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Packaging Film

June 5, 2014 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Product is designed for use as the inside sealant web for the packaging of bakery items, salty snacks, cookies, crackers, granola, fruit and nut mixes and confections.

Colorado Marijuana Regulators Mull Testing Edibles

June 5, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Colorado pot regulators unveiled a plan Wednesday with industry representatives and scientists on refining Colorado's rules on testing and labeling foods and drinks infused with pot. Regulators are looking to tighten the rules for edible marijuana products.

Panera to Remove Artificial Ingredients by 2016

June 3, 2014 9:21 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Panera's "Food Policy" underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings nutritional benefits. The U.S. chain of bakery cafes is making the pledge to remove all artificial ingredients.

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Krispy Kreme Stumbles From Cut Forecast

June 3, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

Krispy Kreme, a well-known doughnut chain headquarted in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, took a hit in aftermarket trading after the company cut its outlook for the year. Shares of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. dropped 9 percent to $17.14 in aftermarket trading.

Sorghum Syrup in High Demand as Consumers Search for Alternative Sweeteners

June 2, 2014 8:50 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Demand for sorghum syrup has doubled during the last five years, says James Baier, executive secretary of the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association, rising so fast that some of his members have begun running out before the new season starts.

Otis Spunkmeyer Closes Pennsylvania Plant

May 28, 2014 1:38 pm | News | Comments

Otis Spunkmeyer, known for their cookies, muffins and other baked goods, closed their Export, Penn., plant on Tuesday. The work will be moved to four other U.S. bakeries that are controlled by Aryzta AG, Spunkmeyer's Swiss parent company since 2006.

Pennsylvania Potato Chip Plant to Open in Place of Troyer Farms

May 27, 2014 10:38 am | by JIM MARTIN, Erie Times-News | News | Comments

For the first time since 2011, potato chips will be cooked in Waterford, Pennsylvania. Plans to open the potato chip plant by the end of summer are in the works. The company is moving ahead quickly with plans for the former Troyer Farms plant in Waterford Township. 

Photo: The World's Priciest Donut by Krispy Kreme

May 23, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Yes, it's the world's most lavish donut, created by none other than Krispy Kreme. Ingredients include gold, "edible diamonds" and Dom Pérignon vintage 2002 champagne jelly. Imagine what an office star you'd be if you brought in a dozen of these!

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Bakery Depositor

May 23, 2014 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bakery manufacturers can portion a smooth flow directly from the depositor with this product. No heavy lifting is required. Ideal for batters, fillings, mousse, icing and sauce.

VIDEO: Sweets and Snack Expo Teases the Appetite

May 23, 2014 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Thousands of new confectionery and snack foods were revealed May 20–22 during the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago. The expo featured the hottest new products from 650 companies. Trends include ancient grains, coconut and bacon flavors.

Drug Rehab Experts: Limit Access to Marijuana Edibles

May 22, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Experts from the Suncoast Rehab Center in Florida say access to marijuana-infused foods should be reduced for the good of the public health. They say eating these edibles can trap consumers into overdosing on THC, the active chemical in marijuana.

PACK EXPO to Discuss Revenue Rise in Snack Foods

May 22, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

PACK EXPO International 2014 plans are underway to discuss the world of baking and snack manufacturers. The show will connect professionals with solutions from thousands of exhibitors. On-floor education sessions will be present throughout the show. 

Sweets and Snacks Trends: Savory with Grains

May 20, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

New trends in the candy and snack industries are being revealed at this year's Expo in Chicago. Over 650 companies are featured. Everything from ancient grains to super foods to coconut and bacon are changing the face of the snacking industry. 

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Nutella is 50: Let the Cronut Frenzy Continue

May 19, 2014 3:02 pm | News | Comments

Food fan favorite Nutella, the famed hazelnut spread, is fifty years old today. What better way to celebrate than collaborating with another foodie obsession, cronuts. The free Nutella cronut holes available in NYC are probably delicious history by now.

GMO Labeling Campaign Incited by Oregon Activists

May 16, 2014 10:06 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require food manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. The measure would not apply to food served in restaurants.

Infographic: The Nitty Gritty on Gluten Free

May 16, 2014 9:00 am | by Buzzback | News | Comments

Online researcher Buzzback conducted a study to decipher the details around consumers' use of gluten-free products. From reasons for eating gluten-free foods, to demographics and brands, this infographic paints a holistic picture of an oft-misunderstood market.

Food Helps Push Consumer Prices to 10-Month High

May 15, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Rising food and gas costs pushed April consumer prices to 10-month highs. Food prices jumped 0.4 percent for the third straight month, driven by the largest increase in the cost of meat in 10 years. Produce costs rose amid ongoing drought in California.

Pasta Maker Settles Advertising Lawsuit

May 12, 2014 9:50 am | by Dave Kolpack, AP | News | Comments

A company accused of falsely advertising the health benefits of its nationally distributed Dreamfields Pasta line has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit and pay $5 million to consumers who bought the products in the last decade. The deal also calls for new labeling.

Group Petitions Dunkin' Brands Over Nanotechnology Use

May 9, 2014 9:00 am | by As You Sow | News | Comments

Shareholder advocacy group As You Sow filed a disclosure request on behalf of Dunkin' Brands investors, asking that the company disclose its use of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in its white powdered donuts. Consumers are recently weary of many ingredients.

PHOTOS: NFL Draft Prospect Immortalized in Sandwich Sculpture

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

Sub sandwiches are a popular snack for football fans gathered to watch a game. But what if the sandwich was in the form of a player? Subway constructed a larger-than-life food sculpture of NFL draft prospect Anthony Barr. No word as to if it was eaten.

VIDEO: Molecular Sensor Gadget Reports Nutrition Facts

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by SCiO | Videos | Comments

SCiO, a handheld molecular sensor, scans the molecular fingerprint of an object and relays that data, including nutrition information. Users can log, record and share the information digitally. The gadget could be a new frontier in science and foodie-ism.

Grocery Association Fights Back Against Demonizing Documentary

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a leading trade association in retail food, renewed its campaign to discredit a film that blames the American obesity epidemic on food manufacturers. "Fed Up" was directed and narrated by journalist Katie Couric.

Comments Sought on International Food Safety Standard

May 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Sandrine Tranchard Communication Officer, International Organization for Stardards | News | Comments

The International Organization for Standardization is revising its food safety standard, originally published in 2005. If you represent industry, consumers, governments, regulators, laboratories or any food industry organization, they'd like to hear from you.

VIDEO: What is Gluten? Jimmy Kimmel Asks Health-Conscious Passersby

May 7, 2014 9:00 am | by Jimmy Kimmel Live! | Videos | Comments

The gluten-free diet is a driving trend in several food categories, but what exactly do consumers know about gluten? Late night host Jimmy Kimmel of Jimmy Kimmel Live! sends a camera crew to an LA exercise spot to ask passersby who seem to have a lot to learn.

James Beard Foundation Honors Cronut King

May 6, 2014 9:00 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The James Beard Foundation, whose namesake was a leading American chef, honors those in the culinary profession that incite new and unique food trends. Cronut creator Dominique Ansel has become a household name since his croissant-donut hybrid went viral.

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