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MorningStar Farms Recalls Black Bean Burgers For Undeclared Allergen

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA

MorningStar Farms is issuing a voluntary recall of certain code dates of Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because they may contain undeclared peanut.                     

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'More Meat' Among 20 Global Food Trends For 2015 and Beyond

January 12, 2015 1:20 pm | by Gulfood

Influenced by a multitude of factors including growing populations, changing demographics, improved access to education and rising incomes, global food trends are constantly evolving. Here are a look at 20 current and emerging food trends.   

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Winter Lobsters Could Bolster Fishery During Shrimp Shutdown

January 12, 2015 1:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp season as a source of income during the winter, when lobsters are both in lower demand and harder to catch. But regulators have shut down the shrimp season for two straight years because of a collapsed shrimp population.

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Food Manufacturers Downgraded on Foreign Exchange Woes

January 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A number of food manufacturer shares slipped after a Citi analyst lowered his rating on some of the biggest names in the sector. Analyst David Driscoll does not expect sales volumes to improve, given economic challenges overseas and ongoing soft sales in the U.S. 

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Cargill Celebrates 150 Years

January 12, 2015 11:00 am | by Cargill

In 1865, William Wallace Cargill became the owner of a single grain warehouse in Conover, Iowa, at the end of the McGregor Western Railroad. Today, the company he founded is one of the largest privately-held enterprises in the world.     

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Canadian Agency Recalls Apple Slices Over Listeria Concerns

January 12, 2015 10:30 am | by The Canadian Press

A recall of apple products is being expanded to P.E.I. due to concerns over possible listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited is recalling its apple slices.         

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The Future of the Frozen Foods Market and How 'Natural' Products Could Save It

January 12, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

It's no surprise that today's food industry is learning to cater to what consumers want. And what do they want? Food marked as fresh, all-natural and healthy, of course. In a recent release, Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle said frozen foods of every kind are being challenged.

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China Arrests More Than 100 People For Selling Pork From Diseased Pigs

January 12, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press

Police in China have arrested more than 110 people on suspicion of selling pork from diseased pigs in the country's latest food safety scandal. More than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized in the operation.

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Exports of Budvar Beer Reach Record Highs in 2014

January 12, 2015 8:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been in a legal battle with the U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch for years, says its overall output and beer exports reached record highs in 2014.             

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US Senator Seeks Crop Insurance For Barley Growers

January 12, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will visit a downtown Albany brewery to launch his effort to establish a crop insurance program for Capital Region farmers who grow malt barley. The crop is crucial to continued growth of the area's burgeoning craft beer and distilling industries.

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Cargill to Close Missouri Meat Plant, Lay Off More Than 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost about 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11.            

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US Employment Changes Since 2004, At a Glance

January 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by Associated Press

After 5½ years of recovery, the economy has recovered all the 8.7 million jobs that vanished during the Great Recession — and created an additional 2 million. The unemployment rate hit 5.6 percent in December, its lowest level since June 2008.

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Research Finds Salt Tolerance Gene in Soybean

January 9, 2015 2:10 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

The researchers, at the University of Adelaide in Australia and the Institute of Crop Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, have identified a specific gene in soybean that has great potential for soybean crop improvement.

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                          

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Weekly Recall Roundup: Apples and Pet Treats and Beef — Oh My!

January 9, 2015 1:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In case you missed any of this week's top recalls, we've got you covered. In Food Manufacturing's first edition of the "Weekly Recall Roundup," you'll learn about the latest food and beverage items that have been pulled off store shelves and why. 

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First Lady Taps New Chief For 'Let's Move' Anti-Obesity Initiative

January 9, 2015 12:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity initiative is getting a new leader. The White House announced that Debra Eschmeyer has joined the staff in a dual role. She'll be executive director of the "Let's Move" program and senior policy adviser for nutrition policy.

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More Than 30 US Food Companies Push Congress to End Embargo on Cuba

January 9, 2015 11:30 am | by LUIS ALONSO LUGO, Associated Press

At least 30 food and agriculture American companies and associations announced Thursday they will push Congress to end the embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in 1962.                   

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4 Charged Under Utah's Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Law

January 9, 2015 10:40 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

Four animal activists who took pictures of a large southwestern Utah hog farm have pleaded not guilty to charges filed under a controversial law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.      

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Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 9, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities. The closure comes at a time where some of the food and beverage industry's most well-known companies are laying off workers, moving locations and shuttering entire facilities.

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Calif. Company Recalls More Than 48K Pounds of Frozen Beef, Pork

January 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal.                       

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