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Photo: Wheaties Lets Consumers Choose Next Cereal-Box Athlete

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by General Mills | News | Comments

For the first time in the 80-year history of the brand, Wheaties will offer sports fans the opportunity to select the next athlete to be featured on the cereal box. Athletes represent motocross, lacrosse, women's soccer, MMA, and track and field.

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Archer Daniels Midland Adds Natural Flavors to Portfolio for $3B

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland is adding natural flavors to its portfolio by acquiring the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors in an all-cash deal that will total $3.13 billion. ADM makes sweeteners and emulsifiers for an array of packaged foods and drinks.

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec. Seeks New Trial

July 8, 2014 8:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Francine Katz, a former Anheuser-Busch executive, is seeking a new trial for gender discrimination after unsuccessfully suing the company in May. Katz worked for the brewing company for two decades and claims she was paid significantly less than her male predecessors.

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Jack Daniel's Opens Barrel-Making Cooperage in Alabama

July 8, 2014 8:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the popular Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey opened a new facility in Trinity, Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of the Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery. The new cooperage is expected to make about 700 American white oak barrels per day.

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Production Retorts

July 8, 2014 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company introduces a pair of all-new full production size retorts. The retorts can deliver chilled or aseptic quality at shelf stable costs.

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Limit Alarm Current Sensing Contact Switches

July 8, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized.

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How Can Heat Illness be Prevented in the Workplace?

July 7, 2014 12:45 pm | by Julia Dozier, OSHA Training Center | Blogs | Comments

Workers exposed to hot conditions are at risk of heat illness, especially those using bulky protective clothing and equipment. New and temporary workers are susceptible to heat-related illness if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions.

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Consumer Trends: Is an Insect-Rich Diet to Thank for Human Evolution?

July 7, 2014 12:45 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Research from Washington University in St. Louis claims that a diet rich in insects played a key role in early human evolution. The study suggests that bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in humans.

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Rabobank Expects Continued Record-High US Cattle Prices

July 7, 2014 12:39 pm | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a new report on the global beef industry, Rabobank says that the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. Beef imports to China are historically very high.

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Safeway Stores in Arizona Not Affected by Salmonella Recall

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Safeway, a U.S. supermarket chain, says its grocery stores in Arizona and New Mexico have not been affected by Foster Farms'  contaminated chicken breast. The USDA found evidence directly linking Foster Farms to a strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds.

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New Iowa Law Allows for Votes to Increase Corn Checkoff

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new law in effect this month would  increase the amount of money collected from Iowa corn. The state's corn industry has had to fight attempts to disparage high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener made from corn, as a major contributor to obesity. 

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First Lady Fights GOP on School Lunch Campaign

July 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama is fighting a House Republican effort to soften her anti-childhood obesity campaign. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010, but now she is ready "to fight until the bitter end." 

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Trinity Packaging Company Invests $9.5M in Va. Expansion

July 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Trinity Packaging Corporation, a privately held family business based in New York, is investing $9.5 million to expand its operations in Franklin County, Virginia. The company packages produce, dairy, cheese, pet food, frozen food, processed meats and bakery items.  

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Infographic: How Strong is That Mixed Drink?

July 7, 2014 10:23 am | by National Institutes of Health | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: How much are you really drinking with those summer cocktails? A "standard drink" is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. 

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ISM: Manufacturing on Solid Ground for the Remainder of 2014

July 7, 2014 10:17 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The manufacturing sector's economic activity has expanded for the 13th consecutive month in June. According to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business, the PMI registered 55.3 percent, a small decrease compared to May's reading of 55.4 percent. 

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VIDEO: Dispenser Puts Every Single Draft Beer Inside Your Kitchen

July 7, 2014 10:07 am | by SYNEK | Videos | Comments

Are you a savvy beer drinker? The reinvention of beer packaging is here. SYNEK is the world's first portable tap beer dispenser allowing for unlimited varieties of craft beer right inside your kitchen. You can now enjoy your draft beer wherever there's an outlet.

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Quebec's Lassonade Buys Apple & Eve Juice Brand for $150M

July 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Lassonade, a Quebec-based beverage company, is purchasing the U.S. juice company Apple & Eve for $150 million. The acquisition will allow the company to enter the U.S. branded juice market and derive cost savings from purchasing and distribution. 

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New Utah Liquor Law Allows Bars to Buy the Rights to Serve Alcohol

July 7, 2014 9:20 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of having liquor regulations among the strictest in the nation, a new state law puts Utah liquor licenses on the market. Bar owners can legally buy the right to serve alcoholic drinks from other businesses. The state will still help to handle the transfer.

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St. Paul's Last Beef Plant Temporarily Shutting Down

July 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Dakota Premium Foods, a beef-packing plant in South St. Paul, Minn., is temporarily shutting down due to the the declining number of cattle in the U.S. The company is currently idling 300 employees and was once the heart of the Upper Midwest meatpacking industry.

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Foster Farms Issues First Recall Since Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

July 7, 2014 8:59 am | by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Foster Farms, a California chicken producer, has been directly linked to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months. As a result, the company has issued a recall for 170 different chicken products from its facilities.

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