Daily Archives: August 2, 2013

The story of vanilla that involves the Aztecs, a black slave’s discovery and Magadascar

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As flavor company Virginia Dare evolves, their history ties into their future

Mention vanilla and the name people often associate with this specialty ingredient is Virginia Dare. I’m sure many of you recognize the bottle found in your mother’s or grandmother’s kitchen carrying the young, innocent face of a 16th century young woman.

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Flowers completes Hostess bread asset acquisition

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Flowers Foods, Inc. on July 22 said it has completed its acquisition of 20 baking plants and other “bread assets” from Hostess Brands for $355 million. The transaction brings to an end the liquidation of what for many years was the largest baking company in the U.S.

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Quinoa, an Andean crop that can play a significant role in eradicating hunger

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Quinoa can play a significant role in the eradication of hunger due to its nutritional qualities and agronomical versatility. In this context, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru are in a privileged position to promote quinoa production as well as its nutritional and cultural values.

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F.D.A. defines ‘gluten-free’

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The Food and Drug Administration has issued a final rule defining gluten-free for voluntary food and beverage labeling. In order to use the term on its label, a food must meet all of the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten, according to the agency. The rule also requires foods with the claims “no gluten,” “free of gluten,” and “without gluten” to meet the definition for “gluten-free.”

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Do you skip breakfast?

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The research, conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health, was an analysis of 16 years of diet and health records from over 20,000 male health professionals participating in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

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