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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.

Frozen Food Industry Plans Massive PR Campaign as Sales Slip

April 11, 2014 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

With frozen food sales slipping, the industry is preparing a public relations campaign to defend...

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...

Deadly Bacteria Decimates Florida Orange Production

April 10, 2014 9:40 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and...

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The Tree of 40 Fruit

April 10, 2014 8:00 am | by TEDx Talks | Videos | Comments

The Tree of 40 Fruit is an ongoing series of hybridized fruit trees by contemporary artist Sam Van Aken. Each tree has the ability to grow more than 40 different varieties of stone fruits, including peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines.

Ex-Broker Gets Prison Time for Bribing Buyers at Kraft, Frito-Lay

April 9, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Two former officials with one of the nation's leading tomato processing companies were sentenced in a federal price-fixing case. Randall Rahal was sentenced to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants like Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.

Airlines Drop Limes from Drink Service amid Price Spike

April 8, 2014 12:36 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime. A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines to temporarily stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.

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Consumer Trends: Fruit & Veggie Consumption Increases Wellbeing

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A study based on more than 65,000 randomly selected adults who were participating in the Health Survey for England reports that the higher a person’s intake of fruit and vegetables, the lower their risk of death from diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

PETA Wants to Transform Dahmer's Home into Vegan Restaurant

April 8, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home in Akron, Ohio, is for sale, and PETA is interested in opening a vegan restaurant called Eat for Life: Home Cooking on the site. PETA says that opening a vegan restaurant at Dahmer's former home is "one way to turn evil into good." 

USDA Provides Funding for Pest, Disease Management

April 7, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

The USDA has allocated $48.1 million provided by the new farm bill to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment.

Consumer Trends: Organic Products Gain Popularity in Germany

April 4, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Germany's organic food market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 9 percent from 2014-2019, according to TechSci Research. Organic meat, breads and cereals are expected to be the fastest growing segments in the country's organic food market.

Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

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White House Garden Sprouts National Health Discussion

April 3, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden is more diverse this spring with a new grain variety and fruit tree and an emphasis on pollination. The garden was initiated in 2009 to encourage the national discussion about healthier eating and living.

Climate Change Impacts Global Food Supply

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that global crop yields and extreme weather damage already are being impacted by climate change. The report's lead author, Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University, speaks with CBS News.

USDA Projects Fewer Corn Acres as Farmers Switch to Soybeans

April 1, 2014 10:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The amount of American cropland devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more acres to soybeans. The USDA said it expects 91.7 million acres of corn to be planted this year, down from 95.37 million acres last year.

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.

Global Warming Worsens Food, Hunger Problems

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said. A warmer world 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.

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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.

‘Big Data’ Revolution Raises Security Questions for Farmers

March 31, 2014 9:46 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | Product Releases | 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.

Mexican Lime Shortage Squeezes U.S. Customers

March 31, 2014 8:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A dismal harvest and unstable conditions in Mexico have resulted in a steep rise in the price of limes for American customers. Some restaurant and bar owners are shelling out nearly four times more for limes than they were paying a month ago.

Field Potato Sorter

March 28, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Field Potato Sorter (FPS) is a high-throughput optical sorter for unwashed potatoes, enabling processors and packer companies to lower labor and potato storage costs while raising product quality and yield.

Calif. Farm Workers Screen Cesar Chavez Biopic

March 27, 2014 1:24 pm | by SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

More than 1,000 California farm workers were guests of honor at a screening of "Cesar Chavez," the new biopic opening Friday. The workers sat outside the union hall where the first contracts were signed in 1970 between those who owned the fields and those who worked them.

Survey Shows 2014 Soy Plantings at Record High

March 26, 2014 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Farm Futures magazine's latest survey of farmers shows they intend to boost soybean seedings more than earlier estimates, while cutting back corn ground. Farm Futures estimates 2014 soybean intentions at a record 82.93 million acres, easily an all-time high.

USDA: Organic Industry Continues to Grow

March 24, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new figures that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with more than 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.

Former Food Exec Gets Prison Time for Fraud

March 20, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

David Andrew Kirkland, former executive for Birmingham-based Adams Produce Company, has been sentenced to a year and one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to overcharge the federal government for fruits and vegetables.

Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M)

March 19, 2014 10:41 am | Events

The Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo (FA&M) is a 2 ½ day event that brings food and beverage processors and suppliers together to gain valuable information on the latest trends and technologies in manufacturing, automation, sustainability and food safety.

The Science of Spice

March 18, 2014 9:00 am | by TED-Ed | Videos | Comments

When you bite into a hot pepper, your body reacts like your mouth is on fire — because that's essentially what you've told your brain! Rose Eveleth presents the science and history behind spicy foods, providing insights into why some people pay a painful price for just a little spice.

An Authentic St. Patrick's Day Feast

March 17, 2014 9:49 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

What do Irish families actually eat on St. Patrick's Day? Dublin-born Cathal Armstrong busts popular myths, such as eating corned beef and cabbage, and reveals what traditional delicacies are on the menu in Ireland this St. Patrick's Day.

Bueno Foods Restocks Green Chiles After Recall

March 14, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

Family-owned Bueno Foods in Albuquerque has announced it is restocking grocery store shelves with its green chile products. In February, the company recalled its frozen non-ready-to-eat green chile products due to listeria contamination.

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