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Colbert: The Government Declares War on Halloween

October 31, 2014 11:59 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

The federal government inserts its own agenda into Halloween, spoiling America's spooky-time fun. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" says the 'goons' out there are ruining the fun by demanding children read their labels before eating those candies.

Liquor Giants Gear Up For Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 10:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The passage of several months since a heated...

Simple Paper Keeps Produce Fresh Up to 2-4 Times Longer

October 30, 2014 10:55 am | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

Fenugreen, a simple piece of paper infused with a...

10 Food Trends Worth Watching

October 30, 2014 10:15 am | by Innova Market Insights | News | Comments

The Top 10 Trends likely to impact the food...

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Dutch Company Announces New Food Packaging Plant in Georgia

October 30, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Netherlands-based company has announced plans to build a new plant in Augusta. Royal DSM plans to build a new polymer plant with focus on making materials that are used in food packaging. The facility is expected to be complete by mid-2016. 

PRODUCT VIDEO: L-Bar Sealer

October 29, 2014 12:49 pm | by Texwrap Packaging | Product Releases | Comments

Built to the same exacting standards as our high speed wrappers, these versatile units are capable of wrapping up to 50 pieces per minute when combined with the proper infeed. Applications include frozen pizzas, cakes and a wide variety of other baked items. 

GMA Calls Food Rating System 'Severely Flawed'

October 28, 2014 9:59 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association | News | Comments

In response to a new food rating scheme called Food Scores, the Grocery Manufacturers Association says the food ratings are severely flawed and will only provide consumers with misinformation about the food and beverage products they trust and enjoy.

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Report: Moms More Likely Than Dads to Check For Sugars on Food Labels

October 28, 2014 8:35 am | by C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health | News | Comments

According to a recent poll, mothers are more likely than fathers to read nutrition labels when considering food and drink purchases. Sugars (total sugar and added sugar) topped the list of "very important" nutrients that parents consider overall.

Three-Compartment Containers

October 28, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The containers are perfect for pre-packaged salads with the protein and toppings in their own sections. This new package keeps the food looking fresh and appealing while segreating flavors until your customer is ready to eat.

Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling Division

October 27, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products. The plant ceased bottling operations last week, but will continue as a distribution facility with about 50 employees.             

Voters Weigh Expansion of Bottle Deposit Law

October 27, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of the measure that would expand the scope of the law say a variety of beverages that were largely unheard of on store shelves at the time have become consumer staples — all the while adding to the state's litter woes.

Fair Food Label Makes its National Debut

October 27, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The label was unveiled Friday and is similar to the "cruelty-free" and "fair trade" stamps on products like cattle and coffee. The "fair food" brands tomatoes picked by workers who are paid a premium and have basic guaranteed rights in the field.

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US Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.             

The Perils of Navigating Legal Issues in Bringing a New Product to Market

October 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Glenn Pogust, Kaye Scholer LLP | Articles | Comments

One of the most notable areas in dispute is the question of when a manufacturer can use the term “natural” or “100 percent natural” in describing its product, given the likelihood that nearly every food product will contain ingredients that have been “processed” to some degree. 

FDA Develops Online Module to Help Ensure Proper Seafood Labeling

October 24, 2014 9:29 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.  

The 3 Primary Sources of Food and Packaging Waste

October 24, 2014 8:45 am | by Keith Yeater | Articles | Comments

According to a recent study of American grocery shoppers, there is a growing concern about how much food is being wasted. People are reportedly more concerned about food waste than air pollution, water shortages, climate change and genetically modified foods. 

Sustainable Food Production: How it Will Impact Agronomic Practices

October 23, 2014 9:50 am | by American Society of Agronomy (ASA) | News | Comments

Food companies, agribusinesses and retailers have recently been making commitments to shift their production practices to be more sustainable. What does that mean for and how will it impact agronomic production practices on the farm?    

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Packaging Design 101: Colors and Special Finishes

October 22, 2014 3:13 pm | by Sheila Heath, Director of Marketing, CROWN Specialty Packaging N.A. | Articles | Comments

It is important to remember that there must always be a balance between following a design trend that has been proven to resonate with consumers and finding ways to stand out among competitors.               

Beautiful Beer: Packaging Matters!

October 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

With a flurry of products on the market, food companies have a much greater competition today than in years past. Exclusive packaging is a great way for a company to showcase its personality. That’s why I have compiled a list of some of the most unique beer packaging that I have ever seen.

Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The World Trade Organization announced that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require labeling packaged beef and pork products identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Did the WTO come to the right decision concerning meat labeling rules? 

The Organic Label Beyond Food Becomes Hazy

October 21, 2014 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

USDA doesn't regulate organic products — like household cleaners and cosmetics — unless they're made entirely from food or agriculture products overseen by its National Organic Program.               

WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat

October 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock

October 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050, consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production.                     

Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 17, 2014 2:46 pm | by Michael Bialko | Articles | Comments

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

Natural Pet Food Maker Uses Color-Coded Packaging as Brand Recognition

October 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by "I and love and you" | News | Comments

Natural pet care maker "I and love and you" launched new packaging designs with color-coding and iconography so pet parents can quickly find the right food.                          

Mike's Hard Lemonade Launches 'Crafted to Remove Gluten' Seal

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. | News | Comments

Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. launched new packaging featuring an exclusive "Crafted to Remove Gluten" seal. The seal was specially developed to educate and inform consumers of Mike's products.                 

Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's attorney general's office released some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The regulations include using a "clear and conspicuous" label.           

Palletizer

October 16, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 72A palletizer is a top performing palletizer with features for ultra-smooth case transit, perfect load positioning, and rapid product changeover. 

Chipotle to Support GMO Labeling Ballot Measure in Colorado, Oregon

October 15, 2014 9:26 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Denver-based burrito giant endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests.   

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