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Teamsters to Host Investor Call on Sysco, US Foods Merger

August 25, 2014 2:27 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The Teamsters are hosting an analyst call on the Sysco and US Foods merger antitrust obstacles. Representatives will outline issues that may jeopardize the deal and harm workers, customers and consumers.                

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North Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Hurt by Disease

August 25, 2014 2:17 pm | by Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota

The North Dakota winter wheat crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with scab disease that can make grain unsafe for people and animals to eat.                        

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Auburn University Offers Beer Brewing Course

August 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by RUSS COREY, TimesDaily

Interested in learning about brewing beer? Now there is a graduate-level course at Auburn University in Alabama for just that. The Brewing Science and Operations program began a few years ago as craft brew enthusiasts pushed for home brewing in the state.  

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Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

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Calif. Earthquake Shakes Famed Wine Country

August 25, 2014 10:11 am | by KEN SWEET, ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake. Napa is California's best-known winemaking region. The earthquake adds to what has already been a difficult year for the state's winemakers.  

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De Rothschild, Grande Dame of Wine, Dies at 80

August 25, 2014 9:51 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

Philippine de Rothschild, who cracked a male-dominated wine industry to become company chairwoman and was known by many as simply "The Baroness," has died. She was 80. De Rothschild was a grande dame of Bordeaux wine who halted an acting career to run vineyards.

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Infographics: What Happens When Baby Boomers Retire?

August 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Adecco

Baby boomers occupy the majority of skilled trade positions, while younger workers are mostly employed in other professions. So while baby boomers are aging out of the manufacturing industries, what will happen to the once booming industry?

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Invasive Insect Threatens Iconic Florida Citrus

August 25, 2014 9:22 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

Florida has always been well known for its oranges. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy and very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called "the yellow dragon."

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Calif. Hot Sauce Plant's Tour Offers Whiff of Excitement

August 25, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

As many as 3,000 people are expected to visit the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce over the weekend in the Los Angeles' suburb of Irwindale. During a 20-minute walk through the 650,000-square-foot facility, visitors can watch chili grinding at Huy Fong Foods.

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Venezuela Proposes Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers

August 25, 2014 8:50 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has implemented a mandatory fingerprinting system at grocery stores to help combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system."     

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Ice Cream: Now With More...Okra?

August 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

A study by the Institute of Food Technologists shows how okra extracts can be used as a stabilizer in ice cream. Scientists found that water extracts of okra fiber can be used to maintain ice cream quality during storage — thereby extending the shelf life.

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Lawyer: Dickey's Barbecue in Utah Had Another Chemical Burn

August 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

After a woman nearly died unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant, a second victim has come forward. The woman's attorney said an employee at Dickey's Barbecue burned her tongue on the same substance. 

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Lawyer Wants Seized $125K Wine Collection Back

August 22, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania lawyer, Arthur Goldman, convicted of selling high-end wine from his home despite state liquor laws is hoping to win back the seized collection. Goldman's collection is estimated to be worth $125,000 or more.      

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Jif Introduces On-the-Go Snack Dippers

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The J.M. Smucker Company

Jif To Go Dippers are the latest addition to the brand's Jif To Go line of convenient snack solutions which currently includes four varieties of peanut butter packaged in portable 1.5 oz cups. The snack is available in creamy peanut butter or chocolate silk peanut butter.

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Jell-O Can't Stop Slippery Slide

August 22, 2014 11:30 am | by Candace Choi, AP Food Industry Writer

Jell-O sales have tumbled 19 percent in the past four years, with alternatives such as Greek yogurt surging in popularity. Executives at Kraft Foods, which owns Jell-O, say they're confident they can revitalize the brand. But their efforts so far have been a disappointment.

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Keurig Coffee Strikes a Deal With Kraft Foods

August 22, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

Keurig Green Mountain, the maker of the popular at-home brewing machines that let people make cups of coffee one serving at a time, says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems.

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Infographic: Gen X, the Overlooked Generation When it Comes to Food

August 22, 2014 9:00 am | by The Hartman Group

Sandwiched between Millennials and Baby Boomers, Generation X seems barely a whisper in marketing circles. But, the generation has far more influence on the marketplace than we may think. Here are a few snippets of their views on food and beverages.

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The First Offshore Shellfish Ranch to Decrease Trade Deficit

August 22, 2014 8:40 am | by The Lempert Report

This week, The Lempert Report Innovation Series featured Catalina Sea Ranch, the first to develop an open ocean shellfish ranch in the United States that will create jobs and help reduce America's $10 billion seafood deficit.    

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Jeff Gordon Has Thirst for Fun at Delaware Brewery

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

Dogfish founder Sam Calagione led Gordon on a personal tour of the complex and they startled the rest of the public who had their routine stroll turn into so much more. Many fans were left with their mouths agape when the four-time NASCAR champion walked by them.

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Top 20 Tips to Mark 20 Years of National Food Safety Month

August 22, 2014 8:30 am | by National Restaurant Association

This year's National Food Safety Month, held annually in September, marks 20 years of commitment to food safety. To commemorate the anniversary, the NRA is featuring the top 20 food safety tips from the past 20 years.        

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