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Earthbound Farm Reveals Results of its 'Salad Sign' Quiz

November 6, 2014 3:19 pm | by Earthbound Farm

Earthbound Farm, a pioneering organic food company and the nation's leading grower of organic produce, announced what the results of its Salad Sign quiz reveal about people who gravitate to organic food.            

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Study: Low-Calorie Sweetener Consumers Have Better Diets

November 6, 2014 3:03 pm | by Calorie Control Council

New research from the University of Washington of more than 22,000 people has found that consumers of foods and beverages made with no-, low- and reduced-calorie sweeteners have better quality diets and are more likely to be physically active.      

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Applications For US Unemployment Fall to 278K

November 6, 2014 2:30 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said that weekly applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, declined 2,250 to 279,000, the lowest level in more than 14 years.           

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McDonald's Japan Logs 7.5B Yen Loss on Meat Scandal

November 6, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press

In the wake of a food safety scandal involving a China-based meat supplier, sales slumped for McDonald's Japan. The company reported a group net loss of 7.54 billion yen for the January to September period.            

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Molson Coors Reports 3Q Loss

November 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press

Molson Coors Brewing Company reported a third-quarter loss of $34.4 million. The Denver-based company said it had a loss of 19 cents per share.                             

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Despite Losses, GMO Label Backers Aren't Quitting

November 6, 2014 9:30 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Oregon is the fourth state in the West that has failed to pass a GMO labeling measure. A similar proposal also flopped Tuesday in Colorado, which joined Washington state and California as other states that have said no.        

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Rising Beef Costs Cut Into Wendy's Profit

November 6, 2014 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The hamburger chain reported a lower-than-expected profit for its third quarter, noting that beef costs were "much higher than our initial projections." It also said it expects the "record high" costs to continue.          

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Soft Drinks Maker Cott Buys Water, Coffee Provider For $1.25B

November 6, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press

Cott Corp., a Canadian beverage maker, plans to expand into water and coffee delivery by buying privately held DSS Group Inc. Cott makes sodas, energy drinks and juices under private labels sold at supermarkets.           

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Psychoactive Drinks Market Explodes as Natural Ingredients Prove to Impact Brain Health

November 5, 2014 2:39 pm | by Canadean

According to Karin Nielsen, Director of the Ingredients Division at Canadean, the psychoactive drinks market for adults is exploding, as naturally derived ingredients from fruit, plants and roots prove to have an impact on cognitive health. 

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Diageo Introduces 'Learning For Life' Program

November 5, 2014 2:31 pm | by Diageo

Learning for Life is the cornerstone of Diageo's Sustainability and Responsibility strategy, and was created in response to growing levels of youth unemployment. The program has now supported over 100,000 individuals across 35 countries.    

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Gluten-Free Goes Mainstream With Nestle's Breakthrough Cereal Launch

November 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by Cereal Partners Worldwide

For the first time ever in the UK, a gluten-free breakfast cereal will sit alongside other well-known brands in the mainstream cereal aisle, marking a breakthrough in the availability of gluten-free cereal products.         

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Anheuser-Busch Buying an Oregon Brewing Company

November 5, 2014 2:17 pm | by Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has agreed to buy 10 Barrel Brewing of Oregon. The companies did not disclose terms of purchase, which they expect to complete before the end of this year.         

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Study: Calorie Labeling Proves Effective in Weight Loss

November 5, 2014 2:12 pm | by The Obesity Society

This new research shows that consistent exposure to prominent calorie labeling of main meals reduced the likelihood of young adults gaining any weight over a one-year period by 50 percent.                 

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US Adult Consumption of Added Sugars Increased by More Than 30 Percent

November 5, 2014 2:07 pm | by The Obesity Society

As the United States Food and Drug Administration considers a new food label detailing the amount of added sugars in foods, new research shows this non-nutritive calorie source has crept into the American diet over the past three decades.

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US Businesses Report 230K New Jobs

November 5, 2014 12:13 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.                        

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2 Arkansas Businesses Cited for Alleged Violations

November 5, 2014 11:58 am | by Associated Press

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports 14 violations at Little Rock-based Good Old Days Foods Inc., which specializes in unbaked frozen bread and pastry products.                

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In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Robert Hall

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

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Infographic: The Snackification of Breakfast

November 5, 2014 10:40 am | by New Nutrition Business

In 2014, $300 million was wiped off breakfast cereal sales in the U.S. But this money didn't disappear. Instead, $70 million of it was diverted to increase the sales of one of the biggest disruptive innovations in the breakfast category, Belvita breakfast biscuits.

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Mondelez Tops 3Q Forecasts

November 5, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press

The maker of Oreo cookies, Cadbury chocolate and Trident gum posted revenue of $8.34 billion in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Mondelez shares have dropped roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.      

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Solvang, Calif: Danish Sweets and Fine Wines

November 5, 2014 10:19 am | by SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press

I've never had much of a sweet tooth, but even I couldn't escape the sugary appeal of Solvang's multiple family-owned Danish bakeries, including Mortensen's Danish Bakery, Olsen's Danish Village Bakery and Coffee Shop and the Solvang Bakery. 

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