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VIDEO: Smart Grill Talks, Texts When Food is Ready

July 8, 2014 10:26 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Lynx Grills, a technology company that makes grills, developed a concept grill that has the technology of a smart device. Called a Smart Grill, the grill is a voice recognition product that communicates back to you via voice and text when it needs you to do something.

Rabobank Expects Continued Record-High US Cattle Prices

July 7, 2014 12:39 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a new report on the global beef industry, Rabobank says that the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. Beef imports to China are historically very high.

Safeway Stores in Arizona Not Affected by Salmonella Recall

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Safeway, a U.S. supermarket chain, says its grocery stores in Arizona and New Mexico have not been affected by Foster Farms'  contaminated chicken breast. The USDA found evidence directly linking Foster Farms to a strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds.

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St. Paul's Last Beef Plant Temporarily Shutting Down

July 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dakota Premium Foods, a beef-packing plant in South St. Paul, Minn., is temporarily shutting down due to the the declining number of cattle in the U.S. The company is currently idling 300 employees and was once the heart of the Upper Midwest meatpacking industry.

Foster Farms Issues First Recall Since Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

July 7, 2014 8:59 am | by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms, a California chicken producer, has been directly linked to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months. As a result, the company has issued a recall for 170 different chicken products from its facilities.

HEB Recalls 38 Tons of Beef for Possible Metal Contamination

July 7, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HEB Grocery Company, a privately held supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 350 stores throughout Texas and northern Mexico, is recalling almost 38 tons of fresh beef products after employees found metal shavings in products.

Officials Suspect Mad Cow Disease in Romanian Beef

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Romanian officials said they have found a case of suspected bovine spongiform encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad cow disease, in some beef. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.

Michigan Officials Approve Fish Hatchery Expansion

July 3, 2014 8:10 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

A northern Michigan commercial fish hatchery, Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC, has been granted a pollutant discharge permit to increase production from about 20,000 pounds of rainbow trout a year to 300,000 pounds. The expansion will help protect the Au Sable River.

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Tyson Foods Signs Definitive Deal to Buy Hillshire Brands

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After Tyson Foods was let out of its previous agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages has now signed a deal to purchase Hillshire Brands for $7.75B. Tyson Foods has agreed to pay the $163 million termination fee to Pinnacle on behalf of HIllshire.

New Hampshire Drives Tourism with 100-Year-Old Diner

July 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

Every four years during New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, almost every White House wannabe makes a stop to this tiny diner tucked onto a side street of the state's largest city. The menu includes pancakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches and more.

Hormel Foods to Buy Muscle Milk for $450M

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam, will pay $450 million to buy CytoSport, which owns Muscle Milk sports nutrition drinks, bars and powders. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger said consumers are increasingly looking for portable, easy-to-eat products packed with protein.

Calif. Oyster Farm Fights High Court to Stay in Business

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by PAUL ELIAS | News | Comments

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is considering several options to keep the oyster farm operating after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider its appeal to stay open. Federal officials want to return the oysters to the waters of Drakes Estero in Northern California.

Hillshire Gives Pinnacle Foods $163M Breakup Payment

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pinnacle Foods Inc., known for their Duncan Hines cake mixes and Hungry-Man dinners, announces its termination of the merger agreement with Hillshire Brands. The Chicago-based Hillshire Brands agreed to buy Pinnacle Foods for $4.23 billion in May.

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Poultry Prices Take Off as Macroeconomic Conditions Improve

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

According to Rabobank's Poultry Quarterly Q2 report, the global poultry prices launch is supported from the high beef and pork prices alongside demand recovery, and a more balanced supply and demand situation in most regions of the world.

Relay Foods Plans $735K Va. Expansion

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The online grocer Relay Foods has plans for a $735,000 expansion of its headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia. The company has committed to buying at least $350,000 worth of meats, produce and dairy products from Virginia producers over the next three years.

Forming Machine

July 1, 2014 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

This company offers an all hydraulic, microprocessor controller, multi-outlet forming machine that is easy to maneuver plant wide. Processors can portion beef, pork, poultry, fish, veal, lamb, cheese and even vegetables. 

Va. Salsas, Peanuts Expected to Bring in 28K Buyers at Food Show

June 30, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says at least 31 companies that participate in the Virginia's Finest trademark program will exhibit at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Foods including cured meats and confections will be displayed.

Rhode Island Names Calamari as Official State Appetizer

June 30, 2014 8:15 am | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rhode Island named calamari as its official state appetizer. Gov. Lincoln Chafee said squid is to Rhode Island what the potato is to Idaho. Half of all the squid brought in on the East Coast annually comes from only about 125 fishing boats in Rhode Island.

Industries Urge Congress to Prevent Country of Origin Labeling

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Canada and Mexico challenged the Country of Origin Labeling rule for muscle cuts of meat in the WTO after the USDA issued the revised rule, arguing that COOL has a trade-distorting impact by reducing the value and number of cattle and hogs shipped to the U.S.

Pneumatic 90 Degree Push Transfer

June 30, 2014 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

This multi-conveyor's pneumatic 90 degree transfer was designed for a packaged meat operation that required products that are two or three abreast to be transferred at 90 degrees at 20 cycles per minute. 

Las Vegas Facility Recalls 15K Pounds of Misbranded Pork

June 27, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service the Las Vegas food distributor recalled almost 15,000 pounds of misbranded raw pork nugget product because of an allergen that isn't declared on the product labels. 

Restructuring Charges Hurt ConAgra in 4Q

June 26, 2014 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant ConAgra, whose products include Chef Boyardee and Slim Jim, reported a loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, hit by impairment and restructuring charges. Its revenue slipped but topped Wall Street's expectations. Conagra lost $324.2 million for the period.

Chef Dan Barber: Farm-to-Table Philosophy is Flawed

June 26, 2014 8:30 am | by JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Chef Dan Barber, owner of Stone Barns at Blue Hill restaurant, has shifted his approach in the farm-to-table movement, which favors locally sourced and produced food. In his new book The Third Plate, Barber argues that the philosophy is based on cherry-picking ingredients. 

VIDEO: The Salty Truth About Sodium

June 26, 2014 8:30 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

About 90 percent of Americans eat more salt than is recommend, but how much is too much? Dr. Snyderman says it's a false statement that healthy foods don't contain sodium. The American Health Association says foods like seafood and lentils contain more sodium than you think.

Shrimp Disease in Asia Causing High US Import Prices

June 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kristen Reed and Sharon Royales, Bureau of Labor Statistics | News | Comments

Demand for shrimp has increased over the years and is currently the largest imported seafood species, accounting for 29 percent of seafood imports by dollar value. In 2013, consumers found themselves paying higher prices with less availability in supermarkets.

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