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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

NAMI Foundation Applauds USDA Food Safety Research Grants

April 2, 2015 7:30 am | by NAMI Foundation

The grants include funding for research projects focused on food safety and quality as well as mitigating antibiotic resistance.

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McDonald's Revamps Grilled Chicken to Cut Ingredients

April 1, 2015 1:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's says it's simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes.

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A Look at Microbrewery Laws Being Considered Nationwide

April 1, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press

Lawmakers around the country have been taking up various bills that cater to the growing microbrewery industry.

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Nestle Hopes to Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 1, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of the Swiss multinational, said last week in Hong Kong that the company's Cailler brand would be recast as premium Swiss chocolate to help international sales.

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Falling Corn Prices Stalk Monsanto, Sending 2Q Profits Lower

April 1, 2015 11:48 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer

The St. Louis agricultural business giant reported a second-quarter profit of $1.42 billion, or $2.92 per share, down from $1.67 billion, or $3.15 per share, in the prior year period. Sales slid to $5.2 billion from $5.8 billion.

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner on Yogurt Products

April 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Starbucks on Tuesday announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

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Study: Pet Foods Contain Animal Contents Not Explicitly Identified on Labels

April 1, 2015 10:45 am | by BIOMED CENTRAL

Researchers from the University of Nottingham determined the relative presence of DNA from cow, chicken, pig and horse in 17 leading dog and cat wet foods, readily available in UK supermarkets. They then compared their results with the animal species details that were disclosed on the pet food labels.

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Pink Pineapples, Purple Tomatoes May Be Next-Generation GMOs

April 1, 2015 8:40 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.These genetically engineered foods could receive government approval in the coming years.

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States Increasing Production Caps for Microbreweries

April 1, 2015 8:30 am | by RYAN VAN VELZER, Associated Press

The popularity of microbrews has craft breweries bumping up against the country's longstanding three-tier system that governs the beer industry.

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New Va. Tech Dairy Science Facilities Under Construction

April 1, 2015 8:10 am

Virginia Tech is moving its dairy farm to a new $14 million off-campus facility. Officials say the Blacksburg school's 500-head dairy herd and production facility will be relocated to the university's Kentland Farm in Montgomery County.

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Molson Coors Acquires Mount Shivalik Breweries Ltd.

April 1, 2015 7:55 am | by Molson Coors Brewing Company

 As part of the transaction, MCI acquired MSBL's entire brand portfolio, including the leading strong beer brand, Thunderbolt, and assumes direct control over brewing operations in Haryana and Punjab, as well as distribution for Thunderbolt in Bihar.

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Judge to Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

March 31, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

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Pet Food Market an Intriguing Acquisiton Target For Food Giants

March 31, 2015 1:18 pm | by Packaged Facts

In the $28 billion U.S. pet food market, mergers and acquisitions have dominated the headlines in recent years. Among the most noticeable pet market merger and acquisition trends has been companies traditionally known for producing food for humans entering the pet food category.

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Picturing Peanut Contamination With Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

March 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by IM PUBLICATIONS LLP

Study the label of almost any food product and you're likely to see the rather vague warning "May contain peanuts" somewhere on there, unless of course it's a product that definitely does contain peanuts. These warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

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