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The Flavor Of Efficiency

March 30, 2012 9:30 am | by Deacom, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A company specializing in fruit flavorings upgraded its existing ERP system and saved money while increasing efficiency.

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King Of Pop

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

With recent news that popcorn may be as healthy as vegetables, we visit Nebraska farmer Keith Heuermann who is a popcorn pioneer, developing new popcorn hybrids and farming 1,100 acres.

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Rapid Deploy Video System

March 29, 2012 3:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The RD-MZ-3630-01, a rapid deploy wireless video solution, consists of a high definition color camera as well as an internal wireless radio. The camera is capable of transmitting over 30 frames per second of video in 1280 x 1024 resolution.

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Heat-Sealable BOPP Film

March 29, 2012 3:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Torayfan® F63 heat-sealable BOPP film offers improved bonding for a wide range of printing inks. Developed for use as a print web, the product is made with a proprietary technology that enables the superior adhesion of water- and solvent-based inks on the print side of the film, allowing the manufacture of high-quality finished pieces.

Wall Mount Enclosures

March 29, 2012 3:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in harsh industrial environments where electronic or electrical equipment, electrical switchgear, hydraulics or pneumatic controllers must be isolated from oil, water and dust, the Eclipse Series of wall mount enclosures is fabricated from type 304 stainless steel.

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Sweetener Group Urges USDA To Increase Sugar Supplies

March 29, 2012 1:06 pm | News | Comments

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) today sent a letter to Acting Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse, urging USDA to take immediate action on April 1 to ensure U.S. industry adequate supplies of sugar at reasonable prices by increasing the tariff rate quota (TRQ).

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Snacks Plant Closing, 230 To Lose Jobs

March 29, 2012 1:02 pm | News | Comments

Officials say 230 people will lose their jobs when the Bremner Food Group plant closes in Poteau. The company laid off 100 workers Wednesday night and says the plant will shut down on June 29. The plant produces snack foods, including crackers.

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Pa. Bill Allowing Wine Shipments Moves Forward

March 29, 2012 12:59 pm | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press | News | Comments

A bill that would allow Pennsylvanians to have domestic wines shipped directly to their homes won the state Senate's unanimous approval Wednesday, but it faces obstacles in the House.

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S.D. Group Ends Attempt To Acquire Assets Of Sunflower Seed Co.

March 29, 2012 12:57 pm | by CHET BROKAW,Associated Press | News | Comments

A South Dakota regulatory commission has abandoned its attempt to seek the assets of a sunflower seed company that owes farmers in South Dakota and North Dakota an estimated $4 million.

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Starbucks Customers Petition For Bug-Free Beverages

March 29, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

South Carolina resident Daelyn Fortney launched a campaign on Change.org following allegations that Starbucks quietly replaced ingredients in its strawberry flavoring to include cochineal extract, a product made from crushed insects.

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Consumer Trends: Craft Brewing Volume Jumps 13 Percent

March 29, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Craft brewers saw volume rise 13 percent, with a 15 percent increase in retail sales from 2010 to 2011, representing a total barrel increase of 1.3 million. “While the overall beer market experienced a 1.32 percent volume decrease in 2011, craft brewing saw significant growth, surpassing five percent total market volume share for the first time,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association.

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Puerto Ricans Build Island's Third Rum Distillery

March 29, 2012 10:13 am | News | Comments

The Club Caribe LLC distillery in Cidra is expected to open later this year at the site of a former pharmaceutical plant. The company is affiliated to Cc1, a Puerto Rican company that distributes Coca-Cola products locally.

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Northern Vintners Look To Improve Wine Quality

March 29, 2012 10:11 am | by DIRK LAMMERS,Associated Press | News | Comments

A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant  has university researchers from a dozen states gathering information about cold-hardy grapes and teaching viticulturists and winemakers how to improve their products and market them to a wider audience. Led by Cornell University, the Northern Grapes Project will work with more than 330 wineries and 1,300 growers managing more than 3,000 acres of grapes from the Upper Midwest to New England.

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S.D. Governor Says China Trade Mission Will Benefit Agriculture

March 29, 2012 10:06 am | by CHET BROKAW,Associated Press | News | Comments

With 1.3 billion people, China has 20 percent of the world's population but only 7 percent of the world's farmable land, the governor said. South Dakota, with efficient, mechanized farms, can provide the food and other agricultural products China wants to buy, he said.

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Cornish Pasty Tax Highlights Class War In Britain

March 29, 2012 10:03 am | by ROBERT BARR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The British government's intention to tax the humble Cornish pasty, a cheap pastry savory snack much beloved by workers and students, has opened a new front in the country's never-ending class war.

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Convincing Consumers To Rethink 'Pink Slime' Is A Hard Sell

March 29, 2012 10:00 am | by JOSH FUNK,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The main producer of "pink slime" and the politicians defending the company will have a hard time persuading consumers and grocery stores to accept the product, even if the processed beef trimmings are as safe as the industry insists.

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Q&A: The FDA Takes On BPA

March 29, 2012 10:00 am | by Anthony Hopp & Leonard Kurfirst, Partners, Litigation Department, Edwards Wildman | Articles | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to issue a final ruling on the use of bisphenol-A (BPA) in food packaging on March 31, 2012. Anthony Hopp and Leonard Kurfirst, partners with Edwards Wildman, spoke with Food Manufacturing about what the ruling could mean for food manufacturers.

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Photo Of The Day: Grapes Thrive In Extreme Cold

March 29, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

A bunch of cold-hearty Marquette grapes grow on a vine in Carver County, Minn. Marquette is the newest of four grape varieties developed by the university to resist temperatures that can dip into the negative-30s.

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Maryland Shrimp Workers Bring In The Harvest

March 29, 2012 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

Shrimp is one of the most popular seafoods in the U.S., and Maryland boasts a number of seafood farmers and processors.

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Food Safety And Public Health

March 29, 2012 9:30 am | Videos | Comments

Microbiologist and INBRE director Carolyn Hovde Bohach discusses the intersection of food safety and biomedical research in this Idaho Public Television "web extra."

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