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April Featured Products: Palletizers & Cartoners and Drives, Motors & Bearings

April 1, 2014 3:44 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Each month, Food Manufacturing highlights products in a featured category. This month, we are spotlighting palletizers and cartoners, as well as drives, motors and bearings.

Groups Ask FDA to Exempt Brewers from Grain Regulation

April 1, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

The Beer Institute on Monday filed joint comments with the American Malting Barley Association arguing that it is unnecessary for the Food and Drug Administration to add additional regulation to brewers’ spent grain and other brewing by-products.

Starbucks Reintroduces Cake by Popular Demand

April 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks will bring back its cake slices, available in banana, iced lemon and pumpkin flavors, in response to customer feedback. The coffee chain had been getting rid of the slices as part of a staggered rollout of its new, pricier baked goods.

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Airlines Offer In-Flight Craft Beer

April 1, 2014 12:47 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

More airlines are adding craft beers to their in-flight offerings. The assumption is that as more drinkers switch from mass market beers to specialty brews, they'll be happier if they don't have to give up the good stuff when they're in the air.

Q&A: Will Court Ruling End Japan’s Whaling?

April 1, 2014 12:42 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's whaling program is at a crossroads after the International Court of Justice halted the program, concluding that the supposed research program is a guise for commercial whaling. This week's ruling cannot be appealed, but Japan has other options to consider.

Sparkling Waters Flood into Soda Sales' Territory

April 1, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Sparkling water is chipping away at the dominance of traditional sodas like Coke and Pepsi, particularly in the diet category. Last year, a small brand called Sparkling Ice saw sales more than double to $302.4 million from the previous year, according to IRI.

Vertical Expansion: Building Up, Not Out

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO, @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

For many manufacturers, there comes a time when the lack of adequate space leads to disorganization and inefficiency. Vertical expansion, in the forms of elevated work platforms, multi-level racking systems, and automated storage and picking solutions, is a great solution for many manufacturers.

Consumer Trends: Diners Drawn to Distinctive Digs

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Data released by Technomic indicates that the 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 3.5 percent annual sales increase in 2013, a significant decline from 4.9 percent the prior year. Technomic says brands must differentiate themselves to gain market share.

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UPDATE: BPI Responds to Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 11:05 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna | News | Comments

After the blog we ran Monday on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article. The original image is one that has been widely used to represent “pink slime,” but BPI says this isn’t its product.

April Is National Soyfoods Month

April 1, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

This April, the Soyfoods Association of North America is celebrating National Soyfoods Month by spreading awareness of the benefits of soy-based foods. This year's theme, "Soyfoods: Endless Possibilities," promotes the versatility and sustainability of the plant-based proteins.

Oregon Officials Drop Proposed Ban on Pot-Laced Foods

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CHAD GARLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials backed off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban. A March 19 draft of the rules would have banned the sale of all cakes, cookies, candy and gum that contain the drug.

George Dickel Sues Tennessee over Liquor Storage Requirement

April 1, 2014 10:03 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whiskey maker George Dickel is suing to overturn a Tennessee law that requires liquor to be stored in or around the county where it is distilled. The lawsuit comes following a legislative fight over the state's legal definition of Tennessee whiskey.

U.S. Soda Sales Drop to 1995 Lows

April 1, 2014 9:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

U.S. sales volume of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent in 2013, according to a report released Monday by Beverage Digest. That represents a steeper drop than the 1.2 percent decline in 2012 and brings total soda volume to the lowest level since 1995.

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Global Warming Worsens Food, Hunger Problems

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said. A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger "hotspots of hunger" among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee.

Food Prices Skyrocket in 2014

April 1, 2014 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The cost of putting food on the table is rising and there appears to be no end in sight, according to a new report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The report indicates that food prices climbed 0.4 percent in January, the largest increase since September 2011.

Strategic Planning for Food Manufacturers Is More Crucial Than Ever

April 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Joe Bove, Vice President, Design, Stellar | Articles | Comments

As food manufacturers face stronger regulation and fierce competition, many recognize the need for establishing a strategic plan. This months-long process entails looking at where you are and where you want to go, and creating a roadmap to get you there.

International Partnership Aims to Boost Wheat Yields by 50 Percent

March 31, 2014 12:51 pm | News | Comments

The new International Wheat Yield Partnership seeks to increase wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034. The partnership brings together research funders, international aid agencies, foundations, companies and major wheat research organizations.

Brewers Boil over Proposed FDA Rule on Leftover Grains

March 31, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The FDA has proposed a rule that would make it more difficult for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed. Beer makers say that if the new rules are adopted, they would be forced to dump millions of tons of grains into landfills.

Consumer Trends: Seasonings, Spices Sector Grows with the Economy

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Seasonings and spices form an integral part of any cuisine, as they are responsible for developing the taste and aroma associated with the dish. The global seasonings and spices market grew from $10.7 billion in 2010 to an estimated $12.5 billion in 2013.

ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed by Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting. Is the media just lifting the veil on a product that is simply, by its composition, pretty off-putting? Or are they adding fuel to the fire?

Court Slaps Japan’s Antarctic Whaling with Injunction

March 31, 2014 11:49 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The International Court of Justice on Monday halted Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government claimed. Australia sued Japan at the U.N.'s highest court in hopes of ending whaling in the icy Southern Ocean.

Groups Push for More Humane Poultry Slaughter

March 31, 2014 11:46 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Animal welfare groups and lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve the treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.

Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

Ind. Fish Farm Expansion Approved Despite Complaints

March 31, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

An Indiana county approved Bell Aquaculture's plans to build a feed mill as part of a $30 million expansion supporters say will help turn the area into an aquaculture hub. The approval came despite neighbors' complaints about the stench produced by the farm's fish feces lagoon.

Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

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