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Pet Food Maker Blue Buffalo Files For IPO Worth up to $500M

June 10, 2015 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Blue Buffalo Pet Products, which has seen its sales skyrocket as health-conscious consumers look for healthier foods for their pets as well, is filing for an initial public offering worth up to $500 million.

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Study Shows Decrease in Reporting, Resolving Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

June 10, 2015 11:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new analysis found a decline in the number of reported foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years, and that of those reported to federal health officials, a smaller share was ultimately resolved.

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Humane Society Alleges Unsanitary Conditions, Mistreatment of Birds at Egg Supplier

June 10, 2015 10:40 am | by The Associated Press

The Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday released undercover video footage it said shows the mistreatment of birds and unsanitary conditions at a major national egg supplier.

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5 Things About Trans Fats and the FDA's Proposed Phase Out

June 10, 2015 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

There are a lot fewer trans fats in the nation's food than there were a decade ago, but the Obama administration is moving toward getting rid of them almost entirely.

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NYC Officials Want Salt Warning Labels on Menus

June 10, 2015 9:10 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ, MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press

New York City could become the first city in the U.S. to require a warning label on high-sodium menu items at chain restaurants, health officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

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First Midwest Farm Hit by Bird Flu Restarts

June 10, 2015 8:00 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Three months after a devastating form of bird flu made its first appearance in the Midwest, the first poultry farm in the region to be affected is growing turkeys again — even though the virus is still lurking in Minnesota and beyond.

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Federal Orange Juice Marketing Program Under Consideration

June 10, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

A proposal to set up a federal orange juice marketing program to supplement an effort by the Florida Department of Citrus is coming under scrutiny.

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Judge Rejects Pepsi's Efforts to Dismiss Class Action Lawsuit

June 9, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A class action lawsuit alleging that PepsiCo violated California chemical disclosure standards will be allowed to proceed after a federal judge tossed out the soft drink company's effort to dismiss the case.

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Low-Cal Foods, Drinks Drive the Bulk of Supermarket Sales Growth, Report Says

June 9, 2015 1:10 pm | by Hudson Institute

A recently released report found that lower-calorie foods and beverages drove the bulk of sales growth for supermarket chains between 2009 and 2013, making up 59 percent of growth, compared to just 41 percent for their higher-calorie counterparts.

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Snoop Dogg Sues Beer-Maker Pabst Over Sale Profits

June 9, 2015 12:35 pm | by ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer

Snoop Dogg sued Pabst Brewing Co. on Monday, claiming the beer-maker owes him a portion of its proceeds from the company's sale last year.

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Campbell Soup Buys Garden Fresh Salsa Maker For $231M

June 9, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press

Campbell Soup is buying refrigerated salsa maker Garden Fresh Gourmet for $231 million as it continues to make a push into hot categories such as refrigerated fresh and organic foods.

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San Fran. Considers Health Warning on Soda Ads

June 9, 2015 11:30 am | by JANIE HAR, Associated Press

San Francisco officials are deciding whether to impose a warning on ads for a favorite drink of children and a bane of public health advocates: Sugary soda pop.

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Justices to Review Tyson Foods Appeal Over Class-Action Suit

June 9, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to weigh new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues.

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Monsanto Likely Not Finished With Syngenta

June 9, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto's second bid to acquire Swiss rival Syngenta was met Monday with a second strongly worded rejection letter.

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US to Import Egg Products from Netherlands to Ease Shortage

June 9, 2015 9:00 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

It's the first time in more than a decade the U.S. has bought eggs from a European nation, and comes as consumers are seeing a surge in shell egg prices and a Texas-based supermarket began limiting purchases.

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Takeover Rumor Pushes Diageo Stock Higher

June 9, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Shares of liquor giant Diageo soared in both the U.S. and U.K. amid rumors that 3G Capital Partners could be considering a takeover.

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Report: Manufacturing Tech Orders Down in April

June 9, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The report, which compiles data from companies participating in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Order program, showed $384.81 million in overall orders in April, a decline of 8 percent from March and 1 percent compared to April 2014.

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Syngenta Rejects Second Monsanto Buyout Offer

June 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

Syngenta rejected a second buyout offer from agricultural rival Monsanto that added a $2 billion guarantee should the proposed deal fall apart. The Swiss company turned down the first bid early last month, then worth more than $45 billion, saying Monsanto's offer was greatly undervalued.

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Hershey Named a Top 10 Green Company in the US

June 8, 2015 1:25 pm | by The Hershey Company

The Hershey Company was recognized for its continuing commitment to environmental stewardship in Newsweek’s 2015 Green Rankings. Out of the top 500 U.S. companies named, Hershey placed No. 6, moving up 40 spots from last year’s ranking.

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Organic Farming Practices are Bee-Friendly, Shows New Report

June 8, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Organic Center

A report just released by The Organic Center shows that organic farming practices are effective in maintaining the health and population of important crop pollinators, predominantly bees, which have been declining at an alarming rate in the past decade and threatening global food security.

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