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AMI Awards Meat and Poultry Plants for Environmental Practices

April 15, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

The American Meat Institute (AMI) presented 119 plants with Environmental Recognition awards during its 2014 Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment. This year, 40 plants received the highest level Tier Four awards.

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Nestle 1Q Sales Climb amid Deflation in Europe

April 15, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Nestle SA says sales rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago despite deflationary pressures in Europe. The company said sales of $23.7 billion were held back by a strong franc and by a flat retail environment keeping prices down in Europe.

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Voodoo Doll Study: Snacks May Help Prevent ‘Hangry’ Spouses

April 15, 2014 10:02 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A quick candy bar could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That's because low blood sugar can make spouses "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.

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Photos of the Day: Japan Whaling Supporters Plan to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

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Japan Pro-Whaling Contingent Vows to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

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Is That Bag of Chips Half Full or Half Empty?

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Mike Kuebler, Technical Director, Smithers Pira Testing Laboratory, @michaelkuebler | Articles | Comments

Distribution testing of packaged products can deliver material-efficient design with assured product protection, which are essential elements of any approach to sustainability. Testing food products through the supply chain before a product arrives on the shelf can save manufacturers both time and money.

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A Recipe for Cutting Food Waste

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | by TEDx Talks | Videos | Comments

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Americans are tossing up to 40 percent of the food supply each year. In this TED Talk, NRDC executive director Peter Lehner explores solutions that can reduce food waste and save money for both consumers and companies.

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Filling and Portioning Depositors

April 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's C-Frame Depositors have improved the way many processors deposit fillings for stuffed sandwiches, multiple layered products, stuffed seafood, appetizers and rolled or wrapped product.

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Supercritical Fluid Extractor

April 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The SFT-250 Supercritical Fluid Extractor (SFE) is designed to perform a variety of extractions in supercritical fluid and is engineered to meet the day-to-day rigors of the research lab.

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Dry-Aging and Dry-Curing Technology

April 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Meat processors can now create distinctive dry-aged and dry-cured meats in-house using DryAgePro® technology and an ordinary refrigeration unit.

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J&M Foods Reduces Labor Costs

April 14, 2014 4:37 pm | by Dynamic Conveyor | Videos | Comments

Being BSQF certified, J&M Foods appreciates that the DynaClean conveyor is easy to clean - taking half the time that their old conveyor took to clean. Watch and listen to Scott Thibault, president of J&M Foods, talk about how easy the DynaClean conveyor is to break down, clean by pressure washing it or dry wiping it and putting it back together.

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Maxwell House Announces Brand Refresh

April 14, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

Maxwell House is redefining its 121-year-old brand by debuting new packaging graphics, a new logo and new product varieties. The brand's new campaign, "Say Good Morning to a Good Day," emphasizes the benefits of starting your day with coffee.

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Scientists Study Origins of Lager-Making Yeasts

April 14, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

An analysis of Saccharomyces eubayanus, the wandering parent of hybrid lager yeast, revealed its closest affinity to one of two diverse Patagonian populations, confirming it was the cold-loving microbe that 500 years ago found its way to the caves and monastery cellars of Bavaria where lager beer was first concocted.

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MMI Releases Manufacturing Trends for 2014-2015

April 14, 2014 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Jacob Prak, CEO of Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), provided an overview of manufacturing trends for the coming twelve months. Prak said companies well aware of the changing situations and flexible enough to adapt will be in the best position to grow and succeed.

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Smithfield Owner Plans IPO to Raise up to $5.3B

April 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's WH Group, which became the world's biggest pork company after purchasing U.S.-based Smithfield Foods last year, said Monday that it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Beef Prices Climb to Highest Level Since 1987

April 14, 2014 12:43 pm | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.

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How Veterans Can Help Fix the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing needs more skilled and dedicated employees, and there will soon be an influx of veterans who have the qualities necessary to be successful. When it comes to technical skills, it would be harder to find people acquainted with more advanced machinery than veterans.

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Consumer Trends: Burger Sales Fall as Segment Matures

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Burger chains have reached maturity, as limited-service burger segment sales contracted in 2013, according to Technomic. Although burger chains tallied U.S. sales of more than $72 million, they recorded nominal growth of only 1.2 percent.

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BevTech

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | Events

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) holds its annual meeting, BevTech, each spring to transact the Society's business, to provide a forum for presentation of scientific and technical papers and for meetings of the technical committees.

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Heartland Food Products Plans $21M Expansion

April 14, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Heartland Food Products Group, which makes drink mixes and sweeteners, is planning a $21 million project to add production and distribution facilities in Indianapolis. The company anticipates adding up to 160 jobs in the next few years with the expansion.

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