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Photos: Louisville Bourbon Scene

September 9, 2014 12:15 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

In Kentucky's bourbon country, the classic American whiskey isn't just for sipping anymore. Louisville touts itself as the gateway to bourbon country, and for many visitors the restaurants and bars are part of a day-night bourbon experience. 

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Mondelez Highlights Progress Against Well-Being Goals

September 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Mondelez International

Mondelez International released its first ever Call For Well-Being Progress Report, which details how the company is tracking against its global well-being goals.                         

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McDonald's Aug. Sales Continue to Plummet From China Scandal

September 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

McDonald's Corp. said earlier this month that it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt its sales and reputation.                     

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US Wine Consumption At 'All-Time High'

September 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Beverage Information & Insights Group

U.S. wine consumption has expanded for the 20th straight year, surpassing France as the largest wine market.  Relaxed restrictions on direct winery shipments contributed to the wine industry's success in 2013.        

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Study: CPG Companies Must Plan For a Digital Future

September 9, 2014 9:05 am | by The Boston Consulting Group

A report by The Boston Consulting Group highlights how CPG companies can best position themselves for growth and unlock digital and e-commerce opportunities.                         

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General Mills to Buy Annie's For $820M

September 9, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

Annie's will join General Mills' U.S. natural and organic products portfolio, which includes the Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, LARABAR and Food Should Taste Good brands. The acquisition will expand General Mills' fast-growing natural and organic foods business. 

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Monarch Beverage Co. Keeps Up Indiana Liquor Law Fight

September 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co., the state's largest beer distributor, has filed documents seeking a liquor wholesaler's permit for a separate corporate entity.                  

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Infographic: America's Most Wanted Food Labels

September 9, 2014 8:20 am | by Consumer Reports

How's a consumer to know all the standards and regulations (or loopholes, for that matter) behind the seal itself? Consumer Reports gives us this simple, exhaustive infographic that breaks down the pluses and minuses of the most common animal welfare labels.

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Infographic: How Safe is X-Ray Inspection of Food?

September 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO

For more than 20 years, food manufacturers have been using x-ray inspection to ensure product safety and quality. But, is x-ray inspection safe?                             

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Diageo Taps Tech Start-Ups to Tackle Irresponsible Drinking, Retail Theft

September 8, 2014 1:00 pm | by Diageo

Diageo, the world's largest maker of spirits, has created a technology to help find solutions to some of the liquor industry's most pressing problems.                             

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Obama Administration to Limit Profitability of Overseas Shifts

September 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

A growing number of U.S. companies are shifting their addresses abroad in an effort to reduce their U.S. taxes. The maneuver is known as a corporate inversion. The Obama administration is deciding what actions to take to make it less profitable for companies to shift overseas.

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Pesticide Drift is Persistent Problem For Organic Farmers

September 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Organic growers are trying to profit off the rising consumer interest in locally grown, natural foods. But those smaller farms are often islands surrounded by a sea of conventionally grown crops that get sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

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Bud Light's 'Whatever' Contest Winners Left Stranded, Angry

September 8, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

The company said the travel delays stemmed from a large number of people trying to depart the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport after the two-day event.                         

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Campbell Soup Posts 4Q Profit

September 8, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

Its adjusted profit met Wall Street's view, but revenue fell short of estimates. Its profit outlook for this fiscal year also disappointed investors, and shares fell in morning trading Monday.               

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Global Food Supply May Not Meet Escalating Demand

September 8, 2014 10:22 am | by University of Virginia

A new University of Virginia study, published online in the American Geophysical Union journal, Earth’s Future, examines global food security and the patterns of food trade that — until this analysis — have been minimally studied.     

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The World's Most Valuable Soft Drinks Brands

September 8, 2014 9:56 am | by Canadean

A look at the top end of the global top 20 most valuable soft drinks ranking for 2013 reveals no surprises, with the Coca-Cola brand in pole position, followed by Pepsi-Cola on the strength of their global reach.         

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Anheuser-Busch Converts Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

September 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

The CNG conversion comes as the 2014 football season kicks off one of the company’s busiest shipping periods of the year with 17 million cases of beer shipped by the Houston fleet during the third quarter.               

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Processing Alligators For Food is a Growing Business

September 8, 2014 9:30 am | by CHAD GILLIS, The News-Press

Processing facilities must be certified by the USDA in order to legally sell meat to the public or restaurants. Securing the certification is not the only challenge. The smell produced when skinning and processing alligator meat is somewhat gamey — somewhere between a fish market and a pile of hamburger meat.

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Mars Chocolate Recalls Twix Candy

September 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Mars Chocolate North America

Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX Brand Unwrapped Bites Stand Up Pouches.                                        

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Photo: Campbell Soup Kicks Off Football Season in a Different Way

September 8, 2014 9:13 am | by Campbell's Chunky Soup

To kick off the NFL season, Campbell’s Chunky soup is celebrating its newest Mama’s Boy — NFL cornerback Richard Sherman — by creating a statue lined with Campbell’s Chunky soup cans and labels. 

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