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Will Japanese Whiskey Become The New Scotch?

March 27, 2015 2:39 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Takeshi Niinami, Suntory Holdings CEO, sits down with Charles Passy to talk about the Japanese whiskey market, its acquisition of Jim Beam and its U.S. marketing efforts. 

Recalls Of The Week: Listeria Contaminations Linger

March 27, 2015 12:08 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

"Testing products works and being transparent with that information, as required by the FDA,...

Feds: Monsanto Released Dangerous Chemicals At Idaho Plant

March 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials say the chemicals released are hazardous and can pose serious health risks to...

Proposed Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels For Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 10:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under the legislation, the Agriculture Department would oversee the certification, as it does...

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HJ Heinz Buying Kraft, Building A $28 Billion Food Giant

March 25, 2015 8:07 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

"This is my kind of transaction," said Buffett in a printed statement. "Uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value. I'm excited by the opportunities for what this new combined organization will achieve."

Meat Industry Exec: Federal Panel Inconsistent In Developing Dietary Guidelines

March 24, 2015 3:14 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

“It is not appropriate for the person designing a better light bulb to be telling Americans how to make a better sandwich," Booren said. "Sustainability is a complex issue best left to those with the necessary expertise.”

Farmers Fund Research To Breed Gluten-Free Wheat

March 23, 2015 2:53 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the gluten-free industry is worth nearly a billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone.

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The Chemistry Behind Craft Beer

March 20, 2015 2:54 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Drink up to this fun video about the chemistry that gives craft beers their many distinctive flavors.                                                                                                                                    

FDA Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples As Safe

March 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Keith Ridler, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the genetically engineered foods, saying they are "as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."                                                                        

Lawsuit Alleges High Levels Of Arsenic In Some Vino—Should We Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Talk about a bad wine pairing.

English Researchers Help To Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Cocoa prices surged last year amid increasing demand from emerging markets such as China and India, although the commodity has fallen off dramatically in recent days.             

Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes Of Mac And Cheese

March 18, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. said Tuesday it is aware of eight incidents of consumers finding metal in the boxes, but hasn't been informed of any injuries.                

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Eating Red, Processed Meats: A Dietitian's Thoughts On The U.S. Dietary Guidelines

March 18, 2015 10:01 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

"I think it is helpful to have these recommendations because it gives Americans a base to go on and guidance when they are making their food choices."                

Meat Industry Fires Back At Federal Dietary Recommendations

March 17, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Other countries have already started doing this—including sustainability in their recommendations...we should be doing it too."                    

In The News: Powdered Alcohol

March 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Palcohol has been a popular topic in recent weeks, and the powdered alcohol product received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last week.             

GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop On Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Organic is the future of American agriculture."                                

Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 12, 2015 2:26 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Palcohol's go-ahead from the FDA is an about-face from the bureau's previous stance.                                                                                                                                                     

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Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

March 11, 2015 8:35 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The meat industry is seeing red. Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is swiftly and aggressively working to discredit a proposal...       

Federal Judge Considers Delaying Maui GMO Ban Hearings

March 10, 2015 6:08 pm | by Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday said she would consider delaying proceedings for a lawsuit challenging Maui's ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms because of legislation that could affect the outcome of the case. U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway had been...

States Ask Federal Appeals Court To Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards. California's Proposition 2, passed in 2008, set new guidelines for agricultural animals, including requirements that hens...

Food Groups Call On Congress To Reject Fees In Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 3:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget. In a letter to House and Senate appropriations committee leadership, the groups instead sought additional funding...

Researchers Analyze Beer Lost At Sea For 170 Years

March 6, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.          

Q&A: Recalls And Undeclared Allergens

March 6, 2015 10:19 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Recalls involving undeclared allergens are becoming more prominent in the food manufacturing industry. According to the recent Quarter 4 Recall Index from Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS, the FDA reported 105 recall events in the fourth quarter of 2014 affecting 94 companies...

More Want Local Beef, But Fewer Want Tough Job Of Cutting It

March 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Scott Mcfetridge, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore. "It's killing cows. It's blood and...

McDonald's To Use Chicken Without Human Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 11:17 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human health and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST. The company says the chicken change will take place within the next two years. It says suppliers...

Manufacturers Occupy Forbes Billionaires List

March 4, 2015 10:01 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

From renewable energy to chocolates, find out which trades are booming.                             

How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 3, 2015 1:31 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Recalls, especially those within the food industry, seem to always be in the news. Some of the most recent recalls include the more than 46,000 Pepperidge Farm bagels, MorningStar Farms' Black Bean Burgers, and of course the giant apple recall that kicked off the new year. While the reasons...

EU Nations Get Power To Ban Genetically Modified Crops

March 3, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority. The 28 EU member states on Monday approved the rule that national governments can have the final say in the matter — a move that goes counter to many...

Holidays Present Big Opportunities For Food Companies

March 2, 2015 10:31 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy March to all our readers out there! It’s another month closer to the warm temperatures many of us look forward to for more than half of the year. Being a Wisconsin gal myself, I can certainly understand and share in your excitement that the snow *should* be melting...

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