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US Farmers Will Produce Record-Breaking Corn This Year

August 13, 2014 8:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn. The abundant harvest has driven prices lower, prompting farmers to take more control of their grain marketing. 

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Penn. Liquor Board Urged to Boost Markup on Wine, Liquor Prices

August 13, 2014 8:45 am | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press

PLCB's finance director proposed that the markup be raised from 30 percent to 35 percent. The issue of the markup rate comes amid a high-profile legislative stalemate over the future of Pennsylvania's state-controlled liquor system.    

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Former Manager of Ga. Peanut Plant 'Scared' By Salmonella Test

August 13, 2014 8:40 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press

Samuel Lightsey, former manager of a peanut processor linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella, said he was "scared to death" the first time he saw a positive lab test that had identified the deadly pathogen in the company's products.  

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Big Lots Adds More Big Name Brands to Food Lineup

August 13, 2014 8:20 am | by Big Lots, Inc.

Big Lots, a large American retailer, is revamping its food department selection with an eye toward value, consistency and convenience. A few of the brand names that the company is adding include: Kraft, Nutella, Smucker's and Pillsbury.   

Stonyfield Yogurt Expands Market to Babies

August 12, 2014 2:48 pm | by Stonyfield

Now, babies and toddlers can enjoy a variety of yogurts made by Stonyfield in packaging innovated by Happy Family, the first organic brand to offer a complete line of nutritious foods for kids of all ages, and presented by the two brands in one unique product.

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Consumer Trends: Older Populations Want a Bite of Convenience

August 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by Canadean

Convenient products are often targeted at the busiest and time-scarce consumers. However, manufacturers employing this strategy alone are missing a large proportion of potential customers. A new report shows that older consumers are looking for easy-to-eat foods.

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10 Feared Dead in Denmark Listeria Outbreak

August 12, 2014 12:04 pm | by Associated Press

A listeria outbreak that has killed 10 people is being linked to contaminated sausages as the possible cause. Danish officials have closed down the meat producer in Copenhagen and recalled all of its products. It is not yet clear whether any of the products were exported.

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Got the Munchies? Now There's Marijuana Pizza

August 12, 2014 10:44 am | by Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation

With the increasing demand and legalization of marijuana edibles in Colorado, Unique Pizza and Subs Corporation is exploring options to develop a pizza infused with cannabis. The company believes the pizza could be sold at adult bars and night clubs.

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Gulf Coast Oyster Harvests Still Down From BP Oil Spill

August 12, 2014 10:28 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press

Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically since a BP PLC oil well blew wild in the nation's worst oil disaster. Even after a rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

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Del Monte Opens First Canada Processing Plant

August 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Altech Technology Systems Inc.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. is opening its first Canadian processing plant in Oshawa, Ontario. Its new wastewater treatment system is designed to treat 40,000 gallons per day of wastewater from the fresh cut processing of 100,000 lbs. per week of produce.

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Photos: M&M's Introduces Great Wall of Chocolate

August 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Mars Retail Group

M&M's, the world's biggest chocolate brand, celebrated the grand opening of its first M&M's World store in Asia. The Great Wall of Chocolate, the world's largest candy wall, offers visitors a chance to create their own blend of candies from 132 individual tubes.

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GMA Highlights Food Industry Progress on Sustainability

August 12, 2014 7:40 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association

A new report by the Grocery Manufacturers Assocation highlights a diverse cross-section of initiatives from an equally diverse slate of manufacturers. The report spotlights the achievements by food and beverage facilities as they work to reduce their environmental footprints.

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Progresso Brand Introduces Six New Flavors

August 12, 2014 7:20 am | by Progresso

Consumers are striving to eat more vegetables, but often fall short of the recommended amount. With this in mind, Progresso is bringing six new varieties of soup to the table by introducing new flavors that help consumers manage their weight.

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Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts the Web

August 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The privately-held company turned 80 this year and is pushing to update its image, reach a new generation of customers and make its mark in a more sophisticated and savvy marketplace.                   

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Cargill Hosts Job Fair to Help Employees of Milwaukee Plant Closure

August 11, 2014 1:53 pm | by Cargill

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is hosting a job fair to help employees of the Milwaukee Cargill plant that recently closed. A shortage in the cattle supply forced the beef processing facility to close its doors on August 1.

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Consumer Trends: Which Generations Drink the Most Bottled Water?

August 11, 2014 1:45 pm | by Packaged Facts

There are more than 60 million adults who drink an average of at least one glass of bottled water per day in the past seven days. But which generations are more likely to drink from a bottle rather than the tap? A new report by Packaged Facts has the answers.

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Dean Foods Slumps as Raw Milk Prices Climb

August 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

The largest milk processor in the U.S., whose brands include Mayfield, Oak Farms and Tuscan, said it is facing its toughest business environment ever. The company said it took a loss in the second quarter as raw milk prices grew 31 percent compared to last year.

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A Test to Detect Counterfeit Coffees

August 11, 2014 12:30 pm | by American Chemical Society

A test to detect counterfeit coffees is becoming more important in light of growing shortages in regions where droughts and plant diseases have dramatically cut back coffee supplies. The shortages may increase the chance for fillers in consumers' coffee cups.

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ConAgra CEO Plans to Retire Next May

August 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press

CEO Gary Rodkin, 62, of ConAgra Foods, plans to retire in May 2015. The packaged food company, known for its Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee brands, has formed a search committee to look for Rodkin's successor. Rodkin was previously CEO of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods.

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Maine Codfish Numbers Hit All-Time Low

August 11, 2014 9:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Codfish catches have plummeted, with Maine dropping from more than 560 metric tons in 2009 to less than 130 metric tons last year. Massachusetts, the most productive cod-fishing state in the Northeast, fell from 6,810 metric tons in 2011 to 4,075 metric tons in 2012.

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