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Fries at the Doorstep: Fast-Food Pushes Into Delivery

May 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.

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3 Key Issues to Ponder Before Going 'All In' On the Cloud

May 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Padman Ramankutty

There are three challenges IT organizations must consider and tackle in order to smoothly transition to a hybrid or all-cloud environment.

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US Gives Farmers Approval to Spray Crops From Drones

May 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Smaller drones weighing a few pounds had already been approved for limited use to take pictures that help farmers identify unhealthy crops. The RMAX is the first time a drone big enough to carry a payload has been approved.

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Wendy's to Sell 640 Restaurants, Bakery Ops

May 6, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press

Wendy's is planning to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants to franchisees and will also sell off its bakery operations. The hamburger chain also announced Wednesday that its first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations as sales improved in North America.

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slow

May 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Turkey Farmer Hit By Bird Flu Sees Emotional, Financial Toll

May 6, 2015 8:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Lifelong turkey farmer Greg Langmo knew as soon as the young flock that usually clustered around him like curious little puppies turned lethargic and stopped eating that his Minnesota farm had been struck by the bird flu that has shaken the poultry industry.

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Jennie-O Lays Off 233 Workers in Minnesota Due to Bird Flu

May 6, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

The country's second-largest turkey processor said the Faribault, Minn., plant will switch to a single shift for the foreseeable future. But plant manager Randy Vergin said the layoffs will be temporary and that the company intends to recall everyone when supplies return to normal.

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Research Aims to Maximize Blueberry Harvest

May 5, 2015 2:35 pm | by University of Georgia

Getting more blueberries from the field to the grocery store, without hurting their quality, is the focus of a new nationwide research project led by a faculty member in the University of Georgia College of Engineering.

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The Next Decade Will Make or Break Food Industry Companies

May 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Technomic, Inc.

Today's major foodservice and retail food brands, along with their suppliers, face increasing challenges in recognizing and responding to ever-more-diverse consumers and their rapidly changing expectations. At the same time, companies must remake their businesses to leverage emerging channels and technology platforms.

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Kellogg First-Quarter Earnings Fall 44 Percent

May 5, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Kellogg Co. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $227 million, down 44 percent from last year amid sales declines and the effect of the strong dollar.

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Panera CEO on Push to Banish Artificial Ingredients

May 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

By the end of the next year, the chain says the dozens of ingredients on its "No No List" will be banished from its menu. Some of the ingredients are already gone, while others are in the process of being expunged.

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USDA Report: Labeling Costs Producers Without Benefits to Consumers

May 5, 2015 11:50 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers. The COOL mandate requires meat producers to label where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

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Research Seeks Alternatives For Reducing Bacteria in Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering

May 5, 2015 10:10 am | by WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY - OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH

Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. from 1998 through 2008 have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety.

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Coca-Cola Accepts Challenge to Commit to GMO Education

May 5, 2015 9:30 am | by The National Center for Public Policy Research

At last week's annual meeting of Coca-Cola shareholders in Atlanta, Georgia, the National Center for Public Policy Research urged the beverage giant's CEO, Muhtar Kent, to do far more to promote the safety and benefit of GMOs, as the food industry is under near-constant assault from activists who seek to demonize these ingredients.

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McDonald's CEO Announces Turnaround Strategy

May 5, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale.

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Washington Fruit Distributors Expand to Meet Demand

May 5, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the state's apple industry is one example of this expanding market, as different orchard methods allow farmers to grow twice as much, and refrigeration techniques make it a year-round business.

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Low-Allergen Soybean Could Have High Impact

May 4, 2015 3:30 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Scientists from the UA and University of Illinois have created a new variety of low-allergenic soybean, and it could make the creation of animal feed more efficient.

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Robots Handle Specific Manufacturing Tasks at Iowa Facility

May 4, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald

Randy Schofield, who serves as director of Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Innovation Center at Northeast Iowa Community College, said the use of robots is a relatively new phenomenon for local manufacturers.

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Dean Foods Combining Milk Brands Under National Label

May 4, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

The Dallas-based company will start using the label "DairyPure" for its 31 brands of milk. The new label will be in addition to regional labels. Part of the new marketing strategy will highlight that the milk is tested for antibiotics, has no artificial growth hormones and comes from local dairies.

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Honolulu Food Festival Explores the Wonders of Canned Meat

May 4, 2015 11:50 am | by CALEB JONES, Associated Press

In Hawaii, Spam rules. No, not the kind that you get in your email, but the kind you eat — or don't eat, as it may be for many mainlanders. To honor Spam lovers in Hawaii, Hormel Foods released a new flavor — Portuguese sausage Spam.

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