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Lindt & Spruengli Buys Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 8:36 am | by Associated Press

Lindt & Spruengli, a Swiss chocolate maker, is purchasing Russell Stover Candies, Inc for an unknown amount. The CEO of the Swiss company says the purchase will provide the company with a unique opportunity for them to expand in North America. 

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Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

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Fourth of July Beer Sales Powered by Record Number of Deliveries

July 11, 2014 12:51 pm | by Drizly

Beer sales lifted 83 percent as consumers quenched their thirst for Fourth of July suds by having them delivered. Drinkers turned to Drizly, a lifestyle mobile app, to have their beverages delivered in record numbers. Corona and Bud Light were of the top 20 brands sold.

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Coca-Cola's First Plant-Friendly Cups Served at SeaWorld

July 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

SeaWorld taps Coca-Cola's breakthrough PlantBottle packaging technology to create the first consumer cup that reduces carbon impact and advances plant-friendly vacations. The packaging swaps traditional plastic resins with natural sugars found in plants.

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Ohio Man Raises $70K to Make Potato Salad

July 11, 2014 12:33 pm | by Jack Astor's

A goal of raising $10 on Kickstarter to make potato salad was easily met when Zack Brown, an Ohio man, raised more than $70,000. Now, Jack Astor's restaurant wants to bring the famous potato salad to the people having Brown serve it from one of its kitchens.

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Report: Drought, Livestock Disease Likely to Increase US Food Prices

July 11, 2014 12:19 pm | by Euler Hermes

U.S. consumers should expect higher grocery store prices as drought and livestock disease have negatively impacted food supply, says a new report. Several products, such as lettuce and grapes are expected to have lower yields than in years past due to water shortage.

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Consumer Trends: Health is No Concern When it Comes to Ice Cream Flavors

July 11, 2014 12:02 pm | by Canadean

Health has little influence on the consumption of ice cream in the US, according to a new report by Canadean. Consumers looking for the creamiest and sweetest ingredients will often turn to products that are inherently unhealthy, disregarding any concerns about health.

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Survey: Patrons More Likely to Eat Food Touched by Flies Than Cockroaches

July 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Orkin, LLC

Scientific research shows that flies carry more disease-causing pathogens than cockroaches, but a new survey reveals that restaurant patrons are more likely to eat food touched by flies (61 percent) than they would cockroaches (3 percent).

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Photo: Campbell Soup Production Circa 1910

July 11, 2014 9:05 am | by Campbell Soup Twitter

Campbell Soup Company, known for over 70 different kinds of soup in the classic red and white cans, goes old school with this photograph from 1910. The photograph shows Campbell soup production and shipment workers hand packing the soup in wooden boxes.

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Taco Bell Powers Up the Protein

July 11, 2014 8:52 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Taco Bell, owned by Yum Brands, Inc., is replacing its Cantina Bell burritos and bowls with ones that have double the meat and pack more than 20 grams of protein. Brian Niccol, president of the chain, says the motive is to give consumers more energy.

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Is the 'Right-to-Farm' the New Freedom of Speech?

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of GMOs. The battle could have lasting repercussions for America's food supply.

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House Approves 5 'Manufacturing Jobs For America' Provisions

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press

The House approved legislation of the Senate's Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, which includes five innovative skills-training provisions.  The approval is hoped to create smaller, more strategic state and local workforce development boards. 

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Unilever Drops Weight by Selling Slim-Fast

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Kainos Capital

Unilever sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Comprised of weight loss and meal replacement shakes, powders, bars and snacks, Slim-Fast will be added to the firm's portfolio of health and wellness companies. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. 

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Sparkling Wine Appeal Turns Table Wine Competition up a Notch

July 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Technomic, Inc.

While wine industry growth is decelerating because of cost-conscious consumers, domestic table wine is heating up. Sparkling wine is on an upward trajectory, and is appealing to consumers in restaurants and bars and for at-home consumption.

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Survey: Egg Carton Labels Confuse Americans

July 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms

According to a recent poll conducted on QuickTake.com, only 50 percent of respondents said they look for the free-range label. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free", most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

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Sunkist: Lemons Can Reduce Salt by as Much as 75 Percent

July 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Sunkist

New findings by Sunkist Growers, a citrus cooperative owned by family farmers, reveals that the use of lemon juice and lemon zest in various dishes, including meat, grains and soups, can allow for significant salt reduction by as much as 75 percent. 

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Dry-Age Steak Refrigerators Come to Consumers' Kitchens

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steaklocker

A San Diego entrepreneur is developing the first in-home dry-age refrigerator. Called the Steaklocker, it uses the relatively simple process that has been used in fine restaurants for many years. Steak-lovers can save 50-70 percent on current retail dry-age prices.

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Portland Coffee Fest to Showcase Local Coffeehouses

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Coffee Fest

Coffee Fest comes to Portland from Oct. 17-19 to mark the six final coffeehouses' success to date. As a major tradeshow in the specialty coffee sector, the show will individually showcase each coffeehouse as the six regional champions compete for the top prize.

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John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

The heirs of John Wayne filed a federal lawsuit against Duke University for marketing bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke. The bourbon is labeled with an image of Wayne holding a rifle with "Duke" emblazoned over it in bold letters.

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Nebraska Proposes Poultry Operation to County Board

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A southeastern Nebraska city, Blue Springs, proposed a chicken operation that would include six buildings, housing 26,000 chickens per building at full capacity. The Gage County Board is mulling a special-use permit that would allow the plant to operate.

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