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'Nut Rage' Gives Hawaii Macadamia Nuts a Boost

December 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Some producers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that's also helping Hawaii, home to more than 700 macadamia nut farms and eight processing plants.

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Research: Farmers’ Markets Show Presence of Salmonella, E. coli

December 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Chapman University

Specifically tested were samples of the herbs cilantro, basil and parsley. Of the 133 samples tested from 13 farmers’ markets, 24.1 percent tested positive for E. coli and one sample tested positive for Salmonella.      

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Michigan Approves Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments.

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Coca-Cola Outlook Falls Short as Consumers Shy Away From Soda

December 17, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola said that it expects earnings growth in 2015 in line with this year's gain, which is short of the company's target. The Atlanta-based company has been struggling with declining soda consumption in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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Ohsho Food Eyes Expansion Into the US

December 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Ohsho Food Service Corp., which runs the "Gyoza no Ohsho" dumpling restaurant chain in Japan, plans to expand into the United States in three years after withdrawing from China.                 

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States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol

December 17, 2014 8:00 am | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press

States are moving to ban alcohol in powdered form before the product goes on sale out of concern it will increase underage drinking. The product, called "Palcohol," is touted by its inventor as a convenient way to mix a drink.     

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Study: Consumers Trust Farmers 'Far More' Than Scientists, Nutritionists

December 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Bayer CropScience

More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority indicated in a recent survey that they have no connection with agriculture or farming. The reason: consumers trust farmers far more than scientists or nutritionists.

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Pure Maple Syrup is Becoming a Staple in American Diet

December 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers

National Maple Syrup Day helps raise awareness of pure maple syrup as a versatile ingredient beyond simply a breakfast topping: from a natural energy booster, to a flavorful ingredient in glazes and rubs, to an unexpected twist in classic cocktails. 

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Infographic: New Opportunities Emerge as Weight Wellness Hits Tipping Point

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by New Nutrition Business

The weight wellness market is at a tipping point, and in 2015 big name brands like Weight Watchers will continue to see sales plunge. Even Special K, the world's biggest food company for weight management, has experienced a sudden 10 percent drop in sales.

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Cow Bolts Idaho Butcher Shop, Police Give Chase

December 16, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit. The cow escaped from Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business, last Friday afternoon.

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US Says Halal Food Supplier Misled Muslims on Beef

December 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims as meeting strict halal standards. Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

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CEO of Bob Evans Farms Steps Down

December 16, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press

The CEO of Bob Evans Farms Inc. is stepping down by mutual agreement after more than eight years in the post as the restaurant operator works on improving its performance. Steve Davis is also giving up his position as a board member.  

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Poultry Report: Avian Flu Looks to Shake Up 2015

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Rabobank

In a report published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, the bank says that global issues such as avian flu and trade restrictions remain on the horizon for 2015 and will have a big impact on global poultry trade. 

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Food Manufacturers Tap Into Public Sector Market

December 16, 2014 8:45 am | by Food and Beverage Ontario

The local movement and call for more "Made in Ontario" products in public institutions is opening the doors for food and beverage processors to tap into the multi-million dollar market potential of this sector.           

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Study Shows a 'Stronger' Chickpea May Fight Malnutrition

December 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Genome

Malnutrition affects more than 2 billion people. Researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan are seeking long term solutions to help to alleviate the increasing micronutrient malnutrition problem by enriching food grains with essential micronutrients.

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European Food Allergen Rule Causes Confusion Among Consumers

December 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press

A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone else mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion.               

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Spanish Police Investigate Large Meat Plant Fire

December 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Spain's national police says it has deployed sniffer dogs to help investigate a large fire that destroyed one of the country's largest meat plants last month in the northern city of Burgos. The Campofrio fire caused evacuation plans throughout the entire city.

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 11:30 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. economy has thrived despite the global slowdown. Manufacturing output has risen 4.8 percent over the past 12 months. It's now above the previous high set just before the downturn began in December 2007.         

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Fish Farming Finds its Way to the Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:55 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

With global consumption of seafood outpacing wild fish populations, many have turned from roving the world's waters to aquaculture, using coastal net pens or ponds to raise freshwater and saltwater species. But the emerging trend of indoor aquaculture is bringing the surf to America's turf.

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7 Strategies to Spur Agribusiness Growth During Challenging Times

December 15, 2014 9:10 am | by Lockton

The world's population will rise to 9.1 billion by 2050 with food demand surging 70 percent beyond today's levels. This explosive growth may seem daunting, but with sound risk management strategies, those in agribusiness can increase profitability while growing their market share. 

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