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Gulf Coast Oyster Harvests Still Down From BP Oil Spill

August 12, 2014 10:28 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst oil disaster. Even after a rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

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Del Monte Opens First Canada Processing Plant

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Altech Technology Systems Inc.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is opening its first Canadian processing plant in Oshawa, Ontario. Its new wastewater treatment system is designed to treat 40,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the fresh cut processing of 100,000 lbs. per week of produce.

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Photos: M&M's Introduces Great Wall of Chocolate

August 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Mars Retail Group

M&M's, the world's biggest chocolate brand, celebrated the grand opening of its first M&M's World store in Asia. The Great Wall of Chocolate, the world's largest candy wall, offers visitors a chance to create their own blend of candies from 132 individual tubes.

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GMA Highlights Food Industry Progress on Sustainability

August 12, 2014 7:40 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association

A new report by the Grocery Manufacturers Assocation highlights a diverse cross-section of initiatives from an equally diverse slate of manufacturers. The report spotlights the achievements by food and beverage facilities as they work to reduce their environmental footprints.

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Progresso Brand Introduces Six New Flavors

August 12, 2014 7:20 am | by Progresso

Consumers are striving to eat more vegetables, but often fall short of the recommended amount. With this in mind, Progresso is bringing six new varieties of soup to the table by introducing new flavors that help consumers manage their weight.

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Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts the Web

August 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The privately-held company turned 80 this year and is pushing to update its image, reach a new generation of customers and make its mark in a more sophisticated and savvy marketplace.                   

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Cargill Hosts Job Fair to Help Employees of Milwaukee Plant Closure

August 11, 2014 1:53 pm | by Cargill

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is hosting a job fair to help employees of the Milwaukee Cargill plant that recently closed. A shortage in the cattle supply forced the beef processing facility to close its doors on August 1.

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Consumer Trends: Which Generations Drink the Most Bottled Water?

August 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by Packaged Facts

There are more than 60 million adults who drink an average of at least one glass of bottled water per day in the past seven days. But which generations are more likely to drink from a bottle rather than the tap? A new report by Packaged Facts has the answers.

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Dean Foods Slumps as Raw Milk Prices Climb

August 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

The largest milk processor in the U.S., whose brands include Mayfield, Oak Farms and Tuscan, said it is facing its toughest business environment ever. The company said it took a loss in the second quarter as raw milk prices grew 31 percent compared to last year.

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A Test to Detect Counterfeit Coffees

August 11, 2014 12:30 pm | by American Chemical Society

A test to detect counterfeit coffees is becoming more important in light of growing shortages in regions where droughts and plant diseases have dramatically cut back coffee supplies. The shortages may increase the chance for fillers in consumers' coffee cups.

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ConAgra CEO Plans to Retire Next May

August 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press

CEO Gary Rodkin, 62, of ConAgra Foods, plans to retire in May 2015. The packaged food company, known for its Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee brands, has formed a search committee to look for Rodkin's successor. Rodkin was previously CEO of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods.

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Maine Codfish Numbers Hit All-Time Low

August 11, 2014 9:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Codfish catches have plummeted, with Maine dropping from more than 560 metric tons in 2009 to less than 130 metric tons last year. Massachusetts, the most productive cod-fishing state in the Northeast, fell from 6,810 metric tons in 2011 to 4,075 metric tons in 2012.

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Pittsburgh Brewing Aims to Return to Glory Days

August 11, 2014 9:33 am | by CHRIS FLEISHER, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Once a regional powerhouse that produced more than a million barrels of beer per year, Pittsburgh Brewing Co. is a shell of its former self that has struggled under a series of ownership changes — there have been four owners since 1991 — and evolving consumer tastes.

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A Look at US Soybean Production by State

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press

The United States produced 3.3 billion bushels of soybeans in 2013. The following is a breakdown of the major soybean-growing states, showing their 2013 production in bushels and where the bulk of their crops are transported to ( in- or out-of-state use).

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Salmonella Trial Shows Food Safety Relies on Honor System

August 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Trial witnesses say employees at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped tainted products and sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.   

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VIDEO: Latinos Tap the Craft Brewing Industry

August 11, 2014 9:14 am | by CNN Money

There is a growing trend of Latinos entering the craft beer brewing business. From New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, they are tapping into this market by designing recipes and ideas that incorporate traditional elements of Latin food and drink.

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VIDEO: Meeting the Demands of Microwaved-Food Consumers

August 8, 2014 1:00 pm | by Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

In today's time-starved, always on-the-go world, eating can occur anytime, anywhere. Eating alone is an increasingly common practice and family dynamics have also shifted. Approximately 75 percent of decisions about what to have for dinner are made that same day.

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited to Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption.

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US, Canada Take $17.5B Hit From One-Year Russia Food Ban

August 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

Many U.S. food companies that sell to Russia have already set up some operations there. A spokeswoman for Mondelez International, Inc., which makes Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies and Ritz crackers, said the company uses local suppliers and local production facilities.

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NC Residents Divided on Proposed Poultry Plant

August 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Sanderson Farms wants to build a $113 million poultry processing plant in an industrial park in Fayetteville, North Carolina. City residents have differing opinions about the plant. Opponents worry about the amount of water the plant will need to operate.

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