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Scientists Find How Obesity Gene Works, a Clue to Treatment

August 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise.


Sir Kensington's Raises $8.5M in Effort to Reach More Consumers

August 20, 2015 1:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

New York-based condiments company Sir Kensington's last week announced a round of equity funding worth $8.5 million.


Popular Foods Taking On New Hues Without Artificial Dyes

August 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Food makers are purging their products of artificial dyes as people increasingly eschew anything in their food they don't feel is natural. But replicating the vivid colors Americans expect with ingredients like beets and carrots isn't always easy.


Russia Looks to Make Food Smuggling as Serious as Arms Trade

August 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

Russian customs officials want to make smuggling banned Western foods a criminal offense as serious as dealing in radioactive materials or explosives.


Tastier Grocery Store Tomatoes are Possible

August 20, 2015 11:00 am | by ACS

Tomato lovers rejoice: adding or rearranging a few simple steps in commercial processing could dramatically improve the flavor of this popular fruit sold in the grocery store, according to researchers.


The First US School to Serve 100-Percent Organic, Non-GMO Meals

August 20, 2015 10:35 am | by Packaged Facts

Later this month California's Sausalito Marin City School District will open its doors and in the process will become the first U.S. school district to provide meals that are 100% organic and non-GMO. 


Sunny Delight to Close Mass. Facility

August 20, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

A company spokeswoman says Sunny Delight Beverage Co. is closing a facility in northeastern Massachusetts, which could lead to layoffs of dozens of employees.


American Whiskey Propels Distilled Spirits Consumption to 18th Straight Year of Growth

August 20, 2015 9:40 am | by Beverage Information & Insights Group

Consumers are expanding their spirits purchases as the economy stabilizes — experimenting with new products, trading up and crossing categories.


Tree Pluribus Unum: Many Fruits Stem From Artists' Grafts

August 20, 2015 9:00 am | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

The artist calls his creations the Tree of 40 Fruit. And the tree at Syracuse University, and others like it, really does bear 40 or more varieties of stone fruit, thanks to carefully planned grafts.


Ohio State Solidifies Food Safety Education at PROCESS EXPO

August 20, 2015 8:15 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association has released the details of three food-safety focused sessions of the educational program at PROCESS EXPO 2015 to be presented by speaker Dr. Lynn Knipe, Extension Processed Meat Specialist of The Ohio State University.


Air Freshener Maker Sniffs at Slaughterhouse Neighbor Plan

August 19, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The company that invented the iconic pine tree-shaped automotive air fresheners is turning up its nose at a proposal to open a slaughterhouse near the firm's northern New York factory.


Hormel Shrinks From All-Time Highs as 3Q Sales Slide

August 19, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press

Shares of Hormel, the company behind Spam canned ham, Dinty Moore stew and other products, wavered Wednesday after the company said its quarterly profit grew, but reported disappointing sales that were hurt by the avian flu epidemic and the strong U.S. dollar.


Report: Cloud Use Corresponds With Higher Revenues, Profits

August 19, 2015 12:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released report found that small businesses that utilized cloud computing reported significantly higher revenue growth and profits.


FPSA, IDFA Unite to Fight Hunger in Local Communities

August 19, 2015 12:10 pm | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association and the International Dairy Foods Association announced this week that the two organizations are joining forces to highlight and strengthen two philanthropic endeavors, Defeat Hunger and The Great American Milk Drive. These campaigns aim to make a difference by uniting at the co-located PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show, taking place Sept. 15-18, 2015, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Fireball Owner Sues Brewery Over Trademark Infringement

August 19, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The owner of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky is suing a North Carolina brewery over a "confusingly similar" label.


Edible Coatings May Increase Quality, Shelf-Life of Strawberries

August 19, 2015 9:30 am | by Institiute of Food Technologists

Strawberries are one of the most economically important fruits worldwide but are easily susceptible to bruising and are highly perishable. New research found that edible active coatings (EACs) based on pectin, pullulan and chitosan may improve quality and shelf life of strawberries.


Change in Process of Disinfecting Spinach, Greens Could Reduce Illness Outbreaks

August 19, 2015 8:50 am | by American Chemical Society

Cross contamination in commercial processing facilities that prepare spinach and other leafy greens for the market can make people sick. But researchers are reporting a new method that could eliminate or reduce such incidences.


Software Could Help Manufacturers, Distributors Cope With New OT Rules

August 19, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

New overtime pay rules from the Obama administration could make business management software much more valuable to companies suddenly facing new payroll costs.


Dairy-Funded Study Finds Butter Raises Cholesterol Levels

August 19, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study of butter consumption funded by Denmark's dairy industry didn't provide much good news for its sponsors.


B&CMA President Presents Education Sessions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

August 19, 2015 8:05 am | by PMMI

Biscuit and Snack Manufacturer's Association president David Van Laar is presenting education sessions at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas; Sept. 28–30), according to show owner PMMI.



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