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Photos of the Day: Arctic Zero Pushes Its Way onto Wal-Mart Shelves

March 12, 2014 9:42 am | News | Comments

The makers of Arctic Zero started small, selling their frozen dessert to natural food stores and independent grocers in Southern California. But they wanted to get in national chains. It took a year and a lot of traveling to get into Whole Foods. It took four years to get on Wal-Mart's shelves.

Small Food Companies Push into Big Deals

March 12, 2014 9:38 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The makers of Arctic Zero started small, selling their frozen dessert to natural food stores and independent grocers in Southern California. But they wanted to get in national chains. It took a year and a lot of traveling to get into Whole Foods. It took four years to get on Wal-Mart's shelves.

Listeria Species Assay

March 10, 2014 2:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Veriflow® Listeria Species Assay (Veriflow® LS) has been approved to detect bacterial contamination by listeria in various food types.

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Lehigh Valley Dairy Recalls Orange Juice

March 7, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Lehigh Valley Dairy is voluntarily recalling orange juice because it may contain milk, a common allergen. The recall affects multiple brands distributed to both retail and food-service locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

IDDBA President Carol Christison Dies

March 6, 2014 2:01 pm | by International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association | News | Comments

Carol L. Christison, president of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association since 1982, passed away Tuesday. Christison was well known throughout the food industry, particularly as the master of ceremonies at the association's annual Dairy-Deli-Bake Expo.

Calif. Farmers Say Bureaucracy Is Blocking Drought Relief

March 6, 2014 12:54 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from California's Drought Task Force Tuesday listened to Central Valley community leaders and farmers vent their frustration over a lack of swift action regarding water and what they perceive to be too much red tape and outdated environmental laws.

‘Got Milk?’ Slogan Is Here to Stay

March 6, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Following widespread reports that the "got milk?" slogan has been shelved, the saying's creator, the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), says that the popular tag line and campaign are very much alive and thriving in the state of California.

Chobani Plans $3.5M Expansion in Idaho

March 6, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Chobani has received approval for a $3.5 million expansion of its Greek yogurt plant in Twin Falls. The facility reached a production milestone in December, producing more than 1 million cases of yogurt each week. The addition will expand its packaging and filling rooms on the east side.

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Aldi Stores Pull Ice Cream After Allergic Reactions

March 5, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Michigan-based House of Flavors is recalling Belmont Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream because it may contain a nut that is not listed on the label. The recall was announced after two complaints of allergic reactions to the product.

Prairie Farms Launches First Jelly Bean Flavored Milk

March 5, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Prairie Farms Dairy has unveiled a new line of seasonal milk flavors, including jelly bean — a first in the category — chocolate marshmallow and Easter egg nog. The company says the jelly bean flavored milk is sweetened with a combination of sugar and monk fruit juice.

Sanitary Incline Conveyor

March 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

This sanitary incline conveyor with plastic-cleated chain belting was designed to move individual dairy containers.

Group Pushes Starbucks to Remove GMOs from Dairy

March 4, 2014 1:11 pm | News | Comments

Activist group Green America's GMO Inside Campaign Tuesday launched a push to get Starbucks to serve only organic milk sourced from cows that are not fed GMOs. The campaign comes on the heels of General Mills' decision to remove GMOs from regular Cheerios.

Smart Balance Announces Transition to Non-GMO Products

March 3, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Smart Balance is transitioning its flagship line of buttery spreads to non-GMO. The brand, part of Boulder Brands, Inc., says some of the new spreads will be available on store shelves later this month. The full transition to non-GMO products is expected to be complete by early summer.

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Roos Foods Expands Recall Linked to Sick Babies

March 3, 2014 10:15 am | News | Comments

Delaware-based Roos Foods has expanded its recall to include Crema Pura Mexicana Cultured Sour Cream produced at its Kenton plant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has linked the recalled products to a death in California, as well as illnesses in newborns.

Idaho Governor Signs Bill Banning Dairy Spying

March 3, 2014 10:05 am | by JOHN MILLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed a bill that imposes jail time and fines against people who secretly film animal abuse at the state's agricultural facilities. Otter, a rancher, said the measure will help make producers more secure in their livelihood.

Storm Drenches California, But Provides Little Drought Relief

March 3, 2014 10:01 am | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD and ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Although a weekend storm provided some of the highest rainfall amounts to the Los Angeles area in years, forecasters noted that such systems would have to take place frequently for California to begin to pull out of a crippling drought.

The Daily Show Takes on Food News

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart | Videos | Comments

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discusses some of the latest news impacting the food industry, including Subway's removal of a controversial chemical from its bread, Kraft's new "natural mold inhibitor," and Nestle's Hot Pockets recall.

Vt. Dairy Farmers Create New Program to Drive Profits

February 26, 2014 12:30 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dairy farmers have helped create a new Vermont program designed to increase the state's milk supply by helping farmers better manage their operations. DairyVision VT offers dairy farmers a management team to help make them more profitable.

Ben & Jerry’s Rolls Out New Flavors

February 25, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Ben & Jerry’s has announced its new line with four new flavors, and the company believes it will resonate with its “core” consumers. The concept includes a core center down the middle of each flavor, which compliments the two super-premium ice creams packed into every pint.

Calif. Producers Won’t Get Federal Water

February 24, 2014 10:07 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Without a lot more rain and snow, many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state, federal officials announced Friday.

1 Dead, Babies Sick from Listeria Linked to Cheese

February 24, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was in California. Seven additional illnesses were in Maryland.

RI Designates $200K for Seafood, Farm Marketing

February 21, 2014 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Rhode Island wants to help local farmers and fishermen market their products. Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Thursday that the state plans to award $200,000 in grants to farmers and seafood businesses to help them promote their products.

Calif. Farmers Brace for Little or No Water

February 21, 2014 12:48 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials plan to announce Friday how much water they can release this year through a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs, but Central Valley farmers on the front lines of California's historic drought expect to get little, if anything.

Farm Sales Boom Even as U.S. Farmland Declines

February 21, 2014 12:38 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

American agriculture has experienced a boom, with market values of crops, livestock and total agricultural products reaching record highs even as the amount of U.S. farmland declined, according to a new government survey released Thursday.

Danone Profit Slumps amid Weak European Markets

February 20, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

French food manufacturer Danone says its profits slumped 15 percent last year as markets in Europe weakened, and warned that a return to growth won't come before late in the year. The company says net profit fell to $2 billion in 2013, from 1.67 billion euros a year earlier.

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