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Report Accuses Food Industry of Tobacco-Style Tactics

June 30, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report alleges that large food and agribusiness companies directed hundreds of millions of dollars toward public relations efforts that mirror "the tobacco industry’s playbook," from "funding fake science to paying experts to denounce public health findings."

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Pizza Farms Offer Reverse Twist in Farm-to-Table Movement

July 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

As the farm-to-table movement connects more consumers with local farmers, some farms have shortened the distance between the plow and the plate. They're inviting customers over for pizza.

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Study: Citrus Consumption Tied to Increased Melanoma Risk

July 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A newly released study linked regular consumption of citrus fruits with an increased risk for melanoma.

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General Mills' Sales Hit By Shoppers' Turn Against Cereal

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

General Mills Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit fell and its revenue fell short of expectations as it deals with shoppers who are skipping the cereal aisle.

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Smucker Cuts Price of Folgers, Other Coffee Products

July 1, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press

The J. M. Smucker Co. is cutting prices for the majority of its coffee products sold in the U.S., including Folgers and Dunkin Donuts brand coffee sold in stores.

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Federal Judge Rules Maui County Ban on GMO Crops Invalid

July 1, 2015 11:00 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

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Kraft Shareholders Approve Sale of Company to Heinz

July 1, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

Kraft shareholders have approved the sale of the company to ketchup maker H.J. Heinz, creating one of the world's largest food companies with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

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Report: Whether at Restaurants or at Home, the Sandwich Endures as a Favorite Food

July 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Packaged Facts

Few foods are as essential to the American diet as the versatile and ubiquitous sandwich. Research indicates the sandwich is a staple food across the full spectrum of U.S. adults regardless of gender, age, household income, race, or geographic location

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US Opening Market to Argentina, Brazil Beef Imports

July 1, 2015 7:45 am | by ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, Associated Press

Argentina and Brazil are greeting news that they will soon be able to export fresh beef into the United States after a longtime ban.

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Report: IoT Presents New Opportunities For Manufacturers’ Post-Sale Revenue

July 1, 2015 7:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report expects that the increase in Internet-connected devices over the next several years will also spark substantial growth in manufacturers' service-related revenue.

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USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 7:15 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.

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Improving Rice Flour to Aid Food Poverty

June 30, 2015 3:00 pm | by Society For Experimental Biology

A new, high-quality rice flour could help towards aiding global food poverty. "This rice flour serves not only as an alternative to wheat flour for those with wheat intolerance, but could also help to overcome the global food problem in the future," says Dr. Yayoi Onda.

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European Study Tests Wearables For Cows

June 30, 2015 2:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

We've written before about tracking domestic herd animals using the Internet of Things. Recently, researchers at Cambridge Industrial Design were commissioned by True North Technologies to create high-tech cow trackers, which can track the bovines' behavior and location. 

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In the News: ConAgra to Sell Store-Brand Food Business

June 30, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out all the details by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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Clean Label Becomes the New Food Industry Standard

June 30, 2015 12:35 pm | by Innova Database

Clean label has moved beyond being a trend and is now regarded as standard in the food industry. Consumers are demanding shorter and more recognizable ingredients lists and manufacturers are responding by increasingly highlighting the naturalness and origins of their products.

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Top Specialty Foods of 2015 Announced at Summer Fancy Food Show

June 30, 2015 12:00 pm | by Specialty Food Association

This year's winners were selected from 2,715 entries across 32 awards categories. The final voting ended at the trade show. A sofi is considered the top accolade in the $109-billion specialty food industry. "Sofi" stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.

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Food For Thought: Use More Forages in Livestock Farming

June 30, 2015 10:45 am | by Springer

This review looks at the use of more forages than grain feeds to help improve sustainability of rural small-scale livestock farming.

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Chobani Selected as Greek Yogurt Provider For School Lunches

June 30, 2015 9:10 am | by KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press

Public schools across America will soon offer Greek yogurt as a meat substitute in school lunches beginning this fall.

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ConAgra to Sell Store-Brand Food Business

June 30, 2015 8:30 am | by The Associated Press

ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to sell its faltering business that makes store-brand packaged food just two years after spending $5 billion to beef it up by buying the private-label foodmaker Ralcorp.

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Report: Blue Bell Pulled Products Weeks Before Listeria Recall

June 29, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Blue Bell Creameries quietly pulled the company's ice cream from retailers and large institutions weeks before issuing a recall over listeria contamination, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

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GOP Bill to Privatize Wine, Liquor Sales Under Construction

June 29, 2015 2:49 pm | by MARC LEVY, Associated Press

A bill to allow private licensees to take over the state-controlled sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania is under construction by House and Senate Republicans, with votes possible in the coming days, an architect of the plan said late last week.

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