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Cargill Announces $30M Investment in Ecuador Shrimp Feed Facility Project

July 22, 2015 12:12 pm | by Cargill

Driven by a historical shift in food production with farmed fish surpassing  global beef production for the first time in modern history, Cargill this week announced it has formed a joint venture with Naturisa to build a USD $30 million shrimp feed facility near Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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Cooperative Plans Turkey Processing Facility in Rockingham

July 22, 2015 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative plans to build a turkey processing facility in Rockingham County that will increase production by more than 45 percent.

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Maine Brewer Makes Beer Out of Live Lobsters, Sea Salt

July 22, 2015 11:45 am | by The Associated Press

A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state's summertime staples: beer and lobster.

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Nestlé Launches Global R&D Center in Ohio to Address Diverse Consumer Food Demands

July 22, 2015 11:15 am | by Nestlé Research and Development

Nestlé today celebrated the grand opening of its new Nestlé Research & Development Center in Solon, Ohio, and marked the completion of a $50 million, two-year project to establish this global center dedicated to transforming the way the world enjoys frozen and chilled foods.

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Foster Farms Launches Organic Ground Turkey

July 22, 2015 9:50 am | by Foster Farms

Amid increasing consumer demand for organic and lean protein choices, Foster Farms is introducing Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey.

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China Tops U.S. in Ice Cream Consumption

July 22, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

China is now the world's largest market for ice cream, according to research compiled by Mintel. Reports said that ice cream sales totals nearly doubled in China between 2008 and 2014.

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Scientists Study the Carbon Footprint of Almond Farming

July 22, 2015 9:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Reports in the Journal of Industrial Ecology suggest that modest changes in almond production in California could further reduce the industry's already-low carbon emissions levels.

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Chipotle: Still No Pork at 40 Percent of Restaurants

July 22, 2015 8:35 am | by The Associated Press

Chipotle says it still doesn't have carnitas at about 40 percent of its more than 1,800 restaurants, following the suspension of a pork supplier earlier this year.

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Food Industry Groups Call on House to Support GMO Labeling Program

July 22, 2015 8:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Hundreds of food industry groups called on lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation that would pre-empt states’ GMO labeling requirements.

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Nebraska-Lincoln Tackles Food Safety, Allergens and Extrustion Processing at PROCESS EXPO

July 22, 2015 8:05 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) on Tuesday announced the details of three sessions being presented as part of the educational program at PROCESS EXPO 2015 by experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Higher Prices Bring in More Profit For Coca-Cola

July 22, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

Coca-Cola said its profit rose in its second quarter as it raised prices, cut costs and benefited from a gain related to its purchase of a stake in energy drink maker Monster Beverage.

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MillerCoors Aims for More Consistent Marketing

July 21, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

MillerCoors' new marketing chief plans a more consistent messaging approach in an effort to simultaneously grow two of the company's flagship beers.

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Poll: Manufacturers' Growth Expectations Cool in Second Quarter

July 21, 2015 1:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Top manufacturing executives tempered their optimism about the U.S. economy in the latest quarterly survey from PwC. Overall, 69 percent of respondents to the second quarter PwC Manufacturing Barometer were optimistic about the U.S. economy during the next 12 months.

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Rocker Neil Young Offers Support to Vermont Food Label Law

July 21, 2015 12:45 pm | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a fund devoted to defending Vermont's genetically modified organism, or GMO, labeling law from legal challenges.

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EU Authorities Clear Cargill-ADM Chocolate Deal

July 21, 2015 12:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

European regulators last week approved Cargill's acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business provided Cargill sells off a German ADM chocolate plant.

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California Proposes Historic $1.5M Fine for Taking Water

July 21, 2015 12:35 pm | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press

California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking water during the drought. It would be the first such fine against an individual or district with claims to water that are more than a century-old, known as senior water rights holders.

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Packaged Facts: Pet Treat Market Grows 6%, Exceeds $5 Billion

July 21, 2015 12:30 pm | by Packaged Facts

The U.S. market for pet treats has a lot to bark about. Market research publisher Packaged Facts estimates that total U.S. retail sales of pet treats exceeded $5 billion in 2014.

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Subway's Chief Marketing Officer to Leave Company

July 21, 2015 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Subway's chief marketing officer Tony Pace is leaving the company to start a marketing consultancy. The news comes nearly two weeks after the home of the chain's long-time pitchman Jared Fogle was raided by federal and state authorities.

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Bass' Investment Represents Good News for Blue Bell Creameries

July 21, 2015 8:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Since announcing in April that it was recalling all of its ice cream products after some were found to be contaminated with listeria, Blue Bell Creameries has regularly found itself in the news. But the Texas company received some good news last week when was announced that Texas billionaire Sid Bass agreed to become a partner in the company.

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Drought Dings Quality of Winter Wheat in Northwest

July 21, 2015 8:10 am | by ALISON NOON, Associated Press

Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S. harvest. The National Agricultural Statistics Service classified a large percentage of the region's winter wheat as below-average quality this month.

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