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Mars Inc. Backs Sugar Labeling Requirement

May 8, 2015 12:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Mars Inc., the maker of M&Ms and Snickers, announced its support for a federal government proposal that would require food companies to disclose added sugar among their nutritional information.  


Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Takeover Bid

May 8, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Syngenta AG announced on Friday that it declined a $45 billion takeover offer from American rival Monsanto that "fundamentally undervalues" the Swiss agribusiness giant.


McDonald's Key Sales Figure Dips in April

May 8, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain, which is in the midst of a turnaround plan, said Friday that global sales at established locations open at least 13 months fell 0.6 percent in April.


SnackWell's Cuts Artificial Flavors From Ingredients

May 8, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Snack maker SnackWell's has become the latest food company to tweak its ingredient list to appeal to customers seeking healthier options.


Food Industry Achieved Only Baby Steps to Improve Nutritional Quality of Foods Advertised to Kids

May 8, 2015 10:00 am | by ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES

Children are exposed to a considerable amount of televised food advertising. Concerns about the role of televised food advertising as a contributor to childhood obesity led to the food industry adopting of a program of self-regulation.


FDA: Listeria Contamination in Blue Bell Plants Goes Back 2 Years

May 8, 2015 8:10 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Blue Bell knew there was listeria in one of the company's plants as far back as March 2013, according to an investigation. But the company didn't issue any recalls or shut down its production until after the products were linked to listeria illnesses this year.


Police Investigate How Cocaine Pack Ended Up in a Granola Bar

May 7, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press

San Antonio police are investigating how a packet of cocaine ended up inside a wrapped Nature Valley granola bar.


Purina: Blue Buffalo Admits By-Products a 'Substantial' Portion of Their Pet Foods

May 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Nestle Purina PetCare

On May 6, 2014, Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising after testing revealed the presence of poultry by-product meal in some of Blue Buffalo's top selling pet foods. Blue Buffalo's CEO responded by immediately claiming the testing was "Voodoo Science."


Molson Coors Says Beer Sales Sank in 1Q

May 7, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

Beer maker Molson Coors said Thursday that beer sales and revenue fell in the first quarter, saying sales are under pressure in its bigger markets and foreign currency exchange rates are affecting sales outside the U.S.


FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to 5-Year Low

May 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Worldwide cereal production will likely decline by 1.5 percent from last year's record-breaking output, mainly due to reduced acreage planted with maize, but the impact will be cushioned by "exceptionally high" levels of existing stocks.


Decomposing Turkeys and Chickens Lead to Odors, Flies

May 7, 2015 11:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Millions of dead chickens and turkeys lie in stinking, fly-swarmed piles near dozens of Iowa farms, casualties of a bird flu virus that's swept through the state's large poultry operations in the last month.


Do Consumers Really Care About 'Natural' Colors in Food? This Infographic Says So

May 7, 2015 11:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Recently, three major food companies; Kraft, Nestle and Hershey, have announced their plans to go "all natural" by removing artificial colorings from their food offerings. But how important really is it to consumers that food is made from natural colors?


Whole Foods Plans New Chain to Court Millennials

May 7, 2015 10:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods is planning to open a new chain of stores that courts millennials with lower prices as it faces intensifying competition as a purveyor of organic and natural products. Stores are expected to start opening next year, followed by a fairly rapid expansion.


Federal Charge Filed Against Former MillerCoors Official

May 7, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

A former vice president at MillerCoors and seven other defendants are facing federal charges, accused of defrauding the company of at least $7 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago announced Wednesday.


McDonald's Embracing New Ingredient: Kale

May 7, 2015 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

The test comes as McDonald's Corp. works to shake its junk food image, with sales at established U.S. locations declining for six straight quarters. CEO Steve Easterbrook, who stepped into the top spot March 1, has said he want to turn the chain into a "modern, progressive burger company."


Manufacturing Mergers off to Strong Start in 2015

May 7, 2015 8:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing sector hit their highest first-quarter levels in years, according to the latest quarterly analysis by PwC US.


Keurig Green Mountain Slumps on 2Q Results and Lower Outlook

May 7, 2015 8:25 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of Keurig Green Mountain fell in extended trading Wednesday after the maker of single-serve coffee brewing systems reported disappointing fiscal second-quarter results and cut its estimates for the year.


Jeni's Traces Source of Listeria to Pint-Filling Machine

May 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

CEO John Lowe says in a statement Wednesday that the company will never be sure how the bacteria got into the machine, which filled a portion of the pints for retail sales, but efforts continue to clean the Columbus facility.


Securing the Supply of Sea Scallops For Today, Tomorrow

May 6, 2015 2:50 pm | by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Good management has brought the $559 million U.S. sea scallop fishery back from the brink of collapse over the past 20 years. However, its current fishery management plan does not account for longer-term environmental change like ocean warming and acidification.


Scientists X-Ray Chocolate to Avoid the Dreaded Chocolate 'Bloom'

May 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by American Chemical Society

Chocolate is one of the world's most popular foods, but when a whitish coating called a bloom appears on the confection's surface, it can make consumers think twice about eating it. 



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