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Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses.

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American Lobster: The New Chinese New Year Delicacy

February 17, 2015 1:30 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country's growing middle class, to whom a steamed, whole crustacean — flown in live from the United States — is not just a festive delicacy and a good-luck symbol but also a mark of prosperity.

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Gildan Activewear CFO Resigns to Take Same Post at Kraft

February 17, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

Gildan Activewear Inc.'s chief financial officer, James Kehoe, has resigned after about a month with the clothing company in order to take the same position at his former employer, Kraft Foods Group Inc. Kehoe, who also served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Gildan, had joined the company in January.

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Water, Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict with Pig Farms

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.

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Burger King, Tim Hortons Parent Reports Loss on Deal Costs

February 17, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Burger King and Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International reported a loss for its fourth quarter, dragged down by costs related to the deal to combine the two chains.

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Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

February 17, 2015 8:05 am | by Mondelez International

Mondelez International on Monday announced the acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing "free from" segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 great-tasting products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars, and savory snacks that are allergy-friendly and gluten-free

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Michele Ferrero, Maker of Nutella, Dies on Valentine's Day

February 17, 2015 7:15 am | by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined Italian sweets, died on Valentine's Day, the company said. He was 89.

Colleges Start to Embrace Sustainable Seafood Label

February 17, 2015 7:00 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute is targeting colleges and universities to carry its label that promises seafood products are harvested locally and sustainably. The institute offers a "responsibly harvested" label to food vendors that can source products back to the Gulf of Maine

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Craft Beer Breweries Starting to Boom in Arkansas

February 17, 2015 6:45 am | by Associated Press

Craft beer breweries are gaining popularity in central Arkansas, as the state catches up with a national obsession with craft beers. A 2012 study done for the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association, indicated that the craft-beer industry contributed about $34 billion to the U.S. economy, said Bart Watson, the association's chief economist.

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T. Marzetti Co Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Egg in Single-Serve Larosa's Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing due to Label Issue

February 17, 2015 6:35 am | by FDA

The dressing was manufactured correctly and has always contained milk and egg; however there was an error in labeling. People who have an allergy to milk and eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Mexico, Wal-Mart Act to Improve Farmworkers' Lives

February 17, 2015 6:30 am | by Associated Press

The Mexican government has formed an alliance of produce industry groups that will work on enforcing wage laws and improving housing, schools and health care for laborers at export farms following a newspaper's investigation of abuses at agribusinesses supplying major U.S. supermarket chains and restaurants.

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Two Top Food Trends Converge in February

February 13, 2015 2:50 pm | by Cherry Marketing Institute

Snack makers are clamoring to create healthier options and have discovered tart cherries can help deliver on both taste and nutrition. About 90 percent of Americans say they snack daily, with snacks now accounting for more than half of all eating occasions and nearly 25 percent of our daily calories. 

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New Study Sheds Light on Characterizing Global Food Trade to Include Nutritional Value

February 13, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Minnesota

Growing global trade is critically important for providing food when and where it's needed — but it makes it harder to link the benefits of food and the environmental burden of its production. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment propose to extend the way we characterize global food trade to include nutritional value and resource consumption.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced to Prison For Stealing $4.1M

February 13, 2015 1:23 pm

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period. The employee was accused of creating a fraudulent billing scheme that led him to submit false invoices for parts and services for which he would receive payment.

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Mad Cow Disease Reported in Alberta; First Case in Canada Since 2011

February 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta, Canadian officials announced today. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada's first case since 2011 will not affect the country's international beef trade.

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Photos of the Day: Locusts on the Menu at New 'Game of Thrones' Restaurant

February 13, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The temporary restaurant "All Men Must Dine" opened today in London, marking the DVD release of season four of the "Game of Thrones" TV series. The menu includes locusts, eel and fowl, but only a select number of guests are invited to dine at the medieval eatery.

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Smucker Posts Mixed Results in 3Q as Coffee Demand Weakens

February 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press

J.M. Smucker Co. posted mixed results for its third-quarter as it dealt with softening coffee demand. The food maker posted a profit of $160.9 million, or $1.58 per share, for the period ended Jan. 31.

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Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Port

February 13, 2015 8:52 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press

The critical gateways for international trade have become more like parking lots for massive cargo ships that haul a you-name-it selection of consumer goods made in Asia and return there with U.S. exports. And U.S.-produced perishables, including meat and produce, are unable to be sent to Asian consumers.

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Global Frozen Food Market Value Will Reach $156.4B By 2020

February 13, 2015 8:25 am | by Persistence Market Research

Busy life schedule is influencing consumers to shift their dietary preferences towards ready-to-eat food products. Hence, frozen foods have become an important part of the modern diet. Freezing or refrigeration allows consumers to have access to foods which were either unavailable or available only during a particular season.

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General Mills Will Move Forward With Pillsbury Plant Closure

February 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

General Mills is pushing ahead with its planned closure of a southern Indiana Pillsbury plant and a neighboring business that together employ more than 400 workers under an agreement the company reached with the union that represents those workers, the union's president said Thursday.

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