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Growers Hoping to Build Strawberry Picking Robot

May 4, 2015 11:20 am | by Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger

Automated harvesting is the Holy Grail for most agricultural commodities, so a group of knights errant from the Florida strawberry industry have begun a quest to build a robotic strawberry picker.

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Low Milk Prices, Glutted Market Put Strain on Dairy Farmers

May 4, 2015 10:40 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

An increase in milk production combined with sharply lower exports and declining sales of fresh milk have combined to depress milk prices paid to farmers from a 2014 high of about $28 per hundred pounds — about 9 gallons — to below $18 this spring.

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Fishermen Say They Can't Afford to Pay Monitors

May 4, 2015 9:45 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

New England fishermen of important food species like cod and haddock say the looming cost of paying for at-sea monitors could put them out of business this year.

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Washington State Officials Withdraw Shellfish Spray Permit

May 4, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press

Washington's Department of Ecology has canceled a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in two areas, officials said Sunday. The decision to halt the practice in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor is part of an agreement between the local oyster growers association and the state. 

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PACK EXPO Welcomes the Center for Trends & Technology Back to Las Vegas

May 1, 2015 12:25 pm | by PMMI

Popular show floor feature, sponsored by Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork™ Program, focuses on improving production through innovation.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 1, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the past week from the Food Manufacturing website.  

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New England's Cod Fishing Cutbacks Take Effect

May 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Federal regulators reduced the Gulf of Maine cod catch limit from 1,550 to 386 metric tons for the fishing year that started Friday. The quota cutback is needed because the level of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is a fraction of target levels, regulators have said. The cut means fishermen will also be restricted in how much they can catch of other popular food species like haddock and hake.

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LiDestri Foods and G's Fresh Create Partnership, 140 Jobs in New York

May 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Greater Rochester Enterprise

LiDestri Foods Inc. of Fairport and G’s Fresh Ltd. of the United Kingdom have partnered to form Love Beets USA, LLC, a $17 million Rochester-based joint manufacturing venture for the processing and packaging of fresh, marinated and organic beets and beet products.

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KFC, Taco Bell Parent Jumps After Third Point Buys In

May 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Shares of the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut soared Friday after a prominent investor said he's taken a stake in the company thinks it could soon recover from years of trouble in China.

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4 Charged After Undercover Video Shows Cows Whipped, Punched

May 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

Four men have been charged with cruelty to animals after undercover video showed employees at a southern New Mexico dairy whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals.

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Chobani Launches New Brand Platform and Creative Campaign Centered on Brand's Natural Values

May 1, 2015 8:10 am | by Chobani

Committed to its founding mission of providing better food for more people, Chobani's multi-media, multi-platform campaign focuses on the brand's core belief: "To love this life is to live it naturally."

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'Top Chef' Judge Simmons Joins NY School Nutrition Effort

May 1, 2015 8:05 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press

"Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of child nutrition issues as Congress prepares to reauthorize the federal law that governs school meals.

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Greek Yogurt Coming to a School District Near You

May 1, 2015 7:55 am | by Packaged Facts

The past several years have seen Greek yogurt emerge as a food industry darling due to both its health halo and because the product has spurred growth in the overall retail yogurt segment.

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Cheese, Poultry Facilities to Open in Virginia

May 1, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

Kelly Turkeys USA LLC will invest $1.4 million in its first U.S. poultry processing facility, creating 33 jobs and Ewes Guys LLC will do business as Twenty Paces and invest $321,000 in a cheese facility at Bellair Farms.

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Years-Old Pork Served for Lunch at Schools in East Tennessee

April 30, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press

An East Tennessee school district served years-old pork to students for lunch and is now implementing new food-handling procedures. Local media outlets report that the frozen meat had dates of 2009 to 2011 and was served to students in the Hawkins County district on April 22. No sicknesses have been reported.

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Navajo Pride Flour Mill to Close, 26 Jobs Lost

April 30, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials are giving its Navajo Pride flour mill a face lift, but only after shutting it down. The Daily Times reports that the closure, effective today, will last a year and affect 26 employees.

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Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees

April 30, 2015 11:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The Service Employees International Union plans to announce Thursday that it is launching a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald's, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

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National Recall Leads Call for New Sanitizing Systems to Eliminate Harmful Bacteria

April 30, 2015 11:10 am | by RGF Environmental

Food safety is a national concern with nearly 50 million Americans becoming ill from eating foods contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus aureus as well as mold, yeast and viruses.

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Nevada Assembly Panel Considers Ban on Powdered Alcohol

April 30, 2015 7:55 am | by RILEY SNYDER, Associated Press

Nevada lawmakers are considering a ban on the sale and possession of powdered alcohol. Powdered alcohol is a beverage mix that can be blended with a liquid to create an alcoholic drink. It's banned in six states and heavily regulated in several others.

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Jeni's to Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 30, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

CEO John Lowe says in a statement that the product to be destroyed amounts to 15 tractor-trailer loads on more than 300 pallets. It will cost the Columbus, Ohio-based company more than $2.5 million.

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