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US grant helps promote organic products in Japan and worldwide

Demand for organic products is exploding, with US sales in 2013 hitting a record $35.1 billion and US organic exports reaching $537 million last year.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is ready to launch a new strategy to promote organic products and educational programs in Japan and around the world.

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Bottled water to become number one packaged drink

Last year, the bottled water segment grew 4.7 percent and is expected to grow to $13 billion in 2014.

BMC says in the past five years the bottled water market has grown from 14.4 percent of the overall beverage market to 17.8 percent.

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Alternative sweeteners gain 12 percent share of market

Sucrose leads the alternative market at 78 percent, while high-fructose corn syrup accounts for 12 percent

Lux Research finds the Americas are at the top in terms of per capita consumption.

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Good chiller maintenance practices for winter

As the temperatures start to drop, the proper maintenance and cleaning of chiller systems after shutdown can help avoid future problems.

Delaying maintenance can lead to more repair costs and lost production time.

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Specialty food trends in 2015

The Specialty Foods Association lays out its predictions for the top 10 specialty food trends in 2015.

The association says more people are turning toward stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners and snacks.

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PMMI brings PACK EXPO to Philadelphia, works with FE

For the 48,000-plus people who attended PACK EXPO in Chicago last month, it may have seemed like the mall three days before Christmas, and with the wealth of information and product solutions available, there was something for everyone.

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Northwest Ohio food processing

With plants like Campbell’s, Cooper Farms, Hirzel Canning Co. and Lakeview Farms, the Toledo area is host to a high concentration of food processing companies

With access to natural resources, transportation and a strong supply chain it’s no wonder agribusiness and food processing is excelling in Northwest Ohio.

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Americans eat more from home, but cook less

The top 10 foods that increased in American diets over the past decade are simple and easy to prepare

Americans favor foods like yogurt, bottled water and pizza

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Midterm elections bring changes for food industry

Berkeley becomes first city with sugar-sweetened beverage tax, while Maui passes a ban on GMOs

Residents of Berkeley, CA overwhelmingly vote to impose a law taxing sugar-sweetened beverages.

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McDonald’s Japan records 7.5 billion yen loss after food scandal

The company reports an approximately $65.8 million loss for the period from January through September

McDonald’s Japan says it has halted all imports of chicken products from China since July when the scandal broke.

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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.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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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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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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