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States Forego GMO Labeling Laws Over Past Year

June 25, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

During the past two years, three New England states enacted labeling laws for genetically modified foods amid increasing concerns from consumers. With only a handful of days remaining in the current fiscal year, however, no additional states targeted GMO food labeling in the past 12 months.

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McDonald's: Fewer Happy Meal Orders Opting For Soda

June 25, 2015 9:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's says fewer people are picking soda for Happy Meals after it stopped listing the drinks as an option on its menu boards.

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NYC: Whole Foods Mislabels Prepackaged Items, Overcharges

June 25, 2015 8:45 am | by JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press

Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods, New York City's consumer chief said Wednesday.

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Groups Call on Subway to Phase Out Antibiotics

June 25, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Dozens of advocacy groups this week asked Subway restaurants to eliminate their use of meat from animals raised with routine use of antibiotics.

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Survey: Food & Beverage Companies Expect Growth, Risks and Challenges

June 25, 2015 8:05 am | by McGladrey LLP

More than six in 10 food and beverage executives are anticipating growth in both revenues and profits in the near future, according to a new survey released by McGladrey LLP.

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European Grocery Merger Would Create Sixth-Largest US Chain

June 25, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An agreement to merge two European grocery giants would also create the sixth-largest retail food company in the U.S.

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Photo of the Day: Road Sign Advises to 'Drink More Beer'

June 24, 2015 2:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

An electronic road sign in a small Michigan township was sold for a hefty $600 earlier this week. But this wasn't just any sign, as it advised passersby to "drink more beer."

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McCormick to Purchase Maker of Stubb's Barbeque Sauces

June 24, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

McCormick & Company will purchase the maker of Stubb's barbeque sauces for $100 million, the spice and flavorings company announced on Wednesday. McCormick said the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based One World Foods Inc. would complement its existing range of grilling products.

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Bills Would Require Food Safety Inspections For Prisons

June 24, 2015 12:35 pm | by The Associated Press

Prison kitchens in Michigan managed by contractors would be required to have food safety inspections under recently introduced bipartisan legislation.  It comes in response to recent news that inmates at a Jackson-area prison found maggots in a food preparation area.

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In the News: Court Delays Sysco-US Foods Deal After Legal Challenge

June 24, 2015 12:25 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out all the details by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Wish-Bone Salad Dressing Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Egg in Ranch Salad Dressing

June 24, 2015 12:10 pm | by Pinnacle Foods Group LLC

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of its Wish-Bone Ranch Salad Dressing variety, due to the product containing Wish-Bone Blue Cheese Dressing, inadvertently packed in Ranch Salad Dressing bottles.

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Republicans Push Back Against Proposed Dietary Guidelines

June 24, 2015 12:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press

Congressional Republicans are pushing back against proposed dietary guidelines that urge Americans to consider the environment when deciding what foods to eat.

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Smuggled Meat in China Found Rotting, Dating to 1970s

June 24, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Chinese officials seized more than 100,000 tons of smuggled meat in June, including portions that had spoiled and others that had been frozen for decades.

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Court Delays $3.5B Sysco-US Foods Deal After Legal Challenge

June 24, 2015 9:45 am | by The Associated Press

A court on Tuesday temporarily blocked Sysco from buying US Foods, a deal opposed by regulators who say it would reduce competition between food supply companies.

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Liquor Board OKs New Rules After Oktoberfest Controversy

June 24, 2015 9:10 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

Utah's liquor board approved more flexible rules for granting event permits Tuesday, a year after receiving intense criticism when board members considered denying a permit to serve beer at an annual Oktoberfest celebration.

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Monsanto CEO Vows to Continue Efforts to Lure Syngenta

June 24, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto's chief executive remains optimistic that the St. Louis-based agribusiness giant will eventually secure a merger with Swiss rival Syngenta despite the latter's repeated rejections of takeover bids.

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Food Supplier Sues Egg Farm Alleging Breach of Contract

June 24, 2015 8:20 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Michael Foods Egg Products Co., a subsidiary of St. Louis-based cereal-maker Post Holdings Inc., filed a lawsuit in federal court in Des Moines on Monday alleging Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms in Corwith is in breach of a Jan. 27, 2014, contract.

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Kraft Sued Over All-Natural Label For Capri Sun

June 24, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A northern California man earlier this month filed a class action lawsuit against Kraft Foods, which alleged that the company's Capri Sun juice contained artificial ingredients despite its label as "all-natural."

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Genetic Study of 'Co-Evolution' Could Provide Clues to Better Food Production

June 23, 2015 3:00 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA

Scientists believe that understanding how co-evolution works could help provide genetic clues for producing heartier plants and food for a growing global population.

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American Foodies on Never-Ending Quest for New Products

June 23, 2015 1:10 pm | by Packaged Facts

Foodies have a well-known love for the type of culinary adventure and food tourism that takes the taste buds on a journey through the new, the novel, and the unique. But now, consumers from all walks of life are gravitating toward the latest culinary trends and dietary fads.

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