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Consumer Trends: Top 30 Barbecue Restaurants in America

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by OpenTable, Inc. | News | Comments

OpenTable honors our nation's longstanding love affair with barbecuing by announcing the top 30 best barbecue restaurants in America. These awards reflect the opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews. From Maryland to California, what beats your eats?

Harsh Winter Keeps Maine Lobster from Shedding Shells

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The cold winter may be to blame for the lobster population not having shed its shells yet. The harvesting season usually begins in mid June, and has not happened yet this year. Some lobstermen are reporting catches half the size they saw at this time last year.

Reduced Food Prices Bring Grocery Bill Relief

July 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

After four months of increases, wholesale food prices fell 0.2 percent in May. That should bring some grocery bill relief. Food costs had been rising because crops were damaged by a drought in California and brutal winter storms in the Midwest.

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VIDEO: Can Traceability Prevent Seafood Fraud?

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Lexicon of Sustainability | Videos | Comments

Did you know one third of all fish you buy isn't what you think it is? Approximately 57 percent of the time, what is labeled as White Tuna is actually Escolar, a fish that is dangerous enough to cause serious health concerns. So, what's the solution to seafood fraud?

Infographics: Unscrambling Egg Labels

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of Americans spend more to buy specialty eggs, but a new poll reveals they don't always get what they think they're paying for. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free," most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

Researchers: The Fishy Truth About Seafood Farming

July 15, 2014 11:45 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | News | Comments

Increased seafood consumption has been proposed as part of a strategy to combat the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes. With nearly half of all seafood consumed around the world coming from fish farms, researchers now say farmed seafood is not without health risks.

USDA Marks 20 Billionth Egg from Eggland's Best

July 15, 2014 11:30 am | by Eggland's Best | News | Comments

Eggland's Best celebrated a special occasion as they commemorate the 20 billionth USDA-approved egg. The company conducts more than 35,000 tests a year to guarantee its eggs have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients.

Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

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Indiana Plans 60- Acre Aquaculture Park

July 14, 2014 11:30 am | by The Star Press, Muncie, Indiana | News | Comments

Indiana is working on developing the state's first aquaculture park, a 60-acre facility, in hopes of attracting more business to build up the fish production in the area. The proposed park would be near the Delaware County town of Albany.

Chicken Fat Litters NY Roads, Stinks up Motorists' Cars

July 14, 2014 8:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 35 people flocked to Hoffman Car Wash in upstate New York after dozens of chunks of chicken fat fell off a truck heading from a farm to a rendering plant, littering the roads and stinking up motorists' vehicles. Police said no one has yet claimed the meat.

Taco Bell Powers Up the Protein

July 11, 2014 8:52 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Taco Bell, owned by Yum Brands, Inc., is replacing its Cantina Bell burritos and bowls with ones that have double the meat and pack more than 20 grams of protein. Brian Niccol, president of the chain, says the motive is to give consumers more energy.

Survey: Egg Carton Labels Confuse Americans

July 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms | News | Comments

According to a recent poll conducted on QuickTake.com, only 50 percent of respondents said they look for the free-range label. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free", most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

Nebraska Proposes Poultry Operation to County Board

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeastern Nebraska city, Blue Springs, proposed a chicken operation that would include six buildings, housing 26,000 chickens per building at full capacity. The Gage County Board is mulling a special-use permit that would allow the plant to operate.

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Dry-Age Steak Refrigerators Come to Consumers' Kitchens

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steaklocker | News | Comments

A San Diego entrepreneur is developing the first in-home dry-age refrigerator. Called the Steaklocker, it uses the relatively simple process that has been used in fine restaurants for many years. Steak-lovers can save 50-70 percent on current retail dry-age prices.

Oscar Mayer Initiates Animal Welfare Program

July 10, 2014 11:42 am | by Oscar Mayer | News | Comments

Part of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., the Oscar Mayer brand will partner with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to help find solutions that are right for the environment and animals and are sustainable for suppliers and their farm families.

Researchers Develop 'Bulking Agents' to Replace Fat in Hot Dogs

July 10, 2014 8:40 am | by American Chemical Society (ACS) | News | Comments

Hot-dog consumers are turning to more healthful alternatives to their beloved summer fare. Low-fat hot-dogs don't always satisfy, so now researchers are building a healthier product with olive oil "bulking agents" in replace of the saturated animal fat.

Chicken Causes More Than 7K Swiss Illnesses A Year

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute | News | Comments

Meat fondue with chicken is one of the primary risk factors for a campylobacter infection in Switzerland in winter, a new study shows. This increase in reported case numbers over the festive season can be attributed to the consumption of Fondue chinoise.

VIDEO: What's Behind the Beef Price Hike?

July 10, 2014 8:05 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

USDA beef prices have jumped to $5.45 per pound, compared to $4.88 per pound at this time last year. So what's causing beef prices to rise? The LJ Ranch in Logan, Kansas, for example, said it has the lowest amount of cow numbers since 1952. 

Hygienic Twin-Screw Pumps Yield Dramatic Results for Food Industry

July 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Rene Linck, ITT Bornemann Sales and Product Manager, Food and Pharma Division | Articles | Comments

Hygienic twin screw pumps can handle a variety of high viscous products. Diced tomatoes that need to be delicately handled, meat products like sausage preparation or yogurt processing are all examples that can be adeptly handled by twin screw pumping technology. 

Consumer Trends: America's Best Burger Joints

July 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by TripAdvisor | News | Comments

TripAdvisor lists the 10 best burger joints in America based on the opinions of travelers. The list takes into account the quality, quantity and overall reviews of each establishment. From New York to Hawaii, and everything in between, where's your favorite burger place?

China's Food Costs Rise Almost 4 Percent in June

July 9, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's food costs rose 3.7 percent in June after surging 4.1 percent the month before on a rebound in prices for pork, a staple meat in China. However, the country's inflation rate remains below the 3.5 percent annual target set by the ruling Communist Party.

Cornell Study: Alternating Pesticides Shoos Dairy Flies

July 9, 2014 8:53 am | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Flies on dairy farms can spread disease and an array of pathogens that cost farmers millions of dollars in losses each year. According to a Cornell University study, the best way to ensure flies don't become resistant to insectisides is to only use them when needed.

Dynamic Dim Sum in the Land of Barbecue

July 8, 2014 2:59 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bo Lings, which opened in 1981 and began dim sum service in 1987, for years has drawn out-the-front door weekend lines for dim sum at its location in the former Kansas City Board of Trade building a couple blocks from Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. 

Salmonella Victims' Stories May Shape Quality Egg Punishments

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking the victims of the salmonella outbreak in 2010 to share their stories as prosecutors consider how to proceed with the punishments. Quality Egg, an Iowa egg producer, admitted to intentionally selling tainted eggs.

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.

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