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McDonald's Serves Up Weak US Sales

December 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

The world's largest hamburger chain said the drop in global sales at locations open at least 13 months included a 4.6 percent decline in the U.S., and a 4 percent decline for the unit that includes the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

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Alcohol Sales to Show Modest Growth in 2015

December 8, 2014 8:45 am | by Technomic

In looking at specific adult beverage categories in on-premise channels, Technomic finds the largest category — beer — challenged in terms of volume. BarTAB Report outlines sales growth of 2.3 percent for beer in 2015.      

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Pizza Menu Picks Toppings For You by Tracking Eye Movements

December 8, 2014 8:20 am | by Rex Santus, Mashable

If we really do eat with our eyes first, then this new high-tech Pizza Hut menu might just be the future of ordering in restaurants. The chain is calling it the first "subconscious menu," and it acts as a stand-in for the paper menu you'd usually get when dining at a Pizza Hut. 

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GOP Pushes to Give Schools a Break From Healthy Lunch Standards

December 8, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The school meal rules, phased in since 2012 and championed by first lady Michelle Obama, require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line. The standards also limit sodium, sugar and fat.            

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US Adds the Most Jobs in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 2:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.         

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Cargill Will Pay $6.1M to Settle Truvia False Ad Suit

December 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Truvia Natural Sweetener will pay $6.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated by a Hawaii woman. Kailua-Kona resident Denise Howerton's lawsuit said Cargill made misleading statements about Truvia being a natural sweetener.

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Research Shows Antioxidant Capacity of Orange Juice is 'Undervalued'

December 5, 2014 1:00 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. 

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Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Pennywell

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell.

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Canada Hopes Avian Flu Contained to 4 Poultry Farms

December 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press

The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized — a total of about 35,000 birds. Canada's chief veterinary officer says agencies are looking for any sign the virus has moved beyond the four farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

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Burger King, Tim Hortons to Close Deal Next Week

December 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

Burger King and Canadian doughnut shop chain Tim Hortons expect to complete their $11 billion tie-up on Dec. 12, following a shareholder vote early next week. The combined company will have its headquarters in Canada.     

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Hershey to Buy Canadian Candy Maker For $28M

December 5, 2014 8:20 am

Hershey is expanding its business into Canada with a $28 million purchase of Allan Candy Co., the company behind Hot Lips candies. Hershey said that its Canadian unit would buy Allan in order to increase manufacturing capacity for sweets and refreshments.

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Analyst: Beef Prices Expected to Rise in 2015

December 5, 2014 8:00 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Consumers will likely see a modest uptick in beef prices at the grocery store next year, though most of the significant increases have already happened, a cattle market analyst said. Last year at this time, meatpackers were paying $130 a hundredweight for cattle.

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Photo of the Day: Record 4.16-Pound Truffle to be Auctioned

December 5, 2014 7:50 am | by AP Photo/Sotheby's

This photo provided by Sotheby's shows a record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle at the U.S. Sabatino headquarters in West Haven, Conn. The truffle was found a week earlier in Umbria, Italy and is scheduled to go on the auction block in New York on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

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Organic Food Manufacturer Formulates Products For Pets

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by NutriFusion

Food manufacturers will now be able to infuse their existing brands with NutriFusion's special pet-friendly blends that are conducive to a healthy diet rich in vitamins that include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as beets, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, cranberry, strawberry, apple and pumpkin.

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VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

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USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by Organic Trade Association

Demand for organic in the United States has been booming, with organic sales in 2013 hitting a record $35.1 billion. Demand for organic around the world has been exploding as well, and U.S. organic exports in 2013 reached a new high of $537 million.

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BeBevCo Signs License Agreement For KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink

December 4, 2014 12:40 pm | by Bebida Beverage Company

Bebida Beverage Company, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of relaxation and energy drinks is pleased to announce it has signed a long term license agreement with Sparkling Drink Systems International (SDS), the Global Beverage Solution Provider.

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Cricket Flour, Marijuana Among Top Specialty Food Trends For 2015

December 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Consumers will seek more from their food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to even marijuana. That is according to predictions from the editors of Specialty Food News.

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Portland Customers Can Now Order Starbucks Via Mobile

December 4, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Starbucks launched a mobile order-and-pay-ahead option in Portland this week as it prepares to expand the offering nationally over the next year. In major cities, the chain says it plans to offer delivery later in 2015 as well.      

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EU Makes Move to Let Member States Ban GM Crops

December 4, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc.           

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