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General Mills Complete's Annie's Acquisition

October 21, 2014 3:20 pm | by General Mills, Inc. | News | Comments

General Mills and Annie's, a natural and organic food company, subsequently completed the acquisition by merging a subsidiary of General Mills with and into Annie's, with Annie's surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Mills.

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Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to the report by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute.     

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Meat Labeling Gets Push Back From WTO

October 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The World Trade Organization announced that it has rejected U.S. rules that would require labeling packaged beef and pork products identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. Did the WTO come to the right decision concerning meat labeling rules? 

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2nd Guilty Plea in Calif. Tainted Beef Case

October 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Eugene Corda, an employee of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered the plea to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat earlier this month.           

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Where Have the Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 21, 2014 11:20 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO Magazine | Blogs | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce.

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VIDEO: 3 PGA Pros Start GolfBeer Brewing

October 21, 2014 11:09 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Three of the top names in professional golf are now in the beer business. Freddie Jacobson, Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will launch a series of easy-drinking craft beers through their new company, GolfBeer Brewing Co.       

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Infographic: Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee

October 21, 2014 11:01 am | by Ilovecoffee.jp | News | Comments

Coffee and beer aren't just two of the world's most popular beverages, they are also the most popular drugs. We'll let ilovecoffee.jp explain.                             

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New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' in Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 10:19 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners, the Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data in a specific area.

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VIDEO: 57 is the Average Age of the American Farmer

October 21, 2014 10:08 am | by PBS Food | Videos | Comments

If the average age of the American farmer is 57, what happens when they retire? From Edible Schoolyards to Green Collar jobs, young people are learning how to grow their own food, eat healthy and engage with land and community.     

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Jackson Hole Restaurants Get New Food Safety Rule

October 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Restaurants around Jackson will soon have to have staff certified in food safety. A new rule from the Teton County Board of Public Health requires eateries to have a manager take a test on food protection protocols.  

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5 Issues McDonald's is Facing in the US

October 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's (14,000 U.S. locations) is far bigger than Chipotle (1,700 locations), making it more difficult for the chain to boost sales. But McDonald's nevertheless acknowledges it needs to work on fixing some problems. Here is a look at five problems McDonald's is facing.

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Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? America Says No!

October 21, 2014 9:34 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese.           

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McDonald's Profit Plunges in 3Q

October 21, 2014 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In the U.S., McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition and shifting tastes toward food people consider more wholesome. To improve its performance, McDonald's launched a social media campaign inviting customers to ask questions about its food.

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Coke Profit Falls as Soda Volumes Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, reported a lower profit and revenue in the third quarter as global soda volume remained flat. The company plans to reduce costs by $3 billion a year by 2019.            

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The Organic Label Beyond Food Becomes Hazy

October 21, 2014 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

USDA doesn't regulate organic products — like household cleaners and cosmetics — unless they're made entirely from food or agriculture products overseen by its National Organic Program.               

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The 150 Best and Worst Foodie Cities For Your Wallet

October 20, 2014 3:47 pm | by WalletHub | News | Comments

WalletHub's recent study of 2014's Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet analyzed the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 18 key metrics. Find out where your city falls when it comes to cost of groceries, number of coffee shops per capita and more.

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Can Paid Internships Help to Bridge the Gap in Manufacturing?

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Megy Karydes, Communications Consultant for IIE | Articles | Comments

For small to medium-sized manufacturers willing to open their shop doors and let the youth from their community in, it’s an opportunity to teach them skills they can use both within their manufacturing firm and beyond while also helping to reduce the unemployment rate locally.

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A Holistic Approach to Loading Dock Safety, Security and Productivity

October 20, 2014 3:19 pm | by Troy Bergum, Rite-Hite Corporation | Articles | Comments

According to the Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 100 workers are killed and 95,000 injured every year while operating forklifts. Many of these accidents are related to turnovers or when a forklift operator drives off the dock.

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VIDEO: Study Suggests Soda Can Shorten Your Life

October 20, 2014 3:07 pm | by CBS Evening News | Videos | Comments

Soft drinks are a $61 billion-a-year business in the U.S. But could drinking soda shorten your lifespan? A new study in the American Journal of Public Health suggests the answer might just be yes.               

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Frozen Meals vs. Fast Food: Which is Better?

October 20, 2014 2:59 pm | by Nestle USA | News | Comments

New data presented shows those who reported eating frozen meals had better nutritional profiles than those who reported eating meals from quick service restaurants. By average, frozen meal eaters consume 253 fewer calories per day than fast food eaters.

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