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Pabst to Return to Milwaukee

July 16, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An icon of Milwaukee's flagship industry is returning to the city after a two-decade absence. Pabst Brewing Co., which traces its origins in the city to 1844, plans to open a microbrewery, tasting room and tavern at the site of its former brewery next summer.

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House Panel Advances GMO Labeling Bill

July 15, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Legislation to create a voluntary labeling program for genetically modified foods — and ban state GMO labeling requirements — moved a step closer to becoming law this week.

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Egg Prices Blowing Up Because of Avian Flu

July 15, 2015 1:25 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Eggs are getting much more expensive — by the dozen and otherwise. The outbreak of avian flu caused the cost of eggs to nearly double last month for producers. Wholesale prices for chicken eggs jumped 84.5 percent in June, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

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Safety Group Calls For Workplace Policies On Painkillers

July 15, 2015 12:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A workplace safety group on Monday called for employers to develop policies regarding workers' use of prescription opioid painkillers.

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Yum Brands Says KFC, Taco Bell Sales Improved in 2Q

July 15, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company said sales were boosted by new menu items, like breakfast food and premium coffee at Taco Bell and $5 Fill Up combo meals and chicken and rice bowls at KFC.

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Tyson Subsidiary Agrees to Settlement Over All-Natural Labels

July 15, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Van’s Natural Foods agreed to change its product labels and pay up to $9 million to settle a court case involving many of its breakfast foods.

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Study: LEDs Could Prevent Foodborne Bacteria

July 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study suggests that LED lighting could serve as an alternative to chemical preservatives in preventing foodborne illness.

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Scientist Works on Taste, Texture and Color of Lab-Produced Burger

July 15, 2015 9:35 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Using the stem cells from a cow to grow muscle fiber shaped like a donut, Dr. Mark J. Post and his team created what looks like a hamburger patty but missing the fat content that gives it flavor and taste.

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EPA Fines Three Food Companies Over Chemical Violations

July 15, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Three food companies in Washington State reached settlements with federal regulators over chemical storage violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week.

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Algae, Quinoa, Legumes Top List of Alternative Protein Choices

July 15, 2015 9:10 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Algae, quinoa and pulses are considered by some food technologists to be the best protein sources and strong alternatives to slow meat consumption, reduce food waste and help feed the world's growing population.

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In the News: Prominent Texas Businessman Invests in Blue Bell Creameries

July 15, 2015 8:25 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out all the details by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Pet Food Recalls Return Spotlight to Pet Product Safety

July 14, 2015 2:00 pm | by Packaged Facts

Much like the widespread pet food recalls of 2007, these latest recalls have brought the issue of pet food safety into the spotlight, leaving pet food and treat marketers to allay consumer concerns about their products.

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Prominent Texas Businessman Bass Invests in Blue Bell

July 14, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries has announced an investment by a prominent Texas businessman will "ensure" the return of its ice cream products to the market.

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Survey: New Business and Regulatory Pressures Weigh Heavily on Natural Products Companies

July 14, 2015 12:55 pm | by Sage North America

Regulatory compliance ranks as the top challenge, with half of all respondents uncertain as to how they will comply specifically with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Kraft Heinz Hopes to Secure Tax Break While Cutting Jobs

July 14, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Local officials in Columbia, Missouri last week took steps to approve a tax break that would ultimately lead to the elimination of 150 positions at the city's Kraft Heinz plant.

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Whiskey Maker Templeton Rye Reaches Settlement in Lawsuits

July 14, 2015 11:40 am | by The Associated Press

The makers of Templeton Rye have agreed to settle three class-action lawsuits that disputed claims the company made about the origin and production of its whiskey.

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Starbucks Jumping Into South Africa's Growing Coffee Market

July 14, 2015 9:10 am | by LYNSEY CHUTEL, CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press

Starbucks is jumping into the surging coffee market in South Africa, where the number of cafes has expanded rapidly in recent years.

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Barber Foods Recalls 1.7M Pounds of Chicken Products

July 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Barber Foods of Portland is recalling 1.7 million pounds of frozen chicken products over concerns that they may be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture made the announcement Monday.

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Canada Could OK Low Levels of GMOs in Food Imports

July 14, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Canadian health officials could allow low levels of genetically modified ingredients in imported food under proposed guidelines. Currently, genetically modified organisms — or GMOs — can only enter Canada if explicitly cleared by Health Canada.

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Justice Dept.: Food Companies Risk Prosecution for Outbreaks

July 13, 2015 4:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

 Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream in the U.S. earlier this year, justice officials are warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they inadvertently poison their customers.

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