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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...

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,...

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...

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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.

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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.

If Milk Can Be Made In A Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 21, 2014 10:52 am | by TakePart | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further.

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When Fake 'Super Meat' Is Better Than The Real Thing

November 20, 2014 11:51 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," is aiming at the heart of the carnivorous market. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing and they believe they can revolutionize the away we eat.

Whiskey Fungus Lawsuit Gets Second Life

November 17, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

Dant Clayton makes and installs stadium seating, but says the whiskey fungus is destroying his inventory. In a matter of months, aluminum seating samples that can cost $25,000 to make are so covered with black spots that they can't show them to prospective clients.

Company Exposed Workers to Amputation, Shock Hazards

November 13, 2014 1:11 pm | News | Comments

According to OSHA, 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.

Kraft Cuts 275 Jos In Missouri

November 13, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

Bacon production is being moved to Coshocton, Ohio, which already produces about two-thirds of the company's bacon product. A spokesperson said Kraft is considering bringing other production lines to Kirksville but nothing specific has been decided.

Showdown Looms As California Mandates Pesticides For Organic Growers

November 10, 2014 11:01 am | by Ellen Knickmeyer, AP | News | Comments

With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in U.S. sales each year - $35 billion annually - producers are challenging a proposed California program with a pesticide-heavy approach, including the spraying of organic crops in order to fight a pest that has cost other states billions of dollars.

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Spontaneous Combustion Destroys Grain Plant

November 5, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

Fire crews from more than two dozen departments battled the fire in the Livingston County town of Caledonia, 15 miles south of Rochester. The site is the largest dairy feed manufacturing facility and dry fertilizer distribution center in the region.

Fireball Whisky Dispels Internet Rumors

October 29, 2014 10:45 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky assures its customers that the product is perfectly safe to drink. There is no recall in North America. Late last week Sazerac, the makers of Fireball, was contacted by its European bottler about an ingredient that was out of compliance with regulations.

Process Solutions For Taking Your Products Gluten-Free

October 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Kevin Wilson, Senior Project Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Ingredient changes and process design solutions are much easier to engineer in a new plant than in an existing one. Plants can design dedicated process lines, separate storage areas and well-planned cleaning processes to avoid any cross-contamination issues. With gluten-free products firmly ingrained, retrofitting an existing plant to incorporate this allergen into the current product mix can be challenging.

5 Ways To Maximize Success With a Co-Packer

October 22, 2014 1:00 am | by Sheila Heath, Marketing Manager, CROWN Specialty Packaging N.A. | Articles | Comments

From family businesses to the largest multinational brands, many manufacturers rely on co-packers as a way to enhance production efficiencies and reduce costs, allowing them to increase capacity at peak times without large investments. This short checklist can help guide brands in their search to find the right partner at the right time.

3 Key Business Drivers For Labeling In A Global Supply Chain

October 13, 2014 2:25 pm | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

In today’s global economy, it’s critical to identify, understand and measure how certain business drivers impact your supply chain and  business growth. To do so, you must consider the critical role that labeling plays in meeting the demands of key business drivers, as they can have a significant impact on the performance and success of your business. 

Flavors Fuel Food Industry, But Remain A Mystery

October 9, 2014 5:12 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.

DuPont To Increase Packaging & Polymer Capacity

October 2, 2014 10:31 am | by DuPont | News | Comments

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers announced its intent to continue to increase production capacity of its ethylene copolymers assets at its Texas manufacturing facilities to meet growing market demand.                          

5 Things To Know When Sharing Information In Food Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 12:36 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

As the food manufacturing marketplace continues to deal with many familiar issues, the manner in which it can effectively and efficiently share best practices and opinions on these topics continues to evolve. The key for all involved is to ensure the proper mechanisms are in place for responding to these changing communication needs to ensure responsiveness and engagement – whether the focus is on readers, customers or employees.

America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort Of

September 24, 2014 4:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing, Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

It looks like foreign investors are taking one more slice of Americana pie. News broke this week that Pabst is being sold to a Russian company, which begs the question, “Can we still claim it as our own?”

Roller Former

September 24, 2014 12:21 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch launches its WRF 600 Flex roller former, which optimizes or eliminates the trim when processing bar masses, including cereal, candy, protein and fruit. 

P&G Sells Pet Care Business To Spectrum

September 23, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Procter & Gamble Co. is selling its Iams and Eukanuba brands in Europe to Spectrum Brands, shedding the remaining parts of its pet care business.                                     

FDA Relaxes Water Quality Standards

September 22, 2014 10:32 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration revised sweeping food safety rules proposed last year after farmers complained that the regulations could hurt business. The new proposals would relax water quality standards.                                  

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