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Weight Belt Feeders

October 29, 2014 7:38 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The Weigh Belt Feeder is a relatively simple, extremely reliable gravimetric feeder providing high feeding precision and efficient process monitoring. 

Keep Fall Pests in Your Sights

October 28, 2014 3:27 pm | by Ron Harrison, Ph.D, Director of Technical Services, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

Pests may try to get into your food processing facility looking for places to survive the winter. They usually go into hiding where no one can see them, which means they often go unnoticed and forgotten until emerging, looking to get back outside when spring rolls around. 

Nigeria Sues Coca-Cola For Half-Filled Cans

October 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nigeria filed a suit Monday against Coca-Cola for allegedly refusing to comply with orders from the Consumer Protection Council over two half-empty cans of evaporating Sprite.                    

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Top 10 Food Trends That Will Flavor the Foodscape in 2015

October 28, 2014 2:45 pm | by Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) | News | Comments

Next year, consumers' food preferences will be driven by a continued interest in global cuisines, balanced nutrition, community connections, and a desire for adventurous eating experiences. Cannabis cuisine is just one of the culinary trends expected to expand.

Restaurant Industry Calls For Transparency in Canadian Chicken Prices

October 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by Restaurants Canada | News | Comments

Canada's restaurant industry purchases approximately $2.2 billion a year in Canadian chicken.  It is a popular menu item at many of our members' restaurants, and Restaurants Canada has long said it would like to be a full partner in promoting the growth and further development of the chicken industry.

VIDEO: Average Food Item Travels 5K Miles From Farm to Fork

October 28, 2014 10:21 am | by National Geographic | Videos | Comments

The average food item in the United States travels more than 5,000 miles from farm to fork. To get a berry's-eye view of this long journey, two National Geographic journalists followed a strawberry truck from a field in California to a grocery store in Washington, D.C.

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.

New Jersey Firm Recalls Packages of Cashews

October 28, 2014 9:45 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Chetak New York L.L.C. of Edison, NJ is recalling its 5560 packages of 7oz., 3840 packages of 14oz., & 1920 packages of 28oz. "DEEP RAW CASHEW PIECES" because they have the potential to be contaminated.            

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How the Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 28, 2014 8:20 am | by Lori Payne | Blogs | Comments

No small manufacturing leader wants the distraction and expense of investing months of team time into solutions that take a long time to vet, even longer to implement, and don’t allow the flexibility you need to answer your unique business challenges. 

No Settlement Reached For Wheat Claims Against Monsanto

October 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prospects are dimming for a settlement on remaining claims in lawsuits over the May 2013 discovery of genetically engineered Monsanto wheat in an Oregon field. Growers of soft white wheat who sued apparently have reached a tentative deal with the company.

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.

Chiquita Accepts $681M Deal With Brazilian Bidders

October 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has agreed to sell itself to two Brazilian companies for approximately $681 million. The deal comes just days after the fresh produce company's shareholders rejected plans to merge with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.

Penn. Company Recalls Nearly 32K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 27, 2014 2:06 pm | by Food Safety | News | Comments

Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin.                   

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Infographic: The Global State of Agriculture

October 27, 2014 12:25 pm | by US AID | News | Comments

According to this infographic by US Aid, the world population is expanding and food production must rise in order to meet these demands. In order to meet needs, global food production must increase 70 percent by the year 2050.     

Wine Trails Forming in West Virginia

October 27, 2014 12:09 pm | by JUDY E. HAMILTON, The Charleston Gazette | News | Comments

On a recent afternoon, winemakers and distillery producers in the western part of West Virginia met to discuss the creation of a trail that would link wineries and distilleries located within close proximity to each other for the benefit of them all.

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.             

Workforce Management in the Cloud Becomes a Competitive Advantage

October 27, 2014 10:50 am | by Vicki Bergendal | Articles | Comments

A cloud-based workforce management system can automate the entire timekeeping and payroll process to save time and increase productivity.                               

Obama Takes Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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.

Regional Meeting Set to Discuss New Food Rules For Vermont

October 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture agency and the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture will host a Nov. 17 hearing to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to comment on the new supplemental rules proposed by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

Chicago Firm Recalls 29K Pounds of Chicken Kiev

October 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the raw, frozen chicken entrees from the Aspen Foods division of Koch Meats were sold as Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breasts. The Chicago company recalled nearly 29,000 pounds of the chicken products.

Metal Detector Conveyor

October 27, 2014 7:37 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

DynaClean food processing conveyors expands its line with Eriez Xtreme Metal Detector option. The metal detector includes enhanced features, greater sensitivity, intuitive operation and exceptional reliability.   

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Material Handling Equipment

October 24, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jerry Matos, Product Specialist, Cherry's Industrial Equipment | Articles | Comments

Maintaining material handling equipment requires an investment of time and money. However, the alternative cost for not maintaining equipment will be much higher since it will lead to lost productivity, prematurely retiring equipment and the need to replace equipment.

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.             

Goya Foods to Open New Calif. Facility to Support Healthy Product Line

October 24, 2014 12:49 pm | by Goya Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

As the only Hispanic food company to offer consumers an entire line of low sodium, organic, diet and sugar free products, the 250,000 square foot facility will boost Goya's distribution capabilities of healthy and authentic Latin food and strengthen the company's position and growth in the West.

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