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Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic in Some Vino — Should We Drink On?

March 20, 2015 | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Comments

According to a story reported by CBS News, a researcher named Kevin Hicks analyzed 1,300 bottles of wine and found that almost a quarter of them had arsenic levels higher than what's considered safe for water.

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Food Processing Plant Down? 3 Solutions to Keep Operations Moving

March 27, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jim Oko, Director of Process Engineering, Stellar

If a disaster puts your plant’s operations on pause, know your options for continuing production outside the walls of your facility. Co-packing, co-manufacturing and built-in redundancy are three solutions to keep your operations moving when your plant is down. Here are the key things to know about each.

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March Madness Could Cost Employers Nearly $2B

March 17, 2015 8:40 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

With March Madness now in full swing, workplaces will lose time and money due to employees filling out brackets, checking scores, and watching games during work hours over the next few weeks, especially this Thursday and Friday.

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 12, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The powdered alcohol product, called Palcohol, has received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Should the product be approved and regulated like other alcohol products?

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Candy in Drinks the Next Big Thing?

March 9, 2015 2:20 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Consumer tastes are changing, with many moving away from soda and other sugary drinks and instead choosing a healthier alternative. But that isn't stopping Sonic from rolling out some more of its candy/drink concoctions.

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BonBon Jovi, Pork Floyd Among #FoodieBandNames on Twitter

March 4, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

I love a good pun, so I can't help but laugh at the #FoodieBandNames hashtag that has taken over the foodie Twitterverse in the last 24 hours. It all began with Zagat's "Bone Broth Thugs-n-Harmony" tweet.

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Photo of the Day: Food-Inspired Fashion Becoming Growing Trend

March 3, 2015 10:27 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Just when you thought you'd seen it all with Lady Gaga's dress made of raw meat, TV reality star Lucy Watson is jumping in on the action of food-inspired outfits. Watson's couture dress is part of a growing trend on catwalks and showbiz events.

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Amazon Wants to Put 3D Printers in Delivery Trucks

March 2, 2015 3:10 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

The 3D printers would allow drivers to pop out products from right outside customers' homes in the same trucks already used to deliver other products.

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How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 2, 2015 1:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Food recalls always seem to be in the news. From candy to meat to apples, food traceability is important so that the products can be traced back to their source if and when a risk is identified. Check out this infographic on recalls to learn more.

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Holidays Present Big Opportunities For Food Companies

March 2, 2015 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

It is said that nostalgia plays a major role in limited-time holiday flavors. One of the most notorious holiday foods this time of year is, of course, the McDonald's Shamrock Shake.

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Cotton Candy Oreos Rumored to Make Debut as Next Flavor

February 27, 2015 1:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

There are very few foods in this world where I would describe them as tasting like fun. Cotton candy, though, being the exception. It is rumored that this special flavor will be hitting grocery store shelves. 

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When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become the Front Line For 'All Natural'

February 27, 2015 8:25 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

There’s certainly an “ick” factor to artificial additives, even though they enhance flavor and color, helping us “taste the rainbow” in our favorite sweets. Controversy has swirled around the potential health risks of synthetic dyes since studies began linking them to ADHD and other behavioral problems.

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How a Digital PSM Program Can Save You Time

February 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by Richard Boyd, Project Manager, Stellar

What if I told you that your facility could shorten its process safety management (PSM) audit from four days to four hours? This was a reality for a plant I audited recently — all thanks to its digital PSM program. 

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What's Going on With the Labor Unions of Today?

February 26, 2015 2:45 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

Labor unions are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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3 Nutty Facts to Munch on in Honor of Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day

February 25, 2015 10:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In honor of National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day, I thought it would be fun to take a trip back in time to find out more about these delicious snacks. Did you know, for example, that the original chocolate-covered peanut candies were called Goobers?

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Eating Alone: Market Opportunity — And a Step Toward Obesity?

February 24, 2015 9:15 am | by The Hartman Group

The act of eating together  helps regulate food portioning and consumption. It also reinforces social bonds, gives families a reliable time to communicate and ideally reinforces the social structure of the group through division of labor involved in cooking, serving and cleaning up meals.

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3 Ways Leaders Can Create Lean

February 19, 2015 2:10 pm | by John Maher, VP Product Strategy at Synchrono

Gone are the days where leaders sit in their offices sending out directives to the rest of the organization and lead mainly by pounding on the rest of us when those directives are not met. Today, leaders are responsible for training and mentoring their people.

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Apples Move to Forefront of GMO Labeling Debate

February 19, 2015 9:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

The National Co+op Grocers on Wednesday expressed a continued objection to the lack of mandatory federally enforced labeling of genetically modified organisms in light of the deregulation announcement last week for Arctic apple varieties developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits.

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How Far is 'Too Far' When it Comes to School Nutrition Rules?

February 11, 2015 2:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Who doesn't love grandma's homemade double chocolate chip brownies? Sharing — and showing off — your family's recipes was always the highlight of my fundraising experiences. But not so fast: new government rules requiring healthier options at schools may mean saying goodbye to the days of bake sale fundraisers.

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Why Should Manufacturers Care About Net Neutrality?

February 10, 2015 8:00 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed redefining broadband internet as a telecommunications service rather than an information service. This change will present massive implications for individual internet users and businesses alike. 

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Engaging Millennials Through Customization, Curation

February 9, 2015 2:25 pm | by Ira Gleser

Consumers can now create their own customized supply chains and design products to meet their particular health goals. This creates an interesting question for food retailers — how do you deliver this trend towards customization in a brick and mortar store?

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