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Photos: Chef Aims For Gingerbread House World Record

November 14, 2014 10:13 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

Special materials are going into the most colorful New York real estate development: 3,550 pounds of royal icing, 700 pounds of candy and 600 pounds of dough. That's what Manhattan chef Jon Lovitch needs to build the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses.

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Monsanto Sues Hawaii County Over GMO Ban

November 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

The lawsuit filed by Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit in federal court in Honolulu asks a judge to immediately prevent a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms from taking effect.       

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Lawsuit Against Capital Brewery Dismissed

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson has dismissed a lawsuit by minority shareholders against Capital Brewery which claimed misconduct by company executives. Anderson says the minority shareholders haven't shown they had standing to sue.    

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Mass. Regulators Probe State's Beer Industry

November 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Investigators for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission have issued subpoenas to several breweries, distributors and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to taps and shelf space. 

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Nutrition Guidelines: Pitfalls of Focusing on Nutrients Instead of Whole Foods

November 14, 2014 8:15 am | by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)

The "Straight Talk about Nutrition Guidelines" symposia will look at the challenges posed by the "nutrient-focused" approach used in dietary guidelines, which has largely ignored the impact of real, whole foods on health.     

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New York Loosens Rules For Craft Beer, Spirits

November 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

New York is eliminating some restrictions on craft beer, wine and spirits producers to encourage the growing interest in locally made alcoholic beverages.                           

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Minneapolis' Grain Belt Sign Could Shine Again

November 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by August Schell Brewing

August Schell Brewing Company, the Minnesota-based brewer of Grain Belt Beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis' most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island.          

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PACK EXPO 2014 Attendance Tops 2012 By 6.5 Percent

November 13, 2014 1:45 pm | by PMMI

Packaging and processing professionals gathered in Chicago last week for PACK EXPO International. With preliminary figures topping 48,600 attendees, the show owner and producer PMMI anticipates recording a 6.5 percent attendance jump over 2012. 

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FDA Guards Against Food Spoilage, Contamination

November 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by FDA

Specialists in a FDA laboratory in Arkansas use their sense of smell to detect odors of decomposition to make sure domestic and imported seafood and seafood products are fit for consumption.                 

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Consumers Seek 'Health-Enhancing' Foods to Combat Winter Blues

November 13, 2014 12:45 pm | by Datamonitor Consumer

Well-informed consumers are recognizing the use of dietary and nutritional self-help strategies to improve overall wellbeing. In light of this, functional foods targeted at boosting mental health and wellbeing is a key growth area for manufacturers. 

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25K Pounds of Frozen Turkeys Spilled on Highway Will be Donated

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

The approximately 25,000 pounds of frozen boxed turkeys that an overturned tractor-trailer spilled on a Northern California freeway two weeks before Thanksgiving will be donated to a local food bank. A health inspector determined the turkeys are still safe to eat. 

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Kellogg Facility to Open in Tennessee

November 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Economic development officials in Jackson, Tennessee have approved tax incentives for a Kellogg's facility planned in the West Tennessee city. The company expects to employ 100 people when construction on the facility is completed.     

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Mondelez to Invest $24M to Expand Confectionery Plant in Turkey

November 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Mondelez International, Inc.

Mondelez International, the world's pre-eminent maker of chocolate, biscuits, gum and candy, announced plans to invest $24 million to increase capacity of its state-of-the-art plant in Gebze, Turkey, to support growth in the company's global confectionery business.

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Linking Urbanization to the American Diet

November 13, 2014 10:35 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara

The world is gaining weight and becoming less healthy, and global dietary choices are harming the environment. The paper is the first to show the global links among the elements of what Tilman refers to as the “tightly linked diet–environment–health trilemma.”

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Florida Grapefruit Season is Back and Looking Positive

November 13, 2014 10:15 am | by Florida Department of Citrus

Growers are continuing to find innovative treatments to battle citrus greening and sustain production numbers, and the improved quality this year is expected to increase the available volume of grapefruit for the fresh market.      

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Monsanto Reaches $2.4M Settlement With US Wheat Farmers

November 13, 2014 10:00 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer

Monsanto Co. said it will pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a dispute with farmers in the Pacific Northwest over genetically modified wheat. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, but it was found in Oregon in 2013. 

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Maui GMO Opponents Sue County, Seed Companies

November 13, 2014 9:54 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

The drafters of a new Maui County law imposing a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops sued the county to ensure it implements the law. The plaintiffs want the county to involve the community and be more transparent about the law. 

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US, India Resolve Dispute That Threatened WTO Pact

November 13, 2014 9:50 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press

India had insisted on its right to subsidize grains under a national policy to support hundreds of millions of impoverished farmers and provide food security amid high inflation.                 

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Kitty Lovers Flock to Calif. Cat Cafe

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press

Cat lovers in Northern California are pouncing at the chance of spending time with feline company at a new cat cafe in Oakland. Cat Town Cafe is giving dozens of visitors a chance to mingle with furry friends while sipping coffee and nibbling on cat-themed coffees.

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Oscar Mayer to Eliminate Hundreds of Jobs With Bacon Plant Closure

November 13, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

Kraft Foods/Oscar Mayer says it plans to end bacon production at its Kirksville plant, eliminating 275 jobs. The company informed employees that the changes will be complete by the end of the year.              

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