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General Mills Among the Top 5 Best Companies

September 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by General Mills

General Mills was recognized among the top five "2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms.               

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Diageo Welcomes Visitors to Historic Distillery

September 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Liquor giant Diageo PLC said it is opening a visitors' center at Stitzel-Weller, part of a $10 million investment that includes a new bottling line and a small batch craft still that will bring whiskey production back to the distillery southwest of downtown Louisville.

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Infographic: The Great Wheel of Food Mashups

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by Co. Design

If you want to make your culinary creation go viral, make it a hybrid. Take a look at this hybrid food landscape, and all the ways chefs have found to combine our favorite foods, in whimsical (Ansel's milk-and-cookie shot), unexpected (an eggocado) and occassionaly monstrous ways. 

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NJ Company Recalls Ground Black Pepper

September 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Gel Spice Company, Inc.

New Jersey's Gel Spice Company issued a recall for 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper because it has the possibility to be contaminated with an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.         

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Supermarkets Launch Anti-Bottle Deposit Campaign

September 16, 2014 9:16 am | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

Supermarket chains are launching an ad campaign in hopes of persuading voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages.         

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Hop Growers Face Worker Shortages as Craft Beer Industry Booms

September 16, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

To keep up with the surging growth of a national craft beer industry that opens a brewery a day, Washington commercial growers, located exclusively in the Yakima Valley, boosted their hop acreage by 7 percent and expect the largest crop in five years. 

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Arizona Dog Food Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

Nestle Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                               

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Researchers Find 'Most Famous Wheat Gene'

September 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Washington State University

The discovery clears the way for breeders to develop wheat varieties with the disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses, using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory hurdles and controversy of GMOs.

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FreshPet Files For IPO Valued at up to $100M

September 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Associated Press

FreshPet Inc. didn't say when it plans to go public or how many shares it plans to sell. FreshPet says it makes its foods out of fresh meats and vegetables in a refrigerated facility and does not use contract manufacturers.        

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Meat-Eaters Commence: National Cheeseburger Day Awaits

September 15, 2014 2:22 pm | by WingHouse

Thursday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and WingHouse restaurant CEO and NFL alumnus, Crawford Ker, is providing the inside scoop on creating a cheeseburger masterpiece.                  

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Infographic: Manufacturers Notice Consumer Sweetener Indifference

September 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mintel

Mintel's team hit the supermarket aisles to better understand new food and beverage product introductions in the U.S. market, paying particular attention to: "No HFCS" claims, other health-related claims and product introductions switching back to formulations with high fructose corn syrup. 

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Salmonella-Tainted Peanuts Case in Hands of Jury

September 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell has been on trial since Aug. 1, accused of shipping tainted peanuts and peanut butter to customers. This is the first time a U.S. food producer has been tried in U.S. District Court in a food poisoning case.

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Infographic: Drinking Up the Fastest Growing Beverage Flavors

September 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Technomic

A fifth of today's consumers say that beverages play an important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers who tend to use beverages for a wide variety of occasions, including snacks and social visits.

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Challenges With Sugared Beverages Being Ignored

September 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Nestlé Waters Canada

A recent survey on behalf of Nestle Waters Canada reveals that, on average, mothers are consuming between three to four soft drinks per week.                               

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Large Number of Salmon Return to Columbia River

September 15, 2014 10:25 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Fish hatcheries have been used to help rebuild fish populations, with mixed results, and millions of dollars have been spent on dam passage improvements. Thirteen species of salmon and steelhead are now listed as endangered or threatened in the Columbia River basin.

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Consumers Can Now Make Direct Investments into Food Companies

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

A national movement called Slow Money, which links investors with farmers and small food producers, is allowing consumers to make direct investments big or small into local food businesses.              

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Craft Brewers Placing Greater Emphasis on Quality

September 15, 2014 10:12 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Craft brewers increasingly are turning to employees of much larger shops like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors to tap their experience in creating beer with a consistent flavor and quality time after time on a large scale.          

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Calif. Produce Company Issues Tomato Recall

September 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press

Taylor Farms of Tracy issued a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella.                                 

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Heineken Rejects SABMiller Takeover Bid

September 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press

Dutch brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by its rival SABMiller. The Heineken family informed SABMiller it intends to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company.                    

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Penn. Liquor Board Returns $2.4M in Licensing Fees to Communities

September 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board oversees the regulation of more than 18,000 liquor licenses and permits statewide, including clubs and beer distributors. As part of the annual license renewal or validation process, licensees pay a fee ranging from $125 to $700.

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