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Phoenix Restaurants Out to Show Super Bowl Visitors it's a Foodie Oasis

January 15, 2015 11:30 am | by TERRY TANG, Associated Press

Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York's restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL's big game is a chance to simply score some points as a major culinary player.       

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The Play Off Nostalgia Continues: Strawberry Honeycomb Cereal is Back!

January 15, 2015 10:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Following the recent trend of bringing back old brands, Post Foods, LLC has decided to bring its Strawberry Honeycomb cereal back to the breakfast table. The cereal was first introduced in 1983 as a limited edition item but quickly became a big hit.

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US Wholesale Prices Drop 0.3 Percent in December

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said that its producer price index declined 0.3 percent last month, the biggest decline since a similar drop in October 2011. In November, wholesale prices dipped 0.2 percent.               

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Hawaiian Host to Buy Rival Firm Mauna Loa

January 15, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Hawaiian Host, maker of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, said it's buying macadamia nut processor Mauna Loa from The Hershey Co. The deal brings Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp. under the control of Hawaii-based owners for the first time in 15 years.

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Kellogg Acquires Majority Stake in Egyptian Biscuit Maker

January 15, 2015 8:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The Kellogg Company has acquired a majority stake in the Egyptian biscuit maker Bisco Misr. The transaction of Bisco Misr, which is the number one packaged biscuits company in Egypt, allows Kellogg to advance its global snacks business in growing emerging markets.

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Ga. Appeals Court Hears Case Over Vidalia Onion Regulation

January 15, 2015 8:25 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

A bitter fight over Georgia's famed sweet onions is winding its way through the legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand.

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Cargill Sells Texas Cattle Feed to Calif.-Based Family Operator

January 14, 2015 12:25 pm | by Cargill

Cargill announced the future closure of Lockney, related to the shutdown of the company's Plainview, Texas, beef processing facility on February 1, 2013. The plant closed primarily due to drought that had severely limited the region's cattle supplies. 

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Washington Lawmaker Proposes 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 11:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A Washington state legislator introduced a bill emulating Idaho's controversial "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. Animal rights activists, though, are strongly working to overturn the bill.

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Calif. Unveils Strict Rules on Pesticide Use

January 14, 2015 10:45 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

The restrictions target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and almond orchards. In recent years, the chemical has caused hundreds of people to suffer from irritated eyes, coughing fits and headaches.

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Study: Wheat Yield to Decline as Temperatures Rise

January 14, 2015 9:20 am | by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Production of wheat, one of the world's most important food crops, will decline as temperatures increase, a finding made possible by pooling computer models worldwide, in a study led by a UF/IFAS researcher.           

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Chipotle: No Pork at a Third of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

A spokesman for the Mexican food chain said it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos and bowls. He said Chipotle learned of the violation by the supplier on Friday through a routine audit, and did not have a timeline for when carnitas would return to affected stores, about a third of its total base.

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GMOs With Health Benefits Have Large Market Potential

January 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY

Over the last few years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms, have been added. Examples include rice enriched with pro-vitamin A and folate-enriched rice, developed at Ghent University.

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Study Says Eating School Lunch After Recess Boosts Produce Consumption

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY

With food waste as a growing problem in the U.S., a new study looked at ways to get kids in school to eat more produce. The researchers found that by switching the recess hour to before lunch, kids consumed up to 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. 

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66 Percent of US Workers Admit to Workplace Mistakes Due to Tiredness

January 13, 2015 12:30 pm | by Red Bull

To be more productive at work, pick-me-ups like coffee, energy drinks and tea are more popular choices than energy bars, smoothies or juices. About 93 percent of respondents said they have taken action to boost their energy at work, with caffeine as a top workplace necessity.

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Holy Guacamole! Americans to Eat a Record 240M Avocados During Big Game

January 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Hass Avocado Board

It's estimated Americans will eat nearly 120 million pounds or 240 million fresh avocados during the week leading up to the Big Game on Feb. 1. That's a whopping 3,785 avocados per seat in the University of Phoenix Stadium and it's 21 percent more avocados than in 2014.

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Mozambique Links 72 Contaminated Beer Deaths to Crocodile Bile

January 13, 2015 10:30 am | by EMMANUEL CAMILLO, Associated Press

Three more people have died from drinking contaminated beer, bringing the number of fatalities to 72, as the number hospitalized fell by more than 150. Dozens of people fell ill in Chitima after drinking the traditional beer, known as Pombe. 

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Alabama Principal Seeks Food Cans to Defend Against School Intruders

January 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press

An eastern Alabama school principal is asking students to bring cans of food such as corn and peas as a way of fighting off a school intruder. In a letter to parents, Principal Holley said the food can could stun an intruder "or even known him out."

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EU Parliament Approves New GM Crops Planting Rules

January 13, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The European Union's legislature has approved by a big margin a new law giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc. 

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Soda Giants: Smaller Cans Means Less Guilt

January 13, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As people cut back on soda, the two beverage giants are pushing smaller cans they say contain fewer calories and induce less guilt. The goal is to offset falling consumption with packages that cost more per ounce and are appealing for their portion control.

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Latest Poll Shows Consumers Have a Big Appetite For GMO Labeling

January 13, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A new poll reports that 66 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring food manufacturers to label any products that contain genetically modified organisms. That statistic is higher than the number of consumers who say it's important to know whether a food is organic. 

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