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Hershey's Not so Sweet Deal: Raising Candy Prices by 8 Percent

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Associated Press

Hershey Company, known for its Kit Kat, Reese's and Hershey candy bars, is raising its prices as the costs for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year. The company said it expects most prices to rise about 8 percent.

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Infographics: Unscrambling Egg Labels

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms

Nearly two-thirds of Americans spend more to buy specialty eggs, but a new poll reveals they don't always get what they think they're paying for. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free," most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

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Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? Lay's Thinks So

July 15, 2014 2:39 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Frito-lay announces cappuccino-flavored chips for its Lay's brand beginning in late July. The coffee-flavored chips are part of the four finalists of its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest in the U.S., which allows people to create a new potato chip.

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Consumer Trends: Online Recipe Tool Shields Against Food Poisoning

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Ad Council

Foodborne illness is a serious public threat in the U.S. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Now, a new online tool created by the USDA automatically inserts critical food safety steps into user recipes.

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New Mexico Quenches Thirst for Jobs with Craft Brewery Boom

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

The brewery scene is anything but new in states such as Oregon and California, but federal census data shows the industry continues to boom. Dozens of microbreweries have popped up around New Mexico in recent years, creating jobs and helping develop the economy. 

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Researchers: The Fishy Truth About Seafood Farming

July 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Increased seafood consumption has been proposed as part of a strategy to combat the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes. With nearly half of all seafood consumed around the world coming from fish farms, researchers now say farmed seafood is not without health risks.

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USDA Marks 20 Billionth Egg from Eggland's Best

July 15, 2014 11:30 am | by Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best celebrated a special occasion as they commemorate the 20 billionth USDA-approved egg. The company conducts more than 35,000 tests a year to guarantee its eggs have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients.

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Prisoners Complain of Maggots 'Falling Out of Food'

July 15, 2014 11:00 am | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press

Since January, there have been five reports of maggots found inside prison food. At issue is a bigger national debate privatizing prison services — from food preparation to the running of entire facilities — to save money at a time of squeezed state budgets. 

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Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

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Canada's Health Minister Proposes Changes to Food Nutrition Labels

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Health Canada

Canadian Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, proposed changes to the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients and the Daily Values. The changes are hoped to improve the way nutrition information is presented on labels.

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Maplehurst Bakeries Plans $78M Expansion

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Maplehurst Bakeries, located in central Indiana and known for their distribution and manufacturing operations for cakes and cupcakes, is planning a $78 million expansion. The renovation will include a 180,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon to house its operations.

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School Personnel Experiment with Healthier Lunchroom Options

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

School lunchroom officials from around the country experimented with healthier options as the search for nutritious innovations to meet the stricter health mandates continues. This fall, new requirements from the USDA will alter the makeup of school meals.

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Dippin' Dots Owner Agrees to Buy Crumbs Bake Shop

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, the company behind Dippin' Dots ice cream, has agreed to buy Crumbs Bake Shop out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The investor group hopes to close a sale in about 60 days pending approval from the bankruptcy court.

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Dairy Farmers of America Reaches $50M in Dean Foods Antitrust Settlement

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America will pay $50 million to settle antitrust allegations filed against them in 2009. Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers filed suit against Dallas-based Dean Foods and DFA for working together to monopolize the market for raw milk.

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From Farm to Fromage: Cypress Grove Chevre

July 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of-the-art facility to carry on a legacy of producing specialty goat cheese. The company was purchased by Swiss cheesemaker Emmi in 2010, but operates quite autonomously from the dairy to the creamery.

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Consumer Trends: Gum Manufacturers, Chew on This!

July 14, 2014 12:31 pm | by Rabobank

Young adults, especially teenagers, are traditionally the hard-core chewers of gum, but this key demographic is losing interest quickly. The major driver behind gum's decline is the ascendancy of mints, according to a new report by Rabobank.

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Study: Organic Crops Have More Antioxidants Than Conventional Foods

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Washington State University

In a study by Washington State University research team, when comparing the nutritional quality and safety organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains, organic foods have more antioxidants than their conventional counterparts.

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ConAgra Buys Chinese Potato Processor for $93M

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

ConAgra Foods, famous for its Hunts and Healthy Choice brands, bought TaiMei Potato Industry, a Chinese processor, for $93 million. ConAgra said the purchase will help the company sell more frozen potato products, like french fries and mashed potatoes, throughout Asia. 

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Enfamil Bottles Found Opened, Resealed with Tape

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Canadian Press, Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling bottles of Enfamil A+ Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula from Ontario Walmarts in Brampton and Mississauga after customers found some bottles with the tamper-proof seals broken and the formula replaced with water.

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Cargill Plans $45M Grain Handling Facility

July 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press

Cargill plans to open a $45 million grain handling facility in West Memphis, the first in Arkansas, that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans. Approximately 70 million bushels of grain are produced and harvested within an hour's drive of West Memphis.

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