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

December 4, 2014 8:20 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Business Groups Push to End Indiana's Ban on Sunday Alcohol Sales

December 3, 2014 8:15 am

Some business groups have started a new push aimed at ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores. Liquor store owners have opposed lifting the Sunday ban, arguing the change would benefit large chain grocery and convenience stores.

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Unilever Acquires Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto

December 2, 2014 2:18 pm

Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, a packaged gelato U.S. company, announced that it has been acquired by Unilever. The acquisition gives Talenti an unprecedented opportunity to grow and expand its footprint and reach more consumers.     

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Marijuana Dining Still on Shaky Legal Ground

December 2, 2014 2:01 pm

Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with pot. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy. How to pair marijuana with fine foods. How to make marijuana's skunky tang work for a dish, not ruin it.

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Mom Revives Ancient Grain Einkorn For the Gluten Sensitive

December 2, 2014 12:30 pm

After learning about her daughter's gluten sensitivity, jovial Foods founder, Carla Bartolucci was determined to find a solution that did not involve cutting wheat out of her life completely.  Her extensive research led to the discovery of a nearly extinct ancient grain called einkorn. 

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Maryland to Welcome Another Cheese Manufacturing Plant

December 2, 2014 9:55 am

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development says it has approved a $400,000 conditional grant to help the town of Grantsville renovate a former butcher shop for operation by High Country Creamery and Market.       

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Not Your Average Retirement Home: Oregon Community Brews Up Beer

December 2, 2014 9:53 am

In search of an activity that didn't fit the traditional retirement-community vibe, Aspen Ridge's managers reached out to the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization two years ago about setting up a homebrewing demonstration at their Purcell Drive facility.

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NJ Governor's Decision on Pig Crates Could Hurt Pork Producers

December 2, 2014 9:39 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deciding whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages. The bill would ban pig farmers in the state from using devices called gestation crates. Pork producers say the bill would hurt their plant operations.

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Cargill Beef Recalled in Canada on E.coli Concerns

December 2, 2014 9:07 am

Federal health officials are recalling packages of ground beef produced by Winnipeg-based Cargill Meat Solutions due to concerns about E.coli. The meat carries the Your Fresh market brand name and is sold at Walmart stores.       

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Sartori Celebrates 75 Years With '12 Days of Cheese'

December 2, 2014 9:00 am

Sartori Cheese is hosting their "12 Days of Cheese" promotion on Facebook starting on December 3rd as a way to show their appreciation and gratitude towards their fans. Throughout 2014, Sartori has been celebrating their 75th anniversary.   

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Kellogg Boosts US Cereal Line-Up With 7 New Offerings

December 1, 2014 3:06 pm

Kellogg announced plans for seven new cereals from some of the company's most-beloved U.S. brands, reflecting what many of today's consumers are seeking in their breakfast choice: great taste, innovative ingredients, more protein, less sugar, gluten-free options.

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Institute of Food Research Announces Test For Detecting Horse Meat

December 1, 2014 2:49 pm

The horse meat scandal of 2013 was sparked by the discovery of horse meat in a number of beef burgers. Soon, horse meat was detected in other meat products, leading to millions of pounds worth of food being taken off supermarket shelves.   

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