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Infographic: How America Snacks

April 17, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

The majority of snacking in America occurs after lunch, with 28 percent of Americans snacking in the afternoon, according to The Hartman Group. But early morning snacking is an emerging opportunity space for food and beverage companies, retailers and restaurants.

Photo of the Day: Star Wars M&M's Released for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate...

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...

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...

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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.

Photos of the Day: USDA Projects Lowest Florida Orange Crop in 24 Years

April 10, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame. The USDA's 2013-2014 orange forecast is 110 million boxes, down 18 percent from last season's final production figure.

Photos of the Day: South Korea's Signature Seafood Dish Smells Like Garbage

April 9, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies often is compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting.


Photos of the Day: Decoding DNA to Fight Deadly Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

Photos of the Day: Global Warming May Trigger 'Hotspots of Hunger'

April 1, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Global warming will push food prices higher, trigger "hotspots of hunger" among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a report issued Monday.

Photos of the Day: Farmers Cautious About 'Big Data'

March 31, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

Large seed companies are harnessing "big data" to provide farmers with guidance on how to get the most from their fields, but some farmers are concerned this information could be hacked or exploited by corporations or government agencies.

Photos of the Day: UN Provides Food to Drought-Ravaged Haiti

March 28, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

Drought is hitting one of the hungriest, most desolate parts of Haiti, the most impoverished nation in the hemisphere. The situation has alarmed the U.N. World Food Program, which sent workers this week to pass out bulgur wheat, cooking oil and salt.

Photos of the Day: Japan's Taste for Whale Dwindles

March 27, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

The amount of whale meat stockpiled due to lack of buyers has nearly doubled the last 10 years, even as anti-whaling protests drove catches to record lows. More than 2,300 minke whales worth of meat is sitting in freezers, while whalers still plan to catch another 1,300 whales per year.


Photos of the Day: Going Dutch with Raw Herring

March 26, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix, thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

Photos of the Day: Chefs Fight Calif. Law Against Bare-Hand Contact

March 25, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

California is a straggler in banning bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food. Forty-one other states have a version of the legislation signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, which will require California chefs to wear gloves or use utensils in food and drink preparation starting in July.

Photos of the Day: Mich. Pot Bills Address Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

Photos of the Day: Experts Question Mexico's Hunger Crusade

March 21, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

More than a year after President Enrique Pena Nieto launched what he called a national crusade against hunger, the government says 3 million Mexicans are eating better. However, independent experts say the crusade appears to be doing far less than advertised.

Photos of the Day: Touring 'Big Food' in Indiana

March 20, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food Americans eat remain largely off-limits. An exception is Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.


Photos of the Day: Matzo Gets a Makeover

March 19, 2014 9:37 am | News | Comments

In recent years, matzo has undergone a makeover as the people who churn it out and the people who eat it have come up with new recipes and flavors for the large cracker with a big place at the Seder table — but a bad rep in the taste department.

Photos of the Day: Scenes from Seafood Expo North America

March 18, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

The three-day Seafood Expo North America in Boston connects various buyers and suppliers from more than 100 countries who sell fresh, frozen and packaged seafood products. The trade show attracts more than 19,000 visitors annually.

Photos of the Day: Maple Syrup Under Way in Mass.

March 17, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

Maple syrup season is finally under way in Massachusetts after getting off to a slow start because of unusually cold weather. Maple season starts at the end of February in a typical year, but temperatures have been lower than normal in the state.

Photos of the Day: Japan's Decimated Fishing Industry Gets New Life

March 14, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

Businessmen are helping bring back Japan's fishing industry, which was destroyed by a nuclear disaster triggered by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Businesses throughout the Tohoku region face a reality TV show's worth of obstacles to setting up shop.

Photos of the Day: Arctic Zero Pushes Its Way onto Wal-Mart Shelves

March 12, 2014 9:42 am | News | Comments

The makers of Arctic Zero started small, selling their frozen dessert to natural food stores and independent grocers in Southern California. But they wanted to get in national chains. It took a year and a lot of traveling to get into Whole Foods. It took four years to get on Wal-Mart's shelves.

Photos of the Day: RI Restaurant Serves Classic 'Hot Wieners'

March 11, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

One of Rhode Island's signature dishes, "hot wieners," got some national recognition last month, when the Olneyville New York System restaurant was named an "America's Classic" by the James Beard Foundation. The diner is the best-known Rhode Island spot for the dish.

Photos of the Day: Producers Create Bigger Pig Pens

March 10, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Farmers under consumer pressure are spending millions of dollars to switch from gestation stalls to bigger pens and electronic feedings systems for pregnant pigs. But producers have no certainty that these changes are best for the animals.

Photo of the Day: Many Consumers Like Eating Alone

March 7, 2014 10:11 am | News | Comments

According to The Hartman Group, 47 percent of all eating occasions are alone. A recent report indicates that 43 percent of consumers say they enjoy eating alone so that they can catch up on watching television, reading and other activities.

Photos of the Day: Calif. Citrus Threatened by Bad Weather

March 6, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Freezing temperatures in December wiped out a quarter of California's mandarins, navel oranges and lemons, with damages estimated at $441 million. Now, California is suffering from a drought that is threatening to damage next year's citrus crop.

Photo of the Day: Consumers Crave Chickpeas

March 4, 2014 9:39 am | News | Comments

Consumers can't get enough of hummus, and chickpea producers are reaping the benefits. Lawmakers in the nation's capital have taken notice, too. The new Farm Bill contains two provisions intended to boost consumption of chickpeas even more.

Photos of the Day: Oscar-Worthy Eats

March 3, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck rolled a chocolate cake down the Oscar red carpet two hours before show time. The five-layer cake, decorated with a tiny Hollywood sign, was part of the post-Oscar feast served at the annual Governor's Ball after the Academy Awards.

Photos of the Day: Woman Climbs to Top in Napa Pruning Contest

February 28, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

This year, there was something a little different about the Napa Valley Grapegrowers' pruning competition. Some of the contestants lining up to hack and slash at the overgrown vines were women. The women's first-place winner, Celia Perez of V. Sattui Winery, had the highest scores for both men and women.

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