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Combination Scales

February 10, 2012 4:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PrimoWeigher combination scales maximize productivity, minimize changeover time and streamline maintenance. The open-frame design provides easy access to all componenets and can be stripped to its core in minutes.

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80-Quart Mixer

February 10, 2012 4:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SP80PL 80-Quart Mixer features an electronic digital timer for improved accuracy and ease of cleaning. This allows the operator to select a precise mixing time which can be saved for the next batch.

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Keyless Bushings

February 10, 2012 3:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Heavy duty models of the ETP Express keyless shaft bushings are available in 20, 40 and 60 mm sizes. The units provide fast and frequent mounting and dismounting capabilities with only one radial screw. This saves space in a system and provides accurate mounting without axial movement of the unit along the shaft.

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Music Mogul Wants N.Y. To Pull The Plug On Milk

February 10, 2012 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Music mogul Russell Simmons wants New York's governor to pull the plug on milk from cows. The hip-hop impresario writes in a letter to Andrew Cuomo that milk should no longer be the state's official beverage.

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China-Based Candy Maker Opens S.C. Plant

February 10, 2012 12:59 pm | News | Comments

The firm announced in January that it would invest $6 million and bring 120 jobs to its first and only North American manufacturing plant in the central South Carolina site. The plant is scheduled to open Friday with 20 employees on the job.

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Ga. Ag Commissioner Calls For Guest Worker Reform

February 10, 2012 12:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Georgia's agriculture commissioner traveled to Washington on Thursday and urged members of Congress to reform a federal agricultural guest worker program to make it easier for farmers to use. Commissioner Gary Black told a House subcommittee that Georgia farmers are struggling to find workers, and the current guest worker program is too cumbersome to make it viable. Black, a Republican, said he was encouraged to see interest on the issue from federal lawmakers from both parties. 

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Snyder's-Lance Posts 4Q Profit

February 10, 2012 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. swung to a profit in the fourth quarter as it moved away from costs tied to the acquisition that combined the two companies.

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Vita Coco Settles Nutrition Lawsuit

February 10, 2012 12:49 pm | News | Comments

The makers of Vita Coco have settled a lawsuit claiming its top-selling coconut water drinks do not provide the nutrients promised. As part of the agreement, All Market Inc. said it will change its labels to more accurately reflect the "natural variability" of coconut water starting in May. The company will also provide up to $5 million in refunds, vouchers and charitable donations as part of the settlement.

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Consumer Trends: Downsizing Beats Calorie Warnings

February 10, 2012 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Studies have shown fast-food calorie postings do little to deter diners from overeating. A better approach may be for restaurants to simply ask consumers if they’d like smaller portions, according to a new Tulane University study in this month’s Health Affairs.

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Iowa Governor, China Official Note Importance Of Ag Trade

February 10, 2012 10:22 am | News | Comments

Gov. Terry Branstad and China's consul general are stressing the importance of trade in advance of a visit to Iowa by China's vice president. Speaking Wednesday at a Statehouse news conference, Consul General Yang Guoqaing noted that China's relationship with Iowa is vital because the state is an agricultural powerhouse. He says it's in the interest of both Iowa and China to increase trade.

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Crippled Wine Bottle Plant To Reopen In July

February 10, 2012 10:19 am | by ERIK OLSON | News | Comments

Workers at the Bennu Glass plant have chiseled away tons hardened glass from the crippled melter of the wine bottle plant here, and a new furnace and 100 employees should be ready to restart the shuttered plant in July, company officials say.

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University Designs Model To Improve Fish Farming

February 10, 2012 10:17 am | News | Comments

The university hopes that framing the development of recirculating aquaponics facilities as a holistic and synergistic systems-based endeavor will enable a robust analysis of the environmental, social and economic benefits that will make fish production more sustainable.

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Report: Canada Has Higher Foodborne Illness Rates Than U.S.

February 10, 2012 10:14 am | by By Paul Clarke, THE CANADIAN PRESS | News | Comments

A new food safety report released by the Conference Board of Canada says rates of food-borne illnesses in Canada are higher than the United States. Canadians suffer more often from salmonella, e. coli, campylobacter and yersinia than Americans, according to the report prepared by the Centre for Food in Canada. 

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Tribe Sues Beer Companies For Alcohol Problems

February 10, 2012 10:11 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said it is demanding $500 million in damages for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation, which encompasses some of the most impoverished counties in the United States.

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Photo Of The Day: Improving Fish Farming

February 10, 2012 10:06 am | News | Comments

A small-scale aquaponics demonstration lab at UMass Amherst. Such recirculating aquaculture systems include various water treatment devices connected through flowing water. The waste stream is diverted to a hydroponic garden where plant roots strip out nutrients. Clean water is then recycled back to the fish holding pens.

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Becoming Big Beef Requires Branding Too

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

 Bill Niman has found success in the food industry by eschewing many modern farming practices and building his farm's brand, making Niman Ranch Meats a must-have item for chefs and grocers across the country.

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Coffees' Perfect Pairings

February 10, 2012 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

World News Now welcomes a Starbucks expert who pairs different coffees with the foods that best complement each.

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Mobile Technology: A Means To Improve Operational Efficiency

February 10, 2012 9:30 am | by Satya Ramaswamy, Tata Consultancy Services | Articles | Comments

The use of mobile technology as a means to improve operational efficiency has become increasingly prevalent in the manufacturing industry. More and more companies have realized the benefits that can be gained from investments in various mobile devices and complementary business software.

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Tassimo T Discs Recalled For Burn Hazard

February 9, 2012 1:04 pm | News | Comments

Tassimo espresso T Discs manufactured by Kraft Foods Global Inc., of Northfield, Ill.; sold at department, mass merchandise, home improvement and other stores nationwide and online from August 2011 through February 2012. The recall involves Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob brand espresso T Discs.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises Earnings Jolted By Energy Drinks

February 9, 2012 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Enterprises, which bottles the soda company's products in Europe, said Thursday that its fourth-quarter net income rose 17 percent on increased prices and strong growth for energy drinks. The Atlanta company earned $113 million, or 36 cents per share, compared with $97 million, or 28 cents per share, during the same period a year earlier and revenue increased 6 percent to $1.89 billion, matching expectations on Wall Street.

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