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IFT launches FutureFood 2050 Program

April 17, 2014
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) unveiled a new program—FutureFood 2050—at a media event on April 16 in Chicago, IL. (Read more)

Low-carb vegan diet may lower cholesterol

April 16, 2014
A study published in BMJ Open shows that a plant-based, low-carbohydrate diet may improve weight loss efforts and lower LDL cholesterol. (Read more)

Private equity firm acquires Gold Star Foods

April 16, 2014
Castle Harlan Inc., a New York-based private equity firm, has announced the acquisition of Gold Star Foods Inc., a nutritional food distributor to K–12 schools in California, Arizona, and Nevada. (Read more)

South African wine industry on the rise

April 16, 2014
Rabobank has published a new report on the global wine industry, looking at issues of supply, demand, and pricing in key markets worldwide, particularly South Africa.  (Read more)

Symrise in talks to acquire Diana Group

April 16, 2014
Symrise AG has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire Diana Group, a manufacturer of natural functional ingredients for the food, pet food, nutraceuticals, aquaculture, and cosmetics industries, for €1.3 billion. (Read more)

Bain Capital invests in kosher food manufacturer Manischewitz

April 15, 2014
Manischewitz, a manufacturer of premium kosher foods, has secured a strategic investment from Sankaty Advisors, the independently-managed credit affiliate of Bain Capital LLC.  (Read more)

Portugal-based Frulact to build first U.S. operation in Idaho

April 15, 2014
Frulact, an international fruit processor based in Portugal, has signed a Development Agreement with the city of Rupert, Idaho, to build its first U.S. operation.  (Read more)

Target launches ‘Made to Matter’ product collection

April 15, 2014
Target Corp. is introducing “Made to Matter—Handpicked by Target”—a collection that brings together 17 natural, organic, and sustainable brands to introduce new products and make them more accessible to guests. (Read more)

Walmart, Wild Oats to offer ‘affordable’ organic foods

April 15, 2014
Walmart has announced that it will carry Wild Oats organic food items.  (Read more)

BASF breaks ground on Malaysian aroma ingredients facility

April 14, 2014
BASF and Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG) have broken ground on an integrated aroma ingredients complex in Gebeng, Kuantan, Malaysia, through their joint venture company BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd.  (Read more)

FDA allows ionizing radiation to control foodborne pathogens in crustaceans

April 14, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended its current food additive regulations to allow the safe use of ionizing radiation on crustaceans (e.g., crab, shrimp, lobster, crayfish, and prawns) to control foodborne pathogens and extend the shelf life. (Read more)

FDA approves GNT’s spirulina color petition

April 14, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved GNT USA Inc.’s Color Additive Petition (CAP) 2C0297, expanding the use of spirulina extract as a natural blue coloring ingredient in food and beverage applications. (Read more)

DSM opens new Fortitech Premixes plant in India

April 10, 2014
Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition, and materials, has inaugurated its Fortitech Premixes plant in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.  (Read more)

Mars buys large portion of P&G’s pet food business

April 10, 2014
Mars Inc. and The Procter & Gamble Co. have announced that Mars has agreed to buy the Iams, Eukanuba, and Natura brands in major markets for $2.9 billion in cash. (Read more)

Senomyx to research new salt flavor modifiers for PepsiCo

April 10, 2014
Senomyx Inc., a company that uses proprietary taste science technologies to discover, develop, and commercialize novel flavor ingredients for the food, beverage, and flavor industries, has entered into a new collaborative agreement with PepsiCo Inc. related to Senomyx’s Salt Taste Program.  (Read more)

U.S. proposed bill would preempt state GMO labeling

April 10, 2014
According to Reuters, U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) has introduced legislation that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. (Read more)

Alaskan residents struggle to find affordable produce

April 9, 2014
Residents of Anchorage, Alaska (67.3%) were the least likely among 189 metro areas throughout the United States to report having easy access to affordable fruits and vegetables in 2012–2013, a spot it has held since Gallup-Healthways began tracking Americans’ access to basic necessities in 2008. (Read more)

Axiom Foods self-affirms GRAS status for rice protein

April 9, 2014
Axiom Foods has announced it has received self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its Oryzatein plant-based brown rice protein.  (Read more)

IFT comments on WHO’s sugar guidelines

April 9, 2014
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has submitted comments on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guideline on sugars. (Read more)

Kalsec partners to distribute products in New Zealand, Australia

April 9, 2014
Kalsec has named Pacific Flavours & Ingredients, specialists in the import and marketing of high quality ingredients, as the newly appointed channel partner of Kalsec products in the New Zealand food and beverage market, effective May 1, 2014.  (Read more)

ChromaDex, Brazilian research institute sign collaboration research agreement

April 8, 2014
ChromaDex Corp., a natural products company that provides proprietary ingredients and science-based solutions to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries, has entered into a joint collaboration agreement with Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio) to evaluate ChromaDex’s natural product libraries.  (Read more)

Probiotics may not ease colic in babies

April 8, 2014
A study published in BMJ shows that giving the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri to babies who have colic may not help ease their discomfort.  (Read more)

Researchers compare biomarkers in GM, non-GM tomatoes

April 8, 2014
A study published in The Plant Genome aims to answer the question: Does genetic manipulation cause unintended changes in food quality and composition? (Read more)

Syngenta acquires Italian durum wheat seed company

April 8, 2014
Syngenta has acquired Societa Produttori Sementi (PSB), one of Italy’s oldest seed companies and a leader in durum wheat breeding and production for pasta. (Read more)

Childhood obesity costs $19,000 per child

April 7, 2014
A study published in Pediatrics shows that childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child.  (Read more)

Milk may delay knee osteoarthritis in women

April 7, 2014
A study published in Arthritis Care & Research shows that women who frequently consume fat-free or low-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee.  (Read more)

Most Americans don’t support soda taxes or size restrictions

April 7, 2014
A study published in Preventive Medicine shows that the majority of U.S. adults don’t support taxing sugary beverages or mandating portion size restrictions.  (Read more)

Tyson Foods recalls chicken nuggets due to possible foreign matter contamination

April 7, 2014
Tyson Foods Inc., Sedalia, Mo., is recalling approximately 75,320 lbs of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced April 4.  (Read more)

B&G Foods to acquire Specialty Brands of America

April 4, 2014
B&G Foods Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Specialty Brands of America Inc. and related entities from American Capital Ltd. for approximately $155 million in cash. (Read more)

FDA issues final rule, guidance on record access requirements

April 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a final rule that affirms the interim final rule’s change to its regulations on record-keeping to be consistent with the expansion of FDA’s access to records as required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  (Read more)

Glanbia Nutritionals opens new processing facility in S.D.

April 4, 2014
Glanbia Nutritionals Inc. has opened its new food-grade Next Generation Grain processing facility in Sioux Falls, S.D.  (Read more)

New butter-like extract may make baked goods healthier

April 4, 2014
Researchers with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a process for making a butter-like extract derived from rice bran oil, which may be able to partially replace margarine, butter, or shortening in baked goods.  (Read more)

Childhood obesity may impact cognitive function

April 3, 2014
A study published in Cerebral Cortex shows that obese children may be slower than healthy-weight children to recognize when they have made an error and correct it. (Read more)

Fast Company names 10 most innovative food companies

April 3, 2014
Fast Company has released its top 10 ranking of innovative companies that are changing how consumers think about food. (Read more)

Ranch dressing of choice for U.S. foodservice outlets

April 3, 2014
Ranch flavor is the Swiss Army knife of salad dressings. It dresses salads, gets kids to eat their vegetables, and adds oomph as an ingredient; all reasons why it is the top ready-to-use dressing flavor shipped to U.S foodservice outlets, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Thinfilm, PakSense to supply electronic temperature labels to the food industry

April 3, 2014
Thin Film Electronics ASA, a developer of printed electronics, has entered into a commercial distribution agreement with PakSense Inc., a developer of intelligent sensing products specifically designed to monitor perishable goods. (Read more)

Balchem to acquire SensoryEffects for $567 M

April 2, 2014
Balchem Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Performance Chemicals & Ingredients Co. (SensoryEffects), a privately held supplier of customized food and beverage ingredient systems, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., for a purchase price of $567 million in cash.  (Read more)

Consumers crave quality, variety in their pizza

April 2, 2014
Pizza consumption is high: in fact, consumers told Technomic they eat pizza about 3.4 times a month. (Read more)

Seneca Foods acquires 50% of Truitt Bros.

April 2, 2014
Seneca Foods Corp. and Peter W. Truitt have entered into a Share Purchase Agreement whereas the company has acquired Peter Truitt’s 50% ownership interest in Truitt Bros. Inc. (Read more)

Strawberries may help lower cholesterol

April 2, 2014
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that consuming anthocyanin-rich foods such as strawberries may play an important role in lowering cholesterol and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. (Read more)

Economic growth may not improve child undernutrition

April 1, 2014
A study published in The Lancet Global Health shows that economic growth has little to no effect on the nutritional status of the world’s poorest children. (Read more)

FDA orders smoked seafood manufacturer to cease operations

April 1, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Jensen’s Old Fashioned Smokehouse Inc., a processor of smoked fish products in Seattle, Wash., to stop processing, preparing, packing, holding, and distributing any food at or from its facility. (Read more)

Sterigenics to acquire Nordion

April 1, 2014
Sterigenics, a provider of outsourced contract sterilization services, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nordion Inc., a provider of medical isotopes and sterilization technologies. (Read more)

U.S. restaurant traffic levels still on the decline

April 1, 2014
Although challenging weather conditions in many parts of the country continued to impact customer traffic in February, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained above 100 for the 12th consecutive month. (Read more)

USDA researchers develop new technique for pasteurizing raw eggs

April 1, 2014
A study published in Agricultural Research shows that there may be a faster way to pasteurize raw, in-shell eggs without ruining their taste, texture, color, or other important qualities. (Read more)

CDC report provides 40 years of data on Salmonella

March 31, 2014
A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides 40 years of data, collected by state and federal health officials, on Salmonella, the top foodborne cause of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States. (Read more)

Consumers nutty for nut-based, sweet spreads

March 31, 2014
With an influx of new products in recent years, including industry game-changer, Nutella, the $3.9 billion nut-based and sweet spread category grew 34% from 2008–2013.  (Read more)

Dairytown to merge with Agropur

March 31, 2014
The boards of directors of Agropur Cooperative and Dairytown Products Ltd., Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada, have agreed to merge the two organizations. (Read more)

Guiding Stars awarded U.S. patent for its food nutrition database

March 31, 2014
Guiding Stars, an independent nutrition guidance program, has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,626,796 for its food nutrition database and operating system that is used to score and present nutrition information for food products. (Read more)

Mars names new President for 2015; opens $270 M facility in Kansas

March 31, 2014
Mars Inc. has announced that President Paul Michaels plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2014.  (Read more)

Cargill, Copersucar to combine global sugar trading activities

March 28, 2014
Copersucar and Cargill have announced an agreement to combine their global sugar trading activities into a new joint venture that will originate, commercialize, and trade raw and white sugar.  (Read more)

FDA releases draft guidance on prior notice of imported foods

March 28, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled “Guidance for Industry: Prior Notice of Imported Food Questions and Answers (Edition 3).”  (Read more)

Organic food may not lower overall cancer risk

March 28, 2014
A study published in the British Journal of Cancer shows that women who always or mostly eat organic foods are no less likely to develop cancer than women who eat a more conventional diet. (Read more)

Goya Foods opens four new U.S. facilities

March 27, 2014
Goya Foods has announced the opening of four new manufacturing, production, and distribution facilities in Texas, Georgia, California, and New Jersey as part of a $250 million investment for a global expansion to support consumer demands of Goya’s product lines. (Read more)

Saputo to close four plants

March 27, 2014
Saputo Inc. has announced that it will close four of its facilities with the goal of improving its operational efficiency.  (Read more)

Soda tax may not impact obesity

March 27, 2014
A study published in Health Economics shows that extra sales taxes on soda may not do anything to improve people’s health. (Read more)

USDA warns public about egg products that may be unfit for consumption

March 27, 2014
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because Nutriom LLC, Lacey, Wash., declined to expand its Feb. 15, 2014, recall to include an additional 118,541 lbs of processed egg products for which there is reason to conclude that they are unfit for human consumption. (Read more)

Nestlé to cut water use across European operations by 40%

March 26, 2014
Nestlé has committed to making significant cuts to its water use in Europe, reducing water consumption by 40% across its European production sites by 2020 versus 2010 levels.  (Read more)

Researchers identify health benefits of dark chocolate

March 26, 2014
A study presented at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) shows the exact reason why consuming dark chocolate has health benefits.  (Read more)

USDA reports organic industry growth; Farm Bill to support segment

March 26, 2014
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has released new figures that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with 25,000+ certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world. (Read more)

Using hemp flour, green tea leaves to formulate gluten-free crackers

March 26, 2014
A team of food scientists from University of Novi Sad in Serbia and Guelph Food Research Center in Canada found that hemp flour, a byproduct of cold-pressed hemp oil, in combination with decaffeinated green tea leaves could be used to develop a gluten-free snack cracker with functional properties. (Read more)

Climate change may reduce crop yields as early as 2030

March 25, 2014
A study published in Nature Climate Change shows that global warming of only 2°C may be detrimental to three essential food crops in temperate and tropical regions. (Read more)

Russia, Great Britain, and Australia lead in foodservice traffic growth

March 25, 2014
A burgeoning foodservice market, nice weather, and an improved economy were factors contributing to foodservice traffic growth in Russia, Great Britain, and Australia, respectively, in the last calendar quarter of 2013, according to The NPD Group, a global information company.  (Read more)

Smart tag may help signal foods’ freshness

March 25, 2014
A study presented at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) reported that a color-coded smart tag could tell consumers whether a carton of milk has turned sour or a can of green beans has spoiled without opening the containers.  (Read more)

Speakers call for change in food processing conversation

March 25, 2014
David Freedman, contributing editor to The Atlantic, and Trevor Butterworth, editor-at-large of Stats.org, kicked off IFT Wellness 2014 on March 20, calling for food companies to change the way they talk about their work in order to enable the general public and members of the media to develop a clearer sense of the benefits processed foods offer. (Read more)

IFT Wellness conference consumer panelists talk snacks

March 24, 2014
A panel of consumers discussed their snacking habits during the seventh annual IFT Wellness Conference on March 20. Moderated by Barbara Katz of Health Focus International and Lu Ann Williams of Innova Market Insights, panel members revealed that convenience and portion control most influenced their snacking choices. (Read more)

Wellness 14 presenters discuss protein’s evolution

March 24, 2014
Protein isn’t just for athletes anymore, according to Sloan Trends’ Liz Sloan and Catherine Adams Hutt, who presented “Protein Generation: Emerging Health Linkages, Attitudes, ‘Must-Haves’ and Issues” at the seventh annual IFT Wellness Conference on March 20. (Read more)

Children’s preferences for sweeter, saltier tastes are linked

March 19, 2014
Scientists from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults.  (Read more)

Keurig Green Mountain, Starbucks amend agreement

March 19, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain Inc., a leader in specialty coffee, coffee makers, teas, and other beverages with its brewing technology, and Starbucks Coffee Co. have amended terms to the companies’ existing five-year agreement. (Read more)

Kronos Foods names Eirinberg CEO

March 19, 2014
Kronos Foods Inc., a manufacturer of premium gyros and other Mediterranean and specialty foods, has named Howard Eirinberg as the company’s CEO. (Read more)

Omega-3 supplementation may improve children’s sleep

March 19, 2014
A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research shows that supplementation of long-chain omega-3s, and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in particular, may be associated with seven fewer wake episodes and longer sleep duration in children. (Read more)

Consumers broaden their definition of snacks

March 18, 2014
Snack consumption is on the rise, as half of today’s consumers (51%) say that they eat snacks at least twice a day, an increase from the 48% who said the same in 2012. (Read more)

Consuming animal protein may help prevent functional decline in elderly men

March 18, 2014
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shows that a diet high in protein, particularly animal protein, may help elderly individuals maintain a higher level of physical, psychological, and social function. (Read more)

Dannon commits to improve nutrition profile of its yogurt by 2016

March 18, 2014
The Dannon Co., with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), has announced a commitment to further improve the nutrition profile of its yogurt products.  (Read more)

Oregon Freeze Dry recalls sliced fruit from Costco stores

March 18, 2014
Oregon Freeze Dry Inc., Albany, Ore., has voluntarily recalled 59,780 cases of Kirkland Signature Real Sliced Fruit, produced exclusively for Costco Wholesale Stores.  (Read more)

Nespresso to enter Colombian market

March 17, 2014
Nestlé’s Nespresso is announcing the opening of commercial operations in Colombia for the first time, commencing later this year. (Read more)

RF Biocidics, Al Foah form strategic partnership

March 17, 2014
RF Biocidics, a food safety company that provides a chemical-free alternative for disinfection and disinfestation, has formed a strategic partnership with Al Foah, a producer of dates. (Read more)

SensoryEffects acquires Anderson Custom Processing facility

March 17, 2014
SensoryEffects, a portfolio company of the Dallas, Texas-based private investment firm Highlander Partners L.P., has acquired the Sleepy Eye, Minn. manufacturing facility of Anderson Custom Processing. (Read more)

Sweetener derived from agave plant may reduce blood sugar

March 17, 2014
A study presented at the recent 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) shows that a sweetener derived from the plant used to make tequila could lower blood glucose levels for those who have type 2 diabetes and help them and the obese lose weight. (Read more)

Nestlé debuts Japanese KitKat that can be baked

March 14, 2014
Nestlé Japan has developed a new mini KitKat that can be eaten as chocolate bar or baked. (Read more)

ADM to build $250 M soy protein plant in Brazil

March 13, 2014
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) has announced plans to construct a soy protein production complex in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, representing an investment of approximately $250 million.  (Read more)

FDA suspends Roos Foods for unsanitary conditions

March 13, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the food facility registration of Roos Foods Inc. of Kenton, Del., on March 11, 2014, after the agency determined there was a reasonable probability of food manufactured, processed, packed, or held by Roos Foods causing serious adverse health consequences or death to humans. (Read more)

Tate & Lyle acquires Chinese polydextrose business

March 13, 2014
Tate & Lyle PLC, a global provider of specialty food ingredients and solutions, has signed an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Winway Biotechnology Nantong Co. Ltd., a producer of polydextrose specialty fiber in the People’s Republic of China. (Read more)

Consumer interest in hot, spicy foods grows

March 12, 2014
According to Kalsec’s U.S. and E.U. HeatSync indexes, consumer interest in hot and spicy food and beverages continues to grow. (Read more)

Kerry completes acquisition of Wynnstarr Flavors

March 12, 2014
Kerry Group has completed the acquisition of Wynnstarr Flavors.  (Read more)

Mondelez announces well-being strategy

March 12, 2014
Mondelez International has unveiled a “Call for Well-being” strategy, which includes setting nutrition targets across its product portfolio.  (Read more)

