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Whole Foods Apologizes for Pricing Problems

July 6, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

Whole Foods Market is apologizing to its shoppers for incorrect pricing, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.

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General Mills to Remove Gluten From Lucky Charms

July 2, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Mills announced this week that it will begin making its Lucky Charms cereal from the same oat flour that will soon make Cheerios gluten-free.

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What Ingredients Catch Consumers' Eyes When Grocery Shopping?

July 2, 2015 2:55 pm | by GNT

Consumers all around the world pay closer attention to what they eat and how they choose their food products. This becomes apparent in the supermarket setting: 64 percent of Americans take a critical look at the product before placing it in their shopping cart.

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Give Peas a Chance? Not in My Guacomole, Says Obama

July 2, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press

 Give peas a chance? When it comes to guacamole, no way, says President Barack Obama.

General Mills' Profit Hit by Green Giant Charge

July 2, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press

General Mills said its profit fell by more than half after it took a charge to write down the value of its Green Giant frozen and canned vegetables business, to which it plans to devote less resources. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods said it recorded a $260 million charge related to the brand.

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MSU Completes Upgrades to Cheese Production Facility

July 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Recent upgrades to the Custer Dairy Processing Plant at Mississippi State University mean fewer balls of Edam and other cheese products will be available for 2015.

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Seafood Supply Altered by Climate Change

July 2, 2015 10:15 am | by UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, according to UBC scientists.

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Sugary Beverages Kill 184K People a Year, Study Says

July 2, 2015 9:25 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter

Sugar-sweetened beverages cause an estimated 184,000 deaths each year across the globe, according to a new study. The analysis was compiled using death and disability statistics factoring in rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancers from 2010.

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4th of July Survey Shows Consumer Food Trends

July 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Instantly, Inc.

The survey results show baked beans (51 percent), corn on the cob (60 percent) and potato salads (61 percent) are Americans' top three favorite side dishes to eat during the holiday.

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JBS USA Agrees to Buy Cargill Pork Business

July 2, 2015 8:30 am | by Cargill

JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement with Cargill to acquire the company's U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion (USD).  Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory review and approval.

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The Craft Effect: 1 in 4 Beers Launched Globally in 2014 Was High Strength

July 2, 2015 8:00 am | by Mintel

New research from Mintel has found that almost one in four beers launched globally in 2014 and 25 percent in 2013 had an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 6.5 percent or higher, up from just one in seven beers launched in 2012.

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Study: Citrus Consumption Tied to Increased Melanoma Risk

July 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A newly released study linked regular consumption of citrus fruits with an increased risk for melanoma.

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General Mills' Sales Hit By Shoppers' Turn Against Cereal

July 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

General Mills Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit fell and its revenue fell short of expectations as it deals with shoppers who are skipping the cereal aisle.

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Smucker Cuts Price of Folgers, Other Coffee Products

July 1, 2015 11:35 am | by The Associated Press

The J. M. Smucker Co. is cutting prices for the majority of its coffee products sold in the U.S., including Folgers and Dunkin Donuts brand coffee sold in stores.

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Federal Judge Rules Maui County Ban on GMO Crops Invalid

July 1, 2015 11:00 am | by Audrey Mcavoy, The Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Maui County ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops is pre-empted by federal and state law and invalid.

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Kraft Shareholders Approve Sale of Company to Heinz

July 1, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

Kraft shareholders have approved the sale of the company to ketchup maker H.J. Heinz, creating one of the world's largest food companies with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

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Report: Whether at Restaurants or at Home, the Sandwich Endures as a Favorite Food

July 1, 2015 8:00 am | by Packaged Facts

Few foods are as essential to the American diet as the versatile and ubiquitous sandwich. Research indicates the sandwich is a staple food across the full spectrum of U.S. adults regardless of gender, age, household income, race, or geographic location

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US Opening Market to Argentina, Brazil Beef Imports

July 1, 2015 7:45 am | by ALMUDENA CALATRAVA, Associated Press

Argentina and Brazil are greeting news that they will soon be able to export fresh beef into the United States after a longtime ban.

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Report: IoT Presents New Opportunities For Manufacturers’ Post-Sale Revenue

July 1, 2015 7:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report expects that the increase in Internet-connected devices over the next several years will also spark substantial growth in manufacturers' service-related revenue.

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USDA: Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed by Rain

July 1, 2015 7:15 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday, but it's not clear whether they'll all sprout because persistent rain in some Midwestern states has flooded fields and slowed plant development.

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