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Holy Guacamole! Americans to Eat a Record 240M Avocados During Big Game

January 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Hass Avocado Board

It's estimated Americans will eat nearly 120 million pounds or 240 million fresh avocados during the week leading up to the Big Game on Feb. 1. That's a whopping 3,785 avocados per seat in the University of Phoenix Stadium and it's 21 percent more avocados than in 2014.

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Mozambique Links 72 Contaminated Beer Deaths to Crocodile Bile

January 13, 2015 10:30 am | by EMMANUEL CAMILLO, Associated Press

Three more people have died from drinking contaminated beer, bringing the number of fatalities to 72, as the number hospitalized fell by more than 150. Dozens of people fell ill in Chitima after drinking the traditional beer, known as Pombe. 

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Alabama Principal Seeks Food Cans to Defend Against School Intruders

January 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press

An eastern Alabama school principal is asking students to bring cans of food such as corn and peas as a way of fighting off a school intruder. In a letter to parents, Principal Holley said the food can could stun an intruder "or even known him out."

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EU Parliament Approves New GM Crops Planting Rules

January 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The European Union's legislature has approved by a big margin a new law giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc. 

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Soda Giants: Smaller Cans Means Less Guilt

January 13, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As people cut back on soda, the two beverage giants are pushing smaller cans they say contain fewer calories and induce less guilt. The goal is to offset falling consumption with packages that cost more per ounce and are appealing for their portion control.

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Latest Poll Shows Consumers Have a Big Appetite For GMO Labeling

January 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A new poll reports that 66 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring food manufacturers to label any products that contain genetically modified organisms. That statistic is higher than the number of consumers who say it's important to know whether a food is organic. 

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MorningStar Farms Recalls Black Bean Burgers For Undeclared Allergen

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA

MorningStar Farms is issuing a voluntary recall of certain code dates of Spicy Black Bean Burgers and Chipotle Black Bean Burgers because they may contain undeclared peanut.                     

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'More Meat' Among 20 Global Food Trends For 2015 and Beyond

January 12, 2015 1:20 pm | by Gulfood

Influenced by a multitude of factors including growing populations, changing demographics, improved access to education and rising incomes, global food trends are constantly evolving. Here are a look at 20 current and emerging food trends.   

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Winter Lobsters Could Bolster Fishery During Shrimp Shutdown

January 12, 2015 1:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Many Maine lobstermen use the shrimp season as a source of income during the winter, when lobsters are both in lower demand and harder to catch. But regulators have shut down the shrimp season for two straight years because of a collapsed shrimp population.

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Food Manufacturers Downgraded on Foreign Exchange Woes

January 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A number of food manufacturer shares slipped after a Citi analyst lowered his rating on some of the biggest names in the sector. Analyst David Driscoll does not expect sales volumes to improve, given economic challenges overseas and ongoing soft sales in the U.S. 

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Cargill Celebrates 150 Years

January 12, 2015 11:00 am | by Cargill

In 1865, William Wallace Cargill became the owner of a single grain warehouse in Conover, Iowa, at the end of the McGregor Western Railroad. Today, the company he founded is one of the largest privately-held enterprises in the world.     

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Canadian Agency Recalls Apple Slices Over Listeria Concerns

January 12, 2015 10:30 am | by The Canadian Press

A recall of apple products is being expanded to P.E.I. due to concerns over possible listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Scotian Gold Co-operative Limited is recalling its apple slices.         

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The Future of the Frozen Foods Market and How 'Natural' Products Could Save It

January 12, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

It's no surprise that today's food industry is learning to cater to what consumers want. And what do they want? Food marked as fresh, all-natural and healthy, of course. In a recent release, Packaged Facts Research Director David Sprinkle said frozen foods of every kind are being challenged.

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China Arrests More Than 100 People For Selling Pork From Diseased Pigs

January 12, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press

Police in China have arrested more than 110 people on suspicion of selling pork from diseased pigs in the country's latest food safety scandal. More than 1,000 tons of contaminated pork and 48 tons of cooking oil produced from the meat have been seized in the operation.

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Exports of Budvar Beer Reach Record Highs in 2014

January 12, 2015 8:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Czech state-owned brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been in a legal battle with the U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch for years, says its overall output and beer exports reached record highs in 2014.             

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US Senator Seeks Crop Insurance For Barley Growers

January 12, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will visit a downtown Albany brewery to launch his effort to establish a crop insurance program for Capital Region farmers who grow malt barley. The crop is crucial to continued growth of the area's burgeoning craft beer and distilling industries.

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Cargill to Close Missouri Meat Plant, Lay Off More Than 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost about 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11.            

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US Employment Changes Since 2004, At a Glance

January 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by Associated Press

After 5½ years of recovery, the economy has recovered all the 8.7 million jobs that vanished during the Great Recession — and created an additional 2 million. The unemployment rate hit 5.6 percent in December, its lowest level since June 2008.

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Research Finds Salt Tolerance Gene in Soybean

January 9, 2015 2:10 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

The researchers, at the University of Adelaide in Australia and the Institute of Crop Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, have identified a specific gene in soybean that has great potential for soybean crop improvement.

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                          

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