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Oreo Maker Mondelez Says Profit Doubled as it Raised Prices

April 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

Mondelez, the company behind Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, said its profit in the first quarter nearly doubled as it raised prices for its products and cut costs. The company said it raised prices due to higher costs to make products.


Record Pollution Fine for McDonald's Supplier in China

April 30, 2015 7:25 am | by Associated Press

A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported.


Apple Slices Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

April 30, 2015 7:20 am | by The Canadian Press

Sliced apples and products containing them produced by Sun Rich Fresh Foods Ltd., of Brampton, Ont., are being recalled because of the possible presence of Listeria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall is based on its test results and there has been one illness linked to the slices.


Brewers Tasked With Turning Sewage Into Suds

April 29, 2015 11:30 am | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Some companies boast of making beer with spring water from majestic mountains. They won't be competing in the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge, in which an Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.


Listeria Concerns Spark Hy-Vee Recall of Pasta Salad

April 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Associated Press

The grocer said this week that the company has learned that frozen vegetables in the salad could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The company sold the salad from April 9 to April 27. Hy-Vee has pulled the salad from stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.


Nearly 400 Organizations Sign Letter Backing Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

April 29, 2015 11:00 am | by Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

In the latest signal that momentum is building behind the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, 373 organizations from 49 states and representing every link of America’s food chain sent a letter to members of Congress urging swift passage of the critical legislation. 


Export Freeze Sows Bitterness in Venezuela Chocolate Trade

April 29, 2015 10:55 am | by VICENTE MARQUEZ and HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Two weeks after Venezuela's agriculture minister announced that he would make the resumption of cacao exports a priority, piles of beans are still sitting in warehouses.


Chileans Brace for Volcano's Impact on Livestock, Farming

April 29, 2015 10:50 am | by Associated Press

The eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano threatens to cause widespread and lasting economic damage, turning cattle pastures barren and choking fish with volcanic ash in one of the world's top salmon-producing countries.


Goya Foods Opening Headquarters Built with Help of NJ Tax Credits

April 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press

The new facility is receiving $82 million in state tax credits to help pay for the company's move from nearby Secaucus.


Ben & Jerry's Founder Backs Push for GMO Labels in NY

April 29, 2015 7:15 am | by Associated Press

One half of the duo that created Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is working to pass legislation in New York to require the labeling of foods with ingredients from genetically modified plants. Jerry Greenfield spoke out in favor of GMO labeling Tuesday at a rally at the Capitol.


Georgia Education Officials Checking Campuses for Recalled Ice Cream

April 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press

Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said in a statement Tuesday that the Georgia Department of Public Health is working with schools and school districts to remove Blue Bell products from campuses.


Kellogg to Close Utah Frozen Food Facility

April 29, 2015 6:45 am | by Associated Press

The plant opened in 1998 and has about 200 employees. Kellogg released a statement saying the closure is part of its four-year efficiency effort.


In The News: Tyson Foods Hopes to Rid US Chicken of Antibiotics by 2017

April 29, 2015 6:40 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out everything you need to know about this story by taking a look at a compilation of media coverage.


Del Monte Runs Into Foul Weather in First Quarter

April 29, 2015 6:30 am | by Associated Press

Del Monte reported a 27 percent drop in its first-quarter profit Tuesday as costs to produce bananas rose and bad weather created quality issues with its tomatoes and grapes.


Consumer Trends: More Than Half of Global Consumers Willing to Buy Groceries Online

April 29, 2015 5:30 am | by Nielsen

One-quarter of global respondents say they are already ordering grocery products online for home delivery and more than half (55%) are willing to use it in the future, according to the new Nielsen Global E-commerce and the New Retail Survey released Wednesday.


Tyson Foods Hopes to Rid US Chicken of Antibiotics by 2017

April 28, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press

Tyson Foods says it wants to stop using human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken houses by September 2017 and that it will explore doing the same in its beef, pork and turkey operations


Drones and Dogs Deployed in Battle to Save the Guacamole

April 28, 2015 10:55 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

On subtropical farmland in South Florida, researchers are doing battle with the deadly fungus, laurel wilt, which is spread by a tiny beetle and has the potential to decimate Florida's avocado crop.


Judge Says Vermont Law on Genetically Modified Food Stands

April 28, 2015 10:55 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington on Monday ruled against the Grocery Manufacturers' Association and other industry groups in their request for a preliminary order to block the law from going into effect as scheduled on July 1, 2016. The judge partially granted and partially denied the state's motion to dismiss the industry lawsuit, meaning the case is likely to go to trial.


Entrepreneurs Hatch Hen-Rental Idea for Fans of Fresh Eggs

April 28, 2015 10:45 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

Poultry leasing has turned out to be a serious investment as more people want fresh eggs from humanely raised hens, without the responsibilities of ownership. In two years, Pennsylvania-based Rent The Chicken has expanded to three other states, plus Toronto.


World of Wine: China now has More Vineyard Land than France

April 28, 2015 10:30 am | by Associated Press

China now boasts more land dedicated to wine-making vineyards than France as it tries to satisfy a rapid rise in local demand. China's vineyards grew to 800,000 hectares (1.9 million acres) last year, putting it behind No. 1 grower Spain but ahead of France.


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