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New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts to Pittsburgh Workers

April 16, 2014 | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters. Heinz officials said any workers who quit will be replaced.

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Photo of the Day: Star Wars M&M's Released for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:53 am

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

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MY M&M's Rolls Out Star Wars-Themed Candy for 'May the 4th'

April 16, 2014 9:48 am

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4, MY M&M'S is unveiling Star Wars-themed chocolate candies. Fans can join the chocolate 'm'pire with special blends of M&M'S with well-known Star Wars phrases and characters like Darth Vader and Yoda.

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Consumer Trends: Rice Boosts Diet Quality, Improves Health Markers

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm

New research shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by eating rice as part of their daily meals. The study analyzed National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey datasets and evaluated the association of rice consumption with overall diet quality.

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U.S. Consumer Prices Inch Higher

April 15, 2014 11:50 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Lower U.S. gasoline prices kept consumer inflation in check last month, helping to offset higher costs for food and clothing. Food prices jumped 0.4 percent, led by increases in eggs, milk, butter, oranges, pork chops, ground beef and poultry.

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Whitefish Shortage Wreaks Havoc on Passover Plans

April 15, 2014 11:47 am | by JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press

A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand is high because it's a key ingredient in the traditional recipe for gefilte fish.

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'Innovations in Food Safety & Processing' Seminars Set for April

April 15, 2014 11:41 am

Coperion K-Tron, in collaboration with Eriez, ROTEX and Coperion, announce the joint presentation of complimentary food processing seminars, “Innovations in Food Safety & Processing," to be held on April 22 in Rosemont, Ill., and on April 24 in Kansas City, Mo.

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AMI Awards Meat and Poultry Plants for Environmental Practices

April 15, 2014 10:09 am

The American Meat Institute (AMI) presented 119 plants with Environmental Recognition awards during its 2014 Conference on Worker Safety, Human Resources and the Environment. This year, 40 plants received the highest level Tier Four awards.

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Nestle 1Q Sales Climb amid Deflation in Europe

April 15, 2014 10:06 am

Nestle SA says sales rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter compared with a year ago despite deflationary pressures in Europe. The company said sales of $23.7 billion were held back by a strong franc and by a flat retail environment keeping prices down in Europe.

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Voodoo Doll Study: Snacks May Help Prevent ‘Hangry’ Spouses

April 15, 2014 10:02 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

A quick candy bar could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That's because low blood sugar can make spouses "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry, said Ohio State University psychology researcher Brad Bushman.

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Photos of the Day: Japan Whaling Supporters Plan to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:56 am

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

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Japan Pro-Whaling Contingent Vows to Continue Hunts

April 15, 2014 9:51 am

Hundreds of pro-whaling Japanese officials, lawmakers and lobby group members on Tuesday gathered at a meeting and vowed to continue whale hunts despite an international court ruling that brought Japan's Antarctic whaling program to an abrupt halt.

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Maxwell House Announces Brand Refresh

April 14, 2014 3:12 pm

Maxwell House is redefining its 121-year-old brand by debuting new packaging graphics, a new logo and new product varieties. The brand's new campaign, "Say Good Morning to a Good Day," emphasizes the benefits of starting your day with coffee.

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Scientists Study Origins of Lager-Making Yeasts

April 14, 2014 12:57 pm

An analysis of Saccharomyces eubayanus, the wandering parent of hybrid lager yeast, revealed its closest affinity to one of two diverse Patagonian populations, confirming it was the cold-loving microbe that 500 years ago found its way to the caves and monastery cellars of Bavaria where lager beer was first concocted.

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MMI Releases Manufacturing Trends for 2014-2015

April 14, 2014 12:51 pm

Jacob Prak, CEO of Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI), provided an overview of manufacturing trends for the coming twelve months. Prak said companies well aware of the changing situations and flexible enough to adapt will be in the best position to grow and succeed.

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Smithfield Owner Plans IPO to Raise up to $5.3B

April 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer

China's WH Group, which became the world's biggest pork company after purchasing U.S.-based Smithfield Foods last year, said Monday that it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

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Beef Prices Climb to Highest Level Since 1987

April 14, 2014 12:43 pm | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.

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Consumer Trends: Burger Sales Fall as Segment Matures

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm

Burger chains have reached maturity, as limited-service burger segment sales contracted in 2013, according to Technomic. Although burger chains tallied U.S. sales of more than $72 million, they recorded nominal growth of only 1.2 percent.

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Heartland Food Products Plans $21M Expansion

April 14, 2014 10:12 am

Heartland Food Products Group, which makes drink mixes and sweeteners, is planning a $21 million project to add production and distribution facilities in Indianapolis. The company anticipates adding up to 160 jobs in the next few years with the expansion.

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Passamaquoddy Tribe Invests in Maple Syrup

April 14, 2014 10:10 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver, as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.

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Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. Two customers have reported a possible allergic reaction connected to the product.

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