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Eggland's Best Launches New Liquid Varieties

December 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best is giving households in the Midwest a few extra minutes at the kitchen table with the launch of their new line of convenient liquid eggs. The liquid eggs are available in three varieties: Cracked & Ready, Scrambled Eggs and French Toast Batter. 

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75 Years of Coffee Innovation: White Coffee Corporation Marks Milestone

December 12, 2014 9:35 am | by White Coffee Corporation

Gold or diamond commemoratives should accompany an anniversary this noteworthy. Instead, White Coffee Corporation's goal was to meet its customer's increasing demand for single serve coffees.                

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Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 12, 2014 9:10 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The proponents say they drew strength after coming close to victory but stopped short of promising another attempt in the 2016 election.

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Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 12, 2014 8:20 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs.  Now, some companies are turning their sights to women as they look for skilled workers to fill the roles.

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In Crowded Marketplace, Breweries Search For Unique Identities

December 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times

Breweries everywhere are constantly on the lookout for clever names for their products. And it is getting more difficult, with 3,100 craft breweries across the country. After deciding on a name, many breweries search online to see if others have already claimed it. 

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Potato Industry's Lobbying Pays Off as Congress Adds Vegetable to WIC Menu

December 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. The potato industry has aggressively lobbied for inclusion in WIC for years.

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Big US School Districts Plan Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

December 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Urban School Food Alliance

Serving nearly 2.9 million students daily, Alliance members procure more than $550 million in food and supplies annually. The coalition aims to help drive down nationwide costs, while setting higher standards for the quality of food served in its schools. 

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Cargill Opens Cocoa Facility in Indonesia to Serve Growing Asian Market

December 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Cargill

Food and beverage manufacturers seeking to meet the growing demand amongst Asian consumers for chocolate and cocoa products will benefit from a greater availability of high quality cocoa powders following the inauguration of Cargill's cocoa facility in Gresik, Indonesia.

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USDA Sees High Corn, Soybean Demand in Report

December 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to the crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted.

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Meat Snack Producer to Expand Va. Facility, Create 200 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A manufacturer of value-added processed meats is planning to expand its meat snacks production operation in Henry County, creating 200 jobs. Monogram Food Solutions will invest nearly $36.5 million in the expansion.         

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Sale of Oregon Craft Brewery Provokes Backlash Among Fans

December 11, 2014 9:45 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

What did the brewers do to provoke such a backlash? Change the hops or yeast? Abandon a favorite ale recipe? No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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Infographic: Consumers Increasingly Want to Know What's in Their Food

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by Technomic, Inc.

Today's healthy food tells a story, and consumers want to hear it. Recent research by Technomic shows that most consumers want restaurants to be more transparent about menu-item ingredients. Further, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives. 

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Washington Firm Recalls Chef Salads For Undeclared Allergens

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | by FDA

Real Foods LLC, a Kent, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 308 pounds of Chef Salad with Ham and Turkey due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Polish Ban on Kosher Slaughter of Animals is Overturned

December 11, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The court argued that the constitution guarantees the freedom of religious practice. It is a victory for Poland's small Jewish and Muslim communities and for the agricultural industry, which in the past profited from the production of meat for export to Jewish and Muslim communities.

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2014 Record Apple Crop Slightly Less Than Forecasted

December 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press

The final tally is shy of the forecast of 155 million boxes because of a November freeze and a port slowdown that prompted many packing companies to divert more fruit to processors for apple sauce or juice, said Jon DeVaney, president of the association.

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Anheuser-Busch Shifts Jobs From St. Louis

December 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

One of St. Louis' most prominent corporations plans to shift an undetermined number of jobs to New York as part of a restructuring of its sales and marketing operations. Anheuser-Busch will move some top executives to a U.S. commercial strategy office in New  York.

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McDonald's to Trim Menu, Examine Ingredients

December 10, 2014 1:14 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's is planning to simplify its menu and maybe even in the number of ingredients it uses in its food as it fights to hold onto customers. CEO Don Thompson sought to reassure investors Wednesday that changes will help strengthen the chain's appeal.

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Can Organic Crops Compete With Industrial Agriculture?

December 10, 2014 12:50 pm | by University of California - Berkeley

A recent study at the University of California finds a smaller than expected gap in yields between organic and conventional farming. The researchers found the yields depend upon the type of crop being grown.           

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Study: Control Obesity With Potato Extract

December 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by McGill University

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.

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As Beef Prices Rise, Cattle Herds Go Missing in Idaho

December 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come up empty in two counties. The losses include a herd of 50 Black Angus consisting of 25 cows and 25 calves valued at $150,000.

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