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Justice Dept.: Food Companies Risk Prosecution for Outbreaks

July 13, 2015 4:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

 Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream in the U.S. earlier this year, justice officials are warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they inadvertently poison their customers.

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Food Prices Lowest in Nearly Six Years

July 13, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Global food prices last month slid to their lowest levels since September of 2009, according to the latest analysis by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Iowa Businessman Convicted of Fraud Over Halal Beef Exports

July 13, 2015 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press

An Iowa businessman was found guilty Monday of exporting beef products to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' strict religious-based slaughter standards. A federal jury convicted Bill Aossey Jr. of 15 of 19 charges he faced, including conspiracy, making false statements on export certificates and wire fraud. He was acquitted of four counts of money laundering.

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Report Raises Estimate of Kansas Winter Wheat Production

July 13, 2015 12:15 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported it expects this year's wheat production to be 334.4 million bushels in Kansas. That is up from the 314.5 million bushels it had forecast just last month before harvest got fully under way. The estimate is based on July 1 conditions.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Down 7.9% in 2015

July 13, 2015 12:05 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $336.98 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

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Whataburger Takes Stand Against Texas' New Gun Law

July 13, 2015 10:55 am | by SETH ROBBINS, Associated Press

Whataburger's decision is expected to pave the way for other restaurants to enact similar policies that will further limit where gun owners can openly carry their firearms when the law takes effect in January.

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Top 5 Cheese Brands Hold Less Than 10 Percent of Global Market

July 13, 2015 10:40 am | by Canadean

The global cheese market is growing strongly, driven by emerging countries such as Brazil, where cheese consumption is expected to triple in less than a decade. However, the top five global brands hold less than 10 percent of the market.

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Parent Firm of Yogi Tea Plans Expansion

July 13, 2015 9:35 am | by SHERRI BURI MCDONALD, The Register-Guard

Fueled by growing demand for its lineup of hot teas, the maker of Yogi Tea plans to roughly double its space by building a $12 million facility in west Eugene.

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Shellfish Industry, State Seek Common Ground With New Panel

July 13, 2015 8:40 am | by STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press

With demand strong for oysters and other shellfish, the industry and state officials have a shared goal to make sure Connecticut capitalizes on the lucrative agricultural niche. A key task of the Aquaculture Advisory Council will be to develop a plan to expand the shellfish industry.

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Huge Herring Haul Worries Rival Fishermen, Environmentalists

July 13, 2015 8:15 am | by Patrick White, Associated Press

A little fish that New Englanders have sought since the Colonial era is at the center of a battle over how to manage massive boats that trawl swaths of ocean off the East Coast.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

July 10, 2015 1:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed stories of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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A Snacking Nation: 94% of Americans Snack Daily

July 10, 2015 12:45 pm | by Mintel

According to the recent report from Mintel, Snacking Motivations and Attitudes US 2015, nearly all Americans (94 percent) snack at least once a day. What is more, half (50 percent) of adults snack two to three times per day with 70 percent agreeing that anything can be considered a snack these days

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First Lady Treats Recipe Contest Winners to 'State Dinner'

July 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

The students were invited to what really was lunch after winning a nationwide contest to develop healthy lunch recipes.

New US-Swiss Organic Arrangement Marks a Critical Step Forward with Europe

July 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by Organic Trade Association

A new organic equivalency arrangement between the United States and Switzerland — whose residents consume more organic food than any other country — marks the final step in opening the valuable European market to the U.S. organic sector and streamlining the trans-Atlantic flow of organic trade.

Report: Manufacturers Should Monitor Changing Family Patterns

July 10, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A global shift away from the "traditional family" structure is likely to profoundly impact manufacturers in coming years, according to an analysis by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Foundation.

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Survey Indicates Manufacturers Could Bolster Maintenance Services

July 10, 2015 9:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly released survey of industrial machinery manufacturers suggests that those companies could utilize post-sale service to generate additional revenue growth.

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Peach Crops Fare Well in Texas Despite Heavy Spring Rains

July 10, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Some Texas growers are expecting a plentiful peach harvest in spite of heavy spring rain and flooding that left some fields impassable.

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Obama Administration Rejects Bird Flu Disaster Declaration in Iowa

July 10, 2015 8:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Obama administration this week rejected a request from Iowa officials to declare a federal disaster over the avian influenza outbreak.

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Peacock Engineering Company to Acquire L&L Foods

July 10, 2015 7:15 am | by Peacock Engineering

Peacock Engineering Company announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire L&L Foods, based in Anaheim, Calif. L&L Foods is a leading provider of high-volume, single-serve/portion-control packages of food products.

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Another Bird Flu Casualty: Rita's Pulls Frozen Custard

July 9, 2015 1:59 pm | by Associated Press

The latest casualty of bird flu? Frozen custard. The summer treat made with eggs is being pulled from Rita's stores across the country due to an egg shortage.

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