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Infographic: The Chemistry of Chocolate

July 2, 2014 8:15 am | by Compound Interest

Why does chocolate satisfy the way it does? Andy Brunning, a high school chemistry teacher in the U.K., makes beautiful infographics about everyday chemistry on his blog, Compound Interest. Unsurprisingly, his most popular posts are about food and drinks.

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Organic Trade Group to Create Jobs with US, Korea Arrangement

July 2, 2014 8:15 am | by Organic Trade Association

An arrangement was welcomed by the Organic Trade Association between the U.S. and Korea. Estimates are that American exports of organic processed foods and beverages to Korea, valued at $35 million in 2013, will more than double over the next five years. 

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European Officials: Browned Food Can Increase Cancer Risk

July 2, 2014 8:00 am | by European Food Safety Authority

The European Food Safety Authority confirmed that acrylamide in food is a potential danger to consumers, as it can increase the risk of developing cancer. Acrylamide is a chemical compound that typically forms in starchy food products during high-temperature cooking.

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Pasta Fraud Results in $5M Cash Settlement Fund

July 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Kinsella Media

A settlement of two class actions has been reached with Dakota Growers, the maker of Dreamfields Pasta. The lawsuits claim the packaging for Dreamfields Pasta are misleading, therefore a $5,000,000 cash settlement fund will be established for consumers.

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Consumer Trends: Top Reasons Americans Support Biotechnology

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by United Soybean Board

According to a survey conducted by the United Soybean Board, 57 percent of consumers characterize the role of biotechnology in food production as positive or neutral. Among the positive opinions, reasons included improved nutrition and improved crop yields.

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World Cup: Patriotic Waffle House Won't Serve Belgian Waffles

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press

A day before the U.S. faces Belgium in the World Cup, the Waffle House, a Georgia-based restaurant, announced on its Twitter account that they, "...don't believe in Belgium waffles." When asked for its opinion on Belgian waffles, the company responded: "We dominate them."

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USDA: US Farmers Plant Record Soy Crop, Less Corn

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

This year marks a record for U.S. farmers planting soybeans, with millions of acres of land devoted to the crop. Among the states that planted record amounts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

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USDA:Safe Handling of Produce Cuts Illness Risk

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The USDA is reminding consumers to safe handle their produce and fresh-squeezed juice to prevent foodborne bacteria from multiplying. No matter where the fresh fruits and vegetables come from, it is important to follow these safety tips to prevent food poisoning. 

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Calif. Oyster Farm Fights High Court to Stay in Business

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by PAUL ELIAS

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is considering several options to keep the oyster farm operating after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider its appeal to stay open. Federal officials want to return the oysters to the waters of Drakes Estero in Northern California.

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Hormel Foods to Buy Muscle Milk for $450M

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam, will pay $450 million to buy CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said consumers are increasingly looking for portable, easy-to-eat products packed with protein.

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Hillshire Gives Pinnacle Foods $163M Breakup Payment

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press

Pinnacle Foods Inc., known for their Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man dinners, announces its termination of the merger agreement with Hillshire Brands. The Chicago-based Hillshire Brands agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion in May.

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Food Scientists Work to Block Bitter Food Tastes

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Many foods, such as broccoli, spinach, asparagus, kale, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, tea, soy and caffeine have a bitter taste. According to John Hayes, PhD, people with a high sensitivity to bitterness eat 25 percent fewer vegetables.

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Ex Trader Joe's President Rallies Against Food Waste

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, Inc. and current CEO of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, Inc., says the U.S. has done a horrible job of making things clear to customers on what the terms 'sell by' or 'best by' dates really mean.

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Poultry Prices Take Off as Macroeconomic Conditions Improve

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Rabobank

According to Rabobank's Poultry Quarterly Q2 report, the global poultry prices launch is supported from the high beef and pork prices alongside demand recovery, and a more balanced supply and demand situation in most regions of the world.

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Photo: 3K-Pound Ice Cream Scoop Sets Guinness World Record

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Kemps

For its 100th anniversary, Kemps Dairy set a Guinness World Record for producing the "World's Largest Ice Cream Scoop," when it carved 733 containers worth of strawberry ice cream (equal to the length of a football field of the frozen dessert) into a gigantic scoop. 

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Relay Foods Plans $735K Va. Expansion

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

The online grocer Relay Foods has plans for a $735,000 expansion of its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has committed to buying at least $350,000 worth of meats, produce and dairy products from Virginia producers over the next three years.

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Consumer Trends: What's the Scoop on Sugar?

June 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

When it comes to sugar intake, confusion exists not only among consumers, but among experts as well. In the media, sugar has been linked to obesity, but a panel discussion at the IFT Food Expo says there has been little to no proof to these claims.

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Dog Tag Brewing Launches Beer Honoring Fallen Warriors

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rexam

Dog Tag Brewing was created to provide quality beers that deliver a message of gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of the nation's military. The company works with families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty and details their personalized stories on beer cans.

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Calif. Says 'No' to Use of Gloves, Utensils in Restaurants

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 2130, which rejects a state regulation requiring restaurant employees to use gloves or utensils to handle food going to diner's plates. The no-hands bill was passed last year and would have taken effect July 1.

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Treehouse Foods to Buy Flagstone Foods in $860M Deal

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Treehouse Foods, based out of Oak Brook, Ill., is purchasing Flagstone Foods, maker of store-brand snacks such as trail mix and dried fruit, for $860 million. Treehouse hopes the purchase will help them gain a name in the growing healthy snacks industry.

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