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JBT Corporation Acquires Leading Liquid Foods Solutions Provider

July 20, 2015 12:35 pm | by JBT Corporation

JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries, recently announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the shares of Stork Food & Dairy Systems B.V., a leading filling and sterilization solutions provider.

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Survey: Manufacturers Prioritizing Product Lifecycle Analysis

July 20, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Leading manufacturers are prioritizing broader examinations of their products amid rapidly shifting economic conditions, according to a new survey from IDC Manufacturing Insights.

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Futurist: Food Producers Must Embrace Innovation to Succeed With Next Generation

July 20, 2015 11:50 am

The most successful food producers and manufacturers in the next decade will be the ones who harness the rapid advancements in science and technology to meet the demands of the first fully digital generation as they become adults.

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Chubby Cartoon Characters Make Kids Eat More Junk Food, Study Says

July 20, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Colorado Boulder

Children consume more low-nutrition, high-calorie food such as cookies and candy after observing seemingly overweight cartoon characters, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Innovative Sodium Reduction Ingredient Provides Meaningful Reductions in Sodium Intake

July 20, 2015 9:20 am | by FOODMINDS LLC

New research, published this month in Food Science & Nutrition, provides the most recent estimates of sodium intake among the U.S. population and assesses the potential impact of a sodium reduction technology on sodium intake via a modeling analysis.

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Dairy Products Boost Effectiveness of Probiotics

July 20, 2015 9:00 am | by American Society For Microbiology

The success of probiotics for boosting human health may depend partly upon the food, beverage, or other material carrying the probiotics, according to research published on in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Blue Bell: $125M Investment Necessary to Remain Operational

July 20, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

Blue Bell's chief executive told shareholders last week that Texas billionaire Sid Bass will lend the company up to $125 million, and that the investment is essential for the popular ice-cream maker to remain in business, according to a published report.

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Big Green Monster Cukes? Rooftop Garden Thrives at Fenway Park

July 20, 2015 8:45 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press

There's more green at Fenway Park than the infield or the monster wall. The Boston Red Sox are growing vegetables and herbs in a rooftop garden. The produce is used in food and cocktails sold at the concessions, at nearby restaurants and in the team's flagship restaurant that prepares meals for about 40,000 people during home games.

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American Frozen Food Institute Adds Food Safety Topics to PROCESS EXPO University Forum

July 20, 2015 8:15 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association recently announced the addition of three sessions to the educational program at PROCESS EXPO 2015. These session are being organized by the American Frozen Food Institute and admission will be free of charge for all registered attendees of PROCESS EXPO.

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Report: Foods Responsible For Majority of E. coli Outbreaks

July 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed nearly two-thirds of E. coli outbreaks to food sources.

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Better Chocolate With Microbes

July 17, 2015 2:05 pm | by American Society For Microbiology

For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentation.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

July 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed stories of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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Study Says Rural Landscapes Pose Potential Risk For Salmonella Infection

July 17, 2015 12:40 pm | by University of Georgia

Salmonella infections are one of the top causes of gastrointestinal disease in the U.S., and while regulatory agencies have made progress in reducing foodborne transmission of the pathogen, other infection sources, including exposure to water, have not been as thoroughly examined.

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Insects May Be the Answer to Consumer Demand For More Protein

July 17, 2015 12:10 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

The growing consumer demand for protein -- and the lack of new farmland to raise more livestock -- could make insects an attractive alternative to traditional protein sources, according to a July 13 symposium at IFT15.

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House Passes Another Bill to Stem Calif. Drought

July 17, 2015 11:00 am | by KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

The House on Thursday passed GOP-led legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt amid a severe and lengthy drought.

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USDA: Many Factors Considered Amid Animal Disease Outbreaks

July 17, 2015 10:40 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

The USDA said that it considers many factors when determining ways to euthanize large numbers of animals during a disease outbreak, and said it was reviewing an animal rights group's criticism of a recent proposal for fighting any future outbreaks of bird flu.

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Aspen Foods Recalls Nearly 2M Pounds of Chicken; Second Significant Poultry Recall This Week

July 17, 2015 10:25 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Aspen Foods of Illinois is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella. The news comes days after Maine-based Barber Foods announced a recall of 1.7 million pounds of frozen chicken over similar concerns.

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Largest Canadian Meat Recall: $4M Settlment in XL Foods Tainted Meat Lawsuit

July 17, 2015 10:00 am | by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

A deal has been worked out in a class-action lawsuit filed over an E. coli outbreak and the largest meat recall in Canadian history. The lawsuit is against XL Foods Inc., which operated a meat-packing plant in southern Alberta during a tainted beef recall in 2012.

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Illinois Brings Back Happy Hour, But Not All Are Saying 'Cheers'

July 17, 2015 9:45 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the change into law on Wednesday, legalizing happy hour in Illinois for the first time since it was banned in 1989 over concerns about excessive drinking and drunken driving. Proponents of the shift said it would boost alcohol sales — and in the process, tax revenues.

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What's New at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015

July 17, 2015 8:30 am | by PMMI

Fast-changing consumer preferences require a rapid response from manufacturers, driving demands for processing and packaging technologies that yield greater flexibility, sustainability and efficiency. This fall, the destination for solutions is PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Las Vegas Convention Center; Sept. 28-30, 2015).

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