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FDA Looks to Develop Improved Method For Attributing Foodborne Illness

February 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

A new report by the FDA, USDA and CDC finds that at least 80 percent of E. coli illnesses between 1998 and 2012 were linked to beef and vegetable row crops, mainly leafy vegetables. 

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Alternative Proteins to Claim a Third of the Market by 2054

February 24, 2015 11:45 am | by Lux Research

Shifts in supply and demand of protein for human consumption will drive the rise of alternative proteins to 307 million MT by 2054, initiating significant changes in the food and agriculture landscape.

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Infographic: Consumer Perspectives on Sustainability

February 24, 2015 10:25 am | by Hartman Group

How consumers perceive companies and their products in terms of sustainability can be divided into four zones: personal, social, environmental and economic. 

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Plethora of Food Choices May Increase Obesity Rates

February 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Virginia Tech

Researchers found that having too many food choices increases the obesity problem. In fact, researchers found that having a choice of a high-fat and low-fat diet does not help — offspring in this situation tended to eat even more.

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Study: Power of Meat Remains Strong at Retail

February 24, 2015 8:35 am | by FMI, NAMI

Meat and poultry products remain among the top choices for shoppers at retail, but the tenth annual Power of Meat study published by the Food Marketing Institute and North American Meat Institute highlights several trends in the way consumers are changing their purchasing behavior.

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Study: Climate Change Extremely Harmful to Wheat Production

February 24, 2015 8:35 am | by KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

A recent study involving Kansas State University researchers finds that in the coming decades at least one-quarter of the world's wheat production will be lost to extreme weather from climate change if no adaptive measures are taken.

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Early Exposure to Peanuts May Help Prevent Allergies in Kids

February 24, 2015 8:10 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

Exposing infants to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81 percent, doctors found. Instead of provoking an allergy, early exposure seemed to help build tolerance.

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Report: Manufacturers Will Largely Benefit From Low Oil Prices

February 23, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info

The American oil industry has borne the brunt of thousands of layoffs in the wake of sliding crude prices. The country, however, remains a net importer of oil despite increased domestic production. That, says economist Dan Meckstroth, means the U.S. as a whole stands to benefit from an oil market that has wreaked havoc on oil exporting nations.

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Liquor Privatization Bill Clears State House Panel Hurdle

February 23, 2015 2:05 pm | by MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

A proposal to sell off most of Pennsylvania's state-owned liquor system and its wholesale distribution network moved ahead with a vote on the Legislature on Monday, although its prospects to become law remain uncertain.

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Beer Byproduct Could Help Clean Municipal Water Supply

February 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An unwanted byproduct of the beer brewing process appears set to help the city of Boulder, Colorado comply with water regulations and potentially save thousands of dollars.

Surging Dollar Takes Bite From US Corporate Profits

February 23, 2015 11:45 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer

The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn't tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It's the surging U.S. dollar.

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Goat Farmers, Producers Try to Secure Enough Milk as Demand Rises

February 23, 2015 10:35 am | by KOURTNEY LIEPELT, Associated Press

Americans' growing taste for more unusual fare has contributed to a steady increase in demand for goat products in recent years, and producers across the country are trying to determine how to secure enough milk to give consumers what they want.

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Coca-Cola Operations Suspended in Mexican City After Hostage-Taking

February 23, 2015 9:35 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola's largest bottler in Mexico has temporarily suspended operations in the capital of the embattled state of Guerrero following attacks on its workers and its trucks.

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Calif. Wine Taster Uses Blindness to Advantage

February 23, 2015 8:40 am | by Associated Press

Hoby Wedler uses his blindness and refined sense of smell and taste to develop an expert palette that is garnering rave reviews in California's wine region. His monthly "Tasting in the Dark" series at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery is growing in popularity.

Johnsonville Sausage CEO to Retire, Oscar Mayer Exec to Replace

February 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

For the first time in the company's history, Johnsonville Sausage will not be led by a member of the Stayer family. Ralph Stayer has led the privately owned Sheboygan Falls company for the last 47 years.

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NAMI Applauds Agreement in Nine-Month West Coast Port Labor Dispute

February 23, 2015 7:15 am | by NAMI

The dispute and resulting slowdowns have cost the meat, poultry, hide, skin and leather industries an estimated $85 million a week. While the deal between the two sides is a crucial step to ending this slowdown, the impact will continue to be felt.

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General Mills Marks 10 Years of Health Improvements

February 20, 2015 3:40 pm | by General Mills

General Mills has improved the health profile of 76 percent of its U.S. Retail sales volume since 2005, when it first established its "Health Metric" to encourage progress on nutrition and health improvements. These improvements include enhancing positive nutrition such as increasing protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, or reducing limiters such as calories, sodium, sugar and fat.

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Bugs Crawl Onto the Menu at Le Cordon Bleu

February 20, 2015 1:20 pm | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press

Bugs in a gourmet kitchen are usually something to be squashed or swatted. But at Le Cordon Bleu, the esteemed French cooking school, chefs and food scientists spent a week simmering, sauteing and grilling insects to extract innovative flavors.

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Photo of the Day: Doctors Say Health Apps Boost Care

February 20, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A decade ago, who would have thought that an application on your smart phone could be the trick to keep you healthy? Allowing your doctors access to your fitness trackers and health apps can provide them with the day-to-day information they need.

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McCormick to Buy Italian Season Maker

February 20, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Spice seller McCormick & Co. is adding some Italian flavor to its lineup by paying up to $97 million for the more than century-old Drogheria & Alimentari.

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