USDA awards grants to develop obesity prevention programs

March 12, 2014
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make three grants totaling $5 million to universities to develop childhood obesity prevention programs. (Read more)

FMC Announces Company Division

March 11, 2014
Chemical firm FMC Corp. will split into two independent public companies. One of the companies, “New FMC,” will include FMC's Agricultural Solutions and Health and Nutrition segments, while the other company, “FMC Minerals,” will comprise the current Minerals segment.  (Read more)

Milner Milling to Acquire Cereal Food Processors

March 11, 2014
Milner Milling Co., a privately owned milling business based in Chattanooga, Tenn., announced that it will acquire Cereal Food Processors, the fourth-largest flour milling company in the United States.  (Read more)

Restaurant Breakfasts on the Rise as Lunch and Dinner Visits Decline

March 11, 2014
Although fewer people went to restaurants at lunch and dinner in 2013, their breakfasts out increased for the fourth consecutive year, reported The NPD Group.  (Read more)

Senomyx Receives GRAS Determination for Sweetmyx

March 11, 2014
Senomyx Inc. announced that its new Sweetmyx flavor ingredient has received Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) determination under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  (Read more)

Strawberry Compounds Enhance Perception of Sweetness

March 11, 2014
Researchers have isolated naturally occurring compounds in strawberries that heighten tasters’ perception of sweetness independent of actual sugar levels, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.  (Read more)

Chiquita to Merge with Fyffes

March 10, 2014
Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Fyffes PLC announced that they will combine, creating a global banana and fresh produce company that will be known as ChiquitaFyffes.  (Read more)

Homogeneity Among Crop Plants Rising

March 10, 2014
National food supplies worldwide have become more similar in composition to each other over time, creating interdependence among countries in their food supplies, plant genetic resources, and nutritional priorities, according to a study published in PNAS that examined global food supplies over the last 50 years.
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Increased Intake of Omega-3s May Prevent Artery Calcification

March 10, 2014
A high intake of omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent artery calcification and heart disease, according to a study published in Heart. The study looked at the relative incidence of coronary artery calcification (CAC), which can predict heart disease, in middle-aged men in Japan and the United States. (Read more)

SXSW Attendees Create Custom Oreos with 3D Printer

March 10, 2014
Mondelez International is offering a special treat to SXSW attendees: the chance to design and create custom Oreos with a 3D printer. Working in conjunction with Twitter, the Oreo Trending Vending Lounge will collect real-time data about flavors trending on social media.  (Read more)

Albertsons and Safeway Announce Merger

March 7, 2014
AB Acquisitions LLC, which owns Albertson’s LLC and New Albertson’s Inc. (collectively known as Albertsons), has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway Inc. (Read more)

Childhood ADHD Increases Risk of Teen Obesity

March 7, 2014
Children who experience symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are significantly more likely to become obese as teenagers, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (Read more)

IFT Announces New Executive Vice President

March 7, 2014
IFT is pleased to announce that its Search Committee has selected Christie A. Tarantino, FASAE, CAE, as its Executive Vice President.  (Read more)

Oscar Mayer Releases Bacon-Scented App

March 7, 2014
Bacon lovers can wake up to the smells and sounds of bacon cooking, thanks to Oscar Mayer’s new Wake Up & Smell the Bacon app, which transforms iPhones into bacon-scented alarm clocks when paired with a plugin device.  (Read more)

Sterigenics Acquires Food Technology Service

March 7, 2014
Contract sterilization provider Sterigenics International announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Food Technology Service Inc., which owns and operates an irradiation facility that uses gamma radiation to supply contract sterilization services to the medical device, packaging, and food industries. (Read more)

Fewer Americans Report Eating Healthily ‘Yesterday’

March 6, 2014
According to data gathered by Gallup and Healthways, only 63.8% of Americans said they ate healthily all day “yesterday” in 2013.  (Read more)

Great Range Capital Acquires Majority Stake in Mountain Valley Spring Co.

March 6, 2014
Kansas City–based private equity firm Great Range Capital and a team of investors have acquired a majority stake in Mountain Valley Spring Co., the oldest continuously operated bottled water company in the U.S. (Read more)

Report: Non-GMO Tops Organic in Brand Choice

March 6, 2014
For the first time, more health-conscious shoppers consider whether a product has been genetically modified more important in determining brand choice than whether it is organic. (Read more)

UCS Scorecard Ranks Companies’ Commitment to Sustainable Palm Oil

March 6, 2014
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a scorecard that looks at how well the biggest 30 companies are doing when it comes to sourcing deforestation-free palm oil.  (Read more)

WHO Releases Recommendation to Lower Sugar Intake

March 6, 2014
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced proposed guidelines that cut the daily recommendation for sugars from 10% to 5% of daily calories.  (Read more)

New school meal standards may increase fruit, veggie intake

March 5, 2014
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that new U.S. federal standards launched in 2012 that require schools to offer healthier meals may have led to increased fruit and vegetable consumption.  (Read more)

Nutrition Facts label changes mean new challenges, opportunities

March 5, 2014
In a new ePerspective post, Robert C. Post, Chief Science Officer at FoodMinds LLC, delves into how food manufacturers should approach the proposed changes.  (Read more)

SNAP may reduce food insecurity for children

March 5, 2014
A study published in Pediatrics shows that children in households who participated in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may have more consistent access to food, thus increasing their food security.  (Read more)

U.S. restaurant traffic sees second month of decline

March 5, 2014
Driven by restaurant operators’ more optimistic outlook for future business conditions, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) posted a modest gain in January. (Read more)

FDA reopens comment period on evaporated cane juice as a food-labeling term

March 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period on its draft guidance for industry on declaring “evaporated cane juice” as an ingredient on food labels. (Read more)

Peter Lombardo retires from Robertet Flavors

March 4, 2014
After a 40-year career with Robertet, Peter N. Lombardo, President of Robertet Flavors USA, has retired, effective Feb. 28, 2014.  (Read more)

Report: 31% of food went uneaten in 2010

March 4, 2014
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) has released a report providing the latest estimates on the amount and value of food loss in the United States. (Read more)

USDA finalizes changes to the WIC program

March 4, 2014
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to further improve the nutrition and health of the nation’s low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children. (Read more)

FONA opens innovation center in China; hires Holocher

March 3, 2014
FONA International, developer and manufacturer of flavor solutions for food, beverage, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical companies, has announced the opening of a new innovation center in Guangzhou, China. (Read more)

U.S. consumers’ interest in reading Nutrition Facts labels wanes

March 3, 2014
Nearly 20 years after the Nutrition Facts labels were put on the back of nearly every food and beverage in stores, interest in reading the label has steadily waned among U.S. households, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

U.S. obesity rate increases to 27.1% in 2013

March 3, 2014
In the United States, 27.1% of adults were obese in 2013, the highest rate measured since Gallup and Healthways began tracking in 2008. (Read more)

Weber Flavors receives SQF certification

March 3, 2014
Weber Flavors has obtained the SQF (Safe Quality Food) Level 3 Certification for its production facility located in Wheeling, Ill. (Read more)

FDA proposes updates to Nutrition Facts label on food packages

February 27, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new public health and scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.  (Read more)

Frutarom acquires Citrasource for $7.5 M

February 26, 2014
Frutarom Industries Ltd. has announced the acquisition of the business and assets of CitraSource for $7.5 million plus an additional future payment conditional upon CitraSource’s performance in the years 2014–2018. (Read more)

IOI Loders Croklaan exceeds sustainable palm oil goal

February 26, 2014
In 2013, IOI Loders Croklaan imported and marketed 348,000 tons of sustainable palm oil in Europe.  (Read more)

Tastykake celebrates 100 years

February 26, 2014
One hundred years ago, on February 25, 1914, a baker and an egg salesman opened a bakery in Philadelphia, Pa., and began selling small cakes. (Read more)

U.S. White House, USDA announce school wellness standards

February 26, 2014
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack have announced proposed guidelines for local school wellness policies.  (Read more)

Canadian firm recalls meat products without import inspection

February 25, 2014
Santa Maria Foods Corp., Rexdale, Ontario, Canada, is recalling approximately 8,895 lbs of various meat products because they were imported without the benefit of full USDA inspection, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced Feb. 22.  (Read more)

FDA investigates presence of Listeria in some Hispanic-style cheeses

February 25, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat any of the following brands of cheese manufactured or repackaged by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del.: Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima, and Anita. (Read more)

Jack Link’s to acquire Unilever meat snack business

February 25, 2014
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has announced plans to purchase Unilever’s meat snacks business, primarily sold under the BiFi brand (Germany, Benelux, Austria, and Switzerland) and the Peperami brand (United Kingdom and Ireland).  (Read more)

Processing technique may make baby food puree safer

February 25, 2014
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that treatment of baby food puree with high pressure thermal sterilization (HPTS) instead of conventional thermal processing reduces the amount of furan in the product. (Read more)

Food units recalled in Q4 2013 jumps 52%

February 24, 2014
According to Stericycle’s ExpertRecall Index released Feb. 19, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Reports documented 134 food recalls in the fourth quarter 2013, down 47% from the third quarter of 2013.  (Read more)

Mérieux NutriSciences forms joint venture with Saudi food testing lab

February 24, 2014
Mérieux NutriSciences Corp. has acquired an equity position in Inspection, Diagnosis, and Analysis Lab Co. (IDAC), a market leader for food testing services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  (Read more)

Falafel King recalls hummus, wraps due to possible Listeria contamination

February 21, 2014
Falafel King, Boulder, Colo., is recalling 10-oz containers of Hatch Green Chile Hummus and 8.5-oz Hatch Green Chile Wraps because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. (Read more)

More consumers buy groceries from big box stores, pharmacies

February 21, 2014
Retail design firm King Retail Solutions (KRS), in conjunction with the University of Arizona Center for Retailing, released the results of a four-part study that shows the changing face of the retail industry and shoppers’ evolving attitudes towards where they will shop for groceries and fresh meals. (Read more)

Roquette America, World Food Processing partner on pea protein

February 21, 2014
Roquette America and World Food Processing have signed an exclusive supply agreement to meet the fast growing North American consumer and customer demand for pea protein.  (Read more)

SGS opens new food testing lab in New Jersey

February 21, 2014
SGS has announced it has opened a new ISO 17025 accredited food laboratory in Fairfield, N.J., to meet growing demand for food testing services.  (Read more)

Cal-Maine Foods acquires remaining interests in Delta Egg Farm

February 19, 2014
Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire 50% of the membership interests of Delta Egg Farm LLC from Sunbest Foods of Iowa Inc., a Moark LLC affiliate.  (Read more)

Kellogg commits to sourcing fully traceable, sustainable palm oil

February 19, 2014
Kellogg Co. has announced a global commitment to work with palm oil suppliers to source fully traceable palm oil, produced in a manner that’s environmentally responsible, socially beneficial, and economically viable. (Read more)

Most consumers won’t pay more for non-GMO food

February 19, 2014
The labeling of genetically-modified (GMO) foods is at the center of debate across the United States, but the decision to buy or not buy non-GMO foods often is based on price, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Beneo selects Horn as Western U.S. regional distributor

February 18, 2014
Effective Feb. 18, Horn, one of North America’s distributors of specialty ingredients, is Beneo’s Western U.S. regional distributor. (Read more)

Grape seed extracts may help fight bowel cancer

February 18, 2014
A study published in PLOS ONE shows that grape seed extracts may aid the effectiveness of chemotherapy in killing colon cancer cells as well as reducing the chemotherapy’s side effects.  (Read more)

Kraft’s Cahill transitions to Board role

February 18, 2014
Kraft Foods Group Inc. has announced its Board of Directors approved the transition of Executive Chairman John Cahill to Non-Executive Chairman of Kraft’s Board of Directors on March 8. (Read more)

Proposed bill to add warning labels to sugary drinks in California

February 18, 2014
California State Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) has introduced legislation to require warning labels on sugary drinks sold in the state.  (Read more)

18 M farmers chose biotech crops in 2013

February 17, 2014
The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) has released a report that indicates more than 18 million farmers in 27 countries planted biotech crops in 2013, reflecting a five million, or 3%, increase in global biotech crop hectarage.  (Read more)

Bühler acquires majority stake in the Chinese pasta machinery company

February 17, 2014
Bühler Group has acquired an 80% stake in Yaoxian Machinery Guangzhou, a Chinese company that manufactures production lines and system components for making Asian pasta. (Read more)

Glanbia Nutritionals receives patent for acidified whey protein

February 17, 2014
Glanbia Nutritionals Ireland has been granted United States Patent Number 8,637,102, titled “Acidified whey protein compositions and methods for making them.”  (Read more)

Tate & Lyle, McNeil Nutritionals renew alliance

February 17, 2014
Tate & Lyle PLC announced the latest phase of its 30-year sucralose partnership with McNeil Nutritionals LLC through the establishment of a renewed Splenda alliance. (Read more)

Washington firm recalls dried egg products due to possible Salmonella contamination

February 17, 2014
Nutriom LLC, Lacey, Wash., is recalling approximately 226,710 lbs of processed egg products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced Feb. 15. (Read more)

Eagle Product Inspection debuts new website

February 14, 2014
Eagle Product Inspection, a global x-ray inspection and fat analysis expert, has released a new website including a knowledge hub.  (Read more)

Leclerc Foods expands with facility in Arizona

February 14, 2014
Leclerc Foods USA, a North American manufacturer of cookies, snack bars, and crackers, has acquired a 166,500-sq-ft building for expansion of its food manufacturing operations in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Read more)

Probiotic may improve immunity in the elderly

February 14, 2014
A study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science shows that the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis may help improve the immune function in healthy elderly subjects.  (Read more)

Agricultural technologies could increase global crop yields up to 67%

February 12, 2014
Increased demand for food due to population and income growth, and the impacts of climate change on agriculture will ratchet up the pressure for increased and more sustainable agricultural production to feed the planet.  (Read more)

Kraft removes artificial preservative from cheese slices

February 12, 2014
Kraft Foods has announced it is taking an artificial preservative—sorbic acid—out of some of its individually-wrapped Kraft Singles slices. (Read more)

Snack bars’ portability, healthfulness drive growth

February 12, 2014
Convenient, portable, and often better-for-you, snack bars’ broad appeal as a snack or meal replacement has made this compact edible a double-digit growth category across foodservice channels, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Grupo Bimbo to acquire Canada Bread

February 12, 2014
Grupo Bimbo has agreed to acquire Canada Bread, a manufacturer and marketer of bakery products, including sliced bread, buns, bagels, English muffins, and tortillas in Canada, frozen bread in North America, and specialty bakery goods in the United Kingdom.  (Read more)

Avure opens HPP parts distribution center in Amsterdam

February 11, 2014
Avure Technologies HPP Equipment and Services Division has opened a new parts distribution center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Read more)

Bunge purchases corn masa flour mill

February 11, 2014
Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Ltd., has purchased the assets of Corn Flour Producers LLC.  (Read more)

Mars Foodservices recalls infused rice due to possible illness

February 11, 2014
Mars Foodservices US is voluntarily recalling Foodservices Uncle Ben’s Infused Rice products, which are only sold in 5-lb and 25-lb bags.  (Read more)

Children’s caffeine intake steady from 1999 to 2010

February 10, 2014
A study published in Pediatrics shows that overall caffeine intake did not increase among kids and teens between 1999 and 2010, but coffee and energy drinks became increasingly significant contributors while soda intake declined. (Read more)

Veggies paired with dip may increase children’s consumption

February 10, 2014
A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that pairing veggies with a sauce or dip may increase children’s consumption of veggies. (Read more)

Canada grants Sweet Green Fields patent for highest purity stevia extract

February 6, 2014
Sweet Green Fields (SGF) has been granted a product patent (regardless of manufacturing process) by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) for rebaudioside A (reb A) products greater than 98.6% purity. (Read more)

Lower sodium intake may decrease cardiovascular disease risk

February 6, 2014
A study published in Circulation shows that lowers sodium intake may lower the risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). (Read more)

U.S. FDA sets standards for infant formula

February 6, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an interim final rule that sets standards for manufacturers to produce safe infant formula that supports healthy growth.  (Read more)

Coca-Cola invests $1.25 B in Green Mountain for pod-based cold beverages

February 6, 2014
The Coca-Cola Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (GMCR) have signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of Coca-Cola’s global brand portfolio for use in GMCR’s forthcoming Keurig Cold at-home beverage system.  (Read more)

Whole grain consumption may be linked to fiber intake

February 5, 2014
A study published in Nutrition Research shows that most American children and adults are getting less than the recommended amounts of whole grains and dietary fiber.  (Read more)

IDF, ISO revise dairy protein measurement standard

February 5, 2014
The International Dairy Federation (IDF) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have joined forces to expand the scope of an international standard used worldwide in the dairy industry to measure the protein content of cow’s milk. (Read more)

FDA extends comment period on food for animals proposed rule

February 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals” and the “Draft Qualitative Risk Assessment of Risk of Activity/Animal Food Combinations for Activities (Outside the Farm Definition) Conducted in a Facility Co-Located on a Farm,” both of which appeared in the Oct. 29, 2013 Federal Register. (Read more)

Parent-child relationship could influence obesity

February 4, 2014
A study published in Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics shows that there may be an association between a parent’s insecure attachment and their child’s consumption of unhealthy foods. (Read more)

FDA issues proposed rule on sanitary transportation of food

February 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed a rule that would require certain shippers, receivers, and carriers who transport food by motor or rail vehicles to take steps to prevent the contamination of human and animal food during transportation.  (Read more)

Nestlé sells PowerBar to Post Holdings

February 4, 2014
Nestlé has sold its premium sports nutrition business under the PowerBar and Musashi brands to a U.S.-based consumer packaged goods holding company, Post Holdings.  (Read more)

Weather may have impacted restaurant traffic in December

February 4, 2014
As a result of softer same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a moderate decline in December. (Read more)

FDA to hold additional public meetings on intentional adulteration of food

February 3, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing two additional public meetings on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) FSMA Proposed Rule for Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration.  (Read more)

Investor group acquires Uncle Charley’s Sausage

February 3, 2014
F.N.B. Capital Partners, along with a group of Pittsburgh, Pa.-based investors, has acquired Uncle Charley’s Sausage Co., a meat processing company.  (Read more)

FDA Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine to retire

February 3, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Linda Tollefson, Associate Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, will retire effective March 1, 2014. (Read more)

Researchers investigate shelf life of military MREs

February 3, 2014
University of Florida researcher Jeffrey Brecht is leading a team of scientists working to eliminate waste and streamline the process of distributing the U.S. Army’s legendary Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MREs). (Read more)

Palsgaard to open margarine pilot plant

January 31, 2014
Emulsifier specialist Palsgaard has announced it is in the process of installing a margarine pilot plant at its facilities in Singapore.  (Read more)

Akoh wins WFFC Flavor Scholarship Award

January 31, 2014
The Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce has announced that Christine Akoh is the 2014 recipient of the WFFC Flavor Scholarship Award.  (Read more)

