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Infographic: Raising the Bar on Sports Nutrition

September 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Innova Market Insights

Sports nutrition has become an attractive category for major food companies. This year, Post Holdings added PowerBar to its growing active nutrition portfolio, and Hormel Foods recently acquired the maker of Muscle Milk. 

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Leaders Seek Manufacturing Revival

September 3, 2014 9:45 am | by RON BARTIZEK, (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader

Workers in Pennsylvania face a job market that has changed considerably over the past several years, while some employers say they can't find new hires with the skills they need. The mismatch is reflected in an unemployment rate that has remained the highest in the state for more than four years.

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Iowa Firm Selling New Pure Vodka in the State

September 3, 2014 9:30 am | by Globe Gazette, Mason City, Iowa

OZ Spirits, an Iowa company, hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. The IngeniOz vodka started selling for $24 a bottle about a month ago.         

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Heineken Sells Mexican Packaging Business to Crown

September 3, 2014 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Heineken sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the US for $1.23 billion to reduce its debt. Heineken had acquired the business in 2010 as part of a deal to buy the Mexican company Femsa, which owned the Dos Equis brand.

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Chefs, Breeders Pair Up to Produce Tastier Vegetables

September 3, 2014 9:00 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

While plant breeders at many public universities focus on improving field corn, soybeans and other crops used in food manufacturing or livestock feed, those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to produce better-tasting vegetables.        

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Va. Couple Creates Book That Pairs Fine Beers With Food

September 3, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVID A. MAURER, The Daily Progress

There are more than 60 microbreweries operating in Virginia. The breweries have become so popular that August was designated Virginia Craft Beer Month. Perfectly timed to coincide with this monthlong celebration is the release of a book on melding fine beers with good eats.

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In Quake, Wine Barrels Became Quarter-Ton Projectiles

September 2, 2014 2:22 pm | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

In winery after winery, oak wine barrels stacked high and weighing more than a quarter-ton each came cascading down, renewing worries about a lightly regulated threat to safety in fault-riddled wine country.            

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American Born Moonshine Launches in Texas

September 2, 2014 2:14 pm | by American Born Moonshine

American Born Moonshine is expanding into Texas, marking the brand's first foray into the Lone Star State. The family of products includes three flavors — Original, Apple Pie and Dixie — and honors the tradition of authentic mountain moonshine and the patriotic American rebel spirit. 

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Solid Apple Crop Expected in Northern New England

September 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Vermont, the second biggest producer of apples in New England after Massachusetts, produced about 850,000 bushels of apples last year, and experts predict this year's yield will be close to that.             

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Beer Gardens Helping Milwaukee County Budget

September 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press

Beer gardens weren't terribly hard for people to accept in Milwaukee County, which has one of the highest numbers of people with German ancestry in the country. While the big breweries moved years ago, beer is still ingrained here, with smaller breweries like Sprecher Brewing Co. 

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Colorado Town OKs Bud Light 'Whatever' Promotion

September 2, 2014 11:25 am | by The Denver Post, Denver, Colorado

Some residents of Crested Butte, Colorado are upset after local officials gave the go-ahead to Bud Light to take over the town, fence it in and literally paint it blue for an upcoming weekend event.                 

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Consumer Trends: Chicken-Eaters Want More 'Humanely Raised' Meat

September 2, 2014 11:00 am | by ASPCA

In response to National Chicken Month, ASPCA encourages consumers to request more humanely raised chicken options from their grocery stores. The survey shows consumers want more humanely raised chickens because they feel it leads to safer chicken products.

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ADM Selling Chocolate Business to Cargill

September 2, 2014 10:36 am | by Cargill

Archer Daniels Midland Co. is selling its global chocolate business to Cargill for $440 million. The agribusiness company said the sale will give the company an opportunity to redeploy capital to other areas and improve its returns.    

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Photo: 7-Eleven Celebrates 50 Years of On-the-Go Coffee

September 2, 2014 10:30 am | by 7-Eleven, Inc.

7-Eleven, Inc., the first national retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, celebrates 50 years of on-the-go coffee with 50-cent coffee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14.                   

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Hershey Takes Wraps Off New Corporate Logo

September 2, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press

The Hershey Company announced the new design of its corporate logo, which adds a new version of the Kisses chocolate at the end of the company's name.                                

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Kraft Recalls 7.6K Cases of American Singles Cheese

September 2, 2014 10:12 am | by Kraft Foods Group

Kraft Foods voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product for an ingredient not being stored in accordance to the company's temperature standards.             

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Maine Company Recalls More Than 25K Pounds of Beef

September 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press

Bubier Meats of Greene, a Maine company, is recalling more than 25,000 pounds of beef dating to last November for failure to remove tissues that could potentially allow transmission of mad cow disease.                      

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Michigan Candy Maker Credits Success to Nostalgia

September 2, 2014 9:54 am | by ZLATI MEYER, Detroit Free Press

The confectioner has seen double-digit sales growth over the last three years, fueled in part by native Michiganders buying the products they remember from their childhoods. Sanders' President Ron Rapson said annual sales are about $25 million.

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Coors Light Continues its Commitment to Historically Black Colleges

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by Coors Brewing Company

Supporting the HBCU Classics for more than 25 years, Coors Light maintains its commitment as a community leader that supports higher education, civic leadership and economic empowerment. This year, Coors Light is awarding each participating school $10,000 in scholarships.

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US Economy Grew at Brisk Rate in Q2

August 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than first estimated.              

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