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Lawyer: Dickey's Barbecue in Utah Had Another Chemical Burn

August 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

After a woman nearly died unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant, a second victim has come forward. The woman's attorney said an employee at Dickey's Barbecue burned her tongue on the same substance. 

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Lawyer Wants Seized $125K Wine Collection Back

August 22, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania lawyer, Arthur Goldman, convicted of selling high-end wine from his home despite state liquor laws is hoping to win back the seized collection. Goldman's collection is estimated to be worth $125,000 or more.      

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Jif Introduces On-the-Go Snack Dippers

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The J.M. Smucker Company

Jif To Go Dippers are the latest addition to the brand's Jif To Go line of convenient snack solutions which currently includes four varieties of peanut butter packaged in portable 1.5 oz cups. The snack is available in creamy peanut butter or chocolate silk peanut butter.

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Jell-O Can't Stop Slippery Slide

August 22, 2014 11:30 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Jell-O sales have tumbled 19 percent in the past four years, with alternatives such as Greek yogurt surging in popularity. Executives at Kraft Foods, which owns Jell-O, say they're confident they can revitalize the brand. But their efforts so far have been a disappointment.

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Keurig Coffee Strikes a Deal With Kraft Foods

August 22, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

Keurig Green Mountain, the maker of the popular at-home brewing machines that let people make cups of coffee one serving at a time, says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems.

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Infographic: Gen X, the Overlooked Generation When it Comes to Food

August 22, 2014 9:00 am | by The Hartman Group

Sandwiched between Millennials and Baby Boomers, Generation X seems barely a whisper in marketing circles. But, the generation has far more influence on the marketplace than we may think. Here are a few snippets of their views on food and beverages.

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The First Offshore Shellfish Ranch to Decrease Trade Deficit

August 22, 2014 8:40 am | by The Lempert Report

This week, The Lempert Report Innovation Series featured Catalina Sea Ranch, the first to develop an open ocean shellfish ranch in the United States that will create jobs and help reduce America's $10 billion seafood deficit.    

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Jeff Gordon Has Thirst for Fun at Delaware Brewery

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

Dogfish founder Sam Calagione led Gordon on a personal tour of the complex and they startled the rest of the public who had their routine stroll turn into so much more. Many fans were left with their mouths agape when the four-time NASCAR champion walked by them.

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Top 20 Tips to Mark 20 Years of National Food Safety Month

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by National Restaurant Association

This year's National Food Safety Month, held annually in September, marks 20 years of commitment to food safety. To commemorate the anniversary, the NRA is featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.        

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Diageo Breaks Ground on $115M Kentucky Distillery

August 22, 2014 8:00 am | by Diageo

Diageo broke ground on its new Kentucky distillery, which has officially been named "The Bulleit Distilling Co." The company aims to have the distillery operational in late 2016.                   

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Nestle Pushes For Humane Treatment of Animals in Supply Chain

August 21, 2014 1:30 pm | by Nestle USA

Thousands of farms that supply Nestle with their dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will now have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestle has signed an agreement pledging to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain.

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Noodles: Friend or Foe? S. Koreans Defend Their Diet

August 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, JUNG-YOON CHOI, Associated Press

Instant noodles carry a broke college student aura in America, but they are an essential part of life for many in South Korea and across Asia. Hence the emotional heartburn caused by a U.S. study that linked instant noodles consumption as a risk for heart disease.

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Blue Buffalo Factory Opens $90M Plant in Joplin

August 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, Joplin, Missouri

Blue Buffalo Co., the parent company of Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing, is opening a plant in Joplin, Missouri. The company had been contracting out its pet food production by using other plants, but now 75 percent of its dry products will be handled at the new plant. 

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Consumer Trends: 7 Food Opportunities For Businesses

August 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Packaged Facts

Regional preparations of fermented foods, like craft pickles and small-batch whiskey, are being elevated in the preferences of consumers looking for artisan foods. Packaged Facts survey data in 2014 finds that 53 percent of consumers seek out bolder flavors.

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Record Drought is Not So Sweet For Calif. Honey Production

August 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press

The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey and raising prices for consumers. The state is traditionally one of the country's largest honey producers, but the lack of rain has left fewer places for honeybees to forage.

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US Foods Worker Indicted on Embezzlement Charges

August 21, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press

A 43-year-old worker for U.S. Foods Inc. has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $400,000. Cesar Raphael Barretto was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud. Barretto worked for the company helping customers place orders.   

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Photos: Bathroom Made Out of Belgian Chocolate

August 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Bathroomsweets.com

A bathroom furniture retail website and U.K-based chocolatiers have created a bathroom furnished with Belgian chocolate. The idea sparked when they realized over a million people searching for new bathrooms were typing "bathroom sweets" rather than "bathroom suites."

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Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press

An Alberta court has fined Cargill, the largest beef processing plant in Canada, $80,000 for failing to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples from the company's High River plant.             

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Seafood Substitutions Expose Consumers to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury

August 21, 2014 8:45 am | by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Fishery "substitutions"— which falsely present a fish of the same species, but from a different geographic origin — are the most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to University of Hawai‘i at Manoa scientists. Mislabeling can expose consumers to high levels of mercury.

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Turning Waste From Cocoa, Vegetables Into Biodegradable Plastic

August 21, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society

Scientists say it won't be long before we begin seeing our chairs and plastic bags made out of cocoa and other food waste. The shift to more environmentally friendly bioplastics has been challenging, but researchers are working on a less costly way to make the transition.

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