Firmenich receives Marine Stewardship Council certification

January 31, 2014
Firmenich has received certification to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Chain of Custody standard for its seafood flavors produced from North East Atlantic Codfish, Saithe, and Haddock. (Read more)

U.S. House passes five-year farm bill

January 29, 2014
According to USA Today, the U.S. House passed a five-year farm bill on Jan. 29 that will end direct payments and expand popular crop insurance programs while cutting funding for food stamps used by millions of Americans. (Read more)

FDA issues warning letter to ARO Pistachios

January 29, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning letter to ARO Pistachios Inc. stating that agency investigators found violations of the Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for foods during an inspection that took place May 21–24, 2013. (Read more)

Unilever, Symrise, GIZ partner to support vanilla farmers

January 29, 2014
Unilever, its supplier Symrise, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH have announced a partnership to improve the livelihoods of 4,000 vanilla farmers in the Sava region, Madagascar.  (Read more)

Hershey exceeds 2013 certified cocoa goal

January 29, 2014
The Hershey Co. has announced that 18% of all the cocoa the company sourced globally in 2013 was certified, nearly double the company’s original 2013 goal of 10%.  (Read more)

Egg production increases, environmental footprint decreases

January 28, 2014
A study published in Poultry Science shows that while U.S. egg production has increased over the past 50 years, the industry has also been able to decrease its environmental footprint.  (Read more)

Cargill partners with Filippo Berio Olive Oil

January 28, 2014
Cargill and Filippo Berio Olive Oil have announced an agreement in which Cargill will be licensed to market a set of foodservice olive oil products under the Filippo Berio Culinary Selection brand. (Read more)

CDC report: Strategies for foodservice sodium reduction

January 28, 2014
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has published a report—“From Menu to Mouth: Opportunities for Sodium Reduction in Restaurants”—offering strategies for health departments and restaurants to work together to offer healthier choices for consumers who want to lower their sodium intake. (Read more)

Fish from Gulf of Mexico show little contamination

January 28, 2014
A study published in Environmental Science & Technology examines the concentrations of contaminants in fish that were harvested by reef fishermen in the Gulf a year after the Deepwater Horizon blowout. (Read more)

Shuanghui International changes name to WH Group

January 27, 2014
Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., a leader in the global pork industry, has changed its corporate name to WH Group Ltd., effective immediately. (Read more)

Fish oil may help preserve brain cells

January 27, 2014
A study published in Neurology shows that people with higher levels of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may also have larger brain volumes.  (Read more)

Morton Salt Girl celebrates 100 years

January 27, 2014
Morton Salt is launching a year-long campaign in honor of the Morton Salt Girl, who marks her 100th year as the face of the brand in 2014.  (Read more)

Nestlé unveils $1 billion Mexico investment

January 27, 2014
Nestlé will invest $1 billion dollars in Mexico, building two new factories in the country which is the sixth largest global market for the company.  (Read more)

DuPont Packaging seeks entries for packaging innovation awards

January 24, 2014
DuPont Packaging has announced the call for entries in the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, the industry’s longest running, independently judged competition. (Read more)

Humans may be able to smell dietary fat

January 24, 2014
New research from the Monell Center reveals humans can use the sense of smell to detect dietary fat in food. (Read more)

Microgreens may contain more nutrients than full-grown plants

January 24, 2014
A team of U.S. Dept. of Agriculture scientists have analyzed the key nutrients in 25 different varieties of vegetable microgreens. The study results could be used to estimate levels of vitamins and nutrients in microgreens. (Read more)

Americans to eat 1.25 billion chicken wings for Super Bowl

January 24, 2014
According to the National Chicken Council’s 2014 Wing Report, 1.25 billion wings will be devoured during Super Bowl XLVIII, as fans watch the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos battle for the Lombardi Trophy, matching the record level of 2012. (Read more)

FDA issues food retail program standards

January 21, 2014
In its latest step to increase the safety of the American food supply, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued the 2013 Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards).  (Read more)

Humane Farm Animal Care defines ‘free range’ and ‘pasture raised’

January 20, 2014
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) announces new standards for products that are labeled Certified Humane and either “free range” or “pasture raised.”  (Read more)

Nestlé UK launches reminiscence pack

January 20, 2014
Nestlé UK & Ireland has created a “reminiscence pack” featuring wrappers and packaging from its confectionery archive to help trigger happy recollections among those with dementia or memory problems.  (Read more)

Sensient Colors’ facility achieves ‘Excellent’ SQF rating

January 20, 2014
Sensient Colors LLC, a business unit of Sensient Technologies Corp., has announced that its U.S. manufacturing site in St. Louis, Mo., the world’s largest food and beverage color manufacturing facility, achieved the Excellent rating score for the annual Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 3 recertification, the highest rating possible. (Read more)

USDA report: American adults are choosing healthier foods

January 20, 2014
American adults are eating better, making better use of available nutrition information, and consuming fewer calories coming from fat and saturated fat, consuming less cholesterol and eating more fiber, according to a new report from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS)—“Changes in Eating Patterns and Diet Quality Among Working-Age Adults, 2005–2010.” (Read more)

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses seed patent case

January 16, 2014
According to Reuters, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monsanto’s biotech seed patents on Jan. 13, dealing a blow to a group of organic farmers and other activists trying to stop the biotech company from suing farmers if their fields contain a few plants containing the company’s genetically modified traits. (Read more)

Kellogg to build Malaysian snacks plant

January 16, 2014
Kellogg Co. has announced that it will build a new snacks manufacturing facility in Malaysia, as part of its recently announced Project K four-year efficiency and effectiveness program. (Read more)

New report on Japan’s organic market

January 16, 2014
Timed to coincide with the launch of the U.S.–Japan Organic Equivalency Agreement this month, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Global Organic Trade Guide has issued its first comprehensive report on the organic market in Japan. (Read more)

Study identifies risk factors for child obesity

January 16, 2014
A study published in Childhood Obesity shows that the three most significant risk factors for child obesity among preschoolers are: 1. inadequate sleep; 2. a parental BMI that classifies the mom or dad as overweight or obese; and 3. parental restriction of a child’s eating in order to control his weight. (Read more)

Majority of consumers won’t try a new menu item

January 15, 2014
Restaurant operators invest heavily in promoting new menu items and it turns out that a majority of consumers (about 70%) of consumers won’t try a new menu item. (Read more)

Plant-based sweeteners continue to steal market share

January 15, 2014
Post EU regulations, stevia has been quietly gaining traction with consumers, and alongside that, usurping the traditional pecking order of more established sweeteners. (Read more)

Probiotics may prevent gastrointestinal disorders in infants

January 15, 2014
A study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that giving an infant a probiotic during the first three months of life may reduce the onset of gastrointestinal disorders.  (Read more)

Suntory to buy Beam for $16 billion

January 15, 2014
Suntory Holdings Ltd. and Beam Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which Suntory will acquire all outstanding shares of Beam for $16 billion. (Read more)

New report on Japan’s organic market

January 14, 2014
Timed to coincide with the launch of the U.S.–Japan Organic Equivalency Agreement this month, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Global Organic Trade Guide has issued its first comprehensive report on the organic market in Japan.  (Read more)

Hain Celestial acquires Tilda

January 14, 2014
The Hain Celestial Group Inc., an organic and natural products company, has acquired Tilda Ltd., a premium 100% branded basmati and specialty rice products company. (Read more)

Caffeine may enhance long-term memory

January 14, 2014
A study published in Nature Neuroscience shows that the consumption of caffeine enhances certain memories at least up to 24 hrs after it is consumed.  (Read more)

Tyson Foods recalls chicken products due to possible Salmonella contamination

January 14, 2014
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 33,840 lbs of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a Salmonella Heidelberg strain, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced Jan. 10. (Read more)

Indian gooseberry may help lower cholesterol in type 2 diabetes patients

January 13, 2014
A study published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy shows that the herbal plant amla may improve endothelial function and reduced biomarkers of oxidative stress. (Read more)

Adding avocado to lunch may increase satiety

January 13, 2014
A study published in Nutrition Journal shows that adding one-half of a fresh avocado to lunch may help increase satiety the rest of the day. (Read more)

Food, beverage companies slash calories in obesity fight

January 13, 2014
Sixteen of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the United States in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to the findings of an independent evaluation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). (Read more)

Olam expands spices processing facility in Vietnam

January 13, 2014
Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients has completed an expansion in size and capability of its spices processing facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  (Read more)

Bell predicts 2014 top flavor trends

January 9, 2014
Bell Flavors & Fragrances has announced its annual selections for top trends and flavors for 2014.  (Read more)

Energy drink market continues growth

January 9, 2014
As a new year begins and consumers return to work, many will be looking for an energy kick. But according to new research from Mintel, nearly six in 10 Americans (59%) who are current energy drink or shot users say they worry about the safety of energy drinks and energy shots.  (Read more)

U.S. milk product manufacturers may apply to be on FDA’s export list to China

January 9, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is establishing a list of U.S. milk product manufacturers and processors interested in exporting milk products to China.  (Read more)

UPS debuts new probiotic monograph, standard to authenticate skim milk powder

January 9, 2014
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is proposing new monographs and introducing a new standard for authentication of skim milk powder to be included in its Food Chemicals Codex (FCC), First Supplement to the Ninth Edition. (Read more)

Consumers like bread with less salt

January 8, 2014
Consumers can’t tell the difference between regular bread and bread with 10% less salt, according to taste tests by Oregon State University. (Read more)

General Mills drops GMOs from Cheerios

January 8, 2014
According to the Los Angeles Times, General Mills Inc. has announced it is no longer using genetically engineered ingredients in Cheerios. (Read more)

Nestlé partners with Cellular Dynamis in biotech deal

January 8, 2014
The Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences SA (NIHS) has signed a long‐term supply agreement with Cellular Dynamics International Inc. (CDI).  (Read more)

USDA finalizes flexibility in school meals

January 8, 2014
U.S. Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon has announced that the USDA is making permanent the current flexibility that allows schools to serve larger portions of lean protein and whole grains at mealtime. (Read more)

Future crop yields raise concern

January 2, 2014
A study published in Nature Communications shows that about 30% of the major global cereal crops—rice, wheat, and corn—may have reached their maximum possible yields in farmers’ fields. (Read more)

Healthier kid’s meal choices may impact calorie intake

January 2, 2014
A study published in the Obesity Journal shows that children can eat a favorite fast-food meal and still cut calories. (Read more)

U.S. restaurant performance hit a five-month high in November

January 2, 2014
Driven by improving same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) hit a five-month high in November 2013. (Read more)

U.S. cattle supplies low, beef prices expected to rise

January 2, 2014
According to Bloomberg, cattle futures hit an all-time high this week and beef prices are likely to continue rising as production slumps.  (Read more)

Shuanghui joins Sigma Alimentos in offer for Spain’s Campofrio

December 30, 2013
According to Bloomberg, Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., the Chinese company that bought the world’s biggest pork supplier this year, will join Alfa SAB (ALFAA)’s Sigma Alimentos food unit in a raised bid for Spain’s Campofrio Food Group SA (CFG).  (Read more)

Brynwood Partners to divest DeMet’s Candy

December 30, 2013
Brynwood Partners V L.P. has signed an agreement to sell its investment in DeMet’s Candy Co. for $221 million to Yildiz Holdings A.S., owner of the Godiva chocolate brand.  (Read more)

CDC: Most Americans exceed recommended salt intake

December 27, 2013
A Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report shows that sodium intake declined slightly during 2003–2010 in children ages 1–13 years, but not in adolescents or adults.  (Read more)

Milk may serve as a protective carrier of bioactive molecules

December 27, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science shows that when epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the major extractable polyphenol in green tea and the most biologically active, is diluted in skim milk or other milk complexes, it remains bioactive and continues to reduce colon cancer cell proliferation in culture at concentrations higher than 0.03 mg of EGCG/mL. (Read more)

Sabinsa breaks ground on new extraction facility

December 27, 2013
Sabinsa Corp. has begun construction on a new continuous extraction facility that will increase production capacity by 200%. (Read more)

Ferrous bisglycinate may prevent iron deficiency in pregnant women

December 26, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Perinatal Medicine shows that a low dose of ferrous bisglycinate (Aminojern, a product containing Albion’s Ferrochel) may be equivalent to a higher dose of ferrous salt with regard to hematological and iron status when used by expectant women.  (Read more)

National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection to host public meeting

December 26, 2013
The National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) will host a public meeting Jan. 7–8, 2014, to review and discuss safe handling instructions included on food labels.  (Read more)

Northwest Food Processors Assoc. celebrates 100 years

December 26, 2013
The Northwest Food Processors Assoc. (NWFPA) can, and as the industry prepares to celebrate the centenary milestone in January, it shows no signs of slowing down. (Read more)

USDA names Ronholm as Acting Undersecretary for Food Safety

December 26, 2013
According to The Hill, Brian Ronholm, former Deputy for Food Safety at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has been named the Acting Undersecretary for Food Safety.  (Read more)

FDA proposes new rule to protect against food adulteration

December 20, 2013
As required by the bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a rule that would require the largest food businesses in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent facilities from being the target of intentional attempts to contaminate the food supply.  (Read more)

Mintel announces five U.S. foodservice trends for 2014

December 20, 2013
The U.S. restaurant industry has enjoyed modest growth in the past few years, and Mintel estimates sales of $438 billion in 2013, as well as a 5.9% increase in sales in 2014. Five key trends identified by Julia Gallo-Torres, Category Manager – U.S. Foodservice Reports at Mintel, are set to shape restaurant menus and spur this continued growth.  (Read more)

ADM to establish global headquarters in Chicago

December 20, 2013
Archer Daniels Midland Co. has selected Chicago, Ill., as the location for its global headquarters and customer center.  (Read more)

Hershey to acquire majority share of Shanghai Golden Monkey Food

December 20, 2013
The Hershey Co. has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hershey Netherlands B.V., has signed an agreement to acquire 80% of the iconic Shanghai Golden Monkey Food Joint Stock Co. Ltd. (SGM), a privately-held confectionery company based in Shanghai, China.  (Read more)

Iberia Foods acquires Marcas Food Distributors

December 20, 2013
Iberia Foods Corp., manufacturer, importer, and distributor of Hispanic, Caribbean, and other specialty foods and beverages, has acquired the assets of Marcas Food Distributors, an independent distributer of Hispanic and European foods located in Chicago, Ill.  (Read more)

Restaurant industry to improve, thrive in 2014

December 19, 2013
The NPD Group forecasts foodservice traffic and sales will improve in 2014 compared to 2013.  (Read more)

IFF to invest $50 M in Indonesian flavor operations

December 19, 2013
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., a global creator of flavors and fragrances for consumer products, has announced that it plans to invest more than $50 million in its flavors operations in Jakarta, Indonesia.  (Read more)

Coca-Cola restructures North American business

December 19, 2013
The Coca-Cola Co. has announced management and organizational changes related to Coca-Cola Americas with a purpose to accelerate growth. (Read more)

DDW acquires Danisco’s food colorings

December 19, 2013
D.D. Williamson (DDW) announced the acquisition of the food coloring product line and related processing equipment from Danisco USA Inc., a part of DuPont Nutrition & Health since 2011. (Read more)

FDA extends comments deadline on artificial trans-fat decision

December 18, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to extend the comment period by 60 days, to March 8, 2014, on its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food.  (Read more)

Americans confused about types of sugars in beverages

December 18, 2013
A study published in Nutrition Research shows that some Americans may not know how much and what kinds of sugar are in their beverages. (Read more)

Oregano oil may help preserve quality of sunflower seeds

December 18, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that the addition of oregano essential oils to sunflower seeds may help preserve their positive sensory attributes and freshness quality. (Read more)

Seneca Foods to purchase bankrupt Allens

December 18, 2013
Seneca Foods Corp. has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire substantially all the operating assets of Allens Inc. for a purchase price of approximately $148.0 million. (Read more)

Cargill invests to double capacity at Belgian chocolate facility

December 17, 2013
Cargill’s cocoa and chocolate business has broken ground on a $48 million investment to double the capacity of its Belgian chocolate production facility in Mouscron over the next two years. (Read more)

EnWave, Pacific Live sign collaboration agreement

December 17, 2013
EnWave Corp. has signed a collaboration agreement with an option to license with Pacific Live LLC to develop a number of dehydrated seafood products using the company’s Radiant Energy Vacuum (REV) technology for potential distribution throughout the American and Asian markets. (Read more)

Frutarom acquires Hagelin for $52.4 M

December 17, 2013
Frutarom Industries Ltd. has announced its fourth acquisition this year of 100% of the share capital of U.S.-based Hagelin for $52.4 million.  (Read more)

Kansas State University to work on reducing postharvest loss

December 17, 2013
Kansas State University is receiving an initial five-year, $8.5 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, to establish the federal government’s new Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post-Harvest Loss. (Read more)

Nestlé launches program to train female coffee farmers in Kenya

December 9, 2013
Nestlé is encouraging more female coffee growers in Kenya to take up leadership roles in farming cooperatives as part of its commitment to scaling up its business-related activities to promote gender equality and education for women and girls. (Read more)

Component of grape seed extract may fight prostate cancer cells

December 9, 2013
A study published in Nutrition and Cancer shows that the most active component of grape seed extract—B2G2—may induce the cell death known as apoptosis in prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. (Read more)

Nerves in the stomach may signal how much to eat

December 9, 2013
A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience shows that nerves in the stomach may act as a circadian clock, limiting food intake to specific times of the day.  (Read more)

TERRA Vegetable Chips partners with Seed Savers Exchange

December 9, 2013
TERRA, a brand of The Hain Celestial Group Inc., an organic and natural products company in North America and Europe, has announced its partnership with Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. (Read more)

DFA of California names Ready Roast Nut ‘Plant of the Year’

December 6, 2013
The DFA of California, also known as The American Council for Food Safety & Quality, has recognized the Ready Roast Nut Co. facility in Madera, Calif., as the “Plant of the Year.” (Read more)

Land O’Lakes acquires Geosys

December 6, 2013
Land O’Lakes Inc. has announced its acquisition of Geosys, a global technology firm that provides satellite imaging and insights to agribusiness. (Read more)

McCormick announces top flavors, food trends for 2014

December 6, 2013
Marking its 125th year as a food industry innovator, McCormick & Co. Inc. has kicked off a yearlong celebration of the tastes that bring us together with the unveiling of its McCormick Flavor Forecast 2014: 125th Anniversary Edition. (Read more)

Mondelez International to invest $190 M in Indian plant

December 4, 2013
Mondelez International has announced plans to invest $190 million in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to establish the company’s largest manufacturing plant in Asia Pacific. (Read more)

U.S. restaurant performance hits four-month high in October

December 4, 2013
Fueled by stronger same-store sales and traffic and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) rose to a four-month high in October. (Read more)

