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Study: Fast-Food Limits Didn't Cut Obesity Rate in South LA

March 19, 2015 1:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

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Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Trendy California Creation: Pop Tart Doughnut

March 19, 2015 12:43 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling. Donut Bar, with outlets in Fountain Valley and San Diego, calls the 1-pound creation the "Big Poppa Tart Donut."

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Pure Foods Selects Tennessee City for US Headquarters

March 19, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The specialty snack food maker is investing $22 million to build an 88,000-square-foot facility that's expected to create more than 270 jobs in Kingsport.

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Detroit's Better Made Potato Chips Turns 85

March 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by SYLVIA RECTOR, Detroit Free Press | News | Comments

Better Made was one of at least 22 chip-makers that sprang up in Detroit in the late 1920s through the mid-'30s — and the independent, family-owned business is the only one of that era still in business, a rare survivor in an industry dominated by conglomerates.

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English Researchers Help to Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 19, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Consumers in developed countries tend to take the humble chocolate bar for granted. But the world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

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Alaska Fishermen Consider Leaving Copper River Marketing Association

March 19, 2015 10:40 am | by MOLLY DISCHNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska's Copper River sockeye salmon by name. But red fish could be in jeopardy as the commercial fishermen who provide much of its funding decide whether to pull their support.

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Consumer Reports: 85 Percent of People Are Concerned About Pesticides

March 19, 2015 10:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Consumer Reports is peeling back the mystery of the chemicals in your produce. The magazine looked at pesticides in 48 fruits and vegetables. Urvashi Rangan, director of safety and sustainability at Consumer Reports, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss chemical risks in your food.

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Wisconsin Likely to Allow Liquor Samples in Stores

March 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin shoppers will soon be able to add booze to their free sample options in supermarket aisles. The state Senate adopted legislation Tuesday that would allow grocery and liquor stores to provide one half-ounce sample of hard liquor per day to customers.

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300 Watt Portable LED String Light Set

March 19, 2015 8:40 am | by Larson Electroincs LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 300 watt LED lighting system that is designed for portability and reliability within the job site, and ideal for use in rough and demanding conditions.

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No Signs of a Break-In Where Kentucky Bourbon Was Stolen

March 19, 2015 8:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tests confirmed the liquid inside the barrels was Wild Turkey bourbon distilled in 2009. The bourbon was slated to become Wild Turkey 101, the brand's flagship product, a blend of barrels typically aged for five to eight years.

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In The News: Kraft Mac and Cheese Recall

March 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The news of Kraft recalling 6.5 million boxes of macaroni and cheese because some may contain small metal fragments was a popular topic for Food Manufacturing readers Wednesday. Find out more by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Is Your Efficiency Tracking System Actually Efficient?

March 19, 2015 7:55 am | by Jack Payne, Vice President of Solution Consulting for Process Manufacturing, Aptean | Articles | Comments

Process manufacturers are under constant pressure to meet compliance, lower costs and maximize efficiency. All too often manufacturers, unfortunately, lack the tools needed to deliver on these goals, struggling to guess at the inefficiencies in what is typically a paper-driven and error-prone manual process.

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North American Meat Institute Announces Speakers for Meat Industry Management Conference

March 19, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI | News | Comments

The North American Meat Institute this week announced key speakers for its upcoming Meat Industry Management Conference, scheduled to take place April 15-18, 2015, in Carlsbad, California. The annual conference will feature education sessions covering an array of topics, including food safety, government regulations, economics, communications and workforce issues. 

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MicroPitch Transfer Modules

March 19, 2015 7:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The MicroPitch Transfer Modules can be easily incorporated into existing production lines, helping eliminate production bottlenecks and improving line efficiency with minimal investment.

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Whiskey Sales Soar, Lead Spirits Industry

March 18, 2015 3:10 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The founder and CEO of 2 Gingers, Kieran Folliard, discusses rising U.S. whiskey sales.

Bud Light Fans Upset With Controversial Tweet

March 18, 2015 2:35 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Bud Light's #UpForWhatever hashtag backfired on St. Patrick's Day when one of the brand's tweets seemed to poke fun at issues of sexual consent. While the beer giant may have intended to write a humorous tweet in celebration of the holiday, its Twitter followers were less than amused.

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General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 1:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills says that it has completed a plan to eliminate about 800 positions. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

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The Impact of Online Pest Management

March 18, 2015 1:00 pm | by Chad Gore, PhD, Rentokil Regional Technical Director | Articles | Comments

At the heart of an effective integrated pest management program is the interaction and cooperation that takes place between the food manufacturer and the pest control provider, which is one of the main reasons that moving from a paper-based logbook to an online pest management system can deliver huge benefits.

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Starbucks Delivery to Start in Seattle, NYC

March 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In Seattle, Starbucks said it will team up with a company called Postmates to deliver to homes and offices within specific areas. In New York City, delivery will be from existing or newly setup Starbucks shops in certain buildings, starting with the Empire State Building.

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