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Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. Two customers have reported a possible allergic reaction connected to the product.

Lindt Wins Latest Round in Copyright Fight with Haribo

April 14, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Spruengli AG won the latest round in its battle of the bears against Germany's Haribo GmbH. A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.

Chobani Founder Accused of Stealing Fage's Greek Yogurt Recipe

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

The ex-wife of Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya claims that her former husband stole competitor Fage's secret recipe for Greek yogurt. In a matter of years, Chobani has unseated Fage as the No. 1 brand of Greek yogurt in the United States.

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GFSI-Recognized Food Safety Schemes Ensure Global Acceptance

April 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Ron Vail, Director, Food Safety and GFSI Education, AIB International and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President Industry Solutions, MetricStream | Articles | Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative acts as an international quality benchmark in the food industry, and helps establish uniform and consistent international food safety standards. The GFSI schemes also enable companies to comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Mini Light Tower

April 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The The WAL-C-4XM Quadpod Mini Light Tower produces approximately 575,000 lumens of light and is adjustable from 7-14 ft.

PMMI: 'PACK gives BACK' Event to Feature Jay Leno

April 11, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces the return of PACK gives BACK™, Monday, Nov. 3. The event, open to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, will feature comedian Jay Leno. A portion of ticket sales will support the K9s for Warriors charity.

Nevada Food Exports Hit Record Levels

April 11, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Nevada's food and agricultural exports reached a milestone last year, exceeding 2012 sales by more than $19 million. The Nevada Department of Agriculture says export sales hit $137 million in 2013, an increase of 17 percent from the year before.

Subway Differentiates with Playfully Named ‘Flatizza’

April 11, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

It's part flatbread, but also part pizza. So Subway naturally called its latest offering the "Flatizza." As funny as the name may sound, it gives Subway a way to brand a product that might otherwise seem run-of-the-mill — and sear it into the memory of potential customers.

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Food Gains Help Push Producer Prices Higher

April 11, 2014 12:35 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March, led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent last month.

Consumer Trends: Diners Search for More Pizza Variety

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Consumers told Technomic they eat pizza about 3.4 times a month. Today’s expanded retail options and the emergence of the trendy fast-casual pizza segment are giving consumers plenty of ways to satisfy their pizza cravings. But consumers say they want even more variety.

How Will Big Data Affect Manufacturing?

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Greg Goodwin | Articles | Comments

To continue the conversation around "Big Data," as well as other emerging trends like mobility, cloud technology and metrics programs, LNS Research has teamed up with MESA International to create the 2013-2014 ‘Metrics that Matter’ survey.

Starbucks to Move VIA Instant Coffee Production to Ga.

April 11, 2014 10:28 am | by TIM RAUSCH, The Augusta Chronicle | News | Comments

Starbucks currently produces its VIA product line in Europe, but it will be moving production to Georgia when its south Augusta facility is fully operational. About 70 employees have been hired and packaging operations started in October at the Augusta facility.

Subway’s Phase-Out of ‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Nears Completion

April 11, 2014 10:17 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat" chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient.

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Photo of the Day: Frozen Food Industry to Air First Nat'l TV Ads in PR Push

April 11, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

With frozen food sales slipping, the industry is preparing a public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of its products. The push will include what are said to be the first national TV ads on behalf of the entire industry, as well as social media and in-store promotions.

Frozen Food Industry Plans Massive PR Campaign as Sales Slip

April 11, 2014 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

With frozen food sales slipping, the industry is preparing a public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of its products. The push will include what are said to be the first national TV ads on behalf of the entire industry, as well as social media and in-store promotions.

Low Voltage Servo Drive

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The LVD Sercos III is a compact, high-power and intelligent servo drive for low voltage 15-48 VDC bus servo motion applications.

Preventing Food Waste by Harvesting Energy for the Cold Chain

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Jim O’Callaghan, President, EnOcean Inc. | Articles | Comments

The highest portion of food waste is on the consumers’ side, but food manufacturers also must be vigilant to ensure food stays fresh throughout the supply chain. A non-stop cold chain monitoring system is a major instrument used to keep food fresh.

'Fed Up' Preview Blames Food Manufacturers for Obesity Epidemic

April 11, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Katie Couric teamed up with "An Inconvenient Truth" producer Laurie David to create the documentary "Fed Up." The film, featured in this preview, targets food manufacturers, placing a large amount of blame on them for the obesity epidemic.

Oscar Mayer Expands Deli Fresh Line of Lunch Meats

April 10, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Oscar Mayer has expanded its Deli Fresh line by introducing new Deli Fresh BOLD flavors. The new lunch meats are available in four flavor varieties, including Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, Cajun Style Turkey Breast, Maple Honey Ham and Chipotle Seasoned Chicken Breast.

Ky. Distillery Expands Visitor Center

April 10, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

The Woodford Reserve Distillery is greeting tourists with an expanded and renovated visitor center in central Kentucky. Brown-Forman Corp., owner of Woodford Reserve bourbon, invested more than $1.9 million into the 7,500-square-foot visitor center near Versailles.

Reshoring and Revitalizing the American Supply Chain Network

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Reshoring manufacturing is a growing trend in the U.S. After many years of offshoring, companies are taking an in-depth look at the benefits of manufacturing closer to their customer base, leading many companies to consider reshoring production to the U.S.

Consumer Trends: Beef Industry Driven by Strong Global Demand

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The global beef industry is experiencing strong demand led by the Chinese market, according to Rabobank. Beef market fundamentals remain positive, with prices driven up across the globe by firm demand and a tightening supply due to drought and extreme weather.

Dieters Drop Calorie Counting, Opt for Less Processed Foods

April 10, 2014 11:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. Part of the problem: "Low-calorie" foods make people feel deprived. Now, people want to lose weight while still feeling satisfied. And they want to do it without foods they consider processed.

Wal-Mart, Wild Oats Partner to Sell Cheaper Organic Foods

April 10, 2014 11:43 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart has joined Wild Oats to sell a new line of organic foods that is at least 25 percent cheaper than the national organic brands it carries. The retailer is unveiling nearly 100 pantry items under the Wild Oats label over the next several months.

Reducing Food Waste Boosts Consumer Welfare

April 10, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

If private households and the retail sector in the EU reduce food waste by 40 percent in 2020, this will result in savings that can be used on other items, increasing public welfare, according to a study charged by the European Commission.

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