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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.

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 →

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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 … 

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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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The $100,000 Haircut

November 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

“Justin Bieber’s haircut cost me $100,000!” And I thought my haircuts were expensive, which is why the above headline jumped out at me from CNN.com. Much to my surprise (and despite its odd keywords), the … 

Cheese Not So Bad For Cholesterol, After All

November 21, 2011 11:31 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

New research released by Danish scientists, and sponsored by the Danish dairy industry, has found that cheese and butter affect LDL (bad) cholesterol levels differently. The study tested 50 people over several months, with some consuming butter and others cheese. …

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Sour Candy Is Almost As Bad For Teeth As Battery Acid

November 18, 2011 12:03 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A report by Northwest Dentistry says sucking on sour candy can be nearly as bad for your teeth as consuming battery acid. Teeth start losing enamel at pH 4, and many sour candies have a pH of 3 or less. … 

The Latest Feast Trends: Piglet-Shaped Pork, Turkey-Shaped Breasts

November 17, 2011 12:14 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Consumerist recently reported about a pork roast shaped like a piglet, and it turns out the same company that produces the molded pork also makes turkey breast molded into the shape of a whole turkey. So if you’re looking … 

‘Cheese Lady’ Creates Delicious Art

November 15, 2011 11:44 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Sarah Kaufmann, also known as “the Cheese Lady,” makes her living sculpting cheese. This has been her full-time job for the last three years, and she has carved cheese creations for weddings, Super Bowl parties, corporate groups and dairy associations. … 

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Customs Officials Seize Marijuana Hidden In Watermelons

November 11, 2011 12:46 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

An Arizona ABC affiliate reported that Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana, worth about $1.5 million, hidden in a shipment of watermelons. A man attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with the shipment was referred … 

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Caffeinated Jerky: The Latest Military Technology

November 10, 2011 12:34 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Washington Post is reporting that military food scientists have developed their own version of caffeinated jerky, which contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. The technologists are also creating foods with supplements like omega … 

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