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Pumped About Pumpkins: Just a Health Hype, or the Real Deal?

October 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Baylor University

Pumpkin spice cake donuts, pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin lattes. While pumpkin has many health benefits, how much are consumers truly benefiting from pumpkin-laced candy? Afterall, it's still just candy...right?           

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Regulators Consider Options For Maine's Elver Fishing

October 8, 2014 9:29 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. Prices topped $1,800 per pound in 2012 and 2013, and the fishery is Maine's second most valuable, behind only lobsters.

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Pepsi Sells Artisanal Soda 'Caleb's Kola'

October 8, 2014 9:22 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that will come in a glass bottle. The name is a nod to a pharmacist from North Carolina who is credited with creating Pepsi's formula in the 1890s.       

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October is 'Get to Know GMOs' Month

October 7, 2014 2:15 pm | by GMO Answers

This month GMO Answers invites the public to "Get to Know GMOs."  With consumers' conscious efforts to know more about how their food is grown, GMO Answers provides an online resource for information on GMOs and how food is grown.   

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Report: Rising Demand for Natural Sweeteners

October 7, 2014 2:04 pm | by Canadean

The food trend towards whole foods and natural products has also meant a growing demand for natural sweeteners made from herbs. In 2013, approximately 20 percent of new non-caloric soft drinks were based on natural sweeteners.      

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Consumer Trends: Growing Interest in Cold 'Ready to Drink' Coffee

October 7, 2014 1:57 pm | by Multi-sponsor Surveys, Inc.

According to Multi-sponsor Surveys' newly released 2014 U.S. Coffee Study, frequent consumption of RTD canned/bottled cold coffee drinks (including espresso and cappuccino)  increased over the past two years, particularly among Millennials and Hispanics.  

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Cargill's Illinois Pork Plant Reaches 6 Million Work Hours With No Injuries

October 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by Cargill

Cargill's pork processing facility in Beardstown, Illinois employs more than 2,000 workers and produces more than 1 billion pounds of pork annually. It was April 2013 when the most recent lost-time injury took place at the plant.     

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3 Lawsuits Pending, Whiskey-Maker Responds to Allegations

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press

Whiskey maker Templeton Rye has been under scrutiny after revealing they use a stock rye whiskey from an Indiana distillery before blending it with more ingredients in Iowa. At least three lawsuits claiming the company deceived customers are pending. 

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Trick or Treat: What's the Number One Sweet?

October 7, 2014 10:42 am | by The Hershey Company

With Halloween just around the corner, The Hershey Company surveyed consumers of the most popular candies purchased last year. Kit Kat Bars were number two, but which sweet treat was number one?               

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Infographic: What Foods Do We Waste Most

October 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Noel Dempsey Kitchen Sesign

Food waste is a real problem that costs consumers and companies alike thousands of dollars each year. This infographic shows what foods we waste the most, ways to prevent waste and how to appropriately use left overs.        

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SodaStream's Run at Coke, Pepsi Fizzles Out

October 7, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press

SodaStream has touted its machines as a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to buying bottled or canned drinks such as Coke and Pepsi. It has been trying to make a splash in the U.S. and advertised in the last two Super Bowls.

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Coca-Cola to Settle Lawsuit Over Glacéau Vitaminwater's Marketing

October 7, 2014 9:33 am | by Angeion Group; The Coca-Cola Company and Energy Brands Inc.

The Coca-Cola Company announced the preliminary approval of a settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit concerning the labeling and marketing of Glaceau vitaminwater brand beverages. The hearing on final approval of the settlement is scheduled for Dec. 2. 

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Sabra Dipping Opens Doors of Expanded Hummus Production Facility

October 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Sabra Dipping Company

One of America's best-selling hummus brands is doubling production capacity in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The 118,000 square foot expansion is expected to add 70 jobs by next year.                   

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Starbucks Workers Take Advantage of Tuition Program

October 7, 2014 9:06 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks said more than 1,000 of its employees have enrolled at Arizona State University to take advantage of a program that helps pay for their tuition. The company said it is too early to tell how much it will end up paying in reimbursement for the students. 

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Researchers Find DNA is Linked to How Much Coffee You Drink

October 7, 2014 8:53 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

The project analyzed the results of about two dozen previous studies with a combined total of more than 120,000 participants. Those participants had described how much coffee they drink a day, and allowed their DNA to be scanned.     

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Sausage Company Issues Recall of Raw, Frozen Chicken Products

October 6, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Canadian Press

Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage is recalling frozen, raw, ground chicken products. E-coli concerns have lead to the Alberta-based company's recall.                            

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Infographics: Top 10 Specialty Foods Purchased in 2014

October 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Specialty food consumers are spending more of their food dollars on specialty food this year, and the all-powerful millennial generation is gravitating toward specialty food for snacks and on-the-goal meals, according to new research from the Specialty Food Association.

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Brewery of 12 People Wins 'Large Brewing Company of the Year'

October 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by MillerCoors

A small incubation brewery in Golden, Colorado is now home to the "Largest Brewing Company of the Year" award from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. AC Golden has 12 employees who brew and sell some of Colorado's most flavorful beers.

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Illinois Considers Raw Milk Regulations

October 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

U.S. Food and Drug Administration data show between 300,000 and 400,000 Illinoisans drink raw milk. Regulations are necessary to make raw milk safer for consumption, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. 

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Packaging Tips For Candy, Confectionery Companies

October 6, 2014 10:59 am | by Videojet Technologies

Candy and confectionery packagers should consider Thermal Transfer Overprinting (TTO) technology for its ability to meet the unique code and data requirements of their particular products.                 

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