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USDA Report: Labeling Costs Producers Without Benefits to Consumers

May 5, 2015 11:50 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers. The COOL mandate requires meat producers to label where animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

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Research Seeks Alternatives For Reducing Bacteria in Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering

May 5, 2015 10:10 am | by WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY - OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH

Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. from 1998 through 2008 have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety.

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Coca-Cola Accepts Challenge to Commit to GMO Education

May 5, 2015 9:30 am | by The National Center for Public Policy Research

At last week's annual meeting of Coca-Cola shareholders in Atlanta, Georgia, the National Center for Public Policy Research urged the beverage giant's CEO, Muhtar Kent, to do far more to promote the safety and benefit of GMOs, as the food industry is under near-constant assault from activists who seek to demonize these ingredients.

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McDonald's CEO Announces Turnaround Strategy

May 5, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale.

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Washington Fruit Distributors Expand to Meet Demand

May 5, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the state's apple industry is one example of this expanding market, as different orchard methods allow farmers to grow twice as much, and refrigeration techniques make it a year-round business.

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Low-Allergen Soybean Could Have High Impact

May 4, 2015 3:30 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Scientists from the UA and University of Illinois have created a new variety of low-allergenic soybean, and it could make the creation of animal feed more efficient.

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Robots Handle Specific Manufacturing Tasks at Iowa Facility

May 4, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald

Randy Schofield, who serves as director of Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Innovation Center at Northeast Iowa Community College, said the use of robots is a relatively new phenomenon for local manufacturers.

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Dean Foods Combining Milk Brands Under National Label

May 4, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

The Dallas-based company will start using the label "DairyPure" for its 31 brands of milk. The new label will be in addition to regional labels. Part of the new marketing strategy will highlight that the milk is tested for antibiotics, has no artificial growth hormones and comes from local dairies.

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Honolulu Food Festival Explores the Wonders of Canned Meat

May 4, 2015 11:50 am | by CALEB JONES, Associated Press

In Hawaii, Spam rules. No, not the kind that you get in your email, but the kind you eat — or don't eat, as it may be for many mainlanders. To honor Spam lovers in Hawaii, Hormel Foods released a new flavor — Portuguese sausage Spam.

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Growers Hoping to Build Strawberry Picking Robot

May 4, 2015 11:20 am | by Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger

Automated harvesting is the Holy Grail for most agricultural commodities, so a group of knights errant from the Florida strawberry industry have begun a quest to build a robotic strawberry picker.

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Low Milk Prices, Glutted Market Put Strain on Dairy Farmers

May 4, 2015 10:40 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

An increase in milk production combined with sharply lower exports and declining sales of fresh milk have combined to depress milk prices paid to farmers from a 2014 high of about $28 per hundred pounds — about 9 gallons — to below $18 this spring.

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Fishermen Say They Can't Afford to Pay Monitors

May 4, 2015 9:45 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

New England fishermen of important food species like cod and haddock say the looming cost of paying for at-sea monitors could put them out of business this year.

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Washington State Officials Withdraw Shellfish Spray Permit

May 4, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press

Washington's Department of Ecology has canceled a permit to spray pesticides over shellfish beds in two areas, officials said Sunday. The decision to halt the practice in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor is part of an agreement between the local oyster growers association and the state. 

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PACK EXPO Welcomes the Center for Trends & Technology Back to Las Vegas

May 1, 2015 12:25 pm | by PMMI

Popular show floor feature, sponsored by Rockwell Automation and its PartnerNetwork™ Program, focuses on improving production through innovation.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 1, 2015 12:10 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 past week from the Food Manufacturing website.  

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New England's Cod Fishing Cutbacks Take Effect

May 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Federal regulators reduced the Gulf of Maine cod catch limit from 1,550 to 386 metric tons for the fishing year that started Friday. The quota cutback is needed because the level of cod spawning in the Gulf of Maine is a fraction of target levels, regulators have said. The cut means fishermen will also be restricted in how much they can catch of other popular food species like haddock and hake.

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LiDestri Foods and G's Fresh Create Partnership, 140 Jobs in New York

May 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Greater Rochester Enterprise

LiDestri Foods Inc. of Fairport and G’s Fresh Ltd. of the United Kingdom have partnered to form Love Beets USA, LLC, a $17 million Rochester-based joint manufacturing venture for the processing and packaging of fresh, marinated and organic beets and beet products.

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KFC, Taco Bell Parent Jumps After Third Point Buys In

May 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Shares of the parent company of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut soared Friday after a prominent investor said he's taken a stake in the company thinks it could soon recover from years of trouble in China.

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4 Charged After Undercover Video Shows Cows Whipped, Punched

May 1, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

Four men have been charged with cruelty to animals after undercover video showed employees at a southern New Mexico dairy whipping cows with chains and wire cables and kicking and punching the animals.

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Chobani Launches New Brand Platform and Creative Campaign Centered on Brand's Natural Values

May 1, 2015 8:10 am | by Chobani

Committed to its founding mission of providing better food for more people, Chobani's multi-media, multi-platform campaign focuses on the brand's core belief: "To love this life is to live it naturally."

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