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Wine Trails Forming in West Virginia

October 27, 2014 12:09 pm | by JUDY E. HAMILTON, The Charleston Gazette

On a recent afternoon, winemakers and distillery producers in the western part of West Virginia met to discuss the creation of a trail that would link wineries and distilleries located within close proximity to each other for the benefit of them all.

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Coca-Cola Shuts Down Great Falls Bottling Division

October 27, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Great Falls is no longer bottling Coca-Cola products. The plant ceased bottling operations last week, but will continue as a distribution facility with about 50 employees.             

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Obama Takes Action to Push Manufacturing

October 27, 2014 10:42 am | by Associated Press

President Barack Obama is expanding his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers.       

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First Annual 'Good Food Org Guide' Highlights More Than 400 Groups

October 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Food Tank

The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank developed the first annual "Good Food Org Guide" to highlight nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the U.S. in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice.

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Voters Weigh Expansion of Bottle Deposit Law

October 27, 2014 10:20 am | by BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

Proponents of the measure that would expand the scope of the law say a variety of beverages that were largely unheard of on store shelves at the time have become consumer staples — all the while adding to the state's litter woes.

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Regional Meeting Set to Discuss New Food Rules For Vermont

October 27, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press

The Agriculture agency and the Northeast Association of State Departments of Agriculture will host a Nov. 17 hearing to offer farmers and food processors an opportunity to comment on the new supplemental rules proposed by the federal Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Fair Food Label Makes its National Debut

October 27, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press

The label was unveiled Friday and is similar to the "cruelty-free" and "fair trade" stamps on products like cattle and coffee. The "fair food" brands tomatoes picked by workers who are paid a premium and have basic guaranteed rights in the field.

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Maui GMO Debate Heats Up as Election Nears

October 27, 2014 9:26 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

The dueling campaigns over a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would prohibit the growing of genetically modified organisms until studies show they're safe isn't just a local issue in a county of only 160,000 residents in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Chicago Firm Recalls 29K Pounds of Chicken Kiev

October 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the raw, frozen chicken entrees from the Aspen Foods division of Koch Meats were sold as Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breasts. The Chicago company recalled nearly 29,000 pounds of the chicken products.

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US Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.             

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Goya Foods to Open New Calif. Facility to Support Healthy Product Line

October 24, 2014 12:49 pm | by Goya Foods, Inc.

As the only Hispanic food company to offer consumers an entire line of low sodium, organic, diet and sugar free products, the 250,000 square foot facility will boost Goya's distribution capabilities of healthy and authentic Latin food and strengthen the company's position and growth in the West.

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Think Discrimination Claims Will Never Be Filed Against Your Business?

October 24, 2014 12:40 pm | by FrankCrum

Running a business is hard enough without worrying about liability and litigation related to discrimination claims.  Even the most careful business owners may encounter this issue at one time or another. Knowing the elements of a claim and what can lead to a claim can go a long way toward preventing them. 

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Health Food Companies Interested in Expanding in Mexico to Meet at Summit

October 24, 2014 12:06 pm | by The Mexican Healthy Products Summit

The Mexican Healthy Products Summit offers an exclusive opportunity for healthy products companies interested in beginning or expanding distribution in the Mexican retail marketplace. Over 60 buyers representing six sectors of Mexican retailers will attend. 

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Scientist Works to Increase Protein, Fiber in Food Products

October 24, 2014 11:45 am | by South Dakota State University

Food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market. With a $576,000 project budget for the grant, he will work with food and ethanol industries with the goal of bringing food-grade dried distiller’s grain to the commercial marketplace.

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Infographic: Restaurant Industry's Equation For Career Success

October 24, 2014 10:00 am | by National Restaurant Association

This infographic shows that multiple career pathways, competitive salaries and consistent pay raises pave the way for career advancement within the restaurant industry. More than 91 percent of restaurant employees said they have advanced to a higher-paying job in the industry.

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Mars Recognized as One of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces

October 24, 2014 9:48 am | by Mars, Incorporated

Mars, known for its M&M's, Snickers and Twix brands, was recognized as one of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work. Employees benefit from free candy, Mars drinks and opportunity to bring their pet to work. 

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FDA Develops Online Module to Help Ensure Proper Seafood Labeling

October 24, 2014 9:29 am | by FDA

Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.  

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Colorado GMO Labeling: Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat Measure

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Colorado and Oregon are battlegrounds in a national war over genetically modified organisms, or organisms that have been altered at the molecular or cellular level. So-called GMOs now make up almost the entirety of many staple crops, such as corn and soybeans, which are used in many items on grocery store shelves.

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Brazilian Companies Raise Chiquita Offer

October 23, 2014 2:32 pm | by Associated Press

Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.     

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Infographic: What Drives Late-Night Restaurant Visits

October 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Technomic

Consumers consider dinner their main meal of the day, and rarely skip it. While most dinners are prepared at home, 53 percent of consumers use foodservice for these occasions at least once a week. What sends them away from home?     

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