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Consumer Trends: Cast a Spell With New Orange Scream Milk

September 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Dean Foods Company

TruMoo, a leader in ready-to-serve refrigerated chocolate milk, has introduced Orange Scream just in time for Halloween. The orange milk was inspired by an orange frozen pop with vanilla ice cream.                  

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Infographic: Consumers Gravitate Toward More Flavorful Beers

September 22, 2014 10:36 am | by Technomic

Changing consumer taste preferences, varied levels of cost-consciousness and competition from spirits and wine are converging to re-shape the beer industry and its growth opportunities in 2014 and beyond.            

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Anheuser-Busch Blames Personal Conduct, Not Alcohol in NFL Problems

September 22, 2014 10:18 am | by Alcohol Justice

Though Roger Goodell has shown progress in recognizing that domestic violence is a serious problem in the NFL, he and the sport's biggest sponsor — Anheuser-Busch InBev — continue to blame individual behavior as the cause.       

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Calif. Adopts Olive-Oil Labeling Standards to Prove Authenticity

September 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has approved labeling standards for California-produced olive oil that will require makers to prove their product really is extra-virgin olive oil.              

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Peanut Butter Prompts M&M's Recall

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Mars Chocolate North America

Some of the 3.4-ounce Theater Box M&M’s may contain packages of Peanut Butter M&Ms so they are being voluntarily recalled. It’s not marked that way on the box, but the packages inside are correctly marked, the company said.   

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Explosion at Nestle Purina Halts Production of Arizona Plant

September 22, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press

The Flagstaff, Arizona pet food plant's explosion will stop production for several weeks. Four contract workers were injured in Nestle Purina's explosion last week.                         

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US Meat Supplier in China Meat Scandal Lays Off 340 Workers

September 22, 2014 9:36 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

Shanghai Husi Food Co. has been under investigation since July, when the company was acused of selling expired beef and chicken to McDonald's, KFC and other major restaurant chains.                             

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PepsiCo Joins Calls for Action on Climate Change; Announces Goal to Phase Out HFC Equipment

September 19, 2014 3:00 pm | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo announced a goal that by 2020 all of its future point-of-sale equipment (coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers) purchased in the United States, will be free of hydroflourocarbons.            

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3 Found Guilty in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

A federal jury convicted three people Friday in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago that sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty of conspiracy and other charges after a seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia.

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Update: FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New proposals by the Food and Drug Administration would make it easier for farmers to meet water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.         

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Infographic: Anticipated Impact of FSMA on Manufacturers, Brand Owners

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PMMI

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports on food manufacturers' perceptions of FSMA and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.        

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Pabst Brewing to be Sold to Russian Company

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is being sold to Russian company Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum. Oasis is buying Pabst with TSG, an investment firm known for its work with consumer products companies.      

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New Tea Promotes Western Pennsylvania Parks

September 19, 2014 11:15 am | by KAITLYNN RIELY, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The beverage is part of the Carrick company's "Burgh Tea" line. The tea label for "The Burgh 50/50 Iced-Tea Lemonade" also includes a $2 coupon off admission at Allegheny County pools, golf courses, ice rinks, ski slopes or snow tubing.

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Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. Among other things, it claims that Blue Buffalo lies about the nutritional value of a pet treat product, and about the absorption abilities of one of its cat litters.

Burger King Japan's Black Burger is Back

September 19, 2014 10:45 am | by HARUKA NUGA, Associated Press

The fast-food chain added black cheese and deepened the color of the other ingredients in the special burger duo added to menus Friday. Marketing Manager Kana Ienega said Burger King Japan wants people to try the burger and find it tasty even though it may look unappetizing at first.

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FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included water and soil quality standards that farms big and small say are too burdensome.

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ConAgra First-Quarter Earnings Nearly Triple

September 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press

ConAgra's first-quarter earnings nearly tripled as the food producer cut costs and volumes increased. The maker of Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National hot dogs and other packaged foods posted revenue of $3.7 billion, just edging out expectations.

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Hillshire Settles Sexual Discrimination Suit

September 19, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs entered into an agreement with Hillshire — formerly Sara Lee Food and Beverage. The suit contended that there was a hiring disparity for male workers because fewer of the positions they were being diverted to were available.

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Jury Won't Consider Deaths in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 9:30 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

The jury ended its first full day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and two others. Jurors were scheduled to continue Friday morning.     

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Pepsi Latest Sponsor to Voice NFL Concern

September 18, 2014 1:30 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer

The boss of the maker of Pepsi, Gatorade and Doritos, one of the NFL's biggest advertisers and sponsors, issued a statement that criticized the league but also expressed optimism that it can fix its problems.            

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