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EZ Picker

September 19, 2014 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed with craft brewers, small wineries and distilleries in mind, the EZ Picker is engineered for quick and easy handling of glass bottles.

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ConAgra First-Quarter Earnings Nearly Triple

September 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra's first-quarter earnings nearly tripled as the food producer cut costs and volumes increased. The maker of Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National hot dogs and other packaged foods posted revenue of $3.7 billion, just edging out expectations.

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Hygienic Gearbox

September 19, 2014 10:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The gearbox's cleanliness and reliability make it ideal for a wide variety of food applications, including; filling equipment, slicers, hygienic belt drives, agitating machines, cone mixers, capsule filling systems and centrifuges.

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Hillshire Settles Sexual Discrimination Suit

September 19, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs entered into an agreement with Hillshire — formerly Sara Lee Food and Beverage. The suit contended that there was a hiring disparity for male workers because fewer of the positions they were being diverted to were available.

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Jury Won't Consider Deaths in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 9:30 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The jury ended its first full day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and two others. Jurors were scheduled to continue Friday morning.     

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VIDEO: Child CEO Builds Cookie Company From Scratch

September 18, 2014 2:38 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

He's the 10-year-old founder and CEO of Mr. Cory's Cookies, and he hopes to conquer the world before graduating high school. Who is this mini mogul?                           

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Marijuana Edibles: Sweet Business is Budding

September 18, 2014 2:22 pm | by Holly Henschen, Contributor | Articles | Comments

Denver-based Dixie Elixirs expands its facility to produce THC-infused edibles with a focus on transparency, technology and consumer education.                                

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Pepsi Latest Sponsor to Voice NFL Concern

September 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The boss of the maker of Pepsi, Gatorade and Doritos, one of the NFL's biggest advertisers and sponsors, issued a statement that criticized the league but also expressed optimism that it can fix its problems.            

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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg , AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet security, and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.      

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New Trends in Sanitary Equipment Are Improving Food Safety Standards

September 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

In this day and age of heightened throughput and productivity, the sanitary design of equipment is driven primarily by food processors themselves, who are interested in increased efficiency, faster/effective cleaning procedures and reduced changeovers. 

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7 Supermarket Trends Now and in the Future

September 18, 2014 12:35 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Institute of Food Technologists Executive Editor Mary Ellen Kuhn writes about the changing landscape of today's supermarket. Successful retailers will be those who adapt to changes in consumer product preferences, technology and lifestyle needs. 

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Rooting Out Horse-Meat Fraud in the Wake of Recent Food Scandal

September 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The United Kingdom is forming a new crime unit designed specifically to fight food fraud. This unit is in response to an uproar last year over horse meat being passed off as beef.                   

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Photo: Quaker Oats Man Gets a Makeover

September 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by MilkPEP | News | Comments

For the first time since 1877, the Quaker Oats Man, affectionately known as Larry, is donning a new accessory — the iconic Milk Mustache.                                   

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Study: Gut Bacteria May Induce Metabolic Changes From Artificial Sweeteners

September 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

For years researchers have been puzzling over the fact that non-caloric artificial sweeteners do not seem to assist in weight loss, and some studies have suggested they may even have an opposite effect.             

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Nestle Creates 8K New Positions in Europe

September 18, 2014 10:20 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The alliance of major companies, including Nestle and Google, aims to create tens of thousands of additional jobs for Europe's young jobseekers over the next several years. Nestle has created 8,000 of the 20,000 new positions it promised to generate by 2016. 

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USDA Approves Genetically Modified Corn, Soybean Seeds

September 18, 2014 10:11 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The agriculture industry has been anxiously awaiting the approvals, as many weeds have not become resistant to glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide on corn and soybeans.

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PepsiCo Closing 2 Warehouses in Maine

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo has announced it is closing the two beverage warehouses in Portland and Augusta, Maine. The closures are scheduled for the end of October.                              

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Colbert: The Battle Over Olive Garden's Breadsticks

September 18, 2014 10:00 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Host Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" talks about a major investor's attempts to take over a restaurant chain, but their corporate tactics may incite a populist uprising.                     

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Infographic: Look Who's Buying Organic

September 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Hartman Group | News | Comments

As consumer understanding of organic and natural foods evolves, people gain more awareness of and knowledge about these topics than ever before. This infographic shows which generation groups are buying organic.           

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Change: A CEO's Job in the 21st Century

September 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Significant changes are in store — and in many cases already underway — for all businesses. That's why a successful company needs to deploy appropriate strategies for proactively driving change and sustainable growth.      

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