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IFT Comments On Reducing Sodium Consumption

February 8, 2012 12:27 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recently submitted comments to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) offering scientific perspective and practical insights on reducing sodium consumption in the United States.

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Consumer Trends: Hispanic Traditions Influence Nation’s Eating Patterns

February 8, 2012 12:15 pm

Hispanics now comprise 16 percent of the U.S. population and the U.S. Census indicates the U.S. Hispanic population is expected to grow 34 percent from 2010 to 2020. The NPD Group, a leading market research company that has been tracking America’s eating behaviors for the last three decades, is finding that the growth of the U.S. Hispanic population combined with their adherence to dining traditions is beginning to influence national consumption patterns.

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Chicken Salad Sandwiches Recalled

February 8, 2012 10:03 am

A South Carolina company is recalling about 2,800 of its chicken salad sandwiches because of concerns about possible listeria contamination.

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Global Dairy Industry Growth Looks Strong But Uneven

February 8, 2012 10:00 am

A new report from Rabobank's global Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory department examines the global dairy industry, forecasting growth that will be enviable but uneven, and skewed to emerging markets. 

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Tony Packo's Sells After Family Feud

February 8, 2012 9:58 am | by JOHN SEEWER,Associated Press

A hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" has been sold after a yearlong family feud over ownership. Representatives of a private restaurant group in Toledo said Monday they have finalized their $5.5 million purchase of the Tony Packo's chain, whose future had been in doubt since a bank foreclosed on its loans and a court-appointed third party was put in charge. 

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'Cupcake Wars' Judge Settles Lawsuit Over Naming Rights

February 8, 2012 9:55 am

A judge on the Food Network reality television show "Cupcake Wars" has resolved her lawsuit with a Connecticut cupcake store over its name. Candace Nelson's company, Sprinkles Cupcakes, settled its federal trademark infringement lawsuit against a store named Pink Sprinkles last week. The lawsuit claimed the similarity in names was likely to cause confusion in the marketplace.

Va. Oyster Harvest Up Tenfold Over Last Decade

February 8, 2012 9:54 am

Virginia's oyster harvest has grown tenfold in the past decade to 236,000 bushels in 2011 and a dockside value of $8.2 million, state officials announced Tuesday. Gov. Bob McDonnell credited the rebound to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and its promotion of sanctuaries, targeted shell plantings in public oyster grounds and other measures.

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Photo Of The Day: 'M.A.S.H.' Diner Sells

February 8, 2012 9:50 am

The hot dog eatery made famous on the TV series "M-A-S-H" is in new hands after a yearlong family feud.

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Idaho Cheese Plant Announces $40M Expansion

February 7, 2012 1:15 pm

Lactalis American Group has announced a $40 million expansion to its Idaho plant that will increase its mozzarella production, create jobs and increase the plant's purchase of local and regional milk.

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Beer Is Booming In Michigan

February 7, 2012 1:13 pm | by BILL O'BRIEN

The state hosts more than 100 licensed breweries, the fifth-highest number in the nation, according to the Michigan Brewers Guild. Craft beer sales in Michigan grew more than 21 percent between 2009 and 2010, guild Executive Director Scott Graham said. About 4 percent of all beer consumed in Michigan is craft beer, and 2 percent is made in Michigan.

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Coca-Cola Tops Expectations Due To Global Sales

February 7, 2012 1:09 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Coca-Cola reported an effervescent fourth quarter Tuesday, as the company sold more of its drinks globally and its earnings beat analyst expectations. Coca-Cola is benefiting from raising prices in North America, where consumer sentiment is slowly improving, and expanding in emerging markets including Africa and Latin America. 

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Junk Foods Widely Available In Schools

February 7, 2012 1:02 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER,AP Medical Writer

Junk food remains plentiful at the nation's elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2010, nearly half of public and private schools surveyed sold sweet or salty snack foods in vending machines or other places, the study found. 

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Breads Top List Of Salt Sources In U.S. Diet

February 7, 2012 12:57 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as snacks like potato chips and pretzels. That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Seafood Company Fined $1M

February 7, 2012 12:53 pm

Federal prosecutors say a Torrance, Calif.-based seafood corporation has been ordered to pay $1 million in fines and community service donations for falsely labeling frozen catfish fillets as grouper.

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Consumer Trends: Healthy Snackers To Nibble Their Way Through 2012

February 7, 2012 12:50 pm

According to recent Mintel research, among healthy snackers, 44% say they tend to eat healthfully most of the time and 42% make it a point to snack on foods that are healthy. At the same time, indulgence can be part of a well-rounded lifestyle, as 39% of healthy snackers say they use less-healthy nibbles as an occasional treat.

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Nestle Moves Jobs To Ohio

February 7, 2012 9:57 am

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. said Monday that it is moving its Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets business from Englewood, Colo. to its headquarters in Solon, Ohio.

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Wal-Mart Unveils 'Great For You' Seal

February 7, 2012 9:52 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

You may like the food you buy, but is it "Great for You"? Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to help its customers figure that out by adding a new green icon that reads "Great for You" to packaging of some of its house-brand foods. 

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McDonald's Ad Pulled After Pit Bull Owner Outrage

February 7, 2012 9:44 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

McDonald's has apologized and pulled an ad that came back to bite it. The ad said eating a Chicken McBite was less risky than petting a stray pit bull, shaving your head, naming your son Sue or giving friends your Facebook password. It enraged pit bull owners and their supporters. 

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Production Resumes At Burned Candy Factory

February 7, 2012 9:42 am

Production has resumed at a landmark candy factory near Pittsburgh, where fire destroyed part of a packaging area and smoke damaged the operation's retail store and ice cream parlor last week.

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Slaughterhouse Workers Granted Class-Action Status

February 7, 2012 9:39 am

A federal judge has granted conditional class-action status to a lawsuit filed on behalf of an estimated 700 workers at a slaughterhouse in Kansas. Monday's ruling would include all hourly production employees subjected to "gang time" compensation practices at Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in Arkansas City for the past three years.

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