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As Sales Fall in US, McDonald's Eyes Variety of Changes

July 24, 2015 8:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's is looking at a variety of changes to win back customers in the U.S.: A new value message to replace the Dollar Menu, breakfast all day, and nips and tucks to improve the taste of its burgers.

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Rutgers University Food Science to Make PROCESS EXPO Debut

July 24, 2015 7:55 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association this week announced the details of two educational sessions scheduled to make their debut at PROCESS EXPO 2015.

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Grocery Manufacturers Association Applauds U.S. House Passage of Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

July 24, 2015 7:45 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association

“(Thursday's) bipartisan passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR 1599) clearly demonstrates the growing support for this critically important legislation,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. 

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Report: Ice Cream Graduates to Snack Status

July 23, 2015 4:02 pm | by Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts survey data reveals that frozen dessert consumption is so common that about 86% of the population reports eating ice cream all year round. 

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Ice Cream is Not Just For Dessert Anymore

July 23, 2015 2:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Ice cream! Ice cream! We all scream for ice cream! There aren't many people that don't love this delicious treat — as a new report shows that 90 percent of U.S. households purchase ice cream and other frozen dessert products.

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Rogue Minnesota DQ Makes Up Own Rules For Ice Cream Treats

July 23, 2015 1:35 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

The recipe seems to be working for one of the few DQs in the country still operating under a 66-year-old contract that allows them to dish up throwback treats alongside the standard corporate-approved items, a combination that turns Main Avenue and 8th Street into a hopping, slightly retro summer hangout.

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Photo of the Day: Oscar Mayer Unveils Wiener Rover to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

July 23, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

The Wiener Rover is "an all-terrain hot dog on heavy-duty wheels that will deliver hot dogs to fans across the country."

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USDA: Bird Flu Vaccine Works on Chickens; Testing on Turkeys

July 23, 2015 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that has tested 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it also protects turkeys, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday.

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5 Things to Know About the Bill to Prevent GMO Labeling

July 23, 2015 11:10 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

States could no longer require labels on genetically modified foods under legislation the House is considering. Here are five things to know about the House bill.

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McDonald's Profit Falls as Customer Traffic Slips in US

July 23, 2015 9:50 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

A dropoff in customers at its U.S. restaurants contributed to a 13 percent decline in McDonald's second-quarter profit.

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Detecting Disease in Beef Cattle Using Ear Tag Units

July 23, 2015 9:35 am | by American Society of Animal Science

A smartphone switches its orientation from portrait to landscape depending on how it's tilted. A car's airbags inflate when it senses collision forces. Colleagues from University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture wanted to know if the same accelerometer technology could be implemented in beef systems.

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Recent Fire Pushes Back Completion Date For New Distillery

July 23, 2015 9:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Barely two weeks after a fire threatened to disrupt its plans, Brown-Forman Corp. celebrated the upcoming start of construction for a new Old Forester Distillery that will return its founding brand to its historic roots along Louisville's Whiskey Row.

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Campbell Soup Raises 2015 Outlook, Expecting Bigger Savings

July 23, 2015 8:25 am | by The Associated Press

Campbell Soup's cost-cutting plan is paying off faster than it expected. The soup maker raised its profit forecast for 2015 Wednesday and its shares rose more than 2 percent amid a broad market sell-off.

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Brewers Look to Capitalize on Hard Root Beer Trend

July 23, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Flavored beers and hard ciders are growing, and drinkers as a whole are increasingly enjoying sweeter options.

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Bill Would End Ban on USPS Shipments of Alcoholic Beverages

July 22, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The U.S. Postal Service could be able to ship beer, wine and liquor for the first time in more than a century under the provisions of a forthcoming bill in Congress.

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Report: 57% of Consumers Regularly Buy Healthier Meat

July 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by Packaged Facts

Barbecue season is upon us, and the air most summer weekends is almost inevitably aromatic with all manner of charred meat. But the question is, "what's on your grill this summer?" From "free range" and "grass fed" to "all natural" and "pasture raised", carnivorous consumers have a virtual buffet of options to pick from when putting together their menus.

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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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