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Food Year in Review: 2014 — A Year of Battle Lines Drawn Over Dinner

December 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

If there was any theme to the food world in 2014, it was the prevalence of polarizing issues. Whether we were tussling over genetically modified organisms, or debating how healthy is too healthy for school lunches, or scolding one another for our gluten choices, this year our collective culinary consciousness seemed mired in disputes.

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15 Top Diet Trends For 2015

December 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by Pollock Communications

Nutrition experts say that consumers still look to gluten-free eating, while low-fat diets have fizzled. They also agree that consumers care about GMO-free, along with locally grown food and high quality protein.      

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US Food Additives Market to Register Around 7% Growth Until 2019, Report Says

December 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by TechSci Research

Rising consumption of processed and packaged food coupled with increasing inclination towards all natural ingredients to drive the U.S. food additives market in the coming years.                    

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Kraft Foods Group Announces Appointment of New CEO

December 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kraft Foods Group

John Cahill will succeed Tony Vernon, who will retire as CEO on Dec. 27, 2014, the last day of the company's fiscal year. Cahill was previously Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pepsi Bottling Group.       

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Saputo to Sell Canada's Largest Producer of Snack Cakes to Canada Bread

December 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press

Canada Bread Co. has agreed to pay $120 million in cash to buy Saputo Inc.'s bakery division, which makes Joe Louis and May West snack cakes. Montreal-based Saputo is primarily a cheese and dairy company, with operations throughout Canada, the United States and outside of North America.

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High Liner Foods Opens New U.S. Headquarters

December 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by High Liner Foods Incorporated

High Liner Foods Incorporated announced the official opening of its newly-constructed U.S. headquarters, a 38,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility located at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H.     

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5 Things to Know: Alcohol Calorie Labels on Menus

December 18, 2014 11:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Here are five things to know about the Food and Drug Administration's new menu labeling rules, which will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods and beverages, on menus by next November.

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Presidential Task Force Calls to Combat IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

December 18, 2014 11:00 am | by SeaWeb

IUU fishing is one of the most crucial global threats to the sustainable management of marine fisheries worldwide. It has significant environmental, economic, and social implications and jeopardizes the biological integrity of the ocean.  

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US-Cuba Thaw Could Benefit Farmers, Among Others

December 18, 2014 10:45 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Reporter

U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume at last: President Barack Obama announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. Among those eager for access to a Cuban market cut off by an economic embargo are U.S. farmers.

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Reading Bakery Systems Expands Oven Manufacturing Facility

December 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Reading Bakery Systems

The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, will double the existing Oven Works manufacturing facility to 38,000 square feet. The expanded facility will also include a 480 square foot, environmentally controlled paint booth.

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Perky Jerky Expands Distribution Into Asian Markets

December 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Perky Jerky

Perky Jerky landed in more than 220 high-end specialty retailers and supermarkets across Japan and South Korea in October 2014, with plans to be in China by January 2015. Its American ultra-premium turkey jerky line has experienced strong sales in its first several weeks in both Japan and Korea.

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Massachusetts Couple Sues Whole Foods, Ranch

December 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press

A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8-year-old son's death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat.     

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Alcohol Calorie Counts to be on Menus by Next Year

December 17, 2014 2:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know — or even think about — how many calories they are imbibing.

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McDonald's in Japan Limits Serving Size of Fries

December 17, 2014 2:30 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer

McDonald's in Japan began rationing its fries Wednesday. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of processed spuds and an extra shipment from the U.S. East Coast by sea.

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General Mills Tops Second Quarter Profit Forecasts

December 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods posted revenue of $4.71 billion in the period. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 56 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs, were 80 cents per share.

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Georgia Company Issues Cheese Recall

December 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Associated Press

Flat Creek Farm and Dairy officials said in a statement that the company has recalled its Low Country Gouda and Aztec Cheddar after the company was notified in late November that the cheese may have been contaminated. Company officials say no illnesses have been reported.

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US Consumer Prices Fell 0.3 Percent in November

December 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by JOSH BOAK, Associated Press

Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.1 percent in November. For the past 12 months, overall inflation has risen 1.3 percent while core inflation has increased 1.7 percent. Both annual gains are well below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent inflation target.

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Sausage, Kolbassa Products Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

December 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press

Federal health authorities in Canada say two meat products sold in Ontario are being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination. The recall affects Franz's smoked black bean and salsa sausage and Franz's gold medal kolbassa made by Peterborough-based Franz Roessl Holdings Ltd.

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Oregon Certifies Recount Results: GMO Labels Lost

December 17, 2014 11:15 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea.       

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'Nut Rage' Gives Hawaii Macadamia Nuts a Boost

December 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Some producers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that's also helping Hawaii, home to more than 700 macadamia nut farms and eight processing plants.

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