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US senators get tough on energy drinks

With the energy drink business booming, three senators argue the industry needs more transparency and push for more regulations from FDA.

Early this month, the senators released a new report supporting their concerns.

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New US Dietary Guidelines to be released

In mid-December, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee held its final meeting on the guidelines and closed the public comment period.

 The guidelines make some significant changes such as reducing added sugar and urging the consumption of more fruits and vegetables. 

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Emerging trends at PACK EXPO offered glimpse into the future of food manufacturing

Last year’s attendees found technologies driving food manufacturing and influencing packaging and processing operations across multiple industries.

 The latest developments in food manufacturing will be revealed at PACK EXPO East in February. 

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Avian flu spurs ban on poultry imports from Pacific Northwest

More than 30 countries, including those in the European Union, have banned poultry imports from the region.

An emergency quarantine zone for avian influenza has been initiated in Washington where it has been identified in flocks of mixed poultry and other birds.

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Anuga FoodTec 2015 set for March

Food and beverage industry professionals will reconvene once again at Anuga Food Tec, held this year in Cologne, Germany from March 24 to 27.

With the theme of “resource efficiency,” the fair seeks to reinforce its status as the cross-industry expo for food and beverage industry specialists and suppliers.

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Global cold storage capacity report reveals strong worldwide growth

The report includes analyses of growth trends in global capacity, market development indicators and characteristics of refrigerated warehouses.

India surpasses the US in cold storage capacity, while China came in third.

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Study: COOL labels economically not worth the fight

New research from Kansas State University finds most shoppers are unaware origin labels exist on their packages of meat.

The US government is appealing the WTO’s rejection of the US Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, but most consumers aren't willing to pay extra for the label.

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FSMA: A work in progress

In January 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act came into being, and six core teams were formed to focus on six key sections: preventive standards, inspection and compliance, imports, federal/state integration, fees and reports, and studies.

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US, China to protect common food names

The US dairy industry praised the results of recent meetings with China where officials committed to stronger protections for common food names.

The recent US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate the export of products such as Feta and Parmesan cheese to China.

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Fresh food consumption to grow

Over the next five years, the consumption rate of fresh food will continue to grow, with the youngest generations driving the trend.

From 2003 and 2013, the consumption of fresh foods (including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and eggs) grew by 20 percent to over 100 billion products.

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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


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In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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