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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.

Dunkin' Donuts Expands to Europe

May 5, 2014 11:27 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

After beating a retreat in the 1990s, American sweet bakery restaurant chain Dunkin' Donuts has been quietly building up its presence in Europe and now has 120 outlets, mostly in Germany but also in Russia, Spain, Bulgaria and most recently, Britain.

Video: Green Giant Creates Shelf-Stable Veggies

May 2, 2014 10:24 am | by By Aaron Byrd, The New York Times | Videos | Comments

Green Giant Veggie Blend-Ins offer vegetables in puréed form to those who routinely avoid them. The company is attempting to help consumers make up the produce shortfall in their diets. But will consumers buy it? And is it actually a decent stand-in for veggies?

Consumer Trends: Americans Crave Salty Snacks

May 1, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

More than 90 percent of households in the U.S. report consuming a salty snack in the past 30 days, according to Research and Markets. Two out of three American households routinely have at least three varieties of salty snacks on hand.


Colo. Task Force Works on New Rules for Edible Pot

April 30, 2014 10:07 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Colorado's marijuana experiment is threatened by the popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, leading the pot industry to join health officials and state regulators to try to curb the problem of consumers ingesting too much weed.

Venezuela Food Giant Halts Production, Furloughs Workers

April 30, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

Empresas Polar, Venezuela's biggest food company, said Tuesday that it is halting work and furloughing workers at one of its pasta facilities because of government delays in allotting the company dollars to purchase wheat from foreign suppliers.

Hain Celestial Acquires Rudi’s Organic Bakery

April 29, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Organic and natural food company The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. announced the acquisition of Rudi's Organic Bakery, Inc. In 2013, Rudi's generated approximately $60 million in net sales and is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial's earnings in fiscal year 2015.

Photos of the Day: Belgian Waffles Celebrate 50th Anniversary in America

April 22, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

A family from Belgium introduced Belgian waffles to the American public 50 years ago. The waffles, topped with fresh whipped cream, powdered sugar and sliced strawberries, were served to visitors to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Belgian Waffles a Sweet Sensation at 1964 World’s Fair

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The notion of introducing a new food to the American public is almost inconceivable in an era of global cuisine and foodie websites. But that's what happened at the 1964 New York World's Fair, when a family from Belgium introduced Belgian waffles.


Photos of the Day: Colorado Deaths Raise Concerns About Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

Colorado Deaths Stoke Fears About Pot Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:44 am | by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

The Making of Matzo

April 18, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Passover celebration calls for Jews to avoid leavened grain, so matzo has become a traditional favorite during the holiday. Nancy Giles visits Streit’s Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side and learns the true meaning of making matzo.

Where Do Our Favorite Foods Come From?

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Today's menus are full of new twists on old dishes and surprising inventions. But where do these fascinating foods come from? Urbanspoon has broken down where some of our favorite foods got their start, and you might be surprised by some of the findings.

Post Acquires Michael Foods for $2.45B

April 17, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products. Privately held Michael Foods makes a variety of egg, potato and dairy products.

FDA Closes Puerto Rico Bakery for Multiple Violations

April 17, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Los Genuinos, Inc., a Bayamon, Puerto Rico, food manufacturer, has agreed under terms of a court order not to process or distribute food until it addresses the unsanitary conditions found by U.S. Food and Drug Administration investigators.

Honey Maid Turns Ad Backlash into Love

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Graham cracker maker Honey Maid's television ad featuring biracial and gay families has received more than 5 million views — and a lot of negative feedback. Honey Maid has responded with a second ad in which hate messages are transformed into the word "love."

High Performance Spiral Freezer

April 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The CRYOLINE® XF is built for large capacities from 2,500 to 7,500 kg/h (5,500-16,500 lb/h). This technology delivers twice the heat transfer rate of commercial spiral freezers.

Subway Differentiates with Playfully Named ‘Flatizza’

April 11, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

It's part flatbread, but also part pizza. So Subway naturally called its latest offering the "Flatizza." As funny as the name may sound, it gives Subway a way to brand a product that might otherwise seem run-of-the-mill — and sear it into the memory of potential customers.

Consumer Trends: Diners Search for More Pizza Variety

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Consumers told Technomic they eat pizza about 3.4 times a month. Today’s expanded retail options and the emergence of the trendy fast-casual pizza segment are giving consumers plenty of ways to satisfy their pizza cravings. But consumers say they want even more variety.

Subway’s Phase-Out of ‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Nears Completion

April 11, 2014 10:17 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat" chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient.

Matzo, Kosher Wine Maker Manischewitz Sold to Investment Firm

April 9, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

Matzo and kosher wine maker Manischewitz has been sold, just in time for the Passover Seder meal. Sankaty Advisors, an arm of private equity firm Bain Capital, bought the company from a group including investment firm Harbinger. The price was not disclosed.

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