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Crackers Emerge As Fertile Frontier For Snack Food Marketers

May 15, 2015 12:30 pm | by Packaged Facts

As harried, on-the-go Americans increasingly turn to snacks to satisfy their cravings and replace sit-down meals, they are discovering that crackers can offer an exciting and healthy alternative to traditional salty snacks such as chips, popcorn and pretzels.

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Blue Bell to Now Inform States of Positive Listeria Tests

May 15, 2015 9:15 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. The requirement comes after the Brenham, Texas-based company failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.

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Jeni's Resumes Ice-Cream Making After Cleaning Since Recall

May 15, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says it has restarted production after a massive recall triggered by the discovery of listeria in some pints. The company traced the source to a machine in its Columbus kitchen. It decided to destroy $2.5 million worth of ice cream, then cleaned and reworked production to prevent future contamination.

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Study: California Dairy Industry Contributes $21 Billion To State's Economy, Stimulates Ripple Effect Of $65 Billion

May 15, 2015 8:20 am | by California Milk Advisory Board

California farms sold about $9.4 billion worth of milk while the dairy industry contributed approximately $21 billion in value added to the gross state product in 2014, according to a California Milk Advisory Board study conducted by the University of California Agricultural Issues Center.

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In Instagram Age, Chili's Pays for Buns with Photo Appeal

May 15, 2015 8:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Chili's says it's spending about $750,000 a year for an egg wash that gives its burger buns a photogenic glaze. It's part of an effort by the chain to get you to take pictures of its food and post them online.

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Wisconsin Company Recalls Chicken Over Disinfectant Concerns

May 15, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

The recall covers roughly 2,191 pounds of whole and cut chicken and 21 pounds of turkey pieces produced by Ridgeland-based AA Poultry Processing LLC between May 4 and May 11. The company's recall was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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NAMI: CDC FoodNet Data Highlights Significant Reductions in Key Pathogens of Concern

May 15, 2015 7:30 am | by North American Meat Institute

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) was pleased at the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FoodNet data showing significant declines in Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157 and Salmonella Typhimurium, while also noting that there is more work to do to decrease foodborne illness rates from all foods.

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Study: Spring Heat Poses Greater Danger to Wheat Yields

May 14, 2015 12:00 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Spring heat poses a greater danger to winter wheat crops than early freezes in the fall, according to a new Kansas State University study that highlights the need to develop more heat-tolerant varieties as climate change increases global temperatures.

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2 Pork Processors Announce Plans for New Plant in Iowa

May 14, 2015 11:55 am | by Associated Press

Officials with Triumph Foods and Seaboard Foods said Thursday that construction of the pork processing plant is slated to begin in late fall north of Sioux Gateway Airport, with an anticipated mid-2017 opening.

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MAPI Lowers Economic Forecast for 2015

May 14, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation reduced its economic projections for 2015 in light of low oil prices and a strong dollar.

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Oak On The Tongue: Bourbon Boom Drives Demand for USA Oak

May 14, 2015 11:45 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

Bourbon is the big driver in demand because by law it must be aged in new, American oak barrels.

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Bird Flu Found at South Dakota Egg-Laying Chicken Farm

May 14, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press

South Dakota has its first case of bird flu at an egg-laying chicken farm that holds 1.3 million of the birds. Dakota Layers says it was told by the state veterinarian Wednesday that one of its nine barns tested positive for avian influenza.

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Co-Op to Shift Sugar Production from Wyoming to Colorado, Nebraska

May 14, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press

The Western Sugar Cooperative intends to expand the production capacity at plants in Nebraska and Colorado while reducing its Torrington, Wyoming, operation to sugar storage and shipping.

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A Food Poisoning Report with Good News: Fewer E. coli Cases

May 14, 2015 11:17 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

While some diseases decreased, overall infections from foodborne illness remain the same, according to the CDC.

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US Develops New Government Label for GMO-Free Products

May 14, 2015 9:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Certification would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods would be able to carry a "USDA Process Verified" label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.

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Cereal Maker Post Says Bird Flu Squeezing its Egg Supply

May 14, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. says the Midwest's deadly bird flu outbreak is affecting more of its egg supply. Post estimates that roughly 20 percent of its egg supply is impacted by the outbreak, up from 14 percent just days ago.

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USDA Rules Will Require Safety Labels on Tenderized Beef

May 14, 2015 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Agriculture Department said Wednesday the labels will be required starting in May 2016. Mechanically tenderized meat is poked with needles or blades to make it tender, a process that can transfer bacteria from the outside of the cut of beef to the inside. Since many people eat cuts of meat that aren't fully cooked in the center, that bacteria can pose a safety hazard.

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Geoduck Farming Takes Off as Demand for Clams Grows in Asia

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

Last year, the U.S. exported $74 million, or about 11 million pounds, worth of live wild and farmed geoduck, mostly to China and Hong Kong. That's double the volume and value exported in 2008. An average clam weighs about 2 pounds and can fetch up to $100 per pound overseas.

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Carl's Jr., Hardee's Top Burger with Hot Dog and Chips

May 14, 2015 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The upcoming menu item is made with a beef patty that is topped with a split hot dog. The meaty duo sits on a layer of Lay's potato chips between hamburger buns. Ketchup, mustard, tomato, red onion, pickles and American cheese will be thrown in, too

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US Producer Prices Fall in April; Food Costs Experience Drop

May 14, 2015 8:00 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer

A sharp drop in the cost of gasoline and food pushed down overall U.S. producer prices in April. The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer price index fell 0.4 percent last month after rising 0.2 percent in March.

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