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Photo Of The Day: World Series Brews

October 26, 2012 9:35 am

While the Fall Classic between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers pits clubs from two very different cities, the distinctive style and taste of each team's partisans also pours through the beer taps at their ball yards.

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New York Gov’t To Boost Beer, Wine And Liquor Sales

October 25, 2012 12:56 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said state government will put the promotion of beer, wine and liquor made in New York "on steroids" to boost jobs and help the small, yet growing industries. Cuomo met with farmers, orchard growers, beer breweries and distillers of whisky, vodka, brandy and vermouth Wednesday in Albany for a "Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit."

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UK To Introduce New Food Labeling System

October 25, 2012 12:54 pm

The UK Government has announced that by 2013 a new consistent front-of-pack food labeling system is to be introduced. The new system is still voluntary but the UK government is confident that the food industry will utilize the new system. Plans are to amalgamate the existing colour coded traffic lights and guideline daily amounts used.

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Coca-Cola 3Q Suffers On European Woes

October 25, 2012 12:51 pm

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit and revenue Thursday as the bottling company struggled with the weak economy in Europe and the drag of currency translations. It also announced plans to restructure parts of its businesses but did not disclose how many jobs would be cut.

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Beverage Industry Responds To Aspartame Study

October 25, 2012 12:48 pm

In response to a study on artificial sweeteners published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the American Beverage Association maintained the safety of aspartame's use in beverages. The group said that aspartame has been deemed safe for decades by the world's leading toxicologists, as well as the National Cancer Institute and other regulatory agencies and public health experts around the world.

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Kellogg To Pay $500K In Emissions Case

October 25, 2012 12:43 pm

The government says Kellogg Co. has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty to resolve Clean Air Act violations at manufacturing facilities in Battle Creek and Grand Rapids. The agreement with the Battle Creek-based company was announced Thursday by the U.S. attorney's office in Grand Rapids.

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Consumer Trends: Outlook Strong For Snack Bar Market

October 25, 2012 12:39 pm

Rabobank has published a new research report on the tremendous increase of the U.S. snack bar market over the past ten years, which has grown at twice the rate of other snack foods and nearly three times the rate of the overall packaged food sector.

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Peco Foods Expanding In Arkansas

October 25, 2012 9:46 am

Peco Foods says it will add 300 jobs in eastern Arkansas by expanding a feed mill in Newark and a processing plant in Batesville. The company says the expansion will bring its total employment in Independence County to 866. The company says it plans to invest a total of $13.8 million in the two facilities.

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Dr Pepper Snapple 3Q Revenue Falls Flat

October 25, 2012 9:45 am

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.'s net income climbed 16 percent in the third quarter as the company continued to raise prices. But revenue was flat and it lowered its full-year revenue forecast. The company, which makes 7Up, Sunkist, Mott's and other drinks, earned $179 million, or 84 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

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Pepsi Builds Thai Factory

October 25, 2012 9:43 am

PepsiCo Inc. has invested $170 million in a new factory in Thailand to stay ahead in one of the few markets where it outsells Coca-Cola after ending a longstanding bottling agreement with a local company. The plant, located in an industrial estate in Rayong, 140 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of Bangkok, is one of PepsiCo's largest beverage facilities in the world.

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Former Sweetener CEO Granted Public Defender

October 25, 2012 9:40 am | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press

Southern California developer Bruce Cole initially arrived in rural Missouri with promises of an international business that would provide the town of Moberly with hundreds of jobs. On Monday, the former Mamtek U.S. CEO was back in Missouri's Randolph County, too broke to afford a lawyer to answer criminal charges of theft and fraud connected to the failed artificial sweetener factory.

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Testimony Ends In Closely-Watched Poultry Pollution Suit

October 25, 2012 9:36 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press

Testimony concluded Wednesday in an environmental lawsuit against an Eastern Shore chicken grower and poultry producer Perdue Farms Inc. that is being closely watched by environmentalists and agriculture interests. The Waterkeeper Alliance claims that the Hudson Farm is polluting a nearby river, violating the federal Clean Water Act.

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Photo Of The Day: Navigating Food Production

October 25, 2012 9:29 am

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) today unveiled USFRA FoodSource, an online resource designed to answer consumer questions about how food is grown and raised. This tool, available at www.fooddialogues.com, is a one-stop, online destination for information on topics including antibiotic use in farm animals and biotechnology.

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New Tool Addresses Questions About Food Production

October 24, 2012 12:58 pm

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) today unveiled USFRA FoodSource, an online resource designed to answer consumer questions about how food is grown and raised. This tool, available at www.fooddialogues.com, is a one-stop, online destination for information on topics including antibiotic use in farm animals and biotechnology.

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Beef Plant Can Ramp Up Production After Inspection

October 24, 2012 12:55 pm

The Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen is being allowed to slaughter more cattle after passing a city inspection. The long-delayed plant earlier received permission to slaughter up to five cattle to test equipment. The American News reports that the city is allowing the plant to ramp up to slaughtering 200 cattle on both Thursday and Friday.

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Oregon Liquor Chief Steps Down

October 24, 2012 12:53 pm | by JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press

The director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced his retirement Tuesday after seven months on the outs with Gov. John Kitzhaber. Steve Pharo's announcement comes two days before the liquor commission holds its first meeting with the balance of power tipped to Kitzhaber appointees. Pharo has worked at the OLCC for 18 years, the last six as the director.

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Heineken Profit Rises In 3Q

October 24, 2012 12:51 pm

The Dutch brewer Heineken NV said Wednesday third quarter net profit rose 9.9 percent to €577 million ($749 million), with growth in all regions except Europe. The company said profits increased thanks to higher sales and savings from jobs it has cut, offset somewhat by higher raw materials costs and investments in new capacity.

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Lawyers: Prop 37 Would Result In ‘Flood Of Lawsuits’

October 24, 2012 12:49 pm

At least three major law firms, with offices in California and worldwide, are warning their grocer, food company, and farmer clients that if Prop 37 passes it will set off a flood of lawsuits to the benefit of trial lawyers, much like Prop 65.

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Consumer Trends: The Benefits Of Organic

October 24, 2012 12:39 pm

A clinical report published online today by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighting the many attributes of organic foods provides guidance to parents confused by conflicting marketing messages regarding healthy food choices for their children.

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PepsiCo Working With Japan’s Suntory In Vietnam

October 24, 2012 9:59 am

PepsiCo Inc. will sell Japan's Suntory Holdings Ltd. a 51 percent stake in its Vietnam beverage business, with the two companies combining resources to expand in the growing market. PepsiCo will keep a 49 percent stake in the joint venture, the companies said late Monday. Financial terms were not released.

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