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California Milk Board: ‘Got PMS? Get Milk’

July 12, 2011 3:58 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The California Milk Processor Board has created a new ad campaign focusing on milk’s effects on premenstrual syndrome. The ads focus on PMS from the man’s point of view, asking, “Are you a man living with PMS?” The campaign is …

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Most Bizarre State Foods

July 11, 2011 12:50 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Ever wonder where the ice cream cone and Kool-Aid come from? This slide show from The Daily Meal will let you in on the origins of these famous foods, as well as introduce you to some of America’s most bizarre … 

Do You Want Wine With That? Fast Food Joints Sell Alcohol

July 8, 2011 1:46 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

USA Today reported that some fast food restaurants, including Sonic and Burger King, are now offering beer and wine at some of their locations. Starbucks also recently began selling alcohol at some of its Seattle cafes. While the efforts are …

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Woman Lands In Hospital After Overdosing On Energy Shots

July 7, 2011 12:39 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to MSNBC, A 22-year-old woman rushed to the emergency room after she experienced abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and a fever. When her body scan was normal, she was sent home, but returned later even sicker than before. She also …

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World’s Biggest Burger Weighs 777 Pounds

July 6, 2011 11:57 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A record-breaking, 777-pound hamburger was crafted July 2 at the Alameda County Fair. The giant of a sandwich included a 110-pound bun, buckets of ketchup and mayo, 13 pounds of lettuce, 20 pounds of onions and 12 pounds of pickles. …

Nathan’s Famous Competition: A July 4th Tradition

July 5, 2011 11:38 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

While most of us were celebrating Independence Day downing hot dogs and drinks with friends and family, competitive eater Joey Chestnut was taking hot dog consumption to a new level at this year’s Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest. Chestnut …

Forks Are The Devil! Or At Least They Used To Be

July 1, 2011 1:38 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Here’s a fun Friday fact: Forks weren’t always as ubiquitous as they are today, according to Gizmodo. In fact, in the Middle Ages, forks were seen as a sinful vanity of the devil, an unnecessary tool for bringing “God’s gift …

The 2,000-Pound Transformers Cake

June 30, 2011 11:45 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Cake master Buddy Valastro of TLC’s Cake Boss show created a 2,000-pound cake in the shape of a Transformer and a car in celebration of the latest installment of the movie series. Valastro said the cake took about four days …

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Best Diet Trick: Finding A Caterpillar In Your Cake

June 28, 2011 2:01 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A woman found a not-so-welcome surprise when she unwrapped her Weight Watchers Country Cake slice: A live caterpillar dropped from the cake onto her desk. Since the cake was pre-wrapped, the woman said she had no idea how the critter … 

Americans Drink More Soft Drinks Than Water, More Beer Than Milk

June 27, 2011 3:22 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Advertising Age, Americans drink more carbonated soft drinks than any other beverage. Water comes in second, followed by beer, which beat out milk for the third spot. Subscribe To Food Manufacturing’s Free Newsletter Like Us On Facebook Follow …

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Freaky Friday

June 24, 2011 12:09 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Krystal Gabert, Editor On the last Friday of each month, Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for June: It’s not often that a produce giant becomes …

A Taste Of The Apocalypse

June 24, 2011 12:02 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Gizmodo recently posted a taste test of Shelf Reliance’s Thrive line of freeze-dried foods designed specifically for use after an apocalyptic situation. The year’s worth of food can be purchased through Costco for $800 and includes everything from pancakes to … 

Is The Poop Burger Story A Load Of Crap?

June 23, 2011 3:00 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Salon has delved deeper into the mystery of the YouTube video featuring a Japanese scientist who allegedly created a form of meat by extracting protein from human excrement. According to the publication, the video was first released on YouTube in … 

Fake Fat Makes You Fatter

June 23, 2011 10:59 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Slate, the fake fat used by several food companies to make food products “lighter” may actually do more harm than good. Olestra, a fat substitute used in many light chip brands, could actually make you gain more weight … 

Why Eating Junk Food Makes You Want Even More

June 22, 2011 11:55 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Daily Mail is reporting a study indicating that fatty junk food annihilates the brain cells responsible for controlling weight, which may be the reason why overweight people find it extra hard to drop the pounds. When scientists fed rats …

Would You Eat A ‘Crapburger’?

June 21, 2011 11:55 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A researcher for the Environmental Assessment Center in Japan has created a new “meat” that is made by extracting protein and fat from “sewage mud,” or, in other words, human excrement. The dish is potentially much more environmentally friendly, but …

Will It Fry? Man Sells Fried Kool-Aid At County Fair

June 20, 2011 11:05 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An avid Kool-Aid fan decides to try frying up a mixture of flour, water and cherry Kool-Aid. 

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Kids’ Lemonade Stand Shut Down, Fined $500 At U.S. Open

June 17, 2011 10:58 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to WUSA in Maryland, one parent said the kids were denied “the American dream” after officials shut down their lemonade stand outside the U.S. Open and fined the group $500 for not having a permit. To make matters worse, … 

Is The Oreo Design A Freemason Conspiracy?

June 16, 2011 11:32 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An article posted by The Atlantic discusses the intricate design history of the Oreo cookie. Apparently, some Oreo fans have speculated that parts of the cookie’s design may stem from symbols used by the Knights Templar as well as the …

Ice Cream Shop Sells Cicada Ice Cream

June 10, 2011 12:01 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Missouri was asked to stop selling its cicada ice cream, despite the fact it was wildly popular with customers. The treat debuted June 1 and sold out within hours. Cicadas were collected by shop employees, …

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