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Beverage Industry is Wising Up to an Aging Population

October 3, 2014 2:45 pm | by Canadean

Although historically the marketing of soft drinks was focused on the youth market with the key age bracket of 10-24 year olds, Canadean detects great opportunities in targeting the growing aging population.           

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Report: Russian Food Bans Won't Slow Runaway Markets

October 3, 2014 2:39 pm | by Rabobank

In the report, published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, bank analysts say that global beef supply is in a tightening phase, with most key producing and export regions already experiencing record tight supplies.  

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USDA Plans to Resurvey 1,400 Small Grain Farmers

October 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

The USDA plans to resurvey 1,400 small grain farmers in the Upper Midwest and West who still had crops in the field when they were asked a month ago about their yearly production. The information could result in a revision of estimates of wheat, barley and oat production.

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Manufacturing Day Gains Momentum Across the US

October 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers

As part of the third-annual Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country are opening their doors and displaying the exciting, technology-driven operations that make manufacturing among the most rewarding career options available.

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Infographic: Super Facts About SuperFoods

October 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Rangemaster

Rangemaster's healthy food infographic includes interesting facts about superfoods in addition to healthy alternatives. The healthy alternatives are split into meals throughout the day: breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner and then a drink.

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Top 10 Innovative Products Named at Grocery Trade Show

October 3, 2014 9:43 am | by Canadian Press, Ontario

Canadian grocers and industry delegates voted on the innovative products at the grocery industry conference and trade show. Among the top 10 products are reusable coffee cups and Bertolli's 100 percent Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray that can be sprayed directly onto food.

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Bel Brands Plant Part of SD Dairy Push

October 3, 2014 9:30 am | by CARSON WALKER, Associated Press

The opening of the Bel Brands USA plant in Brookings, South Dakota is part of a decades-long effort to make the state a major player in dairy products. Bel Brands said its 250 employees will produce 1.5 million Mini Babybel cheese wheels a day when the $140 million operation is at capacity next year.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Challenging Calif. Egg Laws

October 3, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller dismissed the suit Thursday, giving California a major victory in a cross-country battle that pitted animal protections against the economic interests of farmers in the South and Midwest.      

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Calif. Teens Arrested in Foster Farms Chicken Massacre

October 3, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press

Fresno County sheriff's officials have arrested four young men suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club in California.                   

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Research Shows Not All Pet Food Brands Follow Regulations

October 2, 2014 2:16 pm | by Chapman University

Researchers in Chapman University’s Food Science Program just published a study on pet food mislabeling. Of the 20 potentially mislabeled products, 13 were dog food and 7 were cat food. Of these 20, 16 contained meat species that were not included on the product label.

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VIDEO: Intruders Kill Hundreds of Chickens With Golf Club

October 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by CNN

Suspects in a bizarre burglary beat to death 920 chickens at a Foster Farms facility in central California earlier this month, authorities say. The suspects pulled back a portion of the fence and used a golf club to maliciously kill several hundred chickens.

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Prosecutor Files for Death Penalty in Oklahoma Beheading Case

October 2, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed formal notification that he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at a food processing plant. The paperwork says the death penalty is warranted in the case because the killing was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."

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Dining on a Dollar: Top American Restaurants for Cheap Eating

October 2, 2014 12:45 pm | by Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon released its annual list of Cheap Eats, featuring restaurants across North America where diners can snag the best meal for a great deal. The list boats eateries serving usual low fare suspects like burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and street food. 

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McKee Foods to Create 54 Jobs With $34M Expansion

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

McKee Foods Corporation is planning a $34 million expansion of its manufacturing plant in August County. The expansion is said to create 54 jobs. The plant currently employs more than 1,000 workers.              

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More Than 150K Consumers Urge Starbucks to Use Organic Milk

October 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by GMO Inside; Green America

Trouble is brewing for Starbucks as more than 150,000 consumers are urging CEO Howard Schultz to ditch conventional milk from cows fed GMOs in favor of organic milk. On Sunday, America's largest coffee chain will feel even more heat, as eight national groups spearhead a social media day of action on the issue.

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Crispy M&M's Are Back After 10-Year Hiatus

October 2, 2014 10:42 am | by Mars Chocolate North America

After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America announced today M&M'S® Crispy will return to stores nationwide in January 2015 following a 10-year hiatus.    

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Infographic: Who's Going Gluten-Free?

October 2, 2014 10:21 am | by The Hartman Group

This infographic from The Hartman Group reflects the cultural beliefs surrounding gluten in food products. In their recent study, 21 percent of consumers had purchased gluten-free products in the past week.               

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Report: 99 Percent of Sales Growth for CPG Companies is From Lower-Calorie Foods

October 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Hudson Institute

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) asked Hudson Institute to analyze sales data from the 16 major food and beverage companies it counts among its members to determine both trends in sales and product availability.       

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Burger King, Ex-Soldier At Odds Over Needle Claim

October 2, 2014 9:19 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

It's the latest in a squabble between the parties about who is to blame for failed attempts to settle the lawsuit by Clark Bartholomew, who said he was injured when he bit into a Triple Stacker purchased from a Burger King on a Hawaii base in 2010. 

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Illinois Woman Known as 'Mustard Lady'

October 2, 2014 9:11 am | by JON KRENEK, The (Kankakee) Daily Journal

The 42-year employee of Plochman's Mustard in Manteno is known across state lines as "The Mustard Lady." It's a title she's earned as a decades-long aficionado of the yellow, and sometimes brown, condiment, which she eats and cooks with, uses as a salve for indigestion and shares with everyone she knows.

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