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Worker Charged With $4M Scheme to Defraud J.M. Smucker Co.

October 17, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

An Akron man who worked for 16 years at the J.M. Smucker Co. was charged with hatching a $4 million scheme to defraud his employer by buying and selling aircraft parts through a phony company.               

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Small Producers Have New Crop Insurance Option

October 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press

Small and mid-size producers who were once unable to insure their crops, including cattle and other livestock, now have the change to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. The provisions come under the new federal Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program. 

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Consumers See More Than 30K Healthier Product Choices in Last Decade

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association

According to a new survey, more than 30,000 healthier product choices have been made available to consumers between 2002 and 2013. Food and beverage companies reported that they collectively have eliminated or reduced trans fat in more than 11,000 product choices.

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Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock

October 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by Washington State University

With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050, consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production.                     

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Infographic: Common Causes of Factory Fires

October 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group

To help extinguish factory fire risks, Zurich provided this infographic to determine the top causes of factory fires and ways to prevent them from happening.                         

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As Yogurt's Named NY Snack, Plant Lays Off Workers

October 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by Associated Press

An upstate New York yogurt company says it's laying off more than 30 workers, an announcement made just as yogurt became the state's official snack.                             

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Judge: Ex-Soldier Should Pay Fees to Burger King

October 17, 2014 1:32 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A federal magistrate judge is recommending that a former soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement conference.         

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Infographic: Why We Celebrate World Food Day

October 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Rappler

The theme for this year’s World Food Day, which is celebrated on October 16, was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.” According to the infographic, 805 million people worldwide suffered from chronic hunger between 2012 and 2014. 

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Brazilian Pair Boosts Bid For Chiquita

October 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press

Chiquita already has a merger agreement in place with Irish fruit importer Fyffes. The shareholders would own about 40 percent. If the deal goes through, it would create the world's largest banana supplier.            

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Once-Shuttered Pork Plant Ready to Expand Again

October 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press

Rantoul Foods, an eastern Illinois pork processing plant, plans to build a 48,000 square-foot expansion. The facility closed in 2009 amid financial troubles and reponed in 2011 with 150 employees.               

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Va. Consumers Are Sour Over Booze Price Hike

October 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

As part of a plan to close a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to hike the costs of liquor.                 

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Top 50 'Most-Beloved' Brands of Millennials

October 16, 2014 1:30 pm | by Moosylvania

The latest rankings, based on panel studies of 1,500 Millennials — defined as aged 14 to 35 — not only ranks which Top 50 brands continue to earn Millennial love, but why these brands are connecting so strongly with them.        

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No Time to Cook? 'Meal Kit' Services on the Rise

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

A bevy of new online services is angling to be your virtual kitchen assistant, giving you the chance to outsource the tedious aspects of cooking — the shopping, sorting, washing and prepping — so you can focus on the more satisfying assembling and eating parts.

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Natural Pet Food Maker Uses Color-Coded Packaging as Brand Recognition

October 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by "I and love and you"

Natural pet care maker "I and love and you" launched new packaging designs with color-coding and iconography so pet parents can quickly find the right food.                          

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Mike's Hard Lemonade Launches 'Crafted to Remove Gluten' Seal

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike's Hard Lemonade Co.

Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. launched new packaging featuring an exclusive "Crafted to Remove Gluten" seal. The seal was specially developed to educate and inform consumers of Mike's products.                 

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Onion Growers Relieved by Water Rule Change

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press

Onion growers say their customers may be more demanding than the federal government has been in setting new rules for irrigation water quality.                              

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Peanut Industry Slow to Rebound Following Salmonella Outbreak

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

Peanut farmers are expected to bring in 6 million pounds less this year, according to forecasts released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That represents nearly a 30 percent drop in production in New Mexico from the year before.

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Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

Vermont's attorney general's office released some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The regulations include using a "clear and conspicuous" label.           

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Hard Cider Drinkers Give Apple Growers a New Revenue Stream

October 16, 2014 9:26 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive artisanal brews.

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Nestle Reports a 3 Percent Drop in Sales

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

Nestle S.A., the world's biggest food and drink company, reported a 3-percent drop in group sales for the first nine months of the year, impacted by weakness in currencies against the Swiss franc and other costs.       

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Sewing Needles Lodged in Potatoes at P.E.I. French Fry Plant

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by The Canadian Press

Police in Prince Edward Island say the metal objects found in six potatoes in Atlantic Canada in the last week were sewing needles and they have expanded their investigation to include a french fry production facility in the province.     

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