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Daily Sound Bite: Canada, EU Agreement a Blueprint for Trade with U.S.

October 18, 2013 12:55 pm

Canadian and European officials have struck a tentative free trade agreement, which Europeans hope will provide a blueprint for a trade pact with the U.S. The deal is expected to boost EU exports of wine, spirits, pasta and dairy products.


South Dakota State Launching Food Systems Center

October 18, 2013 12:50 pm

South Dakota State University is launching a new center for agribusiness and food systems management. The center will focus on nutrition, food safety, food processing and business management. It's part of SDSU's economics and management program.


Shutdown Affected Food Safety Efforts

October 18, 2013 12:48 pm | by DON BABWIN, Associated Press

That sausage patty on your breakfast plate was safe as ever because meat inspectors — like FBI agents — are considered "essential" and remained at work. But federal workers who inspect just about everything else on your plate — from fresh berries to scrambled eggs — were furloughed.


EU, Canada Reach Free Trade Agreement

October 18, 2013 12:43 pm | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

Canada and the EU have struck a tentative free trade deal meant to boost growth and jobs and which European officials hope will provide a blueprint for a much larger — but more challenging — trade pact with the U.S. The deal will cut tariffs and red tape.


Report: Olive Oil, Fish, Organics Top Food Frauds in EU

October 18, 2013 12:36 pm

A European Union draft report says olive oil, fish and organic food are subjected to fraud more than any other foods. In fact, the report indicates that beef is less risky, despite the scandal early this year over beef tainted with horsemeat.


Calif. Costco Recalls More Chicken over Salmonella Fears

October 18, 2013 12:32 pm

A Northern California Costco store is recalling thousands of additional rotisserie chickens over concerns about salmonella. The USDA announced the recall of a little more than 13,400 "Kirkland Signature Foster Farms" rotisserie chickens and related Kirkland Farms products.


Consumer Trends: Chilean Blueberry Exports Expected to Rise

October 18, 2013 12:00 pm

Exports of blueberries from Chile are expected to set another record this year, increasing by 7 percent to 93,000 tons worldwide. The U.S. and Canada continue to be the leading export markets for the Southern Hemisphere’s largest fresh fruit producer, accounting for 78 percent of total production.


PMMI: All Signs Point to Pharma EXPO’s Successful Debut

October 18, 2013 10:58 am

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports a groundswell of positive response to Pharma EXPO 2014, which debuts in Chicago, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014 (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place). Pharma EXPO is a joint venture between PMMI and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE).


Burger King Marketing Chief Leaving Company

October 18, 2013 9:50 am

Burger King named a new global chief marketing officer on Thursday, marking the departure of at least the third high-ranking executive since the chain went public last year. The company is promoting Axel Schwan, vice president of marketing and communications for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Energy-Bar Company Plans Twin Falls Bakery

October 18, 2013 9:47 am

Private California-based company Clif Bar & Co. has announced plans to build a 300,000-square-foot baking facility in Twin Falls. Company officials joined Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and other Twin Falls leaders Thursday in announcing plans for the facility.


Canada Officials Issue Recall of Ground Beef

October 18, 2013 9:42 am

Canada's food safety watchdog has issued another beef recall over possible E. coli contamination — the fourth this month. The latest "health hazard alert" recall involves Kirkland Signature brand lean ground beef sold at a Costco store in Lethbridge, Alta.


Jensens Sue Food-Safety Auditor

October 18, 2013 9:41 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Two Colorado farmers whose cantaloupes were tainted with listeria have filed a lawsuit blaming a food-safety auditor that didn't pick up safety problems and gave the farm a "superior" rating just a month before the nation's deadliest case of foodborne illness in a quarter century.


Photo of the Day: Cadets Go Culinary

October 18, 2013 9:34 am

Ten U.S. Military Academy cadets crossed the Hudson River this week to pair with Culinary Institute of America students for a day under a novel exchange program. The future chefs and Army officers found common ground by cooking a dinner for themselves as a team.

Daily Sound Bite: GMA Sued over Wash. Labeling Initiative

October 17, 2013 12:41 pm

Washington's attorney general has accused the Grocery Manufacturers Association of violating state campaign finance laws for how it collected and spent more than $7 million to oppose I-522, an initiative which would require labeling on genetically modified foods.


PROCESS EXPO Coverage: Kansas State Partners with Expo on Bakery Education

October 17, 2013 12:37 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association released the bakery portion of the PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY educational program. Speakers for these sessions will include experts from Kansas State University and attendance will be free of charge for all registered attendees.


Beekeepers Urge Americans to Buy Source-Certified Honey

October 17, 2013 12:32 pm

Facing continued decline in their bee colonies and shrinking honey harvests, U.S. beekeepers are urging U.S. consumers to take an easy step in helping preserve the domestic honey business and assure the quality of the honey they choose: Buy source-certified honey.


Top NY Court to Review Big-Soda Ban

October 17, 2013 12:29 pm

The state's highest court has agreed to hear New York City's appeal of a ruling that blocked Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to stop many eateries from selling super-sized, sugary drinks. The Court of Appeals granted a request to challenge a mid-level court decision that struck down the measure in August.


Nestle Sees Modest Sales Growth

October 17, 2013 12:26 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

Nestle posted a 4 percent rise in sales for the first nine months of 2013, mainly thanks to demand from emerging markets.The company said it had sales of 68.4 billion Swiss francs ($74.5 billion) through September, up from a restated 65.7 billion Swiss francs during the same period in 2012.


Wash. Attorney General Sues Grocery Manufacturers Association

October 17, 2013 12:22 pm | by MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

Washington's attorney general accused the Grocery Manufacturers Association of violating state campaign finance laws for how the food group collected and spent more than $7 million to oppose Initiative 522, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods.


Consumer Trends: Frozen Bakery Market Trends

October 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Frozen bakery is a growing industry in the food processing sector. Supermarkets and hypermarkets comprise of a greater percentage of the sector than artisan bakers. In recent years, the growth of coffee shop chains selling frozen bakery products also has increased the competition for other bakery outlets.



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