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Falling Corn Prices Stalk Monsanto, Sending 2Q Profits Lower

April 1, 2015 11:48 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The St. Louis agricultural business giant reported a second-quarter profit of $1.42 billion, or $2.92 per share, down from $1.67 billion, or $3.15 per share, in the prior year period. Sales slid to $5.2 billion from $5.8 billion.

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner on Yogurt Products

April 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Starbucks on Tuesday announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

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How Manufacturers Can Use Regional Menu Data To Track Local Demand

April 1, 2015 11:00 am | by Abigail Covington, Content Marketing Coordinator, Food Genius, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The principal of creating supply where there is demand is not new, but it is sometimes overlooked within the foodservice industry.

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Study: Pet Foods Contain Animal Contents Not Explicitly Identified on Labels

April 1, 2015 10:45 am | by BIOMED CENTRAL | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Nottingham determined the relative presence of DNA from cow, chicken, pig and horse in 17 leading dog and cat wet foods, readily available in UK supermarkets. They then compared their results with the animal species details that were disclosed on the pet food labels.

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How Distributors and Manufacturers Can Partner to Grow Sales, Value-Added Service

April 1, 2015 10:20 am | by Gary Nuttall, President, Gray Tools Canada | Articles | Comments

Here are just four examples of how distributors can take advantage of their suppliers’ capabilities to foster closer relationships, which in turn will make them more relevant to their customers.

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Matcha Tea: The Ultimate Superfood

April 1, 2015 9:35 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Panatea Founder Jessica Lloyd and David Mandelbaum discuss the benefits of drinking Matcha and how Panatea will make Matcha easy to use for the consumer. They speak with Bloomberg’s Matt Miller and Olivia Sterns on “Market Markers.”

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Slurry on Demand Continuous Mixer

April 1, 2015 9:05 am | by Heat and Control | Product Releases | Comments

This continuous mixer ends the waste and delay normally required to produce pumpable slurries of oil-based seasonings, chocolate, and other coatings. Ingredients are mixed only as needed to reduce waste. 

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Pink Pineapples, Purple Tomatoes May Be Next-Generation GMOs

April 1, 2015 8:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.These genetically engineered foods could receive government approval in the coming years.

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States Increasing Production Caps for Microbreweries

April 1, 2015 8:30 am | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The popularity of microbrews has craft breweries bumping up against the country's longstanding three-tier system that governs the beer industry.

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New Va. Tech Dairy Science Facilities Under Construction

April 1, 2015 8:10 am | News | Comments

Virginia Tech is moving its dairy farm to a new $14 million off-campus facility. Officials say the Blacksburg school's 500-head dairy herd and production facility will be relocated to the university's Kentland Farm in Montgomery County.

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Molson Coors Acquires Mount Shivalik Breweries Ltd.

April 1, 2015 7:55 am | by Molson Coors Brewing Company | News | Comments

 As part of the transaction, MCI acquired MSBL's entire brand portfolio, including the leading strong beer brand, Thunderbolt, and assumes direct control over brewing operations in Haryana and Punjab, as well as distribution for Thunderbolt in Bihar.

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Explosion Free Vacuum Conveying

April 1, 2015 7:45 am | by Volkmann, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Explosion Free Vacuum Conveying The best method to protect against explosions in food processing is to avoid the explosion in the first place. 

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Judge to Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

March 31, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

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Pet Food Market an Intriguing Acquisiton Target For Food Giants

March 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

In the $28 billion U.S. pet food market, mergers and acquisitions have dominated the headlines in recent years. Among the most noticeable pet market merger and acquisition trends has been companies traditionally known for producing food for humans entering the pet food category.

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Picturing Peanut Contamination With Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

March 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by IM PUBLICATIONS LLP | News | Comments

Study the label of almost any food product and you're likely to see the rather vague warning "May contain peanuts" somewhere on there, unless of course it's a product that definitely does contain peanuts. These warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View of Manufacturing

March 31, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

In the report, authors Kate Whitefoot and Walter Valdivia note current manufacturing statistics don't account for services before or after production, from initial research and development to follow-up service and maintenance.

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Meat Company Specializing in Bacon Coming to Missouri

March 31, 2015 12:09 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Daily's Premium Meats, which offers "sliced-to-order" naturally smoked bacon, will build a 100,000-square-foot plant in St. Joseph, Mo.

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USDA: Record Soybean Acres Expected, Corn Acres to Drop

March 31, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first report of the new crop season says farmers will plant 84.6 million acres in soybeans, up 1 percent from last year's previous record of 83.7 million acres.

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In The News: Bird Flu Found at Minnesota Poultry Farms

March 31, 2015 12:02 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Find out the latest news and developments by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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First Lady Asks Kids to Step Up For Healthy Lunch Challenge

March 31, 2015 11:35 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The first lady once again is challenging the nation's children to dream up healthy lunch recipes, a now annual component of her Let's Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise.

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