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Can Walnuts Improve Memory? Researchers Say 'Yes'

January 21, 2015 1:05 pm | by California Walnut Commission

Eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed according to new research from the David Geffen School of Medicine at The University of California, Los Angeles.

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Tootsie Roll CEO Melvin Gordon Dies at 95

January 21, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press

The CEO of Tootsie Roll Industries has died at age 95. Melvin Gordon ran the Chicago-based company for 53 years. It produces 64 million Tootsie Rolls a day, among other favorites such as Junior Mints, Charleston Chews and Tootsie Pops.   

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Ultra-High Pressure Processing May Increase Salmon Shelf-Life

January 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Although salmon is often vacuum-packed, smoked, frozen or even canned to help increase the shelf life, the quality of the meat is often decreased during these processes. Researchers found that meat treated with UHP can increase the shelf life while improving taste.

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European Food Experts Explain the Safety of BPA

January 21, 2015 8:25 am | by American Chemistry Council

Based on a re-evaluation of BPA exposure and toxicity, EFSA experts concluded that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group at current exposure levels. The report covered BPA on Food Contact Materials, Flavorings, Enzymes and Processing Aids. 

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EU Won't Ease Russia Sanctions as Ukraine Conflict Rages

January 20, 2015 3:00 pm | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press

The European Union's foreign ministers ruled out any easing of sanctions against Russia as long as fighting rages in eastern Ukraine. French food producers have been especially affected by the sanctions, and European officials are working to address these issues.

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Tyson Foods to Pay $539K For Spill in Southwest Missouri

January 20, 2015 2:10 pm | by Associated Press

Tyson Foods Inc. will pay more than $530,000 for a chemical spill that killed more than 100,000 fish and caused a southwest Missouri town's wastewater treatment system to fail, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced.      

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Millennials Drive Premiumization in Wine Industry

January 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

As a Millennial myself, I can safely vouch for consumers of my age group in that we love wine. Whites, reds, sweet or dry, Millennials like to enjoy a glass of the good stuff. A new report studies the role of Millennials in driving premiumization in the global wine industry.

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Shake Shack Plans to Raise up to $80M from IPO

January 20, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

Burger chain Shake Shack, which got its start as a hot dog cart in New York City, plans to raise up to $80 million from an initial public offering of its common stock. The company said Tuesday that it anticipates its IPO of 5 million shares pricing between $14 and $16 per share.

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Beastie Boys Seek Additional $2.4M in Monster Energy Drink Suit

January 20, 2015 12:10 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

The Beastie Boys want to force the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.4 million in legal fees and costs so the rappers' $1.7 million jury award is not dwarfed by expenses in a copyright violation case, lawyers say.      

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Union to Talk About Indiana Pillsbury Plant Set to Close

January 20, 2015 8:30 am | by Associated Press

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future. General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its decision is subject to negotiation with union officials.

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Dairy Industry Braces for Milk Bust Following 2014 Boom

January 20, 2015 7:30 am | by DANA FERGUSON, Associated Press

Already disheartened by the current glut, which is due to global factors and overproduction, dairy farmers say they worry that futures markets predict dwindling prices in 2015. Over in the dairy aisle, though, shoppers are milking savings by the gallon.

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Tarrier Foods Recalls Chopped Candy Lacking Peanut Warning

January 20, 2015 7:15 am | by Associated Press

Tarrier Foods is recalling more than 300 cases of its Chopped Twix candy topping because the Ohio company says the ingredient statement on the packaging didn't show that it may contain peanuts and eggs.       

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US Manufacturer of Oreo Begins Building New Bahrain Plant

January 20, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press

Mondelez International says the facility will have capacity to produce 90,000 tons per year. The company said its plant in the Arab Gulf island-nation will produce brands such as Oreo, Ritz and TUC in the initial phase, which will create 300 jobs. Full commercial production is scheduled to start early next year.

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Florida Salsa Company Donates Profits to Military Charities

January 20, 2015 6:15 am | by ALLISON GRINER, The Florida Times-Union

In 2012, Stan McQuiston, 43, and his friend John Reich, 52, hatched the idea to sell all-natural salsas and sauces. But they also knew from the very beginning that no money, not even a penny, would ever reach their pockets. As career military men, Reich and McQuiston wanted it all to go back to the institution that had given them so much.

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Georgia Food Company Recalls Meat Sent to Catering Distributors

January 20, 2015 6:00 am | by Associated Press

Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture say Kabob's Acquisition Inc. recalled about 869 pounds of meat that was produced between Nov. 13 and last Thursday. Officials say the company's ingredient supplier said ground cumin spice that was used in production may have been contaminated with peanut residue.

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Weekly Recall Roundup: Don't Stick Your Fork in This Pork!

January 16, 2015 4:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

With the first month of the year more than half way over, the food and beverage industry has already seen its fair share of recalls. This week, some of the more significant recalls throughout the food industry included:       

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Ga. Firm Recalls Pork For Undeclared Allergens

January 16, 2015 2:45 pm | by FDA

Heywood’s Meat Haus & Provision Co., a Marietta, Georgia establishment, is recalling approximately 931 pounds of tasso (pork shoulder) products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, according to the USDA'S Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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Study Confirms Sweet Potato Leaves a 'Good Source of Vitamins'

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE

Sweet potatoes are known to be a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and certain B vitamins that are considered essential to human health. But besides the commonly consumed root of the plant, certain tissues in the potato are also edible and high in nutritonal value.

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Alaska Seafood Processor Sells Stake to StarKist Owner

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

An Alaska seafood processor has sold a 12 percent stake to the parent company of StarKist Co., giving the South Korean tuna producer access to the salmon market.The sale to Dongwon Industries by Sitka-based Silver Bay Seafoods has been public since November, but the Alaska processor outlined details this week.

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New Rules Could Open Cuba to Wide Range of American Trade

January 16, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The Obama administration's new guidelines regarding relations with Cuba take effect today, potentially opening the Caribbean nation to a wide range of American products. Analysts warn, however, that companies looking to expand into Cuba should proceed with caution.

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