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Poultry Report: Avian Flu Looks to Shake Up 2015

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Rabobank

In a report published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, the bank says that global issues such as avian flu and trade restrictions remain on the horizon for 2015 and will have a big impact on global poultry trade. 

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Food Manufacturers Tap Into Public Sector Market

December 16, 2014 8:45 am | by Food and Beverage Ontario

The local movement and call for more "Made in Ontario" products in public institutions is opening the doors for food and beverage processors to tap into the multi-million dollar market potential of this sector.           

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Study Shows a 'Stronger' Chickpea May Fight Malnutrition

December 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Genome

Malnutrition affects more than 2 billion people. Researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan are seeking long term solutions to help to alleviate the increasing micronutrient malnutrition problem by enriching food grains with essential micronutrients.

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European Food Allergen Rule Causes Confusion Among Consumers

December 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press

A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone else mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion.               

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Spanish Police Investigate Large Meat Plant Fire

December 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Spain's national police says it has deployed sniffer dogs to help investigate a large fire that destroyed one of the country's largest meat plants last month in the northern city of Burgos. The Campofrio fire caused evacuation plans throughout the entire city.

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 11:30 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy has thrived despite the global slowdown. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.         

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Fish Farming Finds its Way to the Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:55 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

With global consumption of seafood outpacing wild fish populations, many have turned from roving the world's waters to aquaculture, using coastal net pens or ponds to raise freshwater and saltwater species. But the emerging trend of indoor aquaculture is bringing the surf to America's turf.

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7 Strategies to Spur Agribusiness Growth During Challenging Times

December 15, 2014 9:10 am | by Lockton

The world's population will rise to 9.1 billion by 2050 with food demand surging 70 percent beyond today's levels. This explosive growth may seem daunting, but with sound risk management strategies, those in agribusiness can increase profitability while growing their market share. 

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Consumer Trends: Top Dishes of the Year

December 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Urbanspoon

Which dishes resonated most with Americans this year? From the classic filet to the bacon-topped donut, the list reveals American's favorite meals of this year. Read on for Urbanspoon's most popular dishes and cuisines of 2014.   

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Cheaper Food Costs Help Lower US Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 1:50 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.

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Photo of the Day: NY Brewery Builds Christmas Tree Out of 300 Kegs

December 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Shawn Dowd

A two-story Christmas tree made of 300 half-barrel beer kegs lights up the sky outside the Genesee Brew House in downtown Rochester, N.Y. The keg tree is trimmed with 600 feet of green lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.     

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Artist Wins 'Eat More Kale' Battle Against Chik-fil-A

December 12, 2014 12:35 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chik-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale" — similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin" — has won his legal battle.          

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Pet Food Manufacturer to Open $2M Kentucky Facility

December 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A pet food facility is opening in northern Kentucky. FreshChoice Complete Diet Products is planning to move into a former food processing plant in Gallatin County, creating 22 jobs. The company touts its products as having "real, whole and fresh ingredients."

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Japan Calls For 'Emergency Imports' of Butter to Ease Major Shortages

December 12, 2014 11:30 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer

As the Christmas Eve cake rush approaches, grocery stores are limiting customers to a maximum of two packages of butter each. Last week the government announced its latest plan for "emergency imports" to ease shortages of the spread.    

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Avian Flu Continues to Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press

The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested positive for the H5N2 strain of the disease. Its origin is unknown, and more farms could be affected, officials said. The outbreak has now spread to seven farms. 

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Eggland's Best Launches New Liquid Varieties

December 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best is giving households in the Midwest a few extra minutes at the kitchen table with the launch of their new line of convenient liquid eggs. The liquid eggs are available in three varieties: Cracked & Ready, Scrambled Eggs and French Toast Batter. 

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75 Years of Coffee Innovation: White Coffee Corporation Marks Milestone

December 12, 2014 9:35 am | by White Coffee Corporation

Gold or diamond commemoratives should accompany an anniversary this noteworthy. Instead, White Coffee Corporation's goal was to meet its customer's increasing demand for single serve coffees.                

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Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 12, 2014 9:10 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The proponents say they drew strength after coming close to victory but stopped short of promising another attempt in the 2016 election.

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Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 12, 2014 8:20 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs.  Now, some companies are turning their sights to women as they look for skilled workers to fill the roles.

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In Crowded Marketplace, Breweries Search For Unique Identities

December 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times

Breweries everywhere are constantly on the lookout for clever names for their products. And it is getting more difficult, with 3,100 craft breweries across the country. After deciding on a name, many breweries search online to see if others have already claimed it. 

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