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NY Holds Summit on Beer, Wine and Cider Industries

April 9, 2014 12:28 pm | by JOSEFA VELASQUEZ, Associated Press

New York's alcoholic beverage industry was on display at a summit Tuesday organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to focus on bolstering the business. New York is home to more than 600 wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries and ranks third in the nation in wine and grape production.

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Matzo, Kosher Wine Maker Manischewitz Sold to Investment Firm

April 9, 2014 12:26 pm

Matzo and kosher wine maker Manischewitz has been sold, just in time for the Passover Seder meal. Sankaty Advisors, an arm of private equity firm Bain Capital, bought the company from a group including investment firm Harbinger. The price was not disclosed.

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Japanese Worker Able to Poison Food Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 12:20 pm

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security. The food poisoning affected thousands of consumers in Japan.

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P&G Abandons Foods, Sells Pet Food Brands to Mars for $2.9B

April 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer

Procter & Gamble is shifting away from the edible business so it can focus on its core brands like Tide detergent and Pampers diapers. The world's biggest consumer products maker is selling 80 percent of its pet food business to Mars for $2.9 billion.

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Consumer Trends: More Shoppers Grab Nut-Based Spreads

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm

More and more consumers are shopping for nut-based and sweet spreads, according to Mintel. New research indicates that, despite very high household penetration rates, there is still room for growth in this multi-billion dollar category.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Rating Lowered on Struggling Soda Sales

April 9, 2014 10:35 am

Shares of Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. declined Tuesday as an analyst lowered her rating on the beverage company, saying she believes it is overexposed to the U.S. carbonated soft drink category. Dr Pepper Snapple has been dealing with Americans cutting back on soda.

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Virus Kills Millions of Baby Pigs, Drives Up Pork Prices

April 9, 2014 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, never before seen in the U.S., has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year. With little known about how the virus spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

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Target to Offer Exclusive Organic, Sustainable Products

April 9, 2014 10:25 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Target has hand-selected 17 of the leading natural, organic and sustainable brands that already sell to its stores and has challenged them to come up with new products or new twists. The new products will be offered exclusively at Target.

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Ex-Broker Gets Prison Time for Bribing Buyers at Kraft, Frito-Lay

April 9, 2014 10:20 am

Two former officials with one of the nation's leading tomato processing companies were sentenced in a federal price-fixing case. Randall Rahal was sentenced to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants like Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.

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Photos of the Day: South Korea's Signature Seafood Dish Smells Like Garbage

April 9, 2014 10:17 am

The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies often is compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting.

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South Koreans Crave Fish That Smells Like Garbage

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies often is compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting.

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A Buyer’s Perspective on FSMA at the Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Regulatory compliance and business practices can meld under the Food Safety Modernization Act in the practice of food safety quality assurance, Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for food safety & quality assurance at US Foods, said Tuesday at the Food Safety Summit.

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Industry-Wide FSMA Concerns Arise at Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

An ongoing, open dialogue between food manufacturers and the FDA is vital as FSMA regulations are forged, a vice president of the International Dairy Foods Association said at the Food Safety Summit Tuesday. Key points are the FSVP, auditing and records.

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Cargill 3Q Earnings Fall 28 Percent

April 8, 2014 12:39 pm

Cargill said Tuesday its net income dropped 28 percent in the fiscal third quarter because of increased electricity prices and other problems. The Minneapolis company said its net income fell to $319 million and revenue held steady at $32 billion.

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Airlines Drop Limes from Drink Service amid Price Spike

April 8, 2014 12:36 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer

Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime. A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines to temporarily stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.

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FDA Cracks Down on ‘Honey’ with Added Sweeteners

April 8, 2014 12:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

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King’s Hawaiian Bread to Expand Georgia Plant

April 8, 2014 12:28 pm

King's Hawaiian Bread plans to expand its production facilities in northeast Georgia. The bakery opened its local production line in the Oakwood community in 2010 as part of its East Coast operations designed to meet growing customer demand.

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Yum Brands Tests New Chicken Restaurant

April 8, 2014 12:23 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As KFC struggles in the U.S., parent company Yum Brands is testing a new chicken restaurant called Super Chix. The restaurant's menu seems positioned as a more premium offering than KFC, catering to people looking for higher quality food.

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Consumer Trends: Fruit & Veggie Consumption Increases Wellbeing

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm

A study based on more than 65,000 randomly selected adults who were participating in the Health Survey for England reports that the higher a person’s intake of fruit and vegetables, the lower their risk of death from diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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Mich. State Joins Food Industry to Start Safety Center

April 8, 2014 11:03 am

Michigan State University is joining food and drink makers and sellers to create the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety. The ingredients safety center will look at the safety of foods, drinks, cosmetics and household consumer products.

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