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McCall Farms Expanding South Carolina Operations

July 9, 2015 1:15 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce

McCall Farms, the South Carolina-based manufacturers of Margaret Holmes, Glory Foods, Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts and Bruce's Yams, is expanding its existing Florence County operations with a new, state-of-the-art production facility. The $4 million investment is expected to generate 25 new jobs in Effingham, S.C. over the next five years.

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FDA: Calories on Menus, Menu Boards Delayed Until 2016

July 9, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that restaurants and other establishments will now have until December 1, 2016, to comply with federal menu labeling rules — one year beyond the original deadline.

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Not Berry Good: US Adults Still Skimp on Fruit and Veggies

July 9, 2015 12:55 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

Most U.S. adults still aren't eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables. In a large national survey, only 13 percent said they ate the recommended amount of fruit each day. And only 9 percent ate enough vegetables.

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PepsiCo Tops Expectations, Boosted by Pricier Products

July 9, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

The snack and beverage maker said Thursday that revenue rose for each of its Frito-Lay North America and PepsiCo Americas Beverages units during the second quarter, despite flat volume.

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Blue Bell to Begin Trial Runs at Alabama Plant

July 9, 2015 10:00 am | by KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries said Wednesday that it plans test production runs at its Alabama plant as the company inches toward putting its ice cream back on grocery store shelves. The company shut down production and issued a national recall after the company's ice cream was linked to 10 listeria illnesses in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

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E-I-E-I-O: Pittsburgh Eases Path for Chickens, Urban Farming

July 9, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Aspiring young McDonalds will find it easier to have an urban farm in Pittsburgh with a chicken and a duck here, and maybe even a goat there. The City Council has simplified an ordinance governing people who want to keep small farm animals on their property. The old law required fees totaling $340 and a permitting process that could take up to three months.

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Canadian Firm Fined in Vermont Over Tainted Cattle Feed

July 9, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

A Canadian company has pleaded guilty in federal court in Burlington to charges that it brought drug-tainted cattle feed into Vermont and then made a false statement to Customs and Border Protection officials about it.

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Jared Raid is Only Subway's Latest Problem

July 9, 2015 8:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Here's a look at the challenges facing Subway, the largest restaurant chain with about 44,000 locations globally.

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New Material Successfully Traps Food Smells

July 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A newly developed material could allow people to transport certain foods without inflicting their smells on those nearby.

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Report: Manufacturing Jobs Up Compared to Mid-2014

July 8, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Jobs in the U.S. manufacturing sector increased in the second quarter of 2015, led by growth in the production of computers, soft drinks and medical devices.

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After Eliminating Human Antibiotics in Chicken Production, Perdue Continues Leadership Role to Reduce All Antibiotic Use

July 8, 2015 12:30 pm | by Perdue Farms

Less than a year after eliminating the routine use of human antibiotics in its chicken production, Perdue Farms on Wednesday announced it is now raising more than half its chickens with no antibiotics of any kind – human or animal. 

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New Overtime Rules Could Change How Employees Keep in Touch

July 8, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

For countless Americans, the proliferation of smartphones enabled — or compelled — them to keep in contact with their workplaces long after they've left for the evening. That could change after the Obama administration implements new rules for employee overtime, according to a report by National Public Radio.

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USDA Prepares for Possible Return of Bird Flu This Fall

July 8, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Two top veterinary officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers affected by the bird flu outbreak said it will take increased surveillance, improved farm security and more money to fight off a possible fall return of the disease that devastated chicken and turkey flocks.

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Ingredion to Acquire Kerr Concentrates, Inc.

July 8, 2015 11:45 am

Ingredion Incorporated , a leading global provider of ingredient solutions to diversified industries, today announced that it has agreed to acquire Kerr Concentrates, Inc., a privately held producer of natural fruit and vegetable concentrates, purees and essences

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Chalupas on Demand: Taco Bell Starting Delivery Service

July 8, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

Getting your Taco Bell fix may soon get a whole lot easier. The restaurant chain is starting delivery service on Wednesday in certain markets in a partnership with the startup delivery company DoorDash.

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Craft Sake is the Latest Trend That's Brewing in US

July 8, 2015 8:45 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

First came boutique wineries. Then microbreweries and craft distilleries. Now Japanese sake aficionados are hoping to transform the so-called "rice wine" into the next artisan alcohol-of-the-moment in the U.S.

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Report: Manufacturers Must Adapt Commercial Operations to Changing Market

July 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from PwC argues that manufacturers must make changes at every level of their commercial operations in order to keep up with increasingly sophisticated customers.

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Bacardi Acquires BANKS Rum

July 8, 2015 7:25 am | by Bacardi

Family-owned Bacardi, the largest privately-held spirits company in the world, has expanded its portfolio of super-premium rums with the acquisition of BANKS® rum.

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General Mills Plans Major Move Toward Cage-Free Eggs

July 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Minnesota-based General Mills says it's committed to going to 100 percent cage-free eggs for its U.S. operations, following several other large companies recently announcing similar moves. The company says it will work with its suppliers to determine a reasonable timeline, given the disruption that bird flu has caused to the U.S. egg supply.

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Is Chocolate Good for You? Mars Health and Nutrition Director Sets the Record Straight in Time for Chocolate Day

July 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Mars, Incorporated

To celebrate Chocolate Day on July 7, Dr. Catherine Kwik-Uribe, human health and nutrition director at Mars, Incorporated, one of the world's largest manufacturers of chocolate, is separating fact from fiction and dispelling common chocolate-y myths once and for all.

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