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Organic Food Manufacturer Formulates Products For Pets

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by NutriFusion

Food manufacturers will now be able to infuse their existing brands with NutriFusion's special pet-friendly blends that are conducive to a healthy diet rich in vitamins that include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as beets, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, cranberry, strawberry, apple and pumpkin.

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VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

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USDA Awards OTA With $785K to Promote Organic Products

December 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by Organic Trade Association

Demand for organic in the United States has been booming, with organic sales in 2013 hitting a record $35.1 billion. Demand for organic around the world has been exploding as well, and U.S. organic exports in 2013 reached a new high of $537 million.

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BeBevCo Signs License Agreement For KOMA Unwind Relaxation Drink

December 4, 2014 12:40 pm | by Bebida Beverage Company

Bebida Beverage Company, a developer, manufacturer and marketer of relaxation and energy drinks is pleased to announce it has signed a long term license agreement with Sparkling Drink Systems International (SDS), the Global Beverage Solution Provider.

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Cricket Flour, Marijuana Among Top Specialty Food Trends For 2015

December 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Consumers will seek more from their food in 2015, whether stronger flavors, alternative sweeteners, or snacks made with everything from plant-based meat to even marijuana. That is according to predictions from the editors of Specialty Food News.

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Portland Customers Can Now Order Starbucks Via Mobile

December 4, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Starbucks launched a mobile order-and-pay-ahead option in Portland this week as it prepares to expand the offering nationally over the next year. In major cities, the chain says it plans to offer delivery later in 2015 as well.      

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EU Makes Move to Let Member States Ban GM Crops

December 4, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc.           

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Warehouse Fire Won't Keep Fannie May From Making Chocolate

December 4, 2014 10:16 am | by Fannie May Fine Chocolates

On Thanksgiving Day, a fire destroyed the Fannie May Fine Chocolates warehouse and distribution facility in Maple Heights, Ohio. The company has been working around the clock to produce more of its iconic chocolates at its state-of-the-art production facility.

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Infographic: Who's Educating Consumers on Foodborne Illness?

December 4, 2014 10:09 am | by Partnership for Food Safety Education

In an effort to better understand the landscape of food safety education, PFSE commissioned North Carolina State University to conduct a survey to identify the organizations and channels most frequently used to communicate safe food handling messages.  

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Alcohol Industry Celebrates 81 Years Since the End of Prohibition

December 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

In 1933, the last three of the 36 required states voted to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending Prohibition and paving the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system. The alcohol industry today contributes thousands of jobs to state economies.

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Virginia Brewery Taps 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe

December 4, 2014 9:44 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press

What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Reynolds family.             

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Hong Kong Bans Poultry Imports Due to British Colombia's Avian Flu

December 4, 2014 8:20 am | by The Canadian Press

Hong Kong's food safety agency has banned poultry, meat and eggs from part of British Columbia after an avian flu outbreak at two farms in the province. Nearly 18,000 birds are either dead or scheduled to be euthanized after the H5 strain of avian influenza was detected.

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Looking for a Cup of Joe? Martha Stewart Dips into Coffee Business

December 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

A spokeswoman for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. confirmed that plans are in place for the company to open a New York coffee shop. The shop wil be in the Chelsea neighborhood, within the same building that holds the company's headquarters.

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Infographic: The Future of Food, All in One Map

December 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by Institute For the Future

This map by the Institute For the Future, titled Seeds of Disruption, looks at the food supply chain, technological disruptions, and low probability, high impact "wild cards" in the food industry over the next decade.   

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Consumer Trends: A Drink For All Seasons and Reasons

December 3, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Harris Poll

When it comes to alcoholic beverage choices for American adults (aged 21 and up), how much does the "when" of it factor into the type of drink one chooses? As it turns out, quite a bit. Beer is the top drink choice to consume throughout the year. 

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Nostalgia Plays Big Role in Limited-Time Holiday Flavors

December 3, 2014 11:50 am | by Associated Press

Limited-time flavors are a proven way to attract customers throughout the year. But flavors like candy cane and gingerbread are particularly popular because of the power scents and flavors have to evoke time spent with loved ones.     

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Brown-Forman Reports Slightly Higher Net Income

December 3, 2014 11:30 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday its second-quarter net income rose slightly because of sales growth for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand along with its tequilas and pricier premium whiskeys, offsetting declines for some of its other staples.

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Nutrition, Safety Key to Consumer Acceptance of Nanotech, GMO in Foods

December 3, 2014 9:15 am | by North Carolina State University

New research shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods — but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food.     

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Hershey Considering Removal of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

December 3, 2014 9:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Moving toward sugar would make Hershey a high-profile example of the move away from high-fructose corn syrup in the food industry.      

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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