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Cargill Opens Cocoa Facility in Indonesia to Serve Growing Asian Market

December 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Cargill

Food and beverage manufacturers seeking to meet the growing demand amongst Asian consumers for chocolate and cocoa products will benefit from a greater availability of high quality cocoa powders following the inauguration of Cargill's cocoa facility in Gresik, Indonesia.

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USDA Sees High Corn, Soybean Demand in Report

December 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to the crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted.

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Meat Snack Producer to Expand Va. Facility, Create 200 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A manufacturer of value-added processed meats is planning to expand its meat snacks production operation in Henry County, creating 200 jobs. Monogram Food Solutions will invest nearly $36.5 million in the expansion.         

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Sale of Oregon Craft Brewery Provokes Backlash Among Fans

December 11, 2014 9:45 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

What did the brewers do to provoke such a backlash? Change the hops or yeast? Abandon a favorite ale recipe? No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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Infographic: Consumers Increasingly Want to Know What's in Their Food

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by Technomic, Inc.

Today's healthy food tells a story, and consumers want to hear it. Recent research by Technomic shows that most consumers want restaurants to be more transparent about menu-item ingredients. Further, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives. 

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Washington Firm Recalls Chef Salads For Undeclared Allergens

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | by FDA

Real Foods LLC, a Kent, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 308 pounds of Chef Salad with Ham and Turkey due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Polish Ban on Kosher Slaughter of Animals is Overturned

December 11, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The court argued that the constitution guarantees the freedom of religious practice. It is a victory for Poland's small Jewish and Muslim communities and for the agricultural industry, which in the past profited from the production of meat for export to Jewish and Muslim communities.

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2014 Record Apple Crop Slightly Less Than Forecasted

December 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press

The final tally is shy of the forecast of 155 million boxes because of a November freeze and a port slowdown that prompted many packing companies to divert more fruit to processors for apple sauce or juice, said Jon DeVaney, president of the association.

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Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives to a U.S. commercial strategy office in New  York.

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McDonald's to Trim Menu, Examine Ingredients

December 10, 2014 1:14 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's is planning to simplify its menu and maybe even in the number of ingredients it uses in its food as it fights to hold onto customers. CEO Don Thompson sought to reassure investors Wednesday that changes will help strengthen the chain's appeal.

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Can Organic Crops Compete With Industrial Agriculture?

December 10, 2014 12:50 pm | by University of California - Berkeley

A recent study at the University of California finds a smaller than expected gap in yields between organic and conventional farming. The researchers found the yields depend upon the type of crop being grown.           

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Study: Control Obesity With Potato Extract

December 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by McGill University

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.

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As Beef Prices Rise, Cattle Herds Go Missing in Idaho

December 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come up empty in two counties. The losses include a herd of 50 Black Angus consisting of 25 cows and 25 calves valued at $150,000.

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Congress Eases Whole Grain Standards For School Lunches

December 10, 2014 11:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods.

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Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The FDA typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling GMO's to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling.  

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Parents of Teen Killed by Caffeine Overdose Seek Ban on Stimulant

December 10, 2014 9:45 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press

Because caffeine powder is sold as a dietary supplement, it's not subject to the same federal regulations as certain caffeinated foods. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain, but it is almost impossible to measure with common kitchen tools.

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Food Service Firms Admit to Cheating US Military

December 10, 2014 8:40 am | by Associated Press

Several foreign companies have pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for overcharging the U.S. military in connection with a contract to provide food and water to troops in Afghanistan. Documents say the privately held firms fraudulently inflated the price of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Large UK Pub Chain, Heineken Clash Over Beer Cost

December 10, 2014 8:15 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press

One of the United Kingdom's biggest pub chains has dropped Heineken products from its 926 properties in a confrontation over the Dutch brewer's demand to sell products at higher prices in the Republic of Ireland.          

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Almond Industry Generates More Than 100K Calif. Jobs

December 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Almond Board of California

According to a study, the almond industry supports California's economy by generating more than 100,000 jobs and more than $21 billion in gross revenue across all industries in the state, adding about $11 billion to the size of its total economy.

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Consumer Trends: How Americans Are Enjoying Their Wine

December 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by E. & J. Gallo Winery

As a whole, the survey told us that Americans are enjoying wine more often than ever before by bringing it into dining, entertaining and even the most casual experiences — all while demonstrating an eagerness to experiment with various flavors and formats.

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