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InvisiPac GM100 Hot Melt Applicator

February 17, 2015 5:45 am | by Graco Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The InvisiPac GM100 Plug-Free Hot Melt Applicator offers all the benefits of plug-free adhesive dispensing in a compact design, and is ideal for both original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and end user packaging equipment for the food and beverage industry.

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Five Foot LED Task Light

February 17, 2015 5:05 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Company has announced the release of an Explosion Proof LED Aluminum Drop Light. Constructed to be completely impact and weather resistant, this LED drop light sacrifices no light output or quality to obtain these features.

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Two Top Food Trends Converge in February

February 13, 2015 2:50 pm | by Cherry Marketing Institute | News | Comments

Snack makers are clamoring to create healthier options and have discovered tart cherries can help deliver on both taste and nutrition. About 90 percent of Americans say they snack daily, with snacks now accounting for more than half of all eating occasions and nearly 25 percent of our daily calories. 

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New Study Sheds Light on Characterizing Global Food Trade to Include Nutritional Value

February 13, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Minnesota | News | Comments

Growing global trade is critically important for providing food when and where it's needed — but it makes it harder to link the benefits of food and the environmental burden of its production. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment propose to extend the way we characterize global food trade to include nutritional value and resource consumption.

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Survey Says Companies May Be 'Leaving Money on the Table' in Health and Wellness

February 13, 2015 1:50 pm | by AlixPartners | Articles | Comments

With an overwhelming amount of health & wellness products available in the food and beverage market, reaching consumers has become increasingly challenging. A recent survey shows consumers favor mass merchandisers over traditional grocery stores when shopping for these items.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced to Prison For Stealing $4.1M

February 13, 2015 1:23 pm | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period. The employee was accused of creating a fraudulent billing scheme that led him to submit false invoices for parts and services for which he would receive payment.

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Mad Cow Disease Reported in Alberta; First Case in Canada Since 2011

February 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta, Canadian officials announced today. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada's first case since 2011 will not affect the country's international beef trade.

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Photos of the Day: Locusts on the Menu at New 'Game of Thrones' Restaurant

February 13, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The temporary restaurant "All Men Must Dine" opened today in London, marking the DVD release of season four of the "Game of Thrones" TV series. The menu includes locusts, eel and fowl, but only a select number of guests are invited to dine at the medieval eatery.

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Selecting the Right Ventilation For the Workplace

February 13, 2015 11:45 am | by Colin Riley, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Not only is safety something that is closely monitored, but it is also very important to maintaining happy employees and keeping your good employees around. Air moving equipment can be used to keep employees safe in multiple ways including ventilating toxic fumes, cooling employees to prevent heat stress and de-stratifying air in the winter to maintain a warm temperature.

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How to Select the Right Metal Detector for Your Food Facility's Needs

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by Todd Grube, Inspection Systems Manager; Heat and Control, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Protecting your customers and brand is one of the most important functions a food manufacturer performs. To do so requires selecting the right inspection equipment and maintaining an effective, verifiable inspection program.

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Smucker Posts Mixed Results in 3Q as Coffee Demand Weakens

February 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker Co. posted mixed results for its third-quarter as it dealt with softening coffee demand. The food maker posted a profit of $160.9 million, or $1.58 per share, for the period ended Jan. 31.

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Ice Cream...With Skin?

February 13, 2015 9:40 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Inventor David Edwards is trying to change the way we take in nutrition. His best known creation is wikicells, an edible skin meant to replace traditional food packaging. Edwards' biggest problem isn't creating these alternatives, but selling the public on them.

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Crisis Management Before the Crisis: Lessons For Food Companies Handling Combustible Dusts

February 13, 2015 9:15 am | by Kara L. McCall, Michelle Ramirez | Articles | Comments

There are several engineering, training, and safety measures that a company handling these types of combustible particles can take to prevent a fire or explosion, including identifying the combustible dusts in your facility, instituting proper housekeeping and ventilation to prevent dust release and build-up (and therefore preventing the formation of dust clouds), and eliminating and controlling ignition sources. 

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Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Port

February 13, 2015 8:52 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports. And U.S.-produced perishables, including meat and produce, are unable to be sent to Asian consumers.

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Global Frozen Food Market Value Will Reach $156.4B By 2020

February 13, 2015 8:25 am | by Persistence Market Research | News | Comments

Busy life schedule is influencing consumers to shift their dietary preferences towards ready-to-eat food products. Hence, frozen foods have become an important part of the modern diet. Freezing or refrigeration allows consumers to have access to foods which were either unavailable or available only during a particular season.

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General Mills Will Move Forward With Pillsbury Plant Closure

February 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills is pushing ahead with its planned closure of a southern Indiana Pillsbury plant and a neighboring business that together employ more than 400 workers under an agreement the company reached with the union that represents those workers, the union's president said Thursday.

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LED Light Fixture

February 13, 2015 7:55 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

This powerful LED light produces 2334 lumens, operates from 12 or 24 volts DC and is available in a variety of configurations to allow tailoring to the specific requirements of various applications.

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Electric Forming Machine

February 13, 2015 7:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The SRT-2600 Servo Rapid Throughput Electric Forming Machine proves that less is more. The machine uses no hydraulic oil, making for a more hygienic process.

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Most Loved Chocolate Brands Named By Analytics Company

February 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by NetBase | News | Comments

NetBase, a social media analytics company, measured the behaviors, emotions and opinions about some of the biggest chocolate brands on the market. The statistics show that Dove has consistently earned a top spot in the "Love" category.

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5 Ways High-Speed Doors Pay Off For Food Quality, Energy Savings

February 12, 2015 1:45 pm | by Michael Watkins, VP Marketing, Rytec High Performance Doors | Articles | Comments

No matter if food is frozen or fresh, keeping the operation cold throughout the product handling chain is important for maintaining quality and avoiding failures that threaten a company’s market reputation. Yet protecting product also requires making sure the plant wastes as little of the cold air it generates as possible.

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