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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...

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...

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...

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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.     

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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.     

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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.        

VIDEO: This is How McDonald's Fries Are Made

January 22, 2015 10:20 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

After showing us how Chicken McNuggets and McRib patties are made, McDonald's is back with another video. "Are the fries even made from potatoes?" And "Are they ground up and mushed into the fry shape?" These are just a couple of questions that customers are asking.

Avocados, Blueberries and Cocoa Beans: The ABC's of Keeping the Doctor Away

January 21, 2015 9:50 am | by Drug Discovery & Development Staff | Articles | Comments

Times have changed. It used to be that an apple a day kept the doctor away. But three recent studies indicate this mantra could be changed to “a blueberry- avocado-cocoa-bean-smoothie a day” keeps the doctor away — if the doctor is a cardiologist.

Choosing the Right Fan For Your Food Processing Application

January 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Prom, Regional Sales Manager, Schaefer Ventilation Equipment | Articles | Comments

Industrial fans need to be constructed of quality materials for long life and durability. Nowhere is this more important than in meat processing facilities where fans are washed down on a daily basis. This is why it is important to choose the right fan for your food processing application.

Report Says TTIP Would Undermine Toxic Pesticide Regulations

January 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

Many Europeans have voiced concerns that the new agreement will lower the EU's standards for environmental and food safety. A new report takes aim at just that — saying that proposals for TTIP could translate into more pesticides making their way into EU food markets.

Study Confirms Sweet Potato Leaves a 'Good Source of Vitamins'

January 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE | News | Comments

Sweet potatoes are known to be a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and certain B vitamins that are considered essential to human health. But besides the commonly consumed root of the plant, certain tissues in the potato are also edible and high in nutritonal value.

Monsanto Gets US Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds are designed to increase yield, deter pests and tolerate weed-killing chemicals, particularly the company's Roundup, a staple for farmers worldwide.

Winegrowers Unveil 100-Year Business Plan to Preserve Agriculture

January 16, 2015 10:10 am | by Sonoma County Winegrowers | News | Comments

The existence of the 100-year plan was announced nearly one year to the day when Sonoma County Winegrowers generated worldwide attention for its bold commitment to become the nation's first 100% sustainable wine growing region by 2019.  

Ga. Appeals Court Hears Case Over Vidalia Onion Regulation

January 15, 2015 8:25 am | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bitter fight over Georgia's famed sweet onions is winding its way through the legal system. The state agriculture commissioner established a rule setting a packing date meant to keep immature Vidalia onions off store shelves to protect what is a $150 million brand.

Calif. Unveils Strict Rules on Pesticide Use

January 14, 2015 10:45 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The restrictions target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and almond orchards. In recent years, the chemical has caused hundreds of people to suffer from irritated eyes, coughing fits and headaches.

Study Says Eating School Lunch After Recess Boosts Produce Consumption

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

With food waste as a growing problem in the U.S., a new study looked at ways to get kids in school to eat more produce. The researchers found that by switching the recess hour to before lunch, kids consumed up to 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. 

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