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USDA Hire Stokes Dietary Guidelines Controversy

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by The National Center for Public Policy Research | News | Comments

The appointment of Angela Tagtow, a controversial 'environmental nutritionist', to head the USDA's Nutrition Policy and Promotion is facing criticism about politicization of federal nutrition advice and its consequences for public health.

Calif. Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall on Listeria Concerns

July 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wawona Packing, a California fruit company, has issued a nationwide recall of peaches, plums,...

VIDEO: 5 Produce a Day, the Ugly Way

July 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Marcel | Videos | Comments

Consumers are encouraged to eat five fruits and vegetables a day, which can be costly. More than...

Ancient Farming Method Makes a Comeback

July 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

Urban Organics, a Minnesota-based company, is taking an ancient farming method and making it...

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Got the Blues? This Fruit's Health Benefits Spur Production

July 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Washington Blueberry Commission | News | Comments

Blueberry growers in Washington are projecting to harvest more than 90 million pounds of the fruit this year, making it the fourth state in total U.S. total blueberry production. Awareness about the health benefits of blueberries has caused the spike in production.

Infographic: Grocery Prices Skyrocket as Beef, Fruit Costs are Up

July 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Labor Department USDA | News | Comments

The rise in prices of certain foods, like beef and fresh fruits, is outpacing overall inflation. With the pricey costs of eating, there has also been a hike in consumer-price indexes for food at home, more commonly known as groceries. 

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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Middlemen Eliminated as Local Foods Become Big Business

July 16, 2014 8:20 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

With the growing number of consumers becoming interested in where their food comes from, companies and organizations are delivering food directly from local farms to major institutions, eliminating scores of middlemen from farm to fork.

Study: Organic Crops Have More Antioxidants Than Conventional Foods

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

In a study by Washington State University research team, when comparing the nutritional quality and safety organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains, organic foods have more antioxidants than their conventional counterparts.

ConAgra Buys Chinese Potato Processor for $93M

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods, famous for its Hunts and Healthy Choice brands, bought TaiMei Potato Industry, a Chinese processor, for $93 million. ConAgra said the purchase will help the company sell more frozen potato products, like french fries and mashed potatoes, throughout Asia. 

Cargill Plans $45M Grain Handling Facility

July 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill plans to open a $45 million grain handling facility in West Memphis, the first in Arkansas, that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans. Approximately 70 million bushels of grain are produced and harvested within an hour's drive of West Memphis.

A New Berry Joins the Superfood Club

July 14, 2014 9:01 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Packing more antioxidants than the "superfoods" blueberries and acai berries, Aronia berries are making its foothold in the US market. New to consumers, they're native to North America, but are only recently showing up in everything from juices to baby food. 

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Bulk Bag Discharger

July 14, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

This bulk bag discharger is a patented system designed for discharging dehydrated vegetables.

Ohio Man Raises $70K to Make Potato Salad

July 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Jack Astor's | News | Comments

A goal of raising $10 on Kickstarter to make potato salad was easily met when Zack Brown, an Ohio man, raised more than $70,000. Now, Jack Astor's restaurant wants to bring the famous potato salad to the people having Brown serve it from one of its kitchens.

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. 

Where do World Cup Countries Stand on GMO Labeling Laws?

July 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Center for Food Safety | News | Comments

The 32 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ are all required to play by the same rules on the soccer field, but off the field, they subscribe to different sets of rules when it comes to labeling genetically engineered foods. 

Allens Canned Vegetable Company Changes Name to Sager Creek

July 8, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sager Creek Vegetable Company | News | Comments

Allens announced its name change to Sager Creek Vegetable Company to reflect its new ownership. The Arkansas-based canned vegetable company said the product names will remain the same, including veg-all®, Allens Popeye Spinach® and Freshlike®.

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Nestle USA Sells Juicy Juice Brand

July 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Brynwood Partners has purchased the Juicy Juice brand from Nestle USA with plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes by making changes to its packaging. This is the sixth acquisition the private equity has completed with Nestle.

First Lady's Produce Garden Tours to Resume Mid-July

July 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tours of Michelle Obama's produce garden will begin operating again after the tours were grounded due to mandatory budget cuts last year. The first lady planted the garden in 2009 to help inform the public of her anti-childhood obesity initiative.

USDA:Safe Handling of Produce Cuts Illness Risk

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The USDA is reminding consumers to safe handle their produce and fresh-squeezed juice to prevent foodborne bacteria from multiplying. No matter where the fresh fruits and vegetables come from, it is important to follow these safety tips to prevent food poisoning. 

USDA: US Farmers Plant Record Soy Crop, Less Corn

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year marks a record for U.S. farmers planting soybeans, with millions of acres of land devoted to the crop. Among the states that planted record amounts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

Food Scientists Work to Block Bitter Food Tastes

July 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Many foods, such as broccoli, spinach, asparagus, kale, Brussels sprouts, grapefruit, tea, soy and caffeine have a bitter taste. According to John Hayes, PhD, people with a high sensitivity to bitterness eat 25 percent fewer vegetables.

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.

Ex Trader Joe's President Rallies Against Food Waste

July 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, Inc. and current CEO of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, Inc., says the U.S. has done a horrible job of making things clear to customers on what the terms 'sell by' or 'best by' dates really mean.

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.

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: Researchers Put the Crunch Back into Vegetables

June 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

When frozen and defrosted, spinach leaves wilt, but Lund University scientists say they have the answer with a natural sugar. The cells are kept alive longer, making it possible for farmers to harvest and freeze their products for months at a time.

Converting Produce Waste into Energy

June 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Meredith Sorensen, Director of Communications, Harvest Power | Articles | Comments

As a society, we waste food along every step of the supply chain. At the retail and consumer levels, the USDA estimates that in the U.S., 31 percent, or 133 billion pounds, of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply in 2010 went uneaten.

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