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GoGo SqueeZ Opens New $85 Million Idaho Manufacturing Facility

June 11, 2015 12:10 pm | by GoGo squeeZ

GoGo squeeZ, a leading brand of re-closable, squeezable applesauce in a pouch, announced the grand opening of its new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Nampa, Idaho. The company made an $85MM investment in the new facility which will process and package GoGo squeeZ from apples to applesauce and bring 250 jobs to the Treasure Valley.


Report Claims Secretive Trade Group Self-Regulates Flavorings Industry

June 11, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The thousands of chemicals used to enhance flavors in processed foods in the U.S. are almost entirely free of government scrutiny, according to a new report from the Center for Public Integrity.


USDA Grants Totaling $6.7M Encourage Efficiency, Renewables

June 11, 2015 10:45 am | by MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press

A solar power system to be installed at one of Wyoming's bigger microbreweries helped Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday promote a nationwide program to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy.


Coke Bottler Plans to Cut Calories by 10 Percent by 2020

June 11, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The world's largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola aims to reduce the level of calories per liter of soda by 10 percent in the next five years.


Blue Bell: Listeria Source Likely ID'd at Oklahoma Plant

June 11, 2015 9:20 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries says it has likely identified the source of listeria contamination at its Oklahoma plant, but it may not be able to pinpoint a single source for the problem at its Texas plant.


Photos of the Day: Sipping Liquor From a Deodorant Can?

June 11, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Sick of dishing out $10 for an 8 oz. beer at concerts and ball games? Hong Kong entrepreneur Scott Przirembel has developed "sneaky flasks" that allow users to sneak alcohol into public places. No more paying high prices!


House Votes to Repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat

June 11, 2015 8:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Under threat of trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico, the House has voted to to repeal a law requiring country-of-origin labels on packages of beef, pork and poultry.


PepsiCo R&D Efforts Spawned 3D-Printed Potato Chip

June 11, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

One of the recent product offerings from PepsiCo got its start on a 3D printer, a result of the soft drink giant's increased emphasis on research and development.


Big Easy Foods Recalls Some Stuffed Chickens Sold Nationwide

June 11, 2015 7:55 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press

A Louisiana food company is recalling some stuffed chickens sold nationwide because the label didn't show wheat, a potential allergen.


Minn. Company Sues Spice Maker McCormick Over Amount of Pepper in Tins

June 10, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A small Minnesota producer, Watkins Inc., filed a lawsuit against giant spice maker McCormick & Co., claiming it has misled consumers by secretly cutting the amount of pepper in its tins by 25 percent, without reducing the price of size of the container.


San Francisco Moves to Put Warnings on Ads For Sugary Drinks

June 10, 2015 12:55 pm | by JANIE HAR, Associated Press

Soda and some other sugary drinks contribute to health problems, San Francisco supervisors said as they voted unanimously to approve health warnings on ads for such beverages. The soda industry said it might sue to block the ordinance, while supporters said they will seek to expand the requirement beyond the city.


Pet Food Maker Blue Buffalo Files For IPO Worth up to $500M

June 10, 2015 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Blue Buffalo Pet Products, which has seen its sales skyrocket as health-conscious consumers look for healthier foods for their pets as well, is filing for an initial public offering worth up to $500 million.


Study Shows Decrease in Reporting, Resolving Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

June 10, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new analysis found a decline in the number of reported foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years, and that of those reported to federal health officials, a smaller share was ultimately resolved.


Humane Society Alleges Unsanitary Conditions, Mistreatment of Birds at Egg Supplier

June 10, 2015 10:40 am | by The Associated Press

The Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday released undercover video footage it said shows the mistreatment of birds and unsanitary conditions at a major national egg supplier.


5 Things About Trans Fats and the FDA's Proposed Phase Out

June 10, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

There are a lot fewer trans fats in the nation's food than there were a decade ago, but the Obama administration is moving toward getting rid of them almost entirely.


NYC Officials Want Salt Warning Labels on Menus

June 10, 2015 9:10 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ, MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press

New York City could become the first city in the U.S. to require a warning label on high-sodium menu items at chain restaurants, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.


First Midwest Farm Hit by Bird Flu Restarts

June 10, 2015 8:00 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Three months after a devastating form of bird flu made its first appearance in the Midwest, the first poultry farm in the region to be affected is growing turkeys again — even though the virus is still lurking in Minnesota and beyond.


Federal Orange Juice Marketing Program Under Consideration

June 10, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

A proposal to set up a federal orange juice marketing program to supplement an effort by the Florida Department of Citrus is coming under scrutiny.


Judge Rejects Pepsi's Efforts to Dismiss Class Action Lawsuit

June 9, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A class action lawsuit alleging that PepsiCo violated California chemical disclosure standards will be allowed to proceed after a federal judge tossed out the soft drink company's effort to dismiss the case.


Low-Cal Foods, Drinks Drive the Bulk of Supermarket Sales Growth, Report Says

June 9, 2015 1:10 pm | by Hudson Institute

A recently released report found that lower-calorie foods and beverages drove the bulk of sales growth for supermarket chains between 2009 and 2013, making up 59 percent of growth, compared to just 41 percent for their higher-calorie counterparts.



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