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The Science Behind a Delicious Thanksgiving and the Ensuing Food Coma

November 25, 2013 1:09 pm | News | Comments

A food scientist and International Food Technology spokesperson deconstructs the turkey-day menu by giving the low-down on why all the flavors and textures go together so well and if tryptophan is the real culprit behind our post-meal food coma.

Analysts Peg Burger King in the 'Fountain of Youth' Stage of Development

November 25, 2013 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Burger King Worldwide Inc.'s shares jumped Monday after Goldman Sachs analysts took an upbeat position on the fast-food chain's growth potential. Analysts said that they see the company as being in the "Fountain of Youth" stage of its life cycle.

Q&A: Traceability in the Dairy, Deli and Bakery Supply Chain

November 25, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, International Dairy Foods Association and GS1 US recently released a new traceability guideline. Food Manufacturing spoke with Michael Bromme of Trace One about the new guideline and how it can improve traceability throughout the dairy, deli and bakery supply chain.

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U.S. October Wholesale Prices Fall, Baked Goods Climb the Most Since 1980

November 21, 2013 9:26 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell in October for the second straight month, due to cheaper gasoline costs. Wholesale prices for bread rolls, muffins, bagels and croissants rose 4 percent, the biggest month-over-month increase on records dating back to 1980.

Post-Baking Dryers

November 21, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Macrowave™  Post-Baking Dryers are custom engineered for cookie, cracker and snack-food production to increase oven band speed by eliminating the final drying requirement from the last third of an oven line.

Tasting Success: 2013's Top Innovators

November 20, 2013 12:00 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing reviews the top five innovative food manufacturers we’ve covered in our print issues this year, highlighting each company’s unique innovative efforts, including process improvement, food safety, R&D and sustainability.

Consumer Trends: Twists on the Traditional Thanksgiving

November 20, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Tradition holds true across the country when it comes to preparing a Thanksgiving meal; however, according to a new survey conducted by Pillsbury, today's holiday table may have a new look as families seek to modernize classic recipes.

Continuous Baking Ovens Provide Diverse Opportunities for Processors of All Sizes

November 19, 2013 12:00 pm | by Adam Cowherd, Vice President of Sales, Unitherm Food Systems | Articles | Comments

A number of diverse factors, ranging from continued consolidation of large players to the introduction of advanced processing technologies, are creating new opportunities for growth among the smaller and intermediate manufacturers of bakery products today.

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Kosher Center Offers Recipe for 'Knish-A-Holics'

November 14, 2013 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Help is on the way for knish cravers. The Brooklyn-based Center for Kosher Culinary Arts says it has developed a recipe for the potato-filled treats. That should help tide people over until a factory billed as the world's largest maker of knishes recovers from a fire.

Meet the 'Ramen Man'

November 14, 2013 8:00 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Keizo Shimamoto left his career in finance four years ago and decided to perfect a unique culinary talent. Shimamoto, now known as the "Ramen Man," travels the globe creating his famous burgers, which are held between two special ramen "buns."

Pinnacle Foods 3Q Profit Jumps Fourfold

November 13, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods said its third-quarter net income jumped more than fourfold thanks to lower restructuring and refinancing costs and sales gains for its Duncan Hines business. The company said revenue from Duncan Hines frosting and cake mixes rose 4 percent.

8 Crushed to Death in Rice Looting in Philippines

November 13, 2013 12:16 pm | News | Comments

An official says eight people were crushed to death when thousands of typhoon survivors stormed a government rice warehouse in the central Philippines. National Food Authority spokesman Rex Estoperez said police and soldiers were helpless when the looting took place.

Daily Sound Bite: The Knish Crunch

November 11, 2013 12:48 pm | News | Comments

A fire at a factory known as the world's largest maker of knishes has created a nationwide shortage of the Jewish treats, which are filled with pureed potatoes and other filling. But the factory has promised to have plenty knishes by Thanksgiving, which this year coincides with the start of Hanukkah.

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Factory Fire Sparks Nationwide Knish Kvetching

November 11, 2013 12:39 pm | by FRANK ELTMAN and VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a factory billed as the world's biggest maker of knishes has created nationwide shock and oy for those who can't seem to find the Jewish treats anywhere. Kvetching has been going on at delis, diners, food carts and groceries ever since.

The Trans-Fat Ban Surprise Is That It Isn't One

November 11, 2013 12:20 pm | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the tug-of-war between public health and personal freedom, the Food and Drug Administration's decision to ban trans fats barely rates a ripple two decades after health activists began warning Americans that it was clogging their arteries and causing heart attacks.

Man’s Arm Severed at Fortune-Cookie Plant

November 8, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

A 55-year-old man's left arm was severed Thursday in an industrial accident at a Seattle fortune cookie company. Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department says the arm was severed after the man became stuck in a machine up to his chest.

Daily Sound Bite: Phase-Out of Trans Fats May Be Enacted Swiftly

November 7, 2013 12:33 pm | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a ban Thursday on unhealthy trans fats and a mandatory phase-out of the ingredient. The director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest expects the process to happen quickly.

Snyder's-Lance Reports Mixed 3Q Earnings

November 7, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance said Thursday that its third-quarter net income climbed 29 percent, helped by higher sales of its core branded products. The company makes Cape Cod chips, Snyder's of Hanover pretzels, Archway and Stella D'oro cookies.

Mondelez Deals with Struggling Cookie Sales in China

November 7, 2013 9:49 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Oreo maker Mondelez is struggling to boost cookie sales in China. Mondelez, which also owns Cadbury chocolates, Ritz crackers and Trident gum, trimmed its full-year sales expectations, in part because of its disappointing cookie sales in China.

Nestle Vows to Cut Salt Content Sooner than Anticipated

November 4, 2013 11:58 am | News | Comments

Nestle is pledging to speed up making hundreds of products with less salt to honor new U.N. dietary guidelines. Nestle says further cuts in salt would be made in all its food brands worldwide in keeping with the World Health Organization's new guidelines.

Consumer Trends: Top Ten Food Trends for 2014

November 4, 2013 11:00 am | News | Comments

Sterling-Rice Group has identified the top ten food trends that will be served on restaurant menus and line supermarket shelves across the U.S. in 2014. Consumers will continue to seek healthy options, but with an occasional indulgent splurge.

Food Manufacturing Welcomes New Editor

November 1, 2013 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor | Blogs | Comments

The food industry has been an ever-present influence in the life of Food Manufacturing's new editor, Holly Henschen. Holly has a wealth of experience covering the food industry, and she looks forward to sharing her expertise with our readers.

Daily Sound Bite: UK Lawmaker Disses American Jam

October 30, 2013 12:39 pm | News | Comments

British politician Tessa Munt is up in arms over new regulations governing British jam, saying her country's plan to lower the minimum sugar content of the beloved fruity spread threatens to turn a much-loved treat into "gloopy sludge."

Nestle Relocating Pizza Division to Ohio

October 30, 2013 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Nestle USA says it's relocating its frozen pizza division from Illinois to the Cleveland suburb of Solon, joining its other businesses and an expanding research center there. Nestle's Glendale, Calif.-based U.S. arm announced the move Wednesday.

UK Lawmaker in a Jam over New Spread Standards

October 30, 2013 12:28 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

British politician Tessa Munt is in a jam over new rules on fruity spreads, saying her country's plan to lower the minimum sugar content of the breakfast staple threatens the very institution of the British breakfast — a hearty meal typically served with sausage, egg, beans, tomato and toast.

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