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Dunkin' Brands Picks Coca-Cola Over Pepsi

April 3, 2012 10:09 am | News | Comments

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. have signed a product and marketing deal, which replaces an agreement that the parent of Dunkin' Donuts and ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins had with PepsiCo Inc.

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Eel Prices Hit $2K Per Pound In Maine

April 3, 2012 10:06 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press | News | Comments

A worldwide shortage of the prized dinner fare, imported in infancy from Maine to Asia to be raised in farm ponds, has buyers paying top dollar for the baby American eels. A pound of eels should be worth around $30,000 on the open market once grown to market size, according to one dealer.

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Iowa Governor Calls For Federal Probe Into 'Pink Slime'

April 3, 2012 10:04 am | by MIKE GLOVER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad called Monday for a congressional investigation into how what he called "a smear campaign" against the meat product commonly called "pink slime" got started.

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Locked-Out American Crystal Workers Change Plans

April 3, 2012 10:01 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Union members still firmly believe the company's contract offers have been unfair and are determined not to cave, but they concede the lengthy impasse has affected all of them and led some members to find work at other companies or in other locales, or retire, or even put off major life decisions.

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FDA Doesn't Ban BPA

April 3, 2012 9:56 am | Videos | Comments

After public outcry regarding the alleged toxic impact of Bisphenol A, the FDA has reviewed available scientific evidence and proclaimed the additive safe, refusing to ban it in food packaging.

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Photo Of The Day: Eels Sell For Electrifying Prices

April 3, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

In this photo made Thursday, March 23, 2012, a handful of elvers are displayed by a buyer in Portland, Maine. The baby eels are shipped to Asia where they will grow to adults. Adult eels are sold for food in Asia.

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Software: Only As Useful As The Users Are Trained

April 3, 2012 9:24 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

All too often, business fall into a trap with new technologies. They are impressed with what it promises that it can do, but never take the time to fully learn and implement these promised wonders of productivity.

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Dual Bin Washer

April 2, 2012 4:22 pm | by Douglas Machines Corp. | Videos | Comments

To complement their existing line up of automated bin washers, Douglas Machines Corp. in Clearwater, Florida has developed a new model that has the flexibility to wash and sanitize two stainless steel or plastic bins at a time. 

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April 2012 - On The Cutting Edge

April 2, 2012 4:11 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Columbus Foods has maintained its dedication to making authentic Italian salami throughout its 95-year history while implementing the latest automation and food safety technology available in the meat industry.

Control Programming Solution

April 2, 2012 4:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

An upgrade to the PAC Project suite of software applications and utilities provides control programming, HMI development, OPC connectivity and database integration. The suite is part of the company's integrated system of hardware and software for industrial control, energy management, remote monitoring and data acquisition applications.

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Bin Volume And Topography Tool

April 2, 2012 3:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 3DLevelScanner measures and maps multiple points in the bin, calculates a highly accurate volume estimate and has the ability to visually map the topography of the bin material.

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Beverage Distributor Price Management

April 2, 2012 3:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Version 1.5 of the Distributor Price Management is a solution for mid-market beverage alcohol companies looking to better manage their price structures to reduce margin leaks, improve profitability and comply with state laws.

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AFA Foods Files For Bankruptcy, Blames 'Pink Slime' Scare

April 2, 2012 1:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Ground beef processor AFA Foods said Monday that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and selling its assets after the public outcry over the beef filler known as "pink slime" derailed its efforts to save its already struggling business.

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Burger King Crowns New Menu

April 2, 2012 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

After years of lackluster sales of its Whoppers and fries, the struggling fast-food giant on Monday launched 10 food items in its biggest menu expansion since the chain was started in 1954.

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Citrus Disease Detected In California

April 2, 2012 1:00 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

A citrus disease that has killed millions of citrus trees and cost growers billions of dollars across Florida and Brazil has been detected in California, despite the industry's best efforts to keep it at bay.

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New England Herring May Be At Risk From Trawlers

April 2, 2012 12:55 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press | News | Comments

New England's historic fishing industry doesn't spare much of its romance for the herring. The tiny fish is, at most, a foot long. The price per pound often won't even buy 12 minutes at a Boston parking meter. Some people eat it pickled, but herring is mainly caught to become bait for more popular seafood, such as lobster.

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Locals Thrown Support Behind BPI

April 2, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Several thousand people attended a picnic in Sioux City on Saturday to support Beef Products Inc. and dine on hamburgers made with its beef. In addition to that gathering — which was near the company's headquarters in Dakota Dunes, S.D. — several hundred people gathered near BPI's Kansas plant, which suspended production last week.

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Workers Sickened By Carbon Dioxide Leak At Food Plant

April 2, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

One worker was in serious condition Friday while 90 others exposed to a carbon dioxide leak at a Northern California food processing plant have recovered, hospital officials said. Workers at Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods in Vallejo began having difficulty breathing and some started vomiting due to what firefighters described as a gas leak in a kitchen fed by an external carbon dioxide tank.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurants Show Growth In Soup And Salad Options

April 2, 2012 12:42 pm | News | Comments

Away-from-home soup and salad purchases are on the rise, as consumers seek light, healthy and affordable fare.  A variety of portion sizes featuring soup/salad options on different areas of the menu allows consumers to tailor their meal specifically to their needs.

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Cellulose Gum Grades

April 2, 2012 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aquacel™ cellulose gum grades are specifically formulated for the China market for use in noodles and dairy products. Cellulose gum is a cost-effective alternative to guar gum for beverage, bakery and dairy applications.

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