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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Photo of the Day: The Year in Food

December 19, 2013 8:00 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | Product Releases | Comments

It was a year of culinary comebacks. Wonder bread, Twinkies and a host of other Hostess Brands goodies were relaunched by new owners after disappearing in 2012 when the company went out of business. One thing that won't be coming back? Artificial trans fats.

Gigantic Gingerbread

December 18, 2013 8:00 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

This holiday season, it seems more and more bakers are going big. One chef went the extra mile when he created a gigantic gingerbread house that set a new Guinness world record. The gingerbread house clocks in at a whopping 35,823,400 calories.

Entry Level Filler

December 18, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The ELF 400 is designed for bakers looking for options to manage raw ingredient costs, increase production yield and portion accurately.

Robotic Decorator for Cakes

December 16, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Deco-Bot robotic decorating and finishing system can automatically apply buttercream roses onto cupcakes and directly onto the tops of celebration cakes.

Gingerbread Village Breaks Guinness World Record

December 13, 2013 12:42 pm | News | Comments

GingerBread Lane, a 300-square-foot village made entirely of edible gingerbread, icing and candy, has been designated world's largest gingerbread village by Guinness World Records. The 1.5 ton village is currently on display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens through Jan. 12.

Automatic Swirl Station

December 12, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's Automatic Swirlers are designed for mixing products like fillings and batter together.

Colo. Bakery Ordered to Serve Gay Couples

December 9, 2013 12:44 pm | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple "because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage."

A 1.5-Ton Gingerbread Village

December 6, 2013 8:00 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

One chef is attempting to set the world record for the largest all-edible gingerbread village. The chef's gingerbread village is 1.5 tons of edible Christmas goodness. The behemoth creation is on display at the New York Hall of Science.

Whole-Grain Satiety Ingredient

December 6, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's whole grain-based WEIGHTAIN satiety ingredient is designed to suppress hunger.

Explosion-Proof Vacuum

December 5, 2013 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The FRV1400 explosion-proof vacuum is compliant to OSHA's combustible dust initiative CPL-03-00-008, making it suitable for work environments where materials may pose a hazard.

Colo. Bakery in Court in Discrimination Case over Wedding Cake

December 4, 2013 12:32 pm | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

A discrimination complaint over a Colorado bakery's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple is being heard in a Denver court. At issue in the complaint from David Mullins and Charlie Craig against Masterpiece Cakeshop is whether religious freedom can protect a business from discrimination allegations from gay couples.

Consumer Trends: Canadians Expand Definition of Dessert

December 4, 2013 12:00 pm | News | Comments

It's no surprise that most Canadian consumers prefer typical, classic dessert offerings like cake and cookies, but they're also considering an array of nontraditional items — such as coffee, adult beverages and even breakfast items — as appealing dessert options.

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