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Jeni's 22 Ice Cream Shops Reopened Saturday

June 22, 2015 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams retail shops have reopened after the company's second bout with listeria in its production plant.

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Chinese Eateries Hold Dog Meat Festival Amid Outcry

June 22, 2015 8:00 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, LOUISE WATT, Associated Press

Restaurant owners say eating dog meat is traditional during the summer, while animal rights activists say the festival has no cultural value and was merely invented to drum up business. As many as 10,000 dogs, many of them stolen pets, are slaughtered for the festival.

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Whataburger Resolves Egg Shortage, Resumes Full Breakfast

June 22, 2015 7:55 am | by Associated Press

Whataburger has resumed serving its overnight full breakfast menu after resolving egg shortages linked to the Midwest bird flu crisis. Whataburger began limiting its breakfast-serving hours on June 1 to 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends.

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Scientists Turn Excess Fat Into Obesity-Fighting Fat

June 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Washington State University

Washington State University scientists have shown that berries, grapes and other fruits convert excess white fat into calorie-burning "beige" fat, providing new strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

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Photos of the Day: The Largest US Fish Auction

June 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Selling fresh fish to the highest bidders based on market value and quality, the United Fishing Agency holds this large fish auction every year. Most of the buyers are wholesalers, but there are some local restaurants and markets who purchase the fish, too.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

June 19, 2015 1:00 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 stories of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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US Foods to Cut Hundreds of Jobs in Maryland

June 19, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Severn, Maryland operations would be shifted to other US Foods plants; the company employs about 25,000 people throughout the country. US Foods previously announced plans to close a facility in Florida and cut more than 200 jobs.

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During Ramadan, Keeping an Eye Out for Fraudulent Halal Meat

June 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by JOSH CORNFIELD, Associated Press

For millions of Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan marks a time for ritual fasting during the day and, often, a large meal with friends and family after sundown. For those buying and selling ritually approved halal meat, it's a time to pay close attention to ensure the food the observant are eating is exactly that.

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Center for Trends & Technology at PACK EXPO Las Vegas Focuses on Improving Productivity, Efficiency, Agility

June 19, 2015 9:50 am | by PMMI

CTT is a PACK EXPO-exclusive educational feature that uses a series of displays and seminars to address critical issues around productivity, sustainability, agility and other key components of manufacturing success.

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USDA to Expand Biofuel Loan Program to Plant-Based Materials

June 19, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The U.S. Agriculture Department this week announced that it will expand a federal loan guarantee program to manufacturers of plant-based plastics, fibers and other materials.

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Hershey to Cut About 300 Jobs, Lowers 2015 Revenue Outlook

June 19, 2015 9:34 am | by Associated Press

The chocolate and candy maker — whose brands include Reese's, Twizzlers and its namesake — said that it will face an estimated $100 million to $120 million in pretax charges related to the job cuts. It anticipates $65 million to $75 million in savings, mostly in 2016, and plans to reinvest part of the funds back into the business.

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Buffett's Firm Invests $462K in Heinz Ahead of Kraft Deal

June 19, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

Warren Buffett's company has invested another $462,000 in ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. before Heinz' planned acquisition of Kraft Foods.

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Jana Partners Takes 7.2 Percent Stake in ConAgra Foods

June 19, 2015 8:55 am | by The Associated Press

Activist investor firm Jana Partners said Thursday it took a 7.2 percent stake in packaged-foods maker ConAgra and said it may start a proxy battle by nominating three candidates to the company's board of directors.

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'Freedom' Fries: Texas Repeals Ban on Deep Fryers in Schools

June 19, 2015 8:40 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

It's about freedom, not the fries. So says new Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who announced that the state is repealing a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public schools.

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The Technology Tide Has Turned For Restaurant Consumers

June 18, 2015 2:45 pm | by Technomic, Inc.

In only a few short years, digital amenities like online ordering and mobile payment have gone from futuristic novelties to modern necessities for restaurant consumers, and new research confirms that people expect more from a brand's technology offerings than ever before.

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Corona Brewer Spending Billions to Meet Growing Demand, Regulatory Deadline

June 18, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. distributor of Corona and other prominent Mexican beer brands is investing $2 billion in its brewery near the Texas border as a deadline looms for the company to produce all of its own beer.

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FDA Issues Guidance on Food Allergens Labeling Exemptions

June 18, 2015 1:40 pm | by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance to help food manufacturers provide adequate data to support exemptions from the labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens.

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Infographic: Foodborne Diseases Cost the US $15.5B Per Year

June 18, 2015 1:10 pm | by Business Pulse

Approximately 1 in 6 Americans will get sick this year from eating contaminated foods, according to the CDC. These food outbreaks, like Listeria and Salmonella, can produce a domino effect on business, communities and the U.S. economy.

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Grocers: Vermont GMO Law Could Lead to Fines of $10M a Day

June 18, 2015 12:40 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

The industry group suing to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms says the law could cost the nation's grocers fines of up to $10 million a day.

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Lobster Prices Rise as Summer Season Gets Off to Slow Start

June 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Maine lobstermen and retailers say the summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers. That is an average increase of about $1 to $2 over last year. Lobstermen are also getting about a dollar more per pound for lobster at the dock.

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