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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 …

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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?

Sugar Shock: The World’s Largest Box Of Doughnuts

August 17, 2011 11:36 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Voodoo Doughnut has created the world’s largest box of doughnuts, weighing in at 666 pounds–very fitting given the business name. The box contains 3,880 doughnuts contained in 380 smaller boxes stacked to form a pyramid. Voodoo co-owner Tres Shannon called … 

Preservative Could Make Fresh Food Last For Years

August 15, 2011 11:12 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Researchers say they have discovered a natural preservative that can destroy a variety of bacteria, including E. coli, salmonella and listeria. Applying the preservative to freshly made food could allow products to last for years rather than days. Product treated … 

Olive Garden Scare: Hundreds May Have Been Exposed To Hep A

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

An employee at a Fayetteville, North Carolina Olive Garden tested positive for Hepatitis A, possibly contaminating hundreds of customers with the illness. The Fayetteville Observer reported that hundreds of customers descended on the local health care clinic to receive a … 

State Fair Season: Fried Butter On A Stick

August 10, 2011 11:52 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

It’s state fair season, and with that come all varieties of crazy fried foods, from deep fried Oreos to fried Twinkies. This year at the Iowa State Fair, one vendor is offering fried butter on a stick, complete with a … 

Huffington’s ‘Mealbreakers’

August 9, 2011 11:12 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

You know all those disgusting stories where diners discover gross foreign objects in their prepared foods? Huffington Post has a list of some of its most disturbing “mealbreakers.” Some of the most outlandish include a razor blade in Wal-Mart ice … 

Hershey’s Website Hacked

August 4, 2011 11:22 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Hacking websites seems to be the popular thing to do lately, and the latest hacking incident involves Hershey’s site. However, whoever hacked into the chocolate giant’s website didn’t steal any passwords or personal information; they just changed a recipe. Hershey … 

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