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Photos of the Day: Maple Syrup Goes High-Tech

April 3, 2014 8:00 am

Maple syrup production has come a long way, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. But now sugar-makers are harnessing new wireless monitoring technology to keep the precious sap flowing.

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Maple Syrup Makers Tap Wireless Monitoring Technology

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by HOLLY RAMER and LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. But now sugar-makers are harnessing new wireless monitoring technology to keep the precious sap flowing.

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Calif. Company Buys Failed Northern Beef Packers Plant

April 2, 2014 1:08 pm

The San Francisco-based company bought Northern Beef Packers and its assets in a deal that was mandated to close Friday. Northern Beef filed for bankruptcy, but a judge ruled that the company could be put of for sale in an eleventh-hour decision.

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ISM: March Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 12:53 pm | by By Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing expanded in March as the PMI registered 53.7 percent, an increase of 0.5 percentage points, compared to February’s reading of 53.2 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.

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2014 Equipment, Software Investment Growth Forecast at 4.2%

April 2, 2014 12:15 pm

The 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation expects equipment and software investment to grow and continue steadily in the short term, according to its Q2 forecast.

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Consumer Trends: Sadness Dampens Urge to Indulge

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm

According to a study by the University of Miami School of Business Adminstration, sadness can combat over-indulgence in unhealthy foods. The study found that when people were made to feel sad, they were more likely to indicate how consuming indulgent foods could cause health problems.

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Research Plots the Path of Ancient Cattle Domestication

April 2, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Missouri News Bureau

University of Missouri researchers completed a genetic history of 134 cattle breeds to trace the origin of domestication. Cattle breeding and breeds' genetic history is vital for animal farmers looking to maximize their herds’ meat and dairy production.

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Cozy Local Diners Crop Up Near the Las Vegas Strip

April 2, 2014 10:51 am

Eat is Las Vegas' first neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on freshness and locally sourced ingredients. A critical mass of boutique restaurants has moved downtown, a novelty in an area long dominated by the Heart Attack Grill and other over-the-top venues.

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Chick-fil-A Beats KFC for Top U.S. Chicken Chain

April 2, 2014 10:34 am

Preliminary data from food industry researcher Technomic shows that Atlanta-based Chick-Fil-A held the lead because its locations are much busier, even though there are far fewer of them. Chick-fil-A first surpassed KFC as the top chicken chain in 2012.

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Okla. Manufacturer Recalls 8,700 Pounds of Chicken

April 2, 2014 10:27 am

The USDA says the products from AdvancePierre Foods were formulated with milk and soy, which are not declared on the label. The company with operations in Oklahoma is recalling frozen chicken products distributed to food-service establishments.

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German Brewery Cartel Fined $319M for Price Fixing

April 2, 2014 10:18 am

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case. Info from the German branch of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA aided the suit.

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Coke Weighs World Cup Sponsorship Tone on Brazilian Unrest

April 2, 2014 10:11 am | by ROB HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

As the company launches its biggest World Cup marketing campaign, Coca-Cola's executive vice president, Joe Tripodi, told The Associated Press it would react rapidly to any outbreak of protests in an attempt to reflect the mood of the nation.

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Infographic: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day by the Numbers

April 2, 2014 8:00 am

In honor of National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day today, the makers of Welch’s® PB&J Snacks surveyed people across the United States about their peanut butter and jelly preferences. One key finding: A slight majority of Americans choose creamy peanut butter over the crunchy variety.

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Recalled Fish Products May Cause Botulism

April 1, 2014 12:59 pm

Lao Thai Nam Corp. is recalling Number One Sompa Salted Fish because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

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Groups Ask FDA to Exempt Brewers from Grain Regulation

April 1, 2014 12:55 pm

The Beer Institute on Monday filed joint comments with the American Malting Barley Association arguing that it is unnecessary for the Food and Drug Administration to add additional regulation to brewers’ spent grain and other brewing by-products.

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Starbucks Reintroduces Cake by Popular Demand

April 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks will bring back its cake slices, available in banana, iced lemon and pumpkin flavors, in response to customer feedback. The coffee chain had been getting rid of the slices as part of a staggered rollout of its new, pricier baked goods.

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Airlines Offer In-Flight Craft Beer

April 1, 2014 12:47 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

More airlines are adding craft beers to their in-flight offerings. The assumption is that as more drinkers switch from mass market beers to specialty brews, they'll be happier if they don't have to give up the good stuff when they're in the air.

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Q&A: Will Court Ruling End Japan’s Whaling?

April 1, 2014 12:42 pm | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Japan's whaling program is at a crossroads after the International Court of Justice halted the program, concluding that the supposed research program is a guise for commercial whaling. This week's ruling cannot be appealed, but Japan has other options to consider.

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Sparkling Waters Flood into Soda Sales' Territory

April 1, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Sparkling water is chipping away at the dominance of traditional sodas like Coke and Pepsi, particularly in the diet category. Last year, a small brand called Sparkling Ice saw sales more than double to $302.4 million from the previous year, according to IRI.

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Consumer Trends: Diners Drawn to Distinctive Digs

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm

Data released by Technomic indicates that the 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 3.5 percent annual sales increase in 2013, a significant decline from 4.9 percent the prior year. Technomic says brands must differentiate themselves to gain market share.

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