Pecan shell extracts may offer organic antimicrobial option for meat

December 4, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that extracts from pecan shells may be effective at protecting meats from Listeria growth. (Read more)

Locally-sourced food to top restaurant menus in 2014

December 4, 2013
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) each year prepares its “What’s Hot” culinary forecast of menu trends for the coming year. (Read more)

Australia rejects ADM’s bid to buy GrainCorp

December 3, 2013
According to Bloomberg, Archer Daniels Midland Co.’s (ADM) $2 billion takeover of GrainCorp Ltd. (GNC) was blocked by the government of Australia.  (Read more)

TNO, FOODPOLIS to collaborate on food innovation in Korea

December 3, 2013
TNO, based in the Netherlands, and FOODPOLIS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop research collaborations in food innovation and nutritional health.  (Read more)

Study: 36% of diners read calorie information at restaurants

December 3, 2013
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that 36.4% of consumers read calorie information at restaurants, but that those who do read it use the information. (Read more)

New Nestlé freezers to help tackle climate change

December 3, 2013
Nestlé is systematically introducing more environmentally-efficient ice cream freezers using natural refrigerants across Europe. (Read more)

Americans’ eating habits worsening in 2013

December 3, 2013
According to a Gallup poll, Americans’ eating habits have deteriorated in 2013, as fewer adults report eating healthy all day “yesterday” in every month so far this year compared with the same months in 2012. (Read more)

Coca-Cola wholly owns Zico Beverages

November 29, 2013
The Coca-Cola Co. has acquired the outstanding ownership stake in ZICO Beverages LLC. (Read more)

Frutarom expands in Central America with Aroma SA

November 29, 2013
Frutarom Industries Ltd. has acquired the Guatemalan flavor company Aroma SA (held by International Aroma Corp, a Panama company) for a net consideration of $12.5 million. (Read more)

Health conscious consumers are already nuts about nuts

November 29, 2013
The recently released Harvard study on the health benefits of eating nuts just confirmed what health conscious consumers already know, that nuts are good for you, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Sugar-sweetened beverages may increase endometrial cancer risk

November 29, 2013
A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention shows that postmenopausal women who consumed sugar-sweetened beverages may be more likely to develop the most common type of endometrial cancer compared with women who did not drink sugar-sweetened beverages. (Read more)

Albion receives GRAS approval for ferric glycinate ingredient

November 27, 2013
Albion Human Nutrition has received approval of its self-affirmed Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) status and has applied for two patents for ron Taste-Free, a patented Ferric Glycinate ingredient. (Read more)

The Maschhoffs acquires chicken producer

November 27, 2013
The Maschhoffs LLC, a family-owned pork production company, and GNP Co., a provider of premium quality chicken under the Gold’n Plump, Just BARE, and Sunny Roost brand labels, have announced they have signed a definitive agreement whereby The Maschhoffs will acquire GNP Co. and its subsidiaries.  (Read more)

WILD Flavors purchases natural extracts maker

November 26, 2013
WILD Flavors Inc. has acquired Alfrebro LLC, a manufacturer of natural extracts and aroma chemicals, advanced proprietary technologies, and expanded processing capabilities.  (Read more)

Autocrat buys Coffee Extracts & Ingredients

November 26, 2013
Autocrat Natural Ingredients has acquired Coffee Extracts & Ingredients (CE&I), a leader in sourcing and supplying fair trade, organic, and Rainforest Alliance coffees.  (Read more)

Liqui-Box opens China manufacturing facility

November 26, 2013
Liqui-Box, a producer of sustainable packaging solutions for the delivery of liquid products, has signed a long-term lease for a new manufacturing operation in Taizhou, China. (Read more)

Obesity may impact sense of taste

November 26, 2013
A study published in PLOS ONE shows that being severely overweight impaired the ability of mice to detect sweets. (Read more)

Scientists develop disease-resistant peas

November 25, 2013
New garden- and dry-pea breeding lines developed by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their collaborators may offer growers added insurance against Aphanomyces root rot, a disease that can cause crop yield losses of 20–100%. (Read more)

USDA awards grants for community-based food insecurity solutions

November 23, 2013
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Community Food Project (CFP) awards, which support organizations using local food to develop community-based solutions to address food insecurity and increase access to healthy food in low income communities. (Read more)

U.S. food recalls drop in Q3

November 22, 2013
According to ExpertRECALL, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Enforcement Reports documented 252 food recalls in the third quarter of 2013, representing a 14% decline over the previous quarter. (Read more)

Coffee may improve blood vessel function

November 22, 2013
A study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013 shows that the caffeine in a cup of coffee may help small blood vessels work better. (Read more)

Nestlé joins alliance for responsible plant-based plastics

November 22, 2013
Nestlé has announced that it will work in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and seven consumer firms to encourage the responsible development of bioplastics, derived from plant materials.  (Read more)

Nuts may help people live longer

November 22, 2013
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that consuming nuts may help you live longer. (Read more)

Americans turn to foodservice for Thanksgiving help

November 22, 2013
Nearly three out of 10 Americans plan to sit down to a Thanksgiving dinner this year that includes at least one prepared ready-to-eat dish from a retailer, restaurant, or caterer, according to a recent Technomic survey. (Read more)

Pilgrim’s Pride announces plant restructuring

November 21, 2013
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has announced several operational changes. Effective Jan. 24, 2014, Pilgrim’s will expand its operations in Russellville, Ala., and Douglas, Ga., to absorb the current fresh poultry processing operations in Boaz, Ala. (Read more)

Coca-Cola to invest $30 M in Wisconsin plant

November 21, 2013
According to BizTimes, Coca-Cola Co. has announced a $30 million investment and expansion of its bottling plant in Milwaukee, Wis.  (Read more)

Frutarom acquires control of Russian flavors company PTI

November 21, 2013
Frutarom Industries Ltd. has announced that it concluded the terms of an agreement for the acquisition of 75% of the share capital of the Protein Technologies Ingredients Group (PTI) for a cash consideration of $50.3 million (reflecting a company value of $67 million). (Read more)

Hagen to step down as USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety

November 20, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that Elisabeth Hagen plans to leave her position as Under Secretary for Food Safety in mid-December. (Read more)

Mondelez invests $100+ M in European biscuit factory

November 20, 2013
Mondelez International has announced plans to invest more than $100 million in a biscuit manufacturing plant at its Opava site in the Czech Republic. (Read more)

Heinz to close plants, cut 1,350 jobs

November 20, 2013
According to the Associated Press, H.J. Heinz Co. is closing three plants in North America and cutting 1,350 jobs in an effort to operate more efficiently.  (Read more)

Buffaloberry may be next super fruit

November 20, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that an underutilized berry called the buffaloberry could be the new super fruit, due to its large amounts of lycopene and a related acidic compound, methyl-lycopenoate. (Read more)

Cost of classic Thanksgiving dinner down for 2013

November 20, 2013
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 28th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s average of $49.48. (Read more)

The impact and consequences of banning trans fatty acids

November 19, 2013
On Nov. 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. In a new ePerspective post, Eric Decker, Professor and Dept. Head, Dept. of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, explains that this proposed rule is not without consequences to many individuals so it is critical that this decision is made carefully. (Read more)

Protein-rich breakfast may increase satiety

November 19, 2013
A study presented at the Obesity Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting on Nov. 14, shows that eating high protein sausage and egg-based breakfasts may curb hunger throughout the morning, compared with a low-protein breakfast or skipping breakfast. (Read more)

Technomic predicts foodservice trends for 2014

November 19, 2013
Technomic, a foodservice research and consulting firm, has identified trends that may significantly impact the restaurant industry in 2014. (Read more)

Healthier school snacks may help kids make healthier choices

November 19, 2013
A study published in Childhood Obesity shows that schools who offer healthier snacks in vending machines and a la carte lines may improve students’ diets. (Read more)

Lowering salt intake may improve health in kidney disease cases

November 13, 2013
A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) shows that reducing salt intake may benefit the heart and kidney health of patients with chronic kidney disease.  (Read more)

Blackberry juice supplementation may inhibit foodborne disease

November 12, 2013
Berries—such as blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry—possess several biological activities including antimicrobial and nutritional effects. (Read more)

Boulder Brands acquires minority stake in juice maker

November 12, 2013
According to the Boulder County Business Report, Boulder Brands Investment Group LLC took a minority stake in Suja Juice Inc., a San Diego, Calif.-based juice maker that sells its products in Whole Foods and Sprouts grocery stores. (Read more)

Starbucks to pay Kraft nearly $2.8 B for breach of contract

November 12, 2013
According to the Chicago Tribune, an arbitrator on Nov. 12 ordered Starbucks to pay Kraft’s former parent Mondelez International $2.23 billion in damages plus $527 million in prejudgment interest and attorneys’ fees after the coffee chain’s early termination of a grocery deal. (Read more)

Waste reduction, regaining trust top food and beverage trends for 2014

November 11, 2013
“Waste Not Want Not” and “You Can Trust Us” top the Innova Market Insights’ food and beverage Top 10 Trends list for 2014. (Read more)

Cow’s milk peptide may help treat gastric cancer

November 11, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science shows that a peptide fragment derived from cow’s milk, known as lactoferricin B25 (LFcinB25), may be a potential therapeutic agent for gastric cancer. (Read more)

PepsiCo to invest $5.5 B in India by 2020

November 11, 2013
PepsiCo Inc. has announced plans for the company and its partners to invest Rs. 33,000 crores ($5.5 billion) in India by 2020. (Read more)

P.L. Thomas changes name to PLT Health Solutions

November 11, 2013
P.L. Thomas & Co. Inc. has renamed itself to be PLT Health Solutions Inc., effective immediately.  (Read more)

Nestlé sells Jenny Craig in North America and Oceania

November 7, 2013
Nestlé has sold its weight management business Jenny Craig in North America and Oceania to a U.S.-based private equity group North Castle Partners. (Read more)

FDA proposes to eliminate artificial trans fat in processed foods

November 7, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.  (Read more)

USDA changes generic labeling rules on meat, poultry

November 7, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has approved a final rule that amends the meat and poultry products inspection regulations to expand the circumstances in which FSIS will generically approve the labels of meat and poultry products.  (Read more)

Aquaculture market is expected to reach $195 billion by 2019

October 28, 2013
According to a new report published by Transparency Market Research—Aquaculture (Marine Water, Freshwater and Brackish Water) Market for Carp, Mollusks, Crustaceans, Salmon, Trout and Other Fishes - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019—the global market for aquaculture was valued at $135.10 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $195.13 billion in 2019, growing at a CAGR of 5.1% from 2013 to 2019. (Read more)

Childhood obesity may be linked to TV fast food advertising

October 28, 2013
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that childhood obesity may be associated with receptiveness to TV fast food advertising.  (Read more)

Coca-Cola opens 43rd production facility in China

October 28, 2013
Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Co., has inaugurated Coca-Cola China’s 43rd plant in China and its first in Shijiazhuang, Hebei. (Read more)

Bunge to purchase Grupo Altex Wheat Mills in Mexico

October 24, 2013
Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Ltd., has agreed to buy the wheat milling business of Grupo Altex S.A. de C.V. (Read more)

Cyclospora outbreak linked to salad mix, cilantro

October 24, 2013
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have linked the Cyclospora outbreak that sickened 643 people from 25 states this summer to fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico. (Read more)

Iberia Foods acquires Marcas Food Distributors

October 24, 2013
Iberia Foods Corp., manufacturer, importer, and distributor of Hispanic, Caribbean, and other specialty foods and beverages, has acquired the assets of Marcas Food Distributors, an independent distributor of Hispanic and European foods located in Chicago, Ill.  (Read more)

Nestlé expands ice cream factory in Egypt

October 24, 2013
Nestlé has invested CHF 26 million (~$29 million) to expand its ice cream factory in Egypt, one of the company’s biggest ice cream markets in the world. (Read more)

Clif Bar to build bakery in Idaho

October 21, 2013
Clif Bar & Co., a maker of nutritious and organic food and drinks, will build a new bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho, where the company will make Clif Bars and Clif Kid Zbars. (Read more)

Great Lakes Cheese to build facility in Tennessee

October 21, 2013
Great Lakes Cheese has announced it will build its first Southeast manufacturing facility in Manchester, Tenn. (Read more)

Health Canada approves use of resistant maltodextrin

October 21, 2013
The ADM/Matsutani LLC team that markets Fibersol, a line of soluble dietary fibers, has announced that Health Canada has recently added resistant maltodextrin (Fibersol-2) to its list of approved novel fiber ingredients that can be used in the Canadian food and beverage marketplace. (Read more)

J & J Snack Foods acquires New York Pretzel

October 21, 2013
J & J Snack Foods Corp. has acquired the assets of New York Pretzel, Brooklyn N.Y., which produces soft pretzel products sold primarily in the Northeast region to both retail and foodservice locations.  (Read more)

Consumers, experts at odds over solutions to global hunger

October 18, 2013
U.S. consumers and international food security experts agree: supporting the adoption of agricultural technology that leads to self-sufficiency and increasing support for smallholder farmers are important to addressing growing global hunger and malnutrition. (Read more)

FoodMinds appoints Post as Chief Science Officer

October 18, 2013
FoodMinds, a food and nutrition consulting and communications agency, has hired Robert Post, formerly the Associate Executive Director of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), as its first Chief Science Officer. (Read more)

GrowCocoa partnership trained 31,000+ farmers last year

October 18, 2013
Marking the close of its first formal season and now working alongside over 41,900 farmers, GrowCocoa, the independently operated joint venture representing the sustainability interests of Blommer Chocolate Co. and Olam International, has released its first report outlining accomplishments in Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia. (Read more)

FONA’s Slawek recognized for exceptional achievement in business

October 16, 2013
FONA International’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Joe Slawek, has been inducted into the University of Illinois at Chicago Alumni Leadership Academy, honoring his excellence in business. (Read more)

Chobani, Cornell partner to promote dairy innovation

October 15, 2013
Chobani Inc., maker of Greek yogurt, and Cornell University have announced a partnership to promote innovation in dairy and food science. (Read more)

Americans eat gluten-free foods to aid in weight loss

October 15, 2013
The popularity of gluten-free foods shows no signs of slowing down, and according to recent research from Mintel, it’s not just the gluten-intolerant who are filling their carts with wheat-free products. (Read more)

Frutarom Health expands biogas capacity in Switzerland

October 15, 2013
Frutarom Health has increased biogas electrical energy production in its Wedenswill, Switzerland, plant by 15%.  (Read more)

Ganeden Biotech’s probiotic to be distributed in Venezuelan

October 15, 2013
Ganeden Biotech, a manufacturer and marketer of probiotics, has announced that GanedenBC30 (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) is the first Bacillus coagulans to be approved by the Venezuelan Popular Power Ministry of Health for food applications. (Read more)

Intervention programs may increase kids’ fruit, veggie intake

October 15, 2013
U.S. children don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that intervention programs may be able to increase fruit and vegetable intake in low-income, rural areas where a disproportionately higher risk of overweight and obesity habits among children persists. (Read more)

NHANES nutrition research may be flawed

October 14, 2013
A new study published in PLOS ONE shows that four decades of nutrition research funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be invalid because the method used to collect the data was flawed.  (Read more)

Corbion Purac, Innovia to develop heat resistant PLA films

October 14, 2013
Innovia Films, a global manufacturer of biofilms, and Corbion Purac, a leader in lactic acid and lactides, are joining forces to develop PLA (poly lactic acid) film that is both transparent and resistant to higher temperatures.  (Read more)

Del Monte Foods sells consumer products business for $1.7 B

October 14, 2013
Del Monte Foods has reached an agreement to sell its consumer products business to Del Monte Pacific Ltd. (DMPL) for $1.675 billion. (Read more)

Foster Farms facilities avoid shutdown

October 14, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has reviewed Foster Farms’ safety plan for its three California facilities in Livingston and Fresno. (Read more)

Survey: Consumers less satisfied with food manufacturers

October 14, 2013
Customer satisfaction with food manufacturers slips for the first time in three years, according to a report released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). (Read more)

Adding citrus fiber to meatballs may improve nutritional quality

October 11, 2013
A study presented at the American Meat Science Association (AMSA) conference shows that adding citrus fiber to ground beef may improve fiber while retaining the quality and taste of the meat. (Read more)

Kemin receives sustainability certification for rosemary production

October 8, 2013
Kemin has announced that more than 50% of its rosemary production is certified as Sustainably Grown following a third-party audit conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS). (Read more)

Arcadia Biosciences receives grant to develop reduced-gluten grains

October 7, 2013
Arcadia Biosciences Inc., an agricultural technology company focused on developing technologies and products that benefit the environment and human health, has received an award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders Institute (NIDDK) to develop reduced-gluten grains.  (Read more)

Artiste expands organic citrus oils line

October 7, 2013
Artiste, a flavor and fragrance specialty ingredient company, has expanded its line of organic citrus oils. (Read more)

SunOpta opens organic, specialty cocoa facility

October 4, 2013
SunOpta Inc. has completed the construction and commissioning of a new value-added organic and specialty cocoa processing facility located in Middenmeer, The Netherlands. (Read more)

Golden State Foods acquires KanPak U.S.

