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Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial Ingredients Getting Booted

May 26, 2015 | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

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Syngenta Preparing For Another Monsanto Takeover Bid

June 1, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta AG believes rival Monsanto could make another bid to acquire the company within a matter of days.

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Natural Food Companies, House Democrats Back GMO Labeling Requirement

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

Democratic members of Congress, with the support of natural food company officials, last month called for passage of legislation that would require labels disclosing the use of genetically modified ingredients in food.

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Asian Demand, Low Supply Set Record Price on Maine Baby Eels

June 1, 2015 12:05 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

The baby eels called elvers sold for $2,500 or more per pound at times this season due to low supply, fishermen and dealers say, beating the old record of $1,868.73 in 2012. This year's average price, which the state has not yet calculated, seems sure to dwarf last year's and possibly eclipse 2012, fishermen said.

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How Big Food Brands Can Remain in Favor With Consumers

June 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Rabobank

Iconic brands are increasingly out of favor with U.S. consumers, whose preferences and priorities have evolved.  Bank analysts predict that unless large F&B brands take bold action, they run the risk of following baby boomers into retirement.

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Foster Farms Becomes West Coast Leader in Antibiotic-Free and Organic Chicken

June 1, 2015 11:35 am | by Foster Farms

Foster Farms is introducing two new product lines, Foster Farms Certified Organic and Foster Farms Simply Raised antibiotic-free chicken at major retailers throughout the West, making the family-owned company the largest producer of USDA certified organic and antibiotic-free chicken in the Western United States.

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Report Argues Some Altered Crops Shouldn't Be Labeled as GMOs

June 1, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Danish researchers believe a rebranding campaign could enable scientists to improve crops while avoiding the stigma of genetic modification.

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Pork Producers Buoyed by New Sioux City Plant

June 1, 2015 9:30 am | by DAVE DREESZEN, Sioux City Journal

Ken Gard's 50-year history of marketing hogs in Sioux City ended — at least temporarily — with the closing of the John Morrell plant in April 2010.

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Bob Evans to Sell, Lease Back Ohio Headquarters, 2 Plants

June 1, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

Restaurant operator Bob Evans Farms Inc. is putting up a for sale sign on its new headquarters just outside Columbus along with two food manufacturing plants as part of stock buyback plan. The company plans to lease back the properties and use the money from the sale to buy back its stock.

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San Fran. Lawmakers Try New Tacks to Curb Soda Drinking

June 1, 2015 8:35 am | by The Associated Press

San Francisco lawmakers are taking another stab at curbing soda consumption seven months after local voters rejected taxing sugary drinks in the name of public health.

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KFC Sues Chinese Companies For Online Rumors About its Food

June 1, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs.

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Amazon Looks Toward Grocery With Expanded Private Brand

May 29, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amazon.com plans to substantially expand grocery offerings under its nascent private-label Elements brand, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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Dairy vs. Dairy Alternatives: Competition is on the Rise

May 29, 2015 2:20 pm | by Packaged Facts

The ongoing competition between dairy and dairy alternatives is only beginning to reach its apex and will continue to intensify over the next several years as consumers grow more comfortable with milk alternatives and scrutiny of dairy products escalates.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 29, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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20-Year-Old Wisconsin Cheddar Makes Debut at $209 a Pound

May 29, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

The cheddar from Hook's Cheese Co. of Mineral Point goes on sale Friday for $209 a pound. Most of the 450-pound supply is already spoken for, with orders coming in after the planned sale went public earlier this year.

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No Beer? Anheuser-Busch Cans Water For Texas Flood Victims

May 29, 2015 11:25 am | by Associated Press

An Anheuser-Busch plant in northwest Georgia has started canning water instead of beer to help flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma.

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Washington Farmers are Dumping Unprofitable Apples

May 29, 2015 9:35 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

Nearly $100 million worth of apples that cannot be sold have been dumped into fields across central Washington, the nation's most productive apple region. The apples are being left to rot and compost in the hot sun, an unusual occurrence for an industry that has found ways to market ever-growing crops.

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Infographic: How Avian Influenza Outbreak is Affecting Global Poultry Markets

May 29, 2015 9:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Rabobank is predicting that chicken producers in countries with balanced markets will continue to enjoy healthy margins, but stresses the importance that global approaches to deal with the avian influenza are now more important than ever.

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Judge: No Juror Miscondcut in Ga. Peanut Trial Convictions

May 29, 2015 9:05 am | by RUSS BYNUM, KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

A federal judge Thursday refused to throw out criminal convictions in a salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut plant after the court investigated defense attorneys' claims of jury misconduct.

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Healthy Foods Company Hopes to Add More Than 200 Pennsylvania Jobs

May 29, 2015 8:35 am | by The Associated Press

A company that sells specialty fresh vegetables and healthy party trays plans to add 200 to 250 employees by more than tripling the size of its south-central Pennsylvania operation.

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Mondelez International Reports Good Progress Against Global Well-Being Goals

May 29, 2015 8:10 am | by Mondelez International, Inc.

Mondelez International has published its Call For Well-being 2014 Progress Report. The report details how the world's leading snacking company exceeded many key environmental goals and took significant steps forward to meet its remaining global well-being targets by 2020. 

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