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Packaged Facts: Pet Treat Market Grows 6%, Exceeds $5 Billion

July 21, 2015 12:30 pm | by Packaged Facts

The U.S. market for pet treats has a lot to bark about. Market research publisher Packaged Facts estimates that total U.S. retail sales of pet treats exceeded $5 billion in 2014.

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Subway's Chief Marketing Officer to Leave Company

July 21, 2015 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Subway's chief marketing officer Tony Pace is leaving the company to start a marketing consultancy. The news comes nearly two weeks after the home of the chain's long-time pitchman Jared Fogle was raided by federal and state authorities.

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Bass' Investment Represents Good News for Blue Bell Creameries

July 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Since announcing in April that it was recalling all of its ice cream products after some were found to be contaminated with listeria, Blue Bell Creameries has regularly found itself in the news. But the Texas company received some good news last week when was announced that Texas billionaire Sid Bass agreed to become a partner in the company.

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Drought Dings Quality of Winter Wheat in Northwest

July 21, 2015 8:10 am | by ALISON NOON, Associated Press

Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. The National Agricultural Statistics Service classified a large percentage of the region's winter wheat as below-average quality this month.

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UC Davis Addresses Water Usage and Sustainability at PROCESS EXPO

July 21, 2015 8:05 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association recently announced the details of two important topics for the educational program at PROCESS EXPO 2015.

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Food Companies Team Up For S'mores Season

July 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Three rival food companies are collaborating on a social media campaign in an effort to bolster sales of their respective s'mores ingredients.

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USDA Secretary Not Ready to Declare Bird Flu Outbreak Over

July 20, 2015 1:15 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he's not ready to declare the Midwest bird flu outbreak over.

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A&P Grocery Chain Files Bankruptcy For 2nd Time in 5 Years

July 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The grocery chain has faced tougher competition from companies like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. expanding their grocery options. 

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JBT Corporation Acquires Leading Liquid Foods Solutions Provider

July 20, 2015 12:35 pm | by JBT Corporation

JBT Corporation, a global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries, recently announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire the shares of Stork Food & Dairy Systems B.V., a leading filling and sterilization solutions provider.

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Survey: Manufacturers Prioritizing Product Lifecycle Analysis

July 20, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Leading manufacturers are prioritizing broader examinations of their products amid rapidly shifting economic conditions, according to a new survey from IDC Manufacturing Insights.

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Futurist: Food Producers Must Embrace Innovation to Succeed With Next Generation

July 20, 2015 11:50 am

The most successful food producers and manufacturers in the next decade will be the ones who harness the rapid advancements in science and technology to meet the demands of the first fully digital generation as they become adults.

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Chubby Cartoon Characters Make Kids Eat More Junk Food, Study Says

July 20, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Colorado Boulder

Children consume more low-nutrition, high-calorie food such as cookies and candy after observing seemingly overweight cartoon characters, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Innovative Sodium Reduction Ingredient Provides Meaningful Reductions in Sodium Intake

July 20, 2015 9:20 am | by FOODMINDS LLC

New research, published this month in Food Science & Nutrition, provides the most recent estimates of sodium intake among the U.S. population and assesses the potential impact of a sodium reduction technology on sodium intake via a modeling analysis.

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Dairy Products Boost Effectiveness of Probiotics

July 20, 2015 9:00 am | by American Society For Microbiology

The success of probiotics for boosting human health may depend partly upon the food, beverage, or other material carrying the probiotics, according to research published on in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Blue Bell: $125M Investment Necessary to Remain Operational

July 20, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

Blue Bell's chief executive told shareholders last week that Texas billionaire Sid Bass will lend the company up to $125 million, and that the investment is essential for the popular ice-cream maker to remain in business, according to a published report.

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Big Green Monster Cukes? Rooftop Garden Thrives at Fenway Park

July 20, 2015 8:45 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press

There's more green at Fenway Park than the infield or the monster wall. The Boston Red Sox are growing vegetables and herbs in a rooftop garden. The produce is used in food and cocktails sold at the concessions, at nearby restaurants and in the team's flagship restaurant that prepares meals for about 40,000 people during home games.

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American Frozen Food Institute Adds Food Safety Topics to PROCESS EXPO University Forum

July 20, 2015 8:15 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association recently announced the addition of three sessions to the educational program at PROCESS EXPO 2015. These session are being organized by the American Frozen Food Institute and admission will be free of charge for all registered attendees of PROCESS EXPO.

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Report: Foods Responsible For Majority of E. coli Outbreaks

July 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attributed nearly two-thirds of E. coli outbreaks to food sources.

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Better Chocolate With Microbes

July 17, 2015 2:05 pm | by American Society For Microbiology

For decades, researchers have worked to improve cacao fermentation by controlling the microbes involved. Now, a team of Belgian researchers has discovered that the same species of yeast used in production of beer, bread, and wine works particularly well in chocolate fermentation.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

July 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed stories of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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