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Cargill Turkeys Will Be Antibiotics-Free By 2017

Food and agricultural production giant Cargill announced it has ended the use of the antibiotic gentamicin – used to prevent disease in animals and humans – in its turkey business. The company’s two largest turkey brands, Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms, will be affected; antibiotics-free birds will be available in stores in 2017. However, birds will continue to receive antibiotics for control and treatment of disease. The company also announced it is expanding its antibiotics-free turkey products through the creation of a new Honest Turkey product line, whose birds have never been treated with antibiotics. Cargill says it is committed to reducing use of shared-class – i.e., for human and animal use – antibiotics in food... More

"Cargill Turkey Slices Antibiotic Use, Creates Honest Turkey Antibiotic-Free Product Line", News release, Cargill, August 09, 2016

Wendy’s Creates Timeline For Making Its Chicken Antibiotics-Free

Fast-food chain Wendy’s, like McDonald’s, has caught on to the fact that drug-resistant pathogens are a growing health problem linked to the widespread use of antibiotics in beef, pork, and poultry. Or at least they’ve caught on to the fact that their customers are aware of it. Wendy’s hasn’t acted as quickly as McDonald’s, which recently announced its chicken is 100 percent antibiotics free. The company says it’s establishing a timeline for eliminating drugs from its poultry supply chain, after the Natural Resources Defense Council awarded Wendy’s and a dozen other fast-food chains a grade of “F” because they lacked a timeline or firm policy for ridding their birds of antibiotics.

"Wendy’s Quietly Getting Rid Of Antibiotics In Chicken", Consumerist, August 05, 2016

Millennials Ask: Is It Local? Is It Healthy? The Food Industry Responds

Eighteen- to 35-year-olds – Millennials – are now the biggest demographic in the U.S., and their food preferences have changed the industry. For several years now consumers – especially Millennials – have increasingly chosen locally- or regionally-produced foods, giving a big sales boost to those brands. The Winn-Dixie grocery chain, for example, no longer sells Mike’s Pies under the Winn-Dixie label. The result: sales of Mike’s Pies are up 57 percent. "Millennials are asking: Is this healthy, is this local?" said a representative of the Food Marketing Institute. Grocery chains have responded by highlighting locally-produced and so-called natural foods, prospering in the process.

"Millennials Drive Grocers Like Publix and Winn-Dixie to Feature Food Produced Around Tampa Bay", Tampa Bay Times, August 02, 2016

PowerBar Unveils Clean-Label Protein Products

Energy snack company PowerBar has launched a line of “clean” protein bars and drinks. They contain no artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors, but deliver 2,000 mg. of sugar plus a stevia-based no-calorie sweetener and “high quality” whey protein. The 70-calorie clean whey protein drink is made with 15 g. of whey protein and seven other ingredients, but no sugar. A company representative said the new clean whey product line “is just another step in our journey to become more transparent.”

"PowerBar Launches Clean Whey Product Line", News release, PowerBar, August 01, 2016

McDonald’s Menu Gets Cleaner And Cleaner

Facing stiff competition from restaurant chains whose foods are less likely to contain questionable ingredients, McDonald’s announced a handful of menu updates intended to appeal to picky eaters. The company removed artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets, pork sausage patties, omelet-style eggs, and scrambled eggs. It introduced buns without high fructose corn syrup that will eventually replace the buns used in Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, hamburgers, etc. And, lastly, it has completed a transition to antibiotics-free chicken, 12 months ahead of schedule. A company spokesman said “it’s time for all fast and casual restaurants to address the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance” by working with suppliers who provide... More

"McDonald’s Removing Preservatives From Some Items; Nuggets Now 100% Antibiotics-Free", Consumerist, August 01, 2016

Clean Label Baking Company Inks Deal With Southern Calif. Grocery Chain

A Los Angeles-based start-up baking company announced a deal with California grocery chain Gelson’s to stock its line of USDA-certified organic, non-GMO baking kits and mixes. Foodstirs, co-founded by three women, including actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, uses cane sugar, Equal Exchange fair trade cocoa and chocolate chips, organic pastry flour, organic unbleached wheat flour, and dye-free sprinkles. The baking kits and mixes feature cake pops, cupcakes, sugar cookies, brownies, chocolate chip cookies and vanilla cake. Baking kits ($17.99) contain 12 to 20 servings, while the baking mixes ($5.99) serve 12 to 16.

