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Kraft Recalls Velveeta Pasta Products

January 21, 2014 9:34 am | News | Comments

A food maker is recalling some Kraft Velveeta pasta and ground beef products because some labels left off soy, an allergen, as an ingredient. About 1.77 million pounds of Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Singles Ultimate Cheeseburger Mac are being recalled.

NY Offers $20M for Dairy Waste-to-Energy Projects

January 15, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

New York state is making $20 million available to dairy farmers to turn waste into energy. The money through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will go toward the installation of anaerobic digesters, which make electricity and heat from organic wastes.

Gelatin Replacement Ingredient

January 14, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

ETENIA™ 457 potato starch is an ingredient solution that effectively replaces gelatin in yogurt formulations, delivering similar mouthfeel, stability and texture attributes.

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Dean Foods Antitrust Case Yields Lessons for Manufacturers

January 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor | Articles | Comments

Avoiding antitrust situations is paramount in the ongoing tide of food mergers and acquisitions. The newly reignited case against dairy manufacturer Dean Foods by retailer Food Lion straddles the pair of definitions that guides antitrust rulings.

Dry Blend Lactose for Infant Formula

January 13, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This lactose ingredient is designed for dry blends, enabling infant formula manufacturers to increase their throughput without compromising safety or requiring significant capital investment.

Chobani Applauds USDA Greek Yogurt Pilot Program

January 10, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Chobani applauds the success of the Department of Agriculture's four-state pilot program to provide Greek Yogurt for K-12 school meal programs, and supports the USDA's decision to expand the pilot program to four more states across the country.

Dairy Producer Pulls Cheese due to Salmonella Risk

January 10, 2014 12:43 pm | News | Comments

Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, Ga., has recalled 90 pounds of Heavenly Blue and 78 pounds of Aztec Cheddar cheese because of potential salmonella contamination. The cheeses were distributed in certain parts of Georgia and Florida, as well as through online orders.

Cheese Cultures

January 10, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Delvo®Cheese CC-300 and Delvo®Cheese CC-200 have been developed to allow medium and large scale cheese producers to create dairy products with great texture and mouthfeel, while maximizing profits through optimized processes.

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Kraft: Velveeta Supplies Are Running Low

January 8, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods says some customers may not be able to find Velveeta cheese over the next few weeks. A representative for the company didn't give any reasons for the shortage, saying only that they happen from time to time given the "nature of manufacturing."

Sartori Celebrates 75 Years of Cheese Making

January 7, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Sartori Cheese, based in Plymouth, Wis., is celebrating 75 years of hand-crafted cheese making this year. Founded in 1939 by Italian immigrant Paolo Sartori, the company is now in its fourth generation of family ownership and operation.

Antitrust Suit Reinstated Against Dean Foods

January 6, 2014 9:43 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit that claims Dean Foods conspired with another milk processor and a dairy cooperative to reduce competition in the milk industry. The suit says Dean Food, National Dairy Holdings and Dairy Farmers of America controlled 77 percent of processed milk bottling capacity in the Southeast In 2007.

Calif. Company Recalls Cashew Cheese

January 2, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A California company is voluntarily recalling all flavors of its cashew cheese because it might be contaminated by salmonella. The Cultured Kitchen of West Sacramento said the affected cheese includes all those with expiration dates until April 19, 2014.

NJ Dairy to Pay $324K over Discrimination Claims

January 2, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

A dairy company that sells to stores and schools in the Northeast and to federal agencies has agreed to pay over $324,000 to settle claims it discriminated against more than 200 female, black and Asian job applicants for warehouse jobs, the U.S. Labor Department said.

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Cal-Maine Foods' 2Q Earnings Climb 83 Percent on Egg Demand

December 30, 2013 9:43 am | News | Comments

Jackson, Mississippi-based Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said Monday that its fiscal second-quarter net income jumped 83 percent on higher demand for its eggs. In the second quarter, dozens of eggs sold rose 6 percent to 252.8 million from 238.1 million last year.

Ag Producers Explain Their Practices to Wary Consumers

December 30, 2013 9:33 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a lot of conversation about traditional agriculture practices recently and much of it is critical. Now, the industry is trying to push farmers and businesses to fight back, connecting with those consumers through social media and outreach.

McDonald's Shuts Down Employee Site that Discouraged Eating Fast Food

December 27, 2013 12:17 pm | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. has shut down a website intended to provide employees with work and life guidance after it generated negative publicity for the fast-food company. It has been criticized for offering advice that was out of touch with its workers' pay.

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.

Cheese Recall Issued Over Salmonella Concerns

December 27, 2013 9:15 am | News | Comments

Georgia Department of Agriculture officials say a recall has been issued for cheeses being sold in Georgia and Florida. Officials said Thursday that it may be contaminated with Salmonella. Inspectors are checking stores and warehouses. 

Chinese Demand to Sustain High Dairy Prices in 2014

December 26, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

Rabobank has issued a new report on the global dairy industry, forecasting continued high prices in 2014 due to Chinese demand. Rabobank says that international dairy commodity prices strengthened from already high levels in the three months to mid-December.

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.

FDA Postpones Food Safety Rules to Make 'Significant Changes'

December 20, 2013 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration will delay sweeping food safety rules proposed earlier this year and revise them to better accommodate farmers and businesses who would be affected. The FDA says it wants to make sure the rules are practical for farmers.

Morgan Stanley Forecasts an Uptick in Casual, Quick-Service Dining

December 19, 2013 12:48 pm | News | Comments

A Morgan Stanley analyst says growth has solidly resumed among casual restaurants, ending an extended period of contraction. The report says consumer preference is shifting toward casual and quick-service chains as they adjust to modest spending habits.

Whole Foods to Stop Stocking Chobani Yogurt

December 19, 2013 10:22 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Whole Foods has lost its taste for Chobani. The natural and organic grocery chain said Wednesday that it will be phasing Chobani Greek Yogurt out of its stores in early 2014 to make room for other products. Chobani is now available in most supermarkets.

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.

Organic Milk Is Healthier

December 17, 2013 8:00 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Organic milk is a lot more expensive than the traditional variety, but it may be worth it, researchers say. A new study found that organic milk contains a better balance of fatty acids like Omega-3s that help keep our hearts in good shape.

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