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Hillshire Will Shutter Florence, Ala. Plant

April 4, 2014 1:07 pm

Hillshire Brands Co. officials say they plan to close the company's Florence plant in Alabama. The plant, which includes cooking operations for breakfast sandwiches and breakfast sausages, employs approximately 1,100 people. Closure is scheduled for the end of 2014.

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Sugar Reform Coalition Commends Trade Talk Progress

April 4, 2014 12:58 pm

The Coalition for Sugar Reform represents consumer, trade, and commerce groups, manufacturing associations, and food and beverage companies that use sugar, including confectioners, bakers, cereal manufacturers, beverage makers and dairy companies.

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Consumer Trends: Organic Products Gain Popularity in Germany

April 4, 2014 12:00 pm

Germany's organic food market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 9 percent from 2014-2019, according to TechSci Research. Organic meat, breads and cereals are expected to be the fastest growing segments in the country's organic food market.

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Vapshot Transforms Drinks into a New State of Matter

April 4, 2014 10:39 am

Vapshot, a new way to imbibe mix drinks, cocktails or shots, can be served many different ways: Vapshot (vapor only), Vapshot plus a shot of liquor, and a Vapshot mix drink. The machine injects a fine mist of spirits into the serving container under pressure.

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Paula Deen's Embattled Savannah Restaurant Closes

April 4, 2014 10:26 am

Paula Deen's Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House, co-owned with her brother Bubba Hiers, is reportedly closed after 10 years and a 2012 suit that alleged inappropriate sexual behavior and racism. The case cost Deen multiple endorsements and contracts.

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Milwaukeeans Campaign to Buy Pabst from Calif. Company

April 4, 2014 10:12 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press Writer

A group of Milwaukee residents initiated a campaign called "Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home." The company, started in Milwaukee in 1844, is now headquartered in Los Angeles after being bought by a food industry executive in 2010 for a reported $250 million.

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Sodexo Cleared of Campus Norovirus Outbreak

April 4, 2014 9:41 am

University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown was hit by a rash of norovirus, sickening nearly 200 students and shutting down the school. Pennsylvania's Bureau of Food Safety said it found no violations at campus dining halls and other food outlets operated by Sodexo.

NY Taco Joint Bans Vladimir Putin

April 4, 2014 9:36 am

Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company's 23 locations in western New York. Putin may be ordering around Crimea, but he won't be ordering from their menu.

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Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

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Research Compares Quality of GMOs to Non-GMO Foods

April 3, 2014 2:19 pm

What is the difference in the quality, composition and nutritional value of geneticially modified foods compared to their conventional counterparts? A new study in the March issue of The Plant Genome demonstrates an approach to answering those questions.

Mondelez CEO Toys with Kosher Cadbury Eggs Idea

April 3, 2014 1:48 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Irene Rosenfeld, the CEO of Cadbury owner Mondelez discussed the possibility of kosher Cadbury Eggs as she addressed the Convention of Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rosenfield detailed Kraft's 2009 takeover of Cadbury before Mondelez was split off.

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Neb. Brewers, Farmers Contest FDA's Spent Grain Proposal

April 3, 2014 1:14 pm

The mutually beneficial practice of brewers selling their spent grains to farmers for livestock feed is under scrutiny as the Food and Drug Administration ponders rules that would require the grain to be packaged before sale or sent to a landfill.

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Celebrity Chef Denied Entry into U.S.

April 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by JILL LAWLESS and JIM HIRSCH, Associated Press

Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson has been prevented from boarding a plane from London to the United States, according to the U.S. Embassy there. While no official reason for denial of entry was given, there are several speculations involving Lawson's lifestyle.

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Yum! and KFC to Train with Google Glass

April 3, 2014 12:28 pm | by Steve Fowler, Interapt

Google Glass is getting its foot in the door with restaurants as Yum! Brands, Inc. and KFC parnter with Interapt to develop employee training featuring the wearable technology. The Vision 2020 platform aims to improve employees' proficiency with hands-free tech.

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Consumer Trends: Diners Become Nutritionally Aware

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm

As today's consumers seek healthier menu options, health has grown beyond a fad and into a lifestyle. Technomic says that restaurants can capitalize on this increasing nutrition awareness, but notes that menu terms like "gluten-free," "local" and "natural" are rarely used.

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Texas Distillers Dip into Salty Vodkas

April 3, 2014 10:21 am

The Lone Star State is a surprising hotbed for the distillation of vodka and other spirits. During the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers detailed the burgeoning industry for liquor in a grandiose region.

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GMO Salmon Caught in FDA Delay

April 3, 2014 10:12 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Genetically modified salmon are the first GMO animals eligible for human consumption. The fast-growing fish have been caught in a net of delay for four years as the Food and Drug Admnistration stalls in deciding whether it will approve the fish for sale.

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Female Brewers Make Their Mark in N. Carolina

April 3, 2014 10:01 am | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times

Women are joining the ranks of craft brewers in North Carolina. Nationally, more than 2 million jobs are supported by beer, according to the Brewers Institute trade group. Traditionally, beer has been targeted toward men, but now more ladies are sipping pints.

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White House Garden Sprouts National Health Discussion

April 3, 2014 9:48 am

First Lady Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden is more diverse this spring with a new grain variety and fruit tree and an emphasis on pollination. The garden was initiated in 2009 to encourage the national discussion about healthier eating and living.

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Ala. Poultry Plant Announces Layoffs

April 3, 2014 9:36 am

Poultry slaughtered at Wayne Farms LLC's Dothan plant will be sent to AlaTrade in Phenix City, company officials said. The deboning lines at the Dothan plant will no longer be necessary, and 560 employees are expected to be laid off by June 8.

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