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NLRB Seeks Injunction to End Kellogg Lockout

April 7, 2014 10:22 am

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday authorized its lawyers to seek an immediate injunction in U.S. Federal Court against the Kellogg Company for the food maker's role in the long-running lockout at its cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn.

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Photos of the Day: Decoding DNA to Fight Deadly Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 10:17 am

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

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Experts Fight Food Poisoning by Decoding Germ DNA

April 7, 2014 10:13 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

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Organic Valley Sales Soar on Dairy, Produce Demand

April 4, 2014 1:58 pm

Wisconsin-based Organic Valley saw sales of butter, cheese and vegetables grow, boosting profits 8.5 percent last year. The company attributed the jump to growing consumer demand. The world's largest farmer-owned cooperative boasts 1,844 members.

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Cat Cafe Makes Felinophiles Purr

April 4, 2014 1:34 pm | by BETHAN McKERNAN, Associated Press

One of London's newest cafes, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, draws customers into its financial-district location for food, drinks and, of course, cats. Popular in Japan for a decade, cat cafes attract city dwellers who want to de-stress, but can't have pets.

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Americans Adore Ranch Dressing

April 4, 2014 1:20 pm | by The NPD Group

Ranch is the top ready-to-use dressing flavor shipped to foodservice outlets, according to new data from The NPD Group. Sales of the dressing are leading growth in the otherwise flat category. Dijon, Asian peanut, and several vinaigrette flavors are also popular.

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Hillshire Will Shutter Florence, Ala. Plant

April 4, 2014 1:07 pm

Hillshire Brands Co. officials say they plan to close the company's Florence plant in Alabama. The plant, which includes cooking operations for breakfast sandwiches and breakfast sausages, employs approximately 1,100 people. Closure is scheduled for the end of 2014.

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Sugar Reform Coalition Commends Trade Talk Progress

April 4, 2014 12:58 pm

The Coalition for Sugar Reform represents consumer, trade, and commerce groups, manufacturing associations, and food and beverage companies that use sugar, including confectioners, bakers, cereal manufacturers, beverage makers and dairy companies.

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Consumer Trends: Organic Products Gain Popularity in Germany

April 4, 2014 12:00 pm

Germany's organic food market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 9 percent from 2014-2019, according to TechSci Research. Organic meat, breads and cereals are expected to be the fastest growing segments in the country's organic food market.

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Vapshot Transforms Drinks into a New State of Matter

April 4, 2014 10:39 am

Vapshot, a new way to imbibe mix drinks, cocktails or shots, can be served many different ways: Vapshot (vapor only), Vapshot plus a shot of liquor, and a Vapshot mix drink. The machine injects a fine mist of spirits into the serving container under pressure.

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Paula Deen's Embattled Savannah Restaurant Closes

April 4, 2014 10:26 am

Paula Deen's Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House, co-owned with her brother Bubba Hiers, is reportedly closed after 10 years and a 2012 suit that alleged inappropriate sexual behavior and racism. The case cost Deen multiple endorsements and contracts.

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Milwaukeeans Campaign to Buy Pabst from Calif. Company

April 4, 2014 10:12 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press Writer

A group of Milwaukee residents initiated a campaign called "Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home." The company, started in Milwaukee in 1844, is now headquartered in Los Angeles after being bought by a food industry executive in 2010 for a reported $250 million.

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Sodexo Cleared of Campus Norovirus Outbreak

April 4, 2014 9:41 am

University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown was hit by a rash of norovirus, sickening nearly 200 students and shutting down the school. Pennsylvania's Bureau of Food Safety said it found no violations at campus dining halls and other food outlets operated by Sodexo.

NY Taco Joint Bans Vladimir Putin

April 4, 2014 9:36 am

Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company's 23 locations in western New York. Putin may be ordering around Crimea, but he won't be ordering from their menu.

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Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

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Research Compares Quality of GMOs to Non-GMO Foods

April 3, 2014 2:19 pm

What is the difference in the quality, composition and nutritional value of geneticially modified foods compared to their conventional counterparts? A new study in the March issue of The Plant Genome demonstrates an approach to answering those questions.

Mondelez CEO Toys with Kosher Cadbury Eggs Idea

April 3, 2014 1:48 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Irene Rosenfeld, the CEO of Cadbury owner Mondelez discussed the possibility of kosher Cadbury Eggs as she addressed the Convention of Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rosenfield detailed Kraft's 2009 takeover of Cadbury before Mondelez was split off.

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Neb. Brewers, Farmers Contest FDA's Spent Grain Proposal

April 3, 2014 1:14 pm

The mutually beneficial practice of brewers selling their spent grains to farmers for livestock feed is under scrutiny as the Food and Drug Administration ponders rules that would require the grain to be packaged before sale or sent to a landfill.

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Celebrity Chef Denied Entry into U.S.

April 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by JILL LAWLESS and JIM HIRSCH, Associated Press

Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson has been prevented from boarding a plane from London to the United States, according to the U.S. Embassy there. While no official reason for denial of entry was given, there are several speculations involving Lawson's lifestyle.

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Yum! and KFC to Train with Google Glass

April 3, 2014 12:28 pm | by Steve Fowler, Interapt

Google Glass is getting its foot in the door with restaurants as Yum! Brands, Inc. and KFC parnter with Interapt to develop employee training featuring the wearable technology. The Vision 2020 platform aims to improve employees' proficiency with hands-free tech.

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