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Alabama Chicken Producer Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 | by OSHA | Comments

OSHA issued 11 citations to the poultry processing plant, including nine serious, one repeat and one other-than serious violation. The investigation was initiated after the agency received a complaint from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Proposed penalties total $102,600.

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Liquor Giants Gear Up For Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 10:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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US Consumer Spending Weakest Since January Decline

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.                

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AB InBev Profits Up 5.5 Percent in 3rd Quarter Despite Weak Volumes

October 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press

AB InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has reported a 5.5-percent increase in earnings for the third quarter, as higher selling prices more than made up for volume declines in Europe and Asia.             

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General Mills Partners With Latin Pop Group to Connect With Hispanic Consumers

October 30, 2014 2:21 pm | by General Mills Inc.

General Mills announced its exclusive U.S. partnership with Grammy Award-winning group Camila for the company's 2014-2015 Musica y Sabor campaign focused on connecting with Hispanic consumers through one of their biggest passion points: music. 

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Organic Frozen Food Maker to Open Idaho Facility

October 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press

The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs. The organic frozen food company plans to hire 200 workers in December and could hire up to 1,000 workers within a few years.       

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Consumer Trends: Online Grocery Sales Will Near $100B by 2019

October 30, 2014 1:28 pm | by Packaged Facts

The online grocery business has become crowded with participants — some well-established, and many of which entered this business only in the past two years. To date, fewer than a dozen online grocery services have emerged from the fray.   

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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 30, 2014 1:23 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.              

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Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Are Set to Rise

October 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Business Writer

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

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Simple Paper Keeps Produce Fresh Up to 2-4 Times Longer

October 30, 2014 10:55 am | by The Lempert Report

Fenugreen, a simple piece of paper infused with a mixture of organic spices and botanicals that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth and extend the life of quickly perishable produce, is featured in the week's segment of The Lempert Report Innovation Series.

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Organizations Team Up to Provide Effective Recall Management Course

October 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Inmar

Inmar announced that its product recall management experts will team up with GS1 US and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to facilitate “Efficient and Effective Product Recall Management,” a course for manufacturers and their retail trading partners.

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10 Food Trends Worth Watching

October 30, 2014 10:15 am | by Innova Market Insights

The Top 10 Trends likely to impact the food industry in 2015 and beyond have been identified by Innova Market Insights from its ongoing analysis of key global developments in food and drink launch activity worldwide.         

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Dutch Company Announces New Food Packaging Plant in Georgia

October 30, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press

A Netherlands-based company has announced plans to build a new plant in Augusta. Royal DSM plans to build a new polymer plant with focus on making materials that are used in food packaging. The facility is expected to be complete by mid-2016. 

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Nearly One-Third of US Shrimp May be Mislabeled, Study Says

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico. The group found about 30 percent of 143 shrimp products bought from 111 vendors were not what the label said.

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Infographic: How Talk Can Drive Unnecessary Controversy, Ingredient Avoidance

October 29, 2014 1:42 pm | by George Mason University

A recent study evaluated consumer media coverage that included the release of scientific research on food ingredients, specifically high fructose corn syrup, and how that perpetuates consumer ingredient avoidance.          

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Is Ebola Affecting Cocoa Production? Experts Say 'No'

October 29, 2014 1:23 pm | by Food Nutrition & Science

West Africa is the world's largest producer of cocoa beans with an estimated 73 percent of the world's beans coming from the area, according to the International Cocoa Association. To date, the disease has not affected cocoa production.   

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Penn. to Host Reshoring Initiative: Bringing Manufacturing Jobs Back to the US

October 29, 2014 12:24 pm | by Manufacturers Resource Center

The Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC) announced that they will be hosting Mr. Harry Moser, Founder of the National Reshoring Initiative, on November 5th from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Hanover Office Plaza. All Pennsylvania manufacturers are invited to attend at no cost, but registration is required.

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Minnesota Pushes For Affordable, Healthy Food Through Charter

October 29, 2014 12:09 pm | by Minnesota Food Charter

The Food Charter is a roadmap designed to guide policymakers and community leaders in providing all Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe and healthy food regardless of where they live — access that has the potential to improve the state's economy.

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FDA to Hold Public Meeting on Updates to Redbook

October 29, 2014 10:27 am | by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold an open meeting on December 9, 2014 to receive input from the public on updating the Guidance for Industry “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients,” also known as the “Redbook.”

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Economy 101: 5 Things to know About US Growth

October 29, 2014 10:04 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Is the U.S. economy accelerating — finally? If it is, which sorts of Americans stand to benefit most? And why is it doing better than other major economies? Such are the questions surrounding a report coming Thursday on economic expansion in the July-September quarter. 

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Bar Sues Florida For Restricting Beer Sales

October 29, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press

A Florida craft beer bar is suing the state over its ban on half-gallon, refillable beer jugs known as growlers. The bar, Crafted Keg, said the state law is hurting its beer sales and called the ban illogical.           

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