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Munch on This: Pot Edibles Give Rise to Booming Industry

July 18, 2014 9:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

CFIA Investigation Leads to Recall of Podravka Brand Lunch Meat

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Marketwired | News | Comments

The investigations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lead to the recall of Podravka luncheon meat. The product recall is from an undeclared milk ingredient in the meat. Consumers with an allergy to dairy are being advised not to consume the product.

Quickbooks in the Cloud: How Mobile Does Your Company Want to be?

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

The demand for employees wanting to check their data anywhere is a growing trend. While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity typically is greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.

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Plastic Display Pallets

July 18, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New plastic display pallets allow for easy set up in a warehouse or co-packing facility. The ability to move from truck to retail floor seamlessly reduces packaging waste by eliminating wood pallet disposal.

Automation Suite Software

July 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New automation suite software for packaging, food and converting applications, means more accurate web tracking, sealing, gluing, cutting and slitting. 

Got the Blues? This Fruit's Health Benefits Spur Production

July 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Washington Blueberry Commission | News | Comments

Blueberry growers in Washington are projecting to harvest more than 90 million pounds of the fruit this year, making it the fourth state in total U.S. total blueberry production. Awareness about the health benefits of blueberries has caused the spike in production.

Minn. Creates Coalition to Protect Food Industry

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by A Greater Minnesota | News | Comments

To help ensure sustainability in the farm and food production industry, a new coalition called A Greater Minnesota has been created to inform Minnesota residents about the issues surrounding food production and the economic impacts to the state. 

Mars Food Recalls 2K Cases of Uncle Ben's Rice

July 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Mars Food North America | News | Comments

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots and Corn products were voluntarily recalled by maker Mars Food North America. The company is taking approximately 2,000 cases off store shelves for including an ingredient that is not listed on the packaging.

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What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P. | Articles | Comments

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean | News | Comments

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

Slicing System

July 17, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

The slicing system reduces giveaway and increases yields with a patented technology that provides complete automated control of each log being delivered to the blade.

Harsh Winter Keeps Maine Lobster from Shedding Shells

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cold winter may be to blame for the lobster population not having shed its shells yet. The harvesting season usually begins in mid June, and has not happened yet this year. Some lobstermen are reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

Food Guide to Enhance Productivity, Increase Profits

July 16, 2014 11:20 am | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

In the newest Food Productivity Guide published by METTLER TOLEDO, food and beverage manufacturers are given a food process and equipment selection reference tool in topics from filling and batching to checkweighing and inspection techniques.

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Compliance for Food-Grade Product Manufacturing

July 16, 2014 9:57 am | by Bill Bremer, Principal, Food Safety Compliance, Kestrel Management | Articles | Comments

Producing safe food demands food safety management and compliance from all who contribute to the final food packaging and contact materials—those supplying materials, making the packaging, manufacturing food contact materials and distributing the final products.

Hershey's Not so Sweet Deal: Raising Candy Prices by 8 Percent

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hershey Company, known for its Kit Kat, Reese's and Hershey candy bars, is raising its prices as the costs for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year. The company said it expects most prices to rise about 8 percent.

VIDEO: Can Traceability Prevent Seafood Fraud?

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Lexicon of Sustainability | Videos | Comments

Did you know one third of all fish you buy isn't what you think it is? Approximately 57 percent of the time, what is labeled as White Tuna is actually Escolar, a fish that is dangerous enough to cause serious health concerns. So, what's the solution to seafood fraud?

Explosion Proof Portable LED Lights

July 16, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

This light provides 9,000 square feet of work area coverage and is mounted on a spun aluminum base that is powder coated for added durability and aesthetics.

Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? Lay's Thinks So

July 15, 2014 2:39 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Frito-lay announces cappuccino-flavored chips for its Lay's brand beginning in late July. The coffee-flavored chips are part of the four finalists of its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest in the U.S., which allows people to create a new potato chip.

New Mexico Quenches Thirst for Jobs with Craft Brewery Boom

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The brewery scene is anything but new in states such as Oregon and California, but federal census data shows the industry continues to boom. Dozens of microbreweries have popped up around New Mexico in recent years, creating jobs and helping develop the economy. 

Purchase Order Management Must Go Beyond Tracking Orders

July 15, 2014 11:20 am | by Pat Garrehy | Articles | Comments

Many ERP packages have fallen short, because they are either severely limited in functionality or they are only replications of a predecessor legacy ERP package supporting one business type. They do not acknowledge that manufacturers require a greater variety of methods. 

Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

Maplehurst Bakeries Plans $78M Expansion

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maplehurst Bakeries, located in central Indiana and known for their distribution and manufacturing operations for cakes and cupcakes, is planning a $78 million expansion. The renovation will include a 180,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon to house its operations.

VIDEO: Wild Turkey Distiller Reveals Secrets to Success

July 15, 2014 8:20 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Jimmy Russell, master distiller of Wild Turkey and worker since 1954, speaks to USA Today's "The Street" host about 60 years of the bourbon business. Russell says Wild Turkey has become an enduring brand by making its product the old fashioned way.

Dippin' Dots Owner Agrees to Buy Crumbs Bake Shop

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, the company behind Dippin' Dots ice cream, has agreed to buy Crumbs Bake Shop out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The investor group hopes to close a sale in about 60 days pending approval from the bankruptcy court.

From Farm to Fromage: Cypress Grove Chevre

July 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | News | Comments

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of-the-art facility to carry on a legacy of producing specialty goat cheese. The company was purchased by Swiss cheesemaker Emmi in 2010, but operates quite autonomously from the dairy to the creamery.

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