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General Mills Will Move Forward With Pillsbury Plant Closure

February 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

General Mills is pushing ahead with its planned closure of a southern Indiana Pillsbury plant and a neighboring business that together employ more than 400 workers under an agreement the company reached with the union that represents those workers, the union's president said Thursday.


Most Loved Chocolate Brands Named By Analytics Company

February 12, 2015 2:25 pm | by NetBase

NetBase, a social media analytics company, measured the behaviors, emotions and opinions about some of the biggest chocolate brands on the market. The statistics show that Dove has consistently earned a top spot in the "Love" category.


Anheuser-Busch vs. Craft Brewers: Ky. Beer Distribution Bill Advances

February 12, 2015 12:40 pm | by ADAM BEAM, Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and is attempting to buy more. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen out of the market if the beverage giant were to control more of the state's distribution system, arguing it would have no incentive to market any products but its own.


Smaller Brands Bring the Action in Spirits, Wine and Beer

February 12, 2015 12:10 pm | by Technomic

Many of the categories and brands that dominate the industry are being challenged as smaller brands and categories are outpacing — and in some cases taking share from — the more well-established in the alcohol industry, according to Technomic's analysis of 2014 year-end results.


McCloud Services’ Annual Pest Invasion to Take Place April 21

February 12, 2015 12:00 pm | by McCloud Services

Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety Seminar brings together individuals from the entire food supply chain of custody to learn industry best practices and network.


UK's Nutritional Research Funding Comes From Sugar

February 12, 2015 10:23 am | by British Medical Journal

Public health scientists and a government committee working on nutritional advice receive funding from the very companies whose products are widely held to be responsible for the obesity crisis, BMJ reports. The findings raise important questions about the potential for bias and conflict of interest among public health experts as the UK faces a growing obesity epidemic.


Dyes Act as Probes to Aid Food Quality

February 12, 2015 9:10 am | by BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY

Researchers are investigating whether common food dyes could act as optical probes of the quality of edible goods. Testing the consistency of foods is important because consumers expect products to look and taste the same each time they buy them, and changes in physical consistency could also be indicators of bigger problems.


Kellogg Reports Loss of $293M in 4Q

February 12, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press

Kellogg Co. reported a fourth-quarter loss of $293 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Michigan-based company said it had a loss of 82 cents on a per-share basis.


Maine Lawmaker Wants to Outlaw 'Cheater Pint Glasses' of Beer

February 12, 2015 8:00 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press

Maine's State Sen. John Patrick is pressing for a bill that would require each pint of beer sold in the state to be 16 ounces. He said some bars and restaurants that advertise draft beers as pints are actually serving 14-ounce glasses, causing drinkers to lose out on those last tasty sips.


3-D Printing Might Mean Big Changes For the Future of Food

February 11, 2015 2:45 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

Perhaps one day you'll saunter into your kitchen, load ingredients in a combination printer/cooking machine and flip through scores of recipes before deciding what to print up for supper. You might find yourself eating foods you'd never currently consider, such as powdered crickets printed up as a palatable alternative meat.


Study: Many Dark Chocolates Contain Milk Despite it Not Being Listed on Label

February 11, 2015 1:44 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Does your sweetheart have a milk allergy? You may want to hold off on the dark chocolate this Valentine's Day. Although dark chocolate generally isn't made with milk, a new FDA study shows that there are traces of milk in some candies.


Burger King Released From Lawsuit Claiming Needles in Burger

February 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A retired soldier who filed a lawsuit saying there were needles in his Burger King sandwich has reached a settlement with the fast food chain, his lawyer said. A retired Army sergeant filed the lawsuit claiming one needle pierced his tongue when he bit into his Triple Stacker sandwich and another lodged in his small intestine, requiring hospitalization.


OSHA Proposes $51K Fine Against Seaboard Foods

February 11, 2015 12:10 pm | by Associated Press

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a $51,000 fine against Seaboard Foods LLC for allegedly exposing workers at a plant in Guymon to anhydrous ammonia.


Consumer Health Group Finds Toxic Chocolate Valentine Surprise

February 11, 2015 11:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A consumer health protection organization, As You Sow, filed legal actions today against Hershey's, See's Candies and Mars for allegedly violating California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. The consumer health group says the confectioners have failed to warn its consumers of the toxic chemical cadmium in the companies' chocolate products.


Panel Could Lift Limits on Dietary Cholesterol

February 11, 2015 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis on eating lean meats.


Flies Sniff Out Antioxidants

February 11, 2015 9:10 am | by The Conversation, Anwesha Ghosh

In recent years, more and more studies are finding how animals are conscious of their diets, supplementing it with antioxidants. Following these animals could help us understand how early humans found nutritious foods and how that helped us evolve our senses.


Frito-Lay Snacks Help PepsiCo Deliver Quarterly Profit

February 11, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

Stronger sales of Frito-Lay snacks helped PepsiCo deliver a quarterly profit that came in above Wall Street expectations on Wednesday. During the period, PepsiCo said revenue for its Frito-Lay North America division rose 3.5 percent, boosted by a mix of stronger volume and higher prices.


Mercury on Rise in Hawaiian Yellowfish

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Univ. of Michigan

Mercury is a potent toxin that can accumulate to high concentrations in fish, posing a health risk to people who eat large, predatory marine fish such as swordfish and tuna. Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to research that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.   


Obesity is Mostly About Calories

February 11, 2015 8:05 am | by The Conversation, Hazhir Rahmandad

The prevailing notion about obesity is that if we just work out harder and eat a little bit better, then perhaps the obesity trend will subside in a few years. However, the key to really making a difference is food – the number of calories we eat is the most important factor in obesity. 


Molson Coors 4Q Profit Disappoints on Falling Beer Sales

February 10, 2015 2:55 pm | by Associated Press

Molson Coors Brewing Co. reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street's forecasts. Its worldwide beer volume fell 0.3 percent. Molson Coors said a spate of issues including stronger U.S. currency will leave it with less free cash in 2015.



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