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Awrey’s Bakery Is Back from the Brink

February 25, 2014 11:33 am | by JC REINDL, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

It was a year ago that Awrey's Bakery — one of the few remaining iconic Detroit-area brands — avoided permanent closure in a down-to-the-wire purchase deal. The new buyers bought the bakery just hours before its equipment was to be sold at a liquidation auction.

Knish Factory to Reopen After Fire

February 21, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

The Long Island factory billed as the world's largest maker of knishes is reopening five months after it was badly damaged in a fire, leading to a nationwide shortage of the Jewish treat. Gabila's Knishes is the only factory that makes square knishes.

EU Grants Bavarian Pretzels Protected Status

February 21, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

A twisted piece of dough has been elevated to cultural icon status by the European Union, which has added the Bavarian pretzel to its "protected origins" list. That means only pretzels produced in the southern German state can be sold as "Bayerische Breze," or Bavarian pretzel.

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'Food Babe' Blows Whistle on Subway

February 17, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A blogger called the 'Food Babe' launched a petition asking Subway to remove the ingredient azodicarbonamide from its bread. While the restaurant is in the process of removing the chemical, Subway argues that it made the decision to make the ingredient switch before the petition was launched.

Military Researchers Develop Pizza That Lasts Years

February 14, 2014 12:12 pm | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat. Researchers at a U.S. military lab in Massachusetts are closing in on a recipe that doesn't require any refrigeration or freezing.

Prosecutor Backs Girl’s Cupcakes Enterprise

February 14, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Southwestern Illinois prosecutor Tom Gibbons is lobbying for sixth-grader Chloe Stirling, whose home-based cupcake business was shut down after county health officials concluded that her $200-a-month operation did not comply with state law.

Mondelez Closing Philadelphia Bakery

February 7, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its supply chain and save money. The snack food maker said the closing will affect about 350 employees.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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