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In a Galaxy Not So Far Away, There's 'Star Wars' Themed Mac and Cheese

May 11, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Comments

Let's be honest with ourselves: food tastes so much better when it is shaped like our favorite TV and movie characters. Now, Kraft Foods is taking your favorite galactic warriors from the "Star Wars" series and turning them into Macaroni and Cheese.

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The History of USDA Nutrition Guides

May 27, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The evolution of the USDA's food guides over the years can be analyzed by asking one of two questions: where have we been and where are we going? Guides, pyramids, wheels — whatever you want to call them — were all introduced for one purpose: to provide consumers with a guideline on how to eat a nutritionally-balanced meal.


Distributed Refrigeration: The Benefits of Ammonia Refrigeration Without the Risk

May 22, 2015 9:00 am | by Chuck Taylor, Todd Allsup, Stellar

The majority of industrial refrigeration systems in the U.S. are central-station ammonia systems — the backbone of the food and beverage industry. For over 100 years, these ammonia systems have dominated the industry.


The Trucking Crisis

May 20, 2015 1:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor

There is a crisis on the trucking and shipping side of things, and it is beginning to take a toll on manufacturers and change the way warehouses and manufacturers need to operate.


Social Media and Food: The Perfect Pair?

May 19, 2015 11:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The power of the social media community is immense, with consumers quickly disseminating information and starting and following trends and movements. So for food and beverage brands, learning to listen and understand the inevitable tides of change is crucial.  


More or Less ERP? That is the Question

May 15, 2015 8:45 am | by Zach Hanlon

The ERP is the lifeblood of most of the manufacturing industry but that industry is changing fast and most can’t keep up.


Keurig Starts To Backpedal On DRM As Sales Tank

May 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Keurig Green Mountain promises to bring refillable K-Cups to its Keurig 2.0 system as customers reject DRM. 


My First Experience at the Food Safety Summit

April 27, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

In just a few hours, I will be boarding a plane to Baltimore, MD., where I will be joining more than 1,500 food safety professionals at the 2015 Food Safety Summit.


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.


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.


KIND Bars Maybe Not So Kind After All

April 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Although KIND bar sales have roughly doubled in size every year for a decade, last month the FDA sent a warning letter to the company for labeling several of its fruit and nut bars as "healthy"- because they do not meet federal standards.


Breaking Down the Organic Shopper

April 14, 2015 10:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

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?


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.


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." 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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