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Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

Infographic: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day by the Numbers

April 2, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

In honor of National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day today, the makers of Welch’s® PB&J Snacks surveyed people across the United States about their peanut butter and jelly preferences. One key finding: A slight majority of Americans choose creamy peanut butter over the crunchy variety.

Starbucks Reintroduces Cake by Popular Demand

April 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks will bring back its cake slices, available in banana, iced lemon and pumpkin flavors, in response to customer feedback. The coffee chain had been getting rid of the slices as part of a staggered rollout of its new, pricier baked goods.

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Oregon Officials Drop Proposed Ban on Pot-Laced Foods

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CHAD GARLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials backed off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban. A March 19 draft of the rules would have banned the sale of all cakes, cookies, candy and gum that contain the drug.

High-Temperature Lubricant

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

Klüberfood NH1 CH 2-220 oil is designed for lubricating high-temperature chains in baking and beverage can manufacturing applications.

Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

Century-Old Entenmann’s Bakery to Shut Down

March 28, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Entenmann's bakery on Long Island is closing its Bay Shore facility this summer after more than a century in business. Entenmann's parent company Bimbo Bakeries USA announced on Thursday that production is being shifted to other plants.

Ritz Rolls Out Bacon Crackers

March 26, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

RITZ Crackers is melding the savory flavor of bacon with its classic crackers to create RITZ Bacon-Flavored Crackers. Mondelez International, the maker of RITZ Crackers, says that the new snack is already available on supermarket shelves.

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Breads Recalled for Listeria in Canada

March 25, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. is recalling some Co-op and Market Town Co-op brands of bread because of possible listeria contamination. Co-op California Garlic Bread and Garlic/Cheese bread, along with Market Town Co-op Pizza Bread have been pulled.

Photos of the Day: Mich. Pot Bills Address Edibles

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

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

Mich. Pot Bills Would OK Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:41 am | by EMMA FIDEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

Creating Gluten-Free Crackers with Hemp, Green Tea

March 19, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

A team of food scientists from University of Novi Sad in Serbia and Guelph Food Research Centre in Canada found that hemp flour, a by-product of cold-pressed hemp oil, and decaffeinated green tea leaves could be used to develop a gluten-free cracker with functional properties.

Pastry Chef Bill Yosses to Leave the White House

March 19, 2014 12:41 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bill Yosses, the executive pastry chef for the White House, said he will be leaving in June after more than seven years of dessert-making. He plans to move to New York to teach about healthy eating, and join his husband, Charlie Jandusay Fabella Jr., also a teacher.

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Photos of the Day: Matzo Gets a Makeover

March 19, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

In recent years, matzo has undergone a makeover as the people who churn it out and the people who eat it have come up with new recipes and flavors for the large cracker with a big place at the Seder table — but a bad rep in the taste department.

Passover Classic Matzo Gets a Modern Twist

March 19, 2014 9:31 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

In recent years, matzo has undergone a makeover as the people who churn it out and the people who eat it have come up with new recipes and flavors for the large cracker with a big place at the Seder table — but a bad rep in the taste department.

Cake Finishing Center

March 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Cake Finishing Center is an all-in-one icing machine that can top- and side-ice round cakes and quickly add borders.

General Mills Panel Recommends Standard Definition of 'Whole Grain'

March 13, 2014 12:59 pm | News | Comments

A roundtable of nutrition experts convened by Cereal Partners Worldwide and General Mills Bell Institute of Health & Nutrition, recommends developing a standard definition of a whole grain food that would require at least 8 grams of whole grain per 30-gram serving.

Tasting a 3D Printed Oreo Cookie

March 13, 2014 9:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Mondelez International has developed a machine that uses 3D printing technology that allows consumers to customize their own Oreos. Laurie Segall, Tech Correspondent for CNNMoney, prints her own Oreo cookie and lets us know how it tastes.

Design Your Dinner with Pizza Hut's Interactive Table

March 10, 2014 9:00 am | by Pizza Hut | Videos | Comments

Pizza Hut recently released a concept video showing off an interactive table the restaurant chain developed with Chaotic Moon Studios. Using the table, diners can customize their own pizzas, select their payment method and play games while they wait.

IDDBA President Carol Christison Dies

March 6, 2014 2:01 pm | by International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association | News | Comments

Carol L. Christison, president of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association since 1982, passed away Tuesday. Christison was well known throughout the food industry, particularly as the master of ceremonies at the association's annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Expo.

2 Convicted of Selling Oreo Trade Secrets to China

March 6, 2014 12:48 pm | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two men were found guilty Wednesday of stealing an American company's secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products — including the middle of Oreo cookies — and selling it to a competitor controlled by the Chinese government.

Photos of the Day: Oscar-Worthy Eats

March 3, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck rolled a chocolate cake down the Oscar red carpet two hours before show time. The five-layer cake, decorated with a tiny Hollywood sign, was part of the post-Oscar feast served at the annual Governor's Ball after the Academy Awards.

Wolfgang Puck Delivers Cake to Celebrate the Oscars

March 3, 2014 9:49 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck rolled a chocolate cake down the Oscar red carpet two hours before show time. The five-layer cake, decorated with a tiny Hollywood sign, was part of the post-Oscar feast served at the annual Governor's Ball after the Academy Awards.

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.

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