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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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FTC Moves to Block Sysco's $3.5B Purchase of US Foods

February 20, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Antitrust regulators are challenging the $3.5 billion sale of US Foods to Sysco, saying the deal would hurt customers by reducing competition between food supply companies. Sysco Corp. agreed to buy US Foods in December 2013, saying they would create a company with $65 billion in annual revenue.

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Butterball Acquires Second North Carolina Processing Facility

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Butterball, LLC

The purchase of the facility, closed by its previous owners in December 2014, will help Butterball continue to meet growing consumer demand for a variety of Butterball turkey products.

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Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

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Police: Meat Plant Employee Charged in Co-Worker's Death After Prank

February 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press

A worker at a suburban Philadelphia meat rendering plant has been charged with fatally stabbing a colleague a day after the co-worker yanked a chair out from under him as a prank.

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Nestle Profits Rise, But Held Back By Weak Pricing in Europe

February 19, 2015 2:45 pm | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer

Nestle S.A. says net profit rose 44 percent last year. But annual sales fell in Swiss franc terms due to hesitant consumers in Europe and shifting exchange rates. 

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Coca-Cola Attacked by Protesters With Gas Bombs, 10 Injured

February 19, 2015 1:40 pm | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press

Ten people were injured in southern Mexico after an attempt to attack the Coca-Cola company's offices in the southern state of Guerrero. Protesters tried to attack the Coke offices "to damage the facilities."

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Cargill Partners With Mondelez to Support Cocoa Sustainability

February 19, 2015 1:15 pm | by Cargill

Cargill has signed a formal partnership agreement to support Mondelez International's Cocoa Life program, which strengthens both companies' commitment to improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and to investing in a sustainable future for cocoa.

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Healthier Options Are No Match For the Appetite of Junk Foods, Says Study

February 19, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In a new study, researchers looked at the eating habits of consumers in nearly 190 countries. The results showed that although consumers are eating more healthy foods, the appetite for junk food has shown an even bigger jump in numbers.

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FDA Warns Consumers With Peanut Allergies to Avoid Cumin Spice

February 19, 2015 10:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Hundreds of products are being pulled from store shelves after traces of peanut were found in cumin spice — a life-threatening danger to some people with peanut allergies. While such large allergy-related recalls are rare, undeclared allergens like peanuts are the leading cause of food recalls in the United States.

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Hershey Begins Move to Simple, Easy-to-Understand Ingredients

February 19, 2015 8:30 am | by The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company this week announced it is demonstrating its dedication to goodness through its great-tasting, high-quality products by beginning a transition to simple and easy-to-understand ingredients. This builds and expands on Hershey’s ongoing commitment to responsibly sourcing the ingredients it uses in its product portfolio.

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Colorado Considers Paying Nearly $1M to Get More Local Food in Schools

February 19, 2015 8:15 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

A Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias passed its first test Wednesday at the Legislature. But the measure passed by a single vote after complaints that it takes money from classroom instruction.

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Slaughterhouse Owner Pleads Guilty in Tainted Beef Case

February 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Jesse Amaral Jr., owner of the defunct Rancho Feeding Corp. based in Petaluma, California, admitted guilt to distributing adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. Amaral is the third person to plead guilty in the conspiracy that sparked beef recalls.

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CFIA Says Alberta Mad Cow Disease Born 2 Years After Feed Ban

February 19, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

Canada's food safety organization says a cow discovered on an Alberta farm with mad cow disease was born two years after the government imposed a tougher ban on animal feed to guard against the disease.

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Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net

A chemical long known to cause rapid, severe lung damage remains unregulated by federal labor officials, according to a recent report. Diacetyl, usually used in its liquid form, is used to flavor an array of food products, including candy, chips and popcorn.

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Angry Orchard Releases First Hopped Hard Cider

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Angry Orchard

The cider makers at Angry Orchard experimented with a variety of hops when crafting the recipe for Hop'n Mad Apple and ultimately chose a blend of Strisselspalt and Galaxy hops for their unique flavor profiles. The hops complement the cider's bright apple aroma, allowing the fruit to shine through.

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1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant

February 18, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead another injured. Officers say two men were involved in a fight outside the facility, and both were left with stab and slash wounds.

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Study: Consumers More Mindful of Sweeteners, Yet Purchase Behavior Isn't Changing

February 18, 2015 12:52 pm | by Corn Refiners Association

The 2015 Sweetener360, an annual research study completed in part by Nielsen and Mintel Consulting and commissioned by the Corn Refiners Association, revealed six distinct segments of consumers who purchase sweetened products, ranging from bachelors who say they have no health concerns to “all-natural” moms who say they’re avoiding all sweeteners and GMOs.

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Photo of the Day: Grainger Says Safety Impacts Everybody, Every Industry

February 18, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The 2015 Grainger Show, held in Orlando, Fla., welcomed more than 17,000 attendees this week, and I had the good fortune of being one of them! As my first time attending, it was not what I expected; it was even better!

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