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IFT: Consumers Want Reduced Sugar, Salt in Food Products

July 8, 2014 2:50 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

More than 50 percent of consumers rated sodium and sugar reduction as an important food attribute, over calorie, carbohydrate and fat reduction. A recent discussion at the 2014 IFT annual meeting shows that US products are more likely to tout low-fat attributes instead.

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Allens Canned Vegetable Company Changes Name to Sager Creek

July 8, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sager Creek Vegetable Company

Allens announced its name change to Sager Creek Vegetable Company to reflect its new ownership. The Arkansas-based canned vegetable company said the product names will remain the same, including veg-all®, Allens Popeye Spinach® and Freshlike®.

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Equipment, Software Investments Expected to Grow in Q3

July 8, 2014 2:15 pm | by Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

The Q3 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook report shows equipment and software investment to grow during the rest of the year after a weak start.  Materials handling equipment will show stronger growth over the next half year.

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Salmonella Victims' Stories May Shape Quality Egg Punishments

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking the victims of the salmonella outbreak in 2010 to share their stories as prosecutors consider how to proceed with the punishments. Quality Egg, an Iowa egg producer, admitted to intentionally selling tainted eggs.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Ice Cream Flavors to Increase Happiness

July 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by Baskin-Robbins

Who knew that certain ice cream flavors could improve one's mood while releasing tension? According to a Baskin-Robbins survey, just the thought of ice cream puts 71 percent of people in a happy mood even if they are preoccupied or stressed. 

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Two Calif. Cities Pursue Per-Ounce Soda Tax

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

San Francisco and Berkeley, two of the most progressive cities in the U.S., are aiming to become the nation's first to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. Many blame soda for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases, and claim they should be taxed like a pack of cigarettes. 

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Egypt's President Doubles Beer Tax to 200 Percent

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

In a move to ease the country's staggering budget deficit, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi doubled an already existing tax on beer, from 100 percent to 200 percent, and increased the tax on local and imported wines to 150 percent.

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Photo: Wheaties Lets Consumers Choose Next Cereal-Box Athlete

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by General Mills

For the first time in the 80-year history of the brand, Wheaties will offer sports fans the opportunity to select the next athlete to be featured on the cereal box. Athletes represent motocross, lacrosse, women's soccer, MMA, and track and field.

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Archer Daniels Midland Adds Natural Flavors to Portfolio for $3B

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press

Archer Daniels Midland is adding natural flavors to its portfolio by acquiring the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors in an all-cash deal that will total $3.13 billion. ADM makes sweeteners and emulsifiers for an array of packaged foods and drinks.

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec. Seeks New Trial

July 8, 2014 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Francine Katz, a former Anheuser-Busch executive, is seeking a new trial for gender discrimination after unsuccessfully suing the company in May. Katz worked for the brewing company for two decades and claims she was paid significantly less than her male predecessors.

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Jack Daniel's Opens Barrel-Making Cooperage in Alabama

July 8, 2014 8:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The maker of the popular Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey opened a new facility in Trinity, Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of the Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery. The new cooperage is expected to make about 700 American white oak barrels per day.

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Consumer Trends: Is an Insect-Rich Diet to Thank for Human Evolution?

July 7, 2014 12:45 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis

Research from Washington University in St. Louis claims that a diet rich in insects played a key role in early human evolution. The study suggests that bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in humans.

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Rabobank Expects Continued Record-High US Cattle Prices

July 7, 2014 12:39 pm | by Rabobank

In a new report on the global beef industry, Rabobank says that the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. Beef imports to China are historically very high.

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Safeway Stores in Arizona Not Affected by Salmonella Recall

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Safeway, a U.S. supermarket chain, says its grocery stores in Arizona and New Mexico have not been affected by Foster Farms'  contaminated chicken breast. The USDA found evidence directly linking Foster Farms to a strain of salmonella that has sickened hundreds.

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New Iowa Law Allows for Votes to Increase Corn Checkoff

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

A new law in effect this month would  increase the amount of money collected from Iowa corn. The state's corn industry has had to fight attempts to disparage high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener made from corn, as a major contributor to obesity. 

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First Lady Fights GOP on School Lunch Campaign

July 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama is fighting a House Republican effort to soften her anti-childhood obesity campaign. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010, but now she is ready "to fight until the bitter end." 

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Trinity Packaging Company Invests $9.5M in Va. Expansion

July 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Trinity Packaging Corporation, a privately held family business based in New York, is investing $9.5 million to expand its operations in Franklin County, Virginia. The company packages produce, dairy, cheese, pet food, frozen food, processed meats and bakery items.  

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Infographic: How Strong is That Mixed Drink?

July 7, 2014 10:23 am | by National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: How much are you really drinking with those summer cocktails? A "standard drink" is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. 

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Quebec's Lassonade Buys Apple & Eve Juice Brand for $150M

July 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Lassonade, a Quebec-based beverage company, is purchasing the U.S. juice company Apple & Eve for $150 million. The acquisition will allow the company to enter the U.S. branded juice market and derive cost savings from purchasing and distribution. 

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New Utah Liquor Law Allows Bars to Buy the Rights to Serve Alcohol

July 7, 2014 9:20 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press

After years of having liquor regulations among the strictest in the nation, a new state law puts Utah liquor licenses on the market. Bar owners can legally buy the right to serve alcoholic drinks from other businesses. The state will still help to handle the transfer.

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