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Japan to Hunt Fewer Whales This Season

April 18, 2014 9:53 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the goal of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the country's fisheries minister announced on Friday.  

Liquid/Solid Separator System

April 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The new Micro Drum Screen™ Advanced Liquid/Solid Separator system reduces industrial waste using...

Where Do Our Favorite Foods Come From?

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Today's menus are full of new twists on old dishes and surprising inventions. But where do these...

Northern Beef Packers Received $4.3M in State Aid

April 17, 2014 11:52 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senate candidates talking about the idled Northern Beef Packers plant in northeast South...

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High Performance Spiral Freezer

April 17, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The CRYOLINE® XF is built for large capacities from 2,500 to 7,500 kg/h (5,500-16,500 lb/h). This technology delivers twice the heat transfer rate of commercial spiral freezers.

Former Taco Bell Interns: We Invented the Doritos Locos Taco

April 16, 2014 8:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

The Doritos Locos Taco has gained notoriety as one of Taco Bell's most popular fast food items. Now former advertising interns for Taco Bell claim that they conjured the idea for a Doritos taco during an ad competition that took place in 1995.

Wash. Company Recalls 83K Pounds of Egg Products

April 15, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Nutrion LLC, based in Lacey, Wash., is recalling an additional 82,884 pounds of processed egg products that may be contaminated with salmonella. The majority of the product included in this expansion was originally identified in a public health alert issued on March 26.

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U.S. Consumer Prices Inch Higher

April 15, 2014 11:50 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher costs for food and clothing. Food prices jumped 0.4 percent, led by increases in eggs, milk, butter, oranges, pork chops, ground beef and poultry.

Whitefish Shortage Wreaks Havoc on Passover Plans

April 15, 2014 11:47 am | by JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in the traditional recipe for gefilte fish.

AMI Awards Meat and Poultry Plants for Environmental Practices

April 15, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

The American Meat Institute (AMI) presented 119 plants with Environmental Recognition awards during its 2014 Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment. This year, 40 plants received the highest level Tier Four awards.

Photos of the Day: Japan Whaling Supporters Plan to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

Japan Pro-Whaling Contingent Vows to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

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Dry-Aging and Dry-Curing Technology

April 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Meat processors can now create distinctive dry-aged and dry-cured meats in-house using DryAgePro® technology and an ordinary refrigeration unit.

Filling and Portioning Depositors

April 15, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Company's C-Frame Depositors have improved the way many processors deposit fillings for stuffed sandwiches, multiple layered products, stuffed seafood, appetizers and rolled or wrapped product.

Smithfield Owner Plans IPO to Raise up to $5.3B

April 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's WH Group, which became the world's biggest pork company after purchasing U.S.-based Smithfield Foods last year, said Monday that it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Beef Prices Climb to Highest Level Since 1987

April 14, 2014 12:43 pm | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.

Consumer Trends: Burger Sales Fall as Segment Matures

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Burger chains have reached maturity, as limited-service burger segment sales contracted in 2013, according to Technomic. Although burger chains tallied U.S. sales of more than $72 million, they recorded nominal growth of only 1.2 percent.

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Photos of the Day: State, Federal Lawmakers Combat Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

Lawmakers Fight Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.

Metal Conveyor Belt

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

DURAFLEX® EDGE open metal conveyor belting is designed for dairy, meat, poultry and food manufacturers.

Court Ruling on Whaling Gave Japan's Gov't a Convenient Escape

April 11, 2014 10:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby.

Photo of the Day: Frozen Food Industry to Air First Nat'l TV Ads in PR Push

April 11, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

With frozen food sales slipping, the industry is preparing a public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of its products. The push will include what are said to be the first national TV ads on behalf of the entire industry, as well as social media and in-store promotions.

Frozen Food Industry Plans Massive PR Campaign as Sales Slip

April 11, 2014 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

With frozen food sales slipping, the industry is preparing a public relations campaign to defend the nutritional reputation of its products. The push will include what are said to be the first national TV ads on behalf of the entire industry, as well as social media and in-store promotions.

Oscar Mayer Expands Deli Fresh Line of Lunch Meats

April 10, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Oscar Mayer has expanded its Deli Fresh line by introducing new Deli Fresh BOLD flavors. The new lunch meats are available in four flavor varieties, including Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, Cajun Style Turkey Breast, Maple Honey Ham and Chipotle Seasoned Chicken Breast.

Consumer Trends: Beef Industry Driven by Strong Global Demand

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

The global beef industry is experiencing strong demand led by the Chinese market, according to Rabobank. Beef market fundamentals remain positive, with prices driven up across the globe by firm demand and a tightening supply due to drought and extreme weather.

524 Sickened as Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Continues

April 10, 2014 11:52 am | News | Comments

Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken that has been going on since March 2013 isn't over. The outbreak has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico. The CDC says the outbreak strains have been resistant to many antibiotics.

EU: Russia’s Pork Import Ban Is Illegal

April 10, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

The EU is opening a case against Russia to protest a pork import ban that it calls disproportionate and illegal. Russia banned EU pork imports in January following four cases of African swine fever found in boar on the Lithuanian and Polish borders with Belarus.

Lightning Kills More Than 60 Dairy Cows in Chile

April 9, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Ranchers in southern Chile say that a series of lightning strikes has killed more than 60 of their dairy cows, costing the cattle owners thousands of dollars. Storms erupted on Sunday, spawning the lightning strikes in south-central Chile.

Virus Kills Millions of Baby Pigs, Drives Up Pork Prices

April 9, 2014 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, never before seen in the U.S., has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year. With little known about how the virus spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

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