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Infographic: Grocery Prices Skyrocket as Beef, Fruit Costs are Up

July 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Labor Department USDA

The rise in prices of certain foods, like beef and fresh fruits, is outpacing overall inflation. With the pricey costs of eating, there has also been a hike in consumer-price indexes for food at home, more commonly known as groceries. 

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Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

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Research Shows Sucralose as a Healthy Alternative for Diabetics

July 16, 2014 3:29 pm | by SPLENDA

With summer comes desserts, and who wants to skip out on delicious treats? Recent research offers encouraging news that some desserts made with sucralose — in place of added sugar— may help with maintaining blood sugar and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Americans More Concerned About Food Waste Than GMOs

July 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Sealed Air

As populations skyrocket, global demand for food has never been higher. But in the U.S., more than one-third of the food produced is never eaten and a new survey shows that food waste is near the top of the list of consumers' environmental concerns.

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Infographic: What's the Buzz in #Food Trends on Social Media?

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Microsoft Social Listening

When it comes to food, everything from on-the-go to here-and-gourmet is on the table. What was popular last week might not be the cool item next week. Social media is always abuzz with what's on the world's menu. So what's trending now?

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Harsh Winter Keeps Maine Lobster from Shedding Shells

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

The cold winter may be to blame for the lobster population not having shed its shells yet. The harvesting season usually begins in mid June, and has not happened yet this year. Some lobstermen are reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

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Consumer Trends: Top 30 Barbecue Restaurants in America

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by OpenTable, Inc.

OpenTable honors our nation's longstanding love affair with barbecuing by announcing the top 30 best barbecue restaurants in America. These awards reflect the opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews. From Maryland to California, what beats your eats?

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Food Guide to Enhance Productivity, Increase Profits

July 16, 2014 11:20 am | by METTLER TOLEDO

In the newest Food Productivity Guide published by METTLER TOLEDO, food and beverage manufacturers are given a food process and equipment selection reference tool in topics from filling and batching to checkweighing and inspection techniques.

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French Law Kicks Packaged Food Out of the Kitchen

July 16, 2014 10:08 am | by LOUISE DEWAST, Associated Press

French restaurants have added a symbol on their menus, a skillet with a house on top, to indicate the choice is made in-house. This move is part of a new law meant to battle against the surprising amount of factory-made, pre-packaged foods in French restaurants.

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Pepsi Promotes School Health, Wellness with $1.2M Investment

July 16, 2014 9:38 am | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo invested $1.25 million in two grants geared toward improving the health of America's children through the power of good nutrition and exercise. The grants support the GENYOUth Foundation, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the United Way Healthy Zone School Program.  

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Reduced Food Prices Bring Grocery Bill Relief

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press

After four months of increases, wholesale food prices fell 0.2 percent in May. That should bring some grocery bill relief. Food costs had been rising because crops were damaged by a drought in California and brutal winter storms in the Midwest.

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Will Colombians Jump Ship to Starbucks Coffee?

July 16, 2014 9:14 am | by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press

Starbucks is making its much-anticipated debut in the country synonymous with coffee after years of roasting Colombia's Arabica beans for billions of java lovers the world over. But will Colombians answer Starbucks' siren call and ditch a popular local chain favorite?

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Middlemen Eliminated as Local Foods Become Big Business

July 16, 2014 8:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

With the growing number of consumers becoming interested in where their food comes from, companies and organizations are delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.

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Hershey's Not so Sweet Deal: Raising Candy Prices by 8 Percent

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Associated Press

Hershey Company, known for its Kit Kat, Reese's and Hershey candy bars, is raising its prices as the costs for ingredients such as cocoa, dairy and nuts have risen since the beginning of the year. The company said it expects most prices to rise about 8 percent.

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Infographics: Unscrambling Egg Labels

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms

Nearly two-thirds of Americans spend more to buy specialty eggs, but a new poll reveals they don't always get what they think they're paying for. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free," most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

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Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? Lay's Thinks So

July 15, 2014 2:39 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Frito-lay announces cappuccino-flavored chips for its Lay's brand beginning in late July. The coffee-flavored chips are part of the four finalists of its second annual "Do Us a Flavor" contest in the U.S., which allows people to create a new potato chip.

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Consumer Trends: Online Recipe Tool Shields Against Food Poisoning

July 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Ad Council

Foodborne illness is a serious public threat in the U.S. The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from foodborne illness each year. Now, a new online tool created by the USDA automatically inserts critical food safety steps into user recipes.

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New Mexico Quenches Thirst for Jobs with Craft Brewery Boom

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

The brewery scene is anything but new in states such as Oregon and California, but federal census data shows the industry continues to boom. Dozens of microbreweries have popped up around New Mexico in recent years, creating jobs and helping develop the economy. 

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Researchers: The Fishy Truth About Seafood Farming

July 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Increased seafood consumption has been proposed as part of a strategy to combat the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes. With nearly half of all seafood consumed around the world coming from fish farms, researchers now say farmed seafood is not without health risks.

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USDA Marks 20 Billionth Egg from Eggland's Best

July 15, 2014 11:30 am | by Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best celebrated a special occasion as they commemorate the 20 billionth USDA-approved egg. The company conducts more than 35,000 tests a year to guarantee its eggs have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients.

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