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Amy’s Kitchen to begin operations in Pocatello
30 October 2014 Natural and organic convenience and frozen foods manufacturer Amy's Kitchen is to expand its operations by purchasing Heinz's plant located in Pocatello, Idaho, US....

Loblaw removes all additives from President's Choice brand products
30 October 2014 Canadian food and pharmacy company Loblaw Companies has removed all artificial flavours and colours from its complete range of more than 4,000 President's Choice brand...

Russia to import meat and dairy products from Israel
29 October 2014 Russia is set to import meat and dairy products from Israel, said Russian Deputy Economic Development Minister Aleksey Likhachyov....

EWG app to tell if food is healthy
29 October 2014 Washington-based Environmental Working Group (EWG) has developed a new food database and mobile app that contains ratings and other information about nutrition and ingredients....

Cutrale-Safra finalises merger with Chiquita for $682m
28 October 2014 Brazilian juice maker Grupo Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group will takeover banana company Chiquita Brands International for $682m....

Gordon Food to open distribution centre in Kannapolis
28 October 2014 US-based food service distributor Gordon Food Service will be investing $58m in the next five years for a distribution centre in Afton Ridge Business Park, Kannapolis....

USDA recalls 31,689lb of gluten free chicken
27 October 2014 Pennsylvania-based Murry's has recalled 31,689lb of chicken after the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a high risk recall over fears of...

Chiquita shareholders say no to merger with Fyffes
27 October 2014 Banana company Chiquita will not enter a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes after the company's shareholders voted against it....

James Hutton Institute report calls pesticides ban threat to UK food security
24 October 2014 A report by scientists at the James Hutton Institute has stated that the European Union's plan of blacklisting up to 40 chemicals will lead to an overall drop in farming income of £1.7bn....

Goya Foods opens new facility in California
24 October 2014 The US's largest Hispanic-owned food company, Goya Foods, has opened a new facility and distribution centre in Southern California to meet increasing demand for its new facility and...

General Mills completes acquisition of Annie’s
23 October 2014 US-based General Mills has completed the acquisition of Annie’s for $821m....

Abraaj Group poised to acquire Kudu
23 October 2014 Private equity firm Abraaj group is hoping to buy a majority stake in Saudi Arabia-based fast food chain Kudu, alongside TPG Capital....

New research to help banana farmers in Tanzania and Uganda
22 October 2014 A new $13.8m project is set to help smallholder banana farmers develop and distribute higher-yielding, disease-resistant hybrid banana varieties in Tanzania and Uganda....

Russia bans animal fats from EU countries
22 October 2014 After several products failed to meet hygiene standards, Russia has announced a ban on import of animal fats and offal from the European Union (EU), widening its ongoing rift with the West....

Fonterra joins hands with MFAT to enhance dairy production in developing countries
21 October 2014 New Zealand-based co-operative dairy Fonterra will be working together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to help developing countries increase their dairy nutrition knowledge....

Symington’s acquires Tanfield Foods
21 October 2014 Manufacturer of innovative meals and specialist nutrition products, Tanfield Foods, has been acquired by UK-based Symington’s....

Taiwan Government sets-up new food safety office
20 October 2014 The Taiwanese Government is launching a new food safety office, which will begin operations this week in response to the recent cooking oil scandal....

EBRD grants €3m loan to Vitaminka for modernisation
20 October 2014 The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing a loan of around €3m to Vitaminka, a leading Macedonian agribusiness...

Arla Foods to acquire Falbygdens Ost
17 October 2014 Sweden-based food cooperative Arla Foods is acquiring cheese company Falbygdens Ost from food company Atria Scandinavia for an undisclosed amount....

Xergi to build plant that uses food waste to produce energy
17 October 2014 Xergi has been appointed to build and operate Willen Biogas's new 27,000tpa waste-to-energy plant in Enfield, north London....

Abbott unveils nutrition manufacturing plant in Gujarat
16 October 2014 US-based Abbott has opened a new nutrition manufacturing plant in Jhagadia, Gujarat, which is its biggest investment in India to date....