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Fast-Food Protesters Cuffed at Higher-Pay Rallies

September 4, 2014 11:00 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, Associated Press

Several protesters in New York and Detroit were handcuffed in their latest attempt to escalate fast-food companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour. Since the protests began in late 2012, organizers have switched up their tactics every few months.

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Do No-Calorie Sweeteners Help or Hinder Diet Choices?

September 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Dick Jones Communications

New research from Texas Christian University suggests that no-calorie sweeteners may lead to diet-sabotaging choices. The study measured cognition, snack choices and responses to sugary foods.                

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Legislators Discuss Relaxing Wine-Shipping Laws

September 4, 2014 9:45 am | by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press

Legislators on the Alcohol Distribution and Shipping committee met in Pierre to discuss a proposed bill that would allow residents to buy up to 12 cases of wine per year directly from wineries, which is currently illegal in South Dakota and eight other states.

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Program Trains Refugees For Work on NY Dairy Farms

September 4, 2014 9:20 am | by CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press

New York's dairy industry, the third-largest in the nation, produced an estimated 740 million pounds of yogurt in 2013 — more than triple than in 2007— and farms struggle to fill jobs created by the new demand.           

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US Eating Habits Improve, Except Among Poor

September 4, 2014 9:00 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

A 12-year study found the overall diet improvement was largely due to decreased intake of foods containing trans fats, but the disappointing results point to a need for policy changes including better nutrition education.      

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Penn. Liquor Board Reports Record Revenue

September 4, 2014 8:40 am | by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

In a new report, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said the total for the year ending June 30 is $13 million, or about 2.5 percent, higher than the previous year's transfer.                      

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Infographic: How the World Wastes Food

September 4, 2014 8:20 am | by U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization

The researchers’ results reveal where in the food-supply chain farmers, engineers, and consumers might more effectively get edibles into mouths.                             

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PepsiCo Unveils New Water-Modeling Tool

September 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo announced the company's latest Water Report and unveiled Hydro-BID, a ground-breaking data management and modeling tool that estimates the availability of freshwater in water-scarce regions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Earthbound Farm Celebrates 30 Years in 30 Days

September 3, 2014 1:30 pm | by Earthbound Farm

America's largest grower of organic produce launches Salad Sign Quiz for its 30th anniversary campaign. "Eat What You Are" celebrates the personality pillars of Earthbound Farm founders, farmers, employees and customers.      

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Recovery Knocks 21 Fish Species From Seafood Watch List

September 3, 2014 12:20 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

The Monterey Bay Aquarium upgraded the 21 species of West Coast bottom-dwelling fish known as ground fish from its "avoid" category on the Seafood Watch list, meaning the food industry and consumers now should feel free to sell and eat those fish without guilt.

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Study: Action-Packed TV Might Make You Snack More

September 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

The faster paced TV seemed to distract viewers more, contributing to mindlessness eating, said Cornell researcher Aner Tal, the study's lead author. The results suggest that a steady diet of action TV could raise risks for packing on pounds.

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Not Your Average Campus Life: 18th Century Brewery Found at Va. College

September 3, 2014 11:45 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press

The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation's oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.                 

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South American Food Chains Use Florida as US Gate

September 3, 2014 11:00 am | by BY FERNANDO PEINADO, Associated Press

El Corral is among a growing number of South American restaurant chains that are using South Florida as the gateway to the U.S. market.  Juan Valdez, a Colombian company, plans to open 60 franchised cafes in Florida in the next five years in an attempt to challenge Starbucks.

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Infographic: Raising the Bar on Sports Nutrition

September 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Innova Market Insights

Sports nutrition has become an attractive category for major food companies. This year, Post Holdings added PowerBar to its growing active nutrition portfolio, and Hormel Foods recently acquired the maker of Muscle Milk. 

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Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 3, 2014 9:45 am | by RON BARTIZEK, (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader

Workers in Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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Iowa Firm Selling New Pure Vodka in the State

September 3, 2014 9:30 am | by Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa

OZ Spirits, an Iowa company, hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. The IngeniOz vodka started selling for $24 a bottle about a month ago.         

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Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown

September 3, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Heineken sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the US for $1.23 billion to reduce its debt. Heineken had acquired the business in 2010 as part of a deal to buy the Mexican company Femsa, which owned the Dos Equis brand.

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Chefs, Breeders Pair Up to Produce Tastier Vegetables

September 3, 2014 9:00 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing or livestock feed, those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to produce better-tasting vegetables.        

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Va. Couple Creates Book That Pairs Fine Beers With Food

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID A. MAURER, The Daily Progress

There are more than 60 microbreweries operating in Virginia. The breweries have become so popular that August was designated Virginia Craft Beer Month. Perfectly timed to coincide with this monthlong celebration is the release of a book on melding fine beers with good eats.

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In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 2, 2014 2:22 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.            

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