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US Adds the Most Jobs in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 2:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.         

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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 2

December 5, 2014 2:10 pm | by Kurt Warzynski, Vice President of Process Engineering, Stellar | Articles | Comments

In the second part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?        

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Cargill Will Pay $6.1M to Settle Truvia False Ad Suit

December 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Truvia Natural Sweetener will pay $6.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated by a Hawaii woman. Kailua-Kona resident Denise Howerton's lawsuit said Cargill made misleading statements about Truvia being a natural sweetener.

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Research Shows Antioxidant Capacity of Orange Juice is 'Undervalued'

December 5, 2014 1:00 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. 

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Colbert: Fairlife Milk, For Those Who Want a Drink 'Just Short of Good'

December 5, 2014 12:35 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of the late-night show "The Colbert Report" is "so excited" about a new beverage scientifically and specifically engineered to make you feel like you're being healthy. What is it? Well, technically it's milk.       

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Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Recycling is no longer a consumer fad focused solely on the end of the life cycle, but a market force that is shaping corporate America’s manufacturing processes. Brian Kennell, Tetra Pak’s president and CEO, examines this next generation of recycling.

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Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Pennywell | News | Comments

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell.

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Canada Hopes Avian Flu Contained to 4 Poultry Farms

December 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized — a total of about 35,000 birds. Canada's chief veterinary officer says agencies are looking for any sign the virus has moved beyond the four farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

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Burger King, Tim Hortons to Close Deal Next Week

December 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Burger King and Canadian doughnut shop chain Tim Hortons expect to complete their $11 billion tie-up on Dec. 12, following a shareholder vote early next week. The combined company will have its headquarters in Canada.     

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VIDEO: Starbucks' New 'Willy Wonka' Of Coffee

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Making a bet that consumers want a unique experience and high-end, expensive coffee, Starbucks is opening a new Roastery in Seattle. CEO Howard Schultz gives Poppy Harlow a tour.                    

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

December 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Wayne Perry, Technical Director, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants.         

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Want to Boost Profits? Invite Employees to Be 100 Percent Honest

December 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Brad Oberwager, CEO, Bare Foods | Articles | Comments

At Bare Foods, I wanted to collect employee feedback in a systematic way, but I knew I’d never have time to respond to individual emails, nor could I require employees to stare at a blank email each week and expect them to come up with insightful feedback.

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Hershey to Buy Canadian Candy Maker For $28M

December 5, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

Hershey is expanding its business into Canada with a $28 million purchase of Allan Candy Co., the company behind Hot Lips candies. Hershey said that its Canadian unit would buy Allan in order to increase manufacturing capacity for sweets and refreshments.

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Analyst: Beef Prices Expected to Rise in 2015

December 5, 2014 8:00 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers will likely see a modest uptick in beef prices at the grocery store next year, though most of the significant increases have already happened, a cattle market analyst said. Last year at this time, meatpackers were paying $130 a hundredweight for cattle.

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Photo of the Day: Record 4.16-Pound Truffle to be Auctioned

December 5, 2014 7:50 am | by AP Photo/Sotheby's | News | Comments

This photo provided by Sotheby's shows a record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle at the U.S. Sabatino headquarters in West Haven, Conn. The truffle was found a week earlier in Umbria, Italy and is scheduled to go on the auction block in New York on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

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CentriFlow Meter: Gravimetric Solids Flow Meter

December 5, 2014 7:45 am Eastern Instruments Product Releases | Comments

The mass flow metering device is for measuring almost any dry solid and is perfect for applications involving weighing, mixing, blending, batching and ratio-control. 

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Organic Food Manufacturer Formulates Products For Pets

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by NutriFusion | News | Comments

Food manufacturers will now be able to infuse their existing brands with NutriFusion's special pet-friendly blends that are conducive to a healthy diet rich in vitamins that include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as beets, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, cranberry, strawberry, apple and pumpkin.

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VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive | News | Comments

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

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Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 1

December 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by David Beal, Senior Management Consultant, TBM Consulting Group | Articles | Comments

In this three-part series of the Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?             

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USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

Demand for organic in the United States has been booming, with organic sales in 2013 hitting a record $35.1 billion. Demand for organic around the world has been exploding as well, and U.S. organic exports in 2013 reached a new high of $537 million.

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