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Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government's immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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Could Non-Gluten Proteins Play a Role in Celiac Disease?

November 7, 2014 10:52 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Although gluten-free foods are trendy among the health-conscious, they are necessary for those with celiac disease. But gluten, the primary trigger for health problems in these patients, may not be the only culprit.         

Solid US Hiring Likely, But Americans Are Anxious

November 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The picture has improved enough that the Federal Reserve announced last month that it was ending its bond purchase program, which had been intended to lower interest rates and stimulate economic growth. So why aren't Americans more cheerful?

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VIDEO: Food Trend Predictions of 2015

November 7, 2014 10:41 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

The Lempert Report takes a look at what's brewing in the food industry and predicts the food and beverage items that will blossom in 2015. From snacking to same-day grocery deliveries, what do you believe will be a top consumer trend in the coming year?

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Beef or Chicken? Beef Prices Hit Fast-Food Chains

November 7, 2014 10:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The soaring prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature beef as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy's and McDonald's — the nation's three biggest burger chains — all say they're dealing with higher beef costs.  

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Study Shows Media Opts For Drama Instead of Facts on Food, Beverage Items

November 7, 2014 10:26 am | by By Sara Martens, Vice President, The MSR Group | Articles | Comments

In recent years it seems consumer news outlets are taking “compelling” to a whole new level when it comes to reporting on the food and beverage industry. Opting for drama instead of balanced facts, many outlets are driving unnecessary and unfounded food ingredient fears. 

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PepsiCo Loses Another Contender for Top Slot

November 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of potential successors for the top spot at PepsiCo is thinning as yet another highly regarded executive announced his departure. Zein Abdalla, named president of the company just over two years ago, will retire this year.    

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General Mills Cuts Sales, Profit Outlook

November 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and Progresso canned soups has cut its sales and earnings outlook for the year. General Mills says sales for its fiscal 2015 are expected to grow at a low-single-digit rate.         

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Coca-Cola Life Arrives on Shelves Nationwide

November 7, 2014 8:00 am | by The Coca-Cola Company | News | Comments

The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero.             

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Firmware For Meters, Controllers

November 7, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Newly added Gas Select Composer permits finer control of changing gas mixtures for food packing. 

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What's Your Hydration IQ?

November 6, 2014 3:37 pm | by American Diabetes Association | News | Comments

This new "smart bottle" helps consumers track daily water consumption by measuring and reminding consumers to drink more often. IQhydr8 technology is in the bottle's cap and can be used as a tool to help "take care of yourself."      

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Starbucks is a Dominant Leader in $35B US Mobile Payments Market

November 6, 2014 3:31 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently claimed that mobile payments at the popular coffee chain are growing almost 50 percent annually, and that 90 percent of all mobile payments in 2013 were made at Starbucks.      

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Arizona Beverage Co-Founder May End Up Big Winner in Dispute

November 6, 2014 3:24 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

After a judge ruled that Arizona Beverage Co., maker of Arizona iced tea, is worth $2 billion, its co-founders are now battling over the payout.                              

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Earthbound Farm Reveals Results of its 'Salad Sign' Quiz

November 6, 2014 3:19 pm | by Earthbound Farm | News | Comments

Earthbound Farm, a pioneering organic food company and the nation's leading grower of organic produce, announced what the results of its Salad Sign quiz reveal about people who gravitate to organic food.            

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VIDEO: Berkeley First City to Adopt Soda Tax

November 6, 2014 3:13 pm | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Berkeley, California voters became the first in the country to approve taxing sodas to curb consumption, after costly campaigns by the soda industry helped defeat similar taxes in more than 30 other cities and states in recent years.   

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Study: Low-Calorie Sweetener Consumers Have Better Diets

November 6, 2014 3:03 pm | by Calorie Control Council | News | Comments

New research from the University of Washington of more than 22,000 people has found that consumers of foods and beverages made with no-, low- and reduced-calorie sweeteners have better quality diets and are more likely to be physically active.      

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Q&A: How Packaging Suppliers Support Canneries During Salmon Season

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by Crown Holdings, Inc. | Articles | Comments

When it comes to packaging seafood, there may indeed be a lot of fish in the sea, but sometimes there’s only a short time to catch them. Nowhere is this truer than in the salmon industry, which gives fishermen and canneries just over two months to catch and package the fish.

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Applications For US Unemployment Fall to 278K

November 6, 2014 2:30 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 2,250 to 279,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years.           

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VIDEO: Coca-Cola's CTO Talks Innovation

November 6, 2014 2:14 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Coca-Cola's Chief Technical Officer Guy Wollaert discusses the role of technology and innovation at the company with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde at the Dublin Web Summit in Ireland.                   

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Colbert: 'You Can Have a Dog For Dinner in Pennsylvania'

November 6, 2014 10:41 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Thanks to pressure from the National Rifle Association, people remain free to dine on dogs and cats in Pennsylvania. Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" takes a look at the NRA vs. Pennsylvania pet-eating ban.          

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