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Bad Weather Takes a Bite Out of Europe's Olive Harvest

November 18, 2014 9:22 am | by BARRY HATTON, Associated Press

If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather. The shortfall could translate into higher shelf prices for some olive oils and is dealing another blow to southern Europe's bruised economies as they limp out of a protracted financial crisis.

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Colorado Panel Makes No Progress on Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 9:10 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be possible to make sure pot products don't look like regular foods. Instead, marijuana regulators decided to send lawmakers several proposals.

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US Producer Prices Rise 0.2 Percent in October

November 18, 2014 9:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork and electric power. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said. 

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One Mom's Mission to Encourage STEM Careers For Girls

November 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JOSEPH B. FREDERICK, Associated Press

Kelly Matthews is on a mission to get more girls interested in STEM. Her mission began at home with her 9-month-old daughter. Matthews reads books to her like "Rosie Revere, Engineer" and "HTML for Babies."            

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Minnesota Food Company Sued for Unpaid Loans

November 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

A Minnesota businessman and his food company are facing three lawsuits over unpaid loans. Pioneer Bank has filed two lawsuits and John Bean Technologies, a food processing equipment maker, filed a third. Together they seek more than $6 million from Stephen Singleteary and Singleteary Food Solutions.

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Hellmann's Maker Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

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'Red Warning Lights Are Flashing' For Global Economy

November 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

Hours after the leaders of the world's 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession.           

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Photos: 400-Foot-Long Hallaca

November 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Venezuelan cooks set a record for making the world's biggest hallaca — Venezuela's version of the tamale that is traditionally eaten in December. The creation features pork, beef, chicken, olives and raisins folded into corn dough and wrapped in a banana leaf.

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50-Year-Old Man Drinks 10 Cokes a Day For Science

November 17, 2014 10:33 am | by George Prior

George Prior, a Los Angeles resident, is carefully documenting his health while consuming 10 Cokes a day. Prior hopes to increase public awareness about the dangers of excessive sugar in the standard American diet.         

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Turkey Production Down, Wholesale Prices Up as Thanksgiving Approaches

November 17, 2014 10:20 am | by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

This year's anticipated stock is 235 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service — the lowest since 1986, when U.S. farmers produced roughly 207 million birds.     

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Michigan State Recalls Cookie, Ice Cream Products

November 17, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press

Michigan State University is recalling some cookie and ice cream products because malfunctioning equipment may have contaminated them with metal shavings. The products also were ordered pulled from store shelves. No injuries have been reported.

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Wisconsin Marketing Campaign Plays Off Love of Beer, Cheese

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Wisconsin's love of beer and cheese will feature in ads that will run on websites geared toward entrepreneurs and investors. The ad campaign that launched this month is the third phase of a multi-year effort begun by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in 2012.

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Marijuana Edibles May Face Scrutiny By Colorado Health Officials

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been a booming sector in Colorado's new recreational marijuana market. But lawmakers feared the products are too easy to confuse with regular foods and drinks and ordered regulators to require a new look for pot edibles.

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McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — has not. The fast-food giant says it does not use genetically modified potatoes. 

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18 Killed, 13 Injured in Chinese Carrot-Packaging Plant

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

A fire in a carrot-packaging plant has killed 18 people in eastern China. An additional 13 people were injured in the fire Sunday night at the Longyuan Food Co. facility in the Shandong province city of Shouguang.          

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Kansas City Stadium Food Areas Criticized as 'Dirty'

November 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by Associated Press

Cockroaches, mouse feces and unsafe food temperatures; Oh my! Fans at last month's World Series and recent Kansas City Chiefs games were endangered by filthy conditions in food-service areas at the city's two professional sports stadiums.   

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5 Facilities Win 2014 IPM Partner Awards For Pest Management

November 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Orkin, LLC

With the ever-evolving audit standards, it is crucial to keep pest management at the forefront of facility operations and audit preparation. These five companies have successfully done so and were named winners of the 2014 IPM Partner Awards.

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Consumer Trends: Slice Off a Shot of Pie-Flavored Whiskey

November 14, 2014 2:46 pm | by Diageo

Warm baked apples, toasted pecans, the taste of the graham cracker crust on Grandma's homemade pies: all these loveable flavors are hot out of the oven in PIEHOLE — a blend of Canadian Whiskey and pie-flavored liqueur.        

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What Did Ancient Romans Eat? Archaeologists Find Clues to Varied Diet

November 14, 2014 2:03 pm | by FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

Archaeologists picking through latrines, sewers, cesspits and trash dumps at Pompeii and Herculaneum have found tantalizing clues to an apparently varied diet there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed those Roman cities in 79 A.D.

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Cod Restrictions Will Cost Consumers Who Buy Local

November 14, 2014 1:49 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Supply from countries like Iceland and Norway, as well as Alaska, is steady enough that a lack of Gulf of Maine cod is unlikely to affect prices overall. But customers who prefer locally caught fish will probably soon have to pay more at markets and restaurants.

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