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Morton Salt to Expand in China

October 15, 2014 10:48 am | by Morton Salt, Inc.

Morton Salt announced it is expanding its iconic Morton® brand, product offerings and capabilities in China through a strategic collaboration with Morton China National Salt (Shanghai) Salt Co. Ltd., a Chinese joint venture.       

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Ingredion Buys Specialty Ingredients Company For $340M

October 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press

Westchester, Illinois-based Ingredion Inc. is buying specialty ingredients company Penford Corp. to help address areas that consumers are growing increasingly interested in, such as nutrition and gluten-free eating.         

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US Producer Prices Fell in September

October 15, 2014 10:06 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The falling food costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.            

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Whole Foods to Begin Ranking Produce by Eco-Friendliness

October 15, 2014 9:59 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The supermarket chain says its "responsibly grown" labeling system for produce will prohibit the use of several common pesticides. The rankings will also take into account factors such as water and energy use.           

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US Represents Itself as 'Food Truck Nation' at Milan Expo

October 15, 2014 9:44 am | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor

The U.S. will show itself off as "Food Truck Nation" in Milan, Italy by bringing six authentic food trucks to the Expo as part of its participation in the event opening in May for six months. The Expo theme is food and nutrition.      

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Chipotle to Support GMO Labeling Ballot Measure in Colorado, Oregon

October 15, 2014 9:26 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

The Denver-based burrito giant endorsed ballot measures in Colorado and Oregon that would require labeling of genetically modified food, providing a morale boost for campaigns being heavily outspent by agriculture interests.   

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Would You Eat That Doughnut if You Knew You Had to Walk 2 Miles to Burn it Off?

October 14, 2014 3:17 pm | by University of North Carolina School of Medicine

In an effort to combat the obesity epidemic in the U.S., the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established the requirement for restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on their menus boards.     

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Two Takes on the Soda-Tax Wars

October 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Cornell University

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate.                                      

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Calif. Company Recalls Pumpkin Seed Pesto

October 14, 2014 3:02 pm | by FDA

California Olive and Vine, LLC of Sutter, California is taking precautionary measures and recalling Pumpkin Seed Pesto because of its irregular lab results. The pesto may be contaminated with a botulism toxin that can lead to serious illness or death.

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Infographic: Women Will Shape the Adult Beverage Industry

October 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Technomic

The majority of women in the U.S. are of legal drinking age — and they're increasingly engaged, experimental and educated consumers of spirits, wine and beer. Young and ethnic women, in particular, will shape the future of the adult beverage industry, according to Technomic.

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Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

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USDA Gives Maine $600K to Invest in Specialty Crops

October 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will give Maine $602,679 to invest in ten specialty crop initiatives. The initiatives will help strengthen food products such as potatoes, wild blueberries and maple syrup.           

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New Pickle Processing Plant in Washington

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by MARK STAYTON, Skagit Valley Herald

The plant joins Sakuma Bros. Farms as the only Skagit County-based crop processors and will help salvage valuable rotation crops of cucumbers and cabbage. The facility currently produces pickle chips, spears, whole pickles, sauerkraut and pickled cauliflower.

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Real Foods Issues Recall on Mexican Cheddar Dip

October 14, 2014 10:56 am | by FDA

Real Foods of Seattle, Washington is recalling 96 units of its Mexican Cheddar Dip product due to an undeclared allergen. The product was distributed and sold throughout the state.                   

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SunBurst Foods Issues Recall For Nearly 150 Products

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by FDA

SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling all of its SunBurst, Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Moms Agree: Food and Happiness Go Hand in Hand

October 14, 2014 10:04 am | by Chr. Hansen

Leading food ingredient company, Chr. Hansen, Natural Colors Division, commissioned the "Thought for Food" survey to learn what U.S. moms look for in food labels and gauge their perceptions of natural ingredients.          

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Salt Reduction: Challenges vs. Opportunities For the Food Industry

October 14, 2014 9:57 am | by UBM Live

Salt reduction has been one of the most prevalent topics in the food industry for many years, with a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health regarding salt intake as one of the major health issues of today's population.   

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Ebola Could Have Significant Impact on Global Food Security

October 14, 2014 9:39 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

One example of how the health care crisis more than 5,000 miles away could affect food production in the United States is the potential impact on the production and distribution of cocoa beans used in making chocolate.     

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Oregon's GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money

October 14, 2014 9:34 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

With ballots going out to Oregon voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million. Labeling opponents have reported cash and in-kind contributions of $7.3 million thus far.

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Photos: World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press

Entrants in the prettiest pumpkin category were lifted into the air for the crowd at the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. A 2,058 lb. pumpkin grown by John Hawkley took first place and set a new North American record. 

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