"Foodstirs Launches First All Organic, GMO free Line of Baking Kits & Mixes into Retail", News release, Foodstirs, July 27, 2016

Papa John’s Completes Transition To Antibiotics-Free Chicken

Pizza delivery chain Papa John’s announced it has taken only eight months to complete its transition to antibiotics-free, vegetarian-fed chicken in its menu items. The company features grilled chicken pizza toppings as well as chicken poppers (boneless, skinless chicken breast chunks similar to McDonald’s McNuggets). In recent years Papa John’s has removed other objectionable ingedients from its foods: preservatives BHA and BHT; flavor enhancer MSG; cellulose and partially hydrogenated oils; artificial flavors and synthetic colors; and high-fructose corn syrup. The company has also committed to serving only meat from cage-free chickens by the end of the year.

"Papa John's Announces Completion Of Transition To Antibiotic-Free Grilled Chicken Pizza Toppings And Poppers", News release, Papa John's, July 20, 2016

Take-And-Bake Pizza Chain To Serve Only Antibiotics-Free Chicken

National pizza-kit restaurant chain Papa Murphy’s announced it is beginning a transition to antibiotics-free, vegetarian-fed chicken in all of its 1,500 locations. The chain is also committed to removing artificial flavors and colors from its food by 2017. It is working to eliminate palm oil and high-fructose corn syrup from menu items by this fall. It has already eliminated monosodium glutamate from its offerings. Papa Murphy’s is the largest take-and-bake pizza brand in the U.S., and also offers salads, sides and desserts.

"Papa Murphy's Is The First National Pizza Brand to Serve Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics", News release, Papa Murphy's, July 18, 2016

Hilary’s Adds Line Of Allergy-Friendly, Organic Dressings

A food manufacturer known for its family of allergen-free products has added four salad dressings made with natural ingredients, including green chilies, lime juice, carrots, tomatoes and spices. The new dressings – shipped to retail groceries beginning in July – are beet vinaigrette, spicy island, tomato kalamata, and chili-lime vinaigrette. All of Hilary’s products are certified gluten-free, non-GMO Project verified, USDA certified organic, and free-from common allergens including wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, nuts and corn.

"Hilary’s Launches New Allergy-Friendly, Organic Dressings in Four Fresh Flavors", News release, Hilary’s, July 14, 2016

Dannon Rids Yogurt Brands Of GMO Ingredients, And Will Clearly Label GMO Products

Dannon unveiled yogurts under the Dannon and Oikos brands that contain no GMO ingredients. The company said it plans to transition all yogurt brands, including Danimals, to non-GMO content, and will also clearly label products still containing GMO ingredients. The next step in the process will come in 2017, when Dannon will ensure that the cows that supply milk for its flagship brands will be raised on non-GMO feed. The company will convert 80,000 acres of farmland to produce non-GMO crops

"Dannon Brings non-GMO Ingredient Options And Clear-Labels Commitment", News release, Dannon, July 14, 2016

Company’s Allergen-Free Frozen Snacks Hit Northeast Supermarket Shelves

Incredible Foods said its line of non-dairy, allergen-free frozen treats are now available in supermarkets in New England, New York, and other mid-Atlantic states as far south as Washington D.C. Food allergies affect more than 15 million Americans, including one in every 13 children under 18 years of age, or about two children in every classroom. The low-calorie – 25 to 35 calories each – “perfectly free” frozen treats contain no dairy, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, or shellfish. In addition, they are gluten-free and kosher. The bite-sized snacks comprise a vanilla core covered by a layer of real cherry and blueberry, cocoa or salted caramel.

"perfectly free Allergy-Friendly Frozen Treats Hit Shelves of Major Supermarkets in New England, NY, NJ, Mid-Atlantic States", News release, Incredible Foods, July 13, 2016

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