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PACK EXPO 2014 Attendance Tops 2012 By 6.5 Percent

November 13, 2014 1:45 pm | by PMMI

Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for PACK EXPO International. With preliminary figures topping 48,600 attendees, the show owner and producer PMMI anticipates recording a 6.5 percent attendance jump over 2012. 

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FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.                 

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Consumers Seek 'Health-Enhancing' Foods to Combat Winter Blues

November 13, 2014 12:45 pm | by Datamonitor Consumer

Well-informed consumers are recognizing the use of dietary and nutritional self-help strategies to improve overall wellbeing. In light of this, functional foods targeted at boosting mental health and wellbeing is a key growth area for manufacturers. 

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25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spilled on Highway Will be Donated

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

The approximately 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank. A health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat. 

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Kellogg Facility to Open in Tennessee

November 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Economic development officials in Jackson, Tennessee have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city. The company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the facility is completed.     

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Mondelez to Invest $24M to Expand Confectionery Plant in Turkey

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Mondelez International, Inc.

Mondelez International, the world's pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, announced plans to invest $24 million to increase capacity of its state-of-the-art plant in Gebze, Turkey, to support growth in the company's global confectionery business.

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Linking Urbanization to the American Diet

November 13, 2014 10:35 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara

The world is gaining weight and becoming less healthy, and global dietary choices are harming the environment. The paper is the first to show the global links among the elements of what Tilman refers to as the “tightly linked diet–environment–health trilemma.”

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Florida Grapefruit Season is Back and Looking Positive

November 13, 2014 10:15 am | by Florida Department of Citrus

Growers are continuing to find innovative treatments to battle citrus greening and sustain production numbers, and the improved quality this year is expected to increase the available volume of grapefruit for the fresh market.      

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Monsanto Reaches $2.4M Settlement With US Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer

Monsanto Co. said it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, but it was found in Oregon in 2013. 

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Maui GMO Opponents Sue County, Seed Companies

November 13, 2014 9:54 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

The drafters of a new Maui County law imposing a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops sued the county to ensure it implements the law. The plaintiffs want the county to involve the community and be more transparent about the law. 

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US, India Resolve Dispute That Threatened WTO Pact

November 13, 2014 9:50 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press

India had insisted on its right to subsidize grains under a national policy to support hundreds of millions of impoverished farmers and provide food security amid high inflation.                 

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Kitty Lovers Flock to Calif. Cat Cafe

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed coffees.

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Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

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Electronic Tongue to Ensure Food Quality

November 12, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Chemical Society

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. With an eye toward these applications, scientists are reporting the development of a new, inexpensive and high sensitive version of such a device.

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J.M. Smucker's Stock Drops After Disappointing Profit, Sales Outlook

November 12, 2014 1:20 pm | by Associated Press

J.M. Smucker, maker of Jif, Pillsbury and Hungry Jack, lowered its guidance for fiscal 2015 as customers recoiled from rising prices for its coffee brand, Folgers. Its preliminary second-quarter forecast also disappointed Wall Street and shares slid more than 3 percent.

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Purdue Economist Says Turkeys Will be More Expensive This Year

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

Purdue University agricultural economist Corinne Alexander tracks food price trends and says wholesale prices of turkeys are expected to be 8 percent to 10 percent higher than last year.              

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Infographic: Sugar Consumption Increases Over 3 Decades

November 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Obesity Society

As the FDA considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades.              

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25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spill on Calif. Highway

November 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A tractor-trailer has overturned and spilled about 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving.                           

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Hawaii Firm Recalls Pork Products

November 12, 2014 10:59 am | by USDA

Kulana Foods Ltd, a Hilo, Hawaii establishment, is recalling approximately 4,465 pounds of frozen, fully cooked pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                     

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The Sweet Truth Behind Honey

November 12, 2014 10:33 am | by National Honey Board

The real food movement isn't going anywhere as 57 percent of people have reported searching for foods made with simple, real ingredients. Honey is pure and simply harvested from honeycombs with no added ingredients or preservatives.   

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