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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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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

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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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FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

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US Dairy Companies Urge Congress to Act Now to Reform COOL and Protect American Jobs

May 19, 2015 11:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association

The World Trade Organization's final ruling Monday against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule will cause severe economic harm to U.S. manufacturing and agriculture without immediate congressional intervention, said the International Dairy Foods Association.

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New Candy, Snack Flavors Evoke Nostalgia

May 19, 2015 9:30 am | by National Confectioners Association

New product launches reveal that candy and snack manufacturers are looking beyond the category for flavor inspiration this year. Breakfast staples like bacon and maple are highlighted, as are classic flavors inspired by childhood memories, like s'mores.

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Report: Target Cutting Back on Processed Foods Promotions

May 19, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Target informed officials from General Mills, Kellogg, Campbell Soup and other iconic food brands in recent months about its plans to cut back on advertising of their products.

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Oregon Growers Say Company Lags on Payments For Seed

May 19, 2015 8:45 am | by The Associated Press

Oregon growers have filed $4.85 million in liens against a Pennsylvania company they say has not paid them for radish seed. Jim Gardner of K&J Farms in Monmouth says his family needs to pay people and has yet to see a penny from seed company Cover Crop Solutions.

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Wine Institute Urges Congress to Prevent COOL Retaliation, Damage to US Wine Exports

May 19, 2015 8:20 am | by Wine Institute

U.S. wine producers export more than $500 million of wine to Canada and Mexico annually and Canada is now the single largest export market for U.S. wine. 

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Hundreds of Chicago Jobs in Balance as Mondelez Weighs Mexico Upgrades

May 18, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Employees at Mondelez's Chicago bakery are girding for hundreds of job losses as the food and beverage multinational consolidates its operations and upgrades its production lines.

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World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

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Food Scene is #Trending on Twitter This Week

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Trends are a pretty useful feature of Twitter that offer a glimpse of what people are talking about around the world. And this week, people are talking food. More specifically, about the #FutureofFood and #NationalVegetarianWeek.

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In the News: Blue Bell Creameries Announces Layoffs After Listeria Problems

May 18, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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