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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.

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...

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...

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...

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.                                     

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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.                                  

Cargill To Close Corn Milling Plant

September 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill will close its corn milling plant in Memphis, Tennessee early next year, citing its location outside of the corn belt and under utilization.                                                   

Nestle Purina Plant Investigation Begins

September 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A crew from Nestlé Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                                 

Dust Explosion Injures 4

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flames from welding equipment touched off a grain-dust explosion at a Nestlé Purina plant in Flagstaff, burning two workers severely and leaving two others with less serious burns, authorities said.                                      

A Sweet Business Budding

September 10, 2014 10:54 am | by Food Manufacturing | Digital Editions | Comments

Click here to check out a Denver food company's dive into the new edibles business, focusing on transparency, technology, and consumer-education in a new, controversial market.

House Blocks EPA Water Rules

September 10, 2014 10:32 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to block the Obama administration from implementing a rule that asserts more regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands, and would threaten farmers' ability to farm their own land.

Texas Producers Find New Oil Fields — Olive Groves

September 8, 2014 4:20 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife | News | Comments

Texas has been known for its oil production for almost 150 years. Now, a new oil industry is sprouting in what may bring producers cash and consumers a local, edible choice — olive oil.                             

Processing Alligator Is A Growing Business

September 8, 2014 10:15 am | by CHAD GILLIS, The News-Press | News | Comments

Thousands of hunters are plying Florida waters every night this time of year, searching the swamps for a prize alligator to take during the state's annual 11-week public hunt.                          

Toward Safer Anhydrous Ammonia

September 2, 2014 10:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An effective but dangerous pressurized gas known as anhydrous ammonia has been used for years to deliver nitrogen to soil and crops, and a safer delivery method that uses dry pellets is becoming an increasingly popular alternative.

The Chemistry Behind BBQ

August 28, 2014 3:53 pm | by Institute of Food Technologies | News | Comments

It's that time of the year again when people are starting to fire up the grill for tailgating season! IFT spokesperson Guy Crosby, PhD, CFS provides insight into the food science behind BBQ.                      

Turning Coffee Water Into Energy

August 28, 2014 3:39 pm | by UTZ Certified | News | Comments

The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills.                     

Scientists Call For Halt In Non-Essential Use Of Fluorochemicals

August 28, 2014 10:24 am | by Technical University of Denmark - National Food Institute | News | Comments

A number of leading international researchers, amongst others from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, recommend that fluorochemicals are only used where they are absolutely essential, until better methods exist to measure the chemicals and more is known about their potentially harmful effects.

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