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Waffle Taco, Anyone?

October 18, 2011 11:14 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

If you’re looking for a new product idea, College Humor has you covered with its list of “10 Foods That Should Exist.” Some highlights from the list include waffle tacos, sushi burritos and french fry bread. Subscribe To Food Manufacturing’s … 

Study Says FDA Seafood Safety Standards Dangerously Flawed

October 14, 2011 11:59 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released a study that argues current FDA standards for seafood safety underestimate the risk to pregnant women and children of seafood affected by oil spills such as last year’s BP disaster. The report suggests … 

Vending Machine Makes Pizza In 90 Seconds

October 12, 2011 12:45 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the NY Daily News, a new vending machine is being tested to create freshly baked pizzas. The machine works by pressing a ball of dough into an 8-inch pie. Pizza sauce and cheese are spread over the dough … 

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Denmark Taxes Fatty Foods

September 30, 2011 11:58 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Denmark is issuing a new “fat tax” that will place an extra tax on fattening foods like butter and chips. It is estimated that the tax could decrease Danes’ intake of saturated fat by about 10 percent, with butter consumption …

MLB Moves To Restrict Energy Drinks

September 28, 2011 12:21 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Energy drinks have been one of the more controversial beverages of late, and now many Major League baseball teams are restricting their use. Some teams have stopped providing them and are discouraging players from using them because of what they …

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Nearly 1,000 Pigs Stolen In Multi-State Animal Theft Operation

September 26, 2011 12:16 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

About 1,000 hogs have recently disappeared from Iowa and Minnesota farms, with many of the thefts occurring at larger animal confinement facilities. Investigators suspect that most of the stolen pigs have been sold to slaughterhouses. So far the animals have … 

Special Pope Beer Brewed To The Tune Of Gregorian Chants

September 23, 2011 12:14 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Spiegel Online International, a special beer has been created in Berlin to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany. The organic brew known as Papst Bier (“pope beer”) was “ensouled” with Gregorian chants on the night of a … 

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Skinnygirl Margarita Makers Hit With $10M Deceptive Marketing Suit

September 22, 2011 11:26 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the New York Post, the makers of Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Margarita are being sued for $10 million for deceptive marketing. The beverage was labeled “all natural” with “no preservatives,” despite the fact that it contained the synthetic preservative …

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‘Carpuccino’ Runs On The Power Of Coffee

September 21, 2011 11:56 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Martin Bacon of County Durham, England, has developed the ‘Carpuccino,’ a vehicle that runs on dried pellets of coffee grounds. The car reached an average top speed of 66 mph, a possible world record for land speed for a vehicle … 

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Just Juice

September 20, 2011 11:34 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO I’ve been a vegetarian for 14 years, which is not to say my diet is always healthy. Let’s not forget that Doritos, cheese pizza, and jelly beans are all technically vegetarian. Despite this, stories of …

The Beers Americans No Longer Drink

September 15, 2011 11:50 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

24/7 Wall Street compiled a list of eight beers Americans no longer drink based on percentage of sales lost. Here they are: 8. Budweiser- 30% sales loss 7. Milwaukee’s Best Light- 34% sales loss 6. Miller Genuine Draft- 51% sales … 

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Candy Company Will Make A Gummy Of Your Face

September 13, 2011 11:46 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Maynards Canada, a Kraft Canada brand, is holding a ‘Make Your Face a Maynards’ competition, where Facebook fans can upload a photo, trace their face from the picture and transform it into one of the company’s popular candies. Users then … 

SNL Skit Lives On Through Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

September 8, 2011 10:54 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

One of Saturday Night Live‘s most popular sketches is being immortalized in its own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. The ice cream maker launched its new flavor, Schweddy Balls, in honor of the sketch starring Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon … 

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ConAgra Tricks Bloggers Into Eating Its Frozen Food

September 7, 2011 11:47 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

As a promotional stunt, ConAgra, along with its PR firm, invited a group of food bloggers to a dinner at an Italian restaurant, only to later reveal the bloggers had been served frozen ConAgra dinners. The company hoped the bloggers …

The Latest State Fair Hit: Deep-Fried Bubblegum

September 6, 2011 11:39 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The State Fair of Texas has crowned its latest Most Creative winner for its annual Big Tex Choice Awards: deep-fried bubblegum. Creator Justin Martinez dips a marshmallow in bubblegum-flavored extract, covers it in bubblegum flavored dough and deep fries it …

Food’s Deadly Disasters

August 31, 2011 11:46 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Food & Think posted a feature on “Four Deadly Disasters Caused By Food.” They include some of the most infamous food events throughout history, including the London Beer Flood in the 18th century, in which huge beer vats gave out, …

The Color Of Money

August 29, 2011 10:37 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturers must be willing to take the long-view of energy efficiency purchases and their varying abilities to pay back: through improved relationships with suppliers and customers, better employee “ownership” of processes, or — …

Report: Half Of Adults Will Be Obese By 2030

August 26, 2011 10:46 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Health experts said in a report that half of U.S. adults will be obese by 2030 unless the government makes drastic changes to its food and health policy. The report states such changes include making healthy foods less expensive and … 

Flavored Milk Slashes Calories, Sugar

August 24, 2011 12:09 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Flavored milk in schools has been a hot debate lately, with some school districts even banning the drink. Now the Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), which runs the National Milk Mustache “got milk?” Campaign has announced school milk cartons will … 

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Oreo Goes For A Triple Play

August 19, 2011 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Oreo just unveiled its new Triple Double Oreo, a sugar-laden treat with three chocolate wafers layers of vanilla cream chocolate cream sandwiched between. What do you think of the new cookie? Is it enticing or a little too much?

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