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US Producer Prices Fall in April; Food Costs Experience Drop

May 14, 2015 8:00 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer

A sharp drop in the cost of gasoline and food pushed down overall U.S. producer prices in April. The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer price index fell 0.4 percent last month after rising 0.2 percent in March.

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Food Safety Summit Resource Center Returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas

May 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by PMMI

The Food Safety Summit Resource Center, a regular PACK EXPO feature since 2010, brings together experts in food production and food safety for a series of educational opportunities.

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Research: Over Half of US Consumers Think Organic Labeling is an Excuse to Charge More

May 13, 2015 1:45 pm | by Mintel

Organics would seem tailor-made for shoppers seeking foods and beverages that are healthier for them, their families and the planet, but new research from Mintel reveals that Americans appear confused about the benefits of organics, with many perceiving the organic label as nothing more than an excuse to sell products at a premium.

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Restaurant Sales Surpassed Grocery Store Sales for the First Time

May 13, 2015 1:33 pm | by National Restaurant Association

Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery stores sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association noted Wednesday.

Monsanto Vows To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 13, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto Company this week announced a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its crop protection operations by 22 percent by 2020.

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Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 13, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new survey of manufacturers found that nearly two-thirds saw improved plant productivity after implementing a cloud-computing system. Nearly three-quarters reported process improvements following cloud deployment, while just over 60 percent said product quality improved.

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US Beekeepers Lost 40 Percent of Honey Bees in 2014-15, Survey Says

May 13, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Maryland

Commercial beekeepers were hit particularly hard by the high rate of summer losses, which outstripped winter losses for the first time in five years, stoking concerns over the long-term trend of poor health in honey bee colonies.

First Nebraska Cases of Bird Flu Confirmed in Flock of 1.7M

May 13, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

The ongoing bird flu outbreak has spread into northeast Nebraska, and officials are planning to kill 1.7 million chickens on a farm where the disease has been confirmed.

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House Votes to Block EPA Regulation of Streams, Wetlands

May 13, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The rules proposed last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have fueled political anger in the country's heartland, becoming a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations affecting their businesses.

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ConAgra Foods Acquires Blake’s All Natural Foods

May 13, 2015 6:45 am | by ConAgra Foods

ConAgra Foods, Inc., announced Tuesday that it has acquired Blake’s All Natural Foods, a rapidly-growing, family-owned company which makes natural and organic frozen meals, including pot pies, casseroles, pasta dishes and other entrees.

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How Visual Aids Can Improve Workplace Safety

May 13, 2015 6:15 am | by Magnatag Insight

Implementing and maintaining a safety program in your work environment can be a challenging task, but it is necessary for your company. Check out the infographic to find the shocking workplace injury statistics and how to prevent them by using visual aids.

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Owens-Illinois to Spend $2.15B Buying Vitro Food and Beverage Container Businesses

May 13, 2015 5:45 am | by Associated Press

Beer and wine bottle maker Owens-Illinois will pay about $2.15 billion to buy the food and beverage glass container business of the Mexican company Vitro. Owens-Illinois Inc. said Wednesday that the all-cash deal will bolster its stake in Mexico's packaging market and start helping its earnings by the first year after it closes.

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Egg, Turkey Meat Prices Begin to Rise as Bird Flu Spreads

May 12, 2015 11:45 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys.

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Texas Lawmakers Back Raw Milk Legislation

May 12, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Raw milk proponents in Texas are one step closer to buying the product outside of the state's dairy farms. The Texas House gave final approval late last week to legislation that would allow consumers to buy unpasteurized milk at farmers markets or via delivery services.

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Organic Sector Petitions USDA for Organic Check-Off

May 12, 2015 11:10 am | by Organic Trade Association

In a groundbreaking move for the nation's organic sector, the Organic Trade Association, in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core Committee, on Tuesday formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to begin steps to conduct a vote on and implement a research and promotion check-off program for the organic industry.

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Crown Royal Welcomes First Rye Whisky to Portfolio

May 12, 2015 11:00 am | by Diageo

Crown Royal is proud to introduce its first blended rye whisky, Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye.

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Report Projects Shortage of New Graduates for Agricultural Jobs

May 12, 2015 10:18 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A federal report anticipates that new college graduates in agriculture and related fields will only be able to fill about 60 percent of the available jobs in those industries in coming years.

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Tyson to Curb Antibiotics in Poultry For Schools, Hospitals

May 12, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The country's largest meat producer recently announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry destined for institutions such as schools and hospitals. Tyson Foods Inc. indicated it would conform to the Certified Responsible Antibiotic Use standard.

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Farmers Worry Over Reach of EPA Water Rules

May 12, 2015 8:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Environmental Protection Agency rules proposed last year have become a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations that affect their businesses.

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Olive Garden's Latest Plan: Breadstick Sandwiches

May 12, 2015 7:50 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Olive Garden's plan to win back customers? Take the breadsticks it's known for and make sandwiches out of them. The restaurant chain owned by Darden Restaurants Inc. says it plans to use its breadsticks for chicken parmigiana and meatball sandwiches starting June 1.

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