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Study Reveals Growing Influence of Male Shopper

February 25, 2015 8:00 am | by MSLGROUP

According to the new study "Food Shopping in America 2014," men now compose 43 percent of primary shoppers and make just as many monthly visits as women. Food and beverage marketers can use the findings to better understand and attract the male food shopper.

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Brazil Unions Sue McDonald's, Try to Block New Stores

February 24, 2015 2:55 pm | by Associated Press

Brazilian labor unions are suing McDonald's and its local franchisee Arcos Dourados for allegedly violationg labor laws for at least 30 years. The suit filed on Monday also seeks to prevent the food-chain from opening new stores.

Peanut Allergies a Popular Topic in Food Industry

February 24, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

From food recalls to food studies, peanuts and peanut allergies have been in the news quite a bit of late. Find out the latest by taking a comprehensive look at the topic.

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Calif. Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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FDA Looks to Develop Improved Method For Attributing Foodborne Illness

February 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

A new report by the FDA, USDA and CDC finds that at least 80 percent of E. coli illnesses between 1998 and 2012 were linked to beef and vegetable row crops, mainly leafy vegetables. 

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Alternative Proteins to Claim a Third of the Market by 2054

February 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Lux Research

Shifts in supply and demand of protein for human consumption will drive the rise of alternative proteins to 307 million MT by 2054, initiating significant changes in the food and agriculture landscape.

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Infographic: Consumer Perspectives on Sustainability

February 24, 2015 10:25 am | by Hartman Group

How consumers perceive companies and their products in terms of sustainability can be divided into four zones: personal, social, environmental and economic. 

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Plethora of Food Choices May Increase Obesity Rates

February 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Virginia Tech

Researchers found that having too many food choices increases the obesity problem. In fact, researchers found that having a choice of a high-fat and low-fat diet does not help — offspring in this situation tended to eat even more.

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Study: Power of Meat Remains Strong at Retail

February 24, 2015 8:35 am | by FMI, NAMI

Meat and poultry products remain among the top choices for shoppers at retail, but the tenth annual Power of Meat study published by the Food Marketing Institute and North American Meat Institute highlights several trends in the way consumers are changing their purchasing behavior.

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Study: Climate Change Extremely Harmful to Wheat Production

February 24, 2015 8:35 am | by KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

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Early Exposure to Peanuts May Help Prevent Allergies in Kids

February 24, 2015 8:10 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

Exposing infants to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81 percent, doctors found. Instead of provoking an allergy, early exposure seemed to help build tolerance.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info

The American oil industry has borne the brunt of thousands of layoffs in the wake of sliding crude prices. The country, however, remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

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Liquor Privatization Bill Clears State House Panel Hurdle

February 23, 2015 2:05 pm | by MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

A proposal to sell off most of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor system and its wholesale distribution network moved ahead with a vote on the Legislature on Monday, although its prospects to become law remain uncertain.

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Beer Byproduct Could Help Clean Municipal Water Supply

February 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An unwanted byproduct of the beer brewing process appears set to help the city of Boulder, Colorado comply with water regulations and potentially save thousands of dollars.

Surging Dollar Takes Bite From US Corporate Profits

February 23, 2015 11:45 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer

The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar.

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Goat Farmers, Producers Try to Secure Enough Milk as Demand Rises

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by KOURTNEY LIEPELT, Associated Press

Americans' growing taste for more unusual fare has contributed to a steady increase in demand for goat products in recent years, and producers across the country are trying to determine how to secure enough milk to give consumers what they want.

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Coca-Cola Operations Suspended in Mexican City After Hostage-Taking

February 23, 2015 9:35 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola's largest bottler in Mexico has temporarily suspended operations in the capital of the embattled state of Guerrero following attacks on its workers and its trucks.

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Calif. Wine Taster Uses Blindness to Advantage

February 23, 2015 8:40 am | by Associated Press

Hoby Wedler uses his blindness and refined sense of smell and taste to develop an expert palette that is garnering rave reviews in California's wine region. His monthly "Tasting in the Dark" series at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery is growing in popularity.

Johnsonville Sausage CEO to Retire, Oscar Mayer Exec to Replace

February 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

For the first time in the company's history, Johnsonville Sausage will not be led by a member of the Stayer family. Ralph Stayer has led the privately owned Sheboygan Falls company for the last 47 years.

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NAMI Applauds Agreement in Nine-Month West Coast Port Labor Dispute

February 23, 2015 7:15 am | by NAMI

The dispute and resulting slowdowns have cost the meat, poultry, hide, skin and leather industries an estimated $85 million a week. While the deal between the two sides is a crucial step to ending this slowdown, the impact will continue to be felt.

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