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Food Industry Update

San Francisco considers ban on bottled water

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San Francisco may ban sales of bottled water on public property if the city Board of Supervisors approves radical new legislation proposed by Supervisor David Chiu.
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US pork production remains stable in 2013

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The United States is predicted to produce a total of 23.22 billion pounds of pork in 2013, which is just 0.1 percent down on the amount produced in 2012, new figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show.
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Recession exacerbates meat consumption declines

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As a result of the economy, consumers have scaled back the quality and quantity of meat purchased, while adverse health effects associated with red meat consumption have driven some consumers toward alternative protein sources.
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India needs to develop food processing potential, industry group says

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A new report predicts that the country could attract $33 billion of investment over the next decade, boosting the national economy and securing high profits.
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Frozen bakery market to maintain steady growth through 2018

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The combination of convenience and changing lifestyles will continue to drive expansion in the frozen bakery segment, with annual growth projected at 7.1% between 2012 and 2018.
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Plastics to remain dominant in US beverage container market

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By 2017, the market for beverage containers in the United States is predicted to reach a volume of 265 billion units at a total value of $29.1 billion.
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Use manufacturing intelligence to find value in process-control data

It’s better when you can see the forest, trees of greatest interest and relevant woodland conditions
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It’s often the case that if you are manufacturing something, whether food, beverages, chemicals, pharmaceuticals or anything process-based, you are collecting and managing large amounts of data.
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Federal government shutdown leaves hundreds of food facilities uninspected

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A vast majority of inspections at food manufacturing and processing facilities have been suspended as a consequence of the federal government shutdown.
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Golden State Foods acquires KanPak U.S.

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Irvine, Calif.-based food processor and distributor Golden State Foods has acquired controlling interests in KanPak U.S., a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology.
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Transparent packaging good for small foods, opaque better for bigger foods

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Consumers show a preference for transparent packaging of food products over opaque packaging options for certain food categories, but when it comes to healthy foods they tend to shift away if those are offered in clear packages, results from new research suggest.
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