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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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Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds are designed to increase yield, deter pests and tolerate weed-killing chemicals, particularly the company's Roundup, a staple for farmers worldwide.

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Winegrowers Unveil 100-Year Business Plan to Preserve Agriculture

January 16, 2015 10:10 am | by Sonoma County Winegrowers

The existence of the 100-year plan was announced nearly one year to the day when Sonoma County Winegrowers generated worldwide attention for its bold commitment to become the nation's first 100% sustainable wine growing region by 2019.  

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Former NY Beech-Nut Factory Being Demolished

January 16, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

A familiar industrial landmark for Thruway motorists in the Mohawk Valley is slowly disappearing as crews demolish a century-old baby food factory. Crews have begun tearing down the 850,000-square-foot Beech-Nut factory complex, located 45 miles northwest of Albany.

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Babies on Beer Bottles? New Hampshire Considers Alcohol Label Change

January 16, 2015 8:30 am | by RIK STEVENS, Associated Press

Currently, a bottle of Breakfast Stout crafted by Founders Brewery Co., is illegal in the Granite State but legislation proposed this year would permit brewers to peddle their ales, stouts, porters and lagers even if the label shows images of minors.

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More Schools Serve Students Dinner as Demand Expands

January 16, 2015 8:00 am | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

In the 2014 fiscal year, 104 million suppers were served to students, up from about 19 million in 2009. Participation is still lower than in the nation's long-running breakfast and lunch programs, which serve more than 12 million and 31 million students, respectively.

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OSU, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to Offer Food Safety Training

January 16, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press

This training is designed for small fruit and vegetable producers and processors, dairies and milk processors, shell egg producers and feed manufacturers. It will provide necessary knowledge of preventive controls and food security to assist producers in meeting the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Gluten-Free Food Industry Reaches $973M, Report Says

January 15, 2015 1:45 pm | by Packaged Facts

The gluten-free market is cementing its staying power as more than a mere dietary fad and continues to make national headlines, including a recent announcement by popular foodservice chain Pizza Hut that it will begin offering gluten-free pizza. 

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Judge: Dairy Pollution Threatens Washington Valley's Water

January 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.        

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Study: When Chocolate Milk Removed From Schools, Total Milk Intake Drops

January 15, 2015 12:35 pm | by CANADIAN SCIENCE PUBLISHING (NRC RESEARCH PRESS)

Researchers measured milk consumption by children and found that when chocolate milk was removed from schools, the overall consumption dropped drastically by about 41 percent. Additionally, of the students who chose plain milk, there was a greater amount of milk wasted.

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Connecticut Brewery Settles Dispute With Anchor Brewing

January 15, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A Hartford brewery and restaurant has agreed to change the label on its bottled beers following a trademark dispute with the Anchor Brewing Co. in California. A settlement calls for City Stream Brewing to change the name on its bottle beer from "City Steam" to "Citysteam."

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Phoenix Restaurants Out to Show Super Bowl Visitors it's a Foodie Oasis

January 15, 2015 11:30 am | by TERRY TANG, Associated Press

Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York's restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL's big game is a chance to simply score some points as a major culinary player.       

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The Play Off Nostalgia Continues: Strawberry Honeycomb Cereal is Back!

January 15, 2015 10:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Following the recent trend of bringing back old brands, Post Foods, LLC has decided to bring its Strawberry Honeycomb cereal back to the breakfast table. The cereal was first introduced in 1983 as a limited edition item but quickly became a big hit.

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