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Economic Research Service budget again on chopping block | 2020-02-19

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2021, if enacted, would reduce funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s beleaguered Economic Research Service by 27% from what was authorized by Congress for fiscal year 2020. The president proposed an E.R.S. budget of $62 million for fiscal......
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Dang Foods debuts new snacks | 2020-02-19

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BERKELEY, CALIF. — Dang Foods announced the creation of three new snack products: Tropical Mango Coconut Chips, Toasted Sesame Thai Rice Chips, and Peanut Butter Dang Bar. The snack brand also released new packaging and a new logo. All products created by Dang Foods are gluten-free, soy-free, and made without......
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JBS USA to acquire Empire Packing for $238 million | 2020-02-19

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GREELEY, COLO. — JBS USA, a subsidiary of JBS S.A., announced on Feb. 18 plans to purchase Empire Packing Co. LP for $238 million. The transaction includes Empire’s case-ready production facilities and Ledbetter branded retail products. Empire is comprised of five processing facilities located in Cincinnati and Mason, Ohio; Denver;......
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Industry executives build ‘Bigger Table’ to assist food banks | 2020-02-19

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CHICAGO — Inspired by the saying “When you have more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence,” the Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network (C.F.B.N.) has launched Bigger Table, a nonprofit organization that aims to bring together the area’s food and beverage industry to collaborate and deliver......
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Back to Nature to make all snacks plant-based | 2020-02-19

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PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Back to Nature announced a move to plant-based snacking, shifting away from using any animal products in its products, excluding honey. The company also has redesigned its logo and packaging for all products. These rebranding decisions are in celebration of its 60th anniversary. “The demand for better-for-you......
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Seed breeding start-up secures $10 million in funding | 2020-02-19

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KIBBUTZ GIVAT BRENNER, ISRAEL — Seed breeding start-up Equinom Ltd., secured $10 million in a Series B funding round led by Germany-based BASF Venture Capital, Roquette and Trendlines Group. The start-up will use the capital injection to expand its crossbreeding technology, which produces non-G.M.O. seeds with higher nutritional profiles and......
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New RXBAR platform ‘changing the way protein bars come to market’ | 2020-02-19

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CHICAGO — Kellogg Co.’s RXBAR business is launching RXBAR Select, a new platform that includes a collection of unique flavors made in a limited quantity and for a limited time. Each year, the company creates and tests hundreds of flavor combinations in the RXBAR kitchen, but only one or two......
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Conagra Brands unveils ‘biggest, baddest’ slate of innovation yet | 2020-02-19

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CHICAGO — Conagra Brands, Inc. is unleashing an avalanche of innovation for the year across its frozen, snacks and staples portfolios. “Our fiscal ‘20 innovation is performing exceptionally well, and our new fiscal ‘21 innovation slate has just been debuted to our customers,” said Sean M. Connolly, president and chief......
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White Castle to launch non-dairy cheese | 2020-02-19

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COLUMBUS, OHIO — White Castle is launching a dairy-free cheddar cheese alternative to complement its plant-based Impossible slider. The chain introduced its meat-free burger option in April 2018 as a test item before launching it as a permanent offering later that year. “Our Impossible Slider was an instant craver favorite,......
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Corbion’s new powder ingredient enhances Listeria protection for fish | 2020-02-18

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AMSTERDAM — New Verdad Opti Powder N350 from Corbion provides an alternative to traditional salt curing. While salt curing, or dry curing, has been used to preserve fish for millennia, today’s longer and more complex supply chains require better protection from human pathogens such as Listeria, Corbion said. Verdad Opti Powder N350......
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Conagra Brands lowers forecast on weak consumption trends | 2020-02-18

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CHICAGO — Weak consumption trends in the recent quarter prompted executives at Conagra Brands, Inc. to lower the company’s full-year outlook. Management now expects fiscal 2020 organic net sales growth to be flat to 0.5%. The previous estimate was 1% to 1.5%. Additionally, adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing......
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Thomas’ bolsters breakfast offerings | 2020-02-18

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HORSHAM, PA. — Bimbo Bakeries USA is building out its portfolio of portable breakfast offerings with new Thomas’ Pick Me Ups soft-baked oatmeal squares and Thomas’ Mini Croissants. Thomas’ Pick Me Ups are bite-size, soft-baked oatmeal squares made with ingredients such as rolled oats, chocolate chips, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds......
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Milk made from chia seeds debuts from Mamma Chia | 2020-02-18

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CARLSBAD, CALIF. — Mamma Chia is moving into the plant-based milk alternative market with the launch of Mamma Chia Organic Chiamilk. The dairy-free beverage contains 800 mgs of omega-3 fatty acids, MCT, zero grams of sugar and more calcium than a glass of traditional milk, the company said. Available in......
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DuPont brings back Breen as c.e.o. in leadership shuffle | 2020-02-18

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WILMINGTON, DEL. — DuPont is bringing back former chief executive officer Edward D. Breen to lead the company as part of a management shakeup designed to spur improved operational performance. Mr. Breen, who is currently executive chairman of DuPont, succeeds Marc Doyle. Mr. Breen was c.e.o. of DowDuPont from 2017-19,......
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The Cheesecake Factory introduces ice cream collection | 2020-02-18

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CALABASAS HILLS, CALIF. — The Cheesecake Factory has transformed its signature cheesecakes into ice cream form with a new collection of The Cheesecake Factory At Home premium cheesecake ice cream. To create the frozen treats, The Cheesecake Factory collaborated with Wells Enterprises, Inc., a Le Mars, Iowa-based ice cream manufacturer.......
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Former Taco Bell exec named chief development officer at Papa John’s | 2020-02-18

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LOUISVILLE, KY. — Amanda Clark has been named chief development officer at Papa John’s International, Inc. She will be tasked with leading the company’s efforts to expand its restaurant footprint in North America and internationally. Ms. Clark joins the company from Taco Bell, where she held several positions, including vice-president......
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TreeHouse Foods behind schedule on ‘pivot to growth’ | 2020-02-18

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OAK BROOK, ILL. —The changes TreeHouse Foods management is making to restructure the company to achieve future growth showed up in the private label manufacturers’ fiscal 2019 bottom line. For the year ended Dec. 31, 2019, the company recorded a loss of $361 million, a significant decline when compared with......
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D.F.A. makes bid to acquire some Dean Foods assets | 2020-02-18

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KANSAS CITY — Dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (D.F.A.) has offered $425 million and the assumption of liabilities to acquire some of Dean Foods Co.’s assets. Dean Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 12, 2019, and the offer, if accepted, will designate D.F.A. as the stalking horse......
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Jacques Torres Chocolates, Nature’s Garden debut chocolate fruit and nut clusters | 2020-02-14

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TOTOWA, N.J. — Jacques Torres Chocolates has teamed with Cibo Vita, Inc.’s Nature’s Garden brand to develop new Jacques Torres by Chocolate Orchard premier chocolate clusters. The Fruit & Nut Clusters combine Nature’s Garden’s fruits and nuts with Belgian chocolate from the premium chocolatier. Made with 60% Belgian dark chocolate, the clusters include dried......

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