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Brainstorm: Energy Management Part 1

November 24, 2014 2:30 pm | by Luke Facemyer, Director of Design, Stellar | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the overall food industry marketplace. In the first installment of this three-part series, we ask: What are some areas of investment that food manufacturers should utilize to improve their energy management?

Commercial Hop Facility Planned in Virginia

November 24, 2014 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Black Hops Farm LLC will invest about $1 million to initially convert 15 acres in Leesburg into...

Apparent Settlement Reached in National Beef Case

November 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef...

Booming Quinoa Demand Fuels Bitter Feud Between Bolivia, Peru

November 24, 2014 9:28 am | by FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | News | Comments

International demand for quinoa continues to boom...

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What Can A Viewing Gallery Do For You?

November 24, 2014 9:26 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Whether its specialty is baked goods, meats or sodas, your facility deserves to be showcased. A viewing gallery helps shine that spotlight, serving as an isolated structure that gives guests a glimpse into your plant’s processes. It’s a moderate added cost for your facility, outweighed by a great deal of benefits.

Construction Begins on North Dakota's Micro-Distillery

November 24, 2014 9:23 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Proof Artisan Distillers, Inc. will use Red River Valley barley, corn and potatoes to make its booze.

A New Kind of Holiday: Pot-Infused Pumpkin Pies

November 24, 2014 9:07 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Here's a look at how the new recreational marijuana industry is trying to attract holiday shoppers.

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Minn. Company Recalls 1.2K Pounds of Ground Beef

November 24, 2014 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ranchers Legacy Meat Co. of Vadnais Heights, Minnesota is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef because of possible E. coli contamination. The USDA says inspectors discovered the suspected contamination during a routine inspection.

Digital Label Printing Press

November 24, 2014 8:03 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The CDT 3600 Series is the newest digital print system to join the Production class family. The printer is a full-featured process color digital label and tag production system with an enhanced precision web handling system, powered by Memjet technology. 

PRODUCT VIDEO: Flexible Chain Conveyor

November 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Customers in the packaging and food industries know it's smart to have their equipment be flexible. The new 2200 SmartFlex is the newest flexible chain conveyor platform that provides maximum flexibility.

VIDEO: Organic, Free-Range Tofurkey Farms

November 21, 2014 3:30 pm | by Team Coco | Videos | Comments

Many people this Thanksgiving will be making the ethical choice of eating Tofurkey. This week on "Conan," McClellan Farms reminds consumers of the importance of making sure your Tofurkeys come from organic, free-range Tofurkey farms.           

Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

Metal contamination represents one of the most common forms of foreign bodies in food products. If not detected, it can become a major safety hazard for consumers. Food can be contaminated by metals at any stage of the food processing chain.

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Most US Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the government began tracking this data in 1987. That's a sharp turnaround from just after the recession, when as many as three-quarters of those out of work received help, a record high.

How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am | by Norwich BioScience Institutes | News | Comments

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

Are HEPA Filters the Most Valuable Choice for Your Plant?

November 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Don Stroud, Senior Design Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

Five Ways Well-Maintained Industrial Flooring Could Save You Money

November 21, 2014 11:00 am | by Paul Anderson, Technical Director, Flowcrete | Articles | Comments

When operating a facility where heavy footfall and wheeled traffic are just part of the daily routine, maintaining clean and safe flooring can be an absolute nightmare. Here are five tips to help you prepare and protect your company’s floor while keeping costs down.

Yum Brands Approve $1B Stock Buyback Plan

November 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said that its board approved a $1 billion stock buyback plan. The program runs through May 2016 and can help the company boost its earnings per share.             

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Kozy Shack Recalls Pudding Over Labeling

November 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding.           

Wrap-Around Case Packer

November 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The SetLine Wrap-around Packer is a multi-functional, versatile end-of-line packaging system that enables a wide variety of packaging solutions for a variety of products. 

Researchers Calculate 'Hidden' Emissions in Traded Meat

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed.

NSF International Partners with American Feed Industry Association to Provide Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification

November 20, 2014 2:30 pm | by NSF International | News | Comments

The SF/SF Certification Program was developed to further enhance consumer confidence in the feed and food supply industry by establishing food safety guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply essential for the growth and care of animals.

Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Hort Technology | News | Comments

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious Seattle, and Washington is part of the nation’s hard cider revival. The amount of cider produced in the state tripled between 2007 and 2012.     

Peanut Company to Sell Mississippi Operation

November 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Texoma Peanut Company will sell its peanut drying facility in Clarksdale, Mississippi, according to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The company is a salted and roasted nut and seed manufacturer located in Madill, Oklahoma.    

Now is the Time for Manufacturers to Fast-Track Equipment Acquisition

November 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Peter K. Bullen | Articles | Comments

Many manufacturers in recent years have put off acquiring new equipment and technology so they could conserve cash in preparation for the next economic curve ball. When it comes to the benefits of leasing equipment in the fourth quarter, there are still good reasons to acquire equipment before the year ends.

General Mills CEO: Water is Critical to Business and Engagement is Key

November 20, 2014 11:00 am | by General Mills | News | Comments

General Mills released a new water policy that provides the necessary framework to guide the company as it engages with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds, particularly those critical to the company's business. The scope of the policy includes General Mills' supply chain as well as its suppliers.

VIDEO: 'The United States of Drinking'

November 20, 2014 10:42 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new Smithsonian Channel special called "United States of Drinking" looks at some of America's favorite drinks. Award-winning food writer and host John Ozersky joins "CBS This Morning" to talk about his spirited trip across the country.   

Food Giants Hitting Stride on LGBT Workplace Equality

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | by Human Rights Campaign Foundation | News | Comments

Food, beverage and grocery companies continue to set the pace for corporate LGBT inclusion, according to a report issued today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

Animal Rights Group Releases Chicken Slaughterhouse Abuse Video

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online that it says was taken at a Koch Foods slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

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