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Burger King 'Satisfries' Did Not Satisfy

August 14, 2014 9:37 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Burger King is nixing the lower-calorie french fries called "Satisfries" after realizing the fries weren't as well received as it had hoped. This is just one of the gambits by Burger King since investment firm 3G Capital took it public again in 2012.

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Keurig Raises Coffee Prices By 9 Percent

August 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain said that it needs to boost prices because of factors including higher prices for cocoa and green coffee and increases in packaging materials, energy and transportation costs. The price increases will take effect on Nov. 3.

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Flexible Loading Dock Enclosure

August 14, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexible fabric wall systems enclose the interior loading dock areas. The adaptable wall systems substantially reduce facility energy costs and greatly enhance employee comfort at the loading dock without the need to build permanent walls.

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Label, Print Verification System

August 14, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This inspection system employs multiple cameras to inspect labels on round containers — bottles, jars, cans and tubes — without the need to orient them on the production line.

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Gold'n Plump Chicken CEO to Retire After 40 Years

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota | News | Comments

CEO Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken. Helgeson began working for GNP Co. in 1974 straight out of college, and has been CEO for 21 years. The company now processes 100 million chickens a year.   

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A New Beer With a Dark Past: Guinness Goes Blonde

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by Guinness | News | Comments

Guinness Blonde is the first release in the Guinness Discovery Series, a concept showcasing a range of new 'fusion brew' beer options. As lagers continue to gain favor among beer drinkers, Guinness has collaborated with brewing experts to create a one-of-a-kind taste in American Lagers.

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kansas-based processing plant, Beef Products Inc., is reopening after critics dubbed its ground beef products "pink slime." Approximately 236 workers at the Garden City plant lost their jobs in 2012 amid the quarrel over a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.

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Genetically Engineered Fruit Flies Could Save Crops

August 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Natural Environment Research Council, Oxitec Ltd. | News | Comments

The fruit fly is a serious agricultural pest which causes extensive damage to crops. It is currently controlled by a combination of insecticides and baited traps. Now, experts are releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild as a way to control pests. 

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Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

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Constellation Buys Casa Noble Tequila

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With stars like Justin Timberlake, P Diddy and George Clooney all launching their own brands, tequila sales are rising. Constellation Brands is closing a deal next month to buy Casa Noble tequila. Casa Noble tequilas include Casa Noble Crystal, Reposado and Añejo.

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Preventing Pests From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 13, 2014 11:35 am | by Rotex | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitos, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation. 

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VIDEO: Farm-to-Table Movement Reworked by Menuless Restaurants

August 13, 2014 9:56 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Instead of the typical American dinner where the protein takes center stage, chef Dan Barber asks consumers to make vegetables the main act. Barber says health is about what the landscape wants to provide and how our diets can be fashioned to support that.

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Kellogg to Require Suppliers to Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:30 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Kellogg Co., a Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer, is announcing new global sustainability commitments in two areas — responsible sourcing and natural resources. Under the plan, the company will require suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas outputs.

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Photos: OREO Surprises 50 of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 9:00 am | by OREO | News | Comments

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller. Because these small towns often go overlooked, many people probably don't know about the little things that make them so unique.

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US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

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Penn. Liquor Board Urged to Boost Markup on Wine, Liquor Prices

August 13, 2014 8:45 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

PLCB's finance director proposed that the markup be raised from 30 percent to 35 percent. The issue of the markup rate comes amid a high-profile legislative stalemate over the future of Pennsylvania's state-controlled liquor system.    

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Former Manager of Ga. Peanut Plant 'Scared' By Salmonella Test

August 13, 2014 8:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samuel Lightsey, former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella, said he was "scared to death" the first time he saw a positive lab test that had identified the deadly pathogen in the company's products.  

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Big Lots Adds More Big Name Brands to Food Lineup

August 13, 2014 8:20 am | by Big Lots, Inc. | News | Comments

Big Lots, a large American retailer, is revamping its food department selection with an eye toward value, consistency and convenience. A few of the brand names that the company is adding include: Kraft, Nutella, Smucker's and Pillsbury.   

Rethinking Business Processes to Boost Margins

August 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Brian Shannon, Principal Business Process Management Strategist, Dolphin Corp. | Articles | Comments

Companies across the spectrum of food manufacturing, whether it be a purveyor of customized ingredients for the food and beverage industry or a multi-national food company, have all found a recipe for success and profitability by optimizing their near-cash processes.

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Cart Mounted Lights

August 13, 2014 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion proof portable tank light with a manhole mount flange option uses a 400 watt metal halide lamp to produce 75,000 lumens of light capable of illuminating 20,000 sq. ft. of work area.

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