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Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

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Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths, Multiple Illnesses Across 10 States

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized.

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Another Big Catch for Thai Company in $1.5B Bid for Bumble Bee

December 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

Thai Union Frozen Products, which already owns Chicken of the Sea, another major seller of tuna and other seafoods, has now hooked the largest canned seafood company in North America. The deal must still be approved by U.S. regulators.  

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Natural Grocers Dropping Noosa Under Dairy Rules

December 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

In the spring, Natural Grocers announced that it would phase out milk and other dairy products from cows that don't spend at least 120 days a year grazing outdoors on grass.            

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Reily Foods Recalls Chili Seasoning Kits Due to Undeclared Peanut and Almond Allergens

December 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by Reily Foods

Reily Foods Co. announced it is recalling certain Carroll Shelby brand and Wick Fowler brand chili seasoning kits after learning that one or more of the spice ingredients purchased from a third-party supplier contain peanut and almond allergens that are not declared on the products' ingredient statements.

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US Agriculture has Big Appetite for Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 1:45 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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NLRB Alleges That McDonald's Corp. Violates Worker Rights

December 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The board's chief counsel charged that the company violates the rights of employees working at its restaurants around the country to seek better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps.

US Farmers Produce Bountiful Crop of Dry Beans

December 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

This year's crop of beans such as kidneys, navies, garbanzos and pintos totaled nearly 28.7 million hundredweight, up 17 percent from 2013, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. The increase was even more pronounced in North Dakota and Minnesota, which together produced about 40 percent of the nation's crop.

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Hellmann's Maker Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 11:15 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL and TALI ARBEL, Associated Press

Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and regulatory authorities.

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Hershey Unveils World’s First Public 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit

December 19, 2014 10:30 am | by The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company, in partnership with 3D Systems, this week announced the December 19 debut of its 3-D Chocolate Candy Printing exhibit at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. The 3-D chocolate printer on display at Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction is the most advanced model in operation today.

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Aging Farmer Population Threatens U.S. Food Supply

December 19, 2014 10:00 am | by The Lempert Report

As the farmer population continues to age, young farmers face land availability and start-up costs as obstacles in becoming the next generation of farmers.               

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Meat Processing Facility to Open in Virginia

December 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press

Seven Hills Food, LLC will invest $3 million and commit to purchasing Virginia-grown beef and pork. Once finished, the facility will be one of the largest beef and pork processing operations in Virginia.       

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Minnesota Links Caramel Apples, 2 Listeria Deaths

December 19, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press

Minnesota health officials say two people died and two others became ill this fall after eating prepackaged caramel apples contaminated with the bacterium listeria.              

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Anheuser-Busch Subsidiary Set for $150 Million Expansion

December 19, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch will spend $150 million to expand the facility for its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp., in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold, creating about 70 new jobs and doubling the brewer's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.

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Plea Hearing Set for Ex-Manager in Halal Food Case

December 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company's exporting and marketing practices.           

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Food Year in Review: 2014 — A Year of Battle Lines Drawn Over Dinner

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

If there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or debating how healthy is too healthy for school lunches, or scolding one another for our gluten choices, this year our collective culinary consciousness seemed mired in disputes.

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15 Top Diet Trends For 2015

December 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by Pollock Communications

Nutrition experts say that consumers still look to gluten-free eating, while low-fat diets have fizzled. They also agree that consumers care about GMO-free, along with locally grown food and high quality protein.      

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US Food Additives Market to Register Around 7% Growth Until 2019, Report Says

December 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by TechSci Research

Rising consumption of processed and packaged food coupled with increasing inclination towards all natural ingredients to drive the U.S. food additives market in the coming years.                    

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Kraft Foods Group Announces Appointment of New CEO

December 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kraft Foods Group

John Cahill will succeed Tony Vernon, who will retire as CEO on Dec. 27, 2014, the last day of the company's fiscal year. Cahill was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi Bottling Group.       

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Saputo to Sell Canada's Largest Producer of Snack Cakes to Canada Bread

December 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press

Canada Bread Co. has agreed to pay $120 million in cash to buy Saputo Inc.'s bakery division, which makes Joe Louis and May West snack cakes. Montreal-based Saputo is primarily a cheese and dairy company, with operations throughout Canada, the United States and outside of North America.

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High Liner Foods Opens New U.S. Headquarters

December 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by High Liner Foods Incorporated

High Liner Foods Incorporated announced the official opening of its newly-constructed U.S. headquarters, a 38,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility located at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H.     

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