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Coke Ending Sponsorship of Dietitians Group

September 30, 2015 1:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola says it will not renew its sponsorship of a professional group for dietitians, bringing to a halt one of the many outreach efforts on health by the world's biggest soda maker.


Wal-Mart Expands Online Grocery Service to More Locations

September 30, 2015 1:35 pm | by Associated Press

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is expanding its online grocery service to eight more locations.


Whole Foods to Stop Selling Products Made by Inmates

September 30, 2015 1:25 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods says it will stop selling products made by a prison labor program after a protest against the practice at one of its stores in Texas.


PMMI Report Shows Three Common Threads in Global Packaging Markets

September 30, 2015 1:15 pm | by PMMI

Health and wellness, recycling and environmental concerns, and the growth of the middle class are making an impact in every region.


Consumers Spending More on Specialty Food

September 30, 2015 1:05 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Specialty food is drawing a new crowd this year. Men are stepping up purchases, less affluent shoppers are buying a wide variety of products like artisanal cheese and single-origin chocolate, and millennials are showing their age at the store. These are some of the findings of new consumer research from the Specialty Food Association in conjunction with Mintel International.


PACK EXPO Las Vegas: PMMI Report Finds Flexible Packaging Market Nearing Maturity

September 30, 2015 12:30 pm | by PMMI

A new report from PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, finds that the flexible packaging industry — projected to reach $32.7 billion in 2015 — is approaching maturity and can expect to see healthy growth and stability.


Making Coke at Home? Keurig Introduces 'Kold' Machine

September 30, 2015 10:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Making a glass of Coke at home will soon be possible. Keurig Green Mountain says it will start selling a machine that makes single servings of cold beverages including Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper and flavored seltzer waters.


Kellogg Buys Egyptian Cereal Company for $50 Million

September 30, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Kellogg said this week that it bought Egyptian cereal company Mass Food Group for $50 million as it seeks to boost its presence in Africa.


Whole Foods to Cut About 1,500 Jobs Over Next 8 Weeks

September 30, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Grocery chain Whole Foods is cutting about 1,500 jobs over the next eight weeks as it looks to lower prices and keep up with competition.

US Packaging Machinery Market Grows 4.2 Percent in 2014

September 30, 2015 8:45 am | by PMMI

The U.S. packaging machinery market grew 4.2 percent from 2013 to 2014, coming in at $9.41 billion, according to the 2015 PMMI State of the Industry U.S. Packaging Machinery Report.


Anheuser-Busch Delivers More than 51,000 Cans of Water to Northern California for Those Battling Wildfires

September 30, 2015 8:25 am | by Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch is providing 2,156 cases of emergency drinking water — or 51,744 cans — to firefighters and relief workers trying to quell wildfires in Northern California.  


AD-4971 Series Metal Detector

September 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Food Manufacturing

Company's new AD-4971 Series Metal Detector provides high-sensitivity detection on a wide range of different product types, including fresh produce, packaged foods, beverages, and many other products. 

EPA Rules Will Strengthen Pesticide Safety on Farms

September 29, 2015 2:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency is strengthening 20-year-old rules designed to protect farmworkers from toxic pesticides.


Chipotle: Pork Back in 90 Percent of Locations

September 29, 2015 1:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The Mexican food chain had stopped serving pork at about a third of its restaurants in January after it said one of its suppliers violated its animal welfare standards.


German McDonald's Will Offer Company's First Organic Burger

September 29, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

McDonald's is set to debut its first hamburger made entirely with organic beef this week, the latest in a series of moves by the fast food giant to appeal to shifting consumer attitudes.


Coca-Cola to Close Bottling Factory in Moldova

September 29, 2015 1:15 pm | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola says it will close its bottling factory in Moldova and will import the soft drink from neighboring Romania and Ukraine.


Fishermen Worry as Black Sea Bass Stake New England Claim

September 29, 2015 1:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

As waters warm off the coast of New England, black sea bass are moving north and, fishermen say, threatening the region's most valuable aquatic species: the lobster.


Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Peanuts in Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 29, 2015 12:30 pm | by FDA

Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems, Inc. of De Soto, Kansas is voluntarily recalling Chocolate Chip Cookies because they may contain undeclared peanuts.


PepsiCo Sustainability Initiatives Delivered More Than $375 Million in Estimated Cost Savings Since 2010

September 29, 2015 9:15 am | by PepsiCo, Inc.

PepsiCo, Inc. recently announced that its environmental sustainability programs saved the company more than $375 million since its goals were established in 2010. The savings were achieved through the continued progress of the company's water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives.


Salmonella: Sentencing for Managers who Helped Convict Boss

September 29, 2015 9:00 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

They were star witnesses who helped convict their old boss, a former peanut executive who got the harshest sentence ever for a U.S. producer in a food-borne illness case. Now two ex-managers of a Georgia peanut plant at the center of a deadly salmonella outbreak face the prospect of going to prison themselves.



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