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Where Do Our Favorite Foods Come From?

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Today's menus are full of new twists on old dishes and surprising inventions. But where do these fascinating foods come from? Urbanspoon has broken down where some of our favorite foods got their start, and you might be surprised by some of the findings.

IFT Launches 'FutureFood 2050' to Address Food Security Issues

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | News | Comments

The Institute of Food Technologists today announced a sweeping new program, FutureFood 2050,...

3 Inbound Shipping Challenges That Impact the Entire Supply Chain

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. | Articles | Comments

If you’re looking to save costs on shipping, take a look at inbound shipping. Depending on the...

Food Manufacturing Profits Continue to Fall in Canada

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Profit levels in the food manufacturing sector dropped for the third consecutive year and...

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Philly Chocolate Shop Shuttered for Delinquent Taxes

April 17, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter. The Department of Revenue says that it revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory for delinquent tax payments.

Post Acquires Michael Foods for $2.45B

April 17, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

PepsiCo Posts Strong 1Q Profit with More Snack Sales

April 17, 2014 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period.

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Infographic: How America Snacks

April 17, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

The majority of snacking in America occurs after lunch, with 28 percent of Americans snacking in the afternoon, according to The Hartman Group. But early morning snacking is an emerging opportunity space for food and beverage companies, retailers and restaurants.

Honey Maid Turns Ad Backlash into Love

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Graham cracker maker Honey Maid's television ad featuring biracial and gay families has received more than 5 million views — and a lot of negative feedback. Honey Maid has responded with a second ad in which hate messages are transformed into the word "love."

What Does the Future Hold for Cloud Computing?

April 17, 2014 8:00 am | by Ranga Bodla, Director of Vertical Marketing, NetSuite Inc. | Articles | Comments

While companies have been relying on hosted software and third-party tools for decades, it has been roughly six years since clouds entered the enterprise IT psyche. Here are some insights into what the future brings for cloud computing.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Fell in February

April 16, 2014 12:59 pm | News | Comments

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 6.6 percent from January and down 6.2 percent when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013.

Obama, Biden Announce $600M in Job Grants

April 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people obtain well-paying jobs.

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USDA Helps Expand Export Markets with Farm Bill Funding

April 16, 2014 12:49 pm | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service awarded funding made available by the 2014 Farm Bill to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.

Chobani Expands Distribution to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

April 16, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Chobani has begun exporting its Greek yogurt to markets in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning with Singapore, Malaysia and Panama. With great success in the U.S., the company is looking to capitalize on its global potential.

Prairie Sun Foods Buys Corn Oil Plant in Iowa

April 16, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Prairie Sun Foods LLC has purchased the former Plymouth Oil plant in Merrill, Iowa, with the intention of starting it up again. Prairie Sun Foods bought the plant on Tuesday for $3 million. The sale includes all of the plant's equipment and the acreage on which it sits.

Improving Electrical Safety in the Workplace

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Christina Chatfield, Marketing Communications Manager, HARTING USA | Articles | Comments

Electrical hazards exist because the modern workplace is filled with electricity-reliant equipment and gadgets. However, a sensible safety plan that addresses equipment, environment and operator issues may reduce the hazards and lead to lower electrical accident rates.

Consumer Trends: Fewer Organic Claims Made in Restaurant Menus

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Restaurants are introducing more claims that reflect trending food concerns, in hopes of regaining consumers' trust. According to Mintel, while "organic" is still the leading ethical claim on restaurant menus, its usage has declined 28 percent between Q4 2010-13.

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Food Industry Alliance Releases Toolkit to Reduce Food Waste

April 16, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit is designed to help food businesses reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills. The toolkit was produced by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a cross-sector industry initiative.

U.S. Factory Output Extends Strong Gains

April 16, 2014 10:00 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output continued to rise in March, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather lowered production in January. The Federal Reserve said factory production rose 0.5 percent in March after a revised 1.4 percent surge in February.

New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts to Pittsburgh Workers

April 16, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters. Heinz officials said any workers who quit will be replaced.

Photo of the Day: Star Wars M&M's Released for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

MY M&M's Rolls Out Star Wars-Themed Candy for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

Former Taco Bell Interns: We Invented the Doritos Locos Taco

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The Doritos Locos Taco has gained notoriety as one of Taco Bell's most popular fast food items. Now former advertising interns for Taco Bell claim that they conjured the idea for a Doritos taco during an ad competition that took place in 1995.

Q&A: What You Don’t Know About R&D Tax Credits

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Our sister publication, Manufacturing Business Technology, took a moment to ask Michael Devereux II, CPA — director of Manufacturing & Distribution Services for Mueller Prost PC and a speaker at the upcoming Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — to clarify some of the details surrounding R&D tax credits.

Nickel-Clad Tubing

April 16, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's nickel-clad tubing is available with fused silca (FS) tubing, PEEK® tubing and polyimide-coated fused silica tubing.

Adhesives and Sealants: Your Secret Maintenance Weapons

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

When applied correctly, adhesives and sealants can improve equipment reliability, lower operating costs and save large amounts of time and money. To ensure you’re using these products correctly, it’s important to understand the differences in various adhesives.

Coca-Cola Sells More Drinks But Soda Sales Slide

April 15, 2014 11:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Coca-Cola sold more drinks in the first quarter, but it wasn't because of soda. The world's biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of non-carbonated drinks.

'Innovations in Food Safety & Processing' Seminars Set for April

April 15, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Coperion K-Tron, in collaboration with Eriez, ROTEX and Coperion, announce the joint presentation of complimentary food processing seminars, “Innovations in Food Safety & Processing," to be held on April 22 in Rosemont, Ill., and on April 24 in Kansas City, Mo.

Nestle 1Q Sales Climb amid Deflation in Europe

April 15, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Nestle SA says sales rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago despite deflationary pressures in Europe. The company said sales of $23.7 billion were held back by a strong franc and by a flat retail environment keeping prices down in Europe.

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