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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

King’s Hawaiian Bread to Expand Georgia Plant

April 8, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

King's Hawaiian Bread plans to expand its production facilities in northeast Georgia. The bakery opened its local production line in the Oakwood community in 2010 as part of its East Coast operations designed to meet growing customer demand.

Infestation Forces Closure of NYC Cronut Bakery

April 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Health officials on Friday shut down New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery, famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts, because of a "severe mouse infestation" that requires professional pest control.

Americans Adore Ranch Dressing

April 4, 2014 1:20 pm | by The NPD Group | News | Comments

Ranch is the top ready-to-use dressing flavor shipped to foodservice outlets, according to new data from The NPD Group. Sales of the dressing are leading growth in the otherwise flat category. Dijon, Asian peanut, and several vinaigrette flavors are also popular.

Hillshire Will Shutter Florence, Ala. Plant

April 4, 2014 1:07 pm | News | Comments

Hillshire Brands Co. officials say they plan to close the company's Florence plant in Alabama. The plant, which includes cooking operations for breakfast sandwiches and breakfast sausages, employs approximately 1,100 people. Closure is scheduled for the end of 2014.

Sugar Reform Coalition Commends Trade Talk Progress

April 4, 2014 12:58 pm | News | Comments

The Coalition for Sugar Reform represents consumer, trade, and commerce groups, manufacturing associations, and food and beverage companies that use sugar, including confectioners, bakers, cereal manufacturers, beverage makers and dairy companies.

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.

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.

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