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Kraft Searches for Food Hacker to Meet Growing Trends

July 29, 2014 | by Kraft Canada | Comments

Kraft Foods Canada is getting trendy in its efforts to help on-the-go millennials cook tasty, easy meals. The company has launched a national search for a food hacker. Food hacking is a growing trend aimed at helping busy consumers create meals with unexpected twists.

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Consumer Trends: The Next Greek Yogurt?

July 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Stonyfield

Stonyfield is encouraging consumers to #CheatOnGreek with its creamy french cousin, Petite Creme. Could this be the next Greek yogurt? Stonyfield is shaking up the yogurt shelves with this new product. The twist? Petite Creme is not yogurt.

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3M Commemorates 30 Years of Petrifilm Plate Innovations

July 29, 2014 12:48 pm | by 3M

The 3M Petrifilm Plate technology has expanded significantly since its launch in 1984. Food safety experts around the world have put their trust in 3M for microbial indicator tests. With 16 patents in its portfolio, the company shows no sign of slowing down.

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Is Carrageenan Safe to Use in Infant Formulas?

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Marinalg International

Carrageenan has been eaten and used as a food ingredient for hundreds of years across the globe. Critics, however, have questioned its safety in infant formulas. Find out what the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives has to say about the additive.

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Craft a Beer Business Plan at Upcoming Workshop

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Echo Chamber Consulting

It's no secret that the business of craft brewing has been growing at record numbers, but brewing beer and the business of beer are not the same. Learn how to craft a business plan for your beer vision with the "How to Start a Craft Brewery" workshop on Sept. 14-16.

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Jimmy Deans Moves Beyond Breakfast Table for the First Time

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The maker of iconic breakfast staples, Jimmy Dean, is launching new bowls and sandwiches to lure in eaters for lunch and dinner. Owned by Hillshire Brands, the company is introducing 16 microwavable products, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

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Acidity in Alaskan Waters Poses Risk to Crab, Fisheries

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press

Research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the ocean waters near Alaska are becoming more acidic from the release of carbon dioxide in the environment. Increased ocean acidification could harm important commercial fisheries in the state.

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Photos: The Always-in-Season Superfruit

July 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Cherry Marketing Institute

Tart cherries were a standout star at the recent Fancy Food Show. The nutrient profile is not the only reason these ruby-red fruits are hotter than ever. Trend experts say tart flavors are on the rise due to consumers' changing palate for less sweet tastes.

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Kellogg Co. Closes the Door on Georgia Plant

July 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

A Kellogg Co. spokesman said the move, which is expected to eliminate 325 jobs, is part of the company's four-year efficiency and effectiveness program and will help the company cut costs. The western Georgia plant is scheduled to be closed by the end of next year.

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Red Lobster Stacks Food Higher as it Struggles to Survive

July 29, 2014 8:53 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Red Lobster's recent changes are an attempt by the seafood chain to reverse a year-long decrease in sales. Sit-down chains have been struggling since the economic downturn as people cut back on spending. The company is going vertical on the plate to push quality.

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First Food Safety Course for Makers of Pot Edibles

July 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by The National Cannabis Industry Association

Makers of marijuana edibles can now take a course specifically designed for learning about food safety in the cannabis industry. With the interest in edibles and infused products growing, the NCIA ServSafe course will teach professionals the importance of cleanliness.

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Lake Huron Reels in Trout, Walleye as Fish Population Grows

July 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory for the first time since the chinook salmon numbers nosedived in the early 2000s. Native fish species, such as walleye and lake trout, that had been kept down by the alewife-salmon dominance are bouncing back.

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Infographic: Health-Conscious Eaters Want to Bite Into Quality Sandwiches

July 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by Technomic

According to research by Technomic, today's consumers place higher importance on the quality of meat, bread, cheese and condiments in creating a good sandwich than in years past. Quality is often tied to health, and data also shows demand for healthier sandwiches.

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European Expansion on Tap for Japanese Bonito Flake Makers

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kyodo News International

A group of dried bonito flake makers, along with one distributor, aim to spread the key ingredient for soup stock and dishes in Japanese cuisine in European countries. Construction is set to be completed for the 2015 world exposition in Milan next May.

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Tyson Foods Set to Sell Poultry Operations in Mexico, Brazil

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

The sale to JBS SA, the parent of JBS USA Holdings Inc., which owns Pilgrim's Pride, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. News of the $575 million sale comes after Tyson's announcement earlier this month of a $7.75 billion deal to buy Hillshire Brands Co.

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Mushroom Meatballs? School Meal Solutions Dished Up at Senate Hearing

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | by American Mushroom Institute

Mushroom meatballs are just one example of new products being introduced into school meals to meet USDA nutritional guidelines. Congress is debating the current nutrition guidelines and beginning preparation for the reauthorization of school nutrition programs in 2015.

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Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

July 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings

The manufacturing sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy. Over the past decade, manufacturing lost nearly a third of its workforce due to a lack of demand for American goods. However, since 2010 it has grown steadily in terms of the number of workers.

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Photo: Craft Beers Tap Into Trends by Region

July 28, 2014 9:26 am | by Mintel

New research from Mintel says over half of craft beer drinkers like to share their knowledge of beer with others, which has helped thrust many small brewers into the limelight, as word of mouth is often their strongest ally. So, what is each region saying about the trend?

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US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

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Friend or Fad? Backlash Has Begun Against Gluten-Free Dieters

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by ELLEN McCARTHY, The Washington Post

The gluten-free backlash reached an apex last month, when comedian Jimmy Kimmel remarked on his late-night show that in Los Angeles, gluten was "comparable to Satanism," and sent a film crew to ask gluten-free dieters whether they knew what gluten was. (Most didn't.)

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Honduran Brothers Bring Cheese-Making Business to Nebraska

July 28, 2014 8:20 am | by TYLER ELLYSON, The Columbus Telegram

After fleeing from their crime-ridden homeland, two brothers brought their dreams to reality when they opened their U.S. cheese-making business in October 2013. Central American Foods LLC is working to produce 50,000 pounds of cheese a month.

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