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1/19/2017

The Agriculture Department released new rules Wednesday that will set stricter animal welfare requirements for certified organic egg and meat producers, which will take effect next year. The number of US certified organic producers has soared 300% since 2002, according to USDA records.

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1/19/2017

Whole Foods Market will close three East Coast kitchens and transition the production of prepared foods to outside suppliers, the retailer said. The move is intended to increase efficiency, and most of the employees displaced by the closures are expected to fill other jobs at Whole Foods or its suppliers, said spokeswoman Heather McCready.

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1/19/2017

Price Chopper has reached a sponsorship deal to become the official grocer of the Kansas City Royals baseball team, a deal that will include the sale of Royals tickets in Price Chopper's stores. The deal, which replaces a 15-year partnership with Hy-Vee, will also include charity efforts and community projects.

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1/19/2017

McDonald's launched two new limited-time versions of the Big Mac this week, as part of a push to win over millennials and revive sales of the chain's signature burger. The Grand Mac is a supersized version of the sandwich and the Mac Jr. is a slimmed-down portion that omits the middle bun.

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1/19/2017

Schools in Maine have received a $50,000 grant from the Maine Department of Agriculture to serve more wild blueberries in school meals. At one school, school nutrition professionals offer blueberries daily on the salad bar.

1/19/2017

School officials in a Wisconsin district are working to address weekend food insecurity through in-house food pantries. One program uses a backpack model and includes access to cooking devices that students and families can use at home.

1/19/2017

Bimbo Bakeries USA is adding a chocolate variety to its Entenmann's Little Bites Party Cakes line. The bite-sized cakes are free of high-fructose corn syrup and feature rainbow sprinkles like the original golden version of the snack.

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1/19/2017

Mondelez has sold several brands including Vegemite to Australian firm Bega Cheese Ltd. for $348 million. The deal includes a license for Bega Cheese to locally produce products such as Kraft Mac & Cheese, mayonnaise and peanut butter.

1/19/2017

Perhaps no Caribbean food is more widely known than Jamaica's jerk. Jeremy McConnell of Scotchie's demonstrates how he prepares jerk pork and chicken in different ways. Chef Bill Moore of Push Cart Foods explains that authentic jerk takes days of marinating and must be smoked over pimento wood. And don't forget the sides! Watch the video.

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1/19/2017

Cauliflower is naturally rich in umami so is a natural for grilling and roasting applications. In this version, a wet rub is applied to whole heads before roasting, which can be done during prep. At service, retherm in small batches and cut into serving wedges.