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Italian Candy Maker Ferrero to Acquire British Rival

June 23, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Italian chocolate giant Ferrero SpA will acquire U.K.-based Thorntons PLC for $177.7 million, according to reports.

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Monthly Egg Report Reveals Depth of Impact of Bird Flu

June 23, 2015 9:10 am | by The Associated Press

A monthly report on egg production and chicken flocks reveals the depth of the impact of bird flu on the nation's egg producers.

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14 Varieties of Bottled Water Recalled Over E. coli Concerns

June 23, 2015 8:45 am | by The Associated Press

Niagara Bottling has recalled 14 brands of bottled spring water produced at two Pennsylvania manufacturing plants after the operator of one of its contracted springs failed to reveal evidence of E. coli bacteria at the spring source.

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GMO Lamb With Jellyfish Protein Sold For Meat in France

June 23, 2015 8:20 am | by The Associated Press

France's national agricultural institute is investigating how a lamb whose mother had been genetically modified with a jellyfish protein as part of a medical experiment was sold as meat.

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Darden Profit Rises as Olive Garden Sales Improve

June 23, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

Olive Garden sales rose 3.4 percent at established locations during the fourth quarter, lifted by higher prices.

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7 Eater Archetypes Define Foodservice Consumer Landscape

June 22, 2015 2:10 pm | by Technomic

Operators need to know who their customers are and what drives them to dine out. To help industry stakeholders get ahead of consumer expectation, Technomic's Consumer4Sight established the 7 Eater Archetype (EAT) segments that compose the foodservice consumer landscape.

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High Court Says Government Seizure of Raisins is Unconstitutional

June 22, 2015 1:25 pm | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 66-year-old program that lets the government take raisins away from farmers to help reduce supply and boost market prices is unconstitutional. In an 8-1 ruling, the justices said forcing raisin growers to give up part of their annual crop without full payment is an illegal confiscation of private property.

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Infographic: E-Sourcing Plays Critical Role in Driving Financial Performance

June 22, 2015 1:00 pm | by Intesource

This new infographic by Intesource discusses the impact that esourcing and procurement can have on financial performance for restaurants, grocers and retailers alike.

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FDA Issues Final Rule to Add Selenium to List of Required Nutrients for Infant Formula

June 22, 2015 12:15 pm | by FDA

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a final rule to add selenium to the list of required nutrients for infant formula, and to establish both minimum and maximum levels of selenium in infant formula.

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Nearly 25 Percent of Pet Owners Worry Pet Food is Making Their Pet Obese

June 22, 2015 11:50 am | by Mintel

American pet owners want the best for their pets, so much so that the pet food category is experiencing a trend in humanization evolving beyond flavors to ensuring nutritional benefits, ingredient quality and manufacturing standards are as high as human food. 

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Jonah Crabs Booming in Value as Managers Seek Fishery Plan

June 22, 2015 11:20 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

New England lobstermen are catching and selling more of a long-overlooked crab species in their traps, leading regulators to try to craft a management plan for the fishery before it becomes overexploited.

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Photos of the Day: World's Longest Pizza

June 22, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

The wait was on the long side for the pizza — 18 hours — but this was an extraordinary pie: 1.59545 kilometers, or nearly a mile long.

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Egg Shortage Cutting Into Restaurant Profits, Menu Items

June 22, 2015 9:05 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

Restaurants are struggling to deal with higher egg prices and an inability to get enough eggs and egg products in the midst of a shortage brought about by a bird flu virus that wiped out millions of chickens on commercial farms this spring.

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Vermont Institute Helps Schools Grow Farm-to-School Programs

June 22, 2015 8:45 am | by Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.

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General Mills to Drop Artificial Ingredients From Cereals

June 22, 2015 8:20 am | by The Associated Press

General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.

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Jeni's 22 Ice Cream Shops Reopened Saturday

June 22, 2015 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams retail shops have reopened after the company's second bout with listeria in its production plant.

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Chinese Eateries Hold Dog Meat Festival Amid Outcry

June 22, 2015 8:00 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, LOUISE WATT, Associated Press

Restaurant owners say eating dog meat is traditional during the summer, while animal rights activists say the festival has no cultural value and was merely invented to drum up business. As many as 10,000 dogs, many of them stolen pets, are slaughtered for the festival.

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Whataburger Resolves Egg Shortage, Resumes Full Breakfast

June 22, 2015 7:55 am | by Associated Press

Whataburger has resumed serving its overnight full breakfast menu after resolving egg shortages linked to the Midwest bird flu crisis. Whataburger began limiting its breakfast-serving hours on June 1 to 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends.

Scientists Turn Excess Fat Into Obesity-Fighting Fat

June 19, 2015 3:30 pm | by Washington State University

Washington State University scientists have shown that berries, grapes and other fruits convert excess white fat into calorie-burning "beige" fat, providing new strategies for the prevention and treatment of obesity.

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Photos of the Day: The Largest US Fish Auction

June 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Selling fresh fish to the highest bidders based on market value and quality, the United Fishing Agency holds this large fish auction every year. Most of the buyers are wholesalers, but there are some local restaurants and markets who purchase the fish, too.

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