Fuel refinery in Washington is one of world's leading providers of tarry residue used in making aluminum soda cans, suggesting that weaning from fossil fuels is complicated

By Geoff Dembicki

CorpWatch; The Tyee 2011-07-11

Areas of brain that interpret sense of taste may also provide representation of oral textures in mouth; study could open field for design of foods that mimic mouthfeel of fat

By Nathan Gray /Decision News Media 2011-05-02

Georgia food firm buying Philadelphia-based Tastykakes maker; Tasty Baking Co. move pushed by bankruptcies of A&P, Super Fresh, Pathmark grocery chains, rising food costs

National Public Radio; The Associated Press 2011-04-11

With half of US sugar derived from genetically modified sugar beets, judge's ruling against GM crops creates uncertainty for sugar-dependent food companies

By Scott Kilman

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-08-16

Flavor of comforting, nostalgic fruits from European gardens - rhubarb, cherry, red currant, plum, quince - lead juice concept developments in UK

Food Navigator/Decision News Media 2010-06-30

Mainstream sentiment in U.S. against high-fructose corn syrup pushes manufacturers into reformulating common products; sales of sweetener jump in Mexico

By Melanie Warner

The New York Times 2010-04-30

European paper industry probes significance of safety concerns over leaching of mineral oils into foods from recycled paper and cardboard packaging

By Rory Harrington News Media 2010-03-22

FDA considers bringing serving sizes for processed items into line with how Americans really eat; corresponding nutrition information may cause alarm

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2010-02-05

Food, beverage sector choices can lead sustainability, says expert

Food, beverage industry at forefront of sustainability because of its reliance on agricultural goods and the mostly small-scale farmers who produce them, food systems expert says. Retailers drive consumer demand and are powerful in setting terms for suppliers and choosing them but they don't have to substantially change operations. Food ingredients companies make specific choices about how to meet demands of companies, and can help provide long-term stability in community by choosing to invest in community.

By Jess Halliday News Media 2009-11-20

Repeated salmonella outbreaks haven't altered FDA inspections

Despite 15-year history of nut-related salmonella outbreaks, FDA hasn't changed safety requirements at companies nor required inspectors to test for bacteria. Follow-up work after latest peanut recalls led agency to 20 previously unknown peanut product makers. FDA inspects some peanut processing facilities and contracts with states to perform inspections. And: Concerned about demand, farmers cutting back on peanut planting (click 'See also').

By Lyndsey Layton

The Washington Post 2009-04-03

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In cheese contest, one of 1,360 stands alone

In cheese contest, one of 1,360 stands alone

Italian-style parmesan from Wisconsin's Sartori Foods takes top honors in cheese competition that drew 1,360 entries from 32 states. A hard goat's milk cheese from Oregon's Tumalo Farms won second; third place went to New York's McCadam Cheese for a medium cheddar ( And: Immigrants to Wisconsin bring cheese-making with them (click 'See also').

By Karen Herzog

Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) 2009-03-19

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Cadbury wants dairy cows on low-emission diet

Candy maker looks to reduce cow belching through diet; milk production blamed for 60 percent of chocolate's carbon emissions. Average cow emits (through mostly belching) between 80-120 kilograms methane annually, equivalent to carbon emissions of family car. And: Improving grassland diversity can provide better bovine diet (click 'See also').

By David Adam

The Guardian (UK) 2009-02-17

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Opinion: Beyond salmonella crisis to safer food system

Enhancing quality, safety of industrially produced food means building on success of existing programs; developing rapid detection methods for pathogens; eliminating unnecessary antibiotics; improving food preparation practices in all settings; strengthening capacities of health departments; and irradiating high-risk foods. CDC says irradiation could prevent up to 1 million cases of food-borne disease annually.

By Dennis G. Maki, M.D.

The New England Journal of Medicine 2009-02-11

Sneaky veggies catching on with food manufacturers

Hiding fruits, vegetables in kid-friendly foods is emerging trend for food item manufacturers, gives rise to new products. Additive and preservative-free is largest claim category for children's foods, mirrors overall trend toward 'clean labels.' And: Tips to get kids to eat their - home-cooked - veggies (click 'See also').

By Caroline Scott-Thomas News Media 2009-02-09

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Second peanut butter plant closed; executives decline to testify

A second peanut processing plant owned by company at heart of nationwide outbreak of salmonella illness shut down after Texas authorities discovered possible salmonella bacteria there. Company also has plant in Suffolk, Va. Taint linked to eight deaths, 600 illnesses, 1,800-plus separate recalls of peanut butter, cookies, crackers and other foods. And: Company executives refuse to testify before House committee (click 'See also').

By Lyndsey Layton

The Washington Post 2009-02-10

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Hidden component of rising food prices in plain sight

Average food can costs 8 cents. Prices of food-can material tinplate - steel coated with tin to prevent corrosion - up 40 to 50 percent due to volatile steel market; that's a penny or two more, retail. And: Tinplate can poorly suited to beer; Coors marks anniversary of aluminum beer can (click 'See also').

By Greg T. Spielberg

BusinessWeek 2009-01-30

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UK pushes parents to pick produce for feeding children; businesses adapt

Parents in UK pressured by government to pack more fruits, vegetables in children's lunch boxes, and while they're not happy about it, new research shows it seems to be working. Food manufacturers, too, taking the hint, developing products to make effort easier.

