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Food industry mergers & acquisitions remain steady in 2013

The hesitation of the food industry to engage in new merger activity was still evident in 2013 with only 311 deals, roughly the same as in 2012, according to The Food Institute’s Food Business Mergers & Acquisitions 2013.
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Global poultry industry set for slowdown, US market an exception

The global poultry market has been hit by a series of factors that are predicted to affect performance in the first quarter and margins in the second quarter of the year.
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Food processing, packaging equipment market poised for growth

The global market for equipment used in food processing and packaging is expected to grow to $31.3 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 6.3%.
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Researchers extract antioxidants from blackberries using ultrafiltration

Using ultrafiltration membranes, a team of researchers from France and Costa Rica have successfully chemically engineered the extraction of ellagitannins -- a class of hydrolyzable tannins that are rich in antioxidants -- from blackberry juice.
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FSIS takes enforcement action against Washington egg processor

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has instructed Lacey, Wash.-based egg processor Nutriom LLC to expand the recall of products initiated in February.
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Minnesota company recalls peanut butter, spreads over Listeria concerns

Minnesota food manufacturer Parkers Farm Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of a series of products, including cheese, peanut butter, salsa, dips and spreads, over concerns of possible Listeria contamination.
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FDA stops fish product imports by three New York companies

The U.S. FDA has sent warning letters to three New York companies specializing in imports of fish and seafood products.
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FDA inspection at cheese processing facility results in suspended registration

The U.S. FDA has ordered the suspension of the food facility registration of Delaware food manufacturer Roos Foods, which has been identified as the source of the recent listeria outbreak.
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Federal report finds no pesticide residue in most fruits, vegetables

The latest report on pesticide use in farming released by the USDA has shown that fruits and vegetables produced in the United States are "exceedingly safe."
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Poultry processor Peco Foods to open new facility in Arkansas

Alabama-based Peco Foods is to invest $165 million to build a new poultry complex in Arkansas, creating 1,000 jobs.
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