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Consumer Trends: Reaching Consumers on the Web

January 22, 2013 12:00 pm

According to global food advertising network Gourmet Ads, the real challenge is getting out in front of consumers in a compelling way, in order to generate sales and maintain your position in the grocer's aisle.  And the key to doing that these days is the Internet.


Organic Farming Continues to Expand

January 22, 2013 9:39 am

Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service.


Nation's Largest Fishery Open in Alaska

January 22, 2013 9:37 am

The harvest season for Alaska pollock, the nation’s largest fishery, opened Sunday, Jan. 20. The 2013 Alaska pollock Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska is 1,387,146 metric tons, 3.8 percent higher than last year’s TAC of 1,335,944 metric tons. Alaska pollock accounts for approximately 30 percent of all U.S. seafood landings by weight.


Artist Has Sweet Obsession

January 22, 2013 9:33 am | by MARTIN GRIFFITH,Associated Press

Long before Hostess Brands' plan to shut down made Twinkies the rage, Nancy Peppin found something special about the cream-filled snack cakes. No, she doesn't have a sweet tooth for them. But she has featured Twinkies in hundreds of pieces of quirky, satirical artwork because of an obsession with what she calls the "ultimate American food icon."


McDonald’s Settles Mich. Suit over Islamic Diet

January 22, 2013 9:31 am | by JEFF KAROUB,Associated Press

McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement.


Coca-Cola Workers Stage Strikes in Germany

January 22, 2013 9:29 am

Thousands of Coca-Cola employees in Germany are staging short-term warning strikes this week in a dispute over wages. Workers at two Coca-Cola facilities in Bavaria walked off the job on Monday, the dpa news agency reported, and co-workers at some 50 others were to follow in the coming days in a bid to put pressure on the company ahead of the next wage negotiation round with the union.


Photo of the Day: Remembering Twinkies

January 22, 2013 9:27 am

This undated image shows "Never Forget,'' one of the most recent of dozens of pieces of art Nancy Peppin has created over the years using Twinkies and other Hostess products. A graphic artist by day for slot machine-maker International Game Technology, Peppin doesn't like to eat Twinkies. She uses them to depict popular culture similar to Andy Warhol.


Thought of the Day: Irene Recovery Continues

January 21, 2013 12:58 pm

A fish hatchery damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Irene is nearly ready to open again. The fish tanks have been scrubbed and disinfected, and needed electrical repairs are nearly complete. Wade Jodun, a manager for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said operations might be up and running as early as March.


Pork Checkoff Offers Emergency Tools

January 21, 2013 12:30 pm

The Pork Checkoff recently introduced two new tools to help pork producers in the event of a crisis or emergency on their farm. The Farm-level Crisis Response Plan template and Emergency Action Plan, provide customizable, step-by-step guides to help producers be prepared and stay on track in their commitment to providing a safe, quality product.


Idaho Company Recalls 33.5K Pounds of Meat Products

January 21, 2013 12:27 pm

A southwestern Idaho company is recalling 33,500 pounds of fully cooked meat and poultry products because of possible bacterial contamination. The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday that Boise-based B and D Foods is recalling a variety of meat products that could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.


Japan to Release Controls on Imported Beef

January 21, 2013 12:25 pm

The Japanese government plans to ease controls on beef imports that were imposed to counter mad cow disease, possibly in early February, by allowing meat from cattle aged up to 30 months to be imported, rather than the current 20 months, sources close to the matter said Monday.


Chefs Salute 'First Foodies'

January 21, 2013 12:24 pm | by BRETT ZONGKER,Associated Press

Some of Washington's top chefs came together to salute the president ahead of the inauguration, in part because of the first family's influence on the culture around food. Chicago-based Chef Art Smith said the Obamas, more than any other first family, have embraced fresh American food and care about where food comes from.


IPPE Coverage: Natural & Organic Products Highlighted at Conference

January 21, 2013 12:02 pm

As part of the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) education schedule, the Meat and Poultry Research Conference will focus on the new economic reality presented by natural and organic products, addressing topics from regulatory and animal management challenges to processing and ingredients issues. The registration fee for the program is $150 for all Expo attendees.


Consumer Trends: Universities Prepare for Gluten-Free Requests

January 21, 2013 12:00 pm

According to US Foods, one of America's largest food companies and a leading distributor, demand for gluten-free foods has increased by 200 percent since 2009.  The NFCA has been working with college and university dining services nationwide to help meet that demand and help the staff provide safe gluten-free options for students with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.


Chipotle Testing Shredded Tofu

January 21, 2013 9:42 am

As costs for cheese and meat continue to climb, Chipotle is looking to attract vegetarians with a new tofu filling. The Mexican food chain plans to test a shredded tofu filling called "Sofritas" in the San Francisco Bay Area next month, with the test expanding to other markets based on customer feedback.

Rare Scotch Returned to Antarctic Explorer’s Stash

January 21, 2013 9:40 am | by ROD McGUIRK,Associated Press

Talk about whisky on ice: Three bottles of rare, 19th century Scotch found beneath the floor boards of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackelton's abandoned expedition base were returned to the polar continent Saturday after a distiller flew them to Scotland to recreate the long-lost recipe.


‘Ace of Cakes’ Bakes Inauguration Cake

January 21, 2013 9:38 am | by JESSICA GRESKO,Associated Press

Baltimore celebrity baker Duff Goldman says the cake he's baking for President Barack Obama's inaugural ball is going to be more elegant than crazy, full of stars and stripes and a whole lot of glitter. Goldman says the staff at his Charm City Cakes bakery, which had its extreme cakes featured in the Food Network show "Ace of Cakes," began Friday to decorate the details to put on the cake.


Fish Hatchery Damaged by Irene Almost Fixed

January 21, 2013 9:36 am | by WILSON RING,Associated Press

The tanks that are normally swarming with fish at the national hatchery in Bethel are empty, but the repairs needed after Tropical Storm Irene flooding inundated the facility are almost done and officials say biologists should be able to start raising fish there again this spring.


Hostess Union Hires Investment Bank

January 21, 2013 9:34 am

The pension fund for one of Hostess Brands' unions has hired an investment bank to represent workers and pensioners as the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread sells off its brands. In a statement posted Sunday on its website, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents around 6,000 Hostess bakers, said Gordian Group LLC will represent the fund.


Photo of the Day: Ace of Inauguration Cake

January 21, 2013 9:32 am

Duff Goldman is making the cake for President Barack Obama’s Commander-in-Chief’s Ball. Goldman’s Charm City Cakes bakery said Saturday that it will bake a cake for the ball, one of two official inaugural balls the president will attend.



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