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Report: Packaged Produce Means Less Time, Waste

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more than 70 percent of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. The hectic pace of the average American's daily routine has become a key factor as to why the reliance on convenience and ready-to-eat foods has spiked.

New Mexico Chile Gets Certified-Product Safeguards

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and...

VIDEO: Importing Our Produce

August 19, 2014 10:30 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

According to a recent report from the USDA, imported fruits and vegetables account for an ever...

US Producer Prices Rise Only 0.1 Percent in July

August 15, 2014 8:20 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4...

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Coming Soon: Genetically Edited Fruit?

August 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

With awareness of what makes these biotechnologies new and different, genetically edited fruits might be met with greater acceptance by society than GMOs so far have been, especially in Europe. Fruits are but one example of dozens of possible future applications for GEOs.

VIDEO: Will Produce Trump the Cookie Aisle in the Future?

August 14, 2014 10:41 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

When given the option between a cookie and a piece of produce, which one do you reach for? In five years, you could be spending more time and money in the produce aisle. Author Michael Moss says produce marketers are going to figure out how to really drive sales upwards.

Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

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US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

VIDEO: Colbert's Take on Vladimir Putin's Food Sanctions

August 12, 2014 10:09 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Vladimir Putin retaliates against economic sanctions by imposing a strict ban on food imports from the West.                           

Del Monte Opens First Canada Processing Plant

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Altech Technology Systems Inc. | News | Comments

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is opening its first Canadian processing plant in Oshawa, Ontario. Its new wastewater treatment system is designed to treat 40,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the fresh cut processing of 100,000 lbs. per week of produce.

VIDEO: Why Do Wines Taste Differently?

August 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

Wine makers take note! Researchers found that location is an important factor for growing wine grapes. From where the grapes are grown to where bottles are stored, the taste of wine can vary greatly, even in the same types of wine, due to location.

A Look at US Soybean Production by State

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States produced 3.3 billion bushels of soybeans in 2013. The following is a breakdown of the major soybean-growing states, showing their 2013 production in bushels and where the bulk of their crops are transported to ( in- or out-of-state use).

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VIDEO: 40 Different Fruits, 1 Tree

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Sam Van Aken, a professor from Syracuse University, has created a tree that holds 40 different kinds of fruit. He set out to find a permanent home for varieties of stone fruit that trace back thousands of years. Introducing: the "Tree of 40 Fruits."

Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental | News | Comments

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

Photo: Getting Sweet With Apple Fries

August 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Sweet Apple Pie Fries! | News | Comments

It all started with an addictive twist on an America classic that became a local sensation. Nine years later, Niki Durig of Portland, Ore., has her eyes on creating a national franchise that would share her dessert and opportunity with the country.

Russia Bans US Food Imports in Retaliation to Western Sanctions

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk, milk products, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union and other countries. Russia depends heavily on imported food, particularly in the largest city of Moscow.

Farmers, National Group Seek to Help Hawaii in GMO Suit

August 6, 2014 9:31 am | by Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hilo, Hawaii | News | Comments

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety are asking to help Hawaii County defend itself in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit is challenging a county law that would ban open-air use and testing of modified crops, with exceptions for farmers who are already growing them.

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Washington Anticipates Sweetest Season to Date For Stone Fruit

August 5, 2014 9:18 am | by Washington State Fruit Commission | News | Comments

The Washington State Fruit Commission is anticipating an extra sweet season for peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums thanks to the ideal early summer climate conditions. The 2014 crop is expected to be one of the best years to date. 

Oakland Zoo Animals Dine on Fruit After Food Truck Crash

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Animals need fresh food, too. How about 13,000 pounds of fruit? Bears, giraffes and elephants were among some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo that were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit, including plantains and jackfruit, after a truck spilled its shipment.

Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center | News | Comments

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

Photos: The Always-in-Season Superfruit

July 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Cherry Marketing Institute | News | Comments

Tart cherries were a standout star at the recent Fancy Food Show. The nutrient profile is not the only reason these ruby-red fruits are hotter than ever. Trend experts say tart flavors are on the rise due to consumers' changing palate for less sweet tastes.

Court Tosses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court threw out claims against Chiquita Brands made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war. The lawsuits accused Chiquita of assisting in the killings by paying $1.7 million to a violent right-wing paramilitary group.

VIDEO: Where Did the Superfood Acai Come From?

July 24, 2014 9:38 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The Lempert Report Innovation Series, which features food innovations in processing and packaging, this week features two brothers who through their company Sambazon took a little known superfood from Brazil and introduced it to America. Introducing: the acai berry.

Kauai Seed Companies Try to Stop GMO Law, Calling it 'Unfair'

July 24, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Due to a new law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and GMOs, authorities in Kauai County are dealing with a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to stop the new law from going into effect next month. The companies argue the ordinance is invalid.

'Exotic' Makeover: V8 Gets Trendy With Ingredient List

July 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Campbell Soup Company's beverage brand, V8 Juice, is hoping to spark a turnaround in the struggling beverage by hitching it to the growing popularity of new brands that mix more exotic ingredients like coconut water, kale and ginger and tout their freshness.

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, nectarines and pluots for possible listeria contamination. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers, including Costco and Trader Joe's.

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 300 million tons of imperfect produce is thrown away each year. Now, Intermarché, a grocery chain in France, sells the "hideous" produce to fight food waste.

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 trendy. Aquaponics, a technique that grows vegetables in water and uses fish waste for nourishment, is featured in this week's segment of "The Lempert Report" Innovation Series.

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