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In-House vs. Outsourced Fleet Management

November 5, 2014 10:51 am | by Robert Hall

For many companies, fleet management brings up one of those enduring business conundrums: whether or not to outsource. Should you hire an on-site fleet manager or use a company? There are good arguments on both sides, but no one solution fits all companies.

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Infographic: The Snackification of Breakfast

November 5, 2014 10:40 am | by New Nutrition Business

In 2014, $300 million was wiped off breakfast cereal sales in the U.S. But this money didn't disappear. Instead, $70 million of it was diverted to increase the sales of one of the biggest disruptive innovations in the breakfast category, Belvita breakfast biscuits.

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Mondelez Tops 3Q Forecasts

November 5, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press

The maker of Oreo cookies, Cadbury chocolate and Trident gum posted revenue of $8.34 billion in the period, which fell short of Street forecasts. Mondelez shares have dropped roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.      

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Solvang, Calif: Danish Sweets and Fine Wines

November 5, 2014 10:19 am | by SOLVEJ SCHOU, Associated Press

I've never had much of a sweet tooth, but even I couldn't escape the sugary appeal of Solvang's multiple family-owned Danish bakeries, including Mortensen's Danish Bakery, Olsen's Danish Village Bakery and Coffee Shop and the Solvang Bakery. 

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Home-Cooked Pet Kibble a Growing Trend

November 5, 2014 9:44 am | by SUE MANNING, Associated Press

The Doggy Cooking Network on YouTube shows pet owners how to dish up fresh, homemade alternatives to commercial kibble. It struck a chord as serving safe, wholesome food has become important to people putting more time, money and energy into pet care.

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Edibles Market to Expand as Oregon, D.C. Legalize Marijuana

November 5, 2014 9:36 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

Activists who have longed to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use. Oregon is now the third state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, which includes potent edibles and extracts.

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Maui Votes to Ban GMO's

November 5, 2014 9:12 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

Maui County voters opted to temporarily ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops after a hard-fought campaign featuring $8 million in advertising The ban passed by a narrow margin, with 50 percent in favor and 48 percent opposed. 

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Study: Differences in Dietary Habits Begin Very Early in Life

November 4, 2014 1:45 pm | by University at Buffalo

For babies under the age of two, there are no U.S. dietary guidelines other than the general recommendation by national and international organizations that mothers exclusively breastfeed their babies for at least the first six months.   

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U.K. Food, Restaurant Trends For 2015

November 4, 2014 1:30 pm | by Technomic, Inc.

What's ahead for the U.K. foodservice industry? After weighing in on the top emerging trends in the U.S., consulting firm Technomic shifted its gaze to the U.K. market to see the transformative food and restaurant trends for the coming year.

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Nutrition Analysis Made Easy With New Technology

November 4, 2014 1:25 pm | by Edamam

Edamam, a semantic technology company revolutionizing the nutrition information market with a data-driven approach, launched its Nutrition Wizard Plus product, a faster, cheaper cloud-based alternative to traditional nutrition analysis tools.

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US Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell

November 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

Overall, the U.S. economy has shown signs of strength. The Commerce Department reported last week that U.S. economic growth came in at an annual rate of 3.5 percent from July through September.               

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Sysco Says US Foods Purchase Will Close in 2015

November 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Sysco Corp. said it turned a profit in its fiscal fourth quarter, but said its purchase of rival US Foods won't close this year. The FTC is still reviewing the $3.5 billion US Foods deal.               

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Chef Gabrielle Hamilton Keeps it Real in New Cookbook

November 4, 2014 11:45 am | by JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer

There are at least two reasons why "Prune" the cookbook is hotly anticipated. For starters, it's the first from Hamilton, who opened her eatery 15 years ago to immediate acclaim and influence, and still draws lines down the street for weekend brunch — no reservations, no exceptions.

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Quiznos Continues Push For Global Expansion

November 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Quiznos

Quiznos continues to expand its international development with growth into seven countries in Asia and the Middle East. This is the latest addition to an international development strategy to open more than 1,000 restaurants in more than 40 countries by 2020.

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Infographic: Value is Key to Boosting Beverage Sales

November 4, 2014 9:55 am | by Technomic

When it comes to beverages, Canadian consumers are even more concerned about value than they were just two years ago, according to a recent study by food industry consultants Technomic.                 

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Unilever Launches Transformation of its Buttery Spreads Portfolio

November 4, 2014 9:40 am | by Unilever

Unilever U.S. is transforming its current butter spreads portfolio, beginning with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, into new recipes made with real, simple ingredients like a blend of plant-based oils, purified water and a pinch of salt — and no artificial preservatives. 

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Arbor Investment Acquires Best Maid Cookie Co.

November 4, 2014 9:30 am | by Arbor Investments

Arbor Investments announces the acquisition of River Falls, Wisconsin-based Best Maid Cookie Company, Inc. The company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label gourmet cookies and dessert bars in both fully baked and frozen dough formats. 

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Smucker's Removes Anti-GMO Posts From Social Media Sites

November 4, 2014 9:15 am | by Green America, Washington, DC; GMO Inside, Washington, DC

Green America's GMO Inside campaign is calling out the J.M. Smucker Company (Smucker's) for removing anti-GMO posts and posts critiquing the company's funding of opposition to GMO labeling ballot initiatives in Oregon and Colorado. 

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StarKist Tuna Chosen as One of 'Healthiest Grab-and-Go Lunches'

November 4, 2014 9:00 am | by StarKist Co.

StarKist has been recognized on Women's Health respected 2014 "Supermarket Stars" list. Compiled every year, the "Supermarket Stars" list highlights the healthiest packaged foods for women. Hundreds of products are submitted to the magazine each year.

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Study: Maple Syrup Production Declines After Big Seed Year

November 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by Harvard University

For decades, maple syrup producers have eyed the weather to help understand spring sugar yields. But new research in the journal Forest Ecology and Management reveals a more valuable metric for understanding — and even predicting — syrup production.

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