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3 Organic Food Companies Recall Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

March 25, 2015 8:10 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are aware of the recall. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Consumer Reports: 85 Percent of People Are Concerned About Pesticides

March 19, 2015 10:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Consumer Reports is peeling back the mystery of the chemicals in your produce. The...

Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The companies said they hope their new industrial facility will serve the country's food sector...

Consumers Will Pay More For Safer Potatoes

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Iowa State University | News | Comments

New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more...

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Report: General Mills to Sell Green Giant

March 12, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

General Mills plans to sell its Green Giant brand of canned and frozen vegetables line this summer, according to a report from Reuters.

Del Monte Foods Purchases Sager Creek to Expand US Business

March 11, 2015 8:05 am | by Del Monte Foods, Inc. | News | Comments

San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods, Inc., producer of branded and private label canned fruit, vegetable, and tomato products, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the assets of Sager Creek Vegetable Company, a producer of specialty vegetables for the Foodservice and Retail markets headquartered in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help with Food Crisis

March 4, 2015 7:45 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. After years of declining sales, mostly Republican states sold nearly $300 million of food to the island last year, primarily frozen chicken and soybean products

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NY Farming Economy Grows 22 Percent in Five-Year Period

March 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. Milk was the largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, the report said.

Bolthouse Farms Releases #Urwhatupost Campaign to Promote Healthy Choices

March 2, 2015 11:00 am | by urwhatupost.com | News | Comments

Social media is changing the way America eats. According to a Harris Interactive survey, more than half of Americans who use social media agree that seeing photos of fruits and vegetables motivates them to eat healthier.

Oklahoma's Controversial State Vegetable: The Watermelon

February 27, 2015 2:30 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Oklahoma lawmakers are facing some difficult decisions this year: healthcare, public school financing and whether the watermelon should remain the official state vegetable. The what?

Fruits, Veggies to Get Celebrity-Studded Marketing Push

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A new campaign looks to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities to shill for fruits and vegetables.

Peanut Allergies a Popular Topic in Food Industry

February 24, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

From food recalls to food studies, peanuts and peanut allergies have been in the news quite a bit of late. Find out the latest by taking a comprehensive look at the topic.

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VIDEO: Giving Surplus Produce a Second Chance

February 20, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The stats on food waste in the U.S. are not pretty. About half of all food wasted is fresh produce. One San Francisco-based social enterprise is taking the problem head on with a simple mission to give surplus produce a second chance.

Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.

Colorado Considers Paying Nearly $1M to Get More Local Food in Schools

February 19, 2015 8:15 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias passed its first test Wednesday at the Legislature. But the measure passed by a single vote after complaints that it takes money from classroom instruction.

Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses.

Mexico, Wal-Mart Act to Improve Farmworkers' Lives

February 17, 2015 6:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Mexican government has formed an alliance of produce industry groups that will work on enforcing wage laws and improving housing, schools and health care for laborers at export farms following a newspaper's investigation of abuses at agribusinesses supplying major U.S. supermarket chains and restaurants.

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Flies Sniff Out Antioxidants

February 11, 2015 9:10 am | by The Conversation, Anwesha Ghosh | News | Comments

In recent years, more and more studies are finding how animals are conscious of their diets, supplementing it with antioxidants. Following these animals could help us understand how early humans found nutritious foods and how that helped us evolve our senses.

What's Next in Diet Foods: Chili Peppers?

February 9, 2015 1:50 pm | by BIOPHYSICAL SOCIETY | News | Comments

Don't go chomping on a handful of chili peppers just yet, but there may be help for hopeful dieters in those fiery Native American fruits. Researchers have found promise in the potential of capsaicin — the chief ingredient in chili peppers — as a diet-based supplement.

Jan/Feb 2015: Dried-And-True

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | Digital Editions | Comments

California-based Seawind Foods is a trusted producer and supplier of all-natural dehydrated fruits, vegetables and spices. To read this cover story, exclusive features on crisis management and factory fire risks, among other stories, please click on the image below. 

Farmers File More Than 360 Corn Lawsuits Against Syngenta

February 6, 2015 2:15 pm | by David Pitt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers and farm businesses in 20 states have now filed more than 360 lawsuits against agricultural chemicals-maker Syngenta, and hundreds more may be coming as a federal judge organizes the complex case so they can move forward.     

DNR Puts Brakes on Conversion of Forests to Potato Fields in Minnesota

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fargo, North Dakota-based potato giant R.D. Offutt Co. has purchased about 12,000 acres of pine forests in four Minnesota counties with plans to clear and convert them into irrigated farmland for potatoes and other rotational crops.     

Panel Reverses Decision, Says White Potatoes OK For WIC Recipients

February 3, 2015 12:55 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor. The Institute of Medicine reversed itself and said white potatoes should be eligible for subsidized vouchers under the government's Women, Infants and Children program. 

Once a Niche, Local Foods Are Now Big Business

January 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once "quirky niche" designation to claim a much more prominent — and permanent — place in the U.S. food and beverage retail-scape.      

Survey Says Spain is Most Likely to Unveil New Wine Region in 2015

January 28, 2015 1:20 pm | by Carinena | News | Comments

According to a survey of 350 industry experts including retailers, beverage directors and sommeliers by research provider Wine Opinions to identify the next great wine discovery for 2015, Spain is most likely to unveil a "yet to be discovered" wine region.

Fueled by Oil, Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

January 27, 2015 9:55 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the Sun Belt alike are reaping the immediate benefits. And with average retail gas prices for 2015 forecast to be about $1 lower than last year, farmers this spring may end up planting more energy-intensive crops.

China Moves to Accept Imports of All US Apple Varieties

January 27, 2015 8:45 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in several years, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China. A deal was reached between officials for the U.S. and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties.     

Calif. Raisin Case Headed to Supreme Court

January 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

For the second time, Melvin Horne will defend his rights as a raisin farmer by arguing to the Supreme Court. Under a government program, raisin producers are forced to hand over nearly half of their annual crop without getting paid.     

Oranges vs. Orange Juice: Which One Might Be Better For Your Health?

January 22, 2015 11:55 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

While many health advocates advise consumers to eat an orange rather than opt for a serving of sugary juice, scientists found that there are certain nutrients in orange juice that might be easier for the body to absorb.        

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