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Special edition: The year in review

As the year draws to a close, FoodNavigator-USA looks back at some of the top stories of the year and the biggest deals across the industry – and why not...

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FoodNavigator-USA wishes readers a happy holiday

FoodNavigator-USA will take its annual Christmas and New Year holiday from December 24 to January 1.

FoodNavigator-USA's 2011 news quiz

So, you think you know everything there was to know about the food industry in 2011? Let’s see if you were paying attention over the past year, with our news...

Soft drink sales stalled when clear caloric information given, Johns Hopkins study

Sales of soft drinks to adolescents in Baltimore City nose-dived when study participants were exposed to ‘easily understandable’ information about calorie content, according to a new US study.

Government agencies tout food safety efforts – but experts warn over budget cuts

President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group (FSWG) has made significant progress, reporters were told in a conference call on Wednesday – while a separate study suggested budget cuts were having...

Preference for salt may begin in the cradle, scientists warn

Early dietary exposure to foods containing added salt shapes a greater preference for salty tastes throughout infancy and childhood, suggests a new study.

Ground beef recalled after multi-state Salmonella outbreak - FSIS

An unknown quantity of ground beef products potentially contaminated with a multi-drug resistant strain of Salmonella Typhimurium has been recalled in the US, food safety authorities have announced.

Canadian and US officials issue pepper Salmonella warnings

US and Canadian food safety authorities have issued separate warnings on a brand of jalapeno and Serrano peppers potentially contaminated with Salmonella.

Pile on those truckin' pounds, say Kraft and peers, as opponents cite safety fears

US food giant Kraft says it hopes that more states are allowed to follow the lead of Maine and Vermont and allow heavier 97,000-pound trucks on interstate roads, although opponents...

Looking back on a busy year for food industry M&A…

M&A activity increased by over a third in the past year, as food and beverage companies looked for new growth opportunities both at home and in new markets. FoodNavigator-USA looks...

Kraft and General Mills to launch dozens of new products in the New Year

Kraft and General Mills have both announced the launch of dozens of new products for the New Year, with Kraft’s line-up including a strong focus on customizable foods, and General...

Cadbury finalises $1.3m settlement in chocolate price fixing conspiracy

A US Federal judge has accepted Cadbury’s $1.3m (€995,863) offer to settle in class action lawsuit over its alleged part in a suspected chocolate price fixing scandal also involving Nestle,...

Korean food to influence 2012 flavor trends, says Bell

Korean food is likely to have a major influence on flavor trends in the year ahead, along with Greek and Cajun cuisines, according to Bell Flavors and Fragrances.

General Mills looks to China as profits slump 28%

General Mills profits fell 27.5% in its second quarter results as the company said it was eyeing investment in China to improve its fortunes.

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Treatt offers new FTNF black tea and hibiscus flavors

Flavor ingredient company Treatt has expanded its From the Named Food (FTNF) range of flavors with a black tea flavor and a hibiscus flavor, the company has said.

Frito-Lay hit with lawsuit on all-natural claims

PepsiCo’s snacks business Frito-Lay has been accused of misleading consumers by making all-natural claims on its products which also contain genetically modified corn and vegetable oils.

ConAgra squeezed by higher food costs, but beats expectations

Food manufacturer ConAgra Foods has reported a 14% drop in its second-quarter profits, under pressure from higher food commodity costs, despite increased sales.

In pictures: A year in the food industry

FoodNavigator-USA presents a photo gallery round-up of some of the biggest news stories of the year.

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Listeria-linked dairy recall extended again - CFIA

A voluntary recall of dairy products has been extended for the fifth time since the original recall of products potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Canadian food safety authorities have said.

Apple juice safe but arsenic guidance still being considered - FDA

US food safety authorities are still considering setting guidance levels for inorganic arsenic in apple juice, despite reiterating its confidence in the overall safety of the beverage.

Killer listeriosis: Canadian govt draws ‘final’ line in sand as union attacks

The Canadian government yesterday sought to draw a line under the deadly listeriosis outbreak that killed 23 people in summer 2008, after publishing a final report into action taken since the incident.

Monsanto soybean trait for lower saturated fat gets USDA deregulation

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has deregulated the biotech trait in Monsanto’s Vistive Gold soybeans, allowing the production of low saturated- and trans-fat oils from the beans within the...

Responsible approach to GM fish is to assume escape: Committee hearing

The responsible approach to considering whether genetically engineered (GE) salmon pose a risk to the environment is to assume that the fish will escape and disregard assurances from the company...

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Meat and dairy consumption to soar, predicts FAO

Meat consumption is predicted to rise by nearly 73% and demand for dairy products by 58% in the years up to 2050, according to a new report from the Food...

Leatherhead cites category overlap as ‘overriding’ soft drinks trend

There is an overriding trend within the world soft drinks market towards an overlap between categories, while economic unrest is expected to consolidate a trend towards cheaper products, according to...

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