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Peanut Executives Found Guilty in Salmonella Outbreak Peanut Executives Found Guilty in Salmonella Outbreak

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and food broker Michael Parnell were convicted of several counts of conspiracy, fraud and introducing misbranded food into commerce with the intent to defraud or mislead in connection to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people ...

FDA Releases Revised Spent Grain Rule FDA Releases Revised Spent Grain Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a revised rule that affects brewers that give or sell spent grain to farmers for feed.

Oyster Farming Rakes in Sales Oyster Farming Rakes in Sales

Oyster farming is gaining in popularity and profit.

AL City Proposes Mobile Food Markets AL City Proposes Mobile Food Markets

The city of Birmingham, Ala., is considering creating mobile food markets, made from repurposed transit authority buses.

Food and Beverages Cause Majority of Advertising Complaints Food and Beverages Cause Majority of Advertising Complaints

Over 36 percent of advertising class action complaints were in the food and beverage sector in the first two quarters of 2014, while another 12 percent were in the dietary supplement industry, according a whitepaper from Bryan Cave LLP.

Blue Bottle Coffee Debuts Subscription Service Blue Bottle Coffee Debuts Subscription Service

Blue Bottle Coffee will launch an online subscription food delivery service.

New Speedier Tool to Detect Bacteria in Beer New Speedier Tool to Detect Bacteria in Beer

Life-science experts are helping breweries detect batch-ruining bacteria sooner rather than later.

Holly Baking Launches Online Purchases Holly Baking Launches Online Purchases

Holly Baking’s line of gourmet cookies, biscotti and gluten-free licorice is now available for consumers to purchase online through their revamped website.

CA Adopts New Olive Oil Standards CA Adopts New Olive Oil Standards

California has approved new olive oil quality standards.

OSHA Creates Stricter Reporting Rules OSHA Creates Stricter Reporting Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will start requiring employers to notify the government of an injury sustained at work within 24 hours of the incident beginning in January.

NH Legislators Consider Bill on Farmstand Storefronts' Retailer Status NH Legislators Consider Bill on Farmstand Storefronts' Retailer Status

The New Hampshire state legislature is looking into writing a bill that would allow multiple farm stands to create storefronts without being considered retail locations.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Flavor Name Stirs Controversy Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Flavor Name Stirs Controversy

Ben & Jerry’s may change the name of its “Hazed & Confused” ice cream after anti-hazing activists voiced concern that the flavor belittled the problem on college campuses.

New App Rates Sustainability of Food Products New App Rates Sustainability of Food Products

HowGood launched a mobile app that rates food products on their sustainability, social impact, environmental friendliness and healthfulness that can be used by food co-ops and grocers for a subscription.

Asia Establishes Eel Fishing Limits Asia Establishes Eel Fishing Limits

As part of an effort to protect an endangered species, China, South Korea and Taiwan agreed to reduce eel hauls by 20 percent for a year beginning in November.

Beaverton Foods Expands UK Distribution Beaverton Foods Expands UK Distribution

Beaverton Foods, an 85-year-old specialty condiments manufacturer, is introducing three products to the U.K. marketplace--Extra Hot Jalapeno Mustard, Sweet Hot Mustard and Wasabi Horseradish.

ME Chocolatier Gets New Owner ME Chocolatier Gets New Owner

Haven's Candies in Westbrook, Maine, was acquired by Erin Collins, a Freeport, Maine, resident who was in the financial services industry for 15 years.

Snack Mix's Success Leads to Startup Dilemma Snack Mix's Success Leads to Startup Dilemma

Buffalo, N.Y. native Mick Fink, owner of It's My Mom's, has a dilemma few lucky startups would eschew: He can't fill the national demand for his only product, Snow Crunch Snack Mix.

General Mills Says Annie's Will Run With Autonomy General Mills Says Annie's Will Run With Autonomy

General Mills will allow Annie's Homegrown to continue operating with autonomy.

Researchers Look to Increase Seaweed Use Researchers Look to Increase Seaweed Use

Seaweed has been used for many years as a fertilizer for crops and a thickening agent in foods such as ice cream, but scientists are looking for ways to make it an even more valuable crop.

WhiteWave Foods Buys So Delicious Dairy Free WhiteWave Foods Buys So Delicious Dairy Free

The WhiteWave Foods Company will acquire So Delicious Dairy Free from Wasserstein & Co. for $195 million in cash.