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Ancient Farming Method Makes a Comeback

July 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Lempert Report

Urban Organics, a Minnesota-based company, is taking an ancient farming method and making it trendy. Aquaponics, a technique that grows vegetables in water and uses fish waste for nourishment, is featured in this week's segment of "The Lempert Report" Innovation Series.

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Soda Tax Advances in San Francisco

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A soda tax is making its way forward to San Francisco voters as the Board of Supervisors endorsed the proposed measure. With sugary drinks having been under the fire for years, San Francisco aims to become the first city to pass a per-ounce soda tax.

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Got the Blues? This Fruit's Health Benefits Spur Production

July 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Washington Blueberry Commission

Blueberry growers in Washington are projecting to harvest more than 90 million pounds of the fruit this year, making it the fourth state in total U.S. total blueberry production. Awareness about the health benefits of blueberries has caused the spike in production.

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Minn. Creates Coalition to Protect Food Industry

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by A Greater Minnesota

To help ensure sustainability in the farm and food production industry, a new coalition called A Greater Minnesota has been created to inform Minnesota residents about the issues surrounding food production and the economic impacts to the state. 

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The Snack Italians Are Nutty For

July 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Canadean

A new report by Canadean says Italian consumers choose savoury snacks to accompany their moments of relaxation, with nuts and seeds being their top choice. The demand for on-the-go packaging will rise as consumers turn to this popular snacking option.

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Mars Food Recalls 2K Cases of Uncle Ben's Rice

July 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Mars Food North America

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots and Corn products were voluntarily recalled by maker Mars Food North America. The company is taking approximately 2,000 cases off store shelves for including an ingredient that is not listed on the packaging.

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Yum Brands Hurt by KFC, Pizza Hut Sluggish Sales

July 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

While Yum Brands Inc, a Kentucky-based company who operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, reported a 19 percent increase in its second-quarter profits from its rebounding business in China, sales in the U.S. continue to drop as much as 4 percent.

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Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

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Infographic: Grocery Prices Skyrocket as Beef, Fruit Costs are Up

July 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Labor Department USDA

The rise in prices of certain foods, like beef and fresh fruits, is outpacing overall inflation. With the pricey costs of eating, there has also been a hike in consumer-price indexes for food at home, more commonly known as groceries. 

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Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

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Research Shows Sucralose as a Healthy Alternative for Diabetics

July 16, 2014 3:29 pm | by SPLENDA

With summer comes desserts, and who wants to skip out on delicious treats? Recent research offers encouraging news that some desserts made with sucralose — in place of added sugar— may help with maintaining blood sugar and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Americans More Concerned About Food Waste Than GMOs

July 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Sealed Air

As populations skyrocket, global demand for food has never been higher. But in the U.S., more than one-third of the food produced is never eaten and a new survey shows that food waste is near the top of the list of consumers' environmental concerns.

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Infographic: What's the Buzz in #Food Trends on Social Media?

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Microsoft Social Listening

When it comes to food, everything from on-the-go to here-and-gourmet is on the table. What was popular last week might not be the cool item next week. Social media is always abuzz with what's on the world's menu. So what's trending now?

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Harsh Winter Keeps Maine Lobster from Shedding Shells

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

The cold winter may be to blame for the lobster population not having shed its shells yet. The harvesting season usually begins in mid June, and has not happened yet this year. Some lobstermen are reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

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Consumer Trends: Top 30 Barbecue Restaurants in America

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by OpenTable, Inc.

OpenTable honors our nation's longstanding love affair with barbecuing by announcing the top 30 best barbecue restaurants in America. These awards reflect the opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews. From Maryland to California, what beats your eats?

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Food Guide to Enhance Productivity, Increase Profits

July 16, 2014 11:20 am | by METTLER TOLEDO

In the newest Food Productivity Guide published by METTLER TOLEDO, food and beverage manufacturers are given a food process and equipment selection reference tool in topics from filling and batching to checkweighing and inspection techniques.

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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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