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Easy-Open Packaging

June 12, 2014 10:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The easy-open bag is designed for small portion deli items, including cheeses and smoked and processed meats. The bag features a tab that opens packages in one quick motion once pulled.

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

Cheese Society Refutes FDA Law on Wood Aging Shelves

June 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Cheese Society | News | Comments

The American Cheese Society is strongly against the FDA's ruling of discontinuing wooden boards in the cheese making process due to unsanitary surfaces. The ACS says no foodborne illness outbreak has been found to be caused by the use of wood as an aging surface.

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FDA: Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging Are Unsanitary

June 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says the use of wooden boards in the the aging process of cheese is unsanitary, despite the integral part wooden boards have played in a cheesemakers operations. Will this be the end of artisan cheeses as we know it?

Majority of US Households Have Someone With Diet Restrictions

June 10, 2014 9:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Six in ten American adults say they restrict at least one nutritional component from their diet. Sugar and sodium/salt top the list of ingredients American households have at least one person restricting or monitoring, followed by carbohydrates and dairy.

Teamsters Caution That Sysco, US Foods Merger Could Harm Competition

June 6, 2014 8:20 am | by PRNewswire, USNewswire | News | Comments

The Teamsters Union cautioned the Federal Trade Commission staff investigating Sysco's proposed acquisition of US Foods that a merger of the top two U.S. foodservice providers could limit competition and negatively affect consumers and food suppliers.

VIDEO: This Store Sells Only Expired Food

June 5, 2014 9:11 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Former president of Trader Joe's, Doug Rauch, will open a new grocery store to this month that sells expired foods. Rauch said The Daily Table will offer fresh produce, perfectly good dairy and most other grocery store products at deep discounts.

US Dairy Farmers Threaten to Oppose Pacific Trade Deal

June 4, 2014 1:02 pm | by Krista Hughes, Reuters | News | Comments

In a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative and Department of Agriculture, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council said Japan and Canada were dragging their feet and U.S. negotiators must insist on "meaningful" dairy market access.

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Yogurt Giant Chobani Lays Off Workers at Idaho Plant

June 4, 2014 9:19 am | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani is laying off workers at its Idaho plant. Chief marketing and brand officer Peter McGuinness says the plant has hit its production target and is making shift changes. The layoffs include temporary workers, as well as regular workers.

VIDEO: Land O'Lakes Celebrates June Dairy Month

June 4, 2014 8:30 am | by Land O'Lakes | Videos | Comments

Land O'Lakes celebrates June Dairy Month by talking about the importance of using correct practices in milking and making sure the cows are clean and comfortable. Land O'Lakes has been serving dairy products for more than 90 years.  

Texas Tech Expert: Expect Rising Food Prices Throughout Summer

May 29, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

In the last year, the U.S. pork supply has decreased by about 10 percent due to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The Texas Tech food expert explains that the beef herd is at its lowest levels since the 1940s, thanks, in part, to the California drought. 

VIDEO: New York Snack Attack

May 29, 2014 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

What is the definition of a snack? The Daily Show's Jon Stewart "takes fun and pokes it" at New York State officials battling over naming a state snack. A bill designating yogurt, specifically, as New York's state snack is the topic of hilarity. 

Bacteria May Improve Taste of Low-Fat Products by Mimicking Fat

May 28, 2014 2:29 pm | News | Comments

Low-fat products tend to have inferior flavor because the removal of fat makes the structure rubbery. An associate professor of dairy science at South Dakota State University found a strain of bacteria that mimics fat, improving the taste of low-fat products.

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Natural Grocers Claim Grazing Improves Cow Health

May 27, 2014 2:39 pm | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press, COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage claims grazing improves the health of cows and consumers alike. The American Grassfed Association, which helped Natural Grocers develop its rules, said it is the first retail chain to carry only pastured dairy products.

Police Seek Man in Fudge Bar Smackdown

May 23, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

What happens when fudge bars attack? A South Carolina man was not happy after disputing with an ice-cream truck driver over correct change. Police were called to the scene when the fudge bar became a weapon of choice against the driver.

United Natural Foods Will Buy Tony's Fine Foods for $187M

May 22, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Rhode Island-based distributor United Natural Foods plans to buy Tony's Fine Foods this July. The CEO of United Natural Foods said the products of Tony's are fast growing, and they will help them further expand their market share to the West Coast. 

Balkan Flooding Drowns Tons of Livestock

May 21, 2014 9:35 am | by AMEL EMRIC, Associated Press | News | Comments

Overflowing rivers in Serbia and Bosnia are leaving tons of dead cows, pigs, sheep and chickens in their wake. Serbia's senior veterinarian says 140 tons of drowned animals have been destroyed so far, but more work lays ahead to clear areas so residents can return.

Whey Protein

May 20, 2014 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company’s advanced whey protein Lacprodan® DI-7017 is a 100% whey protein concentrate rich in the essential and branched chain amino acids that are scientifically proven to optimize the body’s muscle-building and satiety response mechanisms.

WhiteWave Recalls Silk Soymilk

May 20, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

WhiteWave's Silk Light Original soymilk is being recalled in at least 17 states. Consumers are being urged to return the product or contact the company. Having an allergy risk to almonds could prove life-threatening to Whitewave soymilk drinkers.

Kraft Recalls 1.2 Million Cases of Cottage Cheese

May 19, 2014 9:10 am | News | Comments

Kraft, one of North America's largest consumer packaged food and beverage manufacturers, has recalled cottage cheese across several brands due to improper storage temperatures that may lead illnesses. Breakstone's, Simply Kraft and Knudsen were affected.

GMO Labeling Campaign Incited by Oregon Activists

May 16, 2014 10:06 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require food manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. The measure would not apply to food served in restaurants.

Nestle's Wonka Brand Markets Wacky Frozen 'Banana' Pops

May 16, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Nestle's Wonka Confectionary is marketing WONKA™ Peel-a-Pop™ frozen treats. The dessert pops look like and peel like bananas, but the peels are edible. The dessert pops are available in two "scrummdiddlyumptious" flavors, Vanilla Banana and Vanilla Grape.

US Congress Demands Rejection of EU's Food Name Laws

May 15, 2014 3:13 pm | by Consortium for Common Food Names | News | Comments

Members of the U.S. House and Senate issued statements against the European Union's geographical indicator laws for products with names like "parmesan" and "feta." Europeans say these are proprietary products, but U.S. producers claim they're trade barriers.

Wild Ice Cream Flavors Try to Buy Market Share

May 15, 2014 2:58 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans ate nearly 1.6 billion gallons of ice cream and other frozen dairy desserts in 2012, though ice cream is losing market share to other frozen treats. Manufacturers hope to pique consumer interests with savory flavors like basalmic vinegar ice cream.

Food Helps Push Consumer Prices to 10-Month High

May 15, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

Rising food and gas costs pushed April consumer prices to 10-month highs. Food prices jumped 0.4 percent for the third straight month, driven by the largest increase in the cost of meat in 10 years. Produce costs rose amid ongoing drought in California.

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