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VIDEO: Food Security vs. Food Sovereignty

October 15, 2014 10:25 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

The Lexicon of Sustainability's Know Your Food is a short film series that introduces consumers to key terms and principles that can help them make more informed decisions about the food they eat. This part of the series focuses on food security and food sovereignty.

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Ingredion Buys Specialty Ingredients Company For $340M

October 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Westchester, Illinois-based Ingredion Inc. is buying specialty ingredients company Penford Corp. to help address areas that consumers are growing increasingly interested in, such as nutrition and gluten-free eating.         

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US Producer Prices Fell in September

October 15, 2014 10:06 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The falling food costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.            

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Whole Foods to Begin Ranking Produce by Eco-Friendliness

October 15, 2014 9:59 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.           

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US Represents Itself as 'Food Truck Nation' at Milan Expo

October 15, 2014 9:44 am | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor | News | Comments

The U.S. will show itself off as "Food Truck Nation" in Milan, Italy by bringing six authentic food trucks to the Expo as part of its participation in the event opening in May for six months. The Expo theme is food and nutrition.      

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Chipotle to Support GMO Labeling Ballot Measure in Colorado, Oregon

October 15, 2014 9:26 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Denver-based burrito giant endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests.   

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Case Sealer

October 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This case sealer's stainless steel frame is welded and bolted for strength, and the upper operating mechanisms are secured to the frame by a solid rack and gear system. 

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Would You Eat That Doughnut if You Knew You Had to Walk 2 Miles to Burn it Off?

October 14, 2014 3:17 pm | by University of North Carolina School of Medicine | News | Comments

In an effort to combat the obesity epidemic in the U.S., the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established the requirement for restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on their menus boards.     

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Two Takes on the Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate.                                      

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VIDEO: Companies Are Cutting Calories

October 14, 2014 3:06 pm | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

In addition to companies cutting calories and serving sizes, Supermarkets can help guide shoppers to easy, healthy meal solutions.                                 

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Calif. Company Recalls Pumpkin Seed Pesto

October 14, 2014 3:02 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

California Olive and Vine, LLC of Sutter, California is taking precautionary measures and recalling Pumpkin Seed Pesto because of its irregular lab results. The pesto may be contaminated with a botulism toxin that can lead to serious illness or death.

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Infographic: Women Will Shape the Adult Beverage Industry

October 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

The majority of women in the U.S. are of legal drinking age — and they're increasingly engaged, experimental and educated consumers of spirits, wine and beer. Young and ethnic women, in particular, will shape the future of the adult beverage industry, according to Technomic.

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Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting | News | Comments

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

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USDA Gives Maine $600K to Invest in Specialty Crops

October 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will give Maine $602,679 to invest in ten specialty crop initiatives. The initiatives will help strengthen food products such as potatoes, wild blueberries and maple syrup.           

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New Pickle Processing Plant in Washington

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by MARK STAYTON, Skagit Valley Herald | News | Comments

The plant joins Sakuma Bros. Farms as the only Skagit County-based crop processors and will help salvage valuable rotation crops of cucumbers and cabbage. The facility currently produces pickle chips, spears, whole pickles, sauerkraut and pickled cauliflower.

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Why You Should Be Feeding Your Pets High-Quality Food Brands

October 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Our four-legged friends are often fed over-processed and chemically altered foods. Am I saying pet owners should only feed their animals raw food? Not necessarily. But I do think we should be mindful in the food brands we are purchasing for them.

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Real Foods Issues Recall on Mexican Cheddar Dip

October 14, 2014 10:56 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Real Foods of Seattle, Washington is recalling 96 units of its Mexican Cheddar Dip product due to an undeclared allergen. The product was distributed and sold throughout the state.                   

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SunBurst Foods Issues Recall For Nearly 150 Products

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by FDA | News | Comments

SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling all of its SunBurst, Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Is the Trade Deficit Really Bad?

October 14, 2014 10:34 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Blogs | Comments

I think America’s trade deficit is the biggest single obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs or keeping manufacturing jobs in the country. I also agree with Warren Buffet who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the federal budget deficit or consumer debt, and could lead to political turmoil.”

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Manufacturing Transformations: Building Blocks of a Future SMART Plant

October 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Rahul Vijayaraghavan | Articles | Comments

The power of cloud computing to connect a multitude of devices and platforms is yet another transformation that is impacting manufacturing facilities. The use of cloud in the food & beverage industry can monitor time-critical perishable foods that have set temperature, pressure and humidity requirements.

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