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Edible Coatings May Increase Quality, Shelf-Life of Strawberries

August 19, 2015 9:30 am | by Institiute of Food Technologists

Strawberries are one of the most economically important fruits worldwide but are easily susceptible to bruising and are highly perishable. New research found that edible active coatings (EACs) based on pectin, pullulan and chitosan may improve quality and shelf life of strawberries.

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Change in Process of Disinfecting Spinach, Greens Could Reduce Illness Outbreaks

August 19, 2015 8:50 am | by American Chemical Society

Cross contamination in commercial processing facilities that prepare spinach and other leafy greens for the market can make people sick. But researchers are reporting a new method that could eliminate or reduce such incidences.

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Software Could Help Manufacturers, Distributors Cope With New OT Rules

August 19, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

New overtime pay rules from the Obama administration could make business management software much more valuable to companies suddenly facing new payroll costs.

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Dairy-Funded Study Finds Butter Raises Cholesterol Levels

August 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study of butter consumption funded by Denmark's dairy industry didn't provide much good news for its sponsors.

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B&CMA President Presents Education Sessions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

August 19, 2015 8:05 am | by PMMI

Biscuit and Snack Manufacturer's Association president David Van Laar is presenting education sessions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas; Sept. 28–30), according to show owner PMMI.

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Servo Filling Machines

August 19, 2015 7:20 am | by Hinds-Bock

The servo drive technology provides high speed depositing with custom tuning of filling parameters to control the appearance of the fill as well as the velocity.

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Keeping Pet Food From Becoming Pest Food

August 18, 2015 1:10 pm | by McCloud Services

Pet stores and the pet section of retail stores have a huge challenge on their hands as a large majority of their product is grain-based pet food, which is highly susceptible to stored product insects (SPIs).

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Poll: Nine of 10 Americans Want to Keep School Meals Healthy

August 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by Kellogg Foundation

A new national survey commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation shows that people in the United States overwhelmingly support current efforts to keep school meals healthy.

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Baby Boomers, Millennials Defining US Foodie Culture

August 18, 2015 12:05 pm | by Packaged Facts

Foodies as a subculture of gastronomically adventurous individuals are a smorgasbord of shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and principles. They are, in essence, the personification of the very culinary diversity that has come to define the Foodie movement.

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Cargill Acquisition Hopes to Capitalize on Growing Fish Farm Industry

August 18, 2015 10:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Agribusiness giant Cargill this week announced plans to acquire a Norwegian fish feed company as part of an increasing commitment to aquaculture.

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Russian Police Bust $30M Contraband Cheese Ring

August 18, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

Russian police said Tuesday they have busted an international ring involved in producing contraband cheese worth about 2 billion rubles ($30 million), arresting six people.

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Blue Bell to Resume Distributing Ice Cream to Select Markets

August 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries will resume distributing ice cream to select markets in Texas and Alabama this month after halting sales and production following listeria contamination.

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High Beef Prices Fueling Rustling Revival in Plains States

August 18, 2015 8:45 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press

Cattle prices have been at record levels, and reports of missing or stolen cattle have followed. The nearly 5,800 livestock reported as such in Texas in 2014 was the most in five years, and the value of the animals — in excess of $5.7 million — the most in a decade.

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Starbucks, Panera Tweak Pumpkin Spice Latte Formulas

August 18, 2015 8:30 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press

Starbucks and Panera are each hyping reformulated versions of their pumpkin spice lattes in a fight to win over fans of the drink in coming weeks.

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Captain Morgan Parent Sues Supplement Maker Over Logo

August 17, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The owner of Capital Morgan rum recently filed a lawsuit against a supplements company over its pirate logo, according to reports.

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Honey: One Food, Many Uses

August 17, 2015 2:25 pm | by Garden Delights Nursery

There's been a lot of buzz lately about the benefits of honey – both raw and filtered. But, what exactly is honey? Where does it come from? Is it just hype or are there legitimate uses for nature's nectar? 

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New York is the Latest to Ban Powdered Alcohol

August 17, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

New York last week became the 21st state to ban powdered alcohol after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation prohibiting its sale.

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Seafood Company Pleads Guilty After Mislabeling Imported Shrimp

August 17, 2015 1:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A North Carolina seafood company will pay a $100,000 fine and forfeit more than 20,000 pounds of shrimp after pleading guilty to falsely labeling its products.

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Beverage Takes Center Stage at Joint PROCESS EXPO, InterBev Process Educational Program

August 17, 2015 12:35 pm | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association and NuernbergMesse recently unveiled the joint beverage educational program for PROCESS EXPO and InterBev Process scheduled for September 15-18, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Iowa Town Coping With Loss of Tyson Foods Plant and its 400 Jobs

August 17, 2015 12:17 pm | by Associated Press

Officials are working to help Denison, Iowa cope with the closing of a Tyson Foods plant there that employed about 400 people. Mayor Brad Bonner tells the Daily Nonpareil that Tyson's announcement Friday was a surprise, and the city is doing its best to help people who are losing their jobs.

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