October 4, 2013
Golden State Foods (GSF), a U.S. food processor and distributor, has acquired controlling interests in KanPak U.S., headquartered in Arkansas City, Kan., a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology. (Read more)

FMC builds platform for biological crop protection with alliance, acquisition

October 4, 2013
FMC Corp. has built a platform to serve the fast-growing biological crop protection market through two strategic transactions. (Read more)

Symrise, Tate & Lyle Bio Products partner on new flavor ingredient

October 4, 2013
DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Co. LLC has partnered with Symrise for the use of Zemea USP propanediol as a carrier for compounded flavors.  (Read more)

Longtime Food Technology Editor passes away

October 2, 2013
IFT’s Food Technology magazine Senior Editor Donald E. Pszczola, 54, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, after a long illness.  (Read more)

FDA approves tenuous health claim for whole grains and type 2 diabetes

October 2, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ConAgra Food’s petition for a qualified health claim that links whole grain consumption to a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. (Read more)

High-fat, high-calorie diet may cause pancreas cancer in mice

October 2, 2013
A study published in Cancer Prevention Research shows that mice made obese by being given high-calorie, high-fat diets (HFCD) developed abnormally high numbers of lesions known as pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasias (PanINs), which are known to be precursors to pancreas cancer.  (Read more)

FDA bans three arsenic drugs used in poultry, pig feeds

October 2, 2013
According to The New York Times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will rescind approval for three of the four arsenic drugs that had been used in animal feeds at the request of the companies that market them. (Read more)

Nestlé to invest $72 M in Indiana plant

October 1, 2013
Nestlé USA has announced it will expand its plant in Anderson, Ind., and add a seventh production line.  (Read more)

Retail stores capitalize on prepared food lunch sales

October 1, 2013
Restaurants compete most heavily with retail stores for prepared food orders at supper and snack, but the strongest visit growth for retail prepared foods has been at lunch, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

U.S., Japan reach organic trade agreement

October 1, 2013
Officials from Japan and the United States have announced the signing of an organic equivalence arrangement between the two countries.  (Read more)

U.S. government shutdown’s effect on food safety, security

October 1, 2013
According to the Des Moines Register, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the government shutdown wouldn’t be as dramatic initially for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) as it would be for other departments.  (Read more)

Barbara Byrd Keenan accepts new position

September 30, 2013
After successfully leading the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) as Executive Vice President for more than 10 years, Barbara Byrd Keenan has accepted the position of CEO of The Endocrine Society in Washington, DC.  (Read more)

U.S. House Republicans pass $40 B in food stamp cuts

September 25, 2013
According to The New York Times, House Republicans narrowly pushed through a bill on Sept. 19 that slashes billions of dollars from the food stamp program, over the objections of Democrats and a veto threat from President Obama.  (Read more)

Smithfield Foods’ shareholders approve acquisition by Shuanghui International

September 25, 2013
Smithfield Foods Inc. has announced that the shareholders of the company voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed strategic combination with Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. (Read more)

Kraft names Rovit EVP, President of Oscar Mayer

September 25, 2013
Kraft Foods Group has announced that Sam Rovit, Executive Vice President of Strategy, has been named Executive Vice President and President of the company’s Oscar Mayer business unit, effective immediately. (Read more)

PureCircle expands investment in Latin America with Mexico facility

September 25, 2013
PureCircle Ltd. has opened PureCircle Mexico. (Read more)

Leatherhead opens new chemistry research laboratory

September 24, 2013
Leatherhead Food Research has opened a new chemistry research laboratory, which has successfully retained its UKAS-accreditation for a range of food testing, including Group 1 and Group 2 nutrition, and a range of ELISA-based assays for allergens and meat speciation. (Read more)

Steviva launches new site for food, beverage developers

September 24, 2013
Steviva Ingredients has launched its new web site, www.stevivaingredients.com, which was designed specifically with food and beverage technologists in mind.  (Read more)

Taura, VIP4VIP team up to distribute fruit pieces

September 24, 2013
Taura Natural Ingredients has teamed up with VIP4VIP, a sales and marketing agency based in the Netherlands, to ramp up distribution of its URC Gourmet Series fruit pieces. (Read more)

Blueberries may help athletes burn fat while sleeping

September 23, 2013
A study published in PLOS ONE shows that blueberries deliver greater polyphenol absorption and fat burning benefits during and after exercise. (Read more)

Carbonation impacts taste perception of artificial sweeteners

September 23, 2013
A study published in Gastroenterology shows that carbonation in soft drinks may alter the brain’s perception of sweetness and make it difficult to distinguish between sugar and artificial sweeteners. (Read more)

Garden Fresh Foods recalls salads, slaws, dips due to possible listeria risk

September 23, 2013
Garden Fresh Foods is initiating an expansion to its voluntary recall on various ready-to-eat salads, slaw, and dip products sold under various brands, including Archer Farms, Market Pantry, and D’Amico. (Read more)

Inventure Foods to acquire Fresh Frozen Foods

September 23, 2013
Inventure Foods Inc., a specialty food marketer and manufacturer, has signed a letter of intent to purchase substantially all of the assets of Fresh Frozen Foods LLC, a branded frozen vegetable processor.  (Read more)

OmniActive Health realigns, moves executive team

September 23, 2013
In an effort to strengthen global presence and focus on targeted growth segments, OmniActive Health Technologies has moved its global sales and marketing headquarters from Mumbai, India, to Morristown, N.J. (Read more)

Next steps on arsenic and rice

September 20, 2013
In early September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the results of testing 1,300 samples of arsenic in rice and rice products and found that the arsenic levels in rice do not present an immediate or short-term health risk.  (Read more)

Nestlé tops leading sustainability indices

September 20, 2013
Nestlé is the leading food products company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the first time with a score of 88%, double the industry average. (Read more)

Consumers demand natural, fresh food

September 18, 2013
DSM has published results of a consumer survey revealing that urban consumers buying pre-prepared foods are seeking fresh, natural flavors and dishes that taste as though they could be home cooked. (Read more)

Key Technology unveils new logo, brand identify

September 18, 2013
Key Technology has announced a new corporate logo and an updated brand identity to reflect the strengths of both Key and Visys, who merged earlier this year, creating a single complete source of high performance digital sorting, conveying, and process automation systems for food processors and other manufacturers. (Read more)

U.S. restaurant traffic increases in Q2 2013

September 18, 2013
U.S. restaurant traffic increased by +1% in the second calendar quarter of 2013 compared to same quarter last year while consumer spending, driven primarily by average check growth, increased by +3%, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Private equity fund acquires ConAgra’s Lightlife brand

September 16, 2013
Brynwood Partners VI L.P. has announced that its newly-formed portfolio company, Lightlife Foods Inc., has acquired Lightlife, one of ConAgra Foods’ smaller brands with product lines that include vegetarian-based burgers, hot dogs, and other meatless frozen and refrigerated items. (Read more)

Post acquires Dakota Growers Pasta

September 16, 2013
Post Holdings Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dakota Growers Pasta Co. Inc. from Viterra Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Glencore Xstrata plc. (Read more)

Consumers demand natural, fresh food

September 16, 2013
DSM has published results of a consumer survey revealing that urban consumers buying pre-prepared foods are seeking fresh, natural flavors and dishes that taste as though they could be home cooked. (Read more)

Cargill elects David MacLennan as CEO

September 13, 2013
Cargill has announced that its board of directors has elected David MacLennan, currently Cargill’s President and Chief Operating Officer, as the corporation’s next CEO effective Dec. 1, 2013, succeeding Gregory R. Page, who will serve as Executive Chairman. (Read more)

More Americans struggle to afford food

September 13, 2013
More Americans are struggling to afford food—nearly as many as did during the recent recession, according to a recent Gallup survey.  (Read more)

Nestlé tops leading sustainability indices

September 13, 2013
Nestlé is the leading food products company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the first time with a score of 88%, double the industry average. (Read more)

Report: Food waste harms climate, water, land

September 13, 2013
The waste of 1.3 billion tons of food per year is not only causing major economic losses but also wreaking harm on the natural resources that humanity relies upon to feed itself, says a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). (Read more)

America’s egg farmers team up with Denny’s to fight childhood hunger

September 10, 2013
America’s Egg Farmers and Denny’s have partnered to help fight childhood hunger in the United States. (Read more)

Didion Milling receives food safety certification

September 10, 2013
Didion Milling has earned a Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000, a comprehensive food safety management system. (Read more)

Biomin announces premix facility opening in Vietnam

September 9, 2013
Biomin, a company focusing on health in animal nutrition, has completed its premix facility in Binh Duong, Vietnam.  (Read more)

California walnut industry expects early crop

September 9, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service California Field Office has released the annual crop estimate for walnuts, predicting the annual yield to be 495,000 short tons. (Read more)

Cascadian Farm debuts cereal box liner made from renewable plant sources

September 9, 2013
Cascadian Farm has introduced its first-ever cereal box liner made from renewable plant sources.  (Read more)

Dairy Farmers of America acquire Dairy Maid Dairy

September 9, 2013
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) has acquired Dairy Maid Dairy, Frederick, Md., which is a family-owned processor of milk, juice, and fruit drinks. (Read more)

Hillshire Brands acquires Golden Island jerky brand

September 4, 2013
The Hillshire Brands Co. has signed an agreement to acquire the maker of Golden Island jerky products, a leader in the gourmet jerky category. (Read more)

India attempts to pass food security bill under economic strain

September 4, 2013
According to The Washington Post, India plans to subsidize wheat, rice, and cereals for approximately 800 million people under a $20 billion system to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.  (Read more)

McDonalds, Burger King stray from advertising guidelines for kids

September 4, 2013
Fast food television commercials aimed at children ages 2–11 did not comply with self-imposed guidelines organized through the Better Business Bureau (BBB) during a one-year study period, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. (Read more)

Pectin, inulin may replace fat in cakes

September 4, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that pectin and inulin are the most efficient fat replacers for the development of low-fat cakes.  (Read more)

Shuanghui secures financing for Smithfield Foods merger; stakeholder threatens deal

September 4, 2013
Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. has entered into a facilities agreement with Bank of China Ltd., Cooperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. (also known as Rabobank International), Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, DBS Bank Ltd., Natixis, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd., and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Ltd., whereby Shuanghui will obtain approximately $4.0 billion in debt financing to fund its pending acquisition of Smithfield Foods.  (Read more)

Mitteness joins iTi Tropicals

September 3, 2013
iTi Tropicals has hired Monica Mitteness as Manager, Supply Chain Quality.  (Read more)

SensoryEffects acquires Quality Ingredients’ creamer business

September 3, 2013
SensoryEffects has acquired the dairy and non-dairy creamer business of Quality Ingredients Corporation (QIC).  (Read more)

Japan posts strong foodservice traffic gain

August 28, 2013
Japan’s economic recovery after a downturn in the last quarter of 2012 has spurred an increase in restaurant visits and spending greater than any other global foodservice market tracked by The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

More U.S. schools making nutritional improvements

August 28, 2013
A new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study shows that school districts nationwide are showing improvements in measures related to nutritional policies and physical education. (Read more)

Multiple genes manage how people taste sweeteners

August 28, 2013
A study published in Chemical Senses shows that genetics may play a role in how people’s taste receptors send signals, leading to a wide spectrum of taste preferences. (Read more)

Mercury levels in Pacific fish likely to rise in coming decades

August 28, 2013
University of Michigan researchers and their University of Hawaii colleagues say they’ve solved the longstanding mystery of how mercury gets into open-ocean fish, and their findings suggest that levels of the toxin in Pacific Ocean fish will likely rise in coming decades. (Read more)

Davidson retires from Kellogg, company reorganizes

August 27, 2013
Kellogg Co. has announced that Brad Davidson, President of Kellogg North America, is electing to retire after three decades of service with the company. (Read more)

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas completes new facility

August 27, 2013
Vanilla and flavor producer Nielsen-Massey has tripled the size of its manufacturing plant in Leeuwarden, Netherlands.  (Read more)

Palsgaard opens emulsifier factory in Malaysia

August 27, 2013
Danish emulsifier specialist Palsgaard has opened its new factory in Malaysia.  (Read more)

Whey and rice protein may be equally effective for exercise recovery

August 27, 2013
Consumption of moderate amounts of animal-derived protein has been shown to differently influence skeletal muscle hypertrophy during resistance training when compared with nitrogenous and isoenergetic amounts of plant-based protein administered in small to moderate doses.  (Read more)

Bell Flavors & Fragrances acquires Iceberg’s flavor division

August 26, 2013
Bell Flavors & Fragrances has secured its newest international subsidiary with the acquisition of Iceberg Industries flavor division in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Read more)

Bursting the bubble on carbonation

August 26, 2013
New research from the Monell Center reveals that bubbles are not necessary to experience the unique “bite” of carbonated beverages. (Read more)

Texas cyclosporiasis cases not connected to Taylor Farms

August 26, 2013
According to an update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary analysis of results from an investigation into a cluster of cyclosporiasis in Texas does not show a connection to Taylor Farms de Mexico.  (Read more)

Unilever invests $152.5 M in spreads facility

August 26, 2013
According to the Kansas City Business Journal, Unilever has announced that it will invest $152.5 million and create 100 jobs at its spreads plant in New Century, Kan.  (Read more)

J. M. Smucker acquires Enray Inc.

August 21, 2013
The J. M. Smucker Co. has completed an acquisition of Enray Inc., a privately-held company headquartered in Livermore, Calif.  (Read more)

DSM introduces sustainability contest

August 21, 2013
DSM recognizes that its commitment to sustainability has played a major role in helping to make it a leading ingredient supplier to food, beverage, and dietary supplement manufacturers. (Read more)

Kansas State Univ. to lead first NSF-established research center for wheat

August 21, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named Kansas State University as its lead institution for the world’s first Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on wheat.  (Read more)

Food trucks replacing quick service restaurant visits

August 20, 2013
Since food trucks appeared on the restaurant scene, their perceivable threat to brick-and-mortar restaurants has been widely debated, and a recent survey conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company, finds that consumers replace a quick service restaurant (QSR) visit with a food truck visit.  (Read more)

Highlander Partners acquires Juice Tyme

August 20, 2013
Highlander Partners L.P., a Dallas, Texas-based private investment firm, has acquired Juice Tyme Inc.  (Read more)

FDA allows natural blue from spirulina as food coloring

August 19, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended the color additive regulations to provide for the safe use of spirulina extract made from the dried biomass of the cyanobacteria Arthrospira platensis, as a color additive in candy and chewing gum.  (Read more)

Mediterranean diet may counteract a genetic risk of stroke

August 19, 2013
A study published in Diabetes Care shows that a gene variant strongly associated with development of type 2 diabetes may interact with a Mediterranean diet pattern to prevent stroke. (Read more)

Nestlé opens €50 million pizza factory in Germany

August 19, 2013
Nestlé has inaugurated a €50 million extension to its Wagner frozen pizza factory in Germany. (Read more)

U.S. obesity rates hold steady but remain high

August 19, 2013
After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013,” a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). (Read more)

Dole CEO to take company private

August 14, 2013
According to Reuters, Dole Food Co. Inc. said it agreed to be taken private by Chairman and CEO David Murdock after he raised his offer to $1.2 billion.  (Read more)

Family education programs may increase produce consumption

August 14, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior shows that public education programs may be able to increase produce consumption and lower sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among Hispanic families.  (Read more)

School lunch, TV time linked with childhood obesity

August 14, 2013
A study published in Pediatrics shows that among middle-school children, the behaviors most often linked with obesity are school lunch consumption and two hours or more of daily TV viewing. (Read more)

Pinnacle Foods acquires Unilever’s Wish-Bone, Western brands

August 14, 2013
Unilever has signed an agreement for the sale of its Wish-Bone and Western dressings brands to Pinnacle Foods Inc. for a total cash consideration of approximately $580 million, subject to regulatory approval. (Read more)

Campbell to sell European business to CVC Capital Partners

August 13, 2013
Campbell Soup Co. is in final and exclusive negotiations for the potential sale of its business in Europe to CVC Capital Partners (CVC), a global private equity firm. (Read more)

Dairy products may play a role in preserving muscle mass

August 13, 2013
A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that older women who consume more dairy may maintain muscle mass that often diminishes with old age.  (Read more)

N.Y. firm recalls veal products due to possible E. coli contamination

August 13, 2013
United Processing LLC, New York Mills, N.Y., is recalling approximately 12,600 lbs of boneless veal products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O145, and E. coli O45 the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced Aug. 9. (Read more)

Survey: 43% of Americans consider nutrition data on menus

August 13, 2013
Even as more U.S. restaurants list nutritional information on their menus, less than half of Americans, 43%, say they pay a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of attention to it, according to Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits survey. (Read more)

Chocolate may improve brain function in elderly

August 12, 2013
A study published in Neurology shows that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help the elderly keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp. (Read more)

Danone acquires YoCrunch

August 12, 2013
Danone has acquired 100% of YoCrunch’s share capital. (Read more)

FDA extends comment period for proposed FSMA rules

August 12, 2013
On Aug. 8, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Federal Register notices to extend the comment periods on the proposed rules for “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food” and “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption” 60 days until Nov. 15, 2013.  (Read more)

TreeHouse Foods acquires Canadian dry grocery manufacturer

August 12, 2013
TreeHouse Foods Inc. has entered into an agreement with TorQuest Partners LLC and other shareholders to acquire Associated Brands GP Corp. (Associated Brands), a private label manufacturer of powdered drinks, specialty teas, and sweeteners.  (Read more)

WILD acquires equity participation in Amazon Flavors

July 31, 2013
On July 29, WILD Flavors GmbH became a shareholder in Amazon Flavors, a manufacturer of natural flavors, extracts, emulsions, and compounds for Brazil’s beverage market. (Read more)

U.S. restaurant count increases slightly over 2012

July 31, 2013
There were only 3,045 more restaurants in the United States in spring 2013 than there were in spring 2012, according to a recent U.S. restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company.  (Read more)

Multistate cyclosporiasis outbreak may be linked to salad mix

July 31, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections. (Read more)

U.S. FDA takes step to help ensure the safety of imported food

July 31, 2013
On July 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two proposed rules as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aimed at helping to ensure that imported food meets the same safety standards as food produced in the United States. (Read more)

Campbell to launch 200+ new products in fiscal 2014

July 30, 2013
Campbell Soup Co. expects to launch more than 200 new products in fiscal 2014 as the company strengthens its core businesses and expands into higher-growth spaces, including new consumer segments, categories, and geographies, President and CEO Denise Morrison and her management team said July 24 at a meeting with investors.  (Read more)

Kalsec names Nykaza President, COO

July 30, 2013
Kalsec has promoted Scott Nykaza from COO to President and COO, effective August 1. (Read more)

N.Y. appeals court upholds decision to block NYC soda ban

July 30, 2013
According to Bloomberg, a ruling blocking New York’s ban on large sodas was upheld by an appeals court, which said the city’s Board of Health failed to act within the bounds of its authority when it approved the plan.  (Read more)

Fast-casual shows no signs of slowing down

July 23, 2013
According to Technomic’s “Top 150 Fast-Casual Chain Restaurant Report,” fast casual makes up just 14% of the total $223 billion limited-service restaurant segment, but its sales continue to outpace other operators. (Read more)

Heightening taste using umami

July 23, 2013
A study published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture examines how taste can be improved through the use of umami instead of salt. (Read more)

Starbucks, Danone to develop exclusive line of yogurt products

July 23, 2013
Starbucks Coffee Co. and Danone have announced a strategic agreement to offer a jointly created and developed selection of new, healthy specialty yogurt products in participating Starbucks stores and in grocery channels. (Read more)

Catch up on stories from IFT13

July 23, 2013
Did you miss a key session at the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo? (Read more)

Cargill introduces supply chain assessment tool

July 22, 2013
As part of its commitment to operating responsible supply chains, Cargill has announced a new assessment tool to help food and beverage customers achieve their growth, cost reduction, and risk mitigation goals by identifying, prioritizing, and quantifying risks and opportunities in its supply chains. (Read more)

Enzyme Development, Fytozimus Biotech to partner

July 22, 2013
Enzyme Development Corp. (EDC), New York, N.Y., has announced a partnership with Fytozimus Biotech, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Read more)

FDA to assess Salmonella risk in tree nuts

July 22, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting comments, scientific data, and other information to use in an assessment of the risk of human salmonellosis associated with the consumption of tree nuts. (Read more)

IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo tops 23,500 registrants

July 17, 2013
The 2013 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in Chicago, Ill., closed on Tuesday, July 16, and it was obvious from the crowds that roamed the McCormick Place Convention Center and the packed Scientific Sessions that the show was one of the biggest and the best in recent years. (Read more)

