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Tree Pluribus Unum: Many Fruits Stem From Artists' Grafts

August 20, 2015 9:00 am | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

The artist calls his creations the Tree of 40 Fruit. And the tree at Syracuse University, and others like it, really does bear 40 or more varieties of stone fruit, thanks to carefully planned grafts.


Ohio State Solidifies Food Safety Education at PROCESS EXPO

August 20, 2015 8:15 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of three food-safety focused sessions of the educational program at PROCESS EXPO 2015 to be presented by speaker Dr. Lynn Knipe, Extension Processed Meat Specialist of The Ohio State University.


Air Freshener Maker Sniffs at Slaughterhouse Neighbor Plan

August 19, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The company that invented the iconic pine tree-shaped automotive air fresheners is turning up its nose at a proposal to open a slaughterhouse near the firm's northern New York factory.


Hormel Shrinks From All-Time Highs as 3Q Sales Slide

August 19, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press

Shares of Hormel, the company behind Spam canned ham, Dinty Moore stew and other products, wavered Wednesday after the company said its quarterly profit grew, but reported disappointing sales that were hurt by the avian flu epidemic and the strong U.S. dollar.


Report: Cloud Use Corresponds With Higher Revenues, Profits

August 19, 2015 12:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released report found that small businesses that utilized cloud computing reported significantly higher revenue growth and profits.


FPSA, IDFA Unite to Fight Hunger in Local Communities

August 19, 2015 12:10 pm | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association and the International Dairy Foods Association announced this week that the two organizations are joining forces to highlight and strengthen two philanthropic endeavors, Defeat Hunger and The Great American Milk Drive. These campaigns aim to make a difference by uniting at the co-located PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show, taking place Sept. 15-18, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Fireball Owner Sues Brewery Over Trademark Infringement

August 19, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The owner of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is suing a North Carolina brewery over a "confusingly similar" label.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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