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Diet Pepsi Ditching Aspartame on Customer Concerns

April 24, 2015 | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

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The Appeal of Being Anti-GMO

April 27, 2015 2:45 pm | by Cell Press

A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to GMOs has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture.

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Survey Released to Help Farmers Prepare For Produce Rule

April 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has released a survey to determine how farmers may be affected by the Food and Drug Administration's new produce safety rule.

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Russia Tightens Ban on European Food Imports

April 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Russia is set to tighten its ban on food imports from Europe by restricting re-exports of fruit and vegetables through European countries.

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Burger King Sales Jump, Boosted by a Spicy Whopper

April 27, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press

The home of the Whopper enjoyed its biggest sales jump in nearly a decade during the first quarter, boosted by a new flavor of its signature burger and a popular 2 for $5 promotion.

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Wisconsin Egg Company Vows to be Productive After Bird Flu

April 27, 2015 8:40 am | by Associated Press

A Wisconsin facility hit by a highly contagious bird flu virus will become productive again after they euthanize all 800,000 chickens, the company president says.

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Ohio Food Safety Testers to Start Checking Ice Cream

April 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Ohio food safety testers are adding ice cream to the list of items they pull from store shelves to check for contamination. That change comes as two well-known producers recall frozen treats amid concerns about possible listeria contamination, which is unusual in ice cream.

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Recall Review: April 20-24

April 27, 2015 7:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Here is a recap of the food industry recalls that were in the news last week.

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What Could McDonald's Do To Fix Its Business?

April 27, 2015 7:05 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

After turning in another quarter of sliding sales and profit, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said the chain will unveil initial details on a plan to turn around its fortunes on May 4. Among the challenges it is facing are intensifying competition and an image for serving junk food that it just can't seem to shake.

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BYOB: It's Brew Your Own Beer at Some Colleges

April 27, 2015 6:40 am | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press

When California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, fired up its gleaming new stainless steel brewery in December, it joined a small but growing number of colleges instructing students how to produce high-quality craft beers. At the same time, it took the movement a step beyond — kegging the results of their labors and selling it on campus.

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Starbucks Extracts More Money With Pricier Drinks, Food

April 24, 2015 3:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks is extracting more money from customers with offerings like a "Flat White" espresso drink and revamped baked goods that cost a little more.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

April 24, 2015 3:16 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the past week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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McCain Foods to Close Wisconsin Plant, Eliminate 120 Jobs

April 24, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

McCain Food president Frank Finn says the decision to close the plant is due to the overall business climate. Food products made in Fort Atkinson will be manufactured in other McCain facilities, including its plant in Rice Lake.

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Bird Flu Cuts Into Egg, Poultry Exports in Iowa, Midwest

April 24, 2015 11:45 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Some international trade partners are declining to buy egg and poultry products from Midwestern states that have been affected by a deadly strain of bird flu, while others are excluding imports only from counties where the virus has surfaced.

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Fishing Regulators Approve Some New England Habitat Changes

April 24, 2015 11:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England's fishing grounds.

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Photo of the Day: A $100 Donut Made From 24-Carat Gold

April 24, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

If your idea of a delicious donut is a cream-filled Long John covered in chocolate frosting and sprinkles, you're not thinking fancy enough. Customers are shelling out $100 at a Canadian bakery, Dolicious Donuts, for a "Donutopia."

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500 Pounds of Bratwurst Recalled in Illinois

April 24, 2015 8:40 am | by The Associated Press

Roughly 500 pounds of bratwurst is being recalled by a meat packing company in Springfield. The Illinois Department of Agriculture's meat and poultry inspection division announced the recall because the sausages contain milk, which is not declared on the label.

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Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions About Cause

April 24, 2015 8:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and whether the discoveries are related.

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Jeni's Ice Cream Recalled Over Possible Listeria

April 24, 2015 7:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni's says contamination was found in a random sample by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The company said Thursday it was unaware of any related illnesses and was trying to determine the bacteria's source.

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US Announces Plans to Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 24, 2015 7:30 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

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Inventure Foods Recalls Frozen Vegetables, Jamba Smoothie Kits Due to Possible Health Risk

April 24, 2015 6:45 am | by Inventure Foods, Inc.

Inventure Foods, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain varieties of its Fresh Frozen™ line of frozen vegetables, as well as select varieties of its Jamba "At Home" line of smoothie kits, due to the finding of Listeria monocytogenes, in its Jefferson, GA facility.

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