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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 25, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory. 

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Farmers Turn to Robots as New Farm Hands

February 26, 2015 3:20 pm | by The Lempert Report

With a growing produce demand and a shortage of farm workers, agricultural areas like Salinas Valley, California are tuning to technology investment programs like Thrive Accelerator to improve farming practices.

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Oat Breakfast Cereals May Contain Common Mold-Related Toxin

February 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by American Chemical Society

A new study reports that some oat-based breakfast cereals in the U.S. contain a mold-related toxin called ochratoxin A (OTA) that's been linked to kidney cancer in animal studies. The findings could have implications for consumer health.

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First Lady: US Experiencing 'Culture Change' Around Food

February 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Michelle Obama says the U.S. has seen a "culture change" in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity. The first lady says food companies are "racing like never before" to create and sell more nutritious food.

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Coca-Cola Plans Big Celebration of Centennial of its Iconic Bottle

February 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

The curvy Coca-Cola bottle is celebrating its 100th birthday, and an art museum is exploring the origins and influence of a bottle design that's so recognizable, you'd know the brand if you held it in the dark.

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American Food Trends 'Heat Up' Via Social Food Sharing

February 26, 2015 10:25 am | by National Pork Board

Based on social media posts shared by Americans across all 50 states, a new study revealed that nearly half of socially shared food content included smoked, hot and spicy flavors paired with popular proteins, while the most common ethnic flavor was Cajun.

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Coffee Lover? Cookie Fanatic? Now You Can Have Both in One!

February 26, 2015 9:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

KFC restaurants in Britain are soon rolling out the Scoff-ee Cup, an edible coffee cup made from a cookie. The chain will debut the wafer-coated, sugar-papered white chocolate cups around the same time the it plans to introduce Seattle's Best Coffee.

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Fruits, Veggies to Get Celebrity-Studded Marketing Push

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A new campaign looks to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities to shill for fruits and vegetables.

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Agriculture Secretary: Smartphones Could End Debate Over GMO Labeling

February 26, 2015 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smartphone.

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Newest UPS & FedEx Competitor: Waffle House?

February 25, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A new ridesharing service has an unlikely ally in its quest to enter the package delivery marketplace: Waffle House. Officials called the company's new role "a natural extension of what our restaurants are right now."

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Jack Nicklaus to Have His Own Ice Cream

February 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press

The Schwan Food Company in Minnesota is teaming up with the 18-time major champion to create Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream. It will be sold by the pint and available in grocery stores in select markets.

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Campbell Soup's 2Q Profit Falls on Weak Soup Sales

February 25, 2015 11:10 am | by Associated Press

The company, whose brands also include V8 juice, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauce, has been struggling as American's change tastes and shift away from processed foods and preservatives. 

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Nebraska Beef Processing Plant Proposed by Investors

February 25, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press

Investors said they have been meeting with officials from Gering and Bridgeport to discuss the cities as potential sites for the processing plant. The 170,000-square-foot facility could be a game changer for local economies when it opens in two years.

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Utah Governor Wants to Leave Liquor Laws Untouched

February 25, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press

Gov. Gary Herbert says state lawmakers should back off efforts to change Utah's liquor laws this year, including a proposal to repeal a requirement that some restaurants mix and prepare drinks out of customers' view. 

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Lattes Less Likely to Spill Than Coffee

February 25, 2015 8:50 am | by American Institute of Physics

Carrying a full cup of coffee from the kitchen to the dining room can be precarious for a sleepy-eyed caffeine addict who might accidentally send a wave of java sloshing over the rim. But add a bit of foam to the top and the trip becomes easier.

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Longtime Coke Exec. Donald Keough Dies at 88

February 25, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press

Donald Keough, who steered Coca-Cola through the "cola wars" of the 1980s, died Tuesday in Atlanta. He was 88. Keough served as the company's president and chief operating officer from 1981 to 1993.

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Study Reveals Growing Influence of Male Shopper

February 25, 2015 8:00 am | by MSLGROUP

According to the new study "Food Shopping in America 2014," men now compose 43 percent of primary shoppers and make just as many monthly visits as women. Food and beverage marketers can use the findings to better understand and attract the male food shopper.

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Brazil Unions Sue McDonald's, Try to Block New Stores

February 24, 2015 2:55 pm | by Associated Press

Brazilian labor unions are suing McDonald's and its local franchisee Arcos Dourados for allegedly violationg labor laws for at least 30 years. The suit filed on Monday also seeks to prevent the food-chain from opening new stores.

Peanut Allergies a Popular Topic in Food Industry

February 24, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

From food recalls to food studies, peanuts and peanut allergies have been in the news quite a bit of late. Find out the latest by taking a comprehensive look at the topic.

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Calif. Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 1:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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FDA Looks to Develop Improved Method For Attributing Foodborne Illness

February 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

A new report by the FDA, USDA and CDC finds that at least 80 percent of E. coli illnesses between 1998 and 2012 were linked to beef and vegetable row crops, mainly leafy vegetables. 

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