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EU Makes Move to Let Member States Ban GM Crops

December 4, 2014 10:46 am | by Associated Press

The European Union is taking a big step toward giving EU member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically modified crops in their countries even if it's been approved by the 28-nation bloc.           

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Warehouse Fire Won't Keep Fannie May From Making Chocolate

December 4, 2014 10:16 am | by Fannie May Fine Chocolates

On Thanksgiving Day, a fire destroyed the Fannie May Fine Chocolates warehouse and distribution facility in Maple Heights, Ohio. The company has been working around the clock to produce more of its iconic chocolates at its state-of-the-art production facility.

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Infographic: Who's Educating Consumers on Foodborne Illness?

December 4, 2014 10:09 am | by Partnership for Food Safety Education

In an effort to better understand the landscape of food safety education, PFSE commissioned North Carolina State University to conduct a survey to identify the organizations and channels most frequently used to communicate safe food handling messages.  

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Alcohol Industry Celebrates 81 Years Since the End of Prohibition

December 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

In 1933, the last three of the 36 required states voted to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending Prohibition and paving the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system. The alcohol industry today contributes thousands of jobs to state economies.

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Virginia Brewery Taps 300-Year-Old Beer Recipe

December 4, 2014 9:44 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press

What do you get when you combine water, American persimmons and hops and ferment it with yeast? A beer based on a 300-year-old recipe scribbled in a cookbook kept by Virginia's prominent Reynolds family.             

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Hong Kong Bans Poultry Imports Due to British Colombia's Avian Flu

December 4, 2014 8:20 am | by The Canadian Press

Hong Kong's food safety agency has banned poultry, meat and eggs from part of British Columbia after an avian flu outbreak at two farms in the province. Nearly 18,000 birds are either dead or scheduled to be euthanized after the H5 strain of avian influenza was detected.

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Looking for a Cup of Joe? Martha Stewart Dips into Coffee Business

December 4, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

A spokeswoman for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. confirmed that plans are in place for the company to open a New York coffee shop. The shop wil be in the Chelsea neighborhood, within the same building that holds the company's headquarters.

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Infographic: The Future of Food, All in One Map

December 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by Institute For the Future

This map by the Institute For the Future, titled Seeds of Disruption, looks at the food supply chain, technological disruptions, and low probability, high impact "wild cards" in the food industry over the next decade.   

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Consumer Trends: A Drink For All Seasons and Reasons

December 3, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Harris Poll

When it comes to alcoholic beverage choices for American adults (aged 21 and up), how much does the "when" of it factor into the type of drink one chooses? As it turns out, quite a bit. Beer is the top drink choice to consume throughout the year. 

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Nostalgia Plays Big Role in Limited-Time Holiday Flavors

December 3, 2014 11:50 am | by Associated Press

Limited-time flavors are a proven way to attract customers throughout the year. But flavors like candy cane and gingerbread are particularly popular because of the power scents and flavors have to evoke time spent with loved ones.     

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Brown-Forman Reports Slightly Higher Net Income

December 3, 2014 11:30 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Spirits maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday its second-quarter net income rose slightly because of sales growth for its flagship Jack Daniel's brand along with its tequilas and pricier premium whiskeys, offsetting declines for some of its other staples.

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Nutrition, Safety Key to Consumer Acceptance of Nanotech, GMO in Foods

December 3, 2014 9:15 am | by North Carolina State University

New research shows that the majority of consumers will accept the presence of nanotechnology or genetic modification (GM) technology in foods — but only if the technology enhances the nutrition or improves the safety of the food.     

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Hershey Considering Removal of High-Fructose Corn Syrup

December 3, 2014 9:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Moving toward sugar would make Hershey a high-profile example of the move away from high-fructose corn syrup in the food industry.      

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ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Business Groups Push to End Indiana's Ban on Sunday Alcohol Sales

December 3, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press

Some business groups have started a new push aimed at ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores. Liquor store owners have opposed lifting the Sunday ban, arguing the change would benefit large chain grocery and convenience stores.

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Unilever Acquires Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto

December 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto

Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, a packaged gelato U.S. company, announced that it has been acquired by Unilever. The acquisition gives Talenti an unprecedented opportunity to grow and expand its footprint and reach more consumers.     

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Marijuana Dining Still on Shaky Legal Ground

December 2, 2014 2:01 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with pot. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy. How to pair marijuana with fine foods. How to make marijuana's skunky tang work for a dish, not ruin it.

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Mom Revives Ancient Grain Einkorn For the Gluten Sensitive

December 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jovial Foods, Inc.

After learning about her daughter's gluten sensitivity, jovial Foods founder, Carla Bartolucci was determined to find a solution that did not involve cutting wheat out of her life completely.  Her extensive research led to the discovery of a nearly extinct ancient grain called einkorn. 

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Maryland to Welcome Another Cheese Manufacturing Plant

December 2, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development says it has approved a $400,000 conditional grant to help the town of Grantsville renovate a former butcher shop for operation by High Country Creamery and Market.       

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Not Your Average Retirement Home: Oregon Community Brews Up Beer

December 2, 2014 9:53 am | by MAC MCLEAN, Bend Bulletin

In search of an activity that didn't fit the traditional retirement-community vibe, Aspen Ridge's managers reached out to the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization two years ago about setting up a homebrewing demonstration at their Purcell Drive facility.

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