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North American Meat Institute Honors 121 Meat and Poultry Plants with Environmental Recognition and Achievement Awards

February 2, 2015 2:05 pm | by North American Meat Institute

The NAMI Environmental Achievement Awards are won by member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program.       

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Flowers Foods Issue Voluntary Recall on English Muffins

February 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Flowers Foods, Inc.

Flowers Foods is voluntarily recalling Market Basket Fork Split 6 count Original English Muffins because they contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date.

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Saputo Completes Sale of Bakery Division

February 2, 2015 1:00 pm | by Saputo Inc.

The Bakery Division produces, markets and distributes mainly snack-cakes in Canada, which are sold almost exclusively in the retail market. It is the largest manufacturer of snack-cakes in Canada and also sells, on a small scale, in the U.S.

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Court Upholds Deceptive Ad Claims Against POM

February 2, 2015 9:35 am | by PETE YOST, Associated Press

A federal appeals court said Friday that many advertising claims for POM Wonderful juice were deceptive in asserting that it curbs the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction and is clinically proven to work.  

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Sale of Deflategate Chocolate Football Nets $20K for Charity

February 2, 2015 9:30 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press

A dented chocolate football created by a Pennsylvania candy maker to poke fun at the New England Patriots' "Deflategate" scandal has ended up raising $20,000 for charity. The ball created by Sarris Candies of Canonsburg was auctioned off Friday on KDKA radio to benefit the Dollar Energy Fund, which provides utility assistance for poor residents.

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CDC Study: Toddler Food Often has too much Salt, Sugar

February 2, 2015 9:15 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

About seven in 10 toddler dinners studied contained too much salt, and most cereal bars, breakfast pastries and snacks for infants and toddlers contained extra sugars, according to the study by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They advise parents to read food labels carefully and select healthier choices.

Sysco in Deal to Sell 11 Distribution Centers

February 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Food supply company Sysco has agreed to sell 11 distribution centers to Performance Foods Group in order to alleviate Federal Trade Commission concerns over its pending $3.5 billion acquisition of rival U.S. Foods.     

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Bacon-Scented Lottery Tickets a Big Hit in New Hampshire

February 2, 2015 8:45 am | by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press

New Hampshire's $1 bacon-scented tickets with a top prize of $1,000 hit the market in early January. Lottery officials went with a conservative print run just in case they were a bust but now expect the tickets to sell out within three months. Sales are far outpacing other $1 scratch tickets, some of which have been for sale for as long as eight months.

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Hatfields, McCoys Make Moonshine Legally in Southern W.Va.

February 2, 2015 8:30 am | by JOHN RABY, Associated Press

After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

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South Carolina Schools Head Partially Lifts Junk Food Ban

February 2, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman has lifted a complete ban on selling unhealthy snacks in schools. Some sales can take place for certain, approved fundraisers, multiple media outlets reported Sunday.      

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Shake Shack Shares More Than Double in Stock Market Debut

February 2, 2015 7:00 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer

Wall Street went wild for burgers last Friday. Shares of Shake Shack, a burger chain that started as a New York City hot dog cart, more than doubled in their first day of trading. The company raised $105 million in its initial public offering Thursday, selling 5 million shares at $21 per share.

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What's the Most Popular Food on Super Bowl Sunday?

January 30, 2015 2:30 pm | by Associated Press

NPD Group, an independent market research firm that tracks Americans' eating habits, says vegetables top the list of most popular foods eaten on Super Bowl Sunday. While baby carrots and veggie trays lead the pack, retailers selling salty snacks, alcohol, wings and pizza also see a sharp spike in sales.

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New McDonald's CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition

January 30, 2015 2:15 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege. The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.

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Germany Sees First Increase in Beer Sales Since 2006

January 30, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Federal Statistical Office says German breweries saw their first increase in sales volume in 2014 after seven years of declines. The office said overall sales of German beer in 2014 were 9.56 billion liters, or about 2.525 billion U.S. gallons, an increase of 1 percent over 2013.

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California Firm Recalls Chicken Stew Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection

January 30, 2015 1:20 pm | by FoodSafety.gov

Korean Farm Inc., a Santa Fe Springs, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,610 pounds of chicken stew products produced in the Republic of Korea that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

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IBM Research, Mars, Incorporated Launch Effort to Drive Advances in Global Food Safety

January 30, 2015 1:10 pm

Scientists from IBM Research and Mars, Incorporated this week established the “Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain,”a collaborative food safety platform that will leverage advances in genomics to further our understanding of what makes food safe. 

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Hershey Dips Into Meat Market with Purchase of Krave Jerky

January 30, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The maker of treats like Reese's, Kit Kat and Twizzlers says it's buying Krave Jerky for an undisclosed sum. Krave, based in Sonoma, California, positions itself as a premium jerky with no artificial ingredients and comes in flavors like black cherry barbecue, basil citrus and lemon garlic.

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Strong Appetite for Shake Shack IPO

January 30, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press

Investors apparently have a craving for a better burger. Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc. has priced its initial public stock offering at $21 per share, above its proposed range of $17 to $19 per share. It sold 5 million shares, raising $105 million.

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Pennsylvania Shop Owner Makes Deflated Chocolate Football

January 30, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

A Pennsylvania candy maker is getting a big kick out of the New England Patriots' scandal over some deflated footballs. The (Washington) Observer-Reporter reports that Bill Sarris had his Canonsburg staff make a chocolate football with a big dent in the side. It's not for sale, but he posted it on Facebook as a joke.

Nebraska-Based Company to Close Minneapolis Cracker Factory

January 30, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

According to a statement released this week, ConAgra has decided to stop making RyKrisp crackers due to low demand, although the product was once popular among dieters and Scandinavians. The company said the plant in Southeast Minneapolis will close after production ends in March.

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