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Photo of the Day: Get Your Froyo On!

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

To some, today is just another day; Friday, February 6. But to many others, today is celebrated as one of the nation's top food holidays —  National Frozen Yogurt Day. While the dessert seems simple enough, the production process proves opposite.

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A Powerful Solution to Production Downtime

February 6, 2015 9:40 am | by ABB

Auckland, New Zealand-based Fonterra is the world’s largest exporter of dairy products, reaching over 100 countries. Globally, the company produces over 22 billion liters of milk each year, of which 750,000 liters are handled at their Takanini facility located just outside of Auckland. 

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Burger King Needle Lawsuit Heads to Trial

February 6, 2015 9:15 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

Army veteran Clark Bartholomew sued the fast-food chain after he said needles pierced his tongue and another got lodged in his small intestine after biting into a Triple Stacker. The lawsuit is headed to trial after another attempt at a settlement failed.

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Bagel Recall: Bimbo Bakeries' Sara Lee Brand Among Products Removed From Shelves

February 6, 2015 8:55 am | by Bimbo Bakeries USA

Bimbo Bakeries USA is voluntarily recalling Thomas', Sara Lee and Jewel Bagels because they may contain undeclared peanuts and almonds. All recalled products are being removed from store shelves.       

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First Lady Steps Up Fight Against Childhood Obesity

February 6, 2015 8:25 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

The First Lady visited a school on Manhattan's Upper West Side to announce a $500 million donation funding the fight against childhood obesity. The initiative encourages educators to serve healthier food and urges manufacturers to produce quality food.

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Texas Company Buys Former Nebraska Cheese Plant

February 6, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Darling Ingredients Inc. plans to produce wet pet food ingredients at a former cheese plant it's bought in south-central Nebraska. The company bought the plant in Ravenna, which once was operated by Leprino Foods. The former cheese plant closed in Nov. 2013.

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DNR Puts Brakes on Conversion of Forests to Potato Fields in Minnesota

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Fargo, North Dakota-based potato giant R.D. Offutt Co. has purchased about 12,000 acres of pine forests in four Minnesota counties with plans to clear and convert them into irrigated farmland for potatoes and other rotational crops.     

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US Beer Industry Welcomes Reform of Federal Beer Tax

February 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Beer Institute

The American beer industry welcomed bipartisan legislation introduced today to comprehensively reform the federal beer tax imposed on brewers and beer importers. The bill would remove barriers to growth in the industry, encouraging capital and workforce investment.

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Should Arsenic in Food Be a Concern?

February 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

Arsenic is a naturally occurring trace element that exists in both organic and inorganic forms and has a presence in many plant-derived food products, including juices and rice. Researchers explain how levels of consumer exposure to arsenic are still below toxic levels.

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Frozen Food Industry Supports Renewable Fuel Standard Reform

February 5, 2015 12:05 pm | by The American Frozen Food Institute

The American Frozen Food Institute expressed support for bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will protect food makers and consumers from unnecessary food price increases by reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Dunkin' Sales Slow as Breakfast Competition Intensifies

February 5, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

The company said U.S. sales for Dunkin' Donuts edged up 1.4 percent in the period, down from the growth of 3.5 percent a year ago. The slowdown comes as competitors have pushed into the breakfast category, a relative bright spot in the fast-food industry.

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US Head of FDA Stepping Down; Chief Scientist to Take Over

February 5, 2015 10:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press

Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is resigning her post in March after six years in the position. The FDA's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting commissioner.         

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CA Ban on Inhumane Farm Animal Cages Upheld

February 5, 2015 9:25 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Egg farmer William Cramer was once again dismissed when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the earlier decision of a lower court to toss out Cramer’s lawsuit, which challenged a law which bans inhumane caging of egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves.

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Cocktails Go Sky High as Airline Drink Options Take Off

February 5, 2015 8:50 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

Flying, at least for non-millionaires, has gotten grimmer in recent years. But things are looking up on the drinks cart. Alaska Air, for example, took a crafty approach, teaming with local distilleries Sun Liquor in Seattle and Bendistillery in Oregon.

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Calif. Attorney General to Appeal Reversal of Foie Gras Ban

February 5, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris gave notice that she will appeal last month's ruling, which barred California from enforcing its ban on selling fatty goose or duck liver produced out of state. The ban took effect in 2012.       

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US Dairy Industry Concerned on Geographical Indications and Common Food Name Issues

February 4, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Consortium for Common Food Names

The U.S. Dairy Export Council briefed U.S. and EU negotiators on deep-set concerns with the EU's current approach to protections for geographical indications (GIs). The presentation was made during the stakeholder briefings in conjunction with this week's U.S.-EU talks on the TTIP.

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Trust is Key in Growing US Meat Market

February 4, 2015 1:55 pm | by Canadean

The huge meat market in the U.S. is projected to grow steadily over the next few years, driven by the increasing popularity of private label and frozen meat products. However, new brands must establish themselves as being trustworthy and reliable, a new study finds.

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Worker Dies at Chattanooga's Wrigley Plant

February 4, 2015 1:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

The Chattanooga Wrigley plant, home of Altoids and Life Savers, has a reputation for being dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this week when a 54-year-old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months.

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Haddon House Food Products to Expand Chester County Operations

February 4, 2015 12:05 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce

The largest privately-owned distributor, importer and exporter of specialty, natural, organic, ethnic and kosher foods, is expanding its Chester County operations. The company is investing $4.6 million to expand its operations in Richburg, S.C.

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Vermont Committee to Get Update on Settlement With NE Dairy Farmers

February 4, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Vermont lawmakers will be getting an update from the attorney general's office on the status of a proposed $50 million settlement that the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay thousands of Northeast farmers to settle antitrust allegations.

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