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VIDEO: How Technology Could End Illegal Fishing

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by The Economist | Videos | Comments

There is a good chance that one in five fish sold in a store or served in a restaurant has been caught illegally. That would amount to 26 million tons — the weight of nearly 500 Titanics — of fish a year. But clever use of technology could help prevent this pillage.

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Sustainability is Challenged as Many Renewable Resources Max Out

January 23, 2015 9:45 am | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

The days of assuming natural resources can be swapped in and out to solve shortages — corn for oil, soy for beef — may be over. Scientists found that many key resources have peaked in productivity, pointing to the conclusion that "renewable" is not synonymous with "unlimited."

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VIDEO: This Australian Yogurt is Taking Over Shelves in America

January 23, 2015 9:10 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Move over, Chobani — there's a new Greek yogurt in town. Female entrepreneur Koel Thomae's Australian spin on Greek yogurt has won over American consumers' stomaches. The company had over 70 million in sales last year alone.       

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2015 Could Be Breakthrough Year for Strategies to Mitigate and Defend Against Food Labeling Challenges

January 23, 2015 8:45 am | by David L. TerMolen, Freeborn & Peters LLP | Articles | Comments

Food companies continued to see significant risks associated with the labeling and marketing of food products in 2014, highlighted by the continued deluge of consumer class action lawsuits. Although these risks will remain substantial in 2015, the coming year should see significant breakthroughs in labeling and legal strategies to mitigate and defend against those risks.

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American Shoppers Unlikely to See Benefit From Euro's Drop

January 23, 2015 8:30 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn't rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There's very little to celebrate. There's simply too much demand in the U.S. for any markdowns.       

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Nitrogen Generators For Modified Atmosphere Packaging

January 23, 2015 8:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Packaging with nitrogen displaces the air inside a package to keep oxygen at controlled levels (less than 2 percent). An in-house nitrogen generator is the most efficient and economical source of nitrogen and it can extend food product shelf life.

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Are Distributors Partners or Customers?

January 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Jack Keough, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The word customer when describing the relationship between manufacturers-distributors is often not used. In fact, the word is abhorrent to some manufacturers; one manufacturer even insists that their employees refer to their distributors as “channel partners.” 

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Freeland Foods Voluntarily Recalls Spicy Seed Due To Potential Health Risk

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, CA is voluntarily recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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McDonald's Earnings Fall; Changes Afoot to Woo Customers

January 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.

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Starbucks' First-Quarter Profits Soar on Strong Sales, Traffic

January 23, 2015 7:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts.

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Where Does Your City Stack Up in Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 2:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A recent report presented to a national mayors' group projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015. Find out where your city ranks!                      

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Is it Time to Replace Your Legacy ERP System?

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Pat Garrehy, CEO, Rootstock Software | Articles | Comments

Many industries, especially manufacturing, are discovering that business intelligence and more efficient use of large amounts of data help them become more agile and better equipped to respond to ever-changing markets. As a result, many companies have concluded that their legacy ERP systems are simply not up to the task, and these same companies are finding the ideal business solution in cloud-based ERP systems.

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Campbell Named to Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World List

January 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Campbell Soup Company | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Company has been named to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list by Corporate Knights — a media, research and financial products company — for the third year in a row.       

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Finding Farmland: New Maps Offer a Clearer View of Global Agriculture

January 22, 2015 1:00 pm | by INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS | News | Comments

Knowing where agricultural land is located is crucial for regional and global food security planning. Information on field size offers valuable insight into local economic conditions. Two new maps provide a significant step forward in global cropland information.

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Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whales From Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods

January 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by NOAA FISHERIES WEST COAST REGION | News | Comments

Commercial fishermen have known for some time that tuna, along with other species of fish, congregate around objects drifting on the ocean surface. Since tuna are naturally attracted to whale sharks, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission adopted a resolution. 

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Oranges vs. Orange Juice: Which One Might Be Better For Your Health?

January 22, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

While many health advocates advise consumers to eat an orange rather than opt for a serving of sugary juice, scientists found that there are certain nutrients in orange juice that might be easier for the body to absorb.        

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VIDEO: Famous Portland Whole Grain Bread Goes National

January 22, 2015 11:20 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Going against the gluten-free fad, Portland, Ore.-based Dave's Killer Bread has gained legions of fans for its seeded, nutritious sandwich loaves. Now it has plans to expand to every single state in the U.S. by the end of 2015.     

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VIDEO: This is How McDonald's Fries Are Made

January 22, 2015 10:20 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

After showing us how Chicken McNuggets and McRib patties are made, McDonald's is back with another video. "Are the fries even made from potatoes?" And "Are they ground up and mushed into the fry shape?" These are just a couple of questions that customers are asking.

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Organic vs. Conventional Milk: What's Really in Your Cup?

January 22, 2015 9:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

While most consumers believe that a $6 gallon of organic milk is healthier than the $4 conventionally-produced kind, New Zealand researchers argue that the "differences" aren't so different after all.               

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Report Says BPA is Safe, But Will This Change the Game?

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

In a recent report, the EFSA has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age. This is just the latest in an ongoing back and forth between scientists, government officials and industry insiders on just how dangerous BPA might be.

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