By Sarah Hills 2009-01-28

Salmonella sleuthing recalls 125 peanut products

Peanut product recalls list grows - and grows - spanning peanut butter crackers to dog biscuits, frozen cookie dough to pre-assembled dinner kits (click 'See also'). Salmonella outbreak has sickened hundreds and may have killed six.

By Mary MacVean

Los Angeles Times 2009-01-22

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Manufacturers retain original prices but reduce quantities

Processed food manufacturers pass along price hikes of fuel and raw ingredients by shrinking product quantity inside packaging. Called short-sizing, it's why a 'pound' of coffee now weighs 10 ounces. Best way to shop: Pay attention; compare unit prices.

By David Ushery and Alex Johnson

MSNBC 2008-07-07

Gum, M&M's merger

Mars, Wrigley to merge, perhaps creating cascade of candy mergers behind them. Makers of M&M's also makes Snickers, Starburst, Skittles and Twix; Uncle Ben's rice products and Pedigree pet food. Among chewing gum group's brands: Extra, Orbit and Eclipse gums; LifeSavers and Altoids. Warren Buffett, a deal backer was early investor in Coca-Cola and already a candy owner in Sees Candies.

By Andrew Ross Sorkin

The New York Times 2008-04-28

The chocolate thieves

Israeli chocolate factory doubles up on shifts to replace 99 tons of chocolate stolen at height of Passover preparation. Police think thieves neutralized alarms, covered camera lens with tape, then hauled pallets of chocolate away on trucks. One ton has been recovered in Kabul neighborhood grocery store; company usually makes 1,000 tons a month.

By Fadi Eyadat

Haaretz Newspaper 2008-04-11

Big food makers say they're obeying USDA on recall alerts

Manufacturing giants ConAgra, General Mills, Heinz and Nestle say they're not required to notify consumers of recalled Hallmark/Westland products; USDA only wanted them to notify retailers. They say that only limited quantities of suspect beef were used. USDA says list of retailers that receive recalled products is a secret. See RECALLS & ALERTS for list of products.

By Stephen J. Hedges

Chicago Tribune 2008-03-09

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Mad cow and massive recall

Canada confirms case of mad cow disease; slaughterhouse executive skips congressional hearing on food safety. Hallmark/Westland beef recall continues. General Mills recalls 35,000 cases of Progresso Italian wedding soup; Nestlé Prepared Foods Co., recalls 49,000 cases of Hot Pockets sandwiches. Farmer John's, a Hormel subsidiary, will be recalling hot dogs and cotto salami.

By Jane Zhang, Janet Adamy and David Kesmodel

The Wall Street Journal (may require subscription) 2008-02-27

Taking the heat

Providing shared workspace, equipment, and business advice, kitchen incubators take the pressure off budding entrepreneurs. From an administrative angle, they're almost too hot to touch, with high utility costs, headaches of renting by the hour, and finding qualified kitchen managers.

By Kerry Miller

Business Week Online 2007-12-17

Flavor fakers

In search of chemical substitutes for natural flavors, the flavor scientists are homing in on the precise combination of chemicals, genetics and brain structures that create the experience of taste. One goal: creating a connection between consumers and their food as strong as that between a child and his mom's cooking.

Tamara Holt

Popular Science 2007-10-29

Doing the math

Nutrition labels, with information in percentages, and physicians' recommendations, in milligrams, means we don't obtain enough calcium, and possibly other nutrients, studies show; FDA, on website, instructs us to add a 0 to the percentage daily value to translate to milligrams.

Science Daily; University of Wisconsin 2007-10-05

A need, met:

Mom's quest for a high-nutrition bar her daughters would eat (aided by her expertise in nutrition and diet) has grown into Manna Gourmet, a New Jersey company that makes the bars in five flavors as well as whole-grain, high-fiber cookies, with and without chocolate.

By Sally Friedman

Philadelphia Inquirer 2007-09-16

One bug or two?

One bug or two?

Seeking sales, food processors add crushed insects to yogurt and grapefruit juice, titanium dioxide to Betty Crocker's white frosting, and dye to fish and chicken feed, but FDA rules are lax on ingredients disclosure, so labels might read 'artificial color.'

By Pallavi Gogoi

Business Week Online 2006-10-01

Organics shortage:

Despite higher profits and rising demand for organic corn and soybeans, few farmers switching over, forcing food companies to import organic soybeans from China and pay nearly double what they paid for organic corn last fall.

By Paula Lavigne

Des Moines Register 2007-08-12


In "Twinkie, Deconstructed," Steve Ettlinger describes the work of making unnecessarily complicated snacks; the book is the polar opposite (complete with smiley face) of "The Omnivore's Dilemma," Michael Pollan's frowny faced take on simplifying food.

By Chelsea Martinez

Los Angeles Times


New interactive map allows users to tract proliferation of factory farms by state and county - even number of animals - and it raises questions of whether we pursue the logic of industrialism to its limits, and how badly will it harm the landscape, the people who live in it and democracy itself?

The editors

The New York Times (may require subscription)

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Saving water

Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Läckeby Water Group join other food, drink producers in UN agreement to use water more efficiently; lack of access to clean water and sanitation undermines humanitarian, social, environmental, and economic goals.

By Ahmed ElAmin

Supplement setback:

Cargill's attempt to add Regenasure, a vegetarian version of shellfish-derived glucosamine, to European list of food products for addition in mostly beverages and fermented milk products, hits snag with questions of safety for diabetics.

By Alex McNally