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Shelf Life: It's Not Just Spoilage

October 19, 2011 5:23 am | Videos | Comments

October 19, 2011 Shelf life concerns expand beyond issues related to food safety. Some healthy foods lose nutritional value the longer they sit on the shelf.

Scientist Pleads Guilty To Stealing Food Trade Secrets

October 19, 2011 5:05 am | News | Comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Canadian scientist pleaded guilty to economic espionage and theft for sending U.S. trade secrets on a pesticide and a new food product to China and Germany, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Kexue Huang, 46, entered the pleas in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

U.S. Marshals Seize Food Held Under Unsanitary Conditions

October 19, 2011 5:02 am | News | Comments

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — U.S. Marshals, acting at the request of the FDA, seized various food products stored in a warehouse owned by Chetak Chicago LLC, in Streamwood, Ill., on October 17, 2011. The products were seized under a warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


Starbucks Introduces Blonde Roast Coffee

October 19, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks is going blonde. The coffee company known for its dark-roasted beans unveiled its lighter blend "Starbucks Blonde Roast" Tuesday, as it tries to reach a wider base of consumers. Starbucks has long faced criticism from people who think its coffee is too dark or bitter.

Scientists: Virus Could Devastate Wild Salmon In U.S., Canada

October 19, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists in Washington state are working to improve testing of a deadly, contagious marine virus as a precaution, after the virus was detected in wild salmon for the first time on the West Coast. Researchers with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and elsewhere announced Monday they had found the influenza-like virus in two juvenile sockeye salmon collected from the province's central coast.

Senate Votes For Unlimited Potatoes In Schools

October 19, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate threw its support behind the potato Tuesday, voting to block an Obama administration proposal to limit the vegetable on school lunch lines. Agriculture Department rules proposed earlier this year aimed to reduce the amount of french fries in schools, limiting lunchrooms to two servings a week of potatoes and other starchy vegetables.

Can Manufacturing Go Mobile?

October 19, 2011 4:40 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

This article is the first in a two-part series on mobile technology in manufacturing. Check out the second part here . One could argue that manufacturing helped spark today's mobile world. Decades ago — long before the iPhone or Android — manufacturers needed better ways to put data in the hands of their plant floor and supply chain employees.


Hot Filler For Beverages

October 18, 2011 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Veloce ISD hot filler features Integrated Slurry Dosing. The product is dedicated to fill typical beverages such as pulpy juices, flavored waters with fruit pieces, Chinese specialty drinks and coconut-based drinks in PET containers. The unit can dose particles up to 10 x 10 x 10 mm in size and with particle quantity concentration ranges from 10 to 200 ml, depending on the recipe and bottle size (from 200 ml to 2L).


Waffle Taco, Anyone?

October 18, 2011 11:14 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you’re looking for a new product idea, College Humor has you covered with its list of “10 Foods That Should Exist.” Some highlights from the list include waffle tacos, sushi burritos and french fry bread. Subscribe To Food Manufacturing’s … 

Paper Void Fill System

October 18, 2011 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FasFil® EZ™ system is designed to fit in a work cell packaging environment and uses an advanced crimping system to deliver efficient and sustainable paper packaging solutions. The company's 100% recycled crimped paper pads ensure durable protection and decrease the risk of product shifting during the shipping cycle.

Beer Keg Screen Printer

October 18, 2011 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

A screen printing machine has been developed specifically for beer kegs. New or refurbished kegs are slid onto the keg roller cradle manually with minimal operator handling and with no operator lifting. The cradle is designed to withstand high forces from accidental bumping of the kegs against the cradle tooling.

Cookies Recalled For Mislabeling

October 18, 2011 4:57 am | News | Comments

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A Kellogg Co. subsidiary is recalling some chocolate chip cookies shipped to four Southern states. The sugar free chocolate chip cookies were made by Murray Biscuit Co. LLC. They come in 5.5-ounce packages. Murray says cookies with pecans were mistakenly put in packages that don't list pecans as an ingredient.

CDC Estimates Cost Of Excessive Drinking

October 18, 2011 4:55 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — The toll of excessive drinking works out to about $2 per drink, in terms of medical expenses and other costs to society, according to a new federal research. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study calculated societal costs from binge and heavy drinking beyond what consumers pay at the bar or liquor store.

Jamba, Bare Fruit Strike Fruit Chips Deal

October 18, 2011 4:52 am | News | Comments

EMERYVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Jamba Inc. and Bare Fruit LLC are teaming up in a licensing deal to create a new line of Jamba-branded dried fruit chips. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The fruit chips, which will come in Fuji apple, Granny Smith apple and mango flavors, are expected to be in grocery, convenience and other stores by the end of the year.

Kudzu Bugs Invade U.S. Soybean Crops

October 18, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

BLACKVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kudzu — the "plant that ate the South" — has finally met a pest that's just as voracious. Trouble is, the so-called "kudzu bug" is also fond of another East Asian transplant that we happen to like, and that is big money for American farmers. Soybeans.

Coca-Cola 3Q Earnings Rise On Global Growth

October 18, 2011 4:45 am | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit rose 8 percent, as it offset higher costs with price increases and volume grew worldwide. The world's largest soft-drink maker, which has more than 500 brands including Fanta, Sprite, Dasani and Minute Maid in addition to its namesake, has shown consistent growth for years, but it is being increasingly pressured by rising costs and consumers' cautious spending due to the turbulent economy, especially in the U.

Photo Of The Day: Attack Of The Kudzu Bugs

October 18, 2011 4:42 am | News | Comments

(AP) — In this Sept. 30, 2011 photo, Clemson University entomologist Jeremy Greene shows a soybean plant from a test plot in Blackville, S.C. The plant is covered in "kudzu bugs," an Asian pest that is wreaking havoc on U.S. soybean crops. (AP Photo/Allen Breed) Read more at Kudzu Bugs Invade U.


Seeds Of The Future

October 18, 2011 4:42 am | Videos | Comments

DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman last week addressed attendees of the World Food Prize, stressing that collaboration, investment and geographically specific solutions are necessary to help food insecure regions across the globe. Kullman stressed the importance of scientific research in addressing this crisis and began her speech with this video.

The Cost Of Workplace Stretching Programs

October 18, 2011 4:40 am | Articles | Comments

Humantech , Inc. recently published an article titled, What is the Cost of Your Workplace Stretching Program , in their monthly e-newsletter, the ErgoAccelerator . According to Blake McGowan, Managing Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer at Humantech, the cost of implementing a stretching program for a medium-sized manufacturing facility can range from a whopping $390,000 to $1,365,000 (see calculations ).


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