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Supercritical Fluid Extractor

November 17, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Supercritical Fluid Extractor is designed to perform a variety of extractions in supercritical fluid and is engineered to meet the day-to-day rigors of the research lab. Additionally, the system may be used for small scale pilot processing. 

5 Facilities Win 2014 IPM Partner Awards For Pest Management

November 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Orkin, LLC | News | Comments

With the ever-evolving audit standards, it is crucial to keep pest management at the forefront of facility operations and audit preparation. These five companies have successfully done so and were named winners of the 2014 IPM Partner Awards.

5 Unexpected Ways Businesses Can Use Smartphones to Drive Profit

November 14, 2014 2:11 pm | by Kirill Storch | Articles | Comments

Some notable advancements have included the assembly line, telephone, fax machine and the Internet. Today, there is a ubiquitous technology poised to revolutionize how business is done: the smartphone… but NOT for the reason you may think.  

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Pinnacle Foods to Buy Canadian Protein Foods Maker, Garden

November 14, 2014 10:43 am | by Pinnacle Foods Group Inc.; Garden Protein International Inc. | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods Inc., maker of Birds Eye frozen brands, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canada-based Garden Protein International Inc., the rapidly-growing manufacturer of the plant-based protein brand gardein.

Monsanto Sues Hawaii County Over GMO Ban

November 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit filed by Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit in federal court in Honolulu asks a judge to immediately prevent a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms from taking effect.       

Lawsuit Against Capital Brewery Dismissed

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson has dismissed a lawsuit by minority shareholders against Capital Brewery which claimed misconduct by company executives. Anderson says the minority shareholders haven't shown they had standing to sue.    

Mass. Regulators Probe State's Beer Industry

November 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission have issued subpoenas to several breweries, distributors and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to taps and shelf space. 

This Thanksgiving: Bring on the Turkey, Not the Food Safety Incidents

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Keri Dawson | Articles | Comments

Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season. Faced with these statistics, food companies are under significant pressure to strengthen their quality and safety measures.

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Voice Command/Audible Alarm Systems

November 14, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Smart Alert is an audible alarms system used for commercial, manufacturing and industrial settings to quickly and clearly alert individuals of an emergency or critical situation. 

Minneapolis' Grain Belt Sign Could Shine Again

November 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by August Schell Brewing | News | Comments

August Schell Brewing Company, the Minnesota-based brewer of Grain Belt Beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis' most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island.          

PACK EXPO 2014 Attendance Tops 2012 By 6.5 Percent

November 13, 2014 1:45 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for PACK EXPO International. With preliminary figures topping 48,600 attendees, the show owner and producer PMMI anticipates recording a 6.5 percent attendance jump over 2012. 

Kellogg Facility to Open in Tennessee

November 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Economic development officials in Jackson, Tennessee have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city. The company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the facility is completed.     

Mondelez to Invest $24M to Expand Confectionery Plant in Turkey

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Mondelez International, Inc. | News | Comments

Mondelez International, the world's pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, announced plans to invest $24 million to increase capacity of its state-of-the-art plant in Gebze, Turkey, to support growth in the company's global confectionery business.

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Monsanto Reaches $2.4M Settlement With US Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. said it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, but it was found in Oregon in 2013. 

Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

Durable Floor

November 13, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This product is an effective solution where durable, stain and wear resistant floors are required; bakeries, dry process areas and packing lines. 

Electronic Tongue to Ensure Food Quality

November 12, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. With an eye toward these applications, scientists are reporting the development of a new, inexpensive and high sensitive version of such a device.

Colbert: The Adventures in Snackology

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" brings the news of a scientific breakthrough giving millions of Americans hope for a better tomorrow: Dorito-flavored Mountain Dew. PepsiCo delivers on its promise to "drinkify" snacks by unveiling this odd hybrid.

J.M. Smucker's Stock Drops After Disappointing Profit, Sales Outlook

November 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker, maker of Jif, Pillsbury and Hungry Jack, lowered its guidance for fiscal 2015 as customers recoiled from rising prices for its coffee brand, Folgers. Its preliminary second-quarter forecast also disappointed Wall Street and shares slid more than 3 percent.

Frozen Bread-Maker Fined $47K For Exposing Workers to Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 9:54 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by OSHA along with a $47,600 penalty.

Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 12, 2014 9:28 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.                 

Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 12, 2014 9:15 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?               

Nov/Dec 2014: Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 12, 2014 8:20 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is a leading contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods. To read this cover story, exclusive features on regulatory compliance and material handling, among other stories, click on the image above.

Chobani Launches Incubator For Emerging Food Startups

November 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Chobani | News | Comments

Chobani plans to open the Chobani Food Incubator, a first-of-its-kind program to invest in and cultivate emerging food entrepreneurs. The Incubator will invest in, support and scale young and growing companies inspired by Chobani's belief in making nutritious food.

SmartPace Conveyor

November 12, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This conveyor enhances packaged product orientation by receiving items and properly spacing them on the conveyor. The conveyor uses HMI interface to control the spacing, speed and orientation of products.

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