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Consumer Trends: Soup And Salad Are Popular Restaurant Items

February 9, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Whether it's a cup or bowl, side or entree, 61 percent of consumers now order soup at least occasionally during restaurant visits, up from 52 percent just two years ago. Salads have grown even more, nearly half of consumers now order salad all or most of the time compared to 34 percent.

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Tainted Liquor Kills 22 In India

February 9, 2012 10:15 am | News | Comments

Officials say at least 22 people have died and more are sick after drinking toxic bootleg liquor made from cough medicine in eastern India.

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Wis. Battle Brewing Over Homebrew Proposal

February 9, 2012 10:13 am | by BARBARA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

A fight brewed in the Legislature Wednesday over a proposal to clarify whether Wisconsin residents can make and serve beer outside their homes. Supporters, many home brewers, testified during a packed state Assembly committee hearing that they just want to continue brewing and sharing homespun suds as they have for years. But industry officials said the bill risks necessary state rules and regulations — especially those that apply to alcohol distribution. 

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Creator Of Lemonheads Dies At 93

February 9, 2012 10:11 am | by KAREN HAWKINS,Associated Press | News | Comments

Candy company executive Nello Ferrara lived a sweet life. The man who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls routinely serenaded the restaurants where he dined and held mandatory family dinners every Sunday, said his son, Salvatore Ferrara. 

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Caterer Accused Of Violating Kosher Food Laws

February 9, 2012 10:08 am | by FRANK ELTMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of one of Long Island's largest catering companies has been accused of seriously violating Jewish law by having workers prepare kosher and non-kosher meals in the same kitchen. The allegations come from the former chef and general manager of Morrell Caterers, who claim they were instructed to prepare non-kosher meals in one of three kitchens operated by the company. Among observant Jews, kosher law defines what foods are fit for consumption and how they must be prepared, and the mixing of kosher and non-kosher products is strictly forbidden. 

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Diamond Foods Ousts Execs After Payment Scandal

February 9, 2012 10:05 am | News | Comments

Diamond Foods Inc. is replacing its CEO and chief financial officer after an internal investigation found that the company improperly accounted for payments to walnut growers and it needs to restate two years of financial results.

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Cheap Food And An Unhealthy Society

February 9, 2012 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

Journalist Eric Schlosser discusses his concerns about the food supply and talks about ways to reform it. Does cheap food have to lack nutritional value? Is the food industry diminishing healthy choices for consumers? What do you think?

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Photo Of The Day: Starbucks Partners With China

February 9, 2012 9:54 am | News | Comments

Starbucks and Ai Ni Group join government officials in Kunming to sign joint-venture agreement to bring China's Yunnan coffee to the world.

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How Core Values Drive Sales Performance

February 9, 2012 9:30 am | by John Treace | Articles | Comments

For any sales team, the primary objective is to predictably and consistently produce sales, within budget and in accordance with our forecasts. Core values, and the company culture they support, are the most important ingredient in achieving predictability and consistency in the actions that bring about the results we want.

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How Public Health Threats Remain Secret

February 9, 2012 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

An October 2011 Salmonella outbreak has been connected with fast food giant Taco Bell. Diane Sawyer reports on how the sources of these outbreaks can remain secret.

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Cable Carrier

February 8, 2012 3:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The System E6.1 Energy Chain® cable carrier is easy to assemble and weighs up to 37% less than its predecessor. The system is ideal for applications requiring quiet, low-vibration cable management at high speeds and accelerations.

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Molecular Detection System

February 8, 2012 3:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Molecular Detection System is powered by Isothermal DNA Amplification and Bioluminescence Detection to provide a fast, accurate solution. With one protocol assay and fewer steps than most tests, the system makes it easy to train employees.

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High-Temperature Resistant Labels

February 8, 2012 3:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Computer printable labels feature a permanent high-strength adhesion during extreme temperatures up to 388°C, providing heat-resistant product identification. The product fully conforms to environment legislation such as RoHS, REACH and WEE.

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Intelligent Servo Drive

February 8, 2012 2:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The iPOS3602 MX is designed for motion control applications where space is critical. The unit can be integrated within seconds to the user's motherboard or PCB machine. All basic motor control functions, as well as motion control and PLC features, are embedded onto this unit, which measures 55 x 26 x 13 mm and 10 g.

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PLC-Based Control Solution

February 8, 2012 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Simatic® Converting Toolbox module is a PLC-based control solution used in applications with a PLC as the central control system in which process controls are implemented. The module offers the capability to integrated full converting lines and machines centralized on the brand's platform.

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Stainless Steel Cabinets

February 8, 2012 2:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal for various process and water-related industries, the HN4_SS series of stainless steel two door cabinets can be mounted on walls or equipment. Designed to house electrical, electronic, hydraulic or pneumatic controls and instruments installed in harsh industrial environments, the range is available as standard in 12 different sizes ranging from 24" x 42" x 8" to 42" x 60" x 12".

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California Ripe Olive Growers Produce $493.6 Million In Economic Impact

February 8, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

California's ripe olive growers have a significant impact on the state's economy, yielding nearly $493.6 million in annual economic activity – or nearly $1.4 million dollars each day of the year – as a result of grower spending, according to a newly released report commissioned by the California Olive Committee (COC) and conducted by Dennis H. Tootelian, Ph.D., Tootelian & Associates.

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Pet Owners Search For Healthier Food, Other Products

February 8, 2012 12:43 pm | by AMY LORENTZEN | News | Comments

Like many pet owners, customers at April Lawrence's pet bakery and boutique in central Iowa want the best for their four-legged family members. That means high-quality, safe and eco-friendly products, from organic food and treats to BPA-free toys and water dishes. And they don't mind paying extra. 

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Yum Brands Rides Wave Of Overseas Growth

February 8, 2012 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Yum Brands Inc., the owner of Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut, said Tuesday it's on course to deliver another hefty round of restaurant growth overseas in 2012, led by its insatiable China market and its emerging business in India.

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USDA Imposes Sanctions On Four Produce Businesses

February 8, 2012 12:34 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failure to pay reparation awards issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA).

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