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Food Giants Spend Big Money To Defeat GMO Labeling

October 24, 2014 11:51 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses. But farmers and agriculture groups are just bit players in the $11 million campaign to...

Coke Slashing Costs As Soda Sales Remain Flat

October 23, 2014 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said it plans to slash costs by $3 billion a year after the world's biggest beverage...

Mars Food Expands With $31M Investment

October 22, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mars Food, which makes Uncle Ben's Rice and other products at its Greenville plant, will...

Anheuser-Busch Sues Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the largest beer brewers in the country is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a...

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GMO Ban Advances In L.A.

October 22, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants. City News Service says the City Council voted Tuesday to draft a ban that would cover seeds, fruit trees and plants. That would include varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to...

Bourbon Makes Mark On KY Economy

October 21, 2014 2:13 pm | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since...

New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' In Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 11:46 am | by Grant Schulte, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments, and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential...

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McDonald's Faces Problems In The U.S.

October 21, 2014 10:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Times are getting leaner for McDonald's. McDonald's said Tuesday a key sales figure declined 3.3 percent in the U.S., marking the fourth straight quarter of declines for the world's biggest hamburger chain. By contrast, Chipotle reported a 19.8 percent increase in sales at...

Organic Standards Hazy For Nonfood Items

October 21, 2014 3:33 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona...

WTO Rejects U.S. Meat Label Requirements

October 20, 2014 3:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Learning where the meat in your grocery store came from might get harder.In a ruling Monday, the World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised, and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements...

NY Yogurt Plant Laying Off 32

October 17, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An upstate New York yogurt company says it's laying off more than 30 workers, an announcement made just as yogurt became the state's official snack. Local media report that Bogota, Colombia-based Alpina Foods said Wednesday it will lay off 32 employees at its plant in the town of...

Hershey Wins Lawsuit Against Colorado Pot Company

October 17, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company. The Hershey Co. filed a federal trademark lawsuit in June against...

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Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Wilson Ring, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Vermont attorney general's office on Wednesday released a draft of the rules it is writing to govern the state's first-in-the-nation law to require the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The nine pages of rules lay out everything from definitions of "food" and "genetic...

Artisanal Ciders Give Growers New Revenue Stream

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by Mary Esch, The Associated Press | News | Comments

With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive...

Chipotle Backs Colorado's GMO Food Labeling Effort

October 16, 2014 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Burrito giant Chipotle is backing a Colorado ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods. The Denver-based chain said Tuesday that consumers want to know whether the food they're eating has been genetically modified. Company CEO Steve Ells says in his endorsement that...

Brazilian Pair Raises Bid For Chiquita

October 15, 2014 5:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Brazilian companies are raising their bid for banana company Chiquita to approximately $658 million. Investment firm Safra Group and juice company Cutrale Group said Wednesday that they are now offering $14 per Chiquita share, up from their previous bid...

Americans Willing To Spend 31% More On Responsible Food

October 15, 2014 11:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced in ways that uphold the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to the Conscious Consumer™ Study issued today by Gibbs-rbb Strategic...

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McDonald's Invites Consumer Questions About Manufacturing Process

October 15, 2014 9:56 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's wants to explain why its burgers may not rot and that there are no worms in its beef. The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The company has run similar campaigns in...

Two Takes On The CA Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate. David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied...

Gielow Pickles Opens New Processing Plant

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by Mark Stayton, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

Pickles and sauerkraut are once again rolling down processing lines in Skagit County, Burlington, Washington as Gielow Pickles recently started up production in a 70,000-square-foot facility at the Port of Skagit. The plant joins Sakuma...

GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money In Oregon

October 13, 2014 7:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka - Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money. With ballots going out to voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million. Labeling opponents,...

Craft Brewers Take The Lead On Reducing Carbon Footprint

October 9, 2014 5:03 pm | by MicroStar Logistics | News | Comments

By sharing a pool of kegs rather than owning their own, over 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013.  These findings, based on a study by John Heckman, Ph.D with PE International and commissioned...

Stone Brewing To Build Virginia Facility

October 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Stone Brewing Co., one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations, according to an official briefed on the deal. Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to announce on Thursday afternoon that the Escondido, California-based brewery...

Pepsi Tries New Strategy With 'Craft' Soda

October 8, 2014 1:28 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era. The name is a nod to the pharmacist from North Carolina credited with creating with Pepsi's formula in the 1890s...

Nestle Animal Welfare Standards Reflect Consumer Concerns

October 8, 2014 10:29 am | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

Nestlé is adopting animal-welfare standards that will affect 7,300 suppliers worldwide, a move The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom called “one of the broadest-reaching commitments to improving the quality of life for animals in the food system.” The food...

Snack Food Manufacturer Expands, Creates Jobs

October 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia, Mississippi. Officials say the company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years, with 67 to be hired in the first year. Workers will make...

Sabra Opens Doors To Expanded Production Facility

October 7, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sabra Dipping Company, makers of the country's best-selling hummus, opened the doors to its expanded hummus production facility in Chesterfield County, VA today. With the expansion, Sabra is doubling production capacity to meet continued...

Why Sustainability Makes Better Business Sense

October 6, 2014 2:30 pm | by Grant Thornton | News | Comments

The infographic is based on answers from 189 respondents collected in April and May 2014 from C-suite and senior leaders in food and beverage retail, manufacturing/supply, and wholesaler/distribution/brokerage sectors. Participants included... 

Cool Planet Unveils Commercial-Scale Production Facility

October 6, 2014 11:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cool Planet Energy Systems, a technology company that develops sustainable solutions for energy, food, and water, has unveiled its first commercial-scale production facility for its CoolTerra™ soil amendment. The new manufacturing facility is...

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