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Anheuser-Busch Sues Kenutcky Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch, one of the largest beer brewers in the country, is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license. The company claims the Alcoholic Beverage Control has passed the statutory deadline for either approving or rejecting the application in 60 days. 

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FDA Reminds Egg Product Exporters of New USDA Procedures

October 22, 2014 11:14 am | by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds exporters of food products containing eggs or egg products regulated by FDA that export certificates for these products will be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as of November 10, 2014. 

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Heineken Blames Sales Drop on Poor Weather

October 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press

Dutch Brewer Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower. Revenues in its largest, most profitable market, Western Europe, fell 4.1 percent.               

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Ban on GMO Plants Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants, including varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to resist pests or pesticides. Critics say genetically modified crops haven't been proven safe.

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As Food Prices Climb, Social Security Benefits Go Up 1.7 Percent

October 22, 2014 9:57 am | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

The cost of meat, fish and eggs is up by nearly 10 percent, but the overall cost of food is up just 3.1 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.

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Food Costs Up 3 Percent Over the Past Year

October 22, 2014 9:50 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Food costs rose 0.3 percent in September and are up 3 percent over the past 12 months, exacerbated by drought conditions in parts of the country. Beef and veal prices jumped 2 percent in September and are up 16.7 percent since January.  

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Global Wine is the Subject of Online Course From Calif. Wine School

October 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by San Francisco Wine School

San Francisco Wine School announces the debut of CSW Online, a brand new format for its much-lauded Certified Specialist of Wine credential preparation program.                       

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Organic Trade Group Reaches Out to More Farmers

October 21, 2014 4:03 pm | by Organic Trade Association

The Farmstead Membership is open to organic farmers whose annual income from organic sales is less than $250,000 and who have current membership in one of the farmer-driven organizations with which OTA's Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) has formed a strategic alliance.

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Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 States

October 21, 2014 3:56 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.      

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Trying Out the Kansas City Barbecue Scene

October 21, 2014 3:52 pm | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor

When I mentioned on Facebook that I was heading to Kansas City, one friend sent me to Arthur Bryant's barbecue restaurant, quoting Calvin Trillin's famous line that Bryant's was possibly "the single best restaurant in the world."     

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Misreporting Diet Information Could Impact Nutrition Needs For Hispanics

October 21, 2014 3:34 pm | by University of Hawaii at Manoa

You are what you eat, unless you're not quite sure what you ate. A new paper takes a critical look at how faulty self-reporting of the food we eat can lead to incorrect conclusions about whether we are meeting dietary recommendations for certain essential nutrients. 

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General Mills Complete's Annie's Acquisition

October 21, 2014 3:20 pm | by General Mills, Inc.

General Mills and Annie's, a natural and organic food company, subsequently completed the acquisition by merging a subsidiary of General Mills with and into Annie's, with Annie's surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Mills.

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Bourbon Industry Makes its Mark on Kentucky's Economy

October 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31 — the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to the report by the University of Louisville's Urban Studies Institute.     

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2nd Guilty Plea in Calif. Tainted Beef Case

October 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by Associated Press

Eugene Corda, an employee of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered the plea to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat earlier this month.           

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Infographic: Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee

October 21, 2014 11:01 am | by Ilovecoffee.jp

Coffee and beer aren't just two of the world's most popular beverages, they are also the most popular drugs. We'll let ilovecoffee.jp explain.                             

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New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' in Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 10:19 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press

Developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners, the Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data in a specific area.

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Jackson Hole Restaurants Get New Food Safety Rule

October 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press

Restaurants around Jackson will soon have to have staff certified in food safety. A new rule from the Teton County Board of Public Health requires eateries to have a manager take a test on food protection protocols.  

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5 Issues McDonald's is Facing in the US

October 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press

McDonald's (14,000 U.S. locations) is far bigger than Chipotle (1,700 locations), making it more difficult for the chain to boost sales. But McDonald's nevertheless acknowledges it needs to work on fixing some problems. Here is a look at five problems McDonald's is facing.

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Cappuccino-Flavored Chips? America Says No!

October 21, 2014 9:34 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Frito-Lay says Wasabi Ginger won its contest that gives people a chance to create a new flavor, beating out the coffee-flavored chips and the two other finalists — Mango Salsa and Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese.           

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McDonald's Profit Plunges in 3Q

October 21, 2014 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

In the U.S., McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition and shifting tastes toward food people consider more wholesome. To improve its performance, McDonald's launched a social media campaign inviting customers to ask questions about its food.

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