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The Daily Show Takes on Food News

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Videos | Comments

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discusses some of the latest news impacting the food industry, including Subway's removal of a controversial chemical from its bread, Kraft's new "natural mold inhibitor," and Nestle's Hot Pockets recall.

Nearly 500 Food Products Contain ‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical

February 28, 2014 1:17 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A consumer advocacy group warns that nearly 500 food products contain the chemical used in yoga mats that Subway recently vowed to remove from its bread. Many food companies reportedly use the ingredient, including Jimmy Dean, Little Debbie, Pillsbury and Smucker’s.

Food is Going to Pot

February 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Edibles, special brownies or adult cookies. Call the THC-infused foods now legally on the market in Colorado and Washington what you will. The regional legalization of recreational marijuana opens a door for niche food manufacturers, though some consumers are finding it hard to swallow.

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Post-Baking Dryers

February 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Macrowave™ Post-Baking Dryers are designed to boost productivity and eliminate checking for the core products of large wholesale producers of biscuits and crackers.

South African Bakery Apologizes for Pistorius Cookies

February 26, 2014 12:23 pm | by GERALD IMRAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charly's Bakery in South Africa apologized Tuesday for producing a line of cookies with bad taste messages relating to the upcoming trial of Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian charged with murder in his girlfriend's shooting death.

Photos of the Day: Tastykake Turns 100

February 26, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

The beloved bakery Tastykake marked its 100th anniversary on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Tastykake made 100 cakes on its first day of business in 1914. Today, the company produces nearly 5 million cakes, doughnuts, cookies and pies every day.

Tastycakes Celebrates a Century

February 26, 2014 9:51 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The beloved Philadelphia bakery Tastykake celebrated a century in business on Tuesday by introducing a new product, giving out free treats and serving up — what else? — birthday kake created from some of of the company's most famous products.

Awrey’s Bakery Is Back from the Brink

February 25, 2014 11:33 am | by JC REINDL, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

It was a year ago that Awrey's Bakery — one of the few remaining iconic Detroit-area brands — avoided permanent closure in a down-to-the-wire purchase deal. The new buyers bought the bakery just hours before its equipment was to be sold at a liquidation auction.

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Knish Factory to Reopen After Fire

February 21, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

The Long Island factory billed as the world's largest maker of knishes is reopening five months after it was badly damaged in a fire, leading to a nationwide shortage of the Jewish treat. Gabila's Knishes is the only factory that makes square knishes.

EU Grants Bavarian Pretzels Protected Status

February 21, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

A twisted piece of dough has been elevated to cultural icon status by the European Union, which has added the Bavarian pretzel to its "protected origins" list. That means only pretzels produced in the southern German state can be sold as "Bayerische Breze," or Bavarian pretzel.

'Food Babe' Blows Whistle on Subway

February 17, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A blogger called the 'Food Babe' launched a petition asking Subway to remove the ingredient azodicarbonamide from its bread. While the restaurant is in the process of removing the chemical, Subway argues that it made the decision to make the ingredient switch before the petition was launched.

Military Researchers Develop Pizza That Lasts Years

February 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat. Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on a recipe that doesn't require any refrigeration or freezing.

Prosecutor Backs Girl’s Cupcakes Enterprise

February 14, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Southwestern Illinois prosecutor Tom Gibbons is lobbying for sixth-grader Chloe Stirling, whose home-based cupcake business was shut down after county health officials concluded that her $200-a-month operation did not comply with state law.

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Mondelez Closing Philadelphia Bakery

February 7, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its supply chain and save money. The snack food maker said the closing will affect about 350 employees.

Thailand’s Rice Buying Policy Turns Sour

February 7, 2014 10:18 am | by THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A rice buying program that Thailand's ruling party hoped would aid millions of its poor, rural supporters may instead help bring down the increasingly cornered government. Hundreds of farmers converged on the capital to demand rice payments that are several months overdue after the policy caused ruinous losses.

Subway Removing Chemical from Bread

February 6, 2014 9:54 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes. The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient azodicarbonamide.

Now Showing: Food in 3D

February 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D printers are revolutionizing various industries, from toy making to the production of iPhone cases. But one of the latest trends in 3D printing is especially tasty. These machines now are capable of producing various food items, including confections, pastas and more.

Starbucks Baked Goods Rollout Doubles Food Sales

January 24, 2014 1:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks company is seeing early signs of promise for its revamped lineup of sweets, which has made its way to about a third of its U.S. cafes. Starbucks' CFO Troy Alstead said croissant sales have doubled wherever the new recipes have been introduced.

PepsiCo, Nestle Announce Mexico Investments

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

Mexico is getting a big cash infusion as PepsiCo and Nestle plan to boost their presence in the country, the companies announced Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Emerging markets are increasingly important for food and beverage growth.

FDA to Overhaul Nutrition Facts Labels

January 24, 2014 9:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover. Knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 1990s, and the Food and Drug Administration says the labels need to reflect that. More people may be reading labels.

Low-Cost and Eco-Friendly Packaging for Confectionery and Baked Goods

January 24, 2014 8:00 am | by interpack | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers of sweets and snacks face a unique challenge. Their products have to stand out from the crowd without extravagant packages that drive up costs. Packaging and machinery manufacturers can help with material-saving packaging solutions and more efficient production lines.

Krispy Kreme Signs Deal for Developments in China

January 23, 2014 1:36 pm | News | Comments

Krispy Kreme has signed a multiyear deal with retail company Haiya Group to develop 23 stores for China's Guangdong Province over the next five years. The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based company has more than 800 stores in more than 20 countries worldwide.

Tyson Foods Acquires Bosco’s Pizza

January 21, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest meat-processing companies, says it's acquired the assets of Bosco's Pizza Co. of Warren, Mich. Bosco's produces a variety of stuffed bread sticks and frozen pizzas for food service and retail customers.

Oregon: Portland Bakery Violated Gay Couple’s Rights

January 20, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

A suburban Portland bakery violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple by refusing to bake a cake for the women's wedding, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said. Investigators said Sweet Cakes by Melissa unlawfully discriminated against the couple based on their sexual orientation.

General Mills Leverages External Partnerships to Grow Its Convenience Business

January 20, 2014 8:00 am | by General Mills Worldwide Innovation Network | Articles | Comments

One of the key strategies to bringing innovation to the convenience-store channel is leveraging external partnerships through open innovation. Since formally adopting its open innovation strategy in 2007, General Mills has connected with numerous outside partner companies to help introduce some of the company’s most successful new products.

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