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Once a Niche, Local Foods Are Now Big Business

January 29, 2015 | by Packaged Facts | Comments

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once "quirky niche" designation to claim a much more prominent — and permanent — place in the U.S. food and beverage retail-scape.      

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Hershey Dips Into Meat Market with Purchase of Krave Jerky

January 30, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The maker of treats like Reese's, Kit Kat and Twizzlers says it's buying Krave Jerky for an undisclosed sum. Krave, based in Sonoma, California, positions itself as a premium jerky with no artificial ingredients and comes in flavors like black cherry barbecue, basil citrus and lemon garlic.

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Strong Appetite for Shake Shack IPO

January 30, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press

Investors apparently have a craving for a better burger. Hamburger chain Shake Shack Inc. has priced its initial public stock offering at $21 per share, above its proposed range of $17 to $19 per share. It sold 5 million shares, raising $105 million.

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Pennsylvania Shop Owner Makes Deflated Chocolate Football

January 30, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

A Pennsylvania candy maker is getting a big kick out of the New England Patriots' scandal over some deflated footballs. The (Washington) Observer-Reporter reports that Bill Sarris had his Canonsburg staff make a chocolate football with a big dent in the side. It's not for sale, but he posted it on Facebook as a joke.

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Nebraska-Based Company to Close Minneapolis Cracker Factory

January 30, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

According to a statement released this week, ConAgra has decided to stop making RyKrisp crackers due to low demand, although the product was once popular among dieters and Scandinavians. The company said the plant in Southeast Minneapolis will close after production ends in March.

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Dean Foods Closing Century-Old Wisconsin Plant

January 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan, Wis. The plant has been in operation for more than 100 years. Dean Foods says it's consolidating operations and will continue to operate its plant in De Pere.    

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McDonald's CEO Steps Down as Sales Decline

January 30, 2015 7:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers and transform its image. The company said Thompson, who has been CEO for two-and-a-half years, will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, a company veteran who rejoined McDonald's as its chief brand officer in 2013.

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First-Day Frenzy Forces Las Vegas White Castle to Close

January 30, 2015 7:15 am | by Associated Press

A 24-hour White Castle location on the Las Vegas Strip that opened to long lines of the burger chain's fans had to close for more than two hours to restock after its grand opening.           

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Hershey Shares Fall After Weak Outlook

January 30, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press

Hershey said Thursday that its fourth-quarter net income fell 8.8 percent as more shoppers bought meat snacks and baked treats instead of its chocolate, candy and mints. The company's results and earnings outlook for the year missed Wall Street expectations, and its shares fell sharply Thursday.

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Washington Company Recalls Beef Produced in 2012

January 29, 2015 3:08 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Washington Beef produced the product in 60-pound bulk packs on Nov. 28, 2012. The packs were shipped for further processing to a single grinding facility, then on for use in hotels, restaurants and institutions in Oregon and Washington.

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Silicon Valley Bank Foresees Breakout Year Ahead For US Wine Industry

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Silicon Valley Bank

While the large supply of wines in the cellars should normally indicate continued depressed pricing, Silicon Valley Bank believes 2015 will be a year of both volume and price increases in the fine wine segment, driven by an improving economy and higher demand.

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Winning the War on Pizza Means Healthier, 'Kid-Friendly' Options

January 29, 2015 1:20 pm | by Packaged Facts

Despite the prevalence of pizza on kids' menus, there is a war brewing. The nationwide shift towards health and wellness has put an unflattering spotlight on these circular receptacles of cheesy deliciousness. And with good reason.     

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Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

January 29, 2015 12:45 pm | by OpenTable

As diners around the world prepare to celebrate love and loved ones on Valentine's Day, OpenTable announces its 2015 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. From Hawaii to New York, does your favorite restaurant make the cut?

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Medford's Darigold Plant to Close at End of February

January 29, 2015 12:10 pm | by Associated Press

Medford's last milk processing plant is closing, putting 29 people out of work. Darigold says it would cost too much money to upgrade the plant to meet food safety, employee safety and environmental regulations. The plant is slated to close in February.

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Rita's Italian Ice Expanding to Middle East

January 29, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

What's better than a cool treat in a hot desert? The Pennsylvania-based chain said it's contracting with a Middle East food executive to open 46 stores in the next decade in Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and five other Arab nations.     

Pabst Brewing Considers Returning to Milwaukee

January 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago, but now its current owner is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made.

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Most States Report Job Gains in December

January 29, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Strong fourth-quarter hiring numbers nationally translated to the state level as well, as 42 states reported falling unemployment rates in December. Alaska and Montana each saw employment increase by 0.7 percent compared to November.   

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Lower Oil Prices to Make Big Impact on Food Prices

January 29, 2015 9:15 am | by Rabobank Group

The price declines of both oil and agri commodities will contribute to lower costs for food production, and in the current global macro-economic climate, Rabobank expects this will eventually lead to lower consumer food prices.     

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Inside the Kitchen, Cooking Apps Are All the Rage

January 29, 2015 8:25 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

Kevin Yu is the founder of SideChef, a cooking app that supplements recipes with social media. It's one of many apps that offer recipes, step-by-step videos, measurement conversion, timers, shopping lists and other elements meant to simplify our lives in the kitchen.

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Earlier Assumption About BPA Exposure Confirmed

January 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by DOE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY

Coating the mouth with BPA-containing food, like soup, does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, a new study in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology shows. The study authors conclude that oral exposure does not create a risk for high exposures.

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Survey Says Spain is Most Likely to Unveil New Wine Region in 2015

January 28, 2015 1:20 pm | by Carinena

According to a survey of 350 industry experts including retailers, beverage directors and sommeliers by research provider Wine Opinions to identify the next great wine discovery for 2015, Spain is most likely to unveil a "yet to be discovered" wine region.

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