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USDA to Expand Biofuel Loan Program to Plant-Based Materials

June 19, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The U.S. Agriculture Department this week announced that it will expand a federal loan guarantee program to manufacturers of plant-based plastics, fibers and other materials.

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Hershey to Cut About 300 Jobs, Lowers 2015 Revenue Outlook

June 19, 2015 9:34 am | by Associated Press

The chocolate and candy maker — whose brands include Reese's, Twizzlers and its namesake — said that it will face an estimated $100 million to $120 million in pretax charges related to the job cuts. It anticipates $65 million to $75 million in savings, mostly in 2016, and plans to reinvest part of the funds back into the business.

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Buffett's Firm Invests $462K in Heinz Ahead of Kraft Deal

June 19, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

Warren Buffett's company has invested another $462,000 in ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. before Heinz' planned acquisition of Kraft Foods.

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Jana Partners Takes 7.2 Percent Stake in ConAgra Foods

June 19, 2015 8:55 am | by The Associated Press

Activist investor firm Jana Partners said Thursday it took a 7.2 percent stake in packaged-foods maker ConAgra and said it may start a proxy battle by nominating three candidates to the company's board of directors.

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'Freedom' Fries: Texas Repeals Ban on Deep Fryers in Schools

June 19, 2015 8:40 am | by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

It's about freedom, not the fries. So says new Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who announced that the state is repealing a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public schools.

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The Technology Tide Has Turned For Restaurant Consumers

June 18, 2015 2:45 pm | by Technomic, Inc.

In only a few short years, digital amenities like online ordering and mobile payment have gone from futuristic novelties to modern necessities for restaurant consumers, and new research confirms that people expect more from a brand's technology offerings than ever before.

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Corona Brewer Spending Billions to Meet Growing Demand, Regulatory Deadline

June 18, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. distributor of Corona and other prominent Mexican beer brands is investing $2 billion in its brewery near the Texas border as a deadline looms for the company to produce all of its own beer.

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FDA Issues Guidance on Food Allergens Labeling Exemptions

June 18, 2015 1:40 pm | by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance to help food manufacturers provide adequate data to support exemptions from the labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens.

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Infographic: Foodborne Diseases Cost the US $15.5B Per Year

June 18, 2015 1:10 pm | by Business Pulse

Approximately 1 in 6 Americans will get sick this year from eating contaminated foods, according to the CDC. These food outbreaks, like Listeria and Salmonella, can produce a domino effect on business, communities and the U.S. economy.

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Grocers: Vermont GMO Law Could Lead to Fines of $10M a Day

June 18, 2015 12:40 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

The industry group suing to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms says the law could cost the nation's grocers fines of up to $10 million a day.

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Lobster Prices Rise as Summer Season Gets Off to Slow Start

June 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Maine lobstermen and retailers say the summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers. That is an average increase of about $1 to $2 over last year. Lobstermen are also getting about a dollar more per pound for lobster at the dock.

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Federal Competition Bureau Allows H.J. Heinz-Kraft Foods Merger Deal

June 18, 2015 9:15 am | by The Canadian Press

The Competition Bureau has given its OK to the proposed merger of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group.

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Update: Foster Farms Suspends 5 After Undercover Video Shows Abuse

June 18, 2015 9:00 am | by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

Poultry producer Foster Farms suspended five employees Wednesday after an animal-rights group released undercover video showing live birds being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and plucked.

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McDonald's to Shrink in US, 1st Time in Decades

June 18, 2015 8:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.

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Russia Won't Lift EU Food Embargo if Sanctions Stay

June 18, 2015 8:20 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

Moscow will lift its embargo on European and U.S. foods only when the West scraps its sanctions against Russia, a top Russian official said on Thursday.

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Report Questions Nutrition Group's Ties to Food Companies

June 18, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A prominent food industry critic recently slammed the American Society for Nutrition over its ties to large food companies, while ASN officials defended the group's research efforts and disclosure practices.

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Wine-Making Shortcut Gives Bubbly a Fruitier Aroma

June 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by American Chemical Society

In recent years, many winemakers have turned to commercial yeast products to give the fermentation process a boost. How they ultimately affect bubbly has been an open question, but now scientists have stepped in to find out.

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Dairy Index Reveals Opportunities to Revitalize Milk Through Innovation, Communication

June 17, 2015 2:40 pm | by Tetra Pak

Consumers worldwide remain overwhelmingly positive about the goodness of milk, understand its nutritional value, but feel variety and convenience are not keeping pace with modern lifestyles and expectations.

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First Lady Promotes Healthy Eating Overseas

June 17, 2015 1:15 pm | by COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press

Michelle Obama took her campaign for healthy eating overseas on Wednesday, but let it slip that she still has work to do at home.

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Morton Salt to Move Headquarters to Downtown Chicago

June 17, 2015 12:15 pm | by Morton Salt, Inc.

Morton Salt, Inc. today announced it has signed a lease agreement to relocate its Chicago headquarters office to the new River Point tower currently under construction in the West Loop. 

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