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USDA Helps Expand Export Markets with Farm Bill Funding

April 16, 2014 12:49 pm

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service awarded funding made available by the 2014 Farm Bill to more than 60 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for American products.

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Chobani Expands Distribution to Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

April 16, 2014 12:45 pm

Chobani has begun exporting its Greek yogurt to markets in Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, beginning with Singapore, Malaysia and Panama. With great success in the U.S., the company is looking to capitalize on its global potential.

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Prairie Sun Foods Buys Corn Oil Plant in Iowa

April 16, 2014 12:38 pm

Prairie Sun Foods LLC has purchased the former Plymouth Oil plant in Merrill, Iowa, with the intention of starting it up again. Prairie Sun Foods bought the plant on Tuesday for $3 million. The sale includes all of the plant's equipment and the acreage on which it sits.

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Consumer Trends: Fewer Organic Claims Made in Restaurant Menus

April 16, 2014 12:00 pm

Restaurants are introducing more claims that reflect trending food concerns, in hopes of regaining consumers' trust. According to Mintel, while "organic" is still the leading ethical claim on restaurant menus, its usage has declined 28 percent between Q4 2010-13.

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Food Industry Alliance Releases Toolkit to Reduce Food Waste

April 16, 2014 10:11 am

The Best Practices and Emerging Solutions Toolkit is designed to help food businesses reduce the amount of food waste sent to landfills. The toolkit was produced by the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a cross-sector industry initiative.

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U.S. Factory Output Extends Strong Gains

April 16, 2014 10:00 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factory output continued to rise in March, extending strong growth from February after harsh weather lowered production in January. The Federal Reserve said factory production rose 0.5 percent in March after a revised 1.4 percent surge in February.

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New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts to Pittsburgh Workers

April 16, 2014 9:58 am

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters. Heinz officials said any workers who quit will be replaced.

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Photo of the Day: Star Wars M&M's Released for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:53 am

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

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MY M&M's Rolls Out Star Wars-Themed Candy for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:48 am

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

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Wash. Company Recalls 83K Pounds of Egg Products

April 15, 2014 12:22 pm

Nutrion LLC, based in Lacey, Wash., is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The majority of the product included in this expansion was originally identified in a public health alert issued on March 26.

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Consumer Trends: Rice Boosts Diet Quality, Improves Health Markers

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm

New research shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by eating rice as part of their daily meals. The study analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey datasets and evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality.

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Coca-Cola Sells More Drinks But Soda Sales Slide

April 15, 2014 11:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola sold more drinks in the first quarter, but it wasn't because of soda. The world's biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of non-carbonated drinks.

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U.S. Consumer Prices Inch Higher

April 15, 2014 11:50 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher costs for food and clothing. Food prices jumped 0.4 percent, led by increases in eggs, milk, butter, oranges, pork chops, ground beef and poultry.

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Whitefish Shortage Wreaks Havoc on Passover Plans

April 15, 2014 11:47 am | by JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press

A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in the traditional recipe for gefilte fish.

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'Innovations in Food Safety & Processing' Seminars Set for April

April 15, 2014 11:41 am

Coperion K-Tron, in collaboration with Eriez, ROTEX and Coperion, announce the joint presentation of complimentary food processing seminars, “Innovations in Food Safety & Processing," to be held on April 22 in Rosemont, Ill., and on April 24 in Kansas City, Mo.

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AMI Awards Meat and Poultry Plants for Environmental Practices

April 15, 2014 10:09 am

The American Meat Institute (AMI) presented 119 plants with Environmental Recognition awards during its 2014 Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment. This year, 40 plants received the highest level Tier Four awards.

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Nestle 1Q Sales Climb amid Deflation in Europe

April 15, 2014 10:06 am

Nestle SA says sales rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago despite deflationary pressures in Europe. The company said sales of $23.7 billion were held back by a strong franc and by a flat retail environment keeping prices down in Europe.

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Voodoo Doll Study: Snacks May Help Prevent ‘Hangry’ Spouses

April 15, 2014 10:02 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

A quick candy bar could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That's because low blood sugar can make spouses "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.

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Photos of the Day: Japan Whaling Supporters Plan to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:56 am

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

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Japan Pro-Whaling Contingent Vows to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:51 am

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

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