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Vermont Committee to Get Update on Settlement With NE Dairy Farmers

February 4, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Vermont lawmakers will be getting an update from the attorney general's office on the status of a proposed $50 million settlement that the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay thousands of Northeast farmers to settle antitrust allegations.

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JM Smucker Buys its Way Into Pet-Food Business

February 4, 2015 8:55 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer

J.M. Smucker Co. wants to feed the entire family — including the pets. The Orville, Ohio-based food company said that it's buying pet food maker Big Heart Pet Brands in a $3.2 billion cash-and-stock deal, giving it a presence in the fast-growing petfood industry.

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New Rule Allows Idaho Dairies to Dump Waste Without Losing Permits

February 4, 2015 8:25 am | by KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press

Companies that are part of Idaho's $2.4 billion dairy industry are no longer at risk of losing their operating permits if caught illegally dumping waste into streams and waterways. The rules come after lawmakers passed the Dairy Environmental Control Act in 2014.

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Offer of Legal Aid Over Big Isle GMO to be Considered

February 4, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

The Hawaii County Council is scheduled to consider an attorney's offer for free legal representation to defend its new law restricting genetically modified crops. The county council is scheduled to hold an executive session at its Wednesday meeting in Hilo.

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Sprouted Grains: The 'Naturally Functional' Food Trend For 2015

February 3, 2015 2:40 pm | by New Nutrition Business

Driving interest in sprouted grains is a small but growing percentage of mainstream consumers who are reducing their consumption of carbohydrates, in particular foods made from wheat and corn. Positive references to sprouted grains are showing up in health-related media.

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Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

February 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...           

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Researchers Develop Sensor to Sniff Out Fish Fraud

February 3, 2015 1:20 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF HEALTH)

Researchers at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers get what they pay for.        

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Panel Reverses Decision, Says White Potatoes OK For WIC Recipients

February 3, 2015 12:55 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor. The Institute of Medicine reversed itself and said white potatoes should be eligible for subsidized vouchers under the government's Women, Infants and Children program. 

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Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 3, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A recent poll found a majority of manufacturers plan to increase their use of mobile apps this year. Of the 111 professionals surveyed, 55 percent indicated their organizations would increase their use of mobility, while 43 percent said they did not expect any changes.

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Ky. Bourbon, Tenn. Whiskey Sales Up in US; Exports Top $1B

February 3, 2015 12:20 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Producers of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey scored another round of U.S. sales growth in 2014, while exports topped $1 billion for the second straight year. Mixed together, U.S. revenues for bourbon and Tennessee whiskey rose by 9.6 percent to $2.7 billion.

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Photos of the Day: Frozen Chicken Gets Barbecued in Truck Crash

February 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Nothing makes your stomach rumble quite as badly as blackened, highway-roasted chicken. Mmmm — wait, what? A semi-truck carrying 25,000 pounds of frozen chicken crashed into a truck transporting thousands of bees. The result of the crash? Cooked chicken.

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Budweiser Ad Stirs Controversy Among Craft Brewers, Drinkers

February 3, 2015 9:59 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Regardless of which team you were cheering for during the Super Bowl, chances are you probably had a beer in your hand. Many beer drinkers were offended by Budweiser's "Brewed the Hard Way" commercial because of its slap to the craft brew industry.

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Hundreds Express Opposition to Sanderson Farms' NC Poultry Plant

February 3, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press

Sanderson Farms says it is no longer planning to build a $95 million poultry processing plant in Cumberland County, but that didn't stop hundreds of people from turning out for a public hearing in which most speakers opposed the project.   

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How Obama Would Spend Your Money in 2016

February 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Here is an agency-by-agency look at how President Obama would spend Americans' money in the 2016 budget year beginning Oct. 1. In the agricultural department, for example, Obama has proposed a new food safety agenda dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe.

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Vermont's Dairy Industry Milking in the Money, Study Says

February 3, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A new study says Vermont's dairy industry brings in big money. The assessment, which was funded by the Vermont Dairy Promotion Council, looks at the value that the state's top agriculture product brings to its people. Find out what some of the top findings are here.

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Coca-Cola Bets the Farm on 'Premium Milk'

February 3, 2015 8:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Fairlife, which Coca-Cola formed in partnership with dairy cooperative Select Milk Producers in 2012, says its milk goes through a filtration process that's akin the way skim milk is made. Fairlife says its milk has 50 percent more protein than regular milk and is lactose free.

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Obama Proposes New Agency to Make Americans' Food Safer

February 2, 2015 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

President Barack Obama is proposing a new government agency dedicated to keeping the nation's food safe. It would consolidate parts of the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration.        

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Milk Does a Body Good? A Look at the Science

February 2, 2015 2:15 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign last week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it? Here then is a quick review of what science currently says about milk's health benefits.

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North American Meat Institute Honors 121 Meat and Poultry Plants with Environmental Recognition and Achievement Awards

February 2, 2015 2:05 pm | by North American Meat Institute

The NAMI Environmental Achievement Awards are won by member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program.       

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Flowers Foods Issue Voluntary Recall on English Muffins

February 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Flowers Foods, Inc.

Flowers Foods is voluntarily recalling Market Basket Fork Split 6 count Original English Muffins because they contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to dairy products run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No illnesses have been reported to date.

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