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Food Costs, Consumer Prices Up Slightly in July

August 19, 2014 11:04 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

For July, the 0.4 percent rise in food costs was the fifth increase of that size or higher in the last six months. Food prices have been pushed higher by adverse weather conditions including a severe drought in California.        

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Cargill, Customers to Develop Future Foods at Expanded Innovation Center

August 19, 2014 11:00 am | by PR Newswire

Cargill's Plymouth Food Innovation Center offers retail and food service customers full access to state-of-the-art research equipment and the collective know-how of its food scientists.           

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Denmark Links New Listeria Death to Tainted Meat

August 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

A representative of the state health agency SSI said the deceased person had bacteria similar to those of people who have died since June. Since September, at least 24 cases of listeriosis have been traced to a small meat producer in suburban Copenhagen that was ordered closed Aug. 11.

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Prosecutors Review Case Involving Chemicals in Restaurant's Tea

August 19, 2014 10:15 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

The police agency investigating how an industrial cleaning solution ended up in a woman's iced tea at a Utah restaurant, badly burning her throat, is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anyone should be charged.  

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Four at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:00 am | by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press

Prosecutors allege the owners of Rancho Feeding Corp. schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye rather than stopping plant operations during inspector lunch breaks.        

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DRY Soda Launches The Craft Soda Category's First Discovery Pack

August 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by PR Newswire

Inspired by the thriving discovery/variety pack trend in the craft beer sector, DRY Soda's Discovery Pack is the first in the rapidly growing craft soda industry — which is now the primary revenue driver growing the larger carbonated soft drink category. 

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KeHE Completes Acquisition of Nature's Best

August 18, 2014 2:55 pm | by PR Newswire

Already the largest distributor of specialty food products and the second-largest distributor of natural food products in North America, KeHE will now employ over 4,000 employees, operate 14 warehouses, distribute to over 35,000 store doors weekly and export to 32 countries.

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Woman Who Drank Chemical-Laced Tea at Utah Restaurant Improving

August 18, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press

The 67-year-old woman, who had been in critical condition since Aug. 10, was upgraded to serious condition Sunday. Authorities said a restaurant employee unintentionally put the heavy-duty cleaner in a sugar bag, and a worker later mistakenly mixed it into the iced tea dispenser.

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Report: Nearly 50% of Food Gifts Purchased for Personal Enjoyment

August 18, 2014 2:30 pm | by Packaged Facts

According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 42% of consumers have purchased at least one food gift for others in the past 12 months. An even larger percentage (47%), purchased at least one for themselves.      

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Governors Step Into Supermarket Feud Fray

August 18, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan participated in negotiations Sunday with the owners of the Market Basket chain — feuding cousins Arthur T. Demoulas and Arthur S. Demoulas — as well as several other shareholders.

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McDonald's Confronts its Junk Food Image

August 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

At a time when Americans are paying closer attention to what they eat, the fast food giant is trying to sway public opinion by first reaching out to the reporters, bloggers and other so-called "influencers" who write and speak about McDonald's.

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New CEO of Idled SD Beef Plant Optimistic About Future

August 18, 2014 10:01 am | by Associated Press

The plant filed for bankruptcy last summer because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter. The new CEO of the renamed New Angus plant said he is working on a five-year plan for the facility with a goal of eventually employing nearly 600 people and handling up to 1,000 head of cattle per day.

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Bourbon Boom: Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 9:44 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Last year, Kentucky distilleries filled 1.2 million barrels of bourbon — the most since 1970, according to the Kentucky Distillers' Association. Inventory has topped 5 million barrels for the first time since 1977, the group said.       

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England Seeks 'Choc Doc' to Study Candy

August 18, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press

Cambridge University is seeking a doctoral student to pursue what sounds like the sweetest job in the world: studying the fundamentals of chocolate. The research goal is to identify ways of keeping chocolate-based food from melting in warm climates.

Craft Brewer Sun King Plans Indiana Expansion

August 18, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press

Craft beer maker Sun King Brewing Co. is planning to build a second production facility and tasting room in central Indiana. The new brewery, which is expected to open next summer, will help Sun King keep up with demand and have outdoor space for events with up to 3,000 people.

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Infographic: Improving the Seafood Aisle

August 18, 2014 8:00 am | by Greenpeace USA

In the eighth annual Greenpeace USA report Carting Away the Oceans, supermarkets and their seafood departments were under the microscope. Take a look at how these top retailers compete when it comes to policy, initiative and red listers.  

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Ex-Peanut Plant Manager Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 1:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

The former manager of the Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak says he lied to investigators to protect the company he worked for but then decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened.

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Alcohol Delivery Comes to D.C. Through New App

August 15, 2014 1:38 pm | by Klink Technologies Inc.

For the past year, several U.S. cities have allowed alcohol deliveries through Klink Technologies, an on-demand alcohol delivery business. Washington D.C. is the latest to drive this consumer trend.               

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Researchers Develop Food Safety Social Media Guide

August 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by North Carolina State University

What if your company could effectively communicate to key audiences about foodborne illnesses and how the risk can be reduced? Now you can. Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a guide to help your company participate in online communities.

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Food Allergies More Widespread in Big Cities

August 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine

A new study shows that young inner-city children appear to suffer from food allergies more than others. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that at least one in 10 children from four large U.S. cities has a food allergy.    

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