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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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Ground Pork, Beef Recalled from Canadian Market over Possible E. coli Contamination

May 12, 2015 7:10 am | by The Canadian Press

Health officials in Vancouver are warning consumers about ground pork and beef that was sold at a local store and may be contaminated with E. coli.

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Russia Trouble Still Hurting Beer Maker Carlsberg

May 12, 2015 6:40 am | by Associated Press

Danish brewer Carlsberg says uncertainty in its vast Russian market continued to cause pain, contributing to a loss of 90 million kroner ($13.46 million) in the first quarter of 2015.

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Different Bird Flu Strain Detected in Indiana Poultry Flock

May 12, 2015 6:25 am | by Associated Press

Bird flu has been found in a backyard poultry flock in northeastern Indiana, and it's the first time the specific strain in question has been detected in the central U.S., animal health officials said Monday.

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Infographic: New York State of Fridge

May 11, 2015 3:19 pm | by Peapod

The city that never sleeps might actually be staying up nights worrying "what's for dinner?" A new study reveals that, compared to other major cities, New Yorkers are the least likely to have common things like produce, meat and seafood, deli items and frozen foods stocked in their fridge.

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Local Foods Trend Naturally Close to Consumers' Purchase Preferences

May 11, 2015 2:35 pm | by Packaged Facts

Will local foods overtake organic foods in popularity? Some members of the food industry think so based in part on consumer demand now at an all-time high. Data from a national survey found that 53 percent of the 2,271 adult respondents specially seek out locally grown or locally produced foods.

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Brazilian Meat Company Focuses on Chicken

May 11, 2015 12:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Brazil-based JBS largely produced beef until recent years, when a slew of acquisitions — including an $800 million purchase of chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride — made it the top global poultry company.

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Fun Facts About Avocados

May 11, 2015 10:10 am | by ACS

Whether they’re in a big bowl of guacamole or scooped on top of your salad, avocados enjoy a special place in our hearts and stomachs. On top of being tasty, avocados are a noted super food with a number of fantastic health benefits.

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School Nutrition Director Suspended For Serving Up Years-Old Meat

May 11, 2015 9:40 am

A school nutrition director has been suspended after serving 4- to 6-year-old pork to students. The Times News reports Mandy Kenner has been suspended for three days without pay after students at schools in Hawkins County, Tennessee, were served meat dating back to 2009-2011 on April 22.

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Craft Beer Boom Means Expansion For Norland International

May 11, 2015 8:20 am | by The Associated Press

A Lincoln-based bottled water equipment maker's entry into the craft beer business two years ago has paid off and company officials said Saturday they're planning a $2 million expansion tied to the rapidly growing craft beer industry in the U.S. and abroad.

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