FDA proposes ‘action level’ for arsenic in apple juice

July 17, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed an “action level” of 10 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in apple juice.  (Read more)

Undernourished and mentally unbalanced

July 17, 2013
During the 2013 IFT Annual Meeting session “Diet, Mental Energy, and Mental Well-Being: A Landscape Overview of the Science and Consumer Perceptions,” speakers suggested that a change in dietary patterns may be more effective than pharmaceuticals to address mental health issues. (Read more)

IFT launches Global Food Traceability Center

July 17, 2013
Today’s global food supply chain has become increasingly complex as companies seek greater efficiencies to feed the world’s growing population.  (Read more)

U.S. House passes Farm Bill but without food stamps

July 17, 2013
According to The New York Times, U.S. republicans muscled a pared-back agriculture bill through the House on July 11, stripping out the food stamp program to satisfy conservatives but losing what little democratic support the bill had when it failed last month. (Read more)

Report: Fruit, veggie consumption falls in U.S., Europe

July 9, 2013
Rabobank has published a new report on the decline in consumption of fruits and vegetables in the United States and Western Europe, despite government efforts to promote healthy diets that include fruit and vegetable consumption. (Read more)

Bock joins C.W. Brabender Instruments

July 8, 2013
C.W. Brabender Instruments Inc. has hired Jayne Bock to the staff of the Brabender Group of companies. (Read more)

Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology unveils new branding

July 8, 2013
The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) has unveiled a new image for the 63-year-old organization. (Read more)

Mühlenchemie, ABP form joint venture in Turkey

July 8, 2013
In order to meet the increasing demands of Turkish bakeries producing bread and pastry goods, Mühlenchemie and its long-standing distribution partner ABP have created a joint venture.  (Read more)

Twinkies return July 15 with longer shelf life

July 8, 2013
According to CNNMoney, when Twinkies hit store shelves again on July 15 they will have almost twice the shelf life the former Twinkies had.  (Read more)

FDA to detain pomegranate seeds from Turkey

July 3, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will detain shipments of pomegranate seeds from Goknur Gida Maddeleri Ithalat Ihracat Tic (Goknur Foodstuffs Import Export Trading) of Turkey when they are offered for import into the United States. (Read more)

U.S. restaurant performance hits 14-month high

July 3, 2013
Buoyed by stronger same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Restaurant Performance Index hit a 14-month high in May.  (Read more)

Barry Callebaut opens second factory in Mexico

July 3, 2013
Barry Callebaut AG, a manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, has opened its expanded chocolate factory located in Toluca, Mexico.  (Read more)

IFT Members receive IAFP awards

July 3, 2013
The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) will present awards recognizing excellence in food safety to the following IFT members at IAFP 2013, July 28–31, in Charlotte, N.C. (Read more)

GEA Refrigeration Technologies opens freezer plant in France

July 3, 2013
GEA Refrigeration Technologies has opened a new Freezer Competence Center in Dijon, France. (Read more)

Dairy market volatility to continue

July 2, 2013
Global weather, supply issues in the feed markets, and strong demand from developing countries will all combine to keep dairy prices volatile for the near future, according to speakers at INTL FCStone’s Dairy Outlook Conference, held in Chicago, Ill., June 20–21. (Read more)

Inactivation of taste genes causes male sterility

July 2, 2013
Scientists from the Monell Center report the finding that two proteins involved in oral taste detection also play a crucial role in sperm development. (Read more)

Nestlé to build $53 M product technology center in Ohio

July 2, 2013
Nestlé S.A. will invest $53 million to establish a new building that will expand the existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio.  (Read more)

Pepperidge Farm to consolidate bakery operations

July 2, 2013
Pepperidge Farm has announced plans to close its bakery in Aiken, S.C., as part of a program to improve the utilization of its manufacturing network. (Read more)

Survey: Cost and motivation remain barriers to healthy eating

July 2, 2013
According to Shopping For Health 2013, the 21st annual study released by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Prevention magazine, shoppers still need help making healthy eating easier, with many citing cost and lack of motivation as common obstacles. (Read more)

FMI Foundation announces food safety auditing scholarship program

July 1, 2013
The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation has initiated a scholarship program aimed at students currently enrolled in food and agricultural science majors who have a vested interest in the field of accredited food safety auditing. (Read more)

High-glycemic index carbs may cause excess hunger

July 1, 2013
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that consuming highly processed carbohydrates may cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings. (Read more)

Main Street Ingredients becomes Agropur Ingredients

July 1, 2013
Agropur Cooperative, a player in the Canadian dairy industry, has announced the rebranding of its La Crosse, Wis.-based Main Street Ingredients to Agropur Ingredients.  (Read more)

USDA introduces ‘Smart Snacks in School’ standards

July 1, 2013
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that under the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) new “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, students will be offered healthier food options during the school day.  (Read more)

DuPont opens Innovation Center in Iowa

June 26, 2013
DuPont has opened its Johnston Innovation Center, the company’s second innovation center in the United States and 12th around the world, focusing on the company’s integrated science capabilities across the food, agriculture, and energy value chains. (Read more)

Food manufacturers, retailers benchmark food waste

June 26, 2013
The food industry has issued its first-ever analysis of food waste data collected directly from food manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers.  (Read more)

Raisins may lower cumulative food intake in children

June 26, 2013
A study published in a supplement of the Journal of Food Science shows that consuming raisins may contribute to lower daily energy intake in children. (Read more)

Restaurant consumers demand fresh ingredients, choice

June 26, 2013
Consumers want fresh ingredients and choice when they visit restaurants, finds new foodservice market research by The NPD Group, a global information company.  (Read more)

TreeHouse Foods acquires Cains Foods for $35 M

June 26, 2013
TreeHouse Foods Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cains Foods L.P., a privately owned Ayer, Mass.-based manufacturer of shelf-stable mayonnaise, dressings, and sauces, with approximately $80 million in annual revenue.  (Read more)

U.S. obesity rate trending up for 2013

June 26, 2013
According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the adult obesity rate in the United States to date in 2013, at 27.1%, is on pace to surpass rates in prior years. (Read more)

Health Benefits of Raisins

June 25, 2013
In a special supplement of the Journal of Food Science, several studies review the latest research on the health benefits of raisins.  (Read more)

BRF opens research center in Sao Paulo

June 21, 2013
BRF, an exporter of poultry meats and processor of dairy products, has opened its Innovation Center in Jundiai, Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Read more)

AMA announces policy changes on sugary drinks, obesity classification, and energy drinks

June 21, 2013
During the American Medical Association’s (AMA) annual meeting in Chicago, Ill., June 15–19, the nation’s largest physician organization passed policies concerning sugary drinks, obesity classification, and energy drinks. (Read more)

Taxing unhealthy food may motivate people to buy less

June 21, 2013
According to Health Behavior News Service, part of the Center for Advancing Health, a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that taxing unhealthy foods and beverages and labeling them as less healthy may motivate some to buy healthier items. (Read more)

U.K. gives green light to nutrition labeling system

June 21, 2013
The U.K. Dept. of Health has finalized the front-of-pack nutrition label, which aims to make it easier for people to make healthier choices about the food they eat. (Read more)

U.S. House rejects farm bill

June 21, 2013
According to the Washington Post, the U.S. House rejected the five-year, $940 billion farm bill on June 20. (Read more)

Starbucks debuts caloric menu board labeling nationwide

June 18, 2013
Starbucks Coffee Co. has announced it will include calorie information on menu boards at all company-operated and licensed U.S. Starbucks stores beginning June 25.  (Read more)

Can BPA raise obesity risk in young girls?

June 17, 2013
A study published in PLOS ONE shows that high BPA levels may increase the prevalence for obesity in young girls. (Read more)

Mondelez expands cookie plant in China

June 17, 2013
Kraft Foods (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., part of the Mondelez International family of companies, has broken ground on the expansion of its cookie plant in Suzhou, China.  (Read more)

Nestlé top scientist retires, company appoints Catsicas

June 17, 2013
Werner Bauer, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Nestlé S.A. will retire on August 31, 2013, after a distinguished career of 23 years with Nestlé. (Read more)

Nominate: Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application

June 17, 2013
The $10,000 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application, endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation, recognizes exceptional, science-based achievement in international agriculture and food production by an individual under 40 who has clearly demonstrated intellectual courage, stamina, and determination in the fight to eliminate global hunger and poverty. (Read more)

Fruity flavors favored in new yogurt formulations

June 14, 2013
Fruit flavors dominate the yogurt market. They are featured in over two-thirds of global launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in the 12 months ending March 2013, rising to three-quarters of the U.S. total and nearly 70% in Latin America.  (Read more)

Krill powder may lower cholesterol in obese men

June 14, 2013
A study published in Lipids in Health and Disease shows that krill oil powder may lower high triglycerides in obese men.  (Read more)

Proposed bill would boost access to healthy food

June 14, 2013
U.S. Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-Pa.) has introduced legislation to support a national Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a market-based approach to bring jobs and investment to underserved communities where healthy food options are scarce or unaffordable. (Read more)

Soda ban may positively impact young and obese

June 14, 2013
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that regulations capping soda size may have the biggest impact on overweight kids and young adults.  (Read more)

Cargill extends range of certified sustainable cocoa products in North America

June 11, 2013
Cargill is increasing the range and availability of its certified sustainable cocoa and chocolate products for customers in North America. (Read more)

Polydextrose fiber may increase satiety

June 11, 2013
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that polydextrose may increase satiety and reduce subsequent energy intake. (Read more)

Sathe receives Florida State University’s highest honor

June 11, 2013
Florida State University has named Shridhar K. Sathe, a food scientist in the University’s College of Human Sciences, the 2013–2014 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor, the highest honor the university faculty bestows on one of its own.  (Read more)

Americans say lack of willpower preventing them from healthy behavior

June 10, 2013
The vast majority of Americans believe it’s possible to have a great deal of control over their level of physical activity, the healthfulness of their diet, and their weight, yet far fewer are actually taking that control. (Read more)

Nielsen announces 2013 Breakthrough Innovation Winners

June 10, 2013
Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has announced the 14 Breakthrough Innovation Winners for 2013.  (Read more)

USDA proposes new labeling rules for tenderized beef

June 10, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing new requirements for labeling beef products that have been mechanically tenderized, including adding new cooking instructions, so that consumers can safely enjoy these products. (Read more)

World Cocoa Foundation, Nigerian government forge new partnership

June 10, 2013
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have announced $1.2 million in new funding to provide assistance to 70,000 cocoa farming households in at least 10 Nigerian states by 2015. (Read more)

Consumers make healthy choices at restaurants by cutting out or down

June 7, 2013
Consumers’ first line of defense in healthy consumption when they eat out is cutting an item out or cutting down on an order, which is not the best news for foodservice operators, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Farmed salmon may raise blood levels of omega-3s

June 7, 2013
A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics shows that people who eat farm-raised salmon may be able to increase their intake of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids to levels that may help reduce their risk of heart disease. (Read more)

USDA data finds nutritional improvement in cereal

June 7, 2013
A study published in Procedia Food Science shows that the amount of fiber in breakfast cereal from two major manufacturers, The Kellogg Co. and General Mills, Inc., increased 32% in the United States between 2005 and 2011, while the amounts of sugar and sodium decreased 10% and 14%, respectively. (Read more)

Townsend Farms’ antioxidant blend linked to hepatitis A outbreak

June 5, 2013
On June 4, Townsend Farms Inc., Fairview, Ore., announced that it is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend, because it has the potential to be contaminated with hepatitis A virus, based on an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) of an illness outbreak. (Read more)

Cargill opens $40 M chicken processing facility in Russia

June 5, 2013
Cargill has opened a chicken processing facility at its complex in Efremov, Russia.  (Read more)

CDC report: Listeria causes death in 20% of cases

June 5, 2013
A study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report summarizes data on 2009–2011 listeriosis cases and outbreaks reported to U.S. surveillance systems.  (Read more)

USDA, EPA launch U.S. Food Waste Challenge; industry joins

June 5, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge, calling on others across the food chain—including producer groups, processors, manufacturers, retailers, communities, and other government agencies—to join the effort to reduce, recover, and recycle food waste.  (Read more)

David Michael, Rutgers University partner to gain insight on gluten free

June 4, 2013
David Michael & Co., a global provider of flavors, stabilizers, and natural flavors, will be joining Rutgers University Food Innovation Center in a collaborative effort to collect fresh insights from consumers on the gluten-free category. (Read more)

PepsiCo, Theo Muller open yogurt manufacturing facility

June 4, 2013
Muller Quaker Dairy, a joint venture between PepsiCo Inc. and Theo Muller Group, has opened its new yogurt manufacturing facility in Batavia, N.Y.  (Read more)

Health Canada approves partially hydrolyzed guar gum as a dietary fiber source

June 4, 2013
Health Canada has approved partially hydrolyzed guar gum for use as a dietary fiber source.  (Read more)

Sustainable winery opens at Univ. of California, Davis

June 4, 2013
The University of California, Davis, has opened the $4 million Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building. (Read more)

Suntava, Minsa partner to produce masa flour

June 4, 2013
Suntava Inc., developer of Suntava Purple Corn, has announced a partnership with masa flour pioneer Minsa Corp. (Read more)

Microwave technology reduces pathogens

June 3, 2013
In 2008, Texas Tech University formed MicroZap, a technology company to commercialize the microwave technology the university had developed to purify food and water. While the technology is just now picking up speed with manufacturers, the development of the technology actually began almost nine years ago when the University was approached by a group of scientists in Italy. (Read more)

HHS, USDA appoint the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

June 3, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack have announced the appointment of 15 nationally recognized experts to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.  (Read more)

Nestlé breaks ground on €220 M factory in Germany

June 3, 2013
Nestlé has begun construction work on a new factory that represents the company’s largest-ever investment in Germany—a €220 million Nescafé Dolce Gusto site in Schwerin in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. (Read more)

U.S. restaurant performance index hits 10-month high

June 3, 2013
Driven by higher same-store sales and an improving outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) hit a 10-month high in April. (Read more)

Last day to save $150 on IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo registration

May 31, 2013
Attend the 2013 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo and join 20,000 other food professionals representing top companies in the industry for practical learning sessions, insider insights into the most recent product, ingredient, and technology developments, and perspective on trends that will shape the industry. (Read more)

Japan suspends U.S. wheat imports due to bioengineered crops

May 31, 2013
According to Bloomberg, Japan has suspended imports of western-white wheat and feed wheat from the United States after the discovery in an Oregon field of gene-altered crops developed by Monsanto Co. that never won approval for consumption. (Read more)

Nestlé opens lab to study harmful pathogens in food

May 31, 2013
Nestlé has opened an advanced laboratory to study foodborne pathogens that are harmful to human health. (Read more)

Food manufacturers cut 1.5 trillion calories since 2007

May 31, 2013
The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) has announced that participating food and beverage companies have exceeded their goal of reducing 1.5 trillion calories in the marketplace in the United States.  (Read more)

Dark chocolate makes gains on milk chocolate

May 30, 2013
There’s no contest when it comes to the preference of chocolate ... milk chocolate rules the confectionery battleground. However, dark chocolate just might be creeping up in popularity.  (Read more)

First public meetings to be held for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines

May 30, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) are holding a public meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on June 13, 2013, from 8:30–11:30 a.m. and June 14, 2013, from 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m. in Bethesda, Md.  (Read more)

Probiotics may alter brain function

May 30, 2013
A study published in Gastroenterology shows that probiotics in food may alter brain function in humans.  (Read more)

Taylor Farms wins DuPont’s Food Quality Award

May 30, 2013
DuPont Nutrition & Health hosted the 12th annual Food Quality Award reception and ceremony, honoring Taylor Farms of Salinas, Calif., for its commitment to food safety and quality.  (Read more)

Senate rejects farm bill’s GMO labeling amendment

May 29, 2013
According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. (Read more)

Canned, fresh peaches nutritionally comparable

May 29, 2013
Many consumers believe that canned fruit and veggies are not as nutritious as their freshly-picked counterparts. (Read more)

Campbell acquires Plum Organics

May 29, 2013
Campbell Soup Co. has entered into an agreement to acquire Plum Organics, a provider of premium, organic foods and snacks that serve the nutritional needs of babies, toddlers, and children. (Read more)

Leatherhead opens facility for pathogen challenge testing

May 28, 2013
Leatherhead’s has opened its new Pathogen Pilot Plant, otherwise known as DirtyLab. (Read more)

Acacia Special Chemicals to distribute David Michael’s products in Africa

May 28, 2013
David Michael & Co., a global manufacturer of flavors, natural colors, and stabilizers, has signed a distribution agreement with Acacia Special Chemicals. (Read more)

Secretary of State Kerry to host 2013 World Food Prize Laureate announcement

May 28, 2013
The World Food Prize will announce the name of the 2013 Laureate in a ceremony on June 17, at the U.S. State Dept. in Washington D.C. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver keynote remarks. (Read more)

USDA issues final rule to amend COOL provisions; industry pushes back

May 28, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a final rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut commodities covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) program. (Read more)

Why are veggies good for us? Using a nutrigenomics approach

May 24, 2013
Eating vegetables is healthy, as has been shown in large-scale epidemiological research. How, and to what degree, vegetable consumption can help prevent conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, is, however, still under discussion.  (Read more)

African mango extract may have weight loss, cholesterol lowering benefits

May 24, 2013
A study published in Lipids in Health and Disease shows that the extract of the seeds of the West African fruit Irvingia gabonensis (also known as African mango) may help in weight control, cholesterol, and leptin levels in overweight patients. (Read more)

Del Monte, Natural Balance Pet Foods merge

May 24, 2013
Del Monte Foods and Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc. have signed a merger agreement.  (Read more)

Fish oil supplements may help reduce diabetes risk

May 24, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) shows that consuming fish oil supplements may lower the risk for diabetes and heart disease.  (Read more)

Phthalates may cause high blood pressure in children

May 24, 2013
A study published in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that dietary exposure to DEHP (di-2-ethyhexylphthalate), a common class of phthalate widely used in industrial food production, may cause elevated systolic blood pressure in children. (Read more)

Danone, Mengniu form joint venture to develop dairy products in China

May 22, 2013
COFCO, the state-owned largest food company in China, has signed an agreement with Danone, pursuant to which the two parties will form a joint venture. (Read more)

Pepperidge Farm, Campbell’s win DuPont Packaging Award

May 22, 2013
DuPont has announced its 2013 Packaging Award winners, naming U.K.-based design firm pi global the top winner for its AidPod, which delivers life-saving medicine to remote sub-Saharan villages. (Read more)

Menu labeling may have a small impact on calorie intake for women

May 22, 2013
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that menu labeling has made more people aware of how many calories are in restaurant meals and has reduced calorie intake for women. (Read more)

African American students may drink more soda if sold at school

May 22, 2013
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that African American students may be the only ones who consume more soda when it’s available in schools.  (Read more)

U.S. House Agriculture Committee approves farm bill

May 20, 2013
According to The New York Times, on May 15 the U.S. House Agriculture Committee voted to approve a $940 billion farm bill, a day after the Senate passed its version, setting the stage for Congress to finally begin work on a new five-year bill. (Read more)

BMI linked to fast food restaurant proximity

May 20, 2013
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that African American adults living closer to a fast food restaurant may have higher body mass index (BMI) than those who lived further away. (Read more)

Bosch expands VFFS test facility in Wisconsin

May 20, 2013
Bosch Packaging Technology has completed the expansion of its vertical form fill seal (VFFS) test facility in New Richmond, Wis. (Read more)

Citicoline may slow progression of glaucoma

May 20, 2013
A study published in Ophthalmologica shows that consuming citicoline as a supplement may slow the progression of visual acuity loss due to glaucoma. (Read more)

Nestlé invests $29+ million to strengthen supply chain in Russia

May 17, 2013
Nestlé is investing more than CHF 29 million ($29.8 million) in new distribution facilities in Russia to meet growing demand for its products in the country. (Read more)

Dairy supply chain launches guide for sustainability reporting

May 17, 2013
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy—established under the leadership of America’s dairy producers—has announced two new resources to advance the industry’s ability to track, improve, and communicate sustainability performance and progress across the supply chain. (Read more)

Omega Ingredients to distribute Italian essential oils to the U.K.

