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New US-Swiss Organic Arrangement Marks a Critical Step Forward with Europe

July 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by Organic Trade Association

A new organic equivalency arrangement between the United States and Switzerland — whose residents consume more organic food than any other country — marks the final step in opening the valuable European market to the U.S. organic sector and streamlining the trans-Atlantic flow of organic trade.

Report: Manufacturers Should Monitor Changing Family Patterns

July 10, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A global shift away from the "traditional family" structure is likely to profoundly impact manufacturers in coming years, according to an analysis by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation.

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Survey Indicates Manufacturers Could Bolster Maintenance Services

July 10, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released survey of industrial machinery manufacturers suggests that those companies could utilize post-sale service to generate additional revenue growth.

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Peach Crops Fare Well in Texas Despite Heavy Spring Rains

July 10, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Some Texas growers are expecting a plentiful peach harvest in spite of heavy spring rain and flooding that left some fields impassable.

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Obama Administration Rejects Bird Flu Disaster Declaration in Iowa

July 10, 2015 8:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration this week rejected a request from Iowa officials to declare a federal disaster over the avian influenza outbreak.

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Peacock Engineering Company to Acquire L&L Foods

July 10, 2015 7:15 am | by Peacock Engineering

Peacock Engineering Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire L&L Foods, based in Anaheim, Calif. L&L Foods is a leading provider of high-volume, single-serve/portion-control packages of food products.

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Another Bird Flu Casualty: Rita's Pulls Frozen Custard

July 9, 2015 1:59 pm | by Associated Press

The latest casualty of bird flu? Frozen custard. The summer treat made with eggs is being pulled from Rita's stores across the country due to an egg shortage.

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Diet Pepsi With Aspartame May Not Totally Disappear

July 9, 2015 1:55 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo said earlier this year it would replace the aspartame in Diet Pepsi with sucralose, another artificial sweetener many know as Splenda, in response to customer feedback. But during a call to discuss its earnings Thursday, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said "for those consumers who still love Diet Pepsi with aspartame, we'll figure out how to make it available online."

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McCall Farms Expanding South Carolina Operations

July 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce

McCall Farms, the South Carolina-based manufacturers of Margaret Holmes, Glory Foods, Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts and Bruce's Yams, is expanding its existing Florence County operations with a new, state-of-the-art production facility. The $4 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs in Effingham, S.C. over the next five years.

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FDA: Calories on Menus, Menu Boards Delayed Until 2016

July 9, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that restaurants and other establishments will now have until December 1, 2016, to comply with federal menu labeling rules — one year beyond the original deadline.

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Not Berry Good: US Adults Still Skimp on Fruit and Veggies

July 9, 2015 12:55 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

Most U.S. adults still aren't eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables. In a large national survey, only 13 percent said they ate the recommended amount of fruit each day. And only 9 percent ate enough vegetables.

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PepsiCo Tops Expectations, Boosted by Pricier Products

July 9, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

The snack and beverage maker said Thursday that revenue rose for each of its Frito-Lay North America and PepsiCo Americas Beverages units during the second quarter, despite flat volume.

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Blue Bell to Begin Trial Runs at Alabama Plant

July 9, 2015 10:00 am | by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries said Wednesday that it plans test production runs at its Alabama plant as the company inches toward putting its ice cream back on grocery store shelves. The company shut down production and issued a national recall after the company's ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

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E-I-E-I-O: Pittsburgh Eases Path for Chickens, Urban Farming

July 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Aspiring young McDonalds will find it easier to have an urban farm in Pittsburgh with a chicken and a duck here, and maybe even a goat there. The City Council has simplified an ordinance governing people who want to keep small farm animals on their property. The old law required fees totaling $340 and a permitting process that could take up to three months.

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Canadian Firm Fined in Vermont Over Tainted Cattle Feed

July 9, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

A Canadian company has pleaded guilty in federal court in Burlington to charges that it brought drug-tainted cattle feed into Vermont and then made a false statement to Customs and Border Protection officials about it.

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Jared Raid is Only Subway's Latest Problem

July 9, 2015 8:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Here's a look at the challenges facing Subway, the largest restaurant chain with about 44,000 locations globally.

New Material Successfully Traps Food Smells

July 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly developed material could allow people to transport certain foods without inflicting their smells on those nearby.

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Report: Manufacturing Jobs Up Compared to Mid-2014

July 8, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector increased in the second quarter of 2015, led by growth in the production of computers, soft drinks and medical devices.

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After Eliminating Human Antibiotics in Chicken Production, Perdue Continues Leadership Role to Reduce All Antibiotic Use

July 8, 2015 12:30 pm | by Perdue Farms

Less than a year after eliminating the routine use of human antibiotics in its chicken production, Perdue Farms on Wednesday announced it is now raising more than half its chickens with no antibiotics of any kind – human or animal. 

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New Overtime Rules Could Change How Employees Keep in Touch

July 8, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

For countless Americans, the proliferation of smartphones enabled — or compelled — them to keep in contact with their workplaces long after they've left for the evening. That could change after the Obama administration implements new rules for employee overtime, according to a report by National Public Radio.

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