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Mass. Regulators Probe State's Beer Industry

November 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission have issued subpoenas to several breweries, distributors and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to taps and shelf space. 

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This Thanksgiving: Bring on the Turkey, Not the Food Safety Incidents

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Keri Dawson | Articles | Comments

Every year, a significant number of people suffer from food poisoning and other related foodborne illnesses during the holiday season. Faced with these statistics, food companies are under significant pressure to strengthen their quality and safety measures.

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Nutrition Guidelines: Pitfalls of Focusing on Nutrients Instead of Whole Foods

November 14, 2014 8:15 am | by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) | News | Comments

The "Straight Talk about Nutrition Guidelines" symposia will look at the challenges posed by the "nutrient-focused" approach used in dietary guidelines, which has largely ignored the impact of real, whole foods on health.     

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New York Loosens Rules For Craft Beer, Spirits

November 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

New York is eliminating some restrictions on craft beer, wine and spirits producers to encourage the growing interest in locally made alcoholic beverages.                           

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Voice Command/Audible Alarm Systems

November 14, 2014 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

Smart Alert is an audible alarms system used for commercial, manufacturing and industrial settings to quickly and clearly alert individuals of an emergency or critical situation. 

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Minneapolis' Grain Belt Sign Could Shine Again

November 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by August Schell Brewing | News | Comments

August Schell Brewing Company, the Minnesota-based brewer of Grain Belt Beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis' most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island.          

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PACK EXPO 2014 Attendance Tops 2012 By 6.5 Percent

November 13, 2014 1:45 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for PACK EXPO International. With preliminary figures topping 48,600 attendees, the show owner and producer PMMI anticipates recording a 6.5 percent attendance jump over 2012. 

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FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA | News | Comments

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.                 

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VIDEO: Brazil's Drought Means Higher Coffee Prices

November 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Coffee drinkers hold on to your wallets! The worst drought in 80 years has hit Brazil, the world's biggest producer and exporter of coffee, and prices have surged to their highest levels in two years.             

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Consumers Seek 'Health-Enhancing' Foods to Combat Winter Blues

November 13, 2014 12:45 pm | by Datamonitor Consumer | News | Comments

Well-informed consumers are recognizing the use of dietary and nutritional self-help strategies to improve overall wellbeing. In light of this, functional foods targeted at boosting mental health and wellbeing is a key growth area for manufacturers. 

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25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spilled on Highway Will be Donated

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The approximately 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank. A health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat. 

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Kellogg Facility to Open in Tennessee

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

Economic development officials in Jackson, Tennessee have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city. The company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the facility is completed.     

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Mondelez to Invest $24M to Expand Confectionery Plant in Turkey

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Mondelez International, Inc. | News | Comments

Mondelez International, the world's pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, announced plans to invest $24 million to increase capacity of its state-of-the-art plant in Gebze, Turkey, to support growth in the company's global confectionery business.

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Linking Urbanization to the American Diet

November 13, 2014 10:35 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | News | Comments

The world is gaining weight and becoming less healthy, and global dietary choices are harming the environment. The paper is the first to show the global links among the elements of what Tilman refers to as the “tightly linked diet–environment–health trilemma.”

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VIDEO: Is Gluten Hiding in Your Food?

November 13, 2014 10:26 am | by TheLempertReport | Videos | Comments

On this episode of "The Lempert Report," we take a look to see if gluten is hiding in your food and beverages. Find out with this new device dedicated to helping people with certain food allergies.               

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Florida Grapefruit Season is Back and Looking Positive

November 13, 2014 10:15 am | by Florida Department of Citrus | News | Comments

Growers are continuing to find innovative treatments to battle citrus greening and sustain production numbers, and the improved quality this year is expected to increase the available volume of grapefruit for the fresh market.      

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Monsanto Reaches $2.4M Settlement With US Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. said it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, but it was found in Oregon in 2013. 

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Maui GMO Opponents Sue County, Seed Companies

November 13, 2014 9:54 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The drafters of a new Maui County law imposing a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops sued the county to ensure it implements the law. The plaintiffs want the county to involve the community and be more transparent about the law. 

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US, India Resolve Dispute That Threatened WTO Pact

November 13, 2014 9:50 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

India had insisted on its right to subsidize grains under a national policy to support hundreds of millions of impoverished farmers and provide food security amid high inflation.                 

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Kitty Lovers Flock to Calif. Cat Cafe

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed coffees.

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