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Friday Food Funnies

May 29, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Okay, I admit it: writing about GMOs, acquisitions, monthly sales figures and the deadly bird flu can get a little humdrum. That's why Food Manufacturing is thrilled to present a new weekly series, Friday Food Funnies.

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Mystery of Disappearing Holes in Swiss Cheese Solved

May 28, 2015 3:25 pm | by The Associated Press

A Swiss agricultural institute discovered that tiny specks of hay are responsible for the famous holes in cheeses like Emmentaler or Appenzeller. 

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Nestlé Touts Home Water Delivery

May 28, 2015 2:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The nation's largest bottled water seller sees online sales as an increasingly vital component of its business.

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Survey: Millennials Love Mayonnaise

May 28, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Association for Dressings & Sauces

In a recent U.S. survey by the Association for Dressings and Sauces, Millennials or Generation Y (born between 1980 and 2000) came out on top as frequent purchasers of mayonnaise or whipped dressings in the past month

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Chobani CEO Pledges to Donate Most of Wealth

May 28, 2015 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya says he will join some of the world's richest individuals in pledging to give away at least half his wealth, which has been estimated at $1.41 billion.

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Falling Chicken Prices Weigh on Sanderson Farms in 2Q

May 28, 2015 11:55 am | by The Associated Press

Sanderson Farms' second-quarter profit jumped almost 40 percent, but declining chicken prices and rising expenses still left the company short of Wall Street expectations.

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Photo of the Day: Food Companies Make Straws Out of Meat, Cookies

May 28, 2015 11:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Thirsty? Hungry? Now you can satisfy both cravings at the same time! From pork to cookies, and everything in between, consumers are enjoying sipping up their drinks with delicious foods.

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Top US Manufacturers View Labor Issues as Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Though the manufacturing industry is in resurgence, manufacturers cited a number of risks affecting their ability to grow and innovate, including growth, workforce and innovation.

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EPA Plans Temporary Pesticide Restrictions While Bees Feed

May 28, 2015 10:15 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing.

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Ohio House OKs Ban on Pure Caffeine, Powdered Alcohol Sales

May 28, 2015 9:05 am | by ANN SANNER, Associated Press

A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died.

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Bill Would Limit Arsenic in Rice

May 28, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be required to establish a limit for arsenic levels in rice under a bill introduced in Congress last week.

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In the News: Hormel Buys Applegate Farms

May 28, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out everything you need to know about this story by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Police Investigate Two New Cases of Potato Tampering After Nail and Needle Found

May 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Canadian Press

Police in separate parts of Atlantic Canada are investigating two possible cases of potato tampering.

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McDonald's Targets Bun Toasting, Burger Searing to Attract Customers

May 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

To improve the taste of its food, the chain is toasting its buns longer so sandwiches will be warmer, said McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook at the Bernstein's Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. He also said the company is changing the way it sears and grills its beef so that the patties are juicier.

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Coke Moves Ahead with Monster Deal

May 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Coca-Cola Co. is preparing to assume a minority stake in Monster Beverage Corp. despite the energy drink company's ongoing legal issues.

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Hormel Buys Applegate Farms For $775M

May 27, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

Hormel Foods is paying $775 million to add natural and organic meats producer Applegate Farms to its roster of food brands that include Spam canned ham, Dinty Moore stew and Jennie-O turkey.

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Kansas City Sausage to Open Plant, Create 177 Jobs

May 27, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press

Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobs in Sampson County.

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Craft? Micro? Increasingly, 'Nanobrews' Slake Local Thirst

May 27, 2015 8:35 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

Nimble nanobreweries and other pint-size beer makers are staying small and pushing the boundaries with hopped-up American ales, sour German Gose beers, oak-aged sipping beers and boundary-pushing flavors.

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Report Anticipates Green Packaging Market to Grow 50 Percent by 2021

May 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The global market for packaging classified as "green" is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2021, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research. 

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Drenching Rains Bode Well For Cattle Herd Expansion in Great Plains

May 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Drenching rains recently soaked the Great Plains and have brought welcomed moisture to areas still recovering from droughts. That's good news for consumers, who are seeing record retail beef prices — 14 percent higher than a year ago.

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