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USDA Prepares for Possible Return of Bird Flu This Fall

July 8, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks.

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Ingredion to Acquire Kerr Concentrates, Inc.

July 8, 2015 11:45 am

Ingredion Incorporated , a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Kerr Concentrates, Inc., a privately held producer of natural fruit and vegetable concentrates, purees and essences

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Chalupas on Demand: Taco Bell Starting Delivery Service

July 8, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

Getting your Taco Bell fix may soon get a whole lot easier. The restaurant chain is starting delivery service on Wednesday in certain markets in a partnership with the startup delivery company DoorDash.

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Craft Sake is the Latest Trend That's Brewing in US

July 8, 2015 8:45 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

First came boutique wineries. Then microbreweries and craft distilleries. Now Japanese sake aficionados are hoping to transform the so-called "rice wine" into the next artisan alcohol-of-the-moment in the U.S.

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Report: Manufacturers Must Adapt Commercial Operations to Changing Market

July 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from PwC argues that manufacturers must make changes at every level of their commercial operations in order to keep up with increasingly sophisticated customers.

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Bacardi Acquires BANKS Rum

July 8, 2015 7:25 am | by Bacardi

Family-owned Bacardi, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, has expanded its portfolio of super-premium rums with the acquisition of BANKS® rum.

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General Mills Plans Major Move Toward Cage-Free Eggs

July 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Minnesota-based General Mills says it's committed to going to 100 percent cage-free eggs for its U.S. operations, following several other large companies recently announcing similar moves. The company says it will work with its suppliers to determine a reasonable timeline, given the disruption that bird flu has caused to the U.S. egg supply.

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Is Chocolate Good for You? Mars Health and Nutrition Director Sets the Record Straight in Time for Chocolate Day

July 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Mars, Incorporated

To celebrate Chocolate Day on July 7, Dr. Catherine Kwik-Uribe, human health and nutrition director at Mars, Incorporated, one of the world's largest manufacturers of chocolate, is separating fact from fiction and dispelling common chocolate-y myths once and for all.

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In the News: 1 Dead, 2 Hospitalized After Ammonia Leak at Ontario Food Company

July 7, 2015 12:20 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out more by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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EPA Orders New Restrictions on Insecticide

July 7, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, propoxur would be restricted in hospitals, food-handling establishments and other facilities where children may be present.

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1 Dead, 2 Taken to Hospital After Ammonia Leak at Ontario Food Company

July 7, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Authorities say one person has died and two others have been hospitalized after an ammonia leak at a food company in Fort Erie, Ontario.

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Starbucks: Prices for Some Drinks to Rise by 5 to 20 Cents

July 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

A small and large brewed coffee will each go up by 10 cents in most areas of the country, Starbucks says. That would bring the price of a large coffee to $2.45 in most U.S. stores.

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Ingredient Company Highlights Hidden Costs of Trans Fat Ban

July 7, 2015 7:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A food ingredient supplier touted its range of trans fat alternatives after the federal regulators issued new restrictions last month. But a top official with Corbion said the transition could prove costly for the food industry as a whole.

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PROCESS EXPO 2015 Introduces Innovation Showcase

July 7, 2015 7:10 am | by FPSA

The Innovation Showcase is a dedicated section of the PROCESS EXPO exhibits designed to help food and beverage professionals identify the latest innovations in food and beverage processing and packaging.

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Court: Georgia Official can Set Vidalia Onion Packing Date

July 7, 2015 7:00 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled. The Georgia Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday in a dispute between state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Bland Farms, a major grower of the sweet onions.

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Farm Use of Drones to Take Off as Feds Loosen Restrictions

July 6, 2015 1:15 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Agricultural use of drones is about to take off after being grounded for years by the lack of federal guidelines. The Federal Aviation Administration has approved more than 50 exemptions for farm-related operations since January.

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Mondelez Spins Off Coffee Brands

July 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Snack food giant Mondelez announced plans to spin off its coffee brands, which will combine with the labels owned by D.E Master Blenders 1753 B.V. in a new joint venture.

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Oreos Get Thin, Going for 'Sophisticated' Air

July 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Oreos are getting a skinny new look, and its maker says the new cookie is a "sophisticated" snack for grown-ups that isn't meant to be twisted or dunked. Mondelez International Inc. says it will add "Oreo Thins" to its permanent lineup in the U.S. starting next week

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Pet Food Maker Stella & Chewy's Recalls Some Products

July 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

Pet food maker Stella & Chewy's is recalling some of its products because a routine test found Listeria in a sample of its chicken freeze-dried dinner patties for dogs.

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Is Ice Cream More American Than (Apple) Pie?

July 6, 2015 12:35 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America

A new online survey from Mars Ice Cream, conducted on their behalf by Harris Poll in June 2015 among over 2,000 U.S. adults, reveals this holds true with two out of three (65%) Americans who say ice cream is among their favorite food to eat during the summer.

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