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China Farmland Polluted with Heavy Metals

April 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by IAN MADER, Associated Press

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

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WhiteWave Foods Plans Pa. Production Facility

April 18, 2014 12:25 pm

WhiteWave Foods, which specializes in premium and organic food and drink products, plans to open a production facility in central Pennsylvania that is expected to create 100 jobs. The company plans to occupy a vacant facility in Sandy Township in Clearfield County.

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Chobani Unveils New Oats, Dessert Products

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition. Starting in July, the company will offer Chobani Oats, yogurt mixed with fruit and oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent; and new flavors for kids.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Will Spend Less This Easter

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm

According to NRF’s Easter Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American celebrating the holiday will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year.

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PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack

April 18, 2014 11:22 am

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has partnered with Ipack-Ima Spa to produce East Afripack, the processing, packaging and converting technologies exhibition. East Afripack will debut Sept. 9–12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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GMA: Vt. GMO Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction for Consumers

April 18, 2014 11:18 am

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the movement of HB 112, a bill that would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, through the Vermont legislature, calling it "a step in the wrong direction for consumers."

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Japan to Hunt Fewer Whales This Season

April 18, 2014 9:53 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the goal of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the country's fisheries minister announced on Friday.  

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Chipotle Plans First Price Hike in 3 Years

April 18, 2014 9:49 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writers

Chipotle said Thursday that it would raise prices for the first time in three years as its popularity continues to soar. Menu boards with the new prices should start rolling out in coming weeks and be in place at all restaurants by this summer.

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Food Poisoning Report Shows Fewer Salmonella Cases

April 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

The CDC released its latest report card on food poisoning, indicating a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. Salmonella remains at the top of the chart, far ahead of most other foodborne germs.

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Photos of the Day: Belgian Brewers Look to Regain Local Support for Beer

April 18, 2014 9:31 am

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

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Brewers Campaign to Bring Belgians Back to Beer

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

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Where Do Our Favorite Foods Come From?

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm

Today's menus are full of new twists on old dishes and surprising inventions. But where do these fascinating foods come from? Urbanspoon has broken down where some of our favorite foods got their start, and you might be surprised by some of the findings.

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IFT Launches 'FutureFood 2050' to Address Food Security Issues

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists today announced a sweeping new program, FutureFood 2050, which is designed create a broad dialogue on how science will deliver solutions needed to feed the world’s nine billion people by the year 2050.

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Food Manufacturing Profits Continue to Fall in Canada

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Profit levels in the food manufacturing sector dropped for the third consecutive year and totaled slightly more than $3.5 billion in 2013, according to The Conference Board of Canada. Production is expected to rise by almost 3 percent in 2014, the strongest increase in several years.

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Philly Chocolate Shop Shuttered for Delinquent Taxes

April 17, 2014 11:56 am

A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter. The Department of Revenue says that it revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory for delinquent tax payments.

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Northern Beef Packers Received $4.3M in State Aid

April 17, 2014 11:52 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state agencies shows the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

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Post Acquires Michael Foods for $2.45B

April 17, 2014 11:49 am

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

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Freeze Kills Florida Citrus Trees

April 17, 2014 10:15 am | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press

Some Florida Panhandle property owners lost thousands of dollars in citrus trees and other non-native plants because of the harsh winter. Temperatures dipped into the 20s and below across the region this winter and ice stayed on the ground for more than 24 hours.

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FDA Closes Puerto Rico Bakery for Multiple Violations

April 17, 2014 10:12 am

Los Genuinos, Inc., a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, food manufacturer, has agreed under terms of a court order not to process or distribute food until it addresses the unsanitary conditions found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators.

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PepsiCo Posts Strong 1Q Profit with More Snack Sales

April 17, 2014 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period.

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