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New Video Examines Role of Technology in Raising Animals

January 23, 2015 3:15 pm | by North American Meat Institute

The use of modern technologies to raise animals has come under scrutiny in recent years as some call for a return to "simpler" practices. A new video examines the role of technology in raising animals and challenges the claim that a return to lower tech livestock production and processing would improve our food supply. 

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$300K in Stolen Wine From Famed Restaurant is Found

January 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Associated Press

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley, California, restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar in North Carolina. Napa County sheriff's Capt. Doug Pike says it's unclear how the 76 bottles ended up in Greensboro.

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Study: New Rating System Would Be Easier to Digest Than Current Nutrition Labels

January 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press

If labeling on food was easier for consumers to digest it might improve nutrition and curb the obesity epidemic, suggest two McGill University researchers. Two of the authors of the study compared four labeling systems.    

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report. Author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs at $1.78 per hour.

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Calif. Raisin Case Headed to Supreme Court

January 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

For the second time, Melvin Horne will defend his rights as a raisin farmer by arguing to the Supreme Court. Under a government program, raisin producers are forced to hand over nearly half of their annual crop without getting paid.     

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Sustainability is Challenged as Many Renewable Resources Max Out

January 23, 2015 9:45 am | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The days of assuming natural resources can be swapped in and out to solve shortages — corn for oil, soy for beef — may be over. Scientists found that many key resources have peaked in productivity, pointing to the conclusion that "renewable" is not synonymous with "unlimited."

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American Shoppers Unlikely to See Benefit From Euro's Drop

January 23, 2015 8:30 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writers

Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn't rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There's very little to celebrate. There's simply too much demand in the U.S. for any markdowns.       

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Freeland Foods Voluntarily Recalls Spicy Seed Due To Potential Health Risk

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by FDA

Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, CA is voluntarily recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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McDonald's Earnings Fall; Changes Afoot to Woo Customers

January 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.

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Starbucks' First-Quarter Profits Soar on Strong Sales, Traffic

January 23, 2015 7:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts.

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Where Does Your City Stack Up in Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 2:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A recent report presented to a national mayors' group projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015. Find out where your city ranks!                      

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Campbell Named to Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World List

January 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Campbell Soup Company

Campbell Soup Company has been named to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list by Corporate Knights — a media, research and financial products company — for the third year in a row.       

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Finding Farmland: New Maps Offer a Clearer View of Global Agriculture

January 22, 2015 1:00 pm | by INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR APPLIED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS

Knowing where agricultural land is located is crucial for regional and global food security planning. Information on field size offers valuable insight into local economic conditions. Two new maps provide a significant step forward in global cropland information.

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Stricter Regulations Imposed to Protect Whales From Commercial Tuna Fishing Methods

January 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by NOAA FISHERIES WEST COAST REGION

Commercial fishermen have known for some time that tuna, along with other species of fish, congregate around objects drifting on the ocean surface. Since tuna are naturally attracted to whale sharks, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission adopted a resolution. 

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Oranges vs. Orange Juice: Which One Might Be Better For Your Health?

January 22, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society

While many health advocates advise consumers to eat an orange rather than opt for a serving of sugary juice, scientists found that there are certain nutrients in orange juice that might be easier for the body to absorb.        

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Organic vs. Conventional Milk: What's Really in Your Cup?

January 22, 2015 9:55 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

While most consumers believe that a $6 gallon of organic milk is healthier than the $4 conventionally-produced kind, New Zealand researchers argue that the "differences" aren't so different after all.               

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Dairy Processors Commend Obama on TPA, US Trade Agreements

January 22, 2015 8:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, the International Dairy Foods Association issued a statement on the U.S. trade agreements. The IDFA represents 550 dairy foods companies and their suppliers.     

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Proposed Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 1:11 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The proposed standards apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

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Can Walnuts Improve Memory? Researchers Say 'Yes'

January 21, 2015 1:05 pm | by California Walnut Commission

Eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed according to new research from the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California, Los Angeles.

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Tootsie Roll CEO Melvin Gordon Dies at 95

January 21, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press

The CEO of Tootsie Roll Industries has died at age 95. Melvin Gordon ran the Chicago-based company for 53 years. It produces 64 million Tootsie Rolls a day, among other favorites such as Junior Mints, Charleston Chews and Tootsie Pops.   

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