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Tasting Success: 2013's Top Food Manufacturing Innovators

November 14, 2013 2:36 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to check out the top innovative food manufacturers that Food Manufacturing has covered this year. 

Point: The Cost Of Ethanol

November 12, 2013 11:28 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, MATT APUZZO, Associated Press | News | Comments

When President George W. Bush signed a law that year requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, Bush predicted it would make the country "stronger, cleaner and more secure." But the ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than politicians promised and much worse than the government admits.

Modular Chain Conveyor

November 11, 2013 2:12 pm | Dorner Mfg. Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The 2200 Series SmartFlex, from Dorner, is a flexible modular chain conveyor that can be configured to wrap around machinery and equipment in the packaging, food, medical and assembly industries.

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Q3 Rise In Food, Medical Device And Pharmaceutical Recalls

November 11, 2013 1:49 pm | by ExpertRECALL Index | News | Comments

The third quarter marks highest number of reported incidents and injuries associated with the use of recalled children’s and infant products in the past five quarters. Food, medical device and pharmaceutical recalls are also up since last quarter.

NY Knish Factory Fire Leads To Nationwide Shortage

November 11, 2013 10:22 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire at a factory billed as the world's biggest maker of knishes has created distress nationwide for those who can't seem to find the Jewish treats anywhere. The factory promises an end to the knish crunch by Thanksgiving, which coincides with the start of Hanukkah.

Multiport Diaphragm Valve

November 6, 2013 12:11 pm | Burkert Fluid Control Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The compact, multiport double weir design of the Robolux multiport diaphragm valve provides for multiple flow paths while reducing contact surfaces and hold up volume. 

Electromagnetic Conveyors

November 5, 2013 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for the requirements of the food, packaging, chemical, pharmaceutical and plastics and rubber industries, Eriez VMC Series Electromagnetic Conveyors use a two-mass vibrating system powered by electromagnetic drives.

MO Horse Slaughter Plant Prepares To Open

November 4, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

A northwest Missouri horse slaughter plant is preparing to open for business today as a legal battle that stretches across the country continues to unfold. A federal judge in New Mexico last week cleared the way for equine slaughterhouses to resume operating in the U.S., dismissing a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States and other animal protection groups against the federal Department of Agriculture over planned plants.

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Explosion Proof LED

November 4, 2013 11:41 am | Larson Electronics, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The EPLC2-HB-150LED-RT explosion proof high bay led light fixture offers an alternative to fluorescent or metal halide lighting systems for petrochemical processing facilities, water treatment plants, warehouses and manufacturing lines. 

Anti-Vibration Thread Locker

November 4, 2013 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tectorius is pleased to present Vibra-Stop thread locker, sealant and anti-vibration compound in an aerosol spray.

Thermoplastic Couplings

November 4, 2013 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation has developed a series of push-button thermoplastic couplings that speed throughput and productivity in a wide range of industries and applications.

Vacuum Conveyor

November 1, 2013 9:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Volkmann offers a conveying system optimizing material flow from the supply side to the downstream packaging operation. 

Sanitary Jacketed Valve

October 30, 2013 1:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Lee Industries now supplies a full range of sanitary jacketed ball valves to meet specific needs in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries.

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Food Recall Prompted By Routine Check

October 30, 2013 11:26 am | News | Comments

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman says a Reser's Fine Foods, Inc. recall of packaged salads produced at its Topeka, Kansas plant was prompted by a routine check of products sold in Canada. That inspection found Listeria monocytogenes in some ready-to-eat salad.

New Molasses Leak Stops Maui Harbor Shipments

October 29, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

While the leak was small and quickly dissipated, the shipper will not resume loading operations until the leaking pipeline has been repaired. The section where the leak occurred was not underwater but is encased in cement. It was discovered by the company's 24-hour monitoring team.

Scent From Chili Factory Could Be Costly

October 29, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its Southern California factory. The city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court asking a judge to stop production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant is a public nuisance.

Tomato Aisle Takeover: Why Your Next Can of Sauce May Be a Carton

October 29, 2013 10:23 am | by Suley Muratoglu | Articles | Comments

A mere 15 years ago, shoppers looking for broth at the grocery store had limited choices, mostly in cans. But thanks to innovations in packaging — and some clever marketing to home cooks — the category has shifted and grown. Recent research from Symphony IRI shows shoppers are much more likely to bring home recloseable aseptic cartons sporting a wide range of broths and stocks and now tomato sauce is now poised for a similar shift.

Crop Maps, Irrigation - Yeah, There's An App For That

October 28, 2013 12:41 pm | by Lisa Rathke, AP | News | Comments

Across the country, farmers are relying on new cyber tools to manage manure and fertilizer applications, monitor irrigation systems, coordinate harvests and check the weather and real-time agricultural markets. New tools digitize information that used to be kept in notebooks and stores it in the cloud, where it can be shared with fellow farmers.

Candy Factory Explosion In Mexico Kills 1, Injures 40

October 25, 2013 11:31 am | by RICARDO CHAVEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion inside a candy factory in the border city of Ciudad Juarez on Thursday left one person dead and at least 40 injured, Mexican authorities said. The blast took place on the second floor of the Dulces Blueberry factory and caused the floor to collapse, injuring people working downstairs.

Sanitary Round Airlock

October 24, 2013 5:01 pm | Schenck AccuRate | Product Releases | Comments

The cleanable round airlock (CRA), from Mac Process, was designed specifically for food, pet food and chemical industry applications, where equipment must meet challenging sanitary requirements.

ERP Considerations for Process Manufacturers

October 23, 2013 2:41 pm | by Jeff Mengel, Audit Partner & Craig Zampa, Consulting Manager of Information Technology Consulting, Plante Moran | Articles | Comments

Stop us when this sounds familiar: your company faces challenges with its current software, comprised of a mix of accounting systems with some inventory control and many spreadsheets. C-suite executives can’t get adequate reporting on financial performance, procurement is buying on “gut feel,” sales representatives fight over product allocated to other customers and production management spends their day reacting to emergency jobs...

Hearing Scheduled In Pink Slime Lawsuit

October 23, 2013 11:12 am | News | Comments

Beef Products Incorporated claims that the ABC television network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing that its signature product — lean, finely textured beef — is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

Hearing Scheduled In Pink Slime Lawsuit

October 23, 2013 11:12 am | News | Comments

Beef Products Incorporated claims that the ABC television network damaged the company by misleading consumers into believing that its signature product — lean, finely textured beef — is unhealthy and unsafe. It is seeking $1.2 billion in damages.

Monsanto Responds: Agrichemicals Safe

October 23, 2013 10:46 am | by Michael Warren, AP | News | Comments

Monsanto is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina. The company criticized the AP report as lacking in specifics about health impacts.

FDA Looking For Help In Identifying Deadly Treats

October 23, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

The FDA is appealing to dog and cat owners for information as it struggles to solve a mysterious outbreak of illness and deaths among pets that ate jerky treats. The agency said it has linked illnesses from jerky treats to over 3,600 pets, but calls the situation "one of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we've encountered".

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