May 17, 2013
Omega Ingredients, the creator of natural flavors, ingredients, and aromas, has announced a new partnership with Misitano & Stracuzzi to explore new business opportunities to distribute their Italian citrus essential oils in the United Kingdom. (Read more)

Wind Point to merge Hearthside Food, Ryt-way Industries

May 17, 2013
Wind Point Partners, a Chicago, Ill.-based private equity firm, has announced plans to merge two of its portfolio companies—Hearthside Food Solutions and Ryt-way Industries. (Read more)

Flagship Food acquires U.K.-based Atlantic Foods

May 15, 2013
Flagship Food Group has agreed to terms to acquire Atlantic Foods Group Ltd. (Read more)

Mocon reorganizes to support global business

May 15, 2013
Mocon Inc., a manufacturer of package integrity instrumentation, has created four global business units to better support its international footprint. (Read more)

Students complete TIC Gums’ ice cream class

May 15, 2013
Fourteen high school juniors from Harford County, Md., completed their fifth and final week of classes at the “Ice Cream University” May 11, at TIC Gums Inc. Texture Innovation Center in White Marsh, Md. (Read more)

GCI Nutrients partners with Aloha Medicinals

May 15, 2013
GCI Nutrients USA, a worldwide ingredient supplier based in Foster City, Calif., has announced its new strategic partnership with Aloha Medicinals Inc. (AMI), a manufacturer of mushroom products based in Carson City, Nev. (Read more)

American Egg Board offers academia, industry instructional materials

May 14, 2013
The American Egg Board (AEB) is offering academic institutions and food science professionals the latest version of its instructional Egg Science & Technology Lesson Plan, Volume 2.  (Read more)

Wrigley stops production & sales of caffeinated gum

May 14, 2013
According to a letter from Wrigley North America President Casey Keller, the company has decided to suspend the production, sales, and marketing of its newly launched Alert Energy Caffeine Gum. (Read more)

Packaged food diets may spur more weight loss

May 14, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Obesity shows that people who eat a diet of portion-controlled packaged foods may lose more weight than those who only get nutritional advice. (Read more)

USDA awards grants to study climate effects on beef, cattle

May 14, 2013
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $19.5 million to support research, education, and extension activities associated with climate solutions in agriculture aimed at the impacts of climate variability and change on dairy and beef cattle.  (Read more)

FDA may reexamine food additive rules

May 13, 2013
According to Reuters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is under pressure to reexamine its rules for the safety of additives. (Read more)

McKee Foods updates Little Debbie logo

May 13, 2013
McKee Foods, the makers of Little Debbie Snacks, has given the Little Debbie logo a makeover.  (Read more)

Short-term food deprivation may lead to high-calorie choices

May 13, 2013
A research letter by Brian Wansink and Aner Tal, of Cornell University, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests that hungry grocery shoppers tend to buy higher-calorie products.  (Read more)

Women remain the primary household shoppers

May 13, 2013
For retailers and manufacturers, it has become increasingly complicated to pinpoint who are today’s primary shoppers. (Read more)

Deals don’t influence loyal restaurant consumers

May 3, 2013
More than 40% of consumers say they are loyal to their favorite restaurants and will go there whether or not the establishment has a promotion, reports The NPD Group, a market research company. (Read more)

Dean Foods spins off WhiteWave Foods

May 3, 2013
Dean Foods Co.’s board of directors has approved the distribution of a portion of its remaining equity interest in The WhiteWave Foods Co. to Dean Foods stockholders and has determined the approximate distribution ratios, record date, and distribution date for the spin-off. (Read more)

Stevia product launches surge in Europe

May 3, 2013
Following the European Union approval of stevia in food and drink applications, there has been a surge of new product innovations in the EU to capitalize on consumer demand. (Read more)

The amount of vitamin D needed for babies

May 3, 2013
It is important that babies get enough vitamin D during the first 12 months of their lives when their bones are growing rapidly. (Read more)

Top five healthy-aging related claims

May 2, 2013
Innova Market Insights has identified the top five health claims for functional foods and drinks marketed to older consumers. (Read more)

B&D Nutritional Ingredients celebrates 20 years

May 2, 2013
B&D Nutritional Ingredients Inc., well known for marketing and selling products from global manufacturers, announces that it is celebrating its 20th anniversary in business. (Read more)

Pearson Candy acquires Bit-O-Honey from Nestlé

May 2, 2013
Brynwood Partners VI L.P. has announced that its portfolio company, Pearson Candy Co., has acquired the Bit-O-Honey confectionery brand from Nestlé USA Inc. (Read more)

Weber receives WFFC Lifetime Achievement Award

May 1, 2013
The Women in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce (WFFC) has awarded Florence Weber with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. (Read more)

Auburn University Food Systems Initiative achieves institute status

May 1, 2013
An Auburn University initiative established in 2011 to promote interdisciplinary research recently reached a landmark by becoming an institute. (Read more)

U.S. Dairy unveils sustainability research, tool

May 1, 2013
The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced new science-based resources available for dairy producers, processors, industry partners, and stakeholders. (Read more)

Hershey announces leadership changes

May 1, 2013
The Hershey Co. has announced several changes to its global leadership team, effective May 13.  (Read more)

Nestlé to build new Nespresso production center in Switzerland

April 29, 2013
Nestlé Nespresso SA has begun construction of its third production center in Romont, Switzerland. (Read more)

U.S. Congress considers GMO labeling bill

April 29, 2013
According to the Huffington Post, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced bills to the Senate and House of Representatives on April 24 that would require food manufacturers to clearly label any product containing genetically engineered ingredients. (Read more)

Mushrooms may provide as much vitamin D as supplements

April 29, 2013
A study published in Dermato-Endocrinology shows that eating mushrooms containing vitamin D2 may be as effective at increasing and maintaining vitamin D levels (25–hydroxyvitamin D) as taking supplemental vitamin D2 or vitamin D3.  (Read more)

Unemployment leads to fewer restaurant visits by U.S. Hispanics

April 29, 2013
While total restaurant visits increased by 1% in 2012 compared to prior year, visits by U.S. Hispanics declined by 1%, a loss of 86 million visits, reports The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Clif Bar names Cleary CEO

April 26, 2013
Clif Bar & Co., a maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks, has announced that Kevin Cleary, President and COO, has been promoted to CEO. (Read more)

Diners’ attitudes, behaviors don’t align

April 26, 2013
The latest research from The NPD Group shows specific food or beverage ingredients do not significantly influence consumer choices of restaurant and menu items although consumers express the desire for more nutritional information. (Read more)

Hostess Brands reopening plants

April 26, 2013
According to ABC News, the bankrupt assets of Hostess Brands Inc., the company responsible for Twinkies, Ho Ho’s, Sno Balls, and Ding Dongs, are being put back to work by a buyout firm.  (Read more)

Symrise opens new research center in Holzminden

April 26, 2013
Symrise has moved into its new research center at its headquarters in Holzminden, Germany.  (Read more)

FDA cautions against EWG antibiotic-resistant bacteria findings

April 24, 2013
An analysis of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found high percentages of supermarket meat containing antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  (Read more)

DSM savory production sites receive food safety certification

April 24, 2013
DSM Food Specialties’ savory production sites in the Netherlands and China have been awarded the FSSC 22000 food safety certification. (Read more)

JBS USA opens Arizona ground beef facility

April 24, 2013
JBS USA, an animal protein processor in the United States, Canada, and Australia and a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS S.A., has announced the opening of a ground beef production facility at the JBS beef processing plant in Tolleson, Ariz. (Read more)

Eggs may increase good cholesterol, provide satiating effect

April 24, 2013
Studies presented at Experimental Biology (EB) 2013 looked specifically at the role of whole egg consumption in high-risk groups, including those with metabolic syndrome and heart disease, as well as the satiating effects of high-protein breakfast consumption for overweight adolescents. (Read more)

Key ingredient in mass extinctions could boost food production

April 23, 2013
Hydrogen sulfide, the pungent stuff often referred to as sewer gas, is a deadly substance implicated in several mass extinctions. (Read more)

Campylobacter, vibro incidents rose significantly in 2012

April 23, 2013
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) report, which shows that 2012 rates of infections from two germs spread commonly through food have increased significantly when compared to a baseline period of 2006–2008, while rates of most others have not changed during the same period. (Read more)

Feeding a family will cost $4 more per week in 2013

April 23, 2013
Feeding a family of four at home will cost about $4 more each week this year than in 2012, according to The Food Institute. (Read more)

‘Seeing’ the flavor of foods

April 23, 2013
A study presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society shows the eyes beat out the tongue, nose, and brain in the emotional and biochemical balloting that determines the taste and allure of food. (Read more)

U.S. drought falls below 50% for first time in 10 months

April 23, 2013
The area of the contiguous United States in moderate drought or worse fell below 50% for the first time since June 19, 2012, according to the latest edition of the U.S. Drought Monitor released April 18. (Read more)

Bird flu in China spreads

April 22, 2013
According to Reuters, China is investigating a new strain of bird flu that has killed 20 people. Authorities have slaughtered thousands of birds and closed some live poultry markets to slow the rate of human infection. (Read more)

Chick-fil-A debuts better-for-you options; adds calorie counts

April 22, 2013
Chick-fil-A’s is developing and adding healthier items to its menu. (Read more)

Hershey to add front-of-pack nutrition labeling

April 22, 2013
The Hershey Co. has announced plans to provide front-of-pack nutrition information on its products.  (Read more)

Report: Top performing U.S. CPG companies

April 22, 2013
A study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has identified the top-performing companies in the U.S. consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.  (Read more)

EU tests find horse meat in less than 5% of beef products

April 17, 2013
In the wake of the horse meat scandal in Europe, last month the European Commission began testing thousands of products and has now revealed that less than 5% of the products had horse DNA.  (Read more)

Hershey’s recognized for its corporate responsibility

April 17, 2013
The Hershey Co. has been recognized for the first time as one of America’s best Corporate Citizens in Corporate Responsibility magazine. (Read more)

Nestlé USA launches ‘Balance Your Plate’ education campaign

April 17, 2013
Nestlé USA has unveiled its new “Balance Your Plate with Nestlé” education campaign to help consumers build nutritious, convenient meals. (Read more)

Restricting soda size may increase consumption

April 17, 2013
A study published in PLOS ONE shows that restriction of larger-size sodas, which encourages conversion into bundles of smaller-sized sodas, may increase soda consumption. (Read more)

Southerners may not be the most obese in the U.S.

April 17, 2013
It goes against popular belief, but a recent study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) shows that the southern region of the United States is not the fattest part of the country. (Read more)

Louisiana firm recalls cooked meat, poultry, deli products

April 16, 2013
Manda Packing Co., Baker, La., is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 lbs of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef, and pastrami due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced April 12. (Read more)

Egg white protein may lower blood pressure

April 16, 2013
A study presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society shows that a component of egg whites may have a beneficial effect in reducing blood pressure.  (Read more)

Trinity Frozen Foods to open new processing plant

April 16, 2013
Trinity Frozen Foods LLC has announced plans to develop a 150,000-sq-ft processing facility in Robeson County, N.C. (Read more)

Potentially high lead levels found in imported rice

April 16, 2013
A study presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society shows that rice imported from certain countries may contain high levels of lead that could pose health risks, particularly for infants and children. (Read more)

Dow AgroSciences opens new R&D facility

April 16, 2013
Dow AgroSciences has opened a new 175,000-sq-ft R&D facility at Dow AgroSciences’ Global Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. (Read more)

Dutch authorities recall beef for possible horse meat

April 15, 2013
According to the Financial Times, Dutch authorities have ordered the recall of up to 50,000 tons of beef sold by two wholesalers to retailers across Europe because they suspect that it is contaminated with horse meat. (Read more)

Global food prices continue to rise

April 15, 2013
Continuing a decade-long increase, global food prices rose 2.7% in 2012, reaching levels not seen since the 1960s and 1970s but still well below the price spike of 1974. (Read more)

Heinz names Bernardo Hees CEO

April 15, 2013
3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway have announced that Bernardo Hees will become Chief Executive Officer of H.J. Heinz Co. upon completion of the previously announced acquisition of Heinz by an investment consortium comprised of Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital.  (Read more)

Smithfield Foods named to index to socially responsible companies

April 15, 2013
The FTSE Group, a global index company, has once again named Smithfield Foods Inc. to its prestigious FTSE4Good Index Series for companies demonstrating globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. (Read more)

Obesity in early adulthood may lead to kidney disease later in life

April 11, 2013
A study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology shows that being overweight starting in young adulthood may significantly increase individuals’ risks of developing kidney disease by the time they become seniors.  (Read more)

Morgan joins Univ. of Tennessee as food science dept. head

April 11, 2013
The University of Tennessee has named Mark T. Morgan as Dept. Head of Food Science and Technology, as of June 1.  (Read more)

ALDI launches ‘gourmet’ private label brand

April 11, 2013
ALDI, a low price grocery leader, has launched a new premium brand—Specially Selected. (Read more)

Restaurant visits with kids remained flat in 2012

April 11, 2013
For the first time in four years, adult-only restaurant visits increased in 2012, but visits that included children remained flat for the second consecutive year, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Carnitine compound may increase risk for heart disease

April 11, 2013
A study published in Nature Medicine claims that carnitine, a compound abundant in red meat, sold as a dietary supplement, and present in some energy drinks, may increase the risk of heart disease. (Read more)

Hostess receives approval for sale of final major brands

April 10, 2013
According to the Associated Press, Hostess Brands Inc. won approval April 9 to sell off the last of its major cake and bread brands, bringing the total proceeds from its liquidation to about $860 million. (Read more)

Reducing food waste: A key element in feeding billions more people

April 10, 2013
John Floros, former IFT President and Dean of Agriculture & Director of KSRE at Kansas State University, shared insight in how to reduce food loss in the keynote talk at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.  (Read more)

Strict school lunch standards may improve obesity rates

April 10, 2013
A study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that strict school lunch standards that are similar to new regulations from the U.S. government may be tied to healthier body weights among students. (Read more)

Tyson Foods joins Alliance to improve nutrition in schools

April 10, 2013
Tyson Foods Inc., a supplier of meat and poultry to schools, is teaming up with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in the fight against childhood obesity. (Read more)

Wisconsin bill would limit use of food stamps

April 10, 2013
According to the Associated Press, Wisconsin legislation introduced last month by Rep. Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) would reduce the amount of food stamps allowed to be spent on “junk” food. (Read more)

Rich Products expands recall due to possible E. coli contamination

April 8, 2013
Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, N.Y., is expanding its recall of various heat-treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items to more than 10.5 million lbs because they may be contaminated with E. coli O121, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced April 4. (Read more)

tna opens manufacturing hub in Birmingham, U.K.

April 8, 2013
tna, a packaging solutions specialist, has opened a new European manufacturing hub in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Read more)

Avure Technologies to open HPP facility in Ohio

April 8, 2013
Avure Technologies Food Division will open a new site in Middletown, Ohio, for manufacturing, engineering, procurement, and customer service operations. (Read more)

Report: U.S. lacks funding to improve public health

April 8, 2013
The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released a new report examining public health funding and key health facts in states in the U.S. (Read more)

Indian Harvest acquires Olympia Granola

April 8, 2013
Harvest Granola LLC, a fully-owned subsidiary of Indian Harvest Specialtifoods, has announced the purchase of Olympia Granola of North Branch, Minn. (Read more)

Briess acquires Wyoming barley elevator, seed plant

April 5, 2013
Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. has acquired a barley storage and processing facility in Ralston, Wyo., and a seed plant in Powell, Wyo., from Riverland Ag Corp. (Read more)

Post Holdings to close California cereal plant

April 5, 2013
Post Holdings Inc., a manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of branded ready-to-eat cereals, has announced that after discussions with the union representing hourly employees at the Modesto, Calif. plant, the company’s management has made a decision to close the plant. (Read more)

FDA extends comment period for IFT traceability report

April 3, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is extending the deadline for comments on a 300-page traceability report created by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) for another 90 days to July 3.  (Read more)

Citicoline may improve memory in the elderly

April 3, 2013
A study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging shows that citicoline, a nutrient found in every cell of the human body, may improve mild vascular cognitive impairment in elderly people who experience everyday lapses in memory. (Read more)

Walnut consumption may reduce diabetes risk

April 3, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition shows that eating walnuts two or three times a week may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost a quarter. (Read more)

U.S. amps up horse-meat testing

April 3, 2013
According to The Wall Street Journal, Europe’s horse-meat scandal is prompting the United States to increase the “species” testing it does on imports to detect any traces of equine contamination in products labeled as beef, pork, or other meat. (Read more)

Pinnacle Foods announces IPO pricing

April 1, 2013
Pinnacle Foods Inc., a manufacturer, marketer, and distributor of food products, has announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 29,000,000 shares of its common stock at $20 per share. (Read more)

Consumers confused about sources of sodium

April 1, 2013
While almost six in 10 Americans (58%) say they watch their sodium intake, new research from Mintel on consumer attitudes toward sodium reveals that there may be some confusion on where their sodium is actually coming from. (Read more)

Restaurant traffic levels slowed in February

April 1, 2013
Due in large part to softer same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) slipped below 100 in February. (Read more)

E. coli outbreak sickens 24 in U.S.

April 1, 2013
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) infections that may be linked to Farm Rich brand frozen food products.  (Read more)

Soy may be linked to better survival odds for women with lung cancer

April 1, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that soy intake may have a favorable effect on lung cancer survival in women. (Read more)

VIDEO: Engaging the industry to reduce childhood obesity

March 27, 2013
Most Americans eat too much and exercise too little, which has translated into a national obesity epidemic with serious public health ramifications and a broad array of challenges for the food and beverage industry.  (Read more)

