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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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Tuna Company, 2 Managers Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

April 28, 2015 9:45 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Bumble Bee Foods and two managers were charged by Los Angeles prosecutors Monday with violating safety regulations in the 2012 death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.

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Food Industry Tries to Block GMO Labeling Law

April 28, 2015 8:05 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them.

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Critics Take Aim at Nestle Bottled Water Plant in Sacramento

April 28, 2015 7:55 am | by Associated Press

The Sacramento Bee reports that members of a group called Crunch Nestle held a protest last month outside the Nestle Waters North America plant.

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Green America Applauds Chipotle's Removal of GMOs from its Foods

April 28, 2015 7:45 am | by Green America

Green America, a national nonprofit organization working to create a green economy, issued a statement Monday applauding Chipotle’s announcement of removing GMOs from its foods.

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In the News: Chipotle Finishes Removing GMO Ingredients From its Food

April 28, 2015 6:35 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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Appalachian Nonprofit Links Small Farmers With Big Grocers

April 28, 2015 6:05 am | by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

A Virginia-based nonprofit organization has grown to a $1.5 million business that derives only a sliver of its budget from grants while helping farmers in remote areas sell produce to Whole Foods and other grocers.

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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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