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Costco’s Kirkland Signature Chicken Recalled for Listeria

March 21, 2014 11:51 am

Freshouse Foods Ltd. has recalled Kirkland Signature brand grilled chicken breast strips sold at Costco stores throughout Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the chicken may be contaminated with listeria. There have been no reported illnesses so far.

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EXPO PACK Guadalajara Adds New Pavilions

March 21, 2014 10:07 am

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has announced new pavilions for processing, pharmaceutical/medical devices and package printing, and new dates for the 2015 edition of its EXPO PACK Guadalajara. EXPO PACK Guadalajara will be held March 10–12, 2015.

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Starbucks to Offer Beer, Wine at More Cafes

March 21, 2014 10:03 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks plans to expand alcohol sales to "thousands of select stores" over the next several years. The chain first offered beer and wine after 4 p.m. at one of its Seattle cafes in 2010. "Starbucks Evenings" is now available in 26 cafes, with plans to reach 40 by the end of the year.

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Explorers Club Sues Diageo over Whisky Brand

March 21, 2014 10:00 am

The famous Explorers Club in New York City has filed a lawsuit against Diageo, the parent company of Johnnie Walker, for using its name on a new whisky brand. Diageo's line of "Explorer's Club" whiskies was launched in duty-free-shops in late 2012.

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More Candy Options Burst Gum Market’s Bubble

March 21, 2014 9:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

U.S. sales of gum have tumbled over the past four years. The biggest reason for the decline may be that people simply have more to chew on. From designer mints to fruit chews, candy companies have invented a plethora of gum alternatives.

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Photos of the Day: Experts Question Mexico's Hunger Crusade

March 21, 2014 9:50 am

More than a year after President Enrique Pena Nieto launched what he called a national crusade against hunger, the government says 3 million Mexicans are eating better. However, independent experts say the crusade appears to be doing far less than advertised.

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Mexico Crusade on Hunger Raises Questions

March 21, 2014 9:43 am | by E. EDUARDO CASTILLO, ASSOCIATED PRESS

More than a year after President Enrique Pena Nieto launched what he called a national crusade against hunger, the government says 3 million Mexicans are eating better. However, independent experts say the crusade appears to be doing far less than advertised.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Consider Health, Sustainability When Shopping for Food

March 20, 2014 1:00 pm

Americans are willing to sacrifice variety and dollars in order to eat more consciously, according to a new report. Ninety-three percent of shoppers say they consider health and nutrition when deciding what food to buy, while another 77 percent think sustainability is important.

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Cocoa, Chocolate Companies to Train African Farmers

March 20, 2014 12:57 pm

More than 200,000 cocoa-farming families in West and Central Africa will be growing more cocoa and producing more food for their own tables within the next five years, thanks to a new program by the World Cocoa Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walmart Foundation.

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Japan University, Food Companies Develop Halal Soy Sauce

March 20, 2014 12:54 pm

A soy sauce maker and a food company in the central Japan prefecture of Fukui, along with the Fukui Prefectural University, have jointly developed an alcohol-free, soy sauce-like seasoning with the aim of marketing it to Muslim consumers in Japan and abroad.

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ConAgra Continues to Benefit from Ralcorp Acquisition

March 20, 2014 12:52 pm

ConAgra Foods' fiscal third-quarter net income nearly doubled as it continues to benefit from the acquisition of private-label food maker Ralcorp. The company earned $234.3 million for the period ended Feb. 23. That's up from $120 million a year ago.

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Czech Ag Minister Says Budvar Is Not for Sale

March 20, 2014 12:48 pm

New Czech agriculture minister Marian Jurecka says that he has no plans to sell the Czech state-owned brewer Budvar, which has been fighting with beer giant Anheuser-Busch for longer than a century over the use of the "Budweiser" brand.

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Calif. Company Recalls Frozen Treats for Listeria

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm

Helados La Tapatia, Inc. of Fresno, Calif., voluntarily recalled all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, and bolis due to a possible health risk from listeria. A routine inspection revealed the presence of the bacteria on certain food processing equipment.

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Burger King to Add Mobile Payment Option

March 20, 2014 10:04 am

Burger King announced Wednesday that it will soon begin accepting payments and offering discounts through mobile devices. The fast-food chain says it will unveil a new app in April that customers can use to buy items at more than 7,000 U.S. locations.

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Starbucks, Teavana to Sell Oprah Chai Tea

March 20, 2014 10:01 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Oprah Winfrey appeared on stage at Starbucks' shareholders meeting on Wednesday to announce a drink called the Oprah Chai that will be sold at Starbucks cafes starting April 29. The drink will also be available at Teavana tea shops, which Starbucks recently bought.

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U.S. Officials to Meet with China on Shellfish Ban

March 20, 2014 9:56 am

U.S. officials are traveling to Beijing this week to discuss China's ongoing import ban on geoduck clams and other shellfish from the U.S. West Coast. China imposed a ban in December on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.

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Former Food Exec Gets Prison Time for Fraud

March 20, 2014 9:54 am

David Andrew Kirkland, former executive for Birmingham-based Adams Produce Company, has been sentenced to a year and one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to overcharge the federal government for fruits and vegetables.

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Photos of the Day: Touring 'Big Food' in Indiana

March 20, 2014 9:50 am

The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food Americans eat remain largely off-limits. An exception is Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.

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Visitors Can Tour ‘Big Food’ in Indiana

March 20, 2014 9:45 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food Americans eat remain largely off-limits. An exception is Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.

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Consumer Trends: NPD Group Says Americans Want More Protein

March 19, 2014 1:00 pm

The majority of U.S. consumers say that protein contributes to a healthy diet, and more than half of adults say they want more protein in their diets, according to The NPD Group. Half of consumers say non-meat sources of protein are best.

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