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Unilever Drops Weight by Selling Slim-Fast

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Kainos Capital

Unilever sold its Slim-Fast brand to Kainos Capital. Comprised of weight loss and meal replacement shakes, powders, bars and snacks, Slim-Fast will be added to the firm's portfolio of health and wellness companies. Unilever will retain a minority stake in the business. 

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Sparkling Wine Appeal Turns Table Wine Competition up a Notch

July 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Technomic, Inc.

While wine industry growth is decelerating because of cost-conscious consumers, domestic table wine is heating up. Sparkling wine is on an upward trajectory, and is appealing to consumers in restaurants and bars and for at-home consumption.

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Survey: Egg Carton Labels Confuse Americans

July 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Vital Farms

According to a recent poll conducted on QuickTake.com, only 50 percent of respondents said they look for the free-range label. When asked to describe the terms "free-range" and "cage-free", most respondents said they imagined hens roaming on open pastures.

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Sunkist: Lemons Can Reduce Salt by as Much as 75 Percent

July 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Sunkist

New findings by Sunkist Growers, a citrus cooperative owned by family farmers, reveals that the use of lemon juice and lemon zest in various dishes, including meat, grains and soups, can allow for significant salt reduction by as much as 75 percent. 

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Dry-Age Steak Refrigerators Come to Consumers' Kitchens

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Steaklocker

A San Diego entrepreneur is developing the first in-home dry-age refrigerator. Called the Steaklocker, it uses the relatively simple process that has been used in fine restaurants for many years. Steak-lovers can save 50-70 percent on current retail dry-age prices.

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Portland Coffee Fest to Showcase Local Coffeehouses

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Coffee Fest

Coffee Fest comes to Portland from Oct. 17-19 to mark the six final coffeehouses' success to date. As a major tradeshow in the specialty coffee sector, the show will individually showcase each coffeehouse as the six regional champions compete for the top prize.

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John Wayne Heirs Sue Over 'Duke' Bourbon

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

The heirs of John Wayne filed a federal lawsuit against Duke University for marketing bottles of bourbon branded with the late movie star's nickname, Duke. The bourbon is labeled with an image of Wayne holding a rifle with "Duke" emblazoned over it in bold letters.

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Nebraska Proposes Poultry Operation to County Board

July 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A southeastern Nebraska city, Blue Springs, proposed a chicken operation that would include six buildings, housing 26,000 chickens per building at full capacity. The Gage County Board is mulling a special-use permit that would allow the plant to operate.

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Oscar Mayer Initiates Animal Welfare Program

July 10, 2014 11:42 am | by Oscar Mayer

Part of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., the Oscar Mayer brand will partner with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to help find solutions that are right for the environment and animals and are sustainable for suppliers and their farm families.

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Consumer Trends: Mobile App Notifies Customers When Product is Ready

July 10, 2014 11:30 am | by e-Cued, Inc.

Business owners often run into the issue of not being able to guarantee a service or product to be ready at a specific time. Now, a mobile app called Cued, designed by a high-tech entrepreneur from New York, will notify customers on their smartphones.

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Researchers Develop 'Bulking Agents' to Replace Fat in Hot Dogs

July 10, 2014 8:40 am | by American Chemical Society (ACS)

Hot-dog consumers are turning to more healthful alternatives to their beloved summer fare. Low-fat hot-dogs don't always satisfy, so now researchers are building a healthier product with olive oil "bulking agents" in replace of the saturated animal fat.

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FDA Investigates Energy Drinks on Safety Concerns

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Renewed concerns are surfacing as caffeine-containing energy drinks have surged in popularity. Last year, Congress pressed the FDA to look into the safety of caffeine. The FDA has since begun an internal evaluation of caffeine and is expected to issue guidelines.

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Pecan Liqueur Vies with Bourbon-Country Spirits

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Rivulet Artisan Pecan Liqueur started reaching store shelves in Louisville this month, emerging from concept to product in only a year. The producer of the new premium liqueur is hoping the product will carve out a niche in Kentucky's famous bourbon country.

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Chicken Causes More Than 7K Swiss Illnesses A Year

July 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Meat fondue with chicken is one of the primary risk factors for a campylobacter infection in Switzerland in winter, a new study shows. This increase in reported case numbers over the festive season can be attributed to the consumption of Fondue chinoise.

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General Mills Enters Cookie Aisle to Increase Sales

July 10, 2014 8:10 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press

General Mills, a Minneapolis-based company that last month announced a cost-cutting plan that will include a review of its manufacturing plants, is working to adapt its offerings as it grapples with the changing eating habits of Americans.

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Where do World Cup Countries Stand on GMO Labeling Laws?

July 10, 2014 8:00 am | by Center for Food Safety

The 32 countries competing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup ™ are all required to play by the same rules on the soccer field, but off the field, they subscribe to different sets of rules when it comes to labeling genetically engineered foods. 

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Consumer Trends: America's Best Burger Joints

July 9, 2014 12:30 pm | by TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor lists the 10 best burger joints in America based on the opinions of travelers. The list takes into account the quality, quantity and overall reviews of each establishment. From New York to Hawaii, and everything in between, where's your favorite burger place?

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Research: Parents Panic More About Milk, Egg Allergies Than Peanut

July 9, 2014 12:20 pm | by American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology shows an increased anxiety and strain for caregivers of children allergic to milk and eggs. Because the two food products are everywhere, parents are more concerned about them than they are peanuts.

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Rabobank: Dairy Giants Need More M&A to Compete

July 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rabobank

According to a new report released by Rabobank, global dairy giants, like Nestle and Danone, have been through challenging conditions in the past year and a half. In order to grow sales, dairy companies need to acquire or tie up with more companies.

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Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role for Manufacturers

July 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

Changing demographics will continue to affect employers, including manufacturers. According to a Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation report, population shifts are being felt very much in the present and are having a direct impact on the slow world rebound.

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