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Not Your Average Campus Life: 18th Century Brewery Found at Va. College

September 3, 2014 11:45 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.                 

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South American Food Chains Use Florida as US Gate

September 3, 2014 11:00 am | by BY FERNANDO PEINADO, Associated Press | News | Comments

El Corral is among a growing number of South American restaurant chains that are using South Florida as the gateway to the U.S. market.  Juan Valdez, a Colombian company, plans to open 60 franchised cafes in Florida in the next five years in an attempt to challenge Starbucks.

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Infographic: Raising the Bar on Sports Nutrition

September 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Innova Market Insights | News | Comments

Sports nutrition has become an attractive category for major food companies. This year, Post Holdings added PowerBar to its growing active nutrition portfolio, and Hormel Foods recently acquired the maker of Muscle Milk. 

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Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 3, 2014 9:45 am | by RON BARTIZEK, (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader | News | Comments

Workers in Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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Iowa Firm Selling New Pure Vodka in the State

September 3, 2014 9:30 am | by Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa | News | Comments

OZ Spirits, an Iowa company, hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. The IngeniOz vodka started selling for $24 a bottle about a month ago.         

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Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown

September 3, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Heineken sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the US for $1.23 billion to reduce its debt. Heineken had acquired the business in 2010 as part of a deal to buy the Mexican company Femsa, which owned the Dos Equis brand.

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Chefs, Breeders Pair Up to Produce Tastier Vegetables

September 3, 2014 9:00 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing or livestock feed, those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to produce better-tasting vegetables.        

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Colbert: Vapshot Alcohol Vaporizer Because 'Lungs Don't Vomit'

September 3, 2014 8:45 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

There's nothing like a stiff drink to take the edge off a rough day. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" provides his take on the Vapshot Alcohol Vaporizer, which allows consumers to drink alcohol and feel the effects almost immediately.  

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The Contract Manufacturing Agreement: What Food Makers Need to Know

September 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Dori E. Brewer, Perkins Coie LLP | Articles | Comments

Before taking the outsourcing plunge, it is critical that businesses commit to processes that ensure the safety of consumers, the security of their intellectual property and compliance with food safety laws.           

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Va. Couple Creates Book That Pairs Fine Beers With Food

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID A. MAURER, The Daily Progress | News | Comments

There are more than 60 microbreweries operating in Virginia. The breweries have become so popular that August was designated Virginia Craft Beer Month. Perfectly timed to coincide with this monthlong celebration is the release of a book on melding fine beers with good eats.

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PRODUCT VIDEO: Explosion-Proof Stack Light With Horns

September 3, 2014 7:45 am | by Larson Lights | Product Releases | Comments

This stack light provides 50 watts of LED light in red, yellow, blue, amber and green, and includes two audible explosion-proof horns.   

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Filler

September 3, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Ten Piston Filling Machine is designed for high speed accurate filling of many portion control products such as: guacamole, hummus, cheese, salsa, peanut and nut butters and other condiments. 

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5 Tips For Manufacturers to Protect Against IP Theft

September 2, 2014 2:32 pm | by Salo Fajer | Articles | Comments

This may seem like a no-brainer, but despite all of the chatter in the C-Suite about cyber security, very few companies have meaningful data protection programs in place today.                    

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In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 2, 2014 2:22 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.            

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American Born Moonshine Launches in Texas

September 2, 2014 2:14 pm | by American Born Moonshine | News | Comments

American Born Moonshine is expanding into Texas, marking the brand's first foray into the Lone Star State. The family of products includes three flavors — Original, Apple Pie and Dixie — and honors the tradition of authentic mountain moonshine and the patriotic American rebel spirit. 

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Solid Apple Crop Expected in Northern New England

September 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont, the second biggest producer of apples in New England after Massachusetts, produced about 850,000 bushels of apples last year, and experts predict this year's yield will be close to that.             

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Beer Gardens Helping Milwaukee County Budget

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beer gardens weren't terribly hard for people to accept in Milwaukee County, which has one of the highest numbers of people with German ancestry in the country. While the big breweries moved years ago, beer is still ingrained here, with smaller breweries like Sprecher Brewing Co. 

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Colorado Town OKs Bud Light 'Whatever' Promotion

September 2, 2014 11:25 am | by The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado | News | Comments

Some residents of Crested Butte, Colorado are upset after local officials gave the go-ahead to Bud Light to take over the town, fence it in and literally paint it blue for an upcoming weekend event.                 

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Consumer Trends: Chicken-Eaters Want More 'Humanely Raised' Meat

September 2, 2014 11:00 am | by ASPCA | News | Comments

In response to National Chicken Month, ASPCA encourages consumers to request more humanely raised chicken options from their grocery stores. The survey shows consumers want more humanely raised chickens because they feel it leads to safer chicken products.

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To Make Crowdsourcing Work, Move From Contents to Continual Innovation

September 2, 2014 10:42 am | by John Paul Williams | Articles | Comments

Crowdsourcing is all the rage. The Internet is rife with breathless coverage of companies inviting the public to submit videos, create new food flavors or submit product ideas to company and open platforms.            

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