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Infographic: Why Sustainability Makes Better Business Sense

October 6, 2014 10:19 am | by Grant Thornton

Sustainability is no longer a buzzword. It's a way of doing business for many companies, especially those in the natural-resource dependent food and beverage industry.                       

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Dairy Industry Drives Global Health Innovation

October 6, 2014 9:41 am | by New Nutrition Business

Julian Mellentin, director of New Nutrition Business, says the dairy industry is tapping into consumer trends to create entirely new product areas. From probiotics in Asia to "naturally healthy" in the West, dairy is driving health innovation world wide. 

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GMO Ban Impractical? Maui Mayor Says Yes

October 6, 2014 9:20 am | by The Maui News, Wailuku, Hawaii

Maui Major Alan Arakawa has ruled a proposed moratorium on genetically modified crops as impractical. The moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in the county until companies could prove their practices are safe.

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Two Calif. Cities to Vote on Soda Tax

October 6, 2014 9:12 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Voters in San Francisco will decide whether to make distributors pay a tax of 2 cents an ounce on sugary drinks, with the revenue used to fund programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Berkeley voters will decide on a proposed tax of 1 cent an ounce.

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Town Creates 80 Percent of All Canned Pumpkin Consumed in US

October 6, 2014 9:06 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press

The small central Illinois town of Morton has its hands at a seemingly endless line of pumpkins — millions of them — that'll become countless pies and loaves of sweet, fresh-baked pumpkin bread.               

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Texas Company Recalls 91K Pounds of Beef Products

October 6, 2014 8:55 am | by Associated Press

A Corpus Christi-based company, Sam Kane Beef Processors, is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of beef products after four consumers complained of metal pieces being found in their meat.                   

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Beverage Industry is Wising Up to an Aging Population

October 3, 2014 2:45 pm | by Canadean

Although historically the marketing of soft drinks was focused on the youth market with the key age bracket of 10-24 year olds, Canadean detects great opportunities in targeting the growing aging population.           

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Report: Russian Food Bans Won't Slow Runaway Markets

October 3, 2014 2:39 pm | by Rabobank

In the report, published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, bank analysts say that global beef supply is in a tightening phase, with most key producing and export regions already experiencing record tight supplies.  

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USDA Plans to Resurvey 1,400 Small Grain Farmers

October 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

The USDA plans to resurvey 1,400 small grain farmers in the Upper Midwest and West who still had crops in the field when they were asked a month ago about their yearly production. The information could result in a revision of estimates of wheat, barley and oat production.

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Manufacturing Day Gains Momentum Across the US

October 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers

As part of the third-annual Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country are opening their doors and displaying the exciting, technology-driven operations that make manufacturing among the most rewarding career options available.

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Infographic: Super Facts About SuperFoods

October 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Rangemaster

Rangemaster's healthy food infographic includes interesting facts about superfoods in addition to healthy alternatives. The healthy alternatives are split into meals throughout the day: breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner and then a drink.

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Top 10 Innovative Products Named at Grocery Trade Show

October 3, 2014 9:43 am | by Canadian Press, Ontario

Canadian grocers and industry delegates voted on the innovative products at the grocery industry conference and trade show. Among the top 10 products are reusable coffee cups and Bertolli's 100 percent Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray that can be sprayed directly onto food.

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Bel Brands Plant Part of SD Dairy Push

October 3, 2014 9:30 am | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press

The opening of the Bel Brands USA plant in Brookings, South Dakota is part of a decades-long effort to make the state a major player in dairy products. Bel Brands said its 250 employees will produce 1.5 million Mini Babybel cheese wheels a day when the $140 million operation is at capacity next year.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Calif. Egg Laws

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed the suit Thursday, giving California a major victory in a cross-country battle that pitted animal protections against the economic interests of farmers in the South and Midwest.      

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Calif. Teens Arrested in Foster Farms Chicken Massacre

October 3, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press

Fresno County sheriff's officials have arrested four young men suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.                   

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Research Shows Not All Pet Food Brands Follow Regulations

October 2, 2014 2:16 pm | by Chapman University

Researchers in Chapman University’s Food Science Program just published a study on pet food mislabeling. Of the 20 potentially mislabeled products, 13 were dog food and 7 were cat food. Of these 20, 16 contained meat species that were not included on the product label.

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VIDEO: Intruders Kill Hundreds of Chickens With Golf Club

October 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by CNN

Suspects in a bizarre burglary beat to death 920 chickens at a Foster Farms facility in central California earlier this month, authorities say. The suspects pulled back a portion of the fence and used a golf club to maliciously kill several hundred chickens.

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Prosecutor Files for Death Penalty in Oklahoma Beheading Case

October 2, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed formal notification that he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at a food processing plant. The paperwork says the death penalty is warranted in the case because the killing was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."

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Dining on a Dollar: Top American Restaurants for Cheap Eating

October 2, 2014 12:45 pm | by Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon released its annual list of Cheap Eats, featuring restaurants across North America where diners can snag the best meal for a great deal. The list boats eateries serving usual low fare suspects like burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and street food. 

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McKee Foods to Create 54 Jobs With $34M Expansion

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

McKee Foods Corporation is planning a $34 million expansion of its manufacturing plant in August County. The expansion is said to create 54 jobs. The plant currently employs more than 1,000 workers.              

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