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Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

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Infographic: Design Dictates Winners in the Beverage Aisle

July 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Affinnova

As America's thirst for soda wanes, competition over these growth areas is becoming fierce. To understand these competitive dynamics, Affinnova conducted an audit of brands in the beverage aisle, examining the impact of package design on consumer appeal.

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Former Vending Firm Official Sentenced in Pepsi Scheme

July 30, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press

A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company, 65-year-old Joseph Belasco of Cedar Grove, was sentenced to months in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

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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 Dean 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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1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Miss. Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press

An explosion at Omega Protein, a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast, killed one employee and injured three others. The publicly held company produces fish oils and fish meal for human consumption and use in aquaculture and industrial applications.

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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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They'll Drink to That: N.H.'s Liquor Sales Soar to Record $626M

July 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press

The record sales for fiscal year 2014 were $23 million higher than the previous fiscal year — an increase of nearly four percent. Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica attributes the record sales to innovative marketing and the strategic location of the state's 77 liquor stores.

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Kraft Searches for Food Hacker to Meet Growing Trends

July 29, 2014 9:08 am | by Kraft Canada

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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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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Coca-Cola Among Companies Looking to Make Gains Overseas

July 29, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

Major companies such as Coca-Cola are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India. Coca-Cola is looking abroad for growth largely because it's becoming tougher for beverage makers to increase revenue in a U.S. market already awash in soda and other refreshments.

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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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