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Concerns Over US Winter Wheat may Boost Low Crop Prices

July 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Market concerns about the quantity and quality of the U.S. winter wheat crop being harvested and the dry conditions in other wheat-producing nations have sparked an unexpected run up in recent weeks to wheat prices.

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Federal Government to Step up Bird Flu Monitoring this Fall

July 6, 2015 8:45 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

The federal government recently announced plans to step up monitoring wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.

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Wine Ice Cream, Maple Water: 5 Foods of the Future?

July 6, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn't quite fulfill its destiny. Those were some of the alternate-universe products at last week's 61st annual Fancy Food Show. Many have limited distribution and aren't easy to find, but could signal coming trends.

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1 Death Reported from Salmonella Outbreak at NC Restaurant

July 6, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

State health officials say one person has died in connection with a salmonella outbreak at a North Carolina barbecue restaurant.

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Bourbon Boom: Kentucky Inventory Reaches 40-Year High

July 6, 2015 8:00 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press

The Kentucky Distillers' Association says the state's bourbon inventory reached a 40-year high last year with nearly 5.7 million barrels aging in warehouses.

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Outraged Over Peas in Guac? Wait Until you try Brocamole!

July 6, 2015 7:45 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

Thank goodness for Twitter-powered outrage. How else would we know just how horribly offensive the combination of peas and avocados is?

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Whole Foods Apologizes for Pricing Problems

July 6, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

Whole Foods Market is apologizing to its shoppers for incorrect pricing, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.

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Milk Surplus Hurting Dairy Sales

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

Dairy prices worldwide are down nearly 40 percent as forecasters predict another year of record milk production in 2015. Farmers in the U.S., however, appear to have little incentive to cut back at the moment.

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General Mills to Remove Gluten From Lucky Charms

July 2, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Mills announced this week that it will begin making its Lucky Charms cereal from the same oat flour that will soon make Cheerios gluten-free.

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What Ingredients Catch Consumers' Eyes When Grocery Shopping?

July 2, 2015 2:55 pm | by GNT

Consumers all around the world pay closer attention to what they eat and how they choose their food products. This becomes apparent in the supermarket setting: 64 percent of Americans take a critical look at the product before placing it in their shopping cart.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

July 2, 2015 2:00 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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Give Peas a Chance? Not in My Guacomole, Says Obama

July 2, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press

 Give peas a chance? When it comes to guacamole, no way, says President Barack Obama.

General Mills' Profit Hit by Green Giant Charge

July 2, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press

General Mills said its profit fell by more than half after it took a charge to write down the value of its Green Giant frozen and canned vegetables business, to which it plans to devote less resources. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods said it recorded a $260 million charge related to the brand.

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In the News: Kraft Shareholders Approve Sale of Company to Heinz

July 2, 2015 12:05 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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

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MSU Completes Upgrades to Cheese Production Facility

July 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Recent upgrades to the Custer Dairy Processing Plant at Mississippi State University mean fewer balls of Edam and other cheese products will be available for 2015.

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Seafood Supply Altered by Climate Change

July 2, 2015 10:15 am | by UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, according to UBC scientists.

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Sugary Beverages Kill 184K People a Year, Study Says

July 2, 2015 9:25 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter

Sugar-sweetened beverages cause an estimated 184,000 deaths each year across the globe, according to a new study. The analysis was compiled using death and disability statistics factoring in rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancers from 2010.

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4th of July Survey Shows Consumer Food Trends

July 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Instantly, Inc.

The survey results show baked beans (51 percent), corn on the cob (60 percent) and potato salads (61 percent) are Americans' top three favorite side dishes to eat during the holiday.

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JBS USA Agrees to Buy Cargill Pork Business

July 2, 2015 8:30 am | by Cargill

JBS USA Pork has entered into an agreement with Cargill to acquire the company's U.S.-based pork business for $1.45 billion (USD).  Completion of the acquisition is subject to regulatory review and approval.

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The Craft Effect: 1 in 4 Beers Launched Globally in 2014 Was High Strength

July 2, 2015 8:00 am | by Mintel

New research from Mintel has found that almost one in four beers launched globally in 2014 and 25 percent in 2013 had an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 6.5 percent or higher, up from just one in seven beers launched in 2012.

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