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Report: Global Beef Supplies Remain Tight Amid Robust Consumer Demand in Q4

December 24, 2014 8:35 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

Rabobank says that despite tight global cattle and beef supplies, prices tempered from their Q3 highs. The U.S. remains the major global driver, with import demand affecting prices and volumes for other countries.      

Red Robin Serves Up The Cure Burger for Holiday Hangover Relief

December 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Red Robin | News | Comments

The Cure Burger – a fire-grilled gourmet patty topped with chili, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon,...

Texas Ranchers Seeking Alternative Incomes

December 22, 2014 10:00 am | by BETSY BLANEY and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Though limited supplies have prompted a record rise in beef prices, more Texas ranchers are...

Another Big Catch for Thai Company in $1.5B Bid for Bumble Bee

December 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Thai Union Frozen Products, which already owns Chicken of the Sea, another major seller of tuna...

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Meat Processing Facility to Open in Virginia

December 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven Hills Food, LLC will invest $3 million and commit to purchasing Virginia-grown beef and pork. Once finished, the facility will be one of the largest beef and pork processing operations in Virginia.       

Plea Hearing Set for Ex-Manager in Halal Food Case

December 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier is expected to plead guilty as part of a federal criminal investigation into the company's exporting and marketing practices.           

15 Top Diet Trends For 2015

December 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by Pollock Communications | News | Comments

Nutrition experts say that consumers still look to gluten-free eating, while low-fat diets have fizzled. They also agree that consumers care about GMO-free, along with locally grown food and high quality protein.      

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High Liner Foods Opens New U.S. Headquarters

December 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by High Liner Foods Incorporated | News | Comments

High Liner Foods Incorporated announced the official opening of its newly-constructed U.S. headquarters, a 38,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility located at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H.     

Presidential Task Force Calls to Combat IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

December 18, 2014 11:00 am | by SeaWeb | News | Comments

IUU fishing is one of the most crucial global threats to the sustainable management of marine fisheries worldwide. It has significant environmental, economic, and social implications and jeopardizes the biological integrity of the ocean.  

Perky Jerky Expands Distribution Into Asian Markets

December 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Perky Jerky | News | Comments

Perky Jerky landed in more than 220 high-end specialty retailers and supermarkets across Japan and South Korea in October 2014, with plans to be in China by January 2015. Its American ultra-premium turkey jerky line has experienced strong sales in its first several weeks in both Japan and Korea.

Vertex Forming Systems

December 18, 2014 10:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

VerTex Forming Systems are ideal for consistently creating a wide range of formed, further value-added poultry products. These systems are designed for superior versatility, texture and the lowest cost of ownership.

Massachusetts Couple Sues Whole Foods, Ranch

December 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8-year-old son's death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat.     

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Sausage, Kolbassa Products Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

December 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Federal health authorities in Canada say two meat products sold in Ontario are being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination. The recall affects Franz's smoked black bean and salsa sausage and Franz's gold medal kolbassa made by Peterborough-based Franz Roessl Holdings Ltd.

Michigan Approves Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments.

Cow Bolts Idaho Butcher Shop, Police Give Chase

December 16, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A 1,000-pound cow being prepared for slaughter jumped a 6-foot fence and bolted through the streets of Pocatello before police shot and killed it following a lengthy pursuit. The cow escaped from Anderson Custom Pack, a meat processing business, last Friday afternoon.

US Says Halal Food Supplier Misled Muslims on Beef

December 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims as meeting strict halal standards. Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

Poultry Report: Avian Flu Looks to Shake Up 2015

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a report published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, the bank says that global issues such as avian flu and trade restrictions remain on the horizon for 2015 and will have a big impact on global poultry trade. 

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VIDEO: McDonald's Serves Up Some Unusual Dishes

December 16, 2014 9:10 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From hot dogs to shellfish, CNN Money takes a look at some of the weirdest items served at McDonald's worldwide. Would you try any of these dishes?                             

Spanish Police Investigate Large Meat Plant Fire

December 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain's national police says it has deployed sniffer dogs to help investigate a large fire that destroyed one of the country's largest meat plants last month in the northern city of Burgos. The Campofrio fire caused evacuation plans throughout the entire city.

Fish Farming Finds its Way to the Midwest

December 15, 2014 9:55 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

With global consumption of seafood outpacing wild fish populations, many have turned from roving the world's waters to aquaculture, using coastal net pens or ponds to raise freshwater and saltwater species. But the emerging trend of indoor aquaculture is bringing the surf to America's turf.

Meat Packing Software

December 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

This Specialized Inventory Management with Barcode Accuracy, or SIMBA, is designed to provide food, meat and poultry processors the ability to process, label and track their products from receiving to shipping. 

Avian Flu Continues to Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested positive for the H5N2 strain of the disease. Its origin is unknown, and more farms could be affected, officials said. The outbreak has now spread to seven farms. 

Am I Being Poisoned By Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food traceability is an important factor in determining where I source my food from. And although I already know the Earth’s waters are littered with various garbage, I will admit I was surprised to learn just how much.         

Big US School Districts Plan Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

December 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Urban School Food Alliance | News | Comments

Serving nearly 2.9 million students daily, Alliance members procure more than $550 million in food and supplies annually. The coalition aims to help drive down nationwide costs, while setting higher standards for the quality of food served in its schools. 

Polish Ban on Kosher Slaughter of Animals is Overturned

December 11, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The court argued that the constitution guarantees the freedom of religious practice. It is a victory for Poland's small Jewish and Muslim communities and for the agricultural industry, which in the past profited from the production of meat for export to Jewish and Muslim communities.

McDonald's to Trim Menu, Examine Ingredients

December 10, 2014 1:14 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's is planning to simplify its menu and maybe even in the number of ingredients it uses in its food as it fights to hold onto customers. CEO Don Thompson sought to reassure investors Wednesday that changes will help strengthen the chain's appeal.

As Beef Prices Rise, Cattle Herds Go Missing in Idaho

December 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three ranchers say roundup searches in recent weeks in the hills and gulches on the remote summer range where the cattle graze have come up empty in two counties. The losses include a herd of 50 Black Angus consisting of 25 cows and 25 calves valued at $150,000.

Unhealthy Foods Remade: Who's Buying This Hype?

December 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

A new study is looking at rebuffing hot dogs into a low-fat alternative form. Naturally, this left me pondering: Why are food scientists continually working to build leaner, meaner and “healthier” versions of processed foods?   

VIDEO: The Answer For a Healthier Hotdog

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Scientists are working on ways to make hot dogs more healthy. A research team in Spain replaced pork fat with olive oil, reducing the calories by more than a third, and improving the type of fat inside the franks. Could this be the answer to a healthier hot dog?

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