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Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial Ingredients Getting Booted

May 26, 2015 | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

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Ohio Cancels Poultry Shows At Fairs Amid Bird Flu Outbreak

June 2, 2015 2:40 pm | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press

All poultry shows at the Ohio State Fair and county fairs across the state have been canceled this year because of the threat of a deadly bird flu virus, the state's agriculture department announced Tuesday.

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Ben and Jerry's Unveils New Climate Change Ice Cream Flavor

June 2, 2015 1:35 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter

Ben and Jerry’s, the ice-cream company founded by two self-described hippies from Vermont, has a new flavor to raise awareness about climate change. Save our Swirled is the lastest in a series of social message campaigns for the ice cream giant.

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Blue Bell OKs Deal on Listeria with Alabama Health Officials

June 2, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries says it has entered a voluntary agreement with the Alabama Department of Public Health that includes requiring the company to inform the state whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients.

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DiGiorno, Tombstone, Hot Pockets to Lose Artificial Flavorings

June 2, 2015 12:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nestlé's efforts to remove artificial ingredients from its food products is expanding to its frozen pizza offerings, including DiGiorno, Tombstone, California Pizza Kitchen, Jack's, Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets.

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House Passes Bill to Add 'Flexibility' to Fishing Law

June 2, 2015 11:45 am | by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Monday approved a bill to give regional fisheries managers more power to set local fishing levels in federal waters.

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Whataburger Changes Breakfast Times, Citing Egg Shortages

June 2, 2015 11:20 am | by The Associated Press

Whataburger says it is limiting its breakfast-serving hours, citing egg shortages due to the Midwest bird flu crisis. The fast-food chain will serve breakfast 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. 

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Calif. Farmers Plan to Avoid Water-Sucking Crops

June 2, 2015 10:25 am | by FENIT NIRAPPI, SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Dozens of California farmers aiming to meet voluntary water conservation targets submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless drought.

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Federal Eateries Join Effort to Curb Animal Antibiotic Use

June 2, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees.

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North American Meat Institute Reaffirms Strong Commitment to Combating Antibiotic Resistance

June 2, 2015 8:15 am | by North American Meat Institute

North American Meat Institute reaffirms strong commitment to combating antibiotic resistance by joining more than 150 stakeholders at White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship.

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Syngenta Preparing For Another Monsanto Takeover Bid

June 1, 2015 2:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta AG believes rival Monsanto could make another bid to acquire the company within a matter of days.

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Natural Food Companies, House Democrats Back GMO Labeling Requirement

June 1, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Democratic members of Congress, with the support of natural food company officials, last month called for passage of legislation that would require labels disclosing the use of genetically modified ingredients in food.

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Asian Demand, Low Supply Set Record Price on Maine Baby Eels

June 1, 2015 12:05 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

The baby eels called elvers sold for $2,500 or more per pound at times this season due to low supply, fishermen and dealers say, beating the old record of $1,868.73 in 2012. This year's average price, which the state has not yet calculated, seems sure to dwarf last year's and possibly eclipse 2012, fishermen said.

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How Big Food Brands Can Remain in Favor With Consumers

June 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Rabobank

Iconic brands are increasingly out of favor with U.S. consumers, whose preferences and priorities have evolved.  Bank analysts predict that unless large F&B brands take bold action, they run the risk of following baby boomers into retirement.

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Foster Farms Becomes West Coast Leader in Antibiotic-Free and Organic Chicken

June 1, 2015 11:35 am | by Foster Farms

Foster Farms is introducing two new product lines, Foster Farms Certified Organic and Foster Farms Simply Raised antibiotic-free chicken at major retailers throughout the West, making the family-owned company the largest producer of USDA certified organic and antibiotic-free chicken in the Western United States.

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Report Argues Some Altered Crops Shouldn't Be Labeled as GMOs

June 1, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Danish researchers believe a rebranding campaign could enable scientists to improve crops while avoiding the stigma of genetic modification.

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Pork Producers Buoyed by New Sioux City Plant

June 1, 2015 9:30 am | by DAVE DREESZEN, Sioux City Journal

Ken Gard's 50-year history of marketing hogs in Sioux City ended — at least temporarily — with the closing of the John Morrell plant in April 2010.

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Bob Evans to Sell, Lease Back Ohio Headquarters, 2 Plants

June 1, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

Restaurant operator Bob Evans Farms Inc. is putting up a for sale sign on its new headquarters just outside Columbus along with two food manufacturing plants as part of stock buyback plan. The company plans to lease back the properties and use the money from the sale to buy back its stock.

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San Fran. Lawmakers Try New Tacks to Curb Soda Drinking

June 1, 2015 8:35 am | by The Associated Press

San Francisco lawmakers are taking another stab at curbing soda consumption seven months after local voters rejected taxing sugary drinks in the name of public health.

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KFC Sues Chinese Companies For Online Rumors About its Food

June 1, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies in China whose social media accounts spread false claims about its food, including that its chickens have eight legs.

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Amazon Looks Toward Grocery With Expanded Private Brand

May 29, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amazon.com plans to substantially expand grocery offerings under its nascent private-label Elements brand, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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