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Oreo-Maker Mondelez Says Price Hikes Scared Off Customers

August 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Oreo, Cadbury and Trident reported lower sales in its second quarter due to price increases on its products. Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld said the company expected its pricing actions to hurt sales, but didn't expect such a big impact. 

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US Pork Weighs in on Important Trade Matters

August 6, 2014 9:49 am | by National Pork Producers Council

The National Pork Producers Council insists that U.S. trade negotiators get from Japan a deal on pork similar to the one the United States got from South Korea and is urging lawmakers to exclude South Africa from a U.S. preferential trade measure.

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Farmers, National Group Seek to Help Hawaii in GMO Suit

August 6, 2014 9:31 am | by Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hilo, Hawaii

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety are asking to help Hawaii County defend itself in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit is challenging a county law that would ban open-air use and testing of modified crops, with exceptions for farmers who are already growing them.

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Molson Coors 2Q Profit Climbs on Europe Strength

August 6, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press

Molson Coors Brewing Co., based in Denver and Montreal, experienced a 9 percent rise in its second-quarter profits as better pricing offset a decline in the volume of beer globally. In Europe, net sales per hectoliter climbed 1.9 percent from increased sales in the U.K.

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Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Delivery Trucks in Mexico

August 6, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

Although local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked. Now, unidentified attackers have burned down four Coca-Cola delivery trucks in the southern state of Guerrero.

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Photos: Millennials' Food Habits By State

August 6, 2014 8:20 am | by CNN Money

Millennials are spending big money on guilty pleasures they are probably not telling their personal trainers about, according to new data from budgeting app Level Money. The average annual spending and differing food habits vary by state.  

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Meat Labeling Webinar: How to Comply With COOL Ruling

August 6, 2014 8:04 am | by METTLER TOLEDO

The mandatory country-of-origin labeling ruling for meat and meat products can create confusion on how to properly package products with the label. Mettler Toledo now offers a meat labeling webinar to help ensure retailers are compliant with regulations.

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Consumer Trends: Healthier Frozen Treats On the Rise

August 5, 2014 2:27 pm | by Packaged Facts

Consumers often perceive regular ice cream as having questionable nutritional value because of its high fat and high sugar content. Over the years, marketers have addressed consumers' health and nutrition concerns by introducing numerous healthier frozen desserts.

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The Nutty Truth About Peanut Allergies Revealed

August 5, 2014 2:13 pm | by National Peanut Board

The National Peanut Board launched a new website for foodservice executives and manufacturers to raise awareness to the common misconceptions about food allergies and allergy management. The site provides science-based information about peanut allergies.

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US Job Growth Tops 200K For 6th Consecutive Month

August 5, 2014 2:02 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Employers added 209,000 jobs last month. The economy has now produced an average 244,000 jobs a month since February — the best six-month string in eight years. The manufacturing sector added 28,000 jobs in July, the most in eight months.

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Obama: US Companies to Invest $14B in Africa

August 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

Coca-Cola is among the U.S. companies to commit to a $14 billion investment in Africa's economy. During the panel discussion, former President Bill Clinton declared that the U.S. has "barely scratched the surface" of Africa's economic potential.

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Consumers Want Foods With High-Protein Levels

August 5, 2014 11:45 am | by Packaged Facts

According to a new report by Packaged Foods, Americans make it a point to get enough protein from the foods and beverages they consume. Consumers continue to seek out protein for a variety of health and wellness concerns, but also to increase maintenance of the body.

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McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press

McDonald's sales are hurting from a scandal over a meat supplier in China late last month. The hamburger chain said there has been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up 10 percent of the chain's revenue.

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Washington Anticipates Sweetest Season to Date For Stone Fruit

August 5, 2014 9:18 am | by Washington State Fruit Commission

The Washington State Fruit Commission is anticipating an extra sweet season for peaches, apricots, nectarines and plums thanks to the ideal early summer climate conditions. The 2014 crop is expected to be one of the best years to date. 

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Japan, China Prepare Meeting Over Food Safety

August 5, 2014 9:05 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Japanese and Chinese governments are preparing to meet later this month on finding ways to meet food safety standards. The meeting follows the recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by the Chinese food supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. 

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Maine Meat Plant to Build Slaughterhouse

August 5, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press

Northeast Meats, a meat processing facility in Gardiner, Maine, is planning to open a slaughterhouse a few miles away from its plant. The company bought a lot from Gardiner at Libby Hill Business Park. The facility would slaughter poultry and red meat. 

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'Gluten-Free' Label Regulations Under Way

August 5, 2014 8:39 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A new standard introduced this week requires food manufacturers to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten — ensuring that those products are technically free of wheat, rye and barley, which are often hidden ingredients.

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The Fight Continues Over Proposed Changes to Food Labels

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by American Chemical Society

An article in Chemical & Engineering News points out that while the Nutrition Facts label has remained largely the same for 20 years, nutrition science has not. Industry groups argue that because added and natural sugars are chemically the same, the distinction is unnecessary.

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Consumers Can Create Wine on the Internet With Virtual Vineyard

August 4, 2014 2:41 pm | by Columbia Crest

Wine-lovers are invited to become virtual winemakers with the first crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon by Columbia Crest winery. Fans join the process of winemaking by determining how the grapes are tended, irrigated, harvested and blended through weekly votes.

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VIDEO: Johnsonville to Host "Bratsgiving Day"

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by Johnsonville Sausage, LLC

Johnsonville is celebrating a new holiday by hosting the first "Bratsgiving Day," to recognize the sausage holiday on August 16, known as National Bratwurst Day. The new holiday takes favorite holidays, like Christmas and Thanksgiving, and spices them up with bratwursts.

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