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5 Issues McDonald's is Facing in the US

October 21, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

McDonald's (14,000 U.S. locations) is far bigger than Chipotle (1,700 locations), making it more difficult for the chain to boost sales. But McDonald's nevertheless acknowledges it needs to work on fixing some problems. Here is a look at five problems McDonald's is facing.

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Heineken Blames Sales Drop on Poor Weather

October 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press

Dutch Brewer Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower. Revenues in its largest, most profitable market, Western Europe, fell 4.1 percent.               

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Ban on GMO Plants Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants, including varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to resist pests or pesticides. Critics say genetically modified crops haven't been proven safe.

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As Food Prices Climb, Social Security Benefits Go Up 1.7 Percent

October 22, 2014 9:57 am | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

The cost of meat, fish and eggs is up by nearly 10 percent, but the overall cost of food is up just 3.1 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.

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Food Costs Up 3 Percent Over the Past Year

October 22, 2014 9:50 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Food costs rose 0.3 percent in September and are up 3 percent over the past 12 months, exacerbated by drought conditions in parts of the country. Beef and veal prices jumped 2 percent in September and are up 16.7 percent since January.  

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Global Wine is the Subject of Online Course From Calif. Wine School

October 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by San Francisco Wine School

San Francisco Wine School announces the debut of CSW Online, a brand new format for its much-lauded Certified Specialist of Wine credential preparation program.                       

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Organic Trade Group Reaches Out to More Farmers

October 21, 2014 4:03 pm | by Organic Trade Association

The Farmstead Membership is open to organic farmers whose annual income from organic sales is less than $250,000 and who have current membership in one of the farmer-driven organizations with which OTA's Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) has formed a strategic alliance.

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Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 States

October 21, 2014 3:56 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.      

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Trying Out the Kansas City Barbecue Scene

October 21, 2014 3:52 pm | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor

When I mentioned on Facebook that I was heading to Kansas City, one friend sent me to Arthur Bryant's barbecue restaurant, quoting Calvin Trillin's famous line that Bryant's was possibly "the single best restaurant in the world."     

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Misreporting Diet Information Could Impact Nutrition Needs For Hispanics

October 21, 2014 3:34 pm | by University of Hawaii at Manoa

You are what you eat, unless you're not quite sure what you ate. A new paper takes a critical look at how faulty self-reporting of the food we eat can lead to incorrect conclusions about whether we are meeting dietary recommendations for certain essential nutrients. 

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General Mills Complete's Annie's Acquisition

October 21, 2014 3:20 pm | by General Mills, Inc.

General Mills and Annie's, a natural and organic food company, subsequently completed the acquisition by merging a subsidiary of General Mills with and into Annie's, with Annie's surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Mills.

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Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to the report by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute.     

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Infographic: Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee

October 21, 2014 11:01 am | by Ilovecoffee.jp

Coffee and beer aren't just two of the world's most popular beverages, they are also the most popular drugs. We'll let ilovecoffee.jp explain.                             

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New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' in Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 10:19 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press

Developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners, the Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data in a specific area.

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Jackson Hole Restaurants Get New Food Safety Rule

October 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press

Restaurants around Jackson will soon have to have staff certified in food safety. A new rule from the Teton County Board of Public Health requires eateries to have a manager take a test on food protection protocols.  

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McDonald's Profit Plunges in 3Q

October 21, 2014 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

In the U.S., McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition and shifting tastes toward food people consider more wholesome. To improve its performance, McDonald's launched a social media campaign inviting customers to ask questions about its food.

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Coke Profit Falls as Soda Volumes Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press

The world's biggest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, reported a lower profit and revenue in the third quarter as global soda volume remained flat. The company plans to reduce costs by $3 billion a year by 2019.            

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The Organic Label Beyond Food Becomes Hazy

October 21, 2014 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

USDA doesn't regulate organic products — like household cleaners and cosmetics — unless they're made entirely from food or agriculture products overseen by its National Organic Program.               

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The 150 Best and Worst Foodie Cities For Your Wallet

October 20, 2014 3:47 pm | by WalletHub

WalletHub's recent study of 2014's Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet analyzed the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 18 key metrics. Find out where your city falls when it comes to cost of groceries, number of coffee shops per capita and more.

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Frozen Meals vs. Fast Food: Which is Better?

October 20, 2014 2:59 pm | by Nestle USA

New data presented shows those who reported eating frozen meals had better nutritional profiles than those who reported eating meals from quick service restaurants. By average, frozen meal eaters consume 253 fewer calories per day than fast food eaters.

WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat

October 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

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