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Oregon Certifies Recount Results: GMO Labels Lost

December 17, 2014 11:15 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, 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.       

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'Nut Rage' Gives Hawaii Macadamia Nuts a Boost

December 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Some producers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that's also helping Hawaii, home to more than 700 macadamia nut farms and eight processing plants.

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CM3530 CombiChecker

December 17, 2014 10:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CM3530 CombiChecker provides both accurate checkweighing and metal detection at speeds of up to 400 packages per minute. It features a compact footprint to fit virtually anywhere in the packaging line.

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Research: Farmers’ Markets Show Presence of Salmonella, E. coli

December 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Chapman University | News | Comments

Specifically tested were samples of the herbs cilantro, basil and parsley. Of the 133 samples tested from 13 farmers’ markets, 24.1 percent tested positive for E. coli and one sample tested positive for Salmonella.      

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Michigan Approves Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments.

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VIDEO: Starbucks Brews Up Delivery, But Not For Free

December 17, 2014 9:45 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says that the company's upcoming delivery service will be profitable because 'people will pay an additional surcharge for delivery.'                         

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking to Implement Big Data

December 17, 2014 9:20 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

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Coca-Cola Outlook Falls Short as Consumers Shy Away From Soda

December 17, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said that it expects earnings growth in 2015 in line with this year's gain, which is short of the company's target. The Atlanta-based company has been struggling with declining soda consumption in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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Ohsho Food Eyes Expansion Into the US

December 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

Ohsho Food Service Corp., which runs the "Gyoza no Ohsho" dumpling restaurant chain in Japan, plans to expand into the United States in three years after withdrawing from China.                 

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States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol

December 17, 2014 8:00 am | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

States are moving to ban alcohol in powdered form before the product goes on sale out of concern it will increase underage drinking. The product, called "Palcohol," is touted by its inventor as a convenient way to mix a drink.     

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

December 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Bayer CropScience | News | Comments

More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority indicated in a recent survey that they have no connection with agriculture or farming. The reason: consumers trust farmers far more than scientists or nutritionists.

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Pure Maple Syrup is Becoming a Staple in American Diet

December 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers | News | Comments

National Maple Syrup Day helps raise awareness of pure maple syrup as a versatile ingredient beyond simply a breakfast topping: from a natural energy booster, to a flavorful ingredient in glazes and rubs, to an unexpected twist in classic cocktails. 

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Infographic: New Opportunities Emerge as Weight Wellness Hits Tipping Point

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by New Nutrition Business | News | Comments

The weight wellness market is at a tipping point, and in 2015 big name brands like Weight Watchers will continue to see sales plunge. Even Special K, the world's biggest food company for weight management, has experienced a sudden 10 percent drop in sales.

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Cow Bolts Idaho Butcher Shop, Police Give Chase

December 16, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit. The cow escaped from Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business, last Friday afternoon.

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US Says Halal Food Supplier Misled Muslims on Beef

December 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims as meeting strict halal standards. Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

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7 Tips For Bridging the Digital Gap

December 16, 2014 11:30 am | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

For manufacturers, digital technologies are creating new opportunities, but also new challenges. Social, mobile, analytics, and Cloud solutions can streamline production and speed time to market, enabling manufacturers to better customize and connect products to consumers.

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CEO of Bob Evans Farms Steps Down

December 16, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Bob Evans Farms Inc. is stepping down by mutual agreement after more than eight years in the post as the restaurant operator works on improving its performance. Steve Davis is also giving up his position as a board member.  

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Poultry Report: Avian Flu Looks to Shake Up 2015

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a report published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, the bank says that global issues such as avian flu and trade restrictions remain on the horizon for 2015 and will have a big impact on global poultry trade. 

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Achieving End-to-End Supply Chain Efficiency With Color Labeling

December 16, 2014 10:00 am | by Andy Scherz, Senior Product Manager, Epson America | Articles | Comments

Retailers continue to put pressure on manufacturers to escalate production efficiency in order to enhance customer service though faster shipping to stores or home deliveries and personalized products. Warehouses have expanded well beyond the traditional product fulfillment function.

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VIDEO: Is Organic Here to Stay?

December 16, 2014 9:40 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Shoppers may love their favorite organic food and beverage brands, but this love may quickly dissolve if their go-to brand is scooped up by a major non-organic corporation. Recent data indicates the potential for major financial implications for the acquiring companies.

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