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US Beer Industry Welcomes Reform of Federal Beer Tax

February 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Beer Institute

The American beer industry welcomed bipartisan legislation introduced today to comprehensively reform the federal beer tax imposed on brewers and beer importers. The bill would remove barriers to growth in the industry, encouraging capital and workforce investment.

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Should Arsenic in Food Be a Concern?

February 5, 2015 12:35 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

Arsenic is a naturally occurring trace element that exists in both organic and inorganic forms and has a presence in many plant-derived food products, including juices and rice. Researchers explain how levels of consumer exposure to arsenic are still below toxic levels.

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Frozen Food Industry Supports Renewable Fuel Standard Reform

February 5, 2015 12:05 pm | by The American Frozen Food Institute

The American Frozen Food Institute expressed support for bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that will protect food makers and consumers from unnecessary food price increases by reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard.

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Dunkin' Sales Slow as Breakfast Competition Intensifies

February 5, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

The company said U.S. sales for Dunkin' Donuts edged up 1.4 percent in the period, down from the growth of 3.5 percent a year ago. The slowdown comes as competitors have pushed into the breakfast category, a relative bright spot in the fast-food industry.

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US Head of FDA Stepping Down; Chief Scientist to Take Over

February 5, 2015 10:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press

Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is resigning her post in March after six years in the position. The FDA's chief scientist, Stephen Ostroff, will serve as acting commissioner.         

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CA Ban on Inhumane Farm Animal Cages Upheld

February 5, 2015 9:25 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net

Egg farmer William Cramer was once again dismissed when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the earlier decision of a lower court to toss out Cramer’s lawsuit, which challenged a law which bans inhumane caging of egg-laying hens, breeding pigs and veal calves.

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Cocktails Go Sky High as Airline Drink Options Take Off

February 5, 2015 8:50 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

Flying, at least for non-millionaires, has gotten grimmer in recent years. But things are looking up on the drinks cart. Alaska Air, for example, took a crafty approach, teaming with local distilleries Sun Liquor in Seattle and Bendistillery in Oregon.

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Calif. Attorney General to Appeal Reversal of Foie Gras Ban

February 5, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris gave notice that she will appeal last month's ruling, which barred California from enforcing its ban on selling fatty goose or duck liver produced out of state. The ban took effect in 2012.       

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US Dairy Industry Concerned on Geographical Indications and Common Food Name Issues

February 4, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Consortium for Common Food Names

The U.S. Dairy Export Council briefed U.S. and EU negotiators on deep-set concerns with the EU's current approach to protections for geographical indications (GIs). The presentation was made during the stakeholder briefings in conjunction with this week's U.S.-EU talks on the TTIP.

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Trust is Key in Growing US Meat Market

February 4, 2015 1:55 pm | by Canadean

The huge meat market in the U.S. is projected to grow steadily over the next few years, driven by the increasing popularity of private label and frozen meat products. However, new brands must establish themselves as being trustworthy and reliable, a new study finds.

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Worker Dies at Chattanooga's Wrigley Plant

February 4, 2015 1:20 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations

The Chattanooga Wrigley plant, home of Altoids and Life Savers, has a reputation for being dangerous; however it seems to have solidified it this week when a 54-year-old man died on the job, making it the second employee death at the plant within the last 16 months.

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Haddon House Food Products to Expand Chester County Operations

February 4, 2015 12:05 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce

The largest privately-owned distributor, importer and exporter of specialty, natural, organic, ethnic and kosher foods, is expanding its Chester County operations. The company is investing $4.6 million to expand its operations in Richburg, S.C.

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Vermont Committee to Get Update on Settlement With NE Dairy Farmers

February 4, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Vermont lawmakers will be getting an update from the attorney general's office on the status of a proposed $50 million settlement that the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America has agreed to pay thousands of Northeast farmers to settle antitrust allegations.

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JM Smucker Buys its Way Into Pet-Food Business

February 4, 2015 8:55 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer

J.M. Smucker Co. wants to feed the entire family — including the pets. The Orville, Ohio-based food company said that it's buying pet food maker Big Heart Pet Brands in a $3.2 billion cash-and-stock deal, giving it a presence in the fast-growing petfood industry.

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New Rule Allows Idaho Dairies to Dump Waste Without Losing Permits

February 4, 2015 8:25 am | by KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press

Companies that are part of Idaho's $2.4 billion dairy industry are no longer at risk of losing their operating permits if caught illegally dumping waste into streams and waterways. The rules come after lawmakers passed the Dairy Environmental Control Act in 2014.

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Offer of Legal Aid Over Big Isle GMO to be Considered

February 4, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

The Hawaii County Council is scheduled to consider an attorney's offer for free legal representation to defend its new law restricting genetically modified crops. The county council is scheduled to hold an executive session at its Wednesday meeting in Hilo.

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Sprouted Grains: The 'Naturally Functional' Food Trend For 2015

February 3, 2015 2:40 pm | by New Nutrition Business

Driving interest in sprouted grains is a small but growing percentage of mainstream consumers who are reducing their consumption of carbohydrates, in particular foods made from wheat and corn. Positive references to sprouted grains are showing up in health-related media.

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Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

February 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...           

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Researchers Develop Sensor to Sniff Out Fish Fraud

February 3, 2015 1:20 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF HEALTH)

Researchers at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers get what they pay for.        

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Panel Reverses Decision, Says White Potatoes OK For WIC Recipients

February 3, 2015 12:55 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Ostracized by health officials for several years, the white potato is back in favor. The Institute of Medicine reversed itself and said white potatoes should be eligible for subsidized vouchers under the government's Women, Infants and Children program. 

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