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Bel Brands Plant Part of SD Dairy Push

October 3, 2014 9:30 am | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press

The opening of the Bel Brands USA plant in Brookings, South Dakota is part of a decades-long effort to make the state a major player in dairy products. Bel Brands said its 250 employees will produce 1.5 million Mini Babybel cheese wheels a day when the $140 million operation is at capacity next year.


Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Calif. Egg Laws

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed the suit Thursday, giving California a major victory in a cross-country battle that pitted animal protections against the economic interests of farmers in the South and Midwest.      


Calif. Teens Arrested in Foster Farms Chicken Massacre

October 3, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press

Fresno County sheriff's officials have arrested four young men suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.                   


Research Shows Not All Pet Food Brands Follow Regulations

October 2, 2014 2:16 pm | by Chapman University

Researchers in Chapman University’s Food Science Program just published a study on pet food mislabeling. Of the 20 potentially mislabeled products, 13 were dog food and 7 were cat food. Of these 20, 16 contained meat species that were not included on the product label.


VIDEO: Intruders Kill Hundreds of Chickens With Golf Club

October 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by CNN

Suspects in a bizarre burglary beat to death 920 chickens at a Foster Farms facility in central California earlier this month, authorities say. The suspects pulled back a portion of the fence and used a golf club to maliciously kill several hundred chickens.


Prosecutor Files for Death Penalty in Oklahoma Beheading Case

October 2, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed formal notification that he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at a food processing plant. The paperwork says the death penalty is warranted in the case because the killing was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."


Dining on a Dollar: Top American Restaurants for Cheap Eating

October 2, 2014 12:45 pm | by Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon released its annual list of Cheap Eats, featuring restaurants across North America where diners can snag the best meal for a great deal. The list boats eateries serving usual low fare suspects like burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and street food. 


McKee Foods to Create 54 Jobs With $34M Expansion

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

McKee Foods Corporation is planning a $34 million expansion of its manufacturing plant in August County. The expansion is said to create 54 jobs. The plant currently employs more than 1,000 workers.              


More Than 150K Consumers Urge Starbucks to Use Organic Milk

October 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by GMO Inside; Green America

Trouble is brewing for Starbucks as more than 150,000 consumers are urging CEO Howard Schultz to ditch conventional milk from cows fed GMOs in favor of organic milk. On Sunday, America's largest coffee chain will feel even more heat, as eight national groups spearhead a social media day of action on the issue.


Crispy M&M's Are Back After 10-Year Hiatus

October 2, 2014 10:42 am | by Mars Chocolate North America

After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America announced today M&M'S® Crispy will return to stores nationwide in January 2015 following a 10-year hiatus.    


Infographic: Who's Going Gluten-Free?

October 2, 2014 10:21 am | by The Hartman Group

This infographic from The Hartman Group reflects the cultural beliefs surrounding gluten in food products. In their recent study, 21 percent of consumers had purchased gluten-free products in the past week.               


Report: 99 Percent of Sales Growth for CPG Companies is From Lower-Calorie Foods

October 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Hudson Institute

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) asked Hudson Institute to analyze sales data from the 16 major food and beverage companies it counts among its members to determine both trends in sales and product availability.       


Burger King, Ex-Soldier At Odds Over Needle Claim

October 2, 2014 9:19 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

It's the latest in a squabble between the parties about who is to blame for failed attempts to settle the lawsuit by Clark Bartholomew, who said he was injured when he bit into a Triple Stacker purchased from a Burger King on a Hawaii base in 2010. 


Illinois Woman Known as 'Mustard Lady'

October 2, 2014 9:11 am | by JON KRENEK, The (Kankakee) Daily Journal

The 42-year employee of Plochman's Mustard in Manteno is known across state lines as "The Mustard Lady." It's a title she's earned as a decades-long aficionado of the yellow, and sometimes brown, condiment, which she eats and cooks with, uses as a salve for indigestion and shares with everyone she knows.


Report: Global Dairy Consumption Will Increase 36 Percent by 2024

October 1, 2014 2:22 pm | by Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak, a leader in food processing packaging solutions, released its seventh Dairy Index. The report highlights the opportunities and challenges posed by rising global dairy demand, which is set to overtake the available supply over the next decade. 


Organic Social Media Festival Reaches More Than 15M Consumers

October 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Organic Trade Association

Organized by OTA with support from members and organic thought leaders, the Sept. 8 – 17 campaign explored topics like organic's health, taste, economic and environmental benefits — as well as organic standards, definition, certification and regulation. 


Morton Salt Girl Voted into Advertising Walk of Fame

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by Morton Salt

Brand icons are nominated for the Advertising Week Walk of Fame each year, and are decided by the general public. Advertising Week administered a poll on its Facebook page so fans could vote for their favorite icons.         


Mondelez to Build $90M Biscuit Plant in Bahrain

October 1, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mondelez International, Inc.

In the initial two- to three-year phase, the new plant will operate four biscuit-manufacturing lines with a total capacity of nearly 90,000 tons per year. That's the equivalent of about nine-times the weight of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Like other, state-of-the-art Mondelez International plants, the facility is scalable.


Pepsi Pops Open a Stevia-Sweetened Soda

October 1, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press

PepsiCo Inc. said the latest version of its flagship soda will have 30 percent fewer calories than regular and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia. The drink will go on sale later this month on before eventually being rolled out to supermarkets.


Coca-Cola to Revise Executive Pay Plan After Criticism

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's largest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, said Wednesday its long-term incentive program will now distribute the company's shares to a smaller group of executives, while the rest will be rewarded with cash bonuses instead.     



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