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Cargill to Close Milwaukee Beef Plant Due to Cattle Shortage

July 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Cargill is planning to close its Milwaukee beef-processing plant, putting more than 600 people out of work. The meat producer says the drought of 2011 and 2012 in the Midwest hurt cattle levels, and the shortage is at its lowest level since 1951.

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Too Sweet to Eat? Technology Reduces Sugar Needs in Chocolate

July 31, 2014 8:20 am | by MycoTechnology, Inc.

By nature, cacao beans are not sweet and require a significant amount of added sugar to mask the bitterness. MycoTechnology can make better tasting foods using all-natural and non-GMO processes, reducing sugar requirements in chocolate by up to 70 percent.

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Photo: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month With 3 New Flavors

July 31, 2014 8:15 am | by California Milk Advisory Board

July is National Ice Cream Month. In celebration of California's continuing role as the number one producer of ice cream in the U.S., the California Milk Advisory Board has partnered with Coolhaus to create three new signature ice cream sandwich treats.

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Experts Work to Create At-Home Caffeine Detection Test for Drinks

July 31, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society

The news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose has the FDA thoroughly inspecting all foods and beverages with added amounts of caffeine. Now, scientists are working to create an at-home test that detects the stimulant in almost all beverages.

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Crystal Sugar CEO Contests Subpoena in Sweetener Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the federal suit filed in California in 2011 by sugar producers. Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say Berg would be a good witness in the lawsuit because he is not involved in litigation.

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Consumer Trends: Cinnamon Horchata Ale? Blue Moon Thinks So

July 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Blue Moon Brewing Company

Blue Moon Brewing Company's Head Brewmaster Keith Villa's latest creation delivers a cinnamon flavor and subtle sweetness. Inspired by the popular Latin American drink, Horchata, this beer is infused with cinnamon, dark candy sugar and long-grain rice.

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Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

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VIDEO: Maple Leaf Foods Sets World Record With Bacon Dance

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Maple Leaf Foods has set two world records: the longest BLT sandwich, registering at more than 227 feet long using 2,000 slices of Maple Leaf bacon, and the largest bacon dance. Watch 161 Maple Leaf employees sizzle to the new bacon dance craze in this video.

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Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

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Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

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McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

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French-Baking Leader Bridor Announces $32M New Jersey Expansion

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Bridor USA Inc.

Bridor Inc., a leader in manufacturing of European bread and Viennese pastry, is announcing a $32 million expansion to its Vineland, NJ facility. The expansion will allow the company to enlarge its production capacity, as well as better serve current and future clients. 

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Infographic: Design Dictates Winners in the Beverage Aisle

July 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Affinnova

As America's thirst for soda wanes, competition over these growth areas is becoming fierce. To understand these competitive dynamics, Affinnova conducted an audit of brands in the beverage aisle, examining the impact of package design on consumer appeal.

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Panel to Get Update on Prison Maggot Food Complaints

July 30, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press

Since January, there have been five reports of maggots found inside prison food. At issue is a bigger national debate over privatizing prison services — from food preparation to the running of entire facilities — to save money at a time of squeezed state budgets.

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Former Vending Firm Official Sentenced in Pepsi Scheme

July 30, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press

A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company, 65-year-old Joseph Belasco of Cedar Grove, was sentenced to months in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

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5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 8:20 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press

Three reporters from the online publication Food Safety News have been asked to supply all communication they had with ABC in 2012. The subpoena comes in lieu of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC's coverage of a meat product dubbed as "pink slime."

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

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Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

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Consumer Trends: The Next Greek Yogurt?

July 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Stonyfield

Stonyfield is encouraging consumers to #CheatOnGreek with its creamy French cousin, Petite Creme. Could this be the next Greek yogurt? Stonyfield is shaking up the yogurt shelves with this new product. The twist? Petite Creme is not yogurt.

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3M Commemorates 30 Years of Petrifilm Plate Innovations

July 29, 2014 12:48 pm | by 3M

The 3M Petrifilm Plate technology has expanded significantly since its launch in 1984. Food safety experts around the world have put their trust in 3M for microbial indicator tests. With 16 patents in its portfolio, the company shows no sign of slowing down.

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