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Bad Malt Barley Crop in 2014 is Not Likely to Affect Beer Prices

January 5, 2015 8:40 am | by LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press

This year, farmers and maltsters have been scrambling to salvage a large portion of the crop hit by heavy rains in August, especially in Montana and Idaho, the top two barley-growing states in the U.S. Growers in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada, faced similar issues.

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US to Resume Beef Imports From Ireland For First Time Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat meat from infected cows. 

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Fast-Food Companies Look to Transform Negative 'Junk Food' Image

January 2, 2015 9:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives customers find objectionable.

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Poll: Americans Support Menu Labeling

December 31, 2014 10:55 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more. According to a poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in fast food and sit-down restaurants.

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Hong Kong Destroys Poultry From China After Bird Flu Found

December 31, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press

Authorities in Hong Kong began destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market Wednesday and suspended imports from mainland China after some birds were found to be infected with bird flu.The market in Cheung Sha Wan in the Kowloon district will be closed and imports suspended for 21 days.

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Court Sides With POM Wonderful in Beverage Fight

December 31, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press

A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that denied POM Wonderful's request for a preliminary injunction against Portland, Oregon-based Pur Beverages.

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Elmer Chocolate Expanding Louisiana Plant

December 31, 2014 6:30 am | by Associated Press

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

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White Castle Offering Veggie Version of Famous Slider

December 31, 2014 6:15 am | by Associated Press

The hamburger chain says it will offer the Veggie Slider for 99 cents each for a limited time at its 400 locations in 12 states. The sliders range between 150 and 270 calories, with customers able to choose from three sauces — honey mustard, ranch and sweet Thai.

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Caribbean Seeks US to Help Boost Sugar Production

December 31, 2014 6:00 am | by Associated Press

A Guyana-based organization that oversees sugar production in the Caribbean says it is seeking to partner with U.S. companies to help save one of the world's oldest sugarcane breeding institutions.        

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Utah Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Powdered Alcohol

December 30, 2014 8:45 am | by MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press

Six states have already banned the product, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Several others, including Colorado, are considering bans.              

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Country Pure Foods Announces Pending Sale to Sapporo International, Toyota Tsusho Group

December 30, 2014 7:45 am | by Business Wire

The joint venture will acquire the parent company, and thus Country Pure, through Silver Springs Citrus, Inc., its existing U.S. Subsidiary (“Silver Springs”) via merger. Silver Springs is also in the fruit beverage manufacturing sector. The agreement was signed December 23, 2014, and it is anticipated that the closing will occur before the end of January 2015.

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Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record

December 30, 2014 7:15 am | by National Chicken Council

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Burger Chain Shake Shack Orders Up IPO

December 30, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press

The burger chain filed for an initial public offering Monday, hoping to raise as much as $100 million. It didn't say how many shares it plans to offer, or at what price, so that number may change.        

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Chipotle Apologizes for NY Worker's Police Protest

December 30, 2014 6:40 am | by Associated Press

Two Chipotle chief executives have apologized to New York City police officers who were greeted by a restaurant employee making the "hands up, don't shoot" gesture popular with protesters.          

Signatures Submitted to Fight California Bag Ban

December 30, 2014 6:30 am | by JUDY LIN, Associated Press

The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.         

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Move Over Farmers' Markets: Food Hubs Linking Consumers with Locally Farmed Food

December 29, 2014 9:26 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers. The number of food hubs has doubled over the last six years, and many are in urban areas, with the Northeast leading the way.

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Firm Recalls Caramel Apples Amid Fears of Listeria Linked to Death or Illnesses in 10 States

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press

A Missouri firm is recalling its Happy Apple brand caramel apples because of the potential that they could be contaminated with listeria. The recall comes after at least three deaths and at least 29 illnesses in 10 states have been linked to an outbreak of the deadly bacteria.

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Seed Libraries Struggle with State Laws Limiting Exchanges

December 29, 2014 9:19 am | by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

For thousands of years, people have exchanged seeds to grow terrific tomatoes or produce the perfect potato, but a new effort to loan and borrow seeds has created a conflict between well-meaning gardeners and state agriculture officials who feel obligated to enforce laws restricting the practice.

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Farmers Brace for Labor Shortage Under New Policy

December 29, 2014 9:13 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

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Grant Seeks to Expand Indoor Farming in Connecticut

December 29, 2014 9:12 am | by PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

A New Haven-based technology company, Agrivolution LLC, has received a $73,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to work with Connecticut farmers and determine the feasibility of year-round, indoor production.    

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