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New Bird Flu Strain Has Poultry Farmers Scrambling

March 16, 2015 8:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states — and to stop it from spreading.

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In The News: Powdered Alcohol

March 16, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Palcohol has been a popular topic of late, and the powdered alcohol product received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last week. Find out more about Palcohol by taking a look at a compilation of media coverage on the topic.

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Consumers Will Pay More For Safer Potatoes

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Iowa State University

New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer.

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Sugar Industry Played Role in '70s Dental Program

March 13, 2015 3:20 pm | by UC San Francisco

A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s and '70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.

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Mountain Dew Creates New Craft Soda

March 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Mountain Dew is joining the craft craze with its new DEWshine, expected to hit the store shelves on March 23. But even though the product has yet to hit store shelves, the beverage giant is taking some grief for going craft.

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What Happens to Grain During Cooking?

March 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by ACS

Researchers, trying to understand wheat-related health problems, have found new clues to how the grain’s proteins, including gluten, change when cooked and digested.

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Flavor is Encoded in Your Brain

March 13, 2015 1:35 pm | by German Institute of Human Nutrition

The ability to taste is crucial for food choice and the formation of food preferences. Now, a team of researchers has revealed how taste is encoded in patterns of neutral activity in the human brain.

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5 Barrels of Stolen Bourbon Found in Backyard

March 13, 2015 9:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Another iconic bourbon brand in Kentucky has been targeted in a heist, but this time authorities say they have arrested a suspect caught with the stash of pricey whiskey in his backyard.

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Got the Munchies? Snack Delivery Services Have a Box For That

March 13, 2015 8:25 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

Meal delivery services have been a booming business for a while. But what about between meals? During the past five years, a growing number of companies have rushed to help snackers who want their afternoon and midnight munchies satisfied by mail.

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Regulators Say Powdered Alcohol is Illegal in Massachusetts

March 13, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

The Alcohol Beverages Control Commission issued the advisory two days after a federal regulatory agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, approved Palcohol, a condensed form of alcohol that is intended to be mixed with water into drinks.

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Poultry Stocks Mixed Amid Avian Flu Fears

March 13, 2015 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Shares of poultry producers were mixed Thursday, a day after falling sharply on fears that new cases of avian flu could impact U.S. poultry exports. Authorities in Arkansas and Missouri said that avian flu was detected in turkey flocks at farms in the two states this week.

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Infographic: Eggscellent Facts About the US Egg Industry

March 13, 2015 8:00 am | by American Egg Board

This egg business is a growing industry and today there are approximately 175 egg producing companies in the U.S. with flocks of 75,000 hens or more. Take a look at this infographic to see which five states are the largest egg producers in the nation.

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Heineken Loses Suit Against Romanian Craft Brewer

March 12, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

A small beer manufacturer in Romania has won a lawsuit against Heineken, which sued it for using a brand name it says it is too similar to a local brew it produces.

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Sanderson Farms to Build Poultry Plant in NC

March 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press

State officials said Thursday that Sanderson Farms will build a processing plant and hatchery in Robeson County that will create about 1,100 jobs during the next three years.

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Acme Smoked Fish Corporation Opens Largest Smoked Salmon Facility in US.

March 12, 2015 11:31 am | by Acme Smoked Fish Corporation

The 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility was meticulously built to initially produce 10 million pounds of cold smoked salmon per year with the highest quality and food safety standards in the industry.

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Coca-Cola CEO Gets $18.1M After Company Fails to Meet Targets

March 12, 2015 11:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent was given a pay package worth $18.1 million last year after the world's biggest beverage company failed to meet its own growth targets.

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NAMI Foundation Releases Updated Consumer Resource Guide on Meat and Poultry

March 12, 2015 11:10 am | by North American Meat Institute

The North American Meat Institute Foundation released an updated version of its popular Yellow Pages, a meat and poultry resource guide that provides important consumer information and answers to commonly asked questions about the meat supply, preparation and cooking and nutrition. 

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San Francisco Could Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

March 12, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

San Francisco lawmakers hope to add warning labels to advertisements for soft drinks in the city, a move that they believe would "make our communities healthier and better informed."

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Levy to Buy Mexican Dining Chain Del Taco in $500M Deal

March 12, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

The Mexican-American restaurant chain was founded in 1964 in Southern California and has 550 locations in 15 states. It is based in Lake Forest, California, south of Los Angeles. It recorded $656.1 million in sales last year, according to the company.

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France Fines Yogurt Makers For Price-Fixing

March 12, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press

The decision announced Thursday targets 11 companies — including Yoplait and Lactalis — that represent 90 percent of the French market in yogurt and related products.

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