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MMI Releases Manufacturing Trends for 2014-2015

April 14, 2014 12:51 pm | News | Comments

Jacob Prak, CEO of Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), provided an overview of manufacturing trends for the coming twelve months. Prak said companies well aware of the changing situations and flexible enough to adapt will be in the best position to grow and succeed.

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Smithfield Owner Plans IPO to Raise up to $5.3B

April 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's WH Group, which became the world's biggest pork company after purchasing U.S.-based Smithfield Foods last year, said Monday that it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Beef Prices Climb to Highest Level Since 1987

April 14, 2014 12:43 pm | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.

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How Veterans Can Help Fix the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net, @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing needs more skilled and dedicated employees, and there will soon be an influx of veterans who have the qualities necessary to be successful. When it comes to technical skills, it would be harder to find people acquainted with more advanced machinery than veterans.

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Consumer Trends: Burger Sales Fall as Segment Matures

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Burger chains have reached maturity, as limited-service burger segment sales contracted in 2013, according to Technomic. Although burger chains tallied U.S. sales of more than $72 million, they recorded nominal growth of only 1.2 percent.

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BevTech

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | Events

International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) holds its annual meeting, BevTech, each spring to transact the Society's business, to provide a forum for presentation of scientific and technical papers and for meetings of the technical committees.

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Heartland Food Products Plans $21M Expansion

April 14, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Heartland Food Products Group, which makes drink mixes and sweeteners, is planning a $21 million project to add production and distribution facilities in Indianapolis. The company anticipates adding up to 160 jobs in the next few years with the expansion.

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Passamaquoddy Tribe Invests in Maple Syrup

April 14, 2014 10:10 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press | News | Comments

The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver, as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.

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Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. Two customers have reported a possible allergic reaction connected to the product.

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Lindt Wins Latest Round in Copyright Fight with Haribo

April 14, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Spruengli AG won the latest round in its battle of the bears against Germany's Haribo GmbH. A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.

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Photos of the Day: State, Federal Lawmakers Combat Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

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Lawmakers Fight Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

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GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Chobani Founder Accused of Stealing Fage's Greek Yogurt Recipe

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

The ex-wife of Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya claims that her former husband stole competitor Fage's secret recipe for Greek yogurt. In a matter of years, Chobani has unseated Fage as the No. 1 brand of Greek yogurt in the United States.

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Metal Conveyor Belt

April 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

DURAFLEX® EDGE open metal conveyor belting is designed for dairy, meat, poultry and food manufacturers.

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Cable Seal

April 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Roxtec EZEntry™ seal is designed to simplify cable sealing in the equipment manufacturing industry.

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Mini Light Tower

April 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The The WAL-C-4XM Quadpod Mini Light Tower produces approximately 575,000 lumens of light and is adjustable from 7-14 ft.

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PMMI: 'PACK gives BACK' Event to Feature Jay Leno

April 11, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces the return of PACK gives BACK™, Monday, Nov. 3. The event, open to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, will feature comedian Jay Leno. A portion of ticket sales will support the K9s for Warriors charity.

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Childhood Obesity Rates Stabilize But More Kids Are Severely Obese

April 11, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, according to the study.

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Nevada Food Exports Hit Record Levels

April 11, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Nevada's food and agricultural exports reached a milestone last year, exceeding 2012 sales by more than $19 million. The Nevada Department of Agriculture says export sales hit $137 million in 2013, an increase of 17 percent from the year before.

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