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Wireless Monitor & Alert System

June 4, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quick Talk™ RQT is an industrial-grade radio transmitter with sensor inputs and voice recording storage that automatically alerts radio-equipped individuals when plant conditions change.

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Tuft-Retention Brushes

June 4, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Resin-Set DRS (Dual Retention System) is designed as an improvement in brush filament retention where each tuft is anchored into the brush back with food-grade stainless steel stapes, and then epoxy resin is floated in.

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Speed Systems With Servo Performance

June 4, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MCS (Motor Control System) is a new generation of variable speed systems with Servo performance. The product opens the way for engineers to design smaller footprint, higher performance machines.

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PROCESS EXPO 2013: The Global Food Equipment and Technology Show

June 1, 2012 4:44 pm | by Process Expo | Videos | Comments

PROCESS EXPO is the premier worldwide trade show for leaders in the food and beverage industry. Join us to learn about the latest trends, demonstrate the newest food equipment and technology, and address the most pressing issues affecting the marketplace. This 100% food-focused event attracts attendees from the world's leading food companies who are looking for solutions that will help them more rapidly, efficiently, safely, and successfully create and bring food products to market. EXPO magazine recently awarded PROCESS EXPO as the #1 Fastest Growing Trade Show in America for 2011. The show was also recognized for Trade Show Executive's Gold 100 Award and ranked by Trade Show News Network in their 2011 list of Top 250 Trade Shows! PROCESS EXPO 2013 will be held November 3 – 6, located in the North and South Halls of McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. For more information go to www.myprocessexpo.com

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NFRA Celebrates June Dairy Month With 'Ice Age' Promotion

June 1, 2012 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Consumers can expect “mammoth” promotions in the refrigerated dairy aisles this June as NFRA celebrates the 10th annual June Dairy Month with a tie-in to Fox’s theater release of Ice Age: Continental Drift on July 13, 2012. This year’s theme, Dairy Keeps Your Herd Healthy, tells shoppers that a healthy lifestyle for the whole family can begin in the dairy aisle.

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Flowers Foods Buying Lepage Bakeries For $370M

June 1, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Flowers Foods Inc., which makes Nature's Own bread, Tastykake treats and other baked goods, said Thursday that it has agreed to buy Lepage Bakeries Inc. for $370 million in cash and stock, expanding its presence in New England and New York.

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Is It 'SaaS' Or 'Cloud'? Is That Even the Right Question?

June 1, 2012 12:57 pm | by Cindy Jutras, Founder, Mint Jutras | Articles | Comments

You would think with all the talk about SaaS and cloud today that by now we would all be talking about the same thing. But in spite of, or perhaps because of the huge volume of discussion around SaaS and cloud computing, there remains much confusion over the terminology.

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McDonald's Outlines Pork Pen Plan

June 1, 2012 12:55 pm | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that its U.S. pork producers will work over the next 10 years to phase out the use of crates to confine sows when they're pregnant.

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The World Reacts To NYC Soda Ban

June 1, 2012 12:54 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD,Associated Press | News | Comments

Around the world, portion sizes are generally smaller. Perceptions of American overconsumption have been fueled by films such as "Super Size Me" and the spread of U.S. fast-food chains. So while many global citizens reacted with a mix of incredulity, awe and disgust when confronted with some of the sizes of sugary drinks sold stateside, others were less surprised.

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Drug Cartel Accuses Snack Company Of Spying

June 1, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Banners signed by a cult-like Mexican drug gang say that cartel members launched firebombing attacks on a PepsiCo. subsidiary because they believe the snack company let law-enforcement agents use its trucks for surveillance.

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Consumer Trends: Summer’s Best Frozen Treats

June 1, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

When it comes to taste, offerings from 365 Everyday Value, Haagen-Dazs, Dove, and Walgreens led the pack in Consumer Reports latest tests of strawberry fruit bars, ice cream bars and sandwiches.

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June 2012 - Icing On The Cake

June 1, 2012 12:00 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

With investments in custom equipment and a foot firmly rooted in history, Colony Brands has grown its mail-order bakery business into one of the largest in the country.

Soda Ban Another Blow For Beverage Industry

June 1, 2012 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Bloomberg's proposal Thursday that the city prohibit restaurants, delis and movie theaters from serving large cups of sodas and other sugary drinks is a bitter twist for companies that make beverages like Coke, Dr Pepper and Pepsi. The ban, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, comes at a time when soda consumption has been declining.

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Fair Trade Purists Oppose Including Big Farms

June 1, 2012 10:04 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press | News | Comments

After a quarter-century working to improve the lives of farmers in places like Latin America and Africa, the fair trade movement is at a crossroads. Will it expand its mission to include bigger players and a larger share of the markets in coffee, cocoa, bananas and other products? Or will it stay with its original purpose, empowering small farmers, often working through cooperatives, with higher prices for their crops and more clout in setting international trade practices?

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'Made In Israel' Not A Simple Statement

June 1, 2012 10:00 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent criticism, coming most prominently from South Africa, is putting Israel in a bind over the muddle it has created in the West Bank: Despite 45 years of control and a massive and costly effort to settle it with Jews, Israel has never annexed the territory — and the Palestinians claim it for a future state.

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New Technology Provides 'Indefinite' Shelf Life

June 1, 2012 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

Mountain House Foods processes freeze dried, pre-packaged, shelf-stable entrees. Business is booming, especially as "doomsday preppers" stockpile food for the end of the world.

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Hundreds Of Salmonella Cases Tied To Mail-Order Chicks

June 1, 2012 9:58 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Those cute mail-order chicks that wind up in children's Easter baskets and backyard farms have been linked to more than 300 cases of salmonella in the U.S. — mostly in youngsters — since 2004.

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Kellogg Completes $2.7B Purchase Of Pringles

June 1, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

Kellogg, which gets most of its revenue from North America, is hoping the acquisition can help it expand into a global snacking company. Pringles, known for iconic tube packaging, are sold in more than 140 countries and produce two-thirds of their annual revenue overseas.

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Photo Of The Day: A Melon For A Melon

June 1, 2012 9:51 am | News | Comments

For decades, Israel has marketed an array of cosmetics and food products manufactured in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as "Made in Israel," blurring their true origins in settlements opposed by virtually the entire international community. That practice is increasingly being challenged by other countries insisting on a more correct label putting Israel in a bind, because despite 45 years of control it never did annex the Palestinian-dominated West Bank.

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Obtaining Accurate Viscosity Measurements For Food And Beverages

June 1, 2012 9:38 am | by KROHNE | Articles | Comments

Quality control labs are looking for ways to control viscosity more tightly so they can eliminate off-spec product. One method being used more frequently is a new type of in-line viscosity measurement device, which uses patented technology based on mixing principles applied to pipes.

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