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IFT Launches 'FutureFood 2050' to Address Food Security Issues

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists today announced a sweeping new program, FutureFood 2050, which is designed create a broad dialogue on how science will deliver solutions needed to feed the world’s nine billion people by the year 2050.

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Food Manufacturing Profits Continue to Fall in Canada

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Profit levels in the food manufacturing sector dropped for the third consecutive year and totaled slightly more than $3.5 billion in 2013, according to The Conference Board of Canada. Production is expected to rise by almost 3 percent in 2014, the strongest increase in several years.

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Philly Chocolate Shop Shuttered for Delinquent Taxes

April 17, 2014 11:56 am

A popular Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store has been shuttered by the city days before Easter. The Department of Revenue says that it revoked the business license of the Blasius Chocolate Factory for delinquent tax payments.

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Northern Beef Packers Received $4.3M in State Aid

April 17, 2014 11:52 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South Dakota have tossed out figures for taxpayer losses ranging from nothing to $80 million, but a breakdown from state agencies shows the actual number is closer to $4.3 million.

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Post Acquires Michael Foods for $2.45B

April 17, 2014 11:49 am

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

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Freeze Kills Florida Citrus Trees

April 17, 2014 10:15 am | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press

Some Florida Panhandle property owners lost thousands of dollars in citrus trees and other non-native plants because of the harsh winter. Temperatures dipped into the 20s and below across the region this winter and ice stayed on the ground for more than 24 hours.

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FDA Closes Puerto Rico Bakery for Multiple Violations

April 17, 2014 10:12 am

Los Genuinos, Inc., a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, food manufacturer, has agreed under terms of a court order not to process or distribute food until it addresses the unsanitary conditions found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators.

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PepsiCo Posts Strong 1Q Profit with More Snack Sales

April 17, 2014 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. The company, which makes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Mountain Dew and Tropicana, said global snack volume rose 2 percent in the period.

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Infographic: How America Snacks

April 17, 2014 9:58 am

The majority of snacking in America occurs after lunch, with 28 percent of Americans snacking in the afternoon, according to The Hartman Group. But early morning snacking is an emerging opportunity space for food and beverage companies, retailers and restaurants.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Fell in February

April 16, 2014 12:59 pm

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million, according to The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total was down 6.6 percent from January and down 6.2 percent when compared with the total of $377.82 million reported for February 2013.

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Obama, Biden Announce $600M in Job Grants

April 16, 2014 12:52 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people obtain well-paying jobs.

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USDA Helps Expand Export Markets with Farm Bill Funding

April 16, 2014 12:49 pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service awarded funding made available by the 2014 Farm Bill to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.

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Chobani Expands Distribution to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

April 16, 2014 12:45 pm

Chobani has begun exporting its Greek yogurt to markets in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning with Singapore, Malaysia and Panama. With great success in the U.S., the company is looking to capitalize on its global potential.

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Prairie Sun Foods Buys Corn Oil Plant in Iowa

April 16, 2014 12:38 pm

Prairie Sun Foods LLC has purchased the former Plymouth Oil plant in Merrill, Iowa, with the intention of starting it up again. Prairie Sun Foods bought the plant on Tuesday for $3 million. The sale includes all of the plant's equipment and the acreage on which it sits.

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Consumer Trends: Fewer Organic Claims Made in Restaurant Menus

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm

Restaurants are introducing more claims that reflect trending food concerns, in hopes of regaining consumers' trust. According to Mintel, while "organic" is still the leading ethical claim on restaurant menus, its usage has declined 28 percent between Q4 2010-13.

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Food Industry Alliance Releases Toolkit to Reduce Food Waste

April 16, 2014 10:11 am

The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit is designed to help food businesses reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills. The toolkit was produced by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a cross-sector industry initiative.

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U.S. Factory Output Extends Strong Gains

April 16, 2014 10:00 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory output continued to rise in March, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather lowered production in January. The Federal Reserve said factory production rose 0.5 percent in March after a revised 1.4 percent surge in February.

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New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts to Pittsburgh Workers

April 16, 2014 9:58 am

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters. Heinz officials said any workers who quit will be replaced.

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Photo of the Day: Star Wars M&M's Released for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:53 am

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

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MY M&M's Rolls Out Star Wars-Themed Candy for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:48 am

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

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