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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Pt. 3

December 9, 2014 8:40 am | by Dave Shumaker, Microbiologist, GOJO | Articles | Comments

In the final part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?      

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How Adult Beverage Brands Are Prioritizing Sustainability

December 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Christine LaFave Grace, Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Two weeks ago, BuzzFeed ran an article with the headline “How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It.” The piece discusses how climate change likely will have a significant impact on which wine grapes can be grown where.   

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VIDEO: Why Spicy Tastes 'Hot' and Minty Tastes 'Cool'

December 9, 2014 8:15 am | by SciShow | Videos | Comments

You know that feeling when you pop a mint in your mouth and suddenly your mouth is a winter wonderland of soothing flavor? SciShow explains the chemistry behind why minty things taste "cool" and spicy things taste "hot." Let's take a look!  

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Produce Company to Open $52M Atlanta Facility

December 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Castellini Group is investing $52 million in a new produce processing and distribution center in metro Atlanta and will create 300 new jobs over the next several years. The facility will be built in Conley, about 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

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Continuous Ink Jet Printer

December 9, 2014 7:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Building on the heritage of the i-Tech range, this highly resilient printer is designed for challenging production environments and comes wrapped in an IP55 marine grade stainless steel cabinet, with IP66 sealed electronics enclosure. 

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Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System

December 9, 2014 7:45 am Eastern Instruments Product Releases | Comments

The Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System is a gravimetric meter used to dynamically measure the bulk density of flowable solids while in process. 

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Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A new study is looking at rebuffing hot dogs into a low-fat alternative form. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods?   

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VIDEO: The Answer For a Healthier Hotdog

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Scientists are working on ways to make hot dogs more healthy. A research team in Spain replaced pork fat with olive oil, reducing the calories by more than a third, and improving the type of fat inside the franks. Could this be the answer to a healthier hot dog?

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Machine Harvesting May Increase Apple Supply For Hard Cider Market

December 8, 2014 12:50 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Cider, or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States, is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the U.S., boasting a 54 percent increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. 

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US Halal Food Companies, Execs Charged With Fraud

December 8, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors announced a 92-count indictment Friday against the Midamar Corporation, Islamic Services of America and corporate officers Jalel Aossey and William "Yahya" Aossey. Each defendant is charged with making false statements on export applications, wire fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy to sell misbranded meat.

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General Mills Brings Back French Toast Crunch as Cereal Sales Dip

December 8, 2014 12:40 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills is bringing back popular '90s cereal French Toast Crunch in a nod to nostalgia and in the hopes of boosting its weak cereal sales. The Minneapolis-based food maker said it is reintroducing the cereal this month in response to consumer demand.

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McDonald's to Introduce 'Build-Your-Own' Burgers in 2015

December 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by CANDACE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

As sales continue to slide in the U.S., McDonald's plans to expand a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen to pick the bread, cheese and toppings they want. The "Create Your Taste" program is a departure for McDonald's, which was built to deliver food consistently, quickly and affordably.

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VIDEO: Czech Republic Beauty Regimen Includes Bathing in Beer

December 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Beer is not just for drinking anymore. ABC's Hamish Macdonald goes inside the spa where a bathtub of hops is part of the beautify regimen in the Czech Republic.                         

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US Unemployment Rates Drop For Vets, Women

December 8, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

November was a good month for women and recent veterans who sought jobs. Recent veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan made even bigger strides. The unemployment rate for that group dropped to 5.7 percent from 7.2 percent in October.  

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2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

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Manufacturers Use Asset Optimization to Extract Value

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Clive Ross, Aurecon Group | Articles | Comments

Hardwired in the psyche of manufacturers is the constant vigilance on total production cost. Sometimes, deferring or minimizing maintenance results in cost savings. However, these incremental savings are typically false economy. A strategic asset management approach can create far greater value for the business.

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EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers on Food Safety Sectors

December 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the 28-country bloc, the EU wants Japan to change rules regarding imports of alcoholic beverages such as beer, as well as food additives not permitted or limited for use in Japan.

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5 British Columbia Poultry Farms Quarantined for Bird Flu

December 8, 2014 9:35 am | by JEREMY HAIINSWORTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was put under quarantine for avian influenza. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens will be euthanized.

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McDonald's Serves Up Weak US Sales

December 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain said the drop in global sales at locations open at least 13 months included a 4.6 percent decline in the U.S., and a 4 percent decline for the unit that includes the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

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VIDEO: Why Are We All Getting Fat?

December 8, 2014 9:00 am | by The Guardian | Videos | Comments

We are constantly on the run; snacking as we go. According to The Guardian, as increasing numbers of us become obese, food manufacturers want us to think it is our fault — all while aggressively marketing more junk to satiate our new eating habits.

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