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Nebraska Beef Processing Plant Proposed by Investors

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press

Investors said they have been meeting with officials from Gering and Bridgeport to discuss the cities as potential sites for the processing plant. The 170,000-square-foot facility could be a game changer for local economies when it opens in two years.


Utah Governor Wants to Leave Liquor Laws Untouched

February 25, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press

Gov. Gary Herbert says state lawmakers should back off efforts to change Utah's liquor laws this year, including a proposal to repeal a requirement that some restaurants mix and prepare drinks out of customers' view. 


Lattes Less Likely to Spill Than Coffee

February 25, 2015 8:50 am | by American Institute of Physics

Carrying a full cup of coffee from the kitchen to the dining room can be precarious for a sleepy-eyed caffeine addict who might accidentally send a wave of java sloshing over the rim. But add a bit of foam to the top and the trip becomes easier.


Longtime Coke Exec. Donald Keough Dies at 88

February 25, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press

Donald Keough, who steered Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s, died Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 88. Keough served as the company's president and chief operating officer from 1981 to 1993.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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