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Kraft CEO Announces Retirement, Successor Named

December 18, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. says that CEO Tony Vernon plans to retire later this month. The company named Chairman John Cahill as his successor. Vernon has served as CEO since the company's spinoff from Mondelez International in October 2012. While Vernon plans to retire from the...

State Approves Grants For Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of...

Grand Jury Indicts 4 In WV Chemical Spill Case

December 17, 2014 12:26 pm | by John Raby, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A grand jury has indicted four former executives of a chemical company on pollution charges in a...

FDA Requires Calorie Labels For Alcohol On Menus

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then...

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OR Certifies Recount Results: GMO Labels Lost

December 17, 2014 10:08 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea. Brown certified the final numbers Monday showing Measure 92 was defeated by 837 votes out of...

Powdered Alcohol? Not So Fast, Lawmakers Say

December 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Powdered alcohol hasn't even arrived in stores yet, but states already are moving to ban the product touted by its inventor as an easy way to mix a drink on the go. Colorado is the latest state considering prohibiting "Palcohol" amid concern it will increase underage drinking. The product is marketed as an ounce of rum...

Study: Consumers Trust Farmers 'Far More' Than Scientists, Nutritionists

December 16, 2014 11:11 am | by Bayer CropScience | News | Comments

More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority  — 94 percent — indicated in a recent survey sponsored by Bayer CropScience that they have no connection with agriculture or farming. Consumers trust farmers by far more than scientists, nutritionists, government...

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Fish Farming Finds Its Way To Land-Locked Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:51 am | by Margery A. Beck, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle — it's fish. Specifically, thousands of an Australian freshwater species called barramundi — often dubbed Asian sea bass because of its similar sweet, white flaky...

Avian Flu Continues To Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The avian influenza outbreak in southwest British Columbia has spread to seven farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said. The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested...

Cheaper Gas, Food Lower U.S. Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 10:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation. The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer...

Am I Being Poisoned By Eating The Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 9:46 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

If you have ever heard the saying “you are what you eat” then you probably remember your mother scolding at you as a child for eating too many cookies because “if you eat too many, you’ll turn in to one!” But I will leave that topic for another time. What I would like to address is the need for transparency...

USDA Sees Higher Corn, Soybean Demand In Report

December 11, 2014 3:14 pm | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to Wednesday's crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted, which currently exceeds the...

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OR GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The Yes on 92 campaign said Thursday there are no other legal options remaining that could lead them to victory. The campaign filed a lawsuit earlier this week...

Can Organic Crops Compete With Industrial Agriculture?

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by UC Berkley | Articles | Comments

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, also found that certain practices...

Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 10, 2014 5:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives from the Midwest to a...

Lawmakers To Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 9:56 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The food industry is likely to find a more receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Setting the stage for debate after Republicans take control, a House subcommittee on Wednesday was to review legislation that would make...

Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 9, 2014 1:17 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A recent video published by the American Chemical Society unveiled how researchers are trying to create a healthier hot dog. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods? While I am not a fan of the...

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EU Calls For Japan To Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 8, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo. In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the...

McD's Plans Customized Burgers As U.S. Sales Fall

December 8, 2014 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hold the pickles, onions, and special sauce. The Big Mac is becoming a victim of finicky tastes. McDonald's is planning major changes in the U.S. as sales continue to slide, including an expansion of a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen. The company said...

USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 4, 2014 6:22 pm | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

If Taka Yamaguchi has his way, athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be eating organic — an ambitious plan that more than 100 of Japan's top grocery retailers, food importers and distributors learned about at a recent Organic Trade Association (OTA) sponsored seminar in...

Cricket Flour, Marijuana Among Top Specialty Food Trends For 2015

December 4, 2014 5:25 pm | by Specialty Food Association | Articles | Comments

Consumers will seek more from their food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to even marijuana. That is according to predictions from the editors of Specialty Food News, the daily newsletter from the...

EU Makes Move To Let Member States Ban GM Crops

December 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc. The European Parliament and member states agreed on Thursday that national governments...

NJ Governor Pig Crate Decision Could Hurt Pork Producers

December 2, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jill Colvin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has until Monday to decide whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages — a piece of legislation seen by many as a gauge of his presidential ambitions. The bill would ban pig farmers in the state from using devices called gestation crates, which are metal...

Will the New Calorie Count Rule Help Americans Make Better Food Choices?

December 1, 2014 6:34 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While counting calories may have been a time-consuming duty in the past, consumers may find the task a little easier after last week’s ruling. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced new regulations requiring chain restaurants, movie theatres and...

Consumer Group Condemns Muscle-Bulking Cattle Chemicals In Food Production

December 1, 2014 2:37 pm | by Beef Additive Alert | News | Comments

"No amount of drug maker-sponsored study or 5-step PR spin campaign will convince us that beta agonists belong in beef production. We hope processors continue to resist accepting Zilmax-fed cattle for animal welfare, and to preserve USA beef quality, consistency, and...

U.S. Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from. The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the...

Food Manufacturer Expands In Chicago Suburbs

November 26, 2014 4:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A California-based fresh food manufacturer is expanding in the Chicago suburbs. Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced in a news release on Tuesday that Fuji Food Products Inc. is opening a $2.5 million food processing and distribution facility in South Elgin that is expected to create 110 jobs. ...

Oregon Food Label Measure Headed For Recount

November 25, 2014 5:19 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Statewide vote totals released Monday show an Oregon ballot measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods was losing by a mere 809 votes and will go to an automatic recount. Results from all 36 counties three weeks after Election Day showed Measure 92 was defeated by a margin...

Introducing Ortaggi, Veggie Ice Cream

November 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

We all know we should be eating our vegetables every day, but isn't there a more delicious way to get those greens? ABC's Tina Trinh samples the vegetable version of one of America's favorite desserts: ice cream. Ortaggi offers six delicious veggie flavors...

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