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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced to Prison For Stealing $4.1M

February 13, 2015 1:23 pm

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period. The employee was accused of creating a fraudulent billing scheme that led him to submit false invoices for parts and services for which he would receive payment.


Mad Cow Disease Reported in Alberta; First Case in Canada Since 2011

February 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta, Canadian officials announced today. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada's first case since 2011 will not affect the country's international beef trade.


Photos of the Day: Locusts on the Menu at New 'Game of Thrones' Restaurant

February 13, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The temporary restaurant "All Men Must Dine" opened today in London, marking the DVD release of season four of the "Game of Thrones" TV series. The menu includes locusts, eel and fowl, but only a select number of guests are invited to dine at the medieval eatery.


Smucker Posts Mixed Results in 3Q as Coffee Demand Weakens

February 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press

J.M. Smucker Co. posted mixed results for its third-quarter as it dealt with softening coffee demand. The food maker posted a profit of $160.9 million, or $1.58 per share, for the period ended Jan. 31.


Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Port

February 13, 2015 8:52 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports. And U.S.-produced perishables, including meat and produce, are unable to be sent to Asian consumers.


Global Frozen Food Market Value Will Reach $156.4B By 2020

February 13, 2015 8:25 am | by Persistence Market Research

Busy life schedule is influencing consumers to shift their dietary preferences towards ready-to-eat food products. Hence, frozen foods have become an important part of the modern diet. Freezing or refrigeration allows consumers to have access to foods which were either unavailable or available only during a particular season.


General Mills Will Move Forward With Pillsbury Plant Closure

February 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

General Mills is pushing ahead with its planned closure of a southern Indiana Pillsbury plant and a neighboring business that together employ more than 400 workers under an agreement the company reached with the union that represents those workers, the union's president said Thursday.


Most Loved Chocolate Brands Named By Analytics Company

February 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by NetBase

NetBase, a social media analytics company, measured the behaviors, emotions and opinions about some of the biggest chocolate brands on the market. The statistics show that Dove has consistently earned a top spot in the "Love" category.


Anheuser-Busch vs. Craft Brewers: Ky. Beer Distribution Bill Advances

February 12, 2015 12:40 pm | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and is attempting to buy more. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen out of the market if the beverage giant were to control more of the state's distribution system, arguing it would have no incentive to market any products but its own.


Smaller Brands Bring the Action in Spirits, Wine and Beer

February 12, 2015 12:10 pm | by Technomic

Many of the categories and brands that dominate the industry are being challenged as smaller brands and categories are outpacing — and in some cases taking share from — the more well-established in the alcohol industry, according to Technomic's analysis of 2014 year-end results.


McCloud Services’ Annual Pest Invasion to Take Place April 21

February 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by McCloud Services

Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety Seminar brings together individuals from the entire food supply chain of custody to learn industry best practices and network.


UK's Nutritional Research Funding Comes From Sugar

February 12, 2015 10:23 am | by British Medical Journal

Public health scientists and a government committee working on nutritional advice receive funding from the very companies whose products are widely held to be responsible for the obesity crisis, BMJ reports. The findings raise important questions about the potential for bias and conflict of interest among public health experts as the UK faces a growing obesity epidemic.


Dyes Act as Probes to Aid Food Quality

February 12, 2015 9:10 am | by BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY

Researchers are investigating whether common food dyes could act as optical probes of the quality of edible goods. Testing the consistency of foods is important because consumers expect products to look and taste the same each time they buy them, and changes in physical consistency could also be indicators of bigger problems.


Kellogg Reports Loss of $293M in 4Q

February 12, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press

Kellogg Co. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $293 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Michigan-based company said it had a loss of 82 cents on a per-share basis.


Maine Lawmaker Wants to Outlaw 'Cheater Pint Glasses' of Beer

February 12, 2015 8:00 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press

Maine's State Sen. John Patrick is pressing for a bill that would require each pint of beer sold in the state to be 16 ounces. He said some bars and restaurants that advertise draft beers as pints are actually serving 14-ounce glasses, causing drinkers to lose out on those last tasty sips.


3-D Printing Might Mean Big Changes For the Future of Food

February 11, 2015 2:45 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

Perhaps one day you'll saunter into your kitchen, load ingredients in a combination printer/cooking machine and flip through scores of recipes before deciding what to print up for supper. You might find yourself eating foods you'd never currently consider, such as powdered crickets printed up as a palatable alternative meat.


Study: Many Dark Chocolates Contain Milk Despite it Not Being Listed on Label

February 11, 2015 1:44 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Does your sweetheart have a milk allergy? You may want to hold off on the dark chocolate this Valentine's Day. Although dark chocolate generally isn't made with milk, a new FDA study shows that there are traces of milk in some candies.


Burger King Released From Lawsuit Claiming Needles in Burger

February 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A retired soldier who filed a lawsuit saying there were needles in his Burger King sandwich has reached a settlement with the fast food chain, his lawyer said. A retired Army sergeant filed the lawsuit claiming one needle pierced his tongue when he bit into his Triple Stacker sandwich and another lodged in his small intestine, requiring hospitalization.


OSHA Proposes $51K Fine Against Seaboard Foods

February 11, 2015 12:10 pm | by Associated Press

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a $51,000 fine against Seaboard Foods LLC for allegedly exposing workers at a plant in Guymon to anhydrous ammonia.


Consumer Health Group Finds Toxic Chocolate Valentine Surprise

February 11, 2015 11:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A consumer health protection organization, As You Sow, filed legal actions today against Hershey's, See's Candies and Mars for allegedly violating California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. The consumer health group says the confectioners have failed to warn its consumers of the toxic chemical cadmium in the companies' chocolate products.



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