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How Valuable Is Your Freight Provider?

February 22, 2012 1:22 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Manufacturers around the globe have been awash with new thinking on how to manage a global supply chain that is, despite better technology, still remarkably delicate.

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Could Gov’t Reorganization Impact The Food Industry?

January 30, 2012 9:00 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor

The Obama administration says that combining overlapping agencies could curb “unnecessary waste and duplication,” with the added benefit of “saving taxpayer dollars.”

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Where The Buck Stops

January 27, 2012 10:43 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

As the legal consequences for selling faulty products falls more and more on the shoulders of retailers, food processors’ customers may push for greater protections for consumers and themselves.

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PETA Offers Reward For Successful Lab-Grown Meat

January 23, 2012 11:26 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the Daily Mail, animal welfare group PETA has offered a $1 million reward to the first scientist who can prove laboratory-grown chicken is viable by 2016. Proponents of lab-grown meat say it would be more environmentally friendly and reduce animal suffering.

Live Mouse Found In McDonald’s Buns

January 20, 2012 11:25 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Huffington Post reported that a former McDonald’s employee shot a cell phone video of a live mouse in a bag of Big Mac buns at a McDonald’s in Philadelphia. The employee alleged that mouse droppings were often found on buns at the fast food restaurant, and the manager ordered workers to serve the buns after wiping off the droppings.

Crowdsourcing A Beer On Facebook

January 19, 2012 11:05 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Mashable, Sam Adams has released a Facebook app will allow users to crowdsource their own brew. Users will be able to choose various characteristics, such as color, clarity, body, hops and malt. The choices that prove most popular will be utilized to craft a “collaborative ale” that will be brewed next month.

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FSMA: One Year Later

January 18, 2012 9:56 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Last January, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the largest overhaul of the U.S. food safety system in decades. Since then, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun implementing various guidelines for the food industry.

Stormtrooper Gets Caked

January 17, 2012 11:44 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Amanda Oakleaf Cakes created a life-size Stormtrooper  for the Arisia Sci-Fi Convention in Boston. The creation comprised of both cake and Rice Krispie treats, stood 6’4″ tall and weighed at least 300 pounds. Check out their blog to see how this monster cake was created.

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Red Wine-Heart Researcher Charged With Fraud

January 13, 2012 11:08 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A scientist responsible for studying the link between aging and resveratrol, found in red wine, has been accused of committing more than 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification, according to Reuters. Dipak K. Das, who directed the University of … Continue reading →

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The Darth Vader Burger

January 10, 2012 11:30 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to International Business Times, French fast food chain Quick is harnessing “the force” with its new Darth Vader burger, complete with a black bun. The menu item was created in honor of the upcoming release of Star Wars 1: … Continue reading →

PepsiCo Says It Has Evidence Of Fraud In Mouse In Mt. Dew Case

January 4, 2012 10:57 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

LegalNewsline reported that PepsiCo, the maker of Mountain Dew, is gathering scientific evidence for a lawsuit brought against the company by a man who claims he found a dead mouse in his Mountain Dew can in 2009. PepsiCo stated that … Continue reading →

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The Average American Ate A Ton Last Year

January 3, 2012 11:06 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to NPR, the average American literally ate a ton of food last year, with most of the food consisting of cheese, sweets, potatoes and grains. The data, provided by the USDA, indicated that we each consume about 630 pounds … Continue reading →

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McDonald’s Puts A Face On Its Food

December 19, 2011 12:51 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

After the new year, McDonald’s is planning on launching a campaign featuring four of its U.S. food suppliers in an attempt to put a face on its food. The marketing strategy was developed in part to cash in on the local movement, which has consumers more interested in where their food comes from.

How Coca-Cola Brought Santa To Life

December 16, 2011 12:31 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Much of the Christmas season revolves around the jolly man in the red suit, but how did he become so popular? It turns out that Coca-Cola, famous for its Santa cans, had a huge part in developing the modern St. … 

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Texas Oysters Doomed By Disasters

December 14, 2011 11:29 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A USA Today article covered the ever struggling Texas oyster industry, which has been decimated by one disaster after another, including Hurricane Ike in 2008, last year’s BP oil spill and the recent bloom of toxic algae. A monster drought … 

Ready For The Post-Incandescent Plant? (Part II)

December 13, 2011 11:22 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

The first installment of “Ready For The Post-Incandescent Plant?” describes the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 and its implications for manufacturers. The Pay-Off Just how quickly can a new lighting system pay … 

Ready For The Post-Incandescent Plant?

December 12, 2011 11:03 am | by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

The much-debated “phase-out” of incandescent light bulbs has struck a nerve with consumers and manufacturers alike recently, but the process began long ago, when the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 was passed … 

Are You Prepared?

December 5, 2011 2:39 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

Every fall, I try to get in a horrible zombie movie. During the movie, the characters are never prepared, and are always without a shotgun, a chainsaw, and an Oldsmobile Delta-88 with which to …

Is Your Favorite Seasonal Food On The Naughty List?

December 1, 2011 11:02 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Huffington Post recently released it’s ‘Naughty & Nice’ list of this year’s seasonal restaurant items, which includes everything from a gingerbread martini to red velvet hot chocolate. While some of these concoctions look rather tasty, some should go straight to …

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Giving Packaging A Clean Bill Of Health

November 30, 2011 11:32 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Health foods have become a booming business, but nutrition experts say food companies should take care, lest their products be viewed as more hype than wholesome. A recent study indicates that selling “better-for-you” foods and beverages …

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