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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 … 

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$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 … 

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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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Is Flame Retardant In Your Butter?

December 9, 2010 2:26 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A research study recently turned up evidence of a flame retardant used in electronics in a stick of butter purchased at a Dallas grocery store. Apparently 95 percent of Americans have flame retardants in their bodies, but the butter had …

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Jon Stewart Takes On Food Safety

December 6, 2010 10:37 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Last week, the Senate passed its version of the Food Safety Modernization Act in order to mend an ailing food supply that has sickened thousands over the years with bacteria in everyday foods like eggs and peanut butter. However, … 

Mozart Bananas

December 3, 2010 3:15 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

It seems l ike food producers are always looking for new ways to increase product quality, and here’s a really interesting one: playing classical music. According to The Japan Times, a Japanese fruit company is using Mozart’s music to … 

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At Least You Have A Job

April 6, 2010 4:48 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

“Well… I guess I should just be glad I have a job.”Ugh. I sincerely feel that this distasteful phrase is the ugly ribbon tied around our pre-packaged recession malaise.Don’t get me wrong… I AM glad to … 

Making Friends In The Twittersphere

April 5, 2010 2:32 pm | by Krystal Gabert, Editor

Social networking can be a giant waste of time. I say that as someone charged with the task of maintaining Food Manufacturing’s presence on several social networking platforms. Don’t get me wrong: connecting with readers in …

Vending Happiness

January 21, 2009 12:11 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

While preparing for the upcoming Poultry Expo in Atlanta – which is home to the Coca Cola headquarters – I came across several articles about the “Cola Wars.” The “Cola War,” a play off of the “Cold War,” is an …

Taking Recession Strategies Personally

October 2, 2008 4:28 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

I won’t pretend that I know very much about financial strategy, but just like everyone else out there, I’m a struggling consumer just trying to stay afloat amidst current economic hardships, so that at least grants me the right to … 

Learn the ABCs of ERP

July 29, 2008 4:06 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food manufacturers need to focus on manufacturing food, not sorting through software solutions. They need to produce quality products, in the right quantities, at the right price. By implementing one system – Enterprise Resource Planning – you can organize all …

Green Pockets

July 23, 2008 1:30 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

We are a society plagued with guilt. I tossed a plastic six pack ring (uncut) into the trash the other day and instantly had a flash of a baby seal tangled in my thoughtless discard, with an R.E.M. song …

In the Eyes (and Ears) of the Beholder

June 24, 2008 11:45 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

I recently learned of an art project on display at an art exhibition in Holland. The exhibit, titled “Our Daily Dread,” features moving urethane pig ears suspended from the ceiling, as well as a huge video of a dog … 

The Power of Misperception

June 19, 2008 3:32 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Power of Misperception While having dinner in a restaurant the other night, I overheard a woman at the table behind me verbally scanning the menu and discussing what she no longer feels is safe and to eat. On her … 

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