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French Law Kicks Packaged Food Out of the Kitchen

July 16, 2014 10:08 am | by LOUISE DEWAST, Associated Press

French restaurants have added a symbol on their menus, a skillet with a house on top, to indicate the choice is made in-house. This move is part of a new law meant to battle against the surprising amount of factory-made, pre-packaged foods in French restaurants.

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Pepsi Promotes School Health, Wellness with $1.2M Investment

July 16, 2014 9:38 am | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo invested $1.25 million in two grants geared toward improving the health of America's children through the power of good nutrition and exercise. The grants support the GENYOUth Foundation, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the United Way Healthy Zone School Program.  

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Reduced Food Prices Bring Grocery Bill Relief

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press

After four months of increases, wholesale food prices fell 0.2 percent in May. That should bring some grocery bill relief. Food costs had been rising because crops were damaged by a drought in California and brutal winter storms in the Midwest.

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Will Colombians Jump Ship to Starbucks Coffee?

July 16, 2014 9:14 am | by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

Starbucks is making its much-anticipated debut in the country synonymous with coffee after years of roasting Colombia's Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. But will Colombians answer Starbucks' siren call and ditch a popular local chain favorite?

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Middlemen Eliminated as Local Foods Become Big Business

July 16, 2014 8:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

With the growing number of consumers becoming interested in where their food comes from, companies and organizations are delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.

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Hershey's Not so Sweet Deal: Raising Candy Prices by 8 Percent

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Associated Press

Hershey Company, known for its Kit Kat, Reese's and Hershey candy bars, is raising its prices as the costs for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year. The company said it expects most prices to rise about 8 percent.

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Infographics: Unscrambling Egg Labels

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms

Nearly two-thirds of Americans spend more to buy specialty eggs, but a new poll reveals they don't always get what they think they're paying for. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free," most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

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Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? Lay's Thinks So

July 15, 2014 2:39 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Frito-lay announces cappuccino-flavored chips for its Lay's brand beginning in late July. The coffee-flavored chips are part of the four finalists of its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest in the U.S., which allows people to create a new potato chip.

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Consumer Trends: Online Recipe Tool Shields Against Food Poisoning

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Ad Council

Foodborne illness is a serious public threat in the U.S. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Now, a new online tool created by the USDA automatically inserts critical food safety steps into user recipes.

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New Mexico Quenches Thirst for Jobs with Craft Brewery Boom

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

The brewery scene is anything but new in states such as Oregon and California, but federal census data shows the industry continues to boom. Dozens of microbreweries have popped up around New Mexico in recent years, creating jobs and helping develop the economy. 

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Researchers: The Fishy Truth About Seafood Farming

July 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Increased seafood consumption has been proposed as part of a strategy to combat the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes. With nearly half of all seafood consumed around the world coming from fish farms, researchers now say farmed seafood is not without health risks.

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USDA Marks 20 Billionth Egg from Eggland's Best

July 15, 2014 11:30 am | by Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best celebrated a special occasion as they commemorate the 20 billionth USDA-approved egg. The company conducts more than 35,000 tests a year to guarantee its eggs have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients.

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Prisoners Complain of Maggots 'Falling Out of Food'

July 15, 2014 11:00 am | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press

Since January, there have been five reports of maggots found inside prison food. At issue is a bigger national debate privatizing prison services — from food preparation to the running of entire facilities — to save money at a time of squeezed state budgets. 

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Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

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Canada's Health Minister Proposes Changes to Food Nutrition Labels

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Health Canada

Canadian Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, proposed changes to the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients and the Daily Values. The changes are hoped to improve the way nutrition information is presented on labels.

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Maplehurst Bakeries Plans $78M Expansion

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Maplehurst Bakeries, located in central Indiana and known for their distribution and manufacturing operations for cakes and cupcakes, is planning a $78 million expansion. The renovation will include a 180,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon to house its operations.

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School Personnel Experiment with Healthier Lunchroom Options

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

School lunchroom officials from around the country experimented with healthier options as the search for nutritious innovations to meet the stricter health mandates continues. This fall, new requirements from the USDA will alter the makeup of school meals.

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Dippin' Dots Owner Agrees to Buy Crumbs Bake Shop

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, the company behind Dippin' Dots ice cream, has agreed to buy Crumbs Bake Shop out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The investor group hopes to close a sale in about 60 days pending approval from the bankruptcy court.

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Dairy Farmers of America Reaches $50M in Dean Foods Antitrust Settlement

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America will pay $50 million to settle antitrust allegations filed against them in 2009. Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers filed suit against Dallas-based Dean Foods and DFA for working together to monopolize the market for raw milk.

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From Farm to Fromage: Cypress Grove Chevre

July 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of-the-art facility to carry on a legacy of producing specialty goat cheese. The company was purchased by Swiss cheesemaker Emmi in 2010, but operates quite autonomously from the dairy to the creamery.

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