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Premiumization is Key to Increased Distilled Spirits Consumption

July 25, 2014 | by Beverage Information & Insights Group | Comments

According to the Beverage Information & Insights Group's 2014 Liquor Handbook, premium distilled spirits are coming back strong in today's economy. Consumers seem to be drinking less in general, but when they do indulge, they enjoy premium brands.

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Wake Up, America! 10 Hours of Energy in One Shot

July 25, 2014 9:57 am | by LXR Biotech, LLC

Eternal Energy TR introduces a new patented time-released energy blend that provides energy and focus for up to 10 hours. That's twice as long as the category leader. The company said it saw a need for a product that gets you through the entire work day.

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Pork Giant WH Group Makes Second IPO Attempt

July 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press

WH Group, the Chinese pork producer that attempted a $5.3 billion initial public offering earlier this year before scrapping it, is making a second IPO attempt. The company, which bought U.S. producer Smithfield Foods last year, said the deal would raise $2 billion.

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Bolthouse Farms Gets Colorful With New Kids Line

July 24, 2014 3:05 pm | by Bolthouse Farms

Bolthouse Farms, known for its baby carrots and juice beverages, announced a new line of kids snacks that is based around real fruits and vegetables with no added preservatives and is designed for maximum kid craveability. The company is hoping to make healthier products for children.

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Diageo Sips on Savings by Reducing Carbon Footprint 95 Percent

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Diageo

Liquor Giant Diageo is expanding its commitment to purchase green natural gas in Canada for its Manitoba and Quebec locations. Purchasing green natural gas for these facilities will reduce the sites' carbon footprints by 95 percent and 80 percent, respectively.

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Consumer Trends: Income Does Not Determine Shoppers' Label Preference

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Integer Group

In a new study, research shows that while income groups differ slightly on their perception about private labels, their behaviors are very similar. Most shoppers across income groups say they routinely compare prices between private labels and national brands.

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Alcohol Deliveries Drive a Trend in Denver

July 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by Drizly

Denver joins Chicago and New York City as cities experiencing the magic of Drizly alcohol delivery. Beginning today, Denverites can get their favorite beer, wine and liquor delivered in just 20-40 minutes, for the same price that they pay for products in the store.

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Colorado's JBS USA Workers Approve 5-Year Contract to Up Wages

July 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

United Food and Commercial Workers Union officials say JBS USA'S meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado has approved a five-year agreement that would increase employee wages. The agreement would include $1.80 hourly pay raises over the next five years.

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Scientists Compare Environmental Costs of Beef to Other Proteins

July 24, 2014 11:30 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science

A new study conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science looked at the five main sources of protein in the American diet: dairy, beef, poultry, pork and eggs. They calculated the environmental inputs, or costs, per nutritional unit. Find out the real price of steak.

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Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance

July 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Cornucopia Institute

The USDA has been asked to make public all nominations to the National Organic Standards Board after prior appointments, during the Bush and Obama administrations, violated the letter of the law, and congressional intent, by appointing agribusiness executives to fill the slots.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group 2Q Profits Climb 35 Percent

July 24, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press

The maker of beverages such as Dr Pepper, 7Up and Mott's reported its second quarter earnings with a 35 percent increase, topping expectations. Dr Pepper Snapple Group, based in Plano, Texas, said its net income increased to $210 million from $155 million.

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Infographic: Snacking Trends Then and Now

July 24, 2014 9:26 am | by The Food Institute

When it comes to snacking, which Americans love, what are the trends today versus five years ago? According to a study by the Food Institute, yogurt, especially Greek-strained, has strengthened significantly compared to other snacks. The reason: on-the-go convenience.

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Kauai Seed Companies Try to Stop GMO Law, Calling it 'Unfair'

July 24, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press

Due to a new law requiring companies to disclose their use of pesticides and GMOs, authorities in Kauai County are dealing with a lawsuit by four seed companies seeking to stop the new law from going into effect next month. The companies argue the ordinance is invalid.

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Sara Lee Recalls 41 Tons of Smoked Sausage

July 24, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The Sara Lee Foodservice in New London, Wisconsin is recalling Smoked Sausage Rope. More than 41 tons of the product was made with an ingredient called hydrolyzed soy protein, a well known allergen that wasn't listed on the original labels.

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OSI Meat Scandal in China Causes Yum Brands to Terminate Deal

July 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, Illinois, was thrust into the spotlight when one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them. Now, Yum Brands is terminating all supply agreements with them worldwide.

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Could the US Dip Back Into Recession?

July 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer

Sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped. Maybe the rest of the world will sneeze this time, and the U.S. will get sick.

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Food Packaging Company Sealed Air Moves HQ to Charlotte

July 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Food packaging company Sealed Air is consolidating its operations in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey and relocating its headquarters to the Charlotte area. The new headquarters will create nearly 1,300 jobs within three years.

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Cheaper Prices, New Lay's Flavors Boost PepsiCo Sales

July 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press

PepsiCo said global volume for both its snacks and drinks rose 1 percent in the second quarter. The gains were relatively modest, but the lower prices in its Frito-Lay division, along with the addition of four special flavors, has helped lift sales volume.

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China Police Detain Employees of 'Organized' Expired Meat Scandal

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

Chinese police have detained five employees of Husi Food Company after investigators found the expired beef and chicken scandal to be an organized effort by the supplier. The scandal has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food chains.

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First Lady's 'Drink Up' Campaign Helps Increase Bottled Water Sales

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama's push for America to drink more water has helped boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales since September. According to a study released by Nielsen Catalina Solutions, her "Drink Up" campaign has increased sales by 3 percent.

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Consumer Trends: Where are the Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in the US?

July 23, 2014 11:45 am | by TripAdvisor

With Summer in full swing, it's no secret that ice cream is a favorite sweet indulgence. The East Coast is home to seven of the 10 sweetest ice cream parlors in the U.S., according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. Did your home state make the list?

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