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Olive Oil Market Shows Strong Growth in China Olive Oil Market Shows Strong Growth in China

China may be the next big global market for olive oil.

Colonial Farm Drink Switchel Enters 21st Century Colonial Farm Drink Switchel Enters 21st Century

Switchel, a colonial-era drink, is gaining some traction in the modern artisan market.

Chocolate Demand Unscathed by Rising Prices Chocolate Demand Unscathed by Rising Prices

U.S. chocolate demand is still growing, despite higher prices due to disruptions in production, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Italian White Truffle Prices Drop 37% Italian White Truffle Prices Drop 37%

Prices for Italian white truffles have declined 37 percent so far this year.

Crackdown on Raw Milk Sales in Europe Crackdown on Raw Milk Sales in Europe

European officials are taking aim at raw-milk dispensaries that have been popping up across the continent, from town squares to supermarket parking lots, in recent years.

Artisanal Ice Finds Eager Customers in Cocktail Industry Artisanal Ice Finds Eager Customers in Cocktail Industry

Artisanal ice is rising in popularity as restaurants and bars look for ways to increase the appeal, and margins, of their unique cocktails.

Strong Flavors, Local Foods Lead 2015 Trends Strong Flavors, Local Foods Lead 2015 Trends

Small portions, alternative foodservice venues and signature beverages are some of the food trends predicted by Technomic for 2015.

Healthier Products Fill Store Shelves Healthier Products Fill Store Shelves

More than 30,000 healthier product choices were available to consumers between 2002 and 2013 according to the 2014 Health & Wellness Survey by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

Climate Change Decreases Haiti's Coffee Yield Climate Change Decreases Haiti's Coffee Yield

Climate change is pushing up temperatures in Haiti, decreasing coffee farming yields.

Study Shows Olive Oil Used But Misunderstood Study Shows Olive Oil Used But Misunderstood

More than half of Americans using olive oil are confused by which ones to use because they don't know what's important, according to a study conducted by the North American Olive Oil Association.

Nielsen Plans to Measure Online Viewership Nielsen Plans to Measure Online Viewership

Nielsen is launching a new system with Adobe that will measure viewership across websites, mobile apps, televisions connected to the internet and gaming consoles.

University Develops High-Protein Soybean University Develops High-Protein Soybean

Researchers at the North Dakota State University soybean breeding program developed a soybean variety that is "intended for the high-protein, tofu or soymilk specialty markets," according to Ted Helms, NDSU soybean breeder.

UPS Rates to Increase Nearly 5 Percent UPS Rates to Increase Nearly 5 Percent

United Parcel Service will increase its rates an average of 4.9 percent beginning Dec. 29.

 Fully Sustainable Restaurant to Open in San Francisco Fully Sustainable Restaurant to Open in San Francisco

Anthony Myint and wife Karen Leibowitz recently became part of a new nonprofit called Zero Foodprint, which helps restaurants reduce their carbon footprint and fight climate change.

Meal Ingredient Delivery Services Boom Meal Ingredient Delivery Services Boom

Home delivered meal kits could reach $3 to $5 billion in sales over the next decade, according to Technomic.

Sacramento Arena to Showcase Local Cuisine Sacramento Arena to Showcase Local Cuisine

The new downtown arena for the Sacramento Kings will feature food and beverage sourced from within the region, and Michael Tuohy, formerly the executive chef at LowBrau and Block Butcher Bar, will be the chef for the arena.

AZ Raising Minimum Wage AZ Raising Minimum Wage

Arizona will raise its minimum wage by 15 cents to $8.05 an hour starting Jan. 1, thanks to a 2006 voter initiative requiring the Industrial Commission of Arizona to keep wages in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Food Businesses Tap Bloggers to Attract Local Customers Food Businesses Tap Bloggers to Attract Local Customers

Specialty food businesses are turning to bloggers, rather than traditional advertising methods, to connect with local customers.

NM Chile Crops Continue to Shrink NM Chile Crops Continue to Shrink

Labor shortage, drought, and foreign competition is hurting New Mexico's chile industry.

Meat Collectives Gain Ground in Age of CSAs, Local Sourcing Meat Collectives Gain Ground in Age of CSAs, Local Sourcing

The local movement has a steady hold on produce, dairy, and value-added products, thanks to CSAs, farmers markets, and other local-oriented initiatives.

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