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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.

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.

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. 

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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. 

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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.

Big Texan Steak Ranch Pays $800K in Back Wages, Damages

June 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, an Amarillo restaurant famous for its 72-ounce steak dinner that's free if eaten in an hour, has paid $800,000 to settle a Labor Department dispute alleging the restaurant took too much of a bite out of tips to workers.

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Dietz & Watson to Build Philly Center After Massive Fire

June 24, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food products manufacturer Dietz & Watson, supplier of deli meats and cheeses to supermarkets and delis, will expand its Philadelphia operation and add 158 jobs following a massive fire last year that devastated a company warehouse in southern New Jersey. 

West Liberty Foods Buys Assets of Bankrupted Ill. Firm

June 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa | News | Comments

West Liberty Foods LLC has bought substantially all of the assets of an Illinois company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Quantum Foods, who filed for bankruptcy in February, produced ready-to-cook and fully cooked foods made from beef, poultry and pork.

USDA Tries to Posion Feral Hogs with Bacon Preservative

June 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sodium Nitrate, a preservative used to cure bacon, is being tested as poison for the nation's estimated 5 million feral hogs. USDA scientists say it may be the best solution in the U.S., but they're not yet ready to ask for federal approval as pig poison.

Photos: Maine Rebuilds Lobster Meat Processing

June 23, 2014 8:45 am | by AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty | News | Comments

State officials and lobster industry leaders are working to bring more lobster meat processing back to the state from Canada. Maine processors say the business is growing, but is still overshadowed by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Olive Garden, Red Lobser Sales Continue to Drop

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Darden Restaurants Inc. has been fighting to stop declining sales at Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Darden said Friday that sales continued to slide at both restaurants as sit-down chains were hit hard by the downturn, prompting customers to find cheaper options.

The Top 10 US Foodie Cities of the Year

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Livability.com | News | Comments

Livability.com named the Top 10 Foodie Cities of 2014 by analyzing data about how frequently families eat at locally owned restaurants and how much the average resident spends eating out, as well as access to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and quality meat.

VIDEO: Best Burger in America at Conan O’Brien’s?

June 20, 2014 8:40 am | by Conan O' Brien | Videos | Comments

Who knew that America's best hamburger can be found right inside Conan O'Brien's studio? Conan jokes about The New York Times naming 'Conan's' as having the best burger in America. Thinking its a mistake, the latenight comedy host has a surprising waiting for him.

Toxic 'Microbeads' Found Inside Fish

June 20, 2014 8:30 am | by John Flesher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Illinois call for a statewide ban on "microbeads" — tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Scientists say they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption.

Seafood Expo Asia is a Fish Trade Epicenter

June 19, 2014 1:16 pm | by Diversified Communications | News | Comments

Suppliers of seafood products, services and processing equipment have already reserved more than 1,400 square meters of exhibition space for Seafood Asia Expo. Highlights for this year include a host of pavilions representing all parts of the world.

Affordable Beef Through Dairy Breeding Programs

June 19, 2014 12:27 pm | by ABS Global | News | Comments

With beef in short supply and prices going through the roof, the beef industry is starting to get a little help … from the dairy industry, according to Richard Williams, ABS Global general manager for North America. 

Obama Proposes World's Largest Ocean Preserve

June 19, 2014 8:15 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Moving to protect fragile marine life, President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to create the largest ocean preserve in the world by banning drilling, fishing and other activities in a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and American Samoa.

Missouri Sues Tyson Foods Over Fish Kill

June 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by CHRIS BLANK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods Inc., seeking civil penalties and compensation for the state costs and natural resource damages for a large fish kill in southwestern Missouri.     

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