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Utah Woman Critically Injured By Toxic Sweet Tea at Restaurant

August 14, 2014 2:01 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan, Utah is under investigation after a woman drank the restaurant's sweet tea, which was laced with an industrial cleaning chemical. The 67-year-old woman suffers severe burns on her mouth and throat.

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Infographic: Top 10 Eating Occasions in American Food Culture

August 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Hartman Group | News | Comments

Research by the Hartman Group shows three basic types of eating occasions in contemporary food culture: instrumental, savoring and inspirational. Here are the top 10 eating occasions in American food culture today.          

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Dunkin' Donuts Brews Up First Single-Origin Packaged Coffee

August 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Dunkin' Donuts | News | Comments

In celebration of National Coffee Month, Dunkin' Donuts has brewed big news for coffee drinkers with the introduction of Colombian Packaged Coffee, the brand's first single-origin packaged coffee. Packaged coffee is the perfect way to enjoy Dunkin' Donuts coffee at home.

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Infographic: Just How Much Food is Going Straight to the Trash?

August 14, 2014 11:02 am | by Business Insider | News | Comments

Every year, the planet loses nearly a third of its food — a staggering 1.4 billion tons. That's according to a United Nations study that assessed food networks in 152 countries.                             

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VIDEO: Will Produce Trump the Cookie Aisle in the Future?

August 14, 2014 10:41 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

When given the option between a cookie and a piece of produce, which one do you reach for? In five years, you could be spending more time and money in the produce aisle. Author Michael Moss says produce marketers are going to figure out how to really drive sales upwards.

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Providing Protein in On-the-Go Breakfast Foods

August 14, 2014 10:30 am | by David G. Sabbagh, Senior Group Manager - Applications Innovation, Michelle Braun, Ph.D, Senior Researcher | Articles | Comments

The unhurried breakfast of the past has given way to an average of just 12 minutes a day for consuming breakfast, according to recent research. Now, food manufacturers are looking for innovative ideas to change how Americans kick-off their day.

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McCormick Recalls Oregano for Possible Contamination

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by McCormick & Company, Incorporated | News | Comments

McCormick & Company is recalling its Ground Oregano products due to possible contamination of Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. The company has alerted customers and outlets to dispose of this product.

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Group Challenges Constitutionality of Oregon Right to Farm Act

August 14, 2014 9:58 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit was brought by 17 residents of the Cedar Valley area north of Gold Beach, who were victims last fall of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the immunity granted to pesticide applicators is unconstitutional. 

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Bottled Water Companies At Odds Over Poland Spring Label

August 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Maine Springs bottled water company says it is required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. Now, the company is suing Poland Spring, which apparently told Maine Springs that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

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Burger King 'Satisfries' Did Not Satisfy

August 14, 2014 9:37 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Burger King is nixing the lower-calorie french fries called "Satisfries" after realizing the fries weren't as well received as it had hoped. This is just one of the gambits by Burger King since investment firm 3G Capital took it public again in 2012.

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Keurig Raises Coffee Prices By 9 Percent

August 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain said that it needs to boost prices because of factors including higher prices for cocoa and green coffee and increases in packaging materials, energy and transportation costs. The price increases will take effect on Nov. 3.

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Flexible Loading Dock Enclosure

August 14, 2014 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Flexible fabric wall systems enclose the interior loading dock areas. The adaptable wall systems substantially reduce facility energy costs and greatly enhance employee comfort at the loading dock without the need to build permanent walls.

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Label, Print Verification System

August 14, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

This inspection system employs multiple cameras to inspect labels on round containers — bottles, jars, cans and tubes — without the need to orient them on the production line.

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Gold'n Plump Chicken CEO to Retire After 40 Years

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota | News | Comments

CEO Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken. Helgeson began working for GNP Co. in 1974 straight out of college, and has been CEO for 21 years. The company now processes 100 million chickens a year.   

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A New Beer With a Dark Past: Guinness Goes Blonde

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by Guinness | News | Comments

Guinness Blonde is the first release in the Guinness Discovery Series, a concept showcasing a range of new 'fusion brew' beer options. As lagers continue to gain favor among beer drinkers, Guinness has collaborated with brewing experts to create a one-of-a-kind taste in American Lagers.

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kansas-based processing plant, Beef Products Inc., is reopening after critics dubbed its ground beef products "pink slime." Approximately 236 workers at the Garden City plant lost their jobs in 2012 amid the quarrel over a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.

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Genetically Engineered Fruit Flies Could Save Crops

August 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Natural Environment Research Council, Oxitec Ltd. | News | Comments

The fruit fly is a serious agricultural pest which causes extensive damage to crops. It is currently controlled by a combination of insecticides and baited traps. Now, experts are releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild as a way to control pests. 

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Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

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Constellation Buys Casa Noble Tequila

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With stars like Justin Timberlake, P Diddy and George Clooney all launching their own brands, tequila sales are rising. Constellation Brands is closing a deal next month to buy Casa Noble tequila. Casa Noble tequilas include Casa Noble Crystal, Reposado and Añejo.

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Preventing Pests From Damaging Critical Electrical Equipment

August 13, 2014 11:35 am | by Rotex | Articles | Comments

Understanding the behavior of pests, including mosquitos, bees, snakes, rodents, ants, etc., is essential to assist electrical and mechanical designers in designing cable, pipe and conduit penetrations that are protected against infestation. 

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