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Liquid-Level Sensor For Beverages

August 27, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LBFS multi-purpose level sensor is designed to recognize and monitor all types of liquids stored in containers and tanks in the beverage industry.

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Meat Blades

August 27, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available in sizes ranging from 3.95" (100 mm) to 12" (304.8 mm), MeatMiser™ Generation II Food Processing Blades reduce waste and improve per piece yield for meat and poultry processors.

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Fill Station

August 27, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's SP-160 fill station clamps directly to the discharge fitting of cooking kettles to cleanly and accurately fill a wide range of flowable or semi-flowable products into pouches, tubs or pails.

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Whole Foods Donates Salad Bars To NYC Schools

August 24, 2012 12:58 pm | News | Comments

The supermarket chain Whole Foods celebrated the opening of a new store Thursday by announcing that it is donating salad bars to 57 New York City schools.The salad bars, valued at $300,000, are part of a citywide initiative to put salad bars in all public schools by 2015. There are more than 1,000 salad bars now.

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Farmers Continue To Grapple With Effects Of Irene

August 24, 2012 12:56 pm | by GEORGE M. WALSH and LISA RATHKE,Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after Hurricane Irene swept away topsoil and crops and replaced them with rocks and contaminants, farmers from North Carolina to Vermont are rebounding but still grappling with the aftermath — on top of an early spring followed by cold snaps, a dry summer and an anticipated spike in feed costs caused by the Midwestern drought.

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Animal Care Expert Comments On Slaughterhouse Video

August 24, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Animal care expert, Dr. Dave Daley, Associate Dean for the College of Agriculture at California State University and an active member of the cattle community issued the following statement regarding a Central California slaughterhouse that was shut down after an undercover video surfaced showing alleged abuse to dairy cows.

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U.S. Marshals Seize Food From Rodent-Infested Warehouse

August 24, 2012 12:48 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Marshals have seized food products stored in a Fremont, Calif., company’s warehouse after inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found widespread and active rodent infestation. The FDA initiated the seizure of various food products in the warehouse owned by the San Francisco Herb &Natural Food Company on Aug. 21, 2012, under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern of California.

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Balkans Region Suffers Worst Drought In Decades

August 24, 2012 12:41 pm | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC,Associated Press | News | Comments

The record-setting average temperatures — which have been steadily rising for years because of global warming, according to scientists — have ravaged crops, vegetables, fruit, and power production in a region that already is badly hit by the global economic crisis.

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Consumer Trends: Chefs Turn To Mexican Haute Cuisine

August 24, 2012 12:37 pm | by ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Like other top chefs from around the world, Christopher Kostow comes to Mexico to study and experiment with the purity of ingredients and flavors in real Mexican cuisine, now a top export commodity that was dismissed for decades as tortillas suffocated in heavy sauces, cheeses and sour cream.

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How Back Office Efficiencies Sweeten The Bottom Line

August 24, 2012 11:17 am | by Werner Hopf, CEO, Dolphin | Articles | Comments

The complex processes that characterize the food and beverage industry pose a variety of challenges including low profit margins, perishable products, stringent government regulations and changing consumer tastes. Managing the dynamics of the business through all of these processes can become a juggling act if not done well.

North Dakota Sugar Plant Expanding

August 24, 2012 9:49 am | News | Comments

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative is planning a $70 million expansion to its sugar beet processing plant in Wahpeton.The molasses de-sugarization plant that will be built over the next two years will turn byproduct beet molasses into products used in food, pharmaceuticals and feed supplements. The Wahpeton Daily News reports it will create 20 full-time jobs.

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Low-Calorie Sweeteners Promote Weight Loss

August 24, 2012 9:48 am | Videos | Comments

Americans consume 70 to 100 pounds of added sugar each year, according to the USDA. Today hosts talk to a health expert about where the impulse to consume so much, the impact of sugar on health, and how low- and zero-calorie sweeteners impact health.

Hain Celestial Income Up 82 Percent In 4Q

August 24, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

Natural and organic food company Hain Celestial Group Inc. said on Wednesday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 82 percent as it benefited from growing sales of its products as well as acquisitions. The company's forecast for fiscal 2013 earnings topped analysts' forecasts and its shares jumped almost 11 percent in extended trading.

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FDA: SW Ind. Cantaloupes Shouldn’t Be Consumed

August 24, 2012 9:44 am | News | Comments

Tim Chamberlain, who runs the 100-acre Chamberlain Farms at the center of the investigation, said he doesn't know what might have caused the contamination. John Broadhead, an attorney for the farm, said it voluntarily withdrew its cantaloupes last week and that all of its retail and wholesale purchasers complied with the recall.

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Calif. Congress Members Ask USDA To Reopen Slaughterhouse

August 24, 2012 9:39 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Three Central California congressmen cited the region's high unemployment Thursday while asking the federal government to reopen a slaughterhouse at the center of a cruelty and food safety investigation. Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack saying that shutting the plant will do nothing to further the goal of responding to the alleged animal abuse.

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Black Licorice Recalled For High Lead Levels

August 24, 2012 9:37 am | News | Comments

Officials are warning consumers against eating black licorice candy produced by a California company because it contains high levels of lead.The California Department of Public Health issued the warning Wednesday against 16-ounce bags of Red Vines Black Licorice Twists with the label "Best Before 020413."

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Photo Of The Day: FDA Continues Melon Investigation

August 24, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

Unharvested cantaloupes sit in an unidentified field in Owensville, Indiana.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration linked cantaloupes from Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. in Owensville, Ind., to the salmonella outbreak that has infected 178 people nationwide.

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Seeing The Forest And The Trees

August 24, 2012 9:10 am | by Jack Levis, Director of Process Management, UPS | Articles | Comments

Decisions are more complex and need to be made faster than ever before, creating an environment where business analytics can be a major competitive advantage. Smart companies know that business analytics help them to make better decisions.

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Rotary Airlock Valves

August 24, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Quick-Clean Series of rotary airlock valves aids in regulatory standards and practices compliance, reduces cleaning and sanitizing time, and simplifies inspection.

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Stock Shapes

August 24, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

TECAFORM® FG Blue, TECAFORM® AH ID, and TECAPEEK® ID offer enhanced visual and metal detection capabilities.

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