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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 8, 2015 11:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs over the next few months in an effort to help trim costs. While layoffs in any industry are no surprise in today’s globalized economy, food and beverage companies seemed to take quite a hit in 2014. 

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Metal Piece in Fries Adds to McDonald's Japan Food Safety Woes

January 8, 2015 10:30 am | by Kyodo News Internaional, Tokyo

As McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) reels from a string of food safety incidents, authorities in southern Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture said Thursday they received a report in August last year of a metal fragment found in french fries sold at one of the restaurant chain's stores.

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Mega-Event Announced For Food Processors, Packagers

January 8, 2015 10:25 am | by FPSA

With trending industry issues and innovations related to food packaging design, migration, and expiration, the concurrent events will offer an opportunity for printers, packagers, processors, and converters to intermingle and explore the global scope of these vital facets of the graphic communications and packaging/processing industries. 

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Federal Judge Blocks California's Ban on Foie Gras

January 8, 2015 10:15 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Wednesday permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing part of the foie gras ban that took effect in 2012, finding that the federal government's authority to regulate poultry products supersedes the state law.

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Brewery Seeks to End Uproar Over Gandhi Beer Name, Label

January 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A Connecticut brewery that drew condemnation in the U.S. and India for its beer that carries the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi says it has received threats and is seeking a way to end the uproar.        

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Organic Egg Farm Planned for Michigan Township

January 8, 2015 9:35 am | by ROSEMARY PARKER, Kalamazoo Gazette

The northwest corner of Otsego Township is zoned for agriculture, and an egg producer hopes to bring half a million laying hens to produce organic eggs there. The proposed $8.2 million project has raised interest but also concerns among neighbors of the proposed facility.

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Dunkin' Donuts Strikes Deal to Open 1,400 Stores in China

January 8, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Dunkin' Donuts said Wednesday it struck a deal to open more than 1,400 locations in China over the next 20 years. Dunkin' Donuts ended the most recent quarter with about 3,200 international locations. In the U.S., it had about 8,000 locations, giving it more than 11,100 locations worldwide.

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5 Notable Changes to Look Out For in the USDA's 2015 Dietary Guideilnes

January 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Whether consumers choose to follow the recommendations or not, the new guidelines will more than likely affect nutritional patterns throughout the country. From school lunches to labels on food products, the Dietary Guidelines are sure to pose an impact in American lives.

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Photo of the Day: 3D Systems and Hershey Team Up

January 8, 2015 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

3D Systems has announced the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company.                                       

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Scientists Successfully Grow Onions Overwintered in Low Tunnels

January 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In response to high demand for year-round local produce, researchers with the University of New Hampshire report they have successfully grown bulbing onions planted in fall for a spring harvest with the aid of inexpensive low tunnels.   

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VIDEO: Natural Ice Cream Future Awaits as Vanillin Compound Isolated

January 7, 2015 12:40 pm | by Reuters Plus

Producing vanillin — the major compound in vanilla flavoring — is an inefficient and mostly polluting process. But a Danish researcher wants to change that, having identified the compound's biosynthetic pathway in the vanilla orchid.    

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Judge Upholds Sanctions For No-Show in Burger Needle Lawsuit

January 7, 2015 12:05 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

Clark Bartholomew, a retired soldier, violated a court order when he didn't attend the September conference to settle the lawsuit over needles he found in a Burger King sandwich at a Hawaii Army base. He had filed the lawsuit after swallowing the needles. 

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Frozen Sandwich Maker to Hire 200 Workers For Mississippi Plant

January 7, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Raybern Foods, a California company, will soon be making sandwiches in a former meat processing factory near Tupelo. The company plans to invest more than $10 million and hire 200 people to make frozen deli sandwiches in a 130,000 square foot building in Shannon.

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Ex-Manager of US Halal Food Supplier Agreed to Cooperate in Fraud Case

January 7, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A fired manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier accused of fraud agreed to cooperate with prosecutors months ago under a plea deal. The agreement shows Phillip Payne agreed to "fully and completely cooperate" in the investigation of the Midamar Corp.

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Human Tooth Found in McDonald's Japan Fries

January 7, 2015 9:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

McDonald's Corp. officials in Japan bowed deeply Wednesday to apologize for a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects found in the burger chain's food, highlighting how consumers here are both loving and hating the fast-food eatery. 

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Idaho, Texas Companies to Build $100M Meatpacking Plant in SW Idaho

January 7, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. and Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers plan to build a $100 million meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho. Simplot officials in an announcement yesterday said the plant near Kuna will employ 600 workers.    

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Anheuser-Busch: The Return of the Puppies and the Clydesdales

January 7, 2015 8:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Regardless of the two teams that actually end up playing, the new ads always seem to be a top reason for watching the game. And this year, Anheuser-Busch — one of the top advertisers for Super Bowl XLIX — has announced the return of the puppies and the Clydesdales.

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Keurig Brews Deal With Dr Pepper Snapple Group For Cold-Drink Machine

January 7, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

If you are anything like the typical consumer of today, anything that is quick and convenient is at the top of your list. Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr Pepper Snapple to start making single-serve capsules for use in its soon-to-be-released cold beverage system.

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Monsanto Earnings Fall on Lower Corn Seed Sales

January 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

U.S. farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on those foodstaples to their lowest levels in years. That has resulted in farmers in South America and elsewhere reducing the number of acres they dedicate to corn. 

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Tracing Chicken Flu Virus Yields Insight Into Origins of Deadly H7N9 Strain

January 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened more than 375 people since 2013.       

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