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Breaking Down the Organic Shopper

April 14, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

Nearly 70 percent of consumers purchase some sort of organic product today. "Going organic" is a trend that has been moving steadily upward for the past nine years, but did you know that 38 percent of all organic shoppers are new consumers in the industry?

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Heaven in Four Words: Salted Brownie Caramel Beer

April 17, 2015 11:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

When you think of the classic food pairings, the old friends of peanut butter and jelly or bacon and eggs probably come to mind. What about beer and ice cream? Ben & Jerry's is teaming up with Colorado's New Belgium Brewery to bring us Salted Caramel Brownie Beer.

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Survey Says Grilled Cheese Lovers Have More Sex, Are More Generous

April 16, 2015 10:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Did you know 88 percent of grilled cheese lovers define themselves as adventurous? Read on to learn some more strange findings from a new survey by Skout.

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Infographic: The State of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by IMPO

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think.

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Study Suggests Cheese is What Keeps the French Heart-Healthy

April 8, 2015 12:35 pm | by American Chemical Society

Figuring out why the French have low cardiovascular disease rates despite a diet high in saturated fats has spurred research and many theories to account for this phenomenon known as the "French paradox." 

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Study Finds Internet of Things Vital to Future of Transportation and Logistics Industry

April 6, 2015 2:45 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor

A recent study done on behalf of Zebra Technologies found that 96 percent of transportation and logistics companies agree that the Internet of Things is the most strategic technological initiative their organization will undertake this decade.

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What's Better Than Candies in Your Easter Basket? A Life-Size Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch

April 2, 2015 1:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

How would you like to bite into a life-size chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch this Easter? In a strange stunt to help promote its new Drama channel, UKTV has created a 6-foot, 88-pound doppelganger of the famed actor out of pure Belgian chocolate, giving intense fans just one more reason to drool over him.

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Rewarding Your Readership With Constant Improvement

April 2, 2015 10:44 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director

Listed here are just a few of the new things we are doing to improve our daily content mix.

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Following Sanitary Design Best Practices Key to Avoiding Food Safety Recalls

April 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Joe Bove, PE, Vice President, Design, Stellar

As food recalls litter the headlines and impact the health of consumers, food safety continues to be a crucial area of focus. A sound food safety program begins on the plant floor, and it all starts with following sanitary design best practices.

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

March 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor

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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Bud Light Fans Upset With Controversial Tweet

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

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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Why the Gender Gap Matters For Manufacturing

March 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor

In West Virginia, a woman who works full-time year-round will make 67.3 cents for every dollar made by her male coworker, according to Employment and Earning.

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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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Egg Industry Orders Up Kevin Bacon Ad Campaign; Will it Work?

March 12, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The American Egg Board plans to launch an advertisement campaign later this week featuring "Footloose" actor Kevin Bacon. The Board will use puns involving his last name to help push eggs as a top staple in the American diet. 

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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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