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Chef Dan Barber: Farm-to-Table Philosophy is Flawed

June 26, 2014 8:30 am | by JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer

Chef Dan Barber, owner of Stone Barns at Blue Hill restaurant, has shifted his approach in the farm-to-table movement, which favors locally sourced and produced food. In his new book The Third Plate, Barber argues that the philosophy is based on cherry-picking ingredients. 

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Ukraine to Sign EU Trade Deal That Could Revive Economy

June 26, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer

On Friday, Ukraine will sign a trade agreement with the European Union, a 1,200-page document crammed with rules on everything from turkeys to tulips, cheese to machinery. The deal is accompanied by a 10-year plan for the country to adopt EU product regulations.

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Minn. Sugar Company Fights Subpoena for Confidential Documents

June 26, 2014 8:15 am | by KFGO-AM, Fargo, North Dakota

Officials with American Crystal Sugar Company, based out of Moorehead, Minnesota, say they should not have to testify in a lawsuit involving the sugar and corn syrup industries. The company is being asked to provide information on genetically-modified sugar beets.

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Yoplait Light to Remove Aspartame From Yogurt

June 26, 2014 8:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

General Mills Inc., the maker of Yoplait Light, is hoping a sweetener change can help bring back some of its customers. The company plans to remove aspartame from its reduced-calorie yogurt in favor of another more popular artificial sweetener.

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Workers Seek Better Conditions to Tackle Radiation Levels at Fukushima Plant

June 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

A Japanese government official involved in measures to combat the toxic water buildup at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant emphasized the importance of improving working conditions for the roughly 6,000 workers at the site.

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Photo: Music Artists Adorn Beck's Beer Bottle Labels

June 26, 2014 8:00 am | by Beck's Beer

Beck's Beer announced that indie pop sensation Capital Cities, singer Aloe Blacc and six other artists will collectively take over Beck's beer bottle labels beginning July 1. Every year, the company commissions original artwork for the Live Beyond Labels series.

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Consumer Trends: Top 100 Neighboorhood Restaurants in the US

June 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by OpenTable

OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, announces the 2014 Diners' Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America. Awards reflect the opinions of more than 5 million submitted reviews.

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Chia Seeds, Prickly Pears Find New Life as Ancient Superfoods

June 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mintel

The rediscovery of ancient foods like quinoa has opened the door for other forgotten plants to go global. The prickly pear cactus and chia seeds are two of the latest examples having been used by the Aztecs. Both foods are believed to be the next big 'it' ingredient.

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Washington Prepares for Marijuana Retail Sales in July

June 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press

Washington state prepares to issue the first licenses for marijuana retail stores on July 7. Governor Jay Inslee and other state leaders announced a coordinated campaign to make sure pot stays out of the hands of minors once products start hitting store shelves.

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Shrimp Disease in Asia Causing High US Import Prices

June 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kristen Reed and Sharon Royales, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Demand for shrimp has increased over the years and is currently the largest imported seafood species, accounting for 29 percent of seafood imports by dollar value. In 2013, consumers found themselves paying higher prices with less availability in supermarkets.

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General Mills to Cut Costs After 4Q Sales Decline

June 25, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press

General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and other packaged foods, announced further cost cuts as sales declined for its latest quarter. The Minneapolis-based company has been struggling to boost its cereal and yogurt sales, so it's looking to reduce overhead costs.

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Consumer Confidence Reaches 6-Year High

June 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in more than six years. The Conference Board's confidence index rose to 85.2 this month. The June figure is the highest since January 2008, a month after the Great Recession began.

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Scientists Say Nanoparticles from Dietary Drinks Likely Harmful

June 25, 2014 8:30 am | by American Chemical Society

Nanoparticles are becoming ubiquitous in food packaging. But the health effects of these additives have remained largely unknown. A new study suggests that nanomaterials in food and drinks could lead to the release of the potentially harmful substances to the environment. 

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Whole Foods to Pay $800K for Overcharging Calif. Customers

June 25, 2014 8:15 am | by The Associated Press

Whole Foods will pay about $800,000 in penalties and fees after an investigation found the grocery retailer was overcharging customers in California. State and local inspectors discovered that purchased foods weighed less than the label advertised.

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FDA Wants to Oversee Companies Using Nanotechnology

June 25, 2014 8:15 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer

FDA regulators want companies to consult with them before launching nanotechnology products, though the decision whether to go to market will essentially rest with manufacturers. The FDA doesn't make the call on the overall safety of nanotechnology.

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PMMI Director A.J. Janosko Dies in Accident

June 25, 2014 8:10 am | by Chuck Yuska, President & CEO, PMMI

A.J. Janosko, director of expositions for PMMI, passed away as a result of an accident over the weekend. He was 45. Janosko joined PMMI in August 2012 to fill a newly created position handling much of the day-to-day show management. 

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The Beer Will Flow at Utah's Oktoberfest

June 25, 2014 8:05 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press

As they say in show business: the show will go on! The beer will flow at Utah's Oktoberfest, after the state liquor board backed off its warning that the long-running German celebration of all things ale could go dry this year. The festival will kick off on August 16.

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Infographic: Date Labeling Confusion Contributes to Food Waste

June 25, 2014 8:00 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Date labeling variations on food products contribute to confusion in the marketplace regarding how the dates on labels relate to food quality and safety, according to a review by Food Science and Food Safety. This confusion can contribute to significant food waste.

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Big Texan Steak Ranch Pays $800K in Back Wages, Damages

June 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press

The Big Texan Steak Ranch, an Amarillo restaurant famous for its 72-ounce steak dinner that's free if eaten in an hour, has paid $800,000 to settle a Labor Department dispute alleging the restaurant took too much of a bite out of tips to workers.

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Dietz & Watson to Build Philly Center After Massive Fire

June 24, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press

Food products manufacturer Dietz & Watson, supplier of deli meats and cheeses to supermarkets and delis, will expand its Philadelphia operation and add 158 jobs following a massive fire last year that devastated a company warehouse in southern New Jersey. 

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