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Commodity Supplies Send Food Prices Sliding

April 6, 2015 2:20 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

United Nations officials estimated that global food prices are at their lowest levels in nearly five years, and commodities traders believe that trend isn't likely to wane anytime soon.


Diminishing Oyster Supply Threatens Florida Town's Economy

April 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press

The local oyster industry is under threat from water-flow issues, environmental concerns, health and safety regulations and economic realities. Restaurants from New Orleans to Tampa and beyond tout Apalachicola oysters as the tastiest oysters around, but the annual harvest has been in decline.


Traditonal Matcha Tea Experiencing a US Renaissance

April 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

The uptick in U.S. demand for matcha is having a spillover effect in Japan, where production of tencha, the raw green leaves that are ground into the powder known as matcha, has doubled in Kyoto prefecture during the last 10 years, rising from 564 tons in 2003 to more than 1,163 tons in 2013.


Feds to Shut Down Sardine Fishing on West Coast

April 6, 2015 8:00 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

West Coast fisheries managers will likely shut down sardine fishing this year as numbers decline, echoing a previous collapse that decimated a thriving industry and increasing worries that other species might be withheld from the commercial market.


Costco Canada Recalls Chicken Salad Over Listeria Risk

April 3, 2015 1:57 pm | by Associated Press

The recall covers salads that contain fully cooked sliced chicken breast. The salad was sold in all Canadian provinces except for Prince Edward Island.


Deadly Bird Flu Shows Up in South Dakota, 5th Minnesota Farm

April 3, 2015 1:07 pm | by CARSON WALKER and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 strain in a flock of 71,000 turkeys in Stearns County, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health said. That brings the number of Minnesota turkey farms where the strain has been detected to five, officials said. The strain also has shown up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota.


Some Maple Sap This Season Headed From Tree Tap to Beer Tap

April 3, 2015 12:47 pm | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

The local syrup adds a touch of woodsy sweetness to the maple amber beer made by nearby Chatham (N.Y.) Brewing, one of a cadre of craft brewers nationwide bridging the gap between tree tap and bar tap. The amount of syrup destined for pint glasses from this spring's maple run is a relative trickle, but maple beers offer something for the growing numbers of local food lovers and craft beers aficionados.


University of Maryland-Led Team Creates U.S. Database of Food Safety Inspections

April 3, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Maryland

In the U.S., such inspections are done by local public health departments, which can take different approaches to conducting, coding and reporting inspection data. Using this unique new automated database, food service businesses and consumers can monitor and compare food safety practices from outlets across the nation.


Oreo Debuts in Morocco

April 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The food and beverage conglomerate Mondelez recently announced the beginning of Oreo cookie sales in Morocco following completion of the cookie's largest production line in Africa. The new production follows the company's acquisition of Moroccan cookie company Biscuiterie Industrielle du Moghreb two years ago.


Highly Processed Foods Lead Market

April 2, 2015 5:19 pm | by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

A nation-wide analysis of grocery purchases reveals that highly processed foods make up more than 60 percent of the calories in food people in the U.S. buy. And, these items tend to have more fat, sugar and salt than less-processed foods.


Study: Fruit, Vegetable Pesticides Linked to Lower Sperm Count

April 2, 2015 4:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study by Harvard University scientists for the first time linked pesticides applied to fruits and vegetables to reproductive problems in men.


What Happened to Lunch? Study Shows Skipping Meals is Common in Children

April 2, 2015 3:20 pm | by FOODMINDS LLC

According to new analysis of data from the 2009-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, skipping lunch is a common practice among children and adolescents, with 13% of younger children and 17% of 9-13 year olds skipping lunch on a given day. 


Taiwan Expanding Into Indoor LED-Lit, Pesticide-Free Farms

April 2, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

Chang Chen-kai is part of Taiwan's new generation of high-tech farmers that is harnessing the island's technological edge in light-emitting diodes to grow vegetables indoors under bright LED lights.


4th Minnesota Turkey Farm Infected With Deadly Bird Flu

April 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Animal health officials have confirmed a bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry at a fourth turkey farm in Minnesota. The Board of Animal Health says the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus was found at a commercial turkey farm in Nobles County in southwestern Minnesota.


Hershey CEO John Bilbrey Takes Chairman's Seat

April 2, 2015 11:45 am | by Associated Press

Hershey's John Bilbrey was named chairman at the confectioner four years after he became CEO.

Candy Lovers Take Notice: Ferrara is Expanding Chicago Facilities

April 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The candy company, known for its variety of confections, including Lemonheads, Trolli, Super Bubble Bubble Gum, Fruit Stripe Gum, Now & Laters and Atomic Fireballs, will erect the new facility alongside its existing 750,000-square-foot operations.


US Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced the civil charges Wednesday against the two companies. The agency said the companies used "manipulative trading strategies" in December 2011 to artificially lower wheat prices on the spot market.


Study: Synthetic Hormones Harmed Fish Reproduction

April 2, 2015 9:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Missouri found that commonly used chemicals affected reproduction in fish populations.


Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The seventh annual poll by Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based purchasing aggregator, indicated that half of the participating chief financial officers anticipated growth in the U.S. economy this year, a four percent increase over the 2014 poll and a record high for the survey.


Jury Rejects Michigan Man's Heinz Ketchup Packet Patent Suit

April 2, 2015 7:55 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press

A federal jury in Pittsburgh has rejected a Michigan man's claims that a condiment package he patented in 1997 led H.J. Heinz Co. to develop its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets in 2010.


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