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Whole Foods Plans Major Marketing Push to Fend Off Competitors

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Whole Foods' slowing sales growth has pushed the Austin, Texas-based company to launch a national marketing campaign to fend off other players in the organic and natural foods category. In addition, the company plans to expand its home deliveries.

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Kraft Foods 2Q Profits Fall 42 Percent

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods, popular for its Velveeta and Oreo brands, reported a 42 percent decline in its second quarter net income. The Northfield, Illinois-based company said its earnings fell to $482 million compared to $829 million in the same quarter last year.

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GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senators blocked a bill to limit tax breaks for American companies that wish to move their operations overseas. The bill would have cost U.S. companies that move overseas $143 million in additional taxes over the next decade.

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Packaging for Convenience: On-the-Go's the Way to Go

July 31, 2014 9:06 am | by PMMI | Articles | Comments

Whether they want portion control, quick-step cooking or easy handling, consumers are increasingly seeking out food and beverages that cater to their on-the-go lifestyles. For brand owners, that means investing in the equipment and materials that enable new package formats. 

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Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 8:45 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Dozens of wineries in the area are opposed to the gas facility because it threatens local business and economy.

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VIDEO: 'World's Largest Catsup Bottle' Up for Sale

July 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The 'World's Largest Catsup Bottle' roadside attraction and adjacent warehouse in Illinois is up for sale. The iconic bottle was owned by Brooks Rich and Tangy Catsup, who once produced its ketchup in the building beneath the water tower.

Cargill to Close Milwaukee Beef Plant Due to Cattle Shortage

July 31, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill is planning to close its Milwaukee beef-processing plant, putting more than 600 people out of work. The meat producer says the drought of 2011 and 2012 in the Midwest hurt cattle levels, and the shortage is at its lowest level since 1951.

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Too Sweet to Eat? Technology Reduces Sugar Needs in Chocolate

July 31, 2014 8:20 am | by MycoTechnology, Inc. | News | Comments

By nature, cacao beans are not sweet and require a significant amount of added sugar to mask the bitterness. MycoTechnology can make better tasting foods using all-natural and non-GMO processes, reducing sugar requirements in chocolate by up to 70 percent.

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Photo: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month With 3 New Flavors

July 31, 2014 8:15 am | by California Milk Advisory Board | News | Comments

July is National Ice Cream Month. In celebration of California's continuing role as the number one producer of ice cream in the U.S., the California Milk Advisory Board has partnered with Coolhaus to create three new signature ice cream sandwich treats.

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Experts Work to Create At-Home Caffeine Detection Test for Drinks

July 31, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The news of an Ohio teen who died of a caffeine overdose has the FDA thoroughly inspecting all foods and beverages with added amounts of caffeine. Now, scientists are working to create an at-home test that detects the stimulant in almost all beverages.

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Crystal Sugar CEO Contests Subpoena in Sweetener Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the federal suit filed in California in 2011 by sugar producers. Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say Berg would be a good witness in the lawsuit because he is not involved in litigation.

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Odor Neutralizers

July 31, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Odor neutralizer products chemically react with and neutralize unpleasant smells, and leave behind a fresh, pleasant fragrance. Ideal for use in food manufacturing plants.

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Consumer Trends: Cinnamon Horchata Ale? Blue Moon Thinks So

July 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Blue Moon Brewing Company | News | Comments

Blue Moon Brewing Company's Head Brewmaster Keith Villa's latest creation delivers a cinnamon flavor and subtle sweetness. Inspired by the popular Latin American drink, Horchata, this beer is infused with cinnamon, dark candy sugar and long-grain rice.

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Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

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VIDEO: Maple Leaf Foods Sets World Record With Bacon Dance

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Maple Leaf Foods Inc. | News | Comments

Maple Leaf Foods has set two world records: the longest BLT sandwich, registering at more than 227 feet long using 2,000 slices of Maple Leaf bacon, and the largest bacon dance. Watch 161 Maple Leaf employees sizzle to the new bacon dance craze in this video.

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Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center | News | Comments

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

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Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO | News | Comments

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

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McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

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French-Baking Leader Bridor Announces $32M New Jersey Expansion

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Bridor USA Inc. | News | Comments

Bridor Inc., a leader in manufacturing of European bread and Viennese pastry, is announcing a $32 million expansion to its Vineland, NJ facility. The expansion will allow the company to enlarge its production capacity, as well as better serve current and future clients. 

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IaaS: Delivering Enterprise-Level Support to Manufacturers

July 30, 2014 9:39 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

As manufacturers look to secure a competitive advantage in their specific markets, implementing a virtual infrastructure is often a step in the right direction. The major appeal of cloud server hosting is that the software (and with IaaS, the hardware), is virtualized.

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