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Sabra Dipping Opens Doors of Expanded Hummus Production Facility

October 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Sabra Dipping Company

One of America's best-selling hummus brands is doubling production capacity in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The 118,000 square foot expansion is expected to add 70 jobs by next year.                   

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Starbucks Workers Take Advantage of Tuition Program

October 7, 2014 9:06 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks said more than 1,000 of its employees have enrolled at Arizona State University to take advantage of a program that helps pay for their tuition. The company said it is too early to tell how much it will end up paying in reimbursement for the students. 

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Researchers Find DNA is Linked to How Much Coffee You Drink

October 7, 2014 8:53 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

The project analyzed the results of about two dozen previous studies with a combined total of more than 120,000 participants. Those participants had described how much coffee they drink a day, and allowed their DNA to be scanned.     

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Sausage Company Issues Recall of Raw, Frozen Chicken Products

October 6, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Canadian Press

Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage is recalling frozen, raw, ground chicken products. E-coli concerns have lead to the Alberta-based company's recall.                            

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Infographics: Top 10 Specialty Foods Purchased in 2014

October 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Specialty food consumers are spending more of their food dollars on specialty food this year, and the all-powerful millennial generation is gravitating toward specialty food for snacks and on-the-goal meals, according to new research from the Specialty Food Association.

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Brewery of 12 People Wins 'Large Brewing Company of the Year'

October 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by MillerCoors

A small incubation brewery in Golden, Colorado is now home to the "Largest Brewing Company of the Year" award from the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. AC Golden has 12 employees who brew and sell some of Colorado's most flavorful beers.

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Illinois Considers Raw Milk Regulations

October 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

U.S. Food and Drug Administration data show between 300,000 and 400,000 Illinoisans drink raw milk. Regulations are necessary to make raw milk safer for consumption, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said. 

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Packaging Tips For Candy, Confectionery Companies

October 6, 2014 10:59 am | by Videojet Technologies

Candy and confectionery packagers should consider Thermal Transfer Overprinting (TTO) technology for its ability to meet the unique code and data requirements of their particular products.                 

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Infographic: Why Sustainability Makes Better Business Sense

October 6, 2014 10:19 am | by Grant Thornton

Sustainability is no longer a buzzword. It's a way of doing business for many companies, especially those in the natural-resource dependent food and beverage industry.                       

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Dairy Industry Drives Global Health Innovation

October 6, 2014 9:41 am | by New Nutrition Business

Julian Mellentin, director of New Nutrition Business, says the dairy industry is tapping into consumer trends to create entirely new product areas. From probiotics in Asia to "naturally healthy" in the West, dairy is driving health innovation world wide. 

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GMO Ban Impractical? Maui Mayor Says Yes

October 6, 2014 9:20 am | by The Maui News, Wailuku, Hawaii

Maui Major Alan Arakawa has ruled a proposed moratorium on genetically modified crops as impractical. The moratorium would make it illegal to cultivate, grow or test genetically modified crops in the county until companies could prove their practices are safe.

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Two Calif. Cities to Vote on Soda Tax

October 6, 2014 9:12 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Voters in San Francisco will decide whether to make distributors pay a tax of 2 cents an ounce on sugary drinks, with the revenue used to fund programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Berkeley voters will decide on a proposed tax of 1 cent an ounce.

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Town Creates 80 Percent of All Canned Pumpkin Consumed in US

October 6, 2014 9:06 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press

The small central Illinois town of Morton has its hands at a seemingly endless line of pumpkins — millions of them — that'll become countless pies and loaves of sweet, fresh-baked pumpkin bread.               

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Texas Company Recalls 91K Pounds of Beef Products

October 6, 2014 8:55 am | by Associated Press

A Corpus Christi-based company, Sam Kane Beef Processors, is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of beef products after four consumers complained of metal pieces being found in their meat.                   

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Beverage Industry is Wising Up to an Aging Population

October 3, 2014 2:45 pm | by Canadean

Although historically the marketing of soft drinks was focused on the youth market with the key age bracket of 10-24 year olds, Canadean detects great opportunities in targeting the growing aging population.           

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Report: Russian Food Bans Won't Slow Runaway Markets

October 3, 2014 2:39 pm | by Rabobank

In the report, published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, bank analysts say that global beef supply is in a tightening phase, with most key producing and export regions already experiencing record tight supplies.  

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USDA Plans to Resurvey 1,400 Small Grain Farmers

October 3, 2014 2:33 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

The USDA plans to resurvey 1,400 small grain farmers in the Upper Midwest and West who still had crops in the field when they were asked a month ago about their yearly production. The information could result in a revision of estimates of wheat, barley and oat production.

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Manufacturing Day Gains Momentum Across the US

October 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by National Association of Manufacturers

As part of the third-annual Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 manufacturers across the country are opening their doors and displaying the exciting, technology-driven operations that make manufacturing among the most rewarding career options available.

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Infographic: Super Facts About SuperFoods

October 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Rangemaster

Rangemaster's healthy food infographic includes interesting facts about superfoods in addition to healthy alternatives. The healthy alternatives are split into meals throughout the day: breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner and then a drink.

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Top 10 Innovative Products Named at Grocery Trade Show

October 3, 2014 9:43 am | by Canadian Press, Ontario

Canadian grocers and industry delegates voted on the innovative products at the grocery industry conference and trade show. Among the top 10 products are reusable coffee cups and Bertolli's 100 percent Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray that can be sprayed directly onto food.

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