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  • Ethanol Makers Could Suffer from Industry Consumption

    A new report warns the popularity of ethanol could have a greater impact on the food supply than previously predicted. The environmental group Earth Policy Institute said 79 new biorefineries are being built, but a key industry count lists only 62, causing experts to underestimate the amount of grain that would be needed for ethanol. The report also says ethanol production could push corn prices so high that some ethanol producers would merely break even, if they do not lose money.

    01/05/2007
  • Barilla Tops Among World's Most Respected Companies

    Italy-based pasta maker Barilla Holding was No. 1, Kraft was the only U.S. firm to make the top 10 and a handful of international food firms were among the top scorers in the Reputation Institute’s annual ranking of corporate reputations.

    01/04/2007
  • Consumers Less Uneasy About Biotech Food

    It’s been 10 years since genetically engineered crops were planted commercially in the U.S., and still the majority of consumers claim to not know much about biotech food. Maybe that’s OK, as their opposition to biofoods is at an all-time low, according to the fifth annual survey on the topic.

    01/04/2007
  • Biomass liquids form syngas fast

    A technique to directly produce hydrogen and carbon monoxide from biomass liquids has been developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

    01/01/2007
  • Capitalizing on new meal consumption patterns

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner occasions share many similarities. All are increasingly being consumed away from home and all are hugely affected by time pressures. As a result, informality is a trend that characterizes each occasion. Meal occasions are also becoming lighter too a phenomenon influenced by a desire to eat more healthily throughout the day and to simply grab a quick bite. Access a broad range of data including consumption frequencies by daypart, relevant market data and consumer survey insight and learn how to tailor your product portfolios and marketing campaigns to effectively target consumers' changing eating patterns with this report from Datamonitor.

    12/20/2006
  • The skinny on trans fat: It's hard to tell the difference

    The cherry turnovers beckon. The pastries look light and airy, with a nice little sprinkling of sugar on top. Flip the box. On the nutrition label: 7 grams of trans fats. That's like eating more than four tablespoons of butter-flavored Crisco shortening.

    12/20/2006
  • More Americans clean their plates of 'bad' food

    The nation has a serious case of food phobia. Many folks — particularly health officials in New York City — are fretting over trans fats. Others are sweating over the E. coli bacteria outbreak linked to Taco Bell that has sickened dozens of people in five states.

    12/20/2006
  • Heinz may make its brand mix a little saucier

    H.J. Heinz Co. may spice up its offerings of sauces and condiments through acquisition -- especially if Kraft Foods Inc. puts its A1 steak sauce on the table, a senior Heinz official said.

    12/20/2006
  • Dark chocolate: A bittersweet pill to take

    Chocolate is richer, darker and more indulgent than ever this holiday season, but don't go double-dipping into the Godiva truffles and Hershey Kisses if you think this ancient food possesses magical medical benefits.

    12/20/2006
  • Healthy Food Holdings to acquire Van's Waffles

    Healthy Food Holdings, a portfolio company of private equity firm Catterton Partners, is set to acquire Van’s International Foods, Inc., the maker and marketer of Van’s Waffles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    12/19/2006
  • Wixon receives organic certification

    Wixon, Inc., a food ingredients company, received organic certification as a processor from Quality Assurance International (QAI), the largest independent certifying organization of its kind in the U.S.

    12/14/2006
  • U.S. uneasy about biotech food

    Ten years after genetically engineered crops were first planted commercially in the United States, Americans remain ill-informed about and uncomfortable with biotech food, according to the fifth annual survey on the topic.

    12/12/2006
  • Got lawsuit? Milk dieter's is thrown out

    Catherine Holmes saw the ads for the so-called "dairy diet" and thought it would be a tasty way to lose a few pounds. After all, she loves buttermilk, yogurt and cheese.

    12/12/2006
  • Food-health claims warrant scrutiny

    Move over drug advertising. Consumer groups are urging the Food and Drug Administration to step up regulation of food marketing.

    12/07/2006
  • Organic beef outstanding in its field

    Organic certification has been granted for 55,000 acres of Northern California grasslands for Panorama meats to raise its organic, grass-fed beef cattle.

    12/06/2006
  • Vitamin angels in the outfield

    The non-profit organization Vitamin Angels and partners have teamed up to fight malnutrition and childhood blindness of 12,500 children in India.

    12/06/2006
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