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Photo of the Day: Food Companies Make Straws Out of Meat, Cookies

May 28, 2015 11:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Thirsty? Hungry? Now you can satisfy both cravings at the same time! From pork to cookies, and everything in between, consumers are enjoying sipping up their drinks with delicious foods.

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Top US Manufacturers View Labor Issues as Increasing Risk

May 28, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Though the manufacturing industry is in resurgence, manufacturers cited a number of risks affecting their ability to grow and innovate, including growth, workforce and innovation.

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EPA Plans Temporary Pesticide Restrictions While Bees Feed

May 28, 2015 10:15 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing.

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Ohio House OKs Ban on Pure Caffeine, Powdered Alcohol Sales

May 28, 2015 9:05 am | by ANN SANNER, Associated Press

A bill banning the sale of pure caffeine products in Ohio cleared the state House on Wednesday, one year after a high school senior overdosed on a powdered form of the stimulant and died.

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Bill Would Limit Arsenic in Rice

May 28, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be required to establish a limit for arsenic levels in rice under a bill introduced in Congress last week.

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In the News: Hormel Buys Applegate Farms

May 28, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out everything you need to know about this story by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Police Investigate Two New Cases of Potato Tampering After Nail and Needle Found

May 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Canadian Press

Police in separate parts of Atlantic Canada are investigating two possible cases of potato tampering.

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McDonald's Targets Bun Toasting, Burger Searing to Attract Customers

May 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

To improve the taste of its food, the chain is toasting its buns longer so sandwiches will be warmer, said McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook at the Bernstein's Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. He also said the company is changing the way it sears and grills its beef so that the patties are juicier.

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Coke Moves Ahead with Monster Deal

May 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Coca-Cola Co. is preparing to assume a minority stake in Monster Beverage Corp. despite the energy drink company's ongoing legal issues.

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McDonald's to Stop Reporting Monthly Sales Figures

May 27, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press

McDonald's says it will stop reporting its monthly sales results as the company works to fix its struggling business.

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Hormel Buys Applegate Farms For $775M

May 27, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

Hormel Foods is paying $775 million to add natural and organic meats producer Applegate Farms to its roster of food brands that include Spam canned ham, Dinty Moore stew and Jennie-O turkey.

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Kansas City Sausage to Open Plant, Create 177 Jobs

May 27, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press

Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobs in Sampson County.

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Craft? Micro? Increasingly, 'Nanobrews' Slake Local Thirst

May 27, 2015 8:35 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

Nimble nanobreweries and other pint-size beer makers are staying small and pushing the boundaries with hopped-up American ales, sour German Gose beers, oak-aged sipping beers and boundary-pushing flavors.

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Report Anticipates Green Packaging Market to Grow 50 Percent by 2021

May 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The global market for packaging classified as "green" is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2021, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research. 

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ADM Moving Away From Ethanol, High Fructose Corn Syrup

May 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Archer Daniels Midland is shifting toward new uses for corn in light of lagging demand for two of its most prominent products. Ethanol primarily contributed to a steep drop in the Chicago-based agribusiness giant's first-quarter corn profits.

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Drenching Rains Bode Well For Cattle Herd Expansion in Great Plains

May 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Drenching rains recently soaked the Great Plains and have brought welcomed moisture to areas still recovering from droughts. That's good news for consumers, who are seeing record retail beef prices — 14 percent higher than a year ago.

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Distillery Owner, Injured Worker Sue Still-Maker After Fatal Explosion

May 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A distillery owner and one of his employees are suing a still-maker after an explosion last month that killed another worker. WPSD-TV reports the explosion left two employees with burns over 80 percent of their bodies.

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Neil Young Protests GMOs With Anti-Monsanto Album

May 26, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

While he may still be "searching for a heart of gold," Neil Young's latest move is to release an entire rock album dedicated to slamming Monsanto.

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Artsy US Coffee Chain Blue Bottle Brews Long Queues in Tokyo

May 26, 2015 10:17 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. The company, which began in Oakland, California in 2002, hopes its early popularity is more than a passing fad. Japan's consumer culture is littered with manias for Western food imports: pancakes, popcorn, doughnuts, even Taco Bell.

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Egg Prices Surge to Record on Shortage Caused by Bird Flu

May 26, 2015 9:54 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Officials studying the worst bird flu outbreak in the U.S. say they're learning about the virus that has led to 40 million dead birds — mostly turkeys and egg-laying chickens — either from the disease or euthanized to prevent its spread. Here are some answers to questions about the current status of the outbreak.

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