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Utah Liquor Board Pushes Off Decision on Mini-Bottle Sales

August 26, 2015 10:15 am | by MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press

State liquor regulators have pushed off a decision about granting special permission for a distillery to sell its brandy in sample sizes, arguing the move is too drastic for them to make without having lawmakers weigh in first.

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High Profile Meat Issues Covered by the University of Wisconsin at PROCESS EXPO

August 26, 2015 8:45 am | by FPSA

The Food Processing Suppliers Association this week, announced the details of two sessions on the PROCESS EXPO University schedule featuring speakers from the University of Wisconsin’s Department of Animal Sciences.

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Amazon's Prime Now Expansion To Include Alcoholic Beverages

August 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amazon.com is adding its hometown to the roster of cities with available Prime Now rapid delivery service. But the expansion of the program to Seattle and three nearby suburbs will also reportedly include alcoholic beverages for the first time.

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U.K. Airport Hopes Food Will Improve Travelers' Moods

August 26, 2015 8:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An English airport joined forces with a nutritionist in an effort to provide a mental boost to potentially harried passengers.

Heartland Food Products Group to Acquire Splenda Brand from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc.

August 26, 2015 8:00 am | by Heartland Food Products Group

Heartland Food Products Group, one of the world's leading producers and marketers of low calorie sweeteners, drink mixes, coffee, and nutritional beverages for consumer markets announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Splenda® low calorie sweetener brand.

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Just Mayo Maker Warned by FDA That Mayonnaise Needs Eggs

August 25, 2015 1:35 pm | by Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the maker of the mayonnaise alternative earlier this month, noting that the product's name and label could be misleading. The FDA notes that mayonnaise must contain eggs, according to its standard of identity — and that Just Mayo does not.

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Mars Spurs Chocolate Exploration With Chocolate History Research and Investigative Studies Grant

August 25, 2015 12:58 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America

Mars Chocolate North America announced today that it is currently accepting submissions for its 2015 Chocolate History Research and Investigative Studies Grant through October 1, 2015. The grant, now in its third year, provides funding for innovation in the areas of chocolate history research, scholarship and education.

PROCESS EXPO Q&A: The Food Industry Finds the Best Educational Programming at PROCESS EXPO

August 25, 2015 12:45 pm | by Food Manufacturing, FPSA

Food Manufacturing corresponded with Andy Drennan, Senior Vice President at the Food Processing Suppliers Association, to learn more about PROCESS EXPO University. The program, which takes place on September 15th-18th at McCormick Place in Chicago, will feature more than 35 hours of sessions led by academics from Universities across North America.

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Beef Plant Vows to Follow Hiring Rules, Avoid Discrimination

August 25, 2015 12:40 pm | by Associated Press

A beef production plant based in Omaha is promising to update its hiring practices to avoid discrimination as part of an agreement with authorities. The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that Nebraska Beef had agreed to pay $200,000 as part of the settlement, but the company denied any wrongdoing.

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State: Products From Unlicensed Facility Pose Health Risks

August 25, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Monday that some products labeled Brandy's "Jam"boree-N-More, Brandy & Dutch Weigand, and Pier III were manufactured in an unlicensed facility.

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Liquor Giant Pernod Faces Lagging Vodka Demand In U.S.

August 25, 2015 12:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Pernod owns dozens of liquor brands, including Jameson Irish whiskey and Beefeater gin. Its flagship, however, is Absolut vodka, and volumes of that spirit are on the decline in the U.S. overall.

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Organic Industry Unites to 'Bust Myths' Throughout September

August 25, 2015 9:15 am | by Organic Trade Association

In a major drive to educate and inform consumers of the benefits and the facts about organic, the Organic Trade Association and dozens of organic brands and industry thought leaders are uniting online Sept. 1-30 for "Organic Myth-Busting Month," a 30-day #OrganicFestival on social media aimed at addressing long-held misconceptions surrounding organic.

Think Tank: Congressional Report Misrepresents Health of U.S. Manufacturing

August 25, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A D.C. think tank argues that the nation's manufacturing center needs help from lawmakers, contrary to recent federal research.

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Chipotle To Hire 4,000 New Employees In One Day

August 25, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Executives at Chipotle Mexican Grill hope to counter a tightening U.S. labor market with an unconventional hiring pitch.

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Automated Box Chilling System

August 25, 2015 7:45 am | by Food Manufacturing

Designed and built to USDA requirements, the DRI PACK chilling system is ideal for meat packing plants as well as poultry and seafood operations, and is intended for use with new or existing packaging operations.

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Consumer Reports: Conventional Ground Beef Twice as Likely to Contain Superbugs as Sustainable Beef

August 24, 2015 1:45 pm | by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports' investigation comes as food poisonings are striking an estimated 48 million people in the U.S. each year with beef being a top cause of outbreaks.

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Road to PROCESS EXPO Q&A: Coming Together to Defeat Hunger

August 24, 2015 1:00 pm | by Food Manufacturing, FPSA

Food Manufacturing corresponded with David Seckman, CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association, to learn more about Defeat Hunger.

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Japan Delivers Whiskey to Space Station — For Science

August 24, 2015 12:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

A Japanese company known for its whiskey and other alcoholic beverages included five types of distilled spirits in the cargo ship that arrived at the International Space Station on Monday.

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California Land Quickly Sinking in Drought Costs Farmers

August 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Land in Central California's agricultural region is sinking so quickly because of the state's historic drought that it is forcing farmers to spend millions of dollars upgrading irrigation canals and putting roads, bridges and other infrastructure at risk.

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New Mexicans Say They Dished Out World's Longest Tamale

August 24, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press

A group of people in New Mexico say they cooked the world's longest tamale Saturday morning.

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