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How Fat Is Your State?

January 25, 2011 11:50 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A Trust For America’s Health report shows that obesity rates increased in 28 states over the past year. More than two-thirds of America have an obesity rate higher than 25 percent. In eight states (all in the South), one … 

McDonald’s Around The World

January 24, 2011 10:35 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A Business Insider story is featuring several meals customers can order at McDonald’s throughout the world, including a Bacon Potato Pie in Japan and the McLobster in Canada and Maine. If you live in Europe, you can even get … 

I’ll Have The Cereal With Blueberries… Or Not

January 21, 2011 11:27 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An LA Times article reported that many popular products, including cereal, muffin mix and more that claim to feature blueberries, in reality, do not. In place of blueberries, food manufacturers are using sugar, other flavorings and some food coloring. … 

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Kraft Knows What You Want To Eat

January 20, 2011 12:38 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to digitaltrends.com, Kraft knows what you really want to eat. The food giant has teamed up with Intel to create a kiosk that scans your face and makes food recommendations (Kraft products, of course) based on your gender …

What Did Celtics Drink 2,550 Years Ago? Beer, Of Course!

January 18, 2011 10:38 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Wired, early Celtic rulers in Germany celebrated with beer flavored with mugwort, carrot seed and henbane. Some say archaeological find could inspire some “extreme brewers” to create a modern version of the ancient drink. Would you try … 

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Starbucks Introduces Super-Sized Drinks

January 17, 2011 10:38 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Reuters, Starbucks is introducing a new 31 oz. cup for iced beverages, naming the new size “Trenta.” While the serving size may seem like a bit much, the company maintains that unsweetened beverages in the new size … 

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What Food Best Represents Your State?

January 14, 2011 2:32 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The I Can Has Cheezburger site has posted a map of the United States featuring the food that it thinks best represents each state. Some are obvious, like Wisconsin and cheese. Others are a bit more surprising. As for …

Rainbow Bacon

January 7, 2011 4:07 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

He’s keeping his technique a secret for now, but graphic designer Neil Caldwell has created vividly colored bacon that’s still edible. Though by the looks of the photos, “edible” might be up for debate. 

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3D Printer: The Future Of Food?

January 6, 2011 10:29 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Too tired to cook? In the future, you may be able to print your food. According to Designboom, Cornell University researchers have developed a 3D printer that uses liquid and gel cartridges to print food. They’ve already printed chocolates, cookies …

Bananas: The Newest Endangered Species?

January 5, 2011 11:10 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

If you love bananas, you may want to start eating them as much as possible, because bananas are on the verge of disappearing, at least that’s what an article in The New Yorker argued. The issue is that banana … 

No Happy Meal? How About A Crappy Meal?

January 4, 2011 10:51 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Daily Show features its own comedic take on San Francisco’s Happy Meal ban, as correspondent Aasif Mandvi discovers the motivations behind the ban and introduces kids to the new “Crappy Meal.” The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – … 

Tainted Wine Scandal Hits China

January 3, 2011 11:27 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to AFP, six people have been detained, wineries have been shut down and bottles have been pulled after it was discovered that some wine in China contained chemical additives. Reports indicate that some wines were doctored and then falsely … 

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Customer Gets Doritos Bag With Only 3 Chips

December 22, 2010 10:07 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A Taco Bell customer recently got a Doritos bag that only contained three chips. Since he had the free time, he took pictures and weighed the bag to document the incident. Pictures are available at The Consumerist website. Photo source: … 

Celebrating The Holidays With Fried Chicken

December 21, 2010 12:31 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

While most Americans expect Christmas dinner to include ham, turkey or roast beef, in Japan, they splurge on some KFC for their holiday meal. According to Slashfood, The KFC Christmas Party barrel is a huge hit in Japan, featuring … 

$324 For A Bowl Of Noodles?

December 20, 2010 10:25 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A restaurant in Taiwan is selling a bowl of beef noodles for $10,000 New Taiwan dollars, or $324 USD. According to the owner, the dish is worth so much because he uses special cuts of beef, a unique soup … 

Gulf Oysters Decimated By Oil ‘Remedy’

December 17, 2010 11:37 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Back in April, Louisiana’s governor ordered released loads of freshwater in hopes of pushing oil back to sea. But the New York Times reports the freshwater has inadvertently destroyed much of the Gulf oyster population, which needs saltwater to survive… 

Worst Holiday Food Gifts

December 16, 2010 3:45 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to The Stir, some food gifts should be avoided like the plague, unless you’re planning on giving your enemy a present this year. Personally, I think the World’s Largest Gummy Worm sounds pretty cool.

A Festivus For The Rest Of Us… Even In Prison

December 15, 2010 10:47 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Need better meals in prison? Just claim Festivus as your religion. That’s what one prisoner in California did. He didn’t like the salami meals served in jail, so he claimed to celebrate the Seinfeld-created religion, and a judge actually bought … 

Food Channel Predicts 2011 Food Trends

December 14, 2010 12:39 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Food Channel has been predicting the next year’s food trends for 23 years. Of particular interest to food manufacturers would be #6: Small is the new big business. Here’s this year’s list: 1. The Canning Comeback: Canning is gaining … 

Robotic Tea Pluckers

December 13, 2010 12:08 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The food industry is becoming more automated everyday, and now it looks like our tea is being robotically harvested. According to this Daily Nation article, a research institute found that tea plucking and pruning machines reduced costs by 80 …

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