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Showdown Looms as Calif. Eyes Pesticides

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Chief among the complaints of organic growers: The California Department of Food and Agriculture's pest-management plan says compulsory state pesticide spraying of organic crops would do no economic harm to organic producers, on the grounds that the growers could sell sprayed crops as non-organic instead.

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USDA Approves a Genetically Modified Potato

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals.               

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Shopping Apps Offer Cash Back at the Grocery Store

November 10, 2014 9:58 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer

SavingStar, Snap, Checkout 51, and others, let users earn money back if they buy certain products. Recent offers include getting $5 back for buying a Jennie-O frozen turkey, 25 cents back on a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter and $1 back on Dole pineapple juice.

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Lawsuit Blames Bad Meatloaf For Deaths of WV Lawmaker, Husband

November 10, 2014 9:34 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

Former Delegate Virginia Starcher's family filed the lawsuit last month against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms in Jackson County Circuit Court. The lawsuit blames the restaurant's bad meatloaf for the deaths of the former state lawmaker and her husband.

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Ingredion Debuts Non-GMO Ingredients Video

November 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Ingredion

The video, which features interviews with farmers growing Ingredion corn for over 40 years, walks the viewer through the company’s traceability standards and practices that provide the industry with one of the broadest, most secured sources of non-GMO ingredients available today. 

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Mondelez Invests $50M For UK Coffee Site

November 7, 2014 3:24 pm | by Mondelez International

Mondelez International, the second largest player in the global coffee market, announced plans to invest $50 million (£30 million) in its Banbury, UK factory to build two new lines that will manufacture Tassimo beverage capsules.  

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MES Toolkit an Easy Solution for Manufacturers

November 7, 2014 3:19 pm | by LNS Research

In today's manufacturing realm, challenges can emerge quickly. Manufacturers looking for an easy solution should adopt the next-generation Manufacturing Execution System, or MES.                    

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Grocers Association Applauds GMO Labeling Campaign Efforts

November 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by National Cooperative Grocers Association

The National Cooperative Grocers Association wishes to thank the Right to Know Oregon and Colorado GMO campaigns for their hard work to pass Measure 92 and Proposition 105 to label GMO foods. The campaigns drew support from a broad range of grassroots organizations.

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81-Year-Old Charged With Looting Tangerine Grove

November 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by Associated Press

Deputies in Florida say an 81-year-old man picked thousands of tangerines — 11 truckloads worth — and then sold the stolen bounty at a nearby market. Herman Southall was charged with transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft and trespassing. 

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Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government's immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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Could Non-Gluten Proteins Play a Role in Celiac Disease?

November 7, 2014 10:52 am | by American Chemical Society

Although gluten-free foods are trendy among the health-conscious, they are necessary for those with celiac disease. But gluten, the primary trigger for health problems in these patients, may not be the only culprit.         

Solid US Hiring Likely, But Americans Are Anxious

November 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The picture has improved enough that the Federal Reserve announced last month that it was ending its bond purchase program, which had been intended to lower interest rates and stimulate economic growth. So why aren't Americans more cheerful?

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Beef or Chicken? Beef Prices Hit Fast-Food Chains

November 7, 2014 10:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The soaring prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature beef as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy's and McDonald's — the nation's three biggest burger chains — all say they're dealing with higher beef costs.  

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PepsiCo Loses Another Contender for Top Slot

November 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press

The number of potential successors for the top spot at PepsiCo is thinning as yet another highly regarded executive announced his departure. Zein Abdalla, named president of the company just over two years ago, will retire this year.    

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General Mills Cuts Sales, Profit Outlook

November 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Associated Press

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and Progresso canned soups has cut its sales and earnings outlook for the year. General Mills says sales for its fiscal 2015 are expected to grow at a low-single-digit rate.         

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Coca-Cola Life Arrives on Shelves Nationwide

November 7, 2014 8:00 am | by The Coca-Cola Company

The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero.             

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What's Your Hydration IQ?

November 6, 2014 3:37 pm | by American Diabetes Association

This new "smart bottle" helps consumers track daily water consumption by measuring and reminding consumers to drink more often. IQhydr8 technology is in the bottle's cap and can be used as a tool to help "take care of yourself."      

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Starbucks is a Dominant Leader in $35B US Mobile Payments Market

November 6, 2014 3:31 pm | by Packaged Facts

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently claimed that mobile payments at the popular coffee chain are growing almost 50 percent annually, and that 90 percent of all mobile payments in 2013 were made at Starbucks.      

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Earthbound Farm Reveals Results of its 'Salad Sign' Quiz

November 6, 2014 3:19 pm | by Earthbound Farm

Earthbound Farm, a pioneering organic food company and the nation's leading grower of organic produce, announced what the results of its Salad Sign quiz reveal about people who gravitate to organic food.            

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Study: Low-Calorie Sweetener Consumers Have Better Diets

November 6, 2014 3:03 pm | by Calorie Control Council

New research from the University of Washington of more than 22,000 people has found that consumers of foods and beverages made with no-, low- and reduced-calorie sweeteners have better quality diets and are more likely to be physically active.      

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