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Brewers Campaign to Bring Belgians Back to Beer

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

FAQs on GFSI-Recognized Food Safety & Quality Schemes

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Heather Angus-Lee | Articles | Comments

Demand for Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-recognized food safety and quality certification isn’t going away — but here’s hoping industry confusion over the various standards will. The following answers to these frequently asked questions might help.

The Making of Matzo

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Passover celebration calls for Jews to avoid leavened grain, so matzo has become a traditional favorite during the holiday. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making matzo.

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Drawer Cabinets

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

LISTA sheet steel drawer cabinets offer made-to-measure top quality for professional use.

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, which is designed create a broad dialogue on how science will deliver solutions needed to feed the world’s nine billion people by the year 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 industry and size of the company, a business can spend more than 40 percent of its annual freight budget on inbound shipping, according to the Aberdeen Group.

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 totaled slightly more than $3.5 billion in 2013, according to The Conference Board of Canada. Production is expected to rise by almost 3 percent in 2014, the strongest increase in several years.

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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.

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."

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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.

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.

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.

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