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Suntory Mulls Moving Liquor Business to U.S. After Beam Buyout

April 21, 2014 10:00 am

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is considering moving its liquor and beer business headquarters to the United States after completing the buyout of Beam Inc. Suntory is expected to make Beam its subsidiary following the completion of the buyout by early May.

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General Mills Scraps Controversial New Legal Terms

April 21, 2014 9:56 am

General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company. A notice on the General Mills website informed visitors that by using its websites or engaging with the company online, they would have to give up their right to sue.

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:53 am

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

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Photos of the Day: Colorado Deaths Raise Concerns About Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:47 am

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

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Colorado Deaths Stoke Fears About Pot Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:44 am | by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

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Blasius Chocolate Factory Resolves Tax Issue

April 18, 2014 12:31 pm

Blasius Chocolate Factory says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. The company says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever. No more tax issues."

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China Farmland Polluted with Heavy Metals

April 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by IAN MADER, Associated Press

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

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WhiteWave Foods Plans Pa. Production Facility

April 18, 2014 12:25 pm

WhiteWave Foods, which specializes in premium and organic food and drink products, plans to open a production facility in central Pennsylvania that is expected to create 100 jobs. The company plans to occupy a vacant facility in Sandy Township in Clearfield County.

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Chobani Unveils New Oats, Dessert Products

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition. Starting in July, the company will offer Chobani Oats, yogurt mixed with fruit and oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent; and new flavors for kids.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Will Spend Less This Easter

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm

According to NRF’s Easter Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American celebrating the holiday will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year.

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PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack

April 18, 2014 11:22 am

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has partnered with Ipack-Ima Spa to produce East Afripack, the processing, packaging and converting technologies exhibition. East Afripack will debut Sept. 9–12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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GMA: Vt. GMO Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction for Consumers

April 18, 2014 11:18 am

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the movement of HB 112, a bill that would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, through the Vermont legislature, calling it "a step in the wrong direction for consumers."

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Japan to Hunt Fewer Whales This Season

April 18, 2014 9:53 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the goal of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the country's fisheries minister announced on Friday.  

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Chipotle Plans First Price Hike in 3 Years

April 18, 2014 9:49 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writers

Chipotle said Thursday that it would raise prices for the first time in three years as its popularity continues to soar. Menu boards with the new prices should start rolling out in coming weeks and be in place at all restaurants by this summer.

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Food Poisoning Report Shows Fewer Salmonella Cases

April 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

The CDC released its latest report card on food poisoning, indicating a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. Salmonella remains at the top of the chart, far ahead of most other foodborne germs.

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Photos of the Day: Belgian Brewers Look to Regain Local Support for Beer

April 18, 2014 9:31 am

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

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Brewers Campaign to Bring Belgians Back to Beer

April 18, 2014 9:25 am | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press

Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a "Proud of our Beers" public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

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Where Do Our Favorite Foods Come From?

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm

Today's menus are full of new twists on old dishes and surprising inventions. But where do these fascinating foods come from? Urbanspoon has broken down where some of our favorite foods got their start, and you might be surprised by some of the findings.

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IFT Launches 'FutureFood 2050' to Address Food Security Issues

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists today announced a sweeping new program, FutureFood 2050, which is designed create a broad dialogue on how science will deliver solutions needed to feed the world’s nine billion people by the year 2050.

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Food Manufacturing Profits Continue to Fall in Canada

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm

Profit levels in the food manufacturing sector dropped for the third consecutive year and totaled slightly more than $3.5 billion in 2013, according to The Conference Board of Canada. Production is expected to rise by almost 3 percent in 2014, the strongest increase in several years.

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