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Kraft Heinz to Build New Iowa Meat Plant, Close Old Facility

November 4, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press

Kraft Heinz plans to close its downtown Davenport lunch meat processing plant after building a new plant several miles away.


AB InBev, SABMiller Delay Mega Merger to Keep Talking

November 4, 2015 10:15 am | by Associated Press

Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev's $106 billion bid for SABMiller has been delayed again as the world's two biggest brewers work out details of a complex transaction with global implications.


DNA Hunt On as Chipotle-Linked E. coli Outbreak Grows to 37

November 4, 2015 10:00 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press

Chipotle's industry-leading commitment to tracking its ingredients from farm to table is being put to the test by an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 37 people as of Tuesday, nearly all of whom ate recently at one of the chain's restaurants in Washington state or Oregon.


Research: US Millennials Twice as Likely as Non-Millennials to Distrust Large Food Manufacturers

November 4, 2015 9:45 am | by Mintel

New research from Mintel reveals that more than two in five U.S. Millennials (43 percent) agree they do not trust large food manufacturers compared to just 18 percent of non-Millennials.

Kraft Heinz to Close 7 Factories in US, Canada in Downsizing

November 4, 2015 6:45 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

Kraft Heinz will close seven plants in the U.S. and Canada over the next two years as part of a downsizing that will eliminate 2,600 jobs, or roughly 14 percent of its North American factory workforce, the newly-merged food company announced Wednesday.


Kellogg Revenue Continues Slipping on Weak Breakfast Sales

November 3, 2015 4:00 pm | by Associated Press

Kellogg's third-quarter profit and revenue slid and it continues to wrestle weak sales as consumer tastes shift.


McDonald's French Fries Return to Venezuela After 10 Months

November 3, 2015 3:30 pm | by Associated Press

Fast food lovers in shortage-plagued Venezuela are enjoying French fries at McDonald's franchises here once again after the side dish went missing last winter.


CDC: More Food Poisoning Outbreaks Cross State Lines

November 3, 2015 3:15 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

The government is reporting an increase in food poisoning outbreaks that span multiple states, like the one that this week prompted Chipotle to close 43 of its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.


Smucker To Sell US Canned Milk Brands

November 3, 2015 3:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

J. M. Smucker Company on Tuesday announced an agreement to sell its canned milk operations in the U.S. to private equity firm Kelso & Company.


ISM: Manufacturing Continues To Be Positive In Iffy Environment

November 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 34th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 77th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.


JBS Finalizes Cargill Pork Acquisition

November 3, 2015 9:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

JBS recently completed its $1.45 billion acquisition of Cargill's pork operations in the U.S. following approval by government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice.


Things to Know About the Battle of the Sweeteners

November 3, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press

Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake for both sides in a federal court case that's shaping up as the battle of the sweeteners. Here are a few things to know about the two saccharine substances as a trial begins Tuesday.


Things to Know About the E. coli Outbreak Tied to Chipotle

November 3, 2015 9:30 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press

Chipotle has closed 43 of its Pacific Northwest locations in response to an E. coli outbreak health officials have connected to the Mexican food chain. Here are five things to know about the outbreak.


FDA Orders Juice Company To Shut Down

November 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators last week ordered an Idaho juice maker to stop production amid concerns about its compliance with food safety requirements.


Blue Bell Expands Ice Cream Distribution in Texas, Oklahoma

November 3, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press

Blue Bell has expanded its ice cream distribution to more Texas and Oklahoma markets as it works to put its listeria contamination crisis behind it.


Whiskey Fungus Nuisance Case Against Diageo Can Move Ahead

November 3, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press

Some Kentucky residents who claim a whiskey warehouse is causing black fungus to grow on their homes have received a court's permission to press their lawsuit against liquor giant Diageo.


Studies Raise Questions About Impact of Menu Calorie Counts

November 3, 2015 8:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

Tracking calories at chain restaurants is supposed to become easier next year, but new studies raise questions about whether the counts actually make a difference for diners and eateries.


Farmer Corn Trade Lawsuits Against Syngenta Reach 2,000

November 2, 2015 4:00 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

About 2,000 farmers, grain handlers and corn exporters have filed lawsuits against Swiss biotechnology company Syngenta now that a federal judge has ruled their cases have merit to move forward.

Federal Jury to Settle Bitter Battle Between Sweeteners

November 2, 2015 3:45 pm | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Big Sugar and Big Corn face off in court this week in a bitter, multibillion-dollar battle of sweeteners that boils down to a mix of science, semantics and marketing.


Company Says Mayo Should Be Regulated Differently Than Mayonnaise

November 2, 2015 3:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Food startup Hampton Creek told federal regulators that their definition of mayonnaise shouldn't necessarily apply to its abbreviated name.



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