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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.

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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.

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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.

Udi’s Foods Turns to Fans to Rename Company

January 17, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Udi’s Foods is undergoing a complete rebranding, including a name change. The brand, known for its gluten-free products, is stepping aside to give their fans the opportunity to create a name that best represents the next chapter for the company.

Pizza Hut Aims for Imperfect Crusts

January 16, 2014 10:12 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Pizza Hut is set to announce a revamped hand-tossed pie this week that it says has a lighter, airier crust brushed with a garlic butter seasoning. Although the chain isn't touting it as prominently, there's another feature to the new recipes worth noting: deliberate imperfections.

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Pizza Hut to Offer Pizza ‘By the Slice’

January 14, 2014 10:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Pizza Hut plans to start offering pizza by the slice for the first time in two locations this week, part of a test to refashion its image and court diners in their 20s and 30s. The chain says the two locations — one in York, Neb. and Pawtucket, R.I. — will open Tuesday.

Danish Cinnamon Rolls Violate EU Spice Rules

January 9, 2014 12:13 pm | by JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration recently discovered that Danish cinnamon rolls and twists contained more coumarin — a chemical compound in the most common variety of cinnamon — than EU rules allow. Excessive intake of coumarin can cause liver damage.

Cake Maker Appeals Order to Serve Gays

January 7, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

A conservative Christian organization is appealing a ruling against a suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony. Alliance Defending Freedom filed an appeal Monday on behalf of Masterpiece Cakeshop.

Consumer Trends: Kellogg Builds on Latest Food Trends

January 7, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Kellogg Company is debuting a wide range of products from some of its most popular brands, building on the latest food trends and meeting the needs of today's consumers. The new products stretch across Kellogg Company's U.S. portfolio, including cereal, snacks and frozen foods.

Wheat-Free Diets: Experts Weigh In

January 6, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Wheat-free diets have become popular with health and nutrition enthusiasts, but are they really effective and safe? Cardiologist Dr. William Davis and "Sugar, Salt, Fat" author Michael Moss discuss whether removing wheat from your diet is a smart idea.

Continental Mills Buys Dry Mix Manufacturing Plant

January 2, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Continental Mills, Inc. has acquired a manufacturing facility located in Effingham, Ill., from Harlan Bakeries. The dry mix manufacturing facility was built by Krispy Kreme in 2001, and sold to Harlan Bakeries, a family-owned company, in 2008.

Consumer Trends: Healthy Perceptions Drive Gluten-Free Sales

January 2, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The most important factor behind more gluten-free food sales is that these products are considered healthier than conventional products. Other important factors are growing retail presence and continual improvements in new gluten-free products development.

Consumer Trends: Huge Demand for Frozen Bakery Products

December 27, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Frozen bakery is a growing industry in the food processing sector. There is a huge demand for frozen bakery products like frozen bread, as fresh bread has a very short life span. The frozen bakery market is growing steadily with medium competition.

Today's Dietitian Reports 2014 Nutrition Trends Forecast

December 27, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Whether right on or nutritionally wrong, dietitians identified 14 diet, nutrition and food trends that will make headlines, influence food-purchasing decisions and shape Americans' waistlines in 2014. Anti-wheat sentiment, ancient grains and kale are in.

Epicurean Hotel Boasts Gourmet Luxury for Foodies

December 20, 2013 10:18 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Epicurean Hotel, a $35 million, 137-room hotel, opened Tuesday. The entire concept revolves around food: there's an 80-seat restaurant, patisserie, culinary theater, wine store, rooftop bar and cooking classes in a theater reminiscent of Food Network.

Flax Protein Powder

December 20, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

LinPro™ 140 is a natural, allergen-free ingredient for use in a wide range of applications, including bars, clusters, cereals and beverages.

Consumer Trends: Consumers Like Bread with Less Salt

December 19, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers say consumers can't tell the difference between regular bread and bread with 10 percent less salt. Researchers at OSU's Food Innovation Center asked nearly 200 people to sample slices of whole wheat sandwich bread made with normal salt levels as well as ones with 10 percent, 20 percent and 30 percent less salt.

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