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Consumer Trends: Boomers More Likely Than Gen Y To Purchase Food Online

February 13, 2012 12:46 pm

Shoppers ages 50-54 lead the charge when it comes to purchasing health and beauty products online (52 percent), and shoppers ages 45-49 are purchasing more food and beverage products online (29 percent) than any other age group. This was revealed in the latest issue of The Checkout, an ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C Research.

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Study: Drinking Tea May Help Lower Blood Pressure

February 13, 2012 10:06 am

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that drinking three cups of black tea daily over several months may help lower blood pressure. Research participants—male and female, ages 35 to 75—were split into two groups. One group drank three cups of tea that contained 1,493 milligrams of powdered black tea solids with 429 milligrams of polyphenols and 96 grams of caffeine. The other group drank three cups that contained a placebo with the same taste and caffeine levels but no tea solids.

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CSPI Comments On Food Safety Reform Deadlines

February 13, 2012 10:02 am

Feb 4 marked the "one-year-and-one-month" anniversary of the day that President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Rules that would make our food supply significantly safer are apparently stalled at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The administration is now over 30 days late on meeting several deadlines mandated by Congress.

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Cargill To Invest Millions In German Cocoa Facilities

February 13, 2012 9:59 am

Cargill has unveiled plans to invest close to EUR20 million in its newly acquired cocoa and chocolate facilities in Berlin, Germany. This investment will enable Cargill to upgrade, strengthen and expand its cocoa and chocolate capabilities in Germany in order to offer customers superior choice, quality and market reach.

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First Lady Celebrates Second Anniversary Of Let's Move!

February 13, 2012 9:54 am

First Lady Michelle Obama joined students, Top Chef chef'testants and the Dallas Cowboys at the Kleberg-Rylie Recreation Center today to highlight the Dallas Independent School Districts efforts to foster healthy, nutritious school environments as part of her three-day nationwide tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let's Move!

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Whole Foods Recalls Cakes

February 13, 2012 9:50 am

Whole Foods is recalling its Pumpkin Bundt Cakes because they contain undeclared milk. No illnesses have been reported. But the Emeryville-based company says people who have milk allergies run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the cake.

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Photo Of The Day: Hearts & Doughnuts

February 13, 2012 9:46 am

Kristpy Kreme is featuring heart-shaped Valentine Doughnuts to celebrate this year's Valentine's Day. Doughnuts are available through Feb. 14 at participating Krispy Kreme U.S. and Canada locations, as well as select grocery stores, mass merchants and convenience stores.

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Music Mogul Wants N.Y. To Pull The Plug On Milk

February 10, 2012 1:02 pm

Music mogul Russell Simmons wants New York's governor to pull the plug on milk from cows. The hip-hop impresario writes in a letter to Andrew Cuomo that milk should no longer be the state's official beverage.

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China-Based Candy Maker Opens S.C. Plant

February 10, 2012 12:59 pm

The firm announced in January that it would invest $6 million and bring 120 jobs to its first and only North American manufacturing plant in the central South Carolina site. The plant is scheduled to open Friday with 20 employees on the job.

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Ga. Ag Commissioner Calls For Guest Worker Reform

February 10, 2012 12:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press

Georgia's agriculture commissioner traveled to Washington on Thursday and urged members of Congress to reform a federal agricultural guest worker program to make it easier for farmers to use. Commissioner Gary Black told a House subcommittee that Georgia farmers are struggling to find workers, and the current guest worker program is too cumbersome to make it viable. Black, a Republican, said he was encouraged to see interest on the issue from federal lawmakers from both parties. 

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Snyder's-Lance Posts 4Q Profit

February 10, 2012 12:54 pm

Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. swung to a profit in the fourth quarter as it moved away from costs tied to the acquisition that combined the two companies.

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Vita Coco Settles Nutrition Lawsuit

February 10, 2012 12:49 pm

The makers of Vita Coco have settled a lawsuit claiming its top-selling coconut water drinks do not provide the nutrients promised. As part of the agreement, All Market Inc. said it will change its labels to more accurately reflect the "natural variability" of coconut water starting in May. The company will also provide up to $5 million in refunds, vouchers and charitable donations as part of the settlement.

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Consumer Trends: Downsizing Beats Calorie Warnings

February 10, 2012 12:45 pm

Studies have shown fast-food calorie postings do little to deter diners from overeating. A better approach may be for restaurants to simply ask consumers if they’d like smaller portions, according to a new Tulane University study in this month’s Health Affairs.

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Iowa Governor, China Official Note Importance Of Ag Trade

February 10, 2012 10:22 am

Gov. Terry Branstad and China's consul general are stressing the importance of trade in advance of a visit to Iowa by China's vice president. Speaking Wednesday at a Statehouse news conference, Consul General Yang Guoqaing noted that China's relationship with Iowa is vital because the state is an agricultural powerhouse. He says it's in the interest of both Iowa and China to increase trade.

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Crippled Wine Bottle Plant To Reopen In July

February 10, 2012 10:19 am | by ERIK OLSON

Workers at the Bennu Glass plant have chiseled away tons hardened glass from the crippled melter of the wine bottle plant here, and a new furnace and 100 employees should be ready to restart the shuttered plant in July, company officials say.

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University Designs Model To Improve Fish Farming

February 10, 2012 10:17 am

The university hopes that framing the development of recirculating aquaponics facilities as a holistic and synergistic systems-based endeavor will enable a robust analysis of the environmental, social and economic benefits that will make fish production more sustainable.

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Report: Canada Has Higher Foodborne Illness Rates Than U.S.

February 10, 2012 10:14 am | by By Paul Clarke, THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new food safety report released by the Conference Board of Canada says rates of food-borne illnesses in Canada are higher than the United States. Canadians suffer more often from salmonella, e. coli, campylobacter and yersinia than Americans, according to the report prepared by the Centre for Food in Canada. 

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Tribe Sues Beer Companies For Alcohol Problems

February 10, 2012 10:11 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said it is demanding $500 million in damages for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation, which encompasses some of the most impoverished counties in the United States.

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Photo Of The Day: Improving Fish Farming

February 10, 2012 10:06 am

A small-scale aquaponics demonstration lab at UMass Amherst. Such recirculating aquaculture systems include various water treatment devices connected through flowing water. The waste stream is diverted to a hydroponic garden where plant roots strip out nutrients. Clean water is then recycled back to the fish holding pens.

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Tassimo T Discs Recalled For Burn Hazard

February 9, 2012 1:04 pm

Tassimo espresso T Discs manufactured by Kraft Foods Global Inc., of Northfield, Ill.; sold at department, mass merchandise, home improvement and other stores nationwide and online from August 2011 through February 2012. The recall involves Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob brand espresso T Discs.

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