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Dean Foods files for bankruptcy; DFA may buy business

Dean Foods has announced that it and substantially all of its subsidiaries have initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in the Southern District of Texas.

Food innovation lab focuses on plant-based research

The NC Food Innovation Lab (NCFIL) will open on November 14, with a ribbon cutting, facility tour, and open house celebration. NCFIL is a 16,000-square-foot plant-based food processing and product development facility located on the 350-acre North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C.

Consumers seeks out ways to reduce their sugar intake

Sugar reduction remains a central topic in the media and among consumers and opportunities for reducing sugar intake are taking several directions as companies address evolving concerns and demands.

Stinson to succeed Quinn as World Food Prize Foundation president

The World Food Prize Foundation has named Barbara Stinson as president of the organization, effective Jan. 4, 2020.

Study highlights consumers’ attitudes toward fresh food

To gain deeper insight into fresh food consumers as well as fresh food manufacturers and retailers, Deloitte surveyed 2,000 consumers and 153 fresh food industry executives.

Listeria concern triggers veggie recalls in U.S. and Canada

Mann Packing has announced the voluntary recall of a series of vegetable products sold to select retailers in the United States and Canada.

USDA awards $41 million in grants to encourage healthy food purchases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $41.4 million in 23 competitive grants to support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase.

At threat of lawsuit, Mississippi revises meat labeling law

Mississippi’s revised labeling regulations have taken effect, allowing plant-based food companies to continue using common meat product terms like “burgers” and “hot dogs.”

Riviana Foods expands ready-to-serve rice plant in Tennessee

Riviana Foods has expanded its production capacity for its microwaveable rice products under the Minute rice brand.

Givaudan to acquire Ungerer

As part of its 2020 strategy to expand the capabilities of its global flavor and fragrance business, Givaudan has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Ungerer & Co., the U.S.-based flavor, fragrance, and specialty ingredients company.

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