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Consumer Trends: 20 Years, 20 Trends In Food Culture

May 23, 2012 12:00 pm

Thumbs up and thumbs down for the foods and beverages trends we’ve applauded and booed in our more than 20 years immersed in the exploration of mainstream and fringes of food culture. Here is a sampling of trends that have influenced food culture in sweet and sour ways.

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Iowa City Schools Served Recalled Lettuce

May 23, 2012 9:59 am

Lettuce that had been recalled over fears of Listeria contamination was served at Iowa City Community School District schools.

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Tempeh Starter Yeast Recalled Over Salmonella

May 23, 2012 9:57 am

Indonesianfoodmart.com announced the recall of Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast on Tuesday. The products were distributed nationwide and abroad and were imported from Indonesia.

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Small Dairies Go Under As Milk Prices Sink Again

May 23, 2012 9:53 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

While the number of dairy cows in the U.S. hasn't changed much, the number of dairy farms has been dropping as small farms either go out of business or consolidate to become more competitive and cost effective.

Ralcorp Completes Buyout Of Petri Baking Products

May 23, 2012 9:50 am

Ralcorp Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of cookie company Petri Baking Products Inc., the food maker said on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

National Beef Sued Over Wages

May 23, 2012 9:49 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Workers at a Kansas slaughterhouse are seeking unpaid wages and overtime from National Beef Packing Co. in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of some 2,000 employees at the firm's Liberal plant.

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Demand For Spam Is Up, Along With Hormel Profits

May 23, 2012 9:18 am

Foodmaker Hormel Foods Corp. said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit rose 17 percent, boosted by strong results at its Jennie-O Turkey Store business and higher demand for Spam.

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Photo Of The Day: Seeing Yourself In Cheese

May 23, 2012 9:15 am

Champion cheese sculptor Troy Landwehr carves Lesley Yamasaki's head from a block of cheese to feature on select Cheez-It boxes. Yamasaki cast the most votes for winning "Top Cheese" Hot & Spicy in the Cheez-It Facebook contest.

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ConAgra Foods Acquires Pita Chip Business

May 23, 2012 9:10 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. has acquired the pita chip business of Kangaroo Brands for an undisclosed sum, the food company announced Tuesday.

Funding Available To Farmers To Improve Irrigation Water Efficiency

May 23, 2012 9:09 am

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation, is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in five select locations throughout California.

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Giant Eagle Issues Recall For Bagged Lettuce

May 23, 2012 9:04 am

 The Giant Eagle supermarket chain is recalling bags of garden salad because of possible Listeria contamination. 

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U.S. And Canadian Food Recalls Spike Over 3-Year Period

May 23, 2012 9:02 am

 A growing trend is affecting virtually all sectors of the food supply chain. From common ingredients to ready-to-eat items, food recalls are up over 250 percent  since 2008. 

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Corn Planting Almost Complete, Ahead Of Schedule

May 22, 2012 12:14 pm

Corn is high, healthy and way ahead of schedule, the government says in its weekly assessment of the growing season.

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General Mills To Eliminate About 850 Jobs

May 22, 2012 12:11 pm

Food maker General Mills Inc. said Tuesday it will cut about 850 jobs as part of a plan to lower costs and boost efficiency.

Poll: Americans Support Doubling Food Stamp Value At Farmers Markets

May 22, 2012 12:08 pm | by SOURCE W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Three-quarters of Americans support a nationwide program to double the value of SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) when used at farmers markets, according to a recent survey commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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North European Dairy Cooperatives In Merger Talks

May 22, 2012 12:00 pm

Scandinavian dairy group Arla Foods says it plans to merge with milk cooperatives in Germany and Britain. Arla Foods Chief Executive Peder Tuborgh says a merger would "strengthen Arla Foods' position as one of Europe's leading dairy companies."

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Become ‘Cook Aware’

May 22, 2012 12:00 pm

A growing number of U.S. consumers are taking to their kitchens to cook more frequently, and trying new and more nutritious foods, in an effort to reduce food bills and perhaps their waistlines.

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Salt Lake Health Department Wins Food Safety Award

May 22, 2012 11:57 am

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department is getting praise from its peers for its programs to keep food safe. The department announced this week it won the 2012 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection.

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GMA Praises U.S. Trade Agreement With Columbia

May 22, 2012 8:55 am

The Grocery Manufacturers Association praised last week's implementation of the U.S. – Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA).  CTPA will drastically eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports and significantly expand trade between the U.S. and Colombia.

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Farmers Test-Cutting Wheat In Southern Kansas

May 22, 2012 8:53 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Farmers are beginning to test-cut some winter wheat fields in southern Kansas, with the harvest likely to start within days, but deteriorating crop conditions have dashed hopes for what could have been a bountiful crop elsewhere in the state.

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