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Keurig Raises Coffee Prices By 9 Percent

August 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press

Keurig Green Mountain said that it needs to boost prices because of factors including higher prices for cocoa and green coffee and increases in packaging materials, energy and transportation costs. The price increases will take effect on Nov. 3.

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Gold'n Plump Chicken CEO to Retire After 40 Years

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota

CEO Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken. Helgeson began working for GNP Co. in 1974 straight out of college, and has been CEO for 21 years. The company now processes 100 million chickens a year.   

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A New Beer With a Dark Past: Guinness Goes Blonde

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by Guinness

Guinness Blonde is the first release in the Guinness Discovery Series, a concept showcasing a range of new 'fusion brew' beer options. As lagers continue to gain favor among beer drinkers, Guinness has collaborated with brewing experts to create a one-of-a-kind taste in American Lagers.

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

The Kansas-based processing plant, Beef Products Inc., is reopening after critics dubbed its ground beef products "pink slime." Approximately 236 workers at the Garden City plant lost their jobs in 2012 amid the quarrel over a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.

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Genetically Engineered Fruit Flies Could Save Crops

August 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Natural Environment Research Council, Oxitec Ltd.

The fruit fly is a serious agricultural pest which causes extensive damage to crops. It is currently controlled by a combination of insecticides and baited traps. Now, experts are releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild as a way to control pests. 

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Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

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Constellation Buys Casa Noble Tequila

August 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

With stars like Justin Timberlake, P Diddy and George Clooney all launching their own brands, tequila sales are rising. Constellation Brands is closing a deal next month to buy Casa Noble tequila. Casa Noble tequilas include Casa Noble Crystal, Reposado and Añejo.

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Kellogg to Require Suppliers to Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 9:30 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

Kellogg Co., a Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer, is announcing new global sustainability commitments in two areas — responsible sourcing and natural resources. Under the plan, the company will require suppliers to disclose their greenhouse gas outputs.

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Photos: OREO Surprises 50 of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 9:00 am | by OREO

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller. Because these small towns often go overlooked, many people probably don't know about the little things that make them so unique.

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US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

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Penn. Liquor Board Urged to Boost Markup on Wine, Liquor Prices

August 13, 2014 8:45 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press

PLCB's finance director proposed that the markup be raised from 30 percent to 35 percent. The issue of the markup rate comes amid a high-profile legislative stalemate over the future of Pennsylvania's state-controlled liquor system.    

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Former Manager of Ga. Peanut Plant 'Scared' By Salmonella Test

August 13, 2014 8:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press

Samuel Lightsey, former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella, said he was "scared to death" the first time he saw a positive lab test that had identified the deadly pathogen in the company's products.  

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Big Lots Adds More Big Name Brands to Food Lineup

August 13, 2014 8:20 am | by Big Lots, Inc.

Big Lots, a large American retailer, is revamping its food department selection with an eye toward value, consistency and convenience. A few of the brand names that the company is adding include: Kraft, Nutella, Smucker's and Pillsbury.   

Stonyfield Yogurt Expands Market to Babies

August 12, 2014 2:48 pm | by Stonyfield

Now, babies and toddlers can enjoy a variety of yogurts made by Stonyfield in packaging innovated by Happy Family, the first organic brand to offer a complete line of nutritious foods for kids of all ages, and presented by the two brands in one unique product.

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Consumer Trends: Older Populations Want a Bite of Convenience

August 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by Canadean

Convenient products are often targeted at the busiest and time-scarce consumers. However, manufacturers employing this strategy alone are missing a large proportion of potential customers. A new report shows that older consumers are looking for easy-to-eat foods.

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10 Feared Dead in Denmark Listeria Outbreak

August 12, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press

A listeria outbreak that has killed 10 people is being linked to contaminated sausages as the possible cause. Danish officials have closed down the meat producer in Copenhagen and recalled all of its products. It is not yet clear whether any of the products were exported.

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Got the Munchies? Now There's Marijuana Pizza

August 12, 2014 10:44 am | by Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation

With the increasing demand and legalization of marijuana edibles in Colorado, Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation is exploring options to develop a pizza infused with cannabis. The company believes the pizza could be sold at adult bars and night clubs.

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Gulf Coast Oyster Harvests Still Down From BP Oil Spill

August 12, 2014 10:28 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst oil disaster. Even after a rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

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Del Monte Opens First Canada Processing Plant

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Altech Technology Systems Inc.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is opening its first Canadian processing plant in Oshawa, Ontario. Its new wastewater treatment system is designed to treat 40,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the fresh cut processing of 100,000 lbs. per week of produce.

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Photos: M&M's Introduces Great Wall of Chocolate

August 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Mars Retail Group

M&M's, the world's biggest chocolate brand, celebrated the grand opening of its first M&M's World store in Asia. The Great Wall of Chocolate, the world's largest candy wall, offers visitors a chance to create their own blend of candies from 132 individual tubes.

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