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Four Accused Of Distributing Contaminated Cheese

April 20, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Four people are accused of ignoring U.S. Food and Drug Administration orders and distributing more than 110,000 pounds of contaminated cheese. Some of it contained salmonella, E. coli and other potentially harmful bacteria.

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Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Boost Nutraceutical Ingredients Market

April 20, 2012 12:44 pm | News | Comments

An increasing number of clinical studies confirming the health benefits of nutraceuticals and their broad applications in food, beverages, dietary supplements, and pediatric and adult nutritional preparations has provided support for the growing use of nutraceutical ingredients.

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Ark. Ice Cream Plant Reopens

April 20, 2012 10:03 am | by ALLEN REED,Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Mike Beebe celebrated the return of Yarnell's Ice Cream Thursday morning and got to take the ceremonial first bite of the Arkansas treat. The governor joined Yarnell's officials, who announced the return of ice creams, frozen yogurts and ice cream sandwiches. The Searcy-based ice cream producer laid off 200 workers and halted production in June after nearly 80 years of business, citing of declining sales and rising food and fuel prices. It had borrowed $7 million from state agencies in the years leading up to the closure.

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Chesapeake Crabs Hit Highest Level Since 1993

April 20, 2012 10:01 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are at record numbers, although there has also been a mysterious drop in adult females, according to an annual winter survey released Thursday. The survey found an estimated 764 million crabs in the bay, nearly two-thirds more than last year. The increase was highest among juvenile crabs, which totaled 587 million, nearly triple last year's total.

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Hidden Opportunities: Eliminating Unseen Transportation Expenses

April 20, 2012 10:00 am | by Nicholas Isasi, Executive Vice President and Director of Business Development, DM Transportation | Articles | Comments

Inbound transportation is one area ripe with cost saving potential, but is often overlooked. Inbound transportation costs can comprise as much as 35 percent of some companies’ total logistics cost.

Alabama Bans Beer Over Dirty Name

April 20, 2012 9:58 am | by JAY REEVES,Associated Press | News | Comments

You can buy Fat Bastard wine in Alabama, but you'll have to go elsewhere for Dirty Bastard beer. The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of that brand of beer in the state because of the profanity on its label.

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FDA Maintains Safety Of Gulf Seafood Despite Oil Spill Concerns

April 20, 2012 9:57 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Photos of fish with sores may raise concern about long-term environmental effects of the massive BP oil spill — but federal health officials say the Gulf seafood that's on the market is safe to eat.

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Coca-Cola Addiction Cited In Woman's Death

April 20, 2012 9:53 am | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

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Photo Of The Day: Censoring A Six-Pack

April 20, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of Dirty Bastard beer in the state because of the profanity on its label. Beer and wine are commonly sold in grocery and convenience stores and anyone can see the labels, so staff members rejected the brand because parents may not want young people to see rough language on the shelves, said Bob Martin, an attorney with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Scientists: Fish Sick where BP's Oil Spill Hit

April 20, 2012 9:47 am | Videos | Comments

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists are finding trouble in the oiled Gulf of Mexico: fish with lesions and evidence of contamination.

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Beverage Cart

April 19, 2012 4:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Erg-O-Cart, an ergonomic beverage cart, eliminates common back injuries associated with delivering kegs and cases. This product eliminates back-bending when lifting heavy boxes, kegs, cases or other heavy items.

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Recordkeeping Tool

April 19, 2012 3:58 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FoodSafetyPRO™ is designed for food processors looking to improve their recordkeeping in accordance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification, and/or Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification.

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Professional Grade Disc Publishers

April 19, 2012 3:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bravo 4102 XRP Disc Publishers are fast desktop disc printers, DVD duplicators and publishers. The product requires only 6 seconds to print each disc with 100% coverage in near-perfect quality.

Food Technology and Innovation Summit

April 19, 2012 2:56 pm | Events

The Food Technology and Innovation Summit will take place at McCormick Place Convention Centre in Chicago, Ill.

Mayors To Discuss Healthy Food Initiatives

April 19, 2012 1:22 pm | News | Comments

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is planning to join with other mayors to discuss ways to make it easier for those in urban neighborhoods to get access to fresh, healthy food.

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Danisco Pads DuPont Profits

April 19, 2012 1:19 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Strong performances from DuPont's agricultural and performance chemicals units, combined with its acquisition of Danish food maker Danisco last year, contributed to an increase in first-quarter earnings, the company said Thursday.

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Howard Buffett Takes On Hunger In America

April 19, 2012 1:17 pm | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, wants to enlist fellow food producers in a new campaign to fight hunger in rural America. Buffett and other organizers planned to announce the "Invest an Acre" initiative Thursday. It will encourage farmers around the nation to donate profits from the sale of 1 acre's crop to the charity Feeding America, which will use the money to support food banks in rural communities where advocates say malnutrition is a serious — if often overlooked — scourge.

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Yum Brands 1Q Income Rises 73 Percent

April 19, 2012 1:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, said Wednesday its first-quarter net income rose 73 percent due to a successful combo — continuing strong overseas sales packaged with a rebounding U.S. performance led by its once-struggling Taco Bell business.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Habits Of Health-Conscious Americans

April 19, 2012 1:11 pm | News | Comments

A new study reveals that 74 percent of  health-conscious consumers visited a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days.   

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Starbucks To Phase Out Bug Coloring In Products

April 19, 2012 1:06 pm | News | Comments

In response to consumer pressure, Starbucks announced it will replace cochineal coloring derived from crushed bugs and instead use a tomato-based ingredient to color several products, including its strawberry Frappuccinos.

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