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Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental | News | Comments

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

Photo: Getting Sweet With Apple Fries

August 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Sweet Apple Pie Fries! | News | Comments

It all started with an addictive twist on an America classic that became a local sensation. Nine years later, Niki Durig of Portland, Ore., has her eyes on creating a national franchise that would share her dessert and opportunity with the country.

Colorado Panel Considers Labeling for Pot Edibles

August 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado regulators are looking for ways to make sure no one accidentally eats or drinks marijuana edibles. In a panel that included edible makers and pot critics, many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors.

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Marijuana Edibles Recalled in Colorado

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Denver Department of Environmental Health recalled several products from At Home Baked, a popular Colorado brand of pot-infused sweets. Among the recalled products were infused brownie mixes, blondie mixes, rice crispy treats and Stixx candy.

Munch on This: Pot Edibles Give Rise to Booming Industry

July 18, 2014 9:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

Research Shows Sucralose as a Healthy Alternative for Diabetics

July 16, 2014 3:29 pm | by SPLENDA | News | Comments

With summer comes desserts, and who wants to skip out on delicious treats? Recent research offers encouraging news that some desserts made with sucralose — in place of added sugar— may help with maintaining blood sugar and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Reduced Food Prices Bring Grocery Bill Relief

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After four months of increases, wholesale food prices fell 0.2 percent in May. That should bring some grocery bill relief. Food costs had been rising because crops were damaged by a drought in California and brutal winter storms in the Midwest.

Maplehurst Bakeries Plans $78M Expansion

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maplehurst Bakeries, located in central Indiana and known for their distribution and manufacturing operations for cakes and cupcakes, is planning a $78 million expansion. The renovation will include a 180,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon to house its operations.

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Dippin' Dots Owner Agrees to Buy Crumbs Bake Shop

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, the company behind Dippin' Dots ice cream, has agreed to buy Crumbs Bake Shop out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The investor group hopes to close a sale in about 60 days pending approval from the bankruptcy court.

Unilever Drops Weight by Selling Slim-Fast

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Kainos Capital | News | Comments

Unilever sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Comprised of weight loss and meal replacement shakes, powders, bars and snacks, Slim-Fast will be added to the firm's portfolio of health and wellness companies. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. 

General Mills Enters Cookie Aisle to Increase Sales

July 10, 2014 8:10 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills, a Minneapolis-based company that last month announced a cost-cutting plan that will include a review of its manufacturing plants, is working to adapt its offerings as it grapples with the changing eating habits of Americans.

That Patriotic Apple Pie Is Less Likely to be Frozen

July 2, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mintel | News | Comments

Frozen cakes and pies declined 2.4 percent from 2009-2014 as consumers focus on gourmet flavors and shift towards viewing pies and cakes as an indulgent snack. According to Mintel research, 41 percent of consumers claim to eat prepared snacks between meals.

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

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

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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VIDEO: Get Your Protein From Crickets

June 27, 2014 8:10 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Bitty Foods makes food products based on cricket flour. Founder Megan Miller says the flour is sustainable and high in protein. The flour is made up of crickets that have been dry roasted and ground up into a fine powder and put into food products, such as cookies.

The Top 10 US Foodie Cities of the Year

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Livability.com | News | Comments

Livability.com named the Top 10 Foodie Cities of 2014 by analyzing data about how frequently families eat at locally owned restaurants and how much the average resident spends eating out, as well as access to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and quality meat.

Filler/Depositor

June 19, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's single piston filler/depositor, for the baking and food industry, has large port openings to permit filling of chunky ingredients without crushing. 

Former Hostess Plant in Maine Up For Sale

June 18, 2014 12:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The former Hostess Brands bakery plant in Biddeford, Maine is for sale for $8.45 million. Flower Foods acquired the bakery last year after Hostess filed for bankruptcy and laid off 370 employees. The company is selling the plant and eight other bakeries in the US.

Famous Amos Gives Cookie Business Another Try

June 17, 2014 8:40 am | by Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii | News | Comments

Wally Amos, the Hawaii man who in the 1980s lost ownership of his Famous Amos cookie company, is reinventing his brand yet again. Amos debuted his latest push for a retail rebound this month at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu under the name The Cookie Kahuna.

Pinnacle Foods Opens Pilot Plant at Rutgers University

June 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Pinnacle Foods | News | Comments

The plant at Rutgers Food Innovation Center is the first university-affiliated pilot site for Pinnacle. The collaboration will enable Pinnacle to increase its R&D capabilities, scale up learnings for commercialization and further support brand renovation.

Consumer Trends: Popular Bakery Snacks Rouse Comfort, Nostalgia

June 11, 2014 1:48 pm | by Canadean | News | Comments

Cookies are the number one choice for moments of me-time, with over a third of their consumption in the US being driven by the desire to unwind. A report by Canadean reveals that familiar tastes evoke happy childhood memories. What's your pick-me-up food?

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.

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.

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