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Panel Could Lift Limits on Dietary Cholesterol

February 11, 2015 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis on eating lean meats.

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Flies Sniff Out Antioxidants

February 11, 2015 9:10 am | by The Conversation, Anwesha Ghosh

In recent years, more and more studies are finding how animals are conscious of their diets, supplementing it with antioxidants. Following these animals could help us understand how early humans found nutritious foods and how that helped us evolve our senses.

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Frito-Lay Snacks Help PepsiCo Deliver Quarterly Profit

February 11, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

Stronger sales of Frito-Lay snacks helped PepsiCo deliver a quarterly profit that came in above Wall Street expectations on Wednesday. During the period, PepsiCo said revenue for its Frito-Lay North America division rose 3.5 percent, boosted by a mix of stronger volume and higher prices.

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Mercury on Rise in Hawaiian Yellowfish

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Univ. of Michigan

Mercury is a potent toxin that can accumulate to high concentrations in fish, posing a health risk to people who eat large, predatory marine fish such as swordfish and tuna. Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to research that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.   

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Obesity is Mostly About Calories

February 11, 2015 8:05 am | by The Conversation, Hazhir Rahmandad

The prevailing notion about obesity is that if we just work out harder and eat a little bit better, then perhaps the obesity trend will subside in a few years. However, the key to really making a difference is food – the number of calories we eat is the most important factor in obesity. 

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Molson Coors 4Q Profit Disappoints on Falling Beer Sales

February 10, 2015 2:55 pm | by Associated Press

Molson Coors Brewing Co. reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street's forecasts. Its worldwide beer volume fell 0.3 percent. Molson Coors said a spate of issues including stronger U.S. currency will leave it with less free cash in 2015.

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Capri Sun to Replace High-Fructose Corn Syrup With Sugar

February 10, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press

Kraft Foods says it will start sweetening its Capri Sun drinks with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. The company says the change will apply to its original Cpari Sun drinks, and the number of calories will decrease from 60 per pack to 50.

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PACK EXPO East Brings Manufacturing Innovation to Philadelphia

February 10, 2015 1:35 pm | by PMMI

PACK EXPO East will be a resource for food brands, processors, and packagers seeking the latest solutions and insights to improve the sustainability, efficiency productivity and security of the manufacturing supply chain.    

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Study Reveals Shopping Habits of Male Consumers

February 10, 2015 1:15 pm | by MSLGROUP

How and where Americans shop for food is changing dramatically. Men are still less likely to be the biggest spender in the household, but more men are now helping their partners by sharing grocery shopping duties and should be counted as a major force in the marketplace.

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Sysco, US Foods Merger Faces Skepticism, Doubts About Remedies

February 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Consumer advocates warn that the deal merging the top two broadline foodservice distributors — the only two with national industry footprints and national customers — would eliminate a significant competitor from the broadline industry and also reduce competition.

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Coke Profit Pops on Higher Prices in North America

February 10, 2015 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest beverage maker is struggling to boost global sales volume amid economic volatility overseas and a shift away from soda back at home. To make up for weak volume gains, it's using a variety of tactics, including a focus on smaller bottles.

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Dean Foods Profits in 4Q, Misses Street Forecasts

February 10, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

For the three months ending on Dec. 31, Dean Foods Co. earned $5.3 million, or 6 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $37.7 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations.    

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MillerCoors CEO Plans to Retire in June

February 10, 2015 8:50 am | by Associated Press

MillerCoors CEO Tom Long plans to retire from the brewer over the summer. The 56-year-old Long intends to retire on June 30 after serving as CEO since 2011. MillerCoors is a joint venture between SABMiller PLC and Molson Coors Brewing Co.   

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Photo of the Day: Kikkoman Bottle Symbolizes Soy Sauce Worldwide

February 10, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Kenji Ekuan, the Japanese industrial designer who crafted the soy sauce dispenser, passed away at 85 last Saturday. The Kikkoman bottle has become a symbol of soy sauce not just in Japan, but around the entire world.         

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More Americans Are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 3:00 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The average hourly wage jumped 0.5 percent between December and January — the sharpest monthly gain since 2008 — the government's survey of businesses found. The average has now risen 2.2 percent over the past 12 months to $24.75, comfortably above inflation.

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What's Next in Diet Foods: Chili Peppers?

February 9, 2015 1:50 pm | by BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY

Don't go chomping on a handful of chili peppers just yet, but there may be help for hopeful dieters in those fiery Native American fruits. Researchers have found promise in the potential of capsaicin — the chief ingredient in chili peppers — as a diet-based supplement.

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Red Bull Challenges Va. Craft Brewery Over Use of 'Ox' in Name

February 9, 2015 12:40 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

The maker of Red Bull energy drinks is challenging a Virginia craft brewery's use of the word "ox" in its brand name. Red Bull has filed an opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against trademark applications from Old Ox Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia.

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Breyers Ice Cream Says 'No' to Artificial Hormones

February 9, 2015 12:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In the latest scoop, Breyers ice cream has announced it will stop using any milk or cream from cows treated with the hormone rBST. Breyers, the largest ice cream brand in the Unilver portfolio, will begin selling its rBST-free products as soon as March.

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Heinz to Spice Up Offerings With Sriracha Ketchup

February 9, 2015 11:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

H.J. Heinz Co. is turning up the heat this winter by rolling out a new Ketchup made with Sriracha flavor. The Pittsburgh-based company said it will begin selling the product in stores later this month.             

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Food Scares Take a Bite Out of McDonalds' Sales

February 9, 2015 9:40 am | by Associated Press

The world's largest hamburger chain said that sales at locations in the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region open at least 13 months dropped 12.6 percent. That showing more than offset a 0.4 percent rise at U.S. locations and a comparable 0.5 percent increase in Europe.

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