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Food & Beverage

The food & beverage industry specializes in the conceptualization, making of and delivery of foods. The food industry is a complex, global collective of diverse businesses that supply much of the food energy consumed by the world’s population. Beverage processing includes soft drinks and bottled water manufacturing, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Within food & beverage markets, better management of batch processing is needed as food distribution channels have become more complex. In addition to wholesalers, grocers and food-service providers, manufacturers see new customers in alternative retail formats and the tremendous growth in private-label goods. Their challenge is maintaining product consistency amidst increasing variation in raw ingredients, recipes and packaging.


Mysterious illness strikes workers at turkey processing plant

Employees at a Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in Willmar, Minnesota, were taken to a local hospital on Friday evening after a mystery illness caused about 30 workers to show symptoms such as vomiting and coughing.
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Little or no benefit from treating soybean seeds with neonicotinoids, EPA says

There are widely held concerns that neonicotinoid pesticides may have an adverse impact on bees and the EPA is currently reviewing their use.
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Meat, poultry products recalled after possible Listeria contamination

Meat and poultry breakfast products are being recalled by a Minnesota firm because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (Lm).
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Meat processing equipment market driven by growing demand for processed foods

The market for meat processing equipment is growing, driven by rising demand for processed foods as a result of the increasing global population and consumer preference for protein-rich processed food products.
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WhiteWave Foods to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free

The WhiteWave Foods Company, maker of Silk brand plant-based foods and beverages, has agreed to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free from its existing shareholders for $195 million.
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Soda makers commit to lowering calories in beverages

The American Beverage Association, the Coca-Cola Company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and PepsiCo have announced a new agreement to decrease beverage calories.
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UK retailer discovers undeclared meat in sausages, burgers

Last year retailers and food manufacturers across Europe were caught up in a scandal after it emerged that various meat products contained horsemeat and other undeclared meats.
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FDA launches food safety challenge

A competition has been launched by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help find new methods of detecting disease-causing organisms in food.
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Russian meat processors face crisis

Import restrictions in Russia are causing severe problems for the country's meat processors.
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FDA revises proposed rules on food safety

Four proposed rules intended to help prevent foodborne illness have been updated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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