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NAMI Foundation Applauds USDA Food Safety Research Grants

April 2, 2015 7:30 am | by NAMI Foundation

The grants include funding for research projects focused on food safety and quality as well as mitigating antibiotic resistance.

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McDonald's Revamps Grilled Chicken to Cut Ingredients

April 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's says it's simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes.

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A Look at Microbrewery Laws Being Considered Nationwide

April 1, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press

Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry.

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Nestle Hopes to Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of the Swiss multinational, said last week in Hong Kong that the company's Cailler brand would be recast as premium Swiss chocolate to help international sales.

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Falling Corn Prices Stalk Monsanto, Sending 2Q Profits Lower

April 1, 2015 11:48 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer

The St. Louis agricultural business giant reported a second-quarter profit of $1.42 billion, or $2.92 per share, down from $1.67 billion, or $3.15 per share, in the prior year period. Sales slid to $5.2 billion from $5.8 billion.

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner on Yogurt Products

April 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Starbucks on Tuesday announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

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Study: Pet Foods Contain Animal Contents Not Explicitly Identified on Labels

April 1, 2015 10:45 am | by BIOMED CENTRAL

Researchers from the University of Nottingham determined the relative presence of DNA from cow, chicken, pig and horse in 17 leading dog and cat wet foods, readily available in UK supermarkets. They then compared their results with the animal species details that were disclosed on the pet food labels.

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Pink Pineapples, Purple Tomatoes May Be Next-Generation GMOs

April 1, 2015 8:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.These genetically engineered foods could receive government approval in the coming years.

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States Increasing Production Caps for Microbreweries

April 1, 2015 8:30 am | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press

The popularity of microbrews has craft breweries bumping up against the country's longstanding three-tier system that governs the beer industry.

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New Va. Tech Dairy Science Facilities Under Construction

April 1, 2015 8:10 am

Virginia Tech is moving its dairy farm to a new $14 million off-campus facility. Officials say the Blacksburg school's 500-head dairy herd and production facility will be relocated to the university's Kentland Farm in Montgomery County.

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Molson Coors Acquires Mount Shivalik Breweries Ltd.

April 1, 2015 7:55 am | by Molson Coors Brewing Company

 As part of the transaction, MCI acquired MSBL's entire brand portfolio, including the leading strong beer brand, Thunderbolt, and assumes direct control over brewing operations in Haryana and Punjab, as well as distribution for Thunderbolt in Bihar.

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Judge to Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

March 31, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

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Pet Food Market an Intriguing Acquisiton Target For Food Giants

March 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Packaged Facts

In the $28 billion U.S. pet food market, mergers and acquisitions have dominated the headlines in recent years. Among the most noticeable pet market merger and acquisition trends has been companies traditionally known for producing food for humans entering the pet food category.

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Picturing Peanut Contamination With Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

March 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by IM PUBLICATIONS LLP

Study the label of almost any food product and you're likely to see the rather vague warning "May contain peanuts" somewhere on there, unless of course it's a product that definitely does contain peanuts. These warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

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Meat Company Specializing in Bacon Coming to Missouri

March 31, 2015 12:09 pm | by Associated Press

Daily's Premium Meats, which offers "sliced-to-order" naturally smoked bacon, will build a 100,000-square-foot plant in St. Joseph, Mo.

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USDA: Record Soybean Acres Expected, Corn Acres to Drop

March 31, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first report of the new crop season says farmers will plant 84.6 million acres in soybeans, up 1 percent from last year's previous record of 83.7 million acres.

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First Lady Asks Kids to Step Up For Healthy Lunch Challenge

March 31, 2015 11:35 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

The first lady once again is challenging the nation's children to dream up healthy lunch recipes, a now annual component of her Let's Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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Amid Bird Flu Outbreak, Turkey Farmers Increase Security

March 31, 2015 9:30 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Poultry producers in the nation's top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key export markets.

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'Kids Eat Right' Logo Dropped From Kraft Singles After Uproar

March 31, 2015 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

A program to put a dietitian group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on Kraft Singles has reached an early expiration date. Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to end the partnership because "misperceptions are overshadowing the campaign," Kraft said in a statement.

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