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Taco Bell Powers Up the Protein

July 11, 2014 8:52 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Taco Bell, owned by Yum Brands, Inc., is replacing its Cantina Bell burritos and bowls with ones that have double the meat and pack more than 20 grams of protein. Brian Niccol, president of the chain, says the motive is to give consumers more energy.

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Is the 'Right-to-Farm' the New Freedom of Speech?

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of GMOs. The battle could have lasting repercussions for America's food supply.

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VIDEO: What Shapes Will the Food of the Future be?

July 11, 2014 8:40 am | by RAI | Videos | Comments

When the food industry begins to produce food, the need to study specific formats becomes essential. Simple shapes that have entered common usage such as the chocolate bar, ravioli, or the ice cream cone were created by considering the aesthetics of the food we eat. 

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House Approves 5 'Manufacturing Jobs For America' Provisions

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The House approved legislation of the Senate's Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, which includes five innovative skills-training provisions.  The approval is hoped to create smaller, more strategic state and local workforce development boards. 

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Unilever Drops Weight by Selling Slim-Fast

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Kainos Capital | News | Comments

Unilever sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Comprised of weight loss and meal replacement shakes, powders, bars and snacks, Slim-Fast will be added to the firm's portfolio of health and wellness companies. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. 

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Sparkling Wine Appeal Turns Table Wine Competition up a Notch

July 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Technomic, Inc. | News | Comments

While wine industry growth is decelerating because of cost-conscious consumers, domestic table wine is heating up. Sparkling wine is on an upward trajectory, and is appealing to consumers in restaurants and bars and for at-home consumption.

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Survey: Egg Carton Labels Confuse Americans

July 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms | News | Comments

According to a recent poll conducted on QuickTake.com, only 50 percent of respondents said they look for the free-range label. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free", most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

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5 Places You May Have Hidden Paper on Your Shop Floor

July 11, 2014 7:30 am | by Greg Goodwin, Research Associate, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

In this post, we’ll look at five areas of your production facility where you may be unaware paper-based systems are holding you back, as well as how today’s next-generation solutions are facilitating the move to a paperless manufacturing environment.

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Safety Footwear

July 11, 2014 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Safety footwear provides advanced toe protection and performance from workday to weekend for light industrial and manufacturing professionals. 

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8 Functions of Compliance: Building a Strong, Reliable Foundation

July 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Kunes, Principal, Client Services, Kestrel Management | Articles | Comments

Documenting procedures on how to execute these eight functions are what eventually get integrated into an overarching management system. Following these procedures will help improve the company's capability to comply on an ongoing basis.

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Sunkist: Lemons Can Reduce Salt by as Much as 75 Percent

July 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Sunkist | News | Comments

New findings by Sunkist Growers, a citrus cooperative owned by family farmers, reveals that the use of lemon juice and lemon zest in various dishes, including meat, grains and soups, can allow for significant salt reduction by as much as 75 percent. 

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Dry-Age Steak Refrigerators Come to Consumers' Kitchens

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steaklocker | News | Comments

A San Diego entrepreneur is developing the first in-home dry-age refrigerator. Called the Steaklocker, it uses the relatively simple process that has been used in fine restaurants for many years. Steak-lovers can save 50-70 percent on current retail dry-age prices.

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Portland Coffee Fest to Showcase Local Coffeehouses

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Coffee Fest | News | Comments

Coffee Fest comes to Portland from Oct. 17-19 to mark the six final coffeehouses' success to date. As a major tradeshow in the specialty coffee sector, the show will individually showcase each coffeehouse as the six regional champions compete for the top prize.

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John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The heirs of John Wayne filed a federal lawsuit against Duke University for marketing bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke. The bourbon is labeled with an image of Wayne holding a rifle with "Duke" emblazoned over it in bold letters.

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Nebraska Proposes Poultry Operation to County Board

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeastern Nebraska city, Blue Springs, proposed a chicken operation that would include six buildings, housing 26,000 chickens per building at full capacity. The Gage County Board is mulling a special-use permit that would allow the plant to operate.

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Oscar Mayer Initiates Animal Welfare Program

July 10, 2014 11:42 am | by Oscar Mayer | News | Comments

Part of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., the Oscar Mayer brand will partner with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to help find solutions that are right for the environment and animals and are sustainable for suppliers and their farm families.

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Consumer Trends: Mobile App Notifies Customers When Product is Ready

July 10, 2014 11:30 am | by e-Cued, Inc. | News | Comments

Business owners often run into the issue of not being able to guarantee a service or product to be ready at a specific time. Now, a mobile app called Cued, designed by a high-tech entrepreneur from New York, will notify customers on their smartphones.

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Researchers Develop 'Bulking Agents' to Replace Fat in Hot Dogs

July 10, 2014 8:40 am | by American Chemical Society (ACS) | News | Comments

Hot-dog consumers are turning to more healthful alternatives to their beloved summer fare. Low-fat hot-dogs don't always satisfy, so now researchers are building a healthier product with olive oil "bulking agents" in replace of the saturated animal fat.

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FDA Investigates Energy Drinks on Safety Concerns

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Renewed concerns are surfacing as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. Last year, Congress pressed the FDA to look into the safety of caffeine. The FDA has since begun an internal evaluation of caffeine and is expected to issue guidelines.

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Pecan Liqueur Vies with Bourbon-Country Spirits

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur started reaching store shelves in Louisville this month, emerging from concept to product in only a year. The producer of the new premium liqueur is hoping the product will carve out a niche in Kentucky's famous bourbon country.

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