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Bulk Bag Filler With Densification

October 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

High output filling system features a Power-Lift system for powered fill head height adjustment and an easy-load rotary bag hanger system. 

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Utah Lawmakers Scrutinize Raw Milk Industry After Outbreak

October 16, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah lawmakers don't want a raw milk-related bacterial outbreak that sickened 80 people and contributed to one death to shut down the fledgling raw-milk industry. The outbreak was traced to unpasteurized milk from a Weber County dairy.   

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Va. Consumers Are Sour Over Booze Price Hike

October 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As part of a plan to close a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to hike the costs of liquor.                 

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Top 50 'Most-Beloved' Brands of Millennials

October 16, 2014 1:30 pm | by Moosylvania | News | Comments

The latest rankings, based on panel studies of 1,500 Millennials — defined as aged 14 to 35 — not only ranks which Top 50 brands continue to earn Millennial love, but why these brands are connecting so strongly with them.        

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Automated Inspection Systems Ensure Quality and Safety

October 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Robert Rogers, Senior Advisor for Food Safety and Regulation, METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Group | Articles | Comments

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law in January 2011, places the responsibility for food safety squarely on food producers, with requirements that will come into force as all portions of the Act are finalized and implemented. 

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No Time to Cook? 'Meal Kit' Services on the Rise

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bevy of new online services is angling to be your virtual kitchen assistant, giving you the chance to outsource the tedious aspects of cooking — the shopping, sorting, washing and prepping — so you can focus on the more satisfying assembling and eating parts.

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Natural Pet Food Maker Uses Color-Coded Packaging as Brand Recognition

October 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by "I and love and you" | News | Comments

Natural pet care maker "I and love and you" launched new packaging designs with color-coding and iconography so pet parents can quickly find the right food.                          

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Mike's Hard Lemonade Launches 'Crafted to Remove Gluten' Seal

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. | News | Comments

Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. launched new packaging featuring an exclusive "Crafted to Remove Gluten" seal. The seal was specially developed to educate and inform consumers of Mike's products.                 

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Onion Growers Relieved by Water Rule Change

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Onion growers say their customers may be more demanding than the federal government has been in setting new rules for irrigation water quality.                              

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VIDEO: Is MSG Bad For You?

October 16, 2014 10:20 am | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Few ingredients come with as much baggage as MSG, otherwise known as monosodium glutamate. In this video, we debunk MSG myths and explain why the scientific consensus is that this flavor enhancer is perfectly safe for most people.    

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Peanut Industry Slow to Rebound Following Salmonella Outbreak

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peanut farmers are expected to bring in 6 million pounds less this year, according to forecasts released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That represents nearly a 30 percent drop in production in New Mexico from the year before.

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Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's attorney general's office released some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The regulations include using a "clear and conspicuous" label.           

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Hard Cider Drinkers Give Apple Growers a New Revenue Stream

October 16, 2014 9:26 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive artisanal brews.

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Nestle Reports a 3 Percent Drop in Sales

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nestle S.A., the world's biggest food and drink company, reported a 3-percent drop in group sales for the first nine months of the year, impacted by weakness in currencies against the Swiss franc and other costs.       

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Sewing Needles Lodged in Potatoes at P.E.I. French Fry Plant

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Police in Prince Edward Island say the metal objects found in six potatoes in Atlantic Canada in the last week were sewing needles and they have expanded their investigation to include a french fry production facility in the province.     

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Palletizer

October 16, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 72A palletizer is a top performing palletizer with features for ultra-smooth case transit, perfect load positioning, and rapid product changeover. 

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VIDEO: Children Consume 43 Pounds of Sugar a Year

October 15, 2014 3:06 pm | by True Drinks, Inc. | Videos | Comments

In each of 12 video spots, children are prompted to guess how much sugar they consume, then pull a rope to have the annual average come falling down on them in the form of sugar itself.                 

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Global Pork Industry: Heated Markets Cooling Down

October 15, 2014 2:54 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

Although the peak of the 2014 porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) outbreak is past, the global pork industry faces another challenge from the Russian import ban affecting EU, U.S., and Canadian markets, which is resulting in a rapidly changing trade landscape.

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EPA Approves Popular Weed Killer For Genetically Modified Crops

October 15, 2014 2:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EPA will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It is designed to be used on corn and soybeans grown with engineered seeds approved by the Agriculture Department last month.

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Taco Bell Turns Up the Heat With New Sriracha Menu

October 15, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taco Bell is testing a new menu that promises just that, looking to tap into the cult following for the red Thai hot sauce known as Sriracha.                              

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