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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. 

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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.

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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.

April Producer Prices Rise, Food Prices Remain Volatile

May 15, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Prices that U.S. companies receive for their goods and services rose in April by the most in 19 months, boosted by higher food prices. Some see this as a sign of rising inflation, but others caution that it will take more evidence to establish a growth trend.

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Poor Safety, Bad Mozzarella Leads To 13 Arrests

May 13, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Police have shut down a mozzarella factory and arrested 13 people after finding that prized local buffalo milk was being cut with cheaper imported cow milk. The probe leading to these arrests began after a worker lost some of his fingers because of safety flaws.

Idaho Milk Processing Plant Faces Heavy Fines

May 13, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Idaho Milk Products said in a statement that it has taken steps to make sure future discharges meet standards. Improper acidity levels can cause corrosion, reduce the ability of bacteria to break down sewage, and lead to potential leaks. Between March 2009 and July 2012 the company exceeded its acidity limit 138 times.

Letterman, Stewart Mock Lengthy Snack Debate

May 12, 2014 10:28 am | by David Klepper, AP | News | Comments

The New York Senate's debate about declaring yogurt the state's official snack was intended to teach a fourth-grade class about government. Instead, it became a lesson on legislative silliness as the Senate spent 45 minutes debating the merits of the legislation.

PHOTOS: NFL Draft Prospect Immortalized in Sandwich Sculpture

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

Sub sandwiches are a popular snack for football fans gathered to watch a game. But what if the sandwich was in the form of a player? Subway constructed a larger-than-life food sculpture of NFL draft prospect Anthony Barr. No word as to if it was eaten.

VIDEO: Molecular Sensor Gadget Reports Nutrition Facts

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by SCiO | Videos | Comments

SCiO, a handheld molecular sensor, scans the molecular fingerprint of an object and relays that data, including nutrition information. Users can log, record and share the information digitally. The gadget could be a new frontier in science and foodie-ism.

Grocery Association Fights Back Against Demonizing Documentary

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a leading trade association in retail food, renewed its campaign to discredit a film that blames the American obesity epidemic on food manufacturers. "Fed Up" was directed and narrated by journalist Katie Couric.

What Does 'Made in America' Actually Mean?

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | News | Comments

"Made in America" is a label typically associated with durable goods, but food products are coming under increasing regulation and labeling restrictions, such as Country of Origin Labeling. The National Retail Foundation delved into a topic that applies to food.

Comments Sought on International Food Safety Standard

May 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Sandrine Tranchard Communication Officer, International Organization for Stardards | News | Comments

The International Organization for Standardization is revising its food safety standard, originally published in 2005. If you represent industry, consumers, governments, regulators, laboratories or any food industry organization, they'd like to hear from you.

The Future of Human Civilization Depends on Cutting Food Waste

May 7, 2014 9:26 am | by by Selina Juul, Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark and Winner of Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize | Articles | Comments

Food industry efforts to reduce food waste and loss grow more fervent as data exposes the shockingly large amount of food that is wasted worldwide on a daily basis. Developed and developing nations show varying points where waste occurs, but the loss is real.

Court Rules for Utah Dairy Farmers in Electricity Suit

May 7, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

A court ruled that Utah dairy farmers could investigate whether an advesary electric company prevented a fair trial by forewarning of a plant closure and layoffs if they lost the case. The suit claimed that the company's coal-burning plant was sickening herds.

China May Block New Zealand Baby Formula

May 6, 2014 8:03 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In the wake of China's 2008 melamine scandal, the country is strictly regulating imports of infant formula. Only milk products from foreign sources that are registered with the government can be imported. Fewer than half of New Zealand exporters are eligible.

Video: A Love Letter to Food

May 5, 2014 10:43 am | Videos | Comments

A video by MinuteEarth vividly shows just how much food Americans waste on a daily basis. Forty percent of the nation's food supply is wasted for largely unnecessary reasons. This personal love letter to anthropomorphized food apologizes for the waste. 

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