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Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System

December 9, 2014 7:45 am | Eastern Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The Dynamic Bulk Density Measurement System is a gravimetric meter used to dynamically measure the bulk density of flowable solids while in process. 

Machine Harvesting May Increase Apple Supply For Hard Cider Market

December 8, 2014 12:50 pm | by American Society for Horticultural Science | News | Comments

Cider, or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States, is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the U.S., boasting a 54 percent increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. 

US Unemployment Rates Drop For Vets, Women

December 8, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

November was a good month for women and recent veterans who sought jobs. Recent veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan made even bigger strides. The unemployment rate for that group dropped to 5.7 percent from 7.2 percent in October.  


2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

Manufacturers Use Asset Optimization to Extract Value

December 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Clive Ross, Aurecon Group | Articles | Comments

Hardwired in the psyche of manufacturers is the constant vigilance on total production cost. Sometimes, deferring or minimizing maintenance results in cost savings. However, these incremental savings are typically false economy. A strategic asset management approach can create far greater value for the business.

EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers on Food Safety Sectors

December 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the 28-country bloc, the EU wants Japan to change rules regarding imports of alcoholic beverages such as beer, as well as food additives not permitted or limited for use in Japan.

5 British Columbia Poultry Farms Quarantined for Bird Flu

December 8, 2014 9:35 am | by JEREMY HAIINSWORTH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was put under quarantine for avian influenza. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens will be euthanized.

VIDEO: Why Are We All Getting Fat?

December 8, 2014 9:00 am | by The Guardian | Videos | Comments

We are constantly on the run; snacking as we go. According to The Guardian, as increasing numbers of us become obese, food manufacturers want us to think it is our fault — all while aggressively marketing more junk to satiate our new eating habits.


70' Long Shuttle Conveyor

December 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This stainless steel constructed plastic belt conveyor is designed for accumulating flat or low-in-height products. This particular product was designed for raw foods but the concept can be used for many applications. 

US Adds the Most Jobs in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 2:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.         

Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 2

December 5, 2014 2:10 pm | by Kurt Warzynski, Vice President of Process Engineering, Stellar | Articles | Comments

In the second part of this three-part series of Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?        

Cargill Will Pay $6.1M to Settle Truvia False Ad Suit

December 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Truvia Natural Sweetener will pay $6.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated by a Hawaii woman. Kailua-Kona resident Denise Howerton's lawsuit said Cargill made misleading statements about Truvia being a natural sweetener.

Colbert: Fairlife Milk, For Those Who Want a Drink 'Just Short of Good'

December 5, 2014 12:35 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of the late-night show "The Colbert Report" is "so excited" about a new beverage scientifically and specifically engineered to make you feel like you're being healthy. What is it? Well, technically it's milk.       


Recycling Opens the Door to a Circular Economy

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by Brian Kennell, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Recycling is no longer a consumer fad focused solely on the end of the life cycle, but a market force that is shaping corporate America’s manufacturing processes. Brian Kennell, Tetra Pak’s president and CEO, examines this next generation of recycling.

VIDEO: Starbucks' New 'Willy Wonka' Of Coffee

December 5, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Making a bet that consumers want a unique experience and high-end, expensive coffee, Starbucks is opening a new Roastery in Seattle. CEO Howard Schultz gives Poppy Harlow a tour.                    

The 7 Deadly Sins of Compressed Air

December 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Wayne Perry, Technical Director, Kaeser Compressors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When putting together a compressed air system, temptation is all around you. You want the best system, but having the best doesn’t mean grabbing whatever looks good. Build a system that meets your needs not your wants.         

Want to Boost Profits? Invite Employees to Be 100 Percent Honest

December 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Brad Oberwager, CEO, Bare Foods | Articles | Comments

At Bare Foods, I wanted to collect employee feedback in a systematic way, but I knew I’d never have time to respond to individual emails, nor could I require employees to stare at a blank email each week and expect them to come up with insightful feedback.

Hershey to Buy Canadian Candy Maker For $28M

December 5, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

Hershey is expanding its business into Canada with a $28 million purchase of Allan Candy Co., the company behind Hot Lips candies. Hershey said that its Canadian unit would buy Allan in order to increase manufacturing capacity for sweets and refreshments.

Analyst: Beef Prices Expected to Rise in 2015

December 5, 2014 8:00 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers will likely see a modest uptick in beef prices at the grocery store next year, though most of the significant increases have already happened, a cattle market analyst said. Last year at this time, meatpackers were paying $130 a hundredweight for cattle.

Organic Food Manufacturer Formulates Products For Pets

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by NutriFusion | News | Comments

Food manufacturers will now be able to infuse their existing brands with NutriFusion's special pet-friendly blends that are conducive to a healthy diet rich in vitamins that include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as beets, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, cranberry, strawberry, apple and pumpkin.

VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive | News | Comments

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

Brainstorm: Plant Cleanliness Techniques Pt. 1

December 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by David Beal, Senior Management Consultant, TBM Consulting Group | Articles | Comments

In this three-part series of the Food Manufacturing Brainstorm, we ask: what plant cleanliness techniques and best practices can food manufacturers employ to improve food safety in their facilities?             

BeBevCo Signs License Agreement For KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink

December 4, 2014 12:40 pm | by Bebida Beverage Company | News | Comments

Bebida Beverage Company, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of relaxation and energy drinks is pleased to announce it has signed a long term license agreement with Sparkling Drink Systems International (SDS), the Global Beverage Solution Provider.

Cricket Flour, Marijuana Among Top Specialty Food Trends For 2015

December 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by Specialty Food Association | News | Comments

Consumers will seek more from their food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to even marijuana. That is according to predictions from the editors of Specialty Food News.

VIDEO: The Chemistry of Hershey's

December 4, 2014 10:42 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

In honor of National Chemistry Week, the American Chemical Society paid a visit to the candy capital of the U.S. - Hershey's. We talked with scientist Jeff Hurst, Ph.D., and researcher Paula Gibson about everything that goes into making massive amounts of candy, chocolate and mints.

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