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Drink Up: Study Says Compound in Beer Can Ward Off Alzheimer's

January 28, 2015 4:39 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

There seem to constantly be new studies coming out about the health benefits of wine. But what about beer? Scientists reported in the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that a compound from hops could protect brain cells from damage. Cheers!

UCI Chemists Discover a Way to Unboil an Egg

January 28, 2015 2:23 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

This isn't just a case of nifty science. In fact, the research wasn’t as much about processing the egg, as it was about demonstrating the power of the process itself. According to the researchers, the discovery could transform pharmaceutical and food manufacturing.

McDonald’s Reveals List of Chemicals in French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:07 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, the mega food chain began rolling out a marketing push that cleverly showcases former “MythBusters” co-host, Grant Imahara doing some myth-busting about how their food is made. Question is: When it comes to their fries, will this transparency campaign only throw more cooking oil into the fire?

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MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn Join to Form $16B Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, which had not been named as of Monday, will have combined sales of $15.7 billion and its board will include eight directors from Rock-Tenn and six directors from MeadWestvaco. Shares of both companies hit all-time highs late last week.

Report Says Levels of BPA Are Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 21, 2015 4:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

Judge: Dairy Pollution Threatens Washington Valley's Water

January 15, 2015 5:03 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.

Researcher Uses Crustaceans to Make Bio-Food Packaging

January 14, 2015 3:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

It can take 100 to 400 years for petroleum-based plastic bottles and films to biodegrade. It’s an issue that is known to be clogging our water ways — one study estimates that there could be 270,000 tons of everyday plastics floating in the world’s oceans — and has helped accelerate a push towards more eco-friendly alternatives. 

Poll: An Appetite For Labeling Genetically Modified Foods

January 14, 2015 9:22 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A large majority of Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods, whether they care about eating them or not. Currently, the FDA doesn't require labeling of GMOs, saying those on the market are safe. Consumer advocates backing labeling say shoppers have a right to know what is in their food.

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Photo of The Day: NY to Ban Plastic Food Containers From Restaurants

January 8, 2015 4:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Starting this summer, New York City will join the environmental sustainability trend by banning restaurants and other food establishments from using plastic foam containers. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday morning that he will fulfill an initiative that was first suggested by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg.

Scientists Make a Sweet Discovery in Efforts to Produce All-Natural Vanilla

January 8, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

Not-so-fun fact: 99 percent of vanilian, a compound used to create vanilla's distinct flavor, is synthetic. The process to produce it relies on using fossil fuels or burning wood with acid — which scientists say is both inefficient and polluting.

Elmer Chocolate Expanding Ponchatoula Plant

December 30, 2014 1:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

Popping The Cork on Champagne Chemistry

December 29, 2014 4:39 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

More bottles of Champagne are popped during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. But what sends that cork flying? Find out what chemically separates a Champagne from just another white wine and gives it those trademark bubbles. Happy New Year!

How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 29, 2014 2:53 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

By all indicators, manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the upswing and is expected to keep building momentum into the next year. In the world of food packaging manufacturing, how do you make sure you’re not just riding that wave of growth but also capitalizing on emerging trends?

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Agreement For Fertilizer Plant in American Falls

December 26, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An agreement has been reached to build a new $2 billion fertilizer plant in American Falls. ConAgra Foods and Magnida also announced an agreement on groundwater Tuesday, The Idaho Statesman reported. Construction on the new plant could begin in 2015.

Omaha Company Proposes Vegetable Oil Plant

December 18, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Omaha, Nebraska soybean processing company plans to build a $90 million vegetable oil refinery in western Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that Ag Processing Inc. plans to build the refinery at its complex near Sergeant Bluff, creating at least 20 new jobs.

3-D Printer Dishes up Expertly Crafted Eats

December 18, 2014 10:35 am | by Reuters Plus | Videos | Comments

A Spanish company has combined technology with cuisine to develop the Foodini, a 3-D printer designed to print the perfect cookie for Santa. Could this printer threaten demand for packaged foods such as cookies and other treats? Ben Gruber reports.

Extreme Temperatures And Other Hazards Found at Birds Eye Foods Plant

December 18, 2014 9:20 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

One would expect subzero temperatures in the Arctic Circle and understand the need for a coat, but employees working in a 40-degree-below-zero Fahrenheit freezer at Birds Eye Foods Inc. in Darien were left in the cold. OSHA also discovered slip, trip and fall hazards on unclean freezer floors.

Am I Being Poisoned by Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 17, 2014 12:57 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” than you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!”  But if you are what you eat, then you are also what you eat eats.

Cheaper Gas And Food Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department says the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.

How Your Carton of Milk Could be Changing

December 11, 2014 11:31 am | by Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | News | Comments

The dairy industry is eyeing package innovations to boost slumping sales. Changes could include products such as milk cartons that don’t require refrigeration until they’re opened. Shifting consumer habits, more drink choices and a lack of dairy product innovation are behind the steady decline in milk sales.

Wisconsin Researchers Unveil New Corn Variety

December 10, 2014 10:03 am | by Tom Meersman, Star Tribune, Minneapolis | News | Comments

University of Wisconsin researchers have developed a new variety of organic corn called “Who Gets Kissed?” The sweet corn was named in honor of a game played decades ago at corn “husking bees,” said university officials, when communities gathered to husk corn and dance.

Coffee Tastes Best in White Cups And 5 More Outrageous Java Discoveries

December 9, 2014 10:14 am | by Jeff Cattel, greatist.com | Articles | Comments

Scientists work tirelessly to uncover the mysteries of the natural world, from the reasons we binge eat to the best way to wash our hands to coffee. One recent study got us thinking: What other crazy things do we know about coffee thanks to science? Answer: a lot.

Pack Expo Top 10

December 5, 2014 3:40 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo. We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the skills gap, the omnipresent Internet of Things, and other exciting ideas and products.

Illinois To Be Home Of New Corn Protein Extraction Plant

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by Joanie Stiers, The (Galesburg) Register-Mail | News | Comments

Zein proteins make up about 40 percent of the total protein in corn. After extraction, it appears as a pale-yellow powder that can be used for biodegradable plastics, paper coatings, food packaging, antioxidants, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, food and cosmetics.

Maui GMO Ban Supporters Seek To Dismiss Lawsuit

November 24, 2014 4:07 pm | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, AP | News | Comments

A coalition has filed a motion to either dismiss the lawsuit by Monsanto Co. and a unit of Dow Chemical Co., or let a state court decide the issue. The filing comes after a federal judge ruled that Maui County can't implement the law until arguments against it are settled.

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