here's a recap of Food Manufacturing's most-viewed stories of the week

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Wearables Gaining Popularity in Business

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases. Google Glass retreated from the public but has remade itself as a workplace tool. Smart glasses are being tested in warehouses and customer service as well.

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Slow Start to Elver Season Means High Price For Baby Eels

April 17, 2015 12:10 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. Maine fishermen are by far the largest supplier of elvers in the U.S. Some end up back in America in restaurants as sushi.

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From Beef Tongue to Beef on Weck, Menus Tell Culinary Story

April 17, 2015 12:03 pm | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

An array of restaurant menus amassed by the Buffalo History Museum offers a taste of the city's culinary story — from yesterday's mock turtle soup and creme de menthe cocktails to today's mesclun greens and fried calamari.

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April Automation Update

April 17, 2015 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a shift taking place in the manufacturing industry towards more advanced technologies on the plant floor. However, implementing significant change — such as investing in automation — can be daunting. 

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Heaven in Four Words: Salted Brownie Caramel Beer

April 17, 2015 11:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you think of the classic food pairings, the old friends of peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs probably come to mind. What about beer and ice cream? Ben & Jerry's is teaming up with Colorado's New Belgium Brewery to bring us Salted Caramel Brownie Beer.

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All About GMOs: Science, Technology Can Benefit the Consumer

April 17, 2015 10:30 am | by USA.gov / GobiernoUSA.gov | News | Comments

According to the FDA, foods that have been genetically modified, like fruits, vegetables, oils, cereals, etc., were introduced to the market in the 1990s. Since then, they've been sold in stores and supermarket. What do they mean for you as a consumer?

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Study: 'All-Natural' Preservative Includes Synthetic Ingredients

April 17, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alberta and Saginaw Valley State University tested a preservative based on kimchi, a traditional Korean combination of fermented cabbage and radish.

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Coke vs. Pepsi: Battle of the Tea

April 17, 2015 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

As the soda market flattens, CNNMoney's Cristina Alesci explains why Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are trying to attract health-conscience millennials with ready-to-drink teas.

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USDA Says Bird Flu Outbreak Could Prove 'Devastating'

April 17, 2015 9:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be "devastating," the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief veterinary officer said Thursday.

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High-Flying Pork Prices Come Back Down to Earth

April 17, 2015 8:40 am | by Rabobank Group | News | Comments

Pork prices are sharply lower, as robust global supply growth (driven by the US, Russia and Brazil) has outpaced rather subdued demand, dragging producer profitability into negative territory.

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How Production Loads in Your Food Processing Plant Affect Refrigeration Efficiency and Stability

April 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Michael Griffith, Lead Automation Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

When cooling loads change gradually, your refrigeration equipment and controls undergo gradual changes and your system remains stable and efficient. However, if rapid load fluctuations occur as a result of production or sanitation activities, many systems experience pressure or temperature fluctuations, which can cause sanitation and quality issues as well as increased energy usage.

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NAMI Celebrates 25 Years of Support for ‘Meating the Need’ Partnership with Feeding America

April 17, 2015 7:50 am | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

Food banks in the Feeding America network have received an estimated 200 million pounds of surplus meat and poultry from Institute members during the last 25 years.

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Hannaford Recalling Pine Nuts That Might be Contaminated

April 17, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hannaford Supermarkets is recalling packages of pine nuts it says might be contaminated with salmonella.

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MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat.

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