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ConAgra Plans to Expand Eastern Iowa Plant, Add 55 Jobs

May 21, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

ConAgra Foods says it plans to expand its Waterloo, Iowa plant and add 55 jobs to the local payroll. Officials say Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra expects to break ground next month on the 99,000-square-foot expansion, pending approval of state and local incentives.

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Meaty Menu on Tap as Summer Grilling Season Kicks Off

May 21, 2015 12:35 pm | by North American Meat Institute

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans are expected to eat seven billion hot dogs, or 818 per second, during that period. Hot dog manufacturers estimate that nearly 40 percent of hot dogs are sold during the summer grilling season.

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First Microwavable Dog Food to Hit Shelves June 1

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

For dog lovers whose hard-to-please pets cause them stress because they simply refuse to eat their daily fare, one innovative company appears to have found a unique answer: the first ever microwavable dog food, said to bring out the aroma dogs cherish.

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Calif. Decision on Farmer Water Cuts to Apply Broadly

May 21, 2015 9:15 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Water Resources Control Board Director Tom Howard said that whatever he decides will apply to the entire basin of the Sacramento River, which supplies most of the surface water in the food-producing Central Valley.

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Coke Continues Bottling Overhaul

May 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced plans to sell territories to two U.S. bottlers, the latest step in an overhaul of its bottling operations.

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Hershey to Display Upgraded Chocolate 3D Printer

May 21, 2015 8:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Hershey Company will showcase the most advanced 3D chocolate printer in the world at a confectioners' conference in Chicago this week.

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McDonald's Shuts Down Restaurant Amid Protest Over Low Wages

May 21, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

McDonald's shut down a restaurant near its headquarters Wednesday after the area was swamped by hundreds of protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.

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In the News: ConAgra to Pay $11.2M to Settle Salmonella Criminal Case

May 21, 2015 7:35 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out the latest developments by browsing a compilation of media coverage.

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Hormel Beats 2Q Profit Forecasts Despite Bird Flu Outbreaks

May 20, 2015 2:15 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite the impacts of bird flu that has killed more than 8 million birds in Minnesota.

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ConAgra to Pay $11.2M to Settle Salmonella Criminal Case

May 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million to settle a federal criminal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia more than eight years ago, triggering a massive recall and food-safety investigation after more than 600 people got sick.

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Top 9 Natural, Organic Food Trends in 2015

May 20, 2015 12:20 pm | by Sterling-Rice Group (SRG)

With a continued interest in food that offers targeted nutrition and keeps the environment in mind, consumers will discover new products that meet their dietary needs and also taste great and promote overall wellness. Look for these trends in the coming months.

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Man Who Caught Listeria-Related Meningitis Sues Blue Bell

May 20, 2015 11:45 am | by Associated Press

A man is suing Blue Bell, saying he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating ice cream produced by the company in 2013.

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Beech-Nut Is First US Baby Food Company To Reveal Exact Ingredient Amounts

May 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Beech-Nut

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company today announced that it has listed the percentage of each ingredient for all of its jars and pouches on its website. Beech-Nut is the first U.S. baby food company to provide this information to parents.

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Why There's So Much Buzz About Losing Honeybees — By the Numbers

May 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

Honeybees have felt the sting of an environment working against them in recent years. Habitat loss, fungal diseases, mite infestations and — most controversially — pesticide use have all been cited as the biggest factors causing massive declines in the U.S.’s honey bee population.

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Egg Prices Jump as Impact of Bird Flu Begins Pinching Supply

May 20, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

The Midwest price of a dozen large eggs rose to $1.88. That's 58 percent higher than they were a month ago when the bird flu first hit Iowa chicken farms.

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House Panel Votes to Repeal Country-Origin Meat Labeling Law

May 20, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The House Agriculture Committee voted 38-6 to repeal a "country-of-origin" labeling law for meat on Wednesday — just two days after the World Trade Organization ruled against parts of it. The labels tell consumers what countries the meat is from: for example, "born in Canada, raised and slaughtered in the United States," or "born, raised and slaughtered in the United States."

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Ex-Security Guard Indicted in Kentucky Bourbon Theft Scheme

May 20, 2015 7:45 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

The alleged head of a bourbon theft ring recruited a security guard and paid her $800 to look the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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In the News: FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out everything you need to know by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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US Investigation of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

May 19, 2015 4:56 pm | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Georgia, Pam Lightsey, said Tuesday that prosecutors plan to reveal details of the investigation Wednesday.

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Report Tabs Utah as Leading Candy Consumer

May 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Data compiled by the Hershey Company suggests Utah residents indulge in candy at a rate nearly twice the national average. And a Bloomberg review of the chocolate producer's numbers suggest religion and demographics have a lot to do with it.

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