Corn Refiners Association hires John Bode as President

March 26, 2013
The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) has announced John W. Bode as its new President and CEO, starting May 6. (Read more)

Deals no longer drive U.S. restaurant traffic

March 26, 2013
With restaurant visits on a deal or discount down last year, it appears that restaurant customers may perceive the price of deals offered over a length of time as regular pricing, according to The NPD Group, a global information company.  (Read more)

Canola oils may reduce belly fat in adults

March 26, 2013
A study presented at the American Heart Association’s EPI/NPAM 2013 Scientific Sessions shows that canola and high-oleic canola oils may lower abdominal fat when used in place of other selected oil blends in a heart-healthy diet for weight maintenance. (Read more)

FMC Corp. to open $100 M manufacturing facility in Thailand

March 26, 2013
FMC Corp. has broken ground on its new microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) manufacturing facility in Rayong, Thailand. (Read more)

U.S. Congress votes on funding to avoid meat inspector furloughs

March 26, 2013
According to Reuters, the U.S. Congress approved $55 million on March 21 to prevent the furlough of all U.S. meat inspectors this summer, a step that could have driven up meat prices and created spot shortages in grocery stores and restaurants. (Read more)

Biothera names new China distributor

March 25, 2013
Biothera and its Hong Kong-based master distributor Maxland Enterprises have named Shanghai Toong Yeuan Food Technology Co. Ltd. as the China distributor of Biothera’s immune health ingredients for foods, beverages, and supplements. (Read more)

Chimpanzees eat smart when it comes to mealtime

March 25, 2013
Chimpanzees watch what they eat and when, which may show that these primates are giving some thought to the quality of their food, according to Purdue University research.  (Read more)

Easter drives consumer candy, snack purchases

March 25, 2013
When the Easter bunny comes hopping down the bunny trail he will be carrying baskets that are personalized for each recipient instead of pre-filled, reports The NPD Group, a global information company.  (Read more)

Olive oil may increase satiety

March 25, 2013
A study conducted by researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) shows that “natural” oils—especially olive oil—and fats may regulate the sensation of feeling full after eating. (Read more)

Canada, France renew food safety partnership

March 20, 2013
Health Canada and France’s Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health, and Safety (ANSES) signed a new framework cooperation agreement on Jan. 15, 2013.  (Read more)

IFT announces results of 2013 Leadership Election

March 20, 2013
The 2013 IFT Leadership Election came to an official close at 5:00 p.m. Central time on March 15. Congratulations to the following individuals who will take office on September 1, 2013. (Read more)

Irish company kept horsemeat secret

March 20, 2013
According to the Financial Times, an Irish meat plant uncovered several cases of contamination of its beef supplies with horse meat from June 2012 but kept it secret until February 2013. (Read more)

Heartland Flax receives BRC certification

March 20, 2013
Heartland Flax has received BRC certification as GFSI Compliant with an “A” grade.  (Read more)

Coffee, green tea may reduce stroke risk

March 19, 2013
A study published in Stroke shows that green tea and coffee may help lower the risk of having a stroke.  (Read more)

Labuza wins 2013 Harold Macy Award

March 19, 2013
The Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Minnesota Section has named Theodore P. Labuza the winner of the 2013 Harold Macy Food Science & Technology Award. (Read more)

U.S. Congresswoman re-introduces bill to cut antibiotic use in livestock

March 19, 2013
The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, a U.S. bill first introduced in 2007 to limit the nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics in food animals, has been relaunched by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.). (Read more)

U.S. craft brewing volume rose 15% in 2012

March 19, 2013
The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American brewers, has released 2012 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. (Read more)

WTI appoints Saini as Product Development Manager

March 19, 2013
WTI Inc. has appointed Jasdeep K. Saini to the position of New Product Development Manager.  (Read more)

Younger Americans, children remain key for the ethnic food market

March 18, 2013
Young Americans and those with children like to spice things up in the kitchen, according to new research from Mintel on the ethnic foods market. (Read more)

U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan steps down

March 18, 2013
According to the Obama Foodorama blog, U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced on March 14 that she is resigning from her post after serving for all of President Obama’s first term. (Read more)

Color of nutrition labels may suggest healthfulness

March 18, 2013
A study published in Health Communication shows that green calorie labels increase the perceived healthfulness of foods. (Read more)

Gallup poll: U.S. obesity rates remain steady

March 18, 2013
According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, Colorado residents were the least likely in the nation to be obese in 2012—as has been the case since 2010—making it the only state where less than 20% of adults are obese. (Read more)

Hostess names McKee Foods as winning bidder for Drake’s snack cakes

March 18, 2013
Hostess Brands Inc. has announced that the stalking horse bid submitted by McKee Foods for the Drake’s snack cake brand will be the bid presented for approval to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court as no other qualified bids were received for those assets. (Read more)

Sustainable sourcing guide for agricultural raw materials

March 18, 2013
Seven global organizations, including the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, have launched a practitioner’s guide to sustainable sourcing of agricultural raw materials. (Read more)

Corn Refiners Assn. celebrates 100 years

March 15, 2013
In a gathering at the Library of Congress, the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) and representatives of food, beverage, ingredient, and agricultural industries celebrated the history and accomplishments of the corn wet milling industry over the last century. 2013 marks 100 years since the trade association was founded. (Read more)

IDF publishes guide for use of antimicrobial agents in dairy production

March 15, 2013
In an effort to help key players in the dairy supply chain produce safe and high quality milk, The International Dairy Federation (IDF) has published a Guide to Prudent Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Dairy Production. (Read more)

Money talks when it comes to losing weight

March 15, 2013
Weight loss study participants who received financial incentives were more likely to stick with a weight loss program and lost more weight than study participants who received no incentives, according to Mayo Clinic research that was recently presented at the American College of Cardiology's 62nd Annual Scientific Session. (Read more)

Nestlé opens new U.K. bottled water factory

March 15, 2013
Nestlé is continuing to invest in Europe with the inauguration of a new £35 million (approximately $52.9 million) water bottling facility in the United Kingdom. (Read more)

Report reveals nutrition practices of top 25 food, beverage companies

March 13, 2013
The world’s largest food and beverage manufacturers must do more to increase access to nutritious products and positively exercise their influence on consumer choice and behavior, according to the first edition of the global Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) report and rankings. (Read more)

Rice protein, whey protein may offer the same benefits

March 13, 2013
A study presented at the 2013 Natural Products Expo shows that plant-based rice protein may have identical benefits to dairy-based whey protein. (Read more)

Scientists identify a missing link in taste perception

March 13, 2013
Working with a multidisciplinary consortium of 19 researchers from nine institutions, Monell scientists have provided critical information to identify CALHM1 (calcium-homeostasis-modulator-1), a channel in the walls of taste receptor cells, as a necessary component in the process of sweet, bitter, and umami (savory) taste perception. (Read more)

Twinkies to be back on store shelves by summer

March 13, 2013
According to The New York Times, Hostess Brands agreed on March 12 to sell its snacks, including Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, Sno Balls, and Dolly Madison Zingers, to two investment firms with a shared history of corporate turnarounds.  (Read more)

David Michael partners with Cambrian Solutions

March 12, 2013
David Michael & Co. has signed a distribution partnership with Cambrian Solutions. (Read more)

IFT scientific status summary addresses antimicrobial resistance

March 12, 2013
A new IFT scientific status summary in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety outlines the challenges and complexities regarding antimicrobial resistance from the perspectives of four experts in the field.  (Read more)

SunOpta’s new facility to grow specialty cocoa business

March 12, 2013
SunOpta Inc. is expanding its integrated processing capabilities with a new value-added organic and specialty cocoa facility located in Middenmeer, The Netherlands. (Read more)

U.S. bill introduced to combat seafood fraud

March 12, 2013
U.S. Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced a new bipartisan version of his previous legislation to combat seafood fraud.  (Read more)

USDA approves use of new antimicrobial for RTE meat, poultry

March 12, 2013
The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), an agency of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), has announced it will add liquid sodium propionate to the list of approved antimicrobials for use in ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products. (Read more)

Global foodservice traffic sluggish in Q4 2012

March 11, 2013
Sluggish and weak were terms used throughout 2012 to describe the state of the foodservice industry across the globe and the last quarter proved these fitting descriptors, but on the brighter side increases in a (Read more)

Judge overturns N.Y. ban on large, sugary beverages

March 11, 2013
According to NPR, on March 11, New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling overturned the landmark ban on big, sugary drinks, just one day before it was set to take effect.  (Read more)

Krogull joins Eurofins

March 11, 2013
Eurofins Scientific has hired Mary Kay Krogull as President of the U.S. Food Division. (Read more)

Low fruit intake does not improve glycemic control

March 11, 2013
A study published in Nutrition Journal shows that fruit consumption may not improve glycemic control for type 2 diabetes patients.  (Read more)

Whole Foods to require GMO labels

March 11, 2013
Whole Foods Market has announced that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. (Read more)

FAO proposes new protein quality measurement

March 7, 2013
The Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO) has released a report recommending a new, advanced method for assessing the quality of dietary proteins.  (Read more)

U.S. restaurant performance hits five-month high in January

March 6, 2013
Driven by a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Restaurant Performance Index(RPI) rose to its highest level in five months.  (Read more)

ConAgra, Cargill, CHS form joint venture in flour milling

March 6, 2013
ConAgra Foods, Cargill, and CHS have announced a definitive agreement to combine their North American flour milling businesses to form Ardent Mills, a new flour milling company that will serve customers in the baking and food industries. (Read more)

Flowers Foods’ bid for Hostess brands moves to next phase

March 6, 2013
Flowers Foods Inc. has confirmed that its stalking horse bid for Hostess Brands Inc.’s Wonder, Nature’s Pride, Merita, Home Pride, and Butternut bread brands; 20 bakeries; and approximately 38 depots for $360 million was declared the highest and best bid for such assets, eliminating the need for the auction that had been scheduled for February 28. (Read more)

Omega Protein acquires Wisconsin Specialty Protein

March 6, 2013
Omega Protein Corp., a nutritional ingredient company and producer of omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, has announced the acquisition of Wisconsin Specialty Protein, a manufacturer of specialty whey protein products headquartered in Madison, Wis.  (Read more)

U.S. consumers increasingly search for gluten-free

March 6, 2013
As of this past January, about a third of U.S. adults say they want to cut down or be free of gluten in their diets, the highest percentage making this claim since The NPD Group, a global information company, began asking the question in 2009. (Read more)

Americans mostly support government health agendas

March 5, 2013
A survey published in Health Affairs shows that the majority of Americans support legal interventions directed at health behavior. (Read more)

Cuisine Solutions opens $30 million plant in Virginia

March 5, 2013
Cuisine Solutions, a provider of prepared gourmet entrees, sauces and other menu items to foodservice providers, has announced the opening of a new $30 million plant in Sterling, Va.  (Read more)

FDA releases plan for improving safety of imported food

March 5, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has unveiled its plan for improving food safety in countries that export food to the United States. (Read more)

North American food companies develop standards for case code labeling

March 5, 2013
GS1 US and GS1 Canada have announced the publication of the North American Industry Guidance for Standard Case Code Labeling for Extended Product Attributes, a guidance document supporting industry-wide adoption of a single standard for case labeling information for finished products. (Read more)

Trend: Natural colors overtake artificial/synthetic colors

March 5, 2013
A new report into the food colors market combining market expertise from Mintel and Leatherhead Food Research reveals that, for the first time in 2011, the value of natural colors has overtaken that of artificial/synthetic colors globally. (Read more)

IFT Issues Food Product Tracing Report to FDA

March 4, 2013
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced the public release of their report for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) focused on the outcomes of two pilot projects designed to test and study various product tracing practices for fresh produce and processed foods. (Read more)

Study: U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program alleviates food insecurity

February 26, 2013
A study published in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Amber Waves shows that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may reduce the number of recipient households with very low food security by about 38%. (Read more)

Oceana finds widespread mislabeling of U.S. seafood

February 26, 2013
A study conducted by the advocacy group Oceana found that as much as one-third of seafood sold in restaurants and groceries in the United States is fraudulently labeled. (Read more)

Smithfield Packing recalls pork sausage product that may contain foreign materials

February 26, 2013
Smithfield Packing Co. is recalling approximately 38,000 lbs of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) announced Feb. 21. (Read more)

Antioxidants may not reduce risk of stroke, dementia

February 26, 2013
A study published in Neurology shows that the total level of antioxidants in people’s diets may not protect against stroke or dementia.  (Read more)

Mondelēz recalls belVita due to possible foreign object

February 26, 2013
On Feb. 21, Mondelēz Global LLC announced a nationwide voluntary recall in the United States, including Puerto Rico, of the belVita Breakfast Biscuit, Apple Cinnamon and Chocolate varieties, following notification from a third-party supplier that metal fragments may be in the products. (Read more)

Key Technology, Visys to merge

February 25, 2013
Key Technology Inc. and Visys NV, a provider of chute-fed in-air sorters used by food processors and waste recyclers, have entered into a merger agreement. (Read more)

Mediterranean diet + walnuts may reduce cardiovascular disease risk

February 25, 2013
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that a Mediterranean diet including nuts may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases (myocardial infarction, stroke or cardiovascular death). (Read more)

New product health, nutrition claims continue to grow

February 25, 2013
A U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (USDA ERS) study shows that 43% of new food products in 2010 carried at least one health- and nutrition-related claim, compared to 25% of new products in 2001. (Read more)

Adults cut back fast food, but U.S. kids still eat too much fat

February 22, 2013
A study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that American adults have made a little progress in recent years in cutting back on calories from fast food, but children are still consuming too much fat. (Read more)

FDA to consider petition on flavored milk in schools

February 22, 2013
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition requesting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amend the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient. (Read more)

U.S. indicts peanut processors in 2009 Salmonella outbreak

February 22, 2013
According to Reuters, four years after a Salmonella outbreak linked to tainted peanut butter sickened hundreds in the United States and killed nine, authorities have charged the former owner of the company and several employees with fraud, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice.  (Read more)

Caravan Ingredients announces rebranding

February 20, 2013
Caravan Ingredients, an ingredient supplier to the food industry, has announced the launch of its rebrand which includes a refreshed logo and brand positioning. (Read more)

Different foods may impact eating behavior, calorie intake

February 20, 2013
A study conducted by Nestlé scientists shows that oral sensory stimulation may be more important than the volume of food in the stomach for the regulation of food intake. (Read more)

FDA extends comment period for biotech salmon

February 18, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending for 60 days the comment period for the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) pertaining to AquaBounty Technologies’ application for AquAdvantage Salmon. (Read more)

H.J. Heinz Co. to be acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, 3G Capital

February 18, 2013
H.J. Heinz Co. has entered into a definitive merger agreement to be acquired by an investment consortium comprised of Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital for $28 billion, including the assumption of debt. (Read more)

Nominations open for The World Food Prize

February 18, 2013
Nominations are being accepted now through May 1 for The World Food Prize, the foremost international award recognizing the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. (Read more)

Taste preferences may affect risk for metabolic syndrome

February 18, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Food Science shows that individuals who have a high preference for sweets and a high aversion to bitter flavors may be at an increased risk of developing metabolic syndrome. (Read more)

Consumers willing to spend more for sustainable packaging

February 15, 2013
When it comes to food and beverage packaging, consumers are most likely to pay more for value-added features that relate to freshness and sustainability. (Read more)

Folic acid consumption during pregnancy may lower risk of autism in child

February 15, 2013
A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that consuming folic acid during pregnancy may be associated with a lower risk of autistic disorder in their children.  (Read more)

ILSI North America requests research proposals on spices

February 15, 2013
The North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is a public, non-profit scientific foundation that provides a forum to advance understanding of scientific issues related to the nutritional quality and safety of the food supply by sponsoring research programs, educational seminars, and workshops and publications. (Read more)

Resistant starch can replace flour in foods

February 15, 2013
A study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that HI-MAIZE resistant starch may be able to increase the dietary fiber content of certain foods with minimal impact on sensory characteristics.  (Read more)

Omega-3 fatty acids may protect dialysis patients from cardiac death

February 12, 2013
A study published in Kidney International shows that omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk of cardiac death in hemodialysis patients.  (Read more)

Valentine’s Day shoppers turn to chocolate at the last minute

February 12, 2013
As soon as Christmas tears down at retail, Valentine’s Day goes up, yet 78% of those who celebrate Valentine’s Day plan to shop a week or less before the date, and still many wait until February 13 or 14 to purchase, finds recent snacking research by The NPD Group, a global information company. (Read more)

Brazilian sugar, gum confectionery market hits $5 B

February 12, 2013
As Brazilian consumers develop a more sophisticated sweet tooth, new research from Mintel reveals that the sugar and gum market in Brazil has, for the first time, broken the R$10 billion (US$5.07 billion) barrier.  (Read more)

Bunge names Schroder as CEO

February 12, 2013
Bunge Ltd. has announced that Alberto Weisser will retire as CEO effective June 1, 2013. (Read more)

Vitamin D, omega-3 may help clear plaques found in Alzheimer’s

February 12, 2013
A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease shows that vitamin D3 and omega-3 fatty acids may enhance the immune system’s ability to clear the brain of amyloid plaques, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. (Read more)

Access to Nutrition Index names Kauer Executive Director

February 11, 2013
The Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), a new initiative that will rank food and beverage manufacturers on their nutrition practices, has appointed Inge Kauer as its first Executive Director. (Read more)

FDA report: Antimicrobials approved for food-producing animals

February 11, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine has released its third annual report summarizing 2011 sales and distribution data of antimicrobial drugs approved for use in food-producing animals. (Read more)

General Mills to pay $8.5 M over yogurt health claims

February 11, 2013
According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, General Mills Inc. has agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the company oversold the benefits of its Yo-Plus probiotic yogurt. (Read more)

Overall eating patterns are most important for healthful eating

February 11, 2013
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics position paper “Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating,” the overall pattern of food that a person eats is more important to a healthy diet than focusing on single foods or individual nutrients. (Read more)

Industry-wide impact of FTC’s POM Wonderful ruling

February 7, 2013
Last month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a final ruling in a case involving POM Wonderful LLC, determining that certain ads for its juice products made misleading claims about the drink’s health benefits.  (Read more)

California Senator proposes bill to banish sugary drinks from CalFresh

February 7, 2013
According to the Los Angeles Times, Californians who get help under CalFresh, the food stamps program, may soon be put on a diet by state lawmakers, who are considering barring use of the benefits to buy sugar-sweetened beverages. (Read more)

FDA adopts final rule to detain potentially unsafe food

February 7, 2013
On Feb. 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adopted a final rule to strengthen the agency’s authority to use administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace.  (Read more)

Partnership sets out path to certified sustainable coconut oil in the Philippines

February 6, 2013
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, BASF, and Cargill have partnered to launch a program to develop a certified coconut oil supply chain to enhance sustainabil