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Prison Sentences for Egg Theft Scheme in Cuba

March 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press

More than a dozen people in Cuba have been sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison for conspiring to divert millions of eggs to the black market.

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Napa Winemaker's Life, Finances Unspooling Before He Shot Investor, Self

March 20, 2015 10:00 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press

Robert Dahl came west from Minnesota with a powerful desire to make his fortune in Napa Valley's famed wine country. And it looked like he had succeeded — for a while.

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Food Service Companies Vow to Go Cage-Free For Liquid Eggs

March 20, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Three of the largest food services companies each announced in recent weeks that they would purchase liquid eggs exclusively from cage-free poultry facilities by 2020.

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Diageo to Add Alcohol-Content, Nutrition Information to Labels

March 20, 2015 7:40 am | by Associated Press

Global alcohol giant Diageo says it will put alcohol-content and nutrition information on the labels of its products. The label will include information like the drink's alcohol by volume, fluid ounces of alcohol, calories, carbohydrates, and fat content based on a typical serving size.

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Chicago Wholesaler Recalls Possibly Tainted Beef Products

March 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the recall Thursday of meat that may be tainted with a dangerous type of E. coli bacteria. The recall affects beef cheek products distributed to stores and restaurants in Chicago by El Cubano Wholesale Meats.

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Exemption in 'Tennessee Whiskey' Law Raises Legal Flags

March 19, 2015 1:20 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as "Tennessee Whiskey" could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

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Study: Fast-Food Limits Didn't Cut Obesity Rate in South LA

March 19, 2015 1:10 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer

A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found.

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Monsanto to Pay $350K to Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

The St. Louis company said Wednesday it will make donations of $50,000 to agricultural schools at land grant colleges in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Trendy California Creation: Pop Tart Doughnut

March 19, 2015 12:43 pm | by Associated Press

A Southern California doughnut shop has come up with yet another guilty pleasure gone viral: a gigantic doughnut stuffed with a Pop Tart filling. Donut Bar, with outlets in Fountain Valley and San Diego, calls the 1-pound creation the "Big Poppa Tart Donut."

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Pure Foods Selects Tennessee City for US Headquarters

March 19, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press

The specialty snack food maker is investing $22 million to build an 88,000-square-foot facility that's expected to create more than 270 jobs in Kingsport.

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Detroit's Better Made Potato Chips Turns 85

March 19, 2015 12:30 pm | by SYLVIA RECTOR, Detroit Free Press

Better Made was one of at least 22 chip-makers that sprang up in Detroit in the late 1920s through the mid-'30s — and the independent, family-owned business is the only one of that era still in business, a rare survivor in an industry dominated by conglomerates.

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English Researchers Help to Safeguard Cocoa Crops

March 19, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Consumers in developed countries tend to take the humble chocolate bar for granted. But the world's multi-billion dollar chocolate market relies on a fragile plant and faces volatile global economic factors.

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Alaska Fishermen Consider Leaving Copper River Marketing Association

March 19, 2015 10:40 am | by MOLLY DISCHNER, Associated Press

A growing number of restaurant customers and grocery store shoppers in the country are asking for Alaska's Copper River sockeye salmon by name. But red fish could be in jeopardy as the commercial fishermen who provide much of its funding decide whether to pull their support.

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Wisconsin Likely to Allow Liquor Samples in Stores

March 19, 2015 9:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Wisconsin shoppers will soon be able to add booze to their free sample options in supermarket aisles. The state Senate adopted legislation Tuesday that would allow grocery and liquor stores to provide one half-ounce sample of hard liquor per day to customers.

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No Signs of a Break-In Where Kentucky Bourbon Was Stolen

March 19, 2015 8:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Tests confirmed the liquid inside the barrels was Wild Turkey bourbon distilled in 2009. The bourbon was slated to become Wild Turkey 101, the brand's flagship product, a blend of barrels typically aged for five to eight years.

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In The News: Kraft Mac and Cheese Recall

March 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

The news of Kraft recalling 6.5 million boxes of macaroni and cheese because some may contain small metal fragments was a popular topic for Food Manufacturing readers Wednesday. Find out more by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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North American Meat Institute Announces Speakers for Meat Industry Management Conference

March 19, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI

The North American Meat Institute this week announced key speakers for its upcoming Meat Industry Management Conference, scheduled to take place April 15-18, 2015, in Carlsbad, California. The annual conference will feature education sessions covering an array of topics, including food safety, government regulations, economics, communications and workforce issues. 

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General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 1:15 pm | by Associated Press

General Mills says that it has completed a plan to eliminate about 800 positions. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

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Starbucks Delivery to Start in Seattle, NYC

March 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

In Seattle, Starbucks said it will team up with a company called Postmates to deliver to homes and offices within specific areas. In New York City, delivery will be from existing or newly setup Starbucks shops in certain buildings, starting with the Empire State Building.

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Italian Companies to Generate Bioplastic From Potatoes

March 18, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The companies said they hope their new industrial facility will serve the country's food sector "with zero environmental impact."

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