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North American Meat Institute Announces Speakers for Meat Industry Management Conference

March 19, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The North American Meat Institute this week announced key speakers for its upcoming Meat Industry Management Conference, scheduled to take place April 15-18, 2015, in Carlsbad, California. The annual conference will feature education sessions covering an array of topics, including food safety, government regulations, economics, communications and workforce issues. 

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MicroPitch Transfer Modules

March 19, 2015 7:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The MicroPitch Transfer Modules can be easily incorporated into existing production lines, helping eliminate production bottlenecks and improving line efficiency with minimal investment.

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Whiskey Sales Soar, Lead Spirits Industry

March 18, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The founder and CEO of 2 Gingers, Kieran Folliard, discusses rising U.S. whiskey sales.

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Bud Light Fans Upset With Controversial Tweet

March 18, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Bud Light's #UpForWhatever hashtag backfired on St. Patrick's Day when one of the brand's tweets seemed to poke fun at issues of sexual consent. While the beer giant may have intended to write a humorous tweet in celebration of the holiday, its Twitter followers were less than amused.

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General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 1:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills says that it has completed a plan to eliminate about 800 positions. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

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The Impact of Online Pest Management

March 18, 2015 1:00 pm | by Chad Gore, PhD, Rentokil Regional Technical Director | Articles | Comments

At the heart of an effective integrated pest management program is the interaction and cooperation that takes place between the food manufacturer and the pest control provider, which is one of the main reasons that moving from a paper-based logbook to an online pest management system can deliver huge benefits.

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Starbucks Delivery to Start in Seattle, NYC

March 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In Seattle, Starbucks said it will team up with a company called Postmates to deliver to homes and offices within specific areas. In New York City, delivery will be from existing or newly setup Starbucks shops in certain buildings, starting with the Empire State Building.

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Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The companies said they hope their new industrial facility will serve the country's food sector "with zero environmental impact."

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Maryland Bill Would Restrict Ingredients, Chemicals in School Meals

March 18, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Legislation under consideration in Maryland would ban a wide range of ingredients and chemicals from meals served in the state's public schools.

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World's Top Chefs: 'Eat Small Fish to Make Big Difference'

March 18, 2015 10:40 am | by ALAN CLENDENNING, Associated Press | News | Comments

That's the message from 20 of the world's leading chefs, who gathered in northeastern Spain on Tuesday to draw attention to what they hope is a simple solution to the threat facing many of the larger fish species that overfishing has pushed to near collapse. 

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Longtime Riceland Foods CEO Dies at Age 81

March 18, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Longtime Riceland Foods Inc. president and chief executive officer Richard Bell has died in Stuttgart.

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Chilean Cuisine Rises By Going Back to its Roots

March 18, 2015 9:15 am | by LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Latin American cuisine has gained respect globally thanks to culinary maestros like Peru's Gaston Acurio, who has opened more than a dozen restaurants worldwide, including the Astrid & Gaston franchise. Now, Chile is starting to appear on the world's gastronomical radar.

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Update: Winery Owner, Investor Die in Apparent Murder-Suicide

March 18, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A troubled winery owner who chased an investor through a Northern California vineyard and shot him in the head at close range as police approached had a silencer in his gun, which could signal the man planned the killing, police said.

The Latest Ingredient for Food & Beverage Manufacturing Efficiency – The Cloud

March 18, 2015 8:50 am | by Mike Edgett, Director, Industry Marketing, Process Manufacturing, Infor | Articles | Comments

The food and beverage industry remains a highly competitive and fast-paced environment. Manufacturers must continue to invest in updated technology and processes or they will eventually fall behind. Deploying critical business applications in the cloud could be a viable solution for manufacturers to increase profitability and maintain growth, while still being cautious of underlying costs.

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Tyson Reveals $47M Expansion of Nebraska Plant

March 18, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. has revealed a $47 million expansion of its existing beef processing plant in central Nebraska.

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Kraft Recalls 6.5M Boxes of Mac and Cheese

March 18, 2015 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

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Mass Flow Meters and Controllers

March 18, 2015 7:50 am | by Aalborg Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Applications include flow measurement and control, environmental, analytical, life sciences, R&D, food and beverage, pharmacology, gas sampling, and pilot plants.

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America Has Entered a New Era of Sports Nutrition

March 17, 2015 4:05 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Among the most popular functional foods are sports drinks and nutrition bars. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36 percent of all U.S. adults consume sports drinks. Meanwhile, dollar sales in the nutrition bar segment grew an impressive 8 percent last year.

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March/April 2015: A Firm Grasp on its Craft

March 17, 2015 3:41 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Griffin Claw Brewing Company prides itself on producing beer with a mix of tradition and technology at its Birmingham, Michigan facility. To read this cover story, exclusive features on robotics in the food plant and ways to introduce ... 

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Brown-Forman Descendant First to Run Old Forester in Nearly 100 Years

March 17, 2015 3:15 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. is putting a descendant of its founder in charge of its original whiskey, the latest sign that it intends to rejuvenate the long-struggling Old Forester bourbon brand.

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