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USDA Invests in Research to Address Food Security

March 7, 2013 9:30 am

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan visited South Dakota State University to announce more than $75 million in grants for research, education and extension activities to ensure greater food security in the United States and around the world.

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Smucker Signs on as Olympic Sponsor

March 7, 2013 9:28 am | by EDDIE PELLS,AP National Writer

The U.S. Olympic Committee has added J.M. Smucker to its list of sponsors, bringing the food company into the fold for the Sochi and Rio de Janeiro Games. Smucker's has a long relationship with U.S. Figure Skating. USOC chief marketing officer Lisa Baird said the skating federation gets a lot of the credit for urging Smucker's to team with the USOC, as well.

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Bumble Bee Recalls Tuna for Faulty Seals

March 7, 2013 9:26 am

Bumble Bee Foods LLC is recalling some of its 5-ounce canned tuna because of a risk the fish could spoil. The company said Wednesday that some cans' seals may not be tight enough. Loose seals could let in pathogens and spoil the tuna, sickening an eater.

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Photo of the Day: Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit

March 7, 2013 9:24 am

Tuesday, during the first-ever Alabama Gulf Seafood Summit, more than 100 attendees representing all segments of the seafood chain gathered at the Mobile Convention Center to explore how best to move the Gulf seafood industry forward for businesses in the state.

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Recalled Ham Was Produced Without HACCP Plan

March 6, 2013 1:05 pm

Byron Center Wholesale Meats, a Byron Center, Michigan, establishment, is recalling approximately 6,586 pounds of ham products that were produced without a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

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IFT Issues Food Product Tracing Report

March 6, 2013 12:56 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced the public release of their report for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on the outcomes of two pilot projects designed to test and study various product tracing practices for fresh produce and processed foods.

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Ala. Seafood Leaders Gather for Conference

March 6, 2013 12:53 pm

Leaders of Alabama's seafood industry gathered Tuesday to discuss ways to increase demand for their products. Officials from the governor to coastal industry executives took part in the Alabama Seafood Summit, held at the Mobile Convention Center.

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OSHA Cites Safety Issues at Meat Byproducts Plant

March 6, 2013 12:45 pm

Federal regulators say they're proposing $91,300 in fines for safety violations at a meat byproducts plant in the south-central Nebraska city of Lexington. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release Tuesday that there are six violations, including one repeat violation, at the Darling International plant. OSHA says the Darling plant operates as Dar Pro in Lexington.

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Coca-Cola Puts New Sweetener in UK Sprite

March 6, 2013 12:36 pm

Finding a can of regular Sprite in the United Kingdom is about to get difficult. Coca-Cola says it's replacing Sprite in the country with a version that uses the sweetener stevia and has 30 percent fewer calories. Sprite Zero, which doesn't have any calories, will also be available.

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Consumer Trends: Wal-Mart's Healthy Foods Initiative

March 6, 2013 12:00 pm

First Lady Michelle Obama visited a Walmart store in Springfield, Mo., today to celebrate the retailer's progress in making food healthier, more affordable and available to consumers across the country. During the first two years of Walmart's healthier food initiative, the company helped make it easier for customers to create healthier diets and, ultimately, live healthier lives.

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Daily Sound Bite: Large Flour Mills to Consolidate

March 6, 2013 11:33 am

ConAgra is uniting its flour milling business with Horizon Milling. Horizon is a joint venture between Cargill and CHS and is currently the largest miller in the country. The new company will be called Ardent Mills. ConAgra expressed optimismabout the merger.

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Monsanto Acquires Plant Trait Developer

March 6, 2013 10:00 am

Agricultural products giant Monsanto Co. said Tuesday it bought Rosetta Green Ltd., a company that develops plant traits using RNA technology. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Based in Israel, Rosetta Green specializes in identifying and using genes to guide processes in corn, soybeans, and cotton.

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USDA Kicks off National Nutrition Month

March 6, 2013 9:58 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off an exciting National Nutrition Month by marking the start of National School Breakfast Week (March 4-8), a time that highlights the importance of promoting healthy choices for our nation's children throughout the school day.

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Global Brands Hit Nigeria as Middle Class Grows

March 6, 2013 9:56 am | by JON GAMBRELL,Associated Press

Despite the possible profits for brands entering Nigeria, challenges still remain. Stores must rely on diesel generators for electricity, as Nigeria's state-run power remains epileptic at best and blackouts can last days. Having adequate supply chains also can prove to be a challenge, as some Nigerian suppliers don't immediately meet Western standards and backlogs at the country's major port in Lagos can be weeks at a time.

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ConAgra, Cargill, CHS Join to Form Ardent Mills

March 6, 2013 9:53 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

The biggest U.S. flour miller is getting a lot bigger. ConAgra Foods is combining its flour milling business with Horizon Milling — a joint venture of Cargill Inc. and CHS Inc. that was already No. 1 — to create a new joint venture called Ardent Mills.

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Frito-Lay Loses Suit over Bowl-Shaped Chips

March 6, 2013 9:52 am | by JIM SALTER,Associated Press

A Texas jury has sided with a St. Louis company in its fight with snack giant Frito-Lay over the right to produce bowl-shaped tortilla chips. Plano, Texas-based Frito-Lay sued St. Louis-based Ralcorp Holdings and its Medallion Foods subsidiary in February 2012, saying Ralcorp's Bowlz corn chips were too similar to Frito-Lay's Tostitos Scoops! chips.

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Photo of the Day: Nigeria's Brand Explosion

March 6, 2013 9:50 am

As Nigeria’s middle class grows along with the appetite for foreign brands in Africa’s most populous nation, more foreign restaurants and lifestyle companies are entering the country. And the draw on Nigerians’ new discretionary spending has also put new expectations on providing quality service in a nation where many have grown accustomed to expecting very little.

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Consumer Trends: Cargill Turns to Internet to Promote Beef

March 5, 2013 12:00 pm

Whether it's in the form of meatloaf, Italian meat sauce, taco filling, an ingredient in chili or the ubiquitous grilled burger, ground beef is America's favorite protein. Because Americans have a love affair with ground beef, in 2012 Cargill conducted consumer research to find out how it could help them better experience it as an ongoing staple food in their diets. 

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Study: No Immediate Savings from Workplace Wellness

March 5, 2013 10:01 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR,Associated Press

 The study in Monday's issue of the journal Health Affairs has implications for a debate now taking place at companies around the country: how much pressure can you put on workers to quit smoking, lose weight, and get exercise before it turns into unwelcome meddling, or worse, a slippery slope toward a new kind of health discrimination? 

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Daily Sound Bite: Meeting Consumers on the Web

March 5, 2013 9:56 am

Cargill recently launched CargillGroundBeef.com, which the company hopes will serve as a platform to connect consumers with the company and provide more detailed information about Cargill and its products. The site will provide the opportunity for consumers to interact with the company and will be integrated with social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.

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