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Oil Decline Likely to Benefit Food Prices

February 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Falling oil prices in recent months dramatically reduced prices at the gas pump, which in turn contributed to a spike in consumer confidence early this year. But there's another place where low crude prices will likely benefit pocketbooks: the supermarket.

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The Impact of Supermarkets on Children's Diets

February 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center/ New York University School of Medicine

A new study says locating full-service supermarkets within neighborhoods considered to be "food deserts" may not result in healthful dietary habits or reductions in childhood obesity.

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As Tastes Change, Big Food Makers Turn to Hipster Offerings

February 27, 2015 11:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Major companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their world famous logos in favor of more hipster guises: PepsiCo, for instance, introduced a craft soda called Caleb's last year.

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New Ultrasensitive Test For Peanut Allergies

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by University of Connecticut

With an estimated three million people in the U.S. allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, having a more precise and reliable allergy test could prevent hospitalizations and allow for better monitoring of individuals suffering from peanut allergies.

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Common Foodborne Illnesses Becoming Resistant to Drugs

February 27, 2015 9:25 am | by EFSA

Salmonella and Campylobacter are among two of the most common bacteria showing significant levels of resistance to antimicrobial drugs. 

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Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 27, 2015 9:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment.

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PepsiCo to Utilize E-Commerce For India Sales

February 27, 2015 8:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo is preparing a big push into India's burgeoning e-commerce market. The company plans to sell imported products exclusively through online platforms in the world's second-largest nation.

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Nebraska Meat Plant Closure to Cost 125 People Their Jobs

February 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

The Land O' Frost meat plant in West Point, Nebraska told its employees that production will continue into the second quarter of the year at the former Wimmer's plant, giving them time to find other jobs.

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Farmers Turn to Robots as New Farm Hands

February 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by The Lempert Report

With a growing produce demand and a shortage of farm workers, agricultural areas like Salinas Valley, California are tuning to technology investment programs like Thrive Accelerator to improve farming practices.

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Oat Breakfast Cereals May Contain Common Mold-Related Toxin

February 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by American Chemical Society

A new study reports that some oat-based breakfast cereals in the U.S. contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A (OTA) that's been linked to kidney cancer in animal studies. The findings could have implications for consumer health.

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First Lady: US Experiencing 'Culture Change' Around Food

February 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Michelle Obama says the U.S. has seen a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. The first lady says food companies are "racing like never before" to create and sell more nutritious food.

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Coca-Cola Plans Big Celebration of Centennial of its Iconic Bottle

February 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle design that's so recognizable, you'd know the brand if you held it in the dark.

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American Food Trends 'Heat Up' Via Social Food Sharing

February 26, 2015 10:25 am | by National Pork Board

Based on social media posts shared by Americans across all 50 states, a new study revealed that nearly half of socially shared food content included smoked, hot and spicy flavors paired with popular proteins, while the most common ethnic flavor was Cajun.

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Coffee Lover? Cookie Fanatic? Now You Can Have Both in One!

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

KFC restaurants in Britain are soon rolling out the Scoff-ee Cup, an edible coffee cup made from a cookie. The chain will debut the wafer-coated, sugar-papered white chocolate cups around the same time the it plans to introduce Seattle's Best Coffee.

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Fruits, Veggies to Get Celebrity-Studded Marketing Push

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A new campaign looks to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities to shill for fruits and vegetables.

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Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

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Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. Officials called the company's new role "a natural extension of what our restaurants are right now."

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EU Investigating Chocolate Merger Between Cargill, ADM

February 25, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices. Minnesota-based Cargill last fall announced plans to purchase ADM's global chocolate business for $440 million and merge the operation with Cargill's cocoa and chocolate division.

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Jack Nicklaus to Have His Own Ice Cream

February 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press

The Schwan Food Company in Minnesota is teaming up with the 18-time major champion to create Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream. It will be sold by the pint and available in grocery stores in select markets.

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Campbell Soup's 2Q Profit Falls on Weak Soup Sales

February 25, 2015 11:10 am | by Associated Press

The company, whose brands also include V8 juice, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauce, has been struggling as American's change tastes and shift away from processed foods and preservatives. 

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