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Infographic: The Impacts of FSMA on Manufacturers

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by PMMI

Since 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act has been top of mind throughout the food and beverage industry. PMMI’s recent Food Safety and Traceability Study analyzes the effects of FSMA on packaging and processing, and the steps to take to address the regulation.

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Maryland-Based McCormick Considers Relocation

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by JONATHAN O'CONNELL, The Washington Post

McCormick, the sixth-largest company in the state of Maryland, is considering a relocation of its headquarters that could move it out of state. Founded in 1889, McCormick is now a $9.3 billion company with spices and seasonings that sell to more than 110 countries.

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Survey: Industrial Sector Plans to Add Jobs As Optimism Grows

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by McGladrey

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period, according to the 2014 McGladrey Manufacturing and Distribution Monitor.

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The Barcode: Revolutionary Retail Staple Celebrates 40 Years

June 26, 2014 12:49 pm | by Marsh Supermarkets

Today, Marsh Supermarkets celebrates the 40th anniversary of the first item (a package of gum) ever scanned for a purchase in a retail location at the store in Troy which was the beta center for the technology that revolutionized retailing forever.

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Food-Borne Illness Research Identifies Outbreak Source with DNA

June 26, 2014 12:31 pm | by American Society for Microbiology

Research from the University of Melbourne could make it easier for health investigators to determine the source of food poisoning. The test, which is increasingly used in the detection and investigation of foodborne outbreaks, analyzes specific sequences of DNA.

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Consumer Trends: What Millennials Want

June 26, 2014 12:01 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

According to Christian Hallowell, Executive Chef for Delta Airlines, 95 percent of Millennials make purchasing decisions based on whether a product comes from a socially responsible company, for example, products that are Certified Rain Forest Alliance approved.

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Restructuring Charges Hurt ConAgra in 4Q

June 26, 2014 11:42 am | by The Associated Press

Food giant ConAgra, whose products include Chef Boyardee and Slim Jim, reported a loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, hit by impairment and restructuring charges. Its revenue slipped but topped Wall Street's expectations. Conagra lost $324.2 million for the period.

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Indiana Developer Turns Manure into Renewable Energy

June 26, 2014 11:25 am | by JEFF PARROTT, The Elkhart Truth

A developer is bringing a new project to Elkhart County aimed at reducing the environmental impact of dairy farms. Culver Duck, a duck processor near Middlebury, has a similar operation in which it uses the blood, heads and tails to generate methane and make electricity.

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Czech Brewer Wins Rights to Budweiser Trademark in Portugal

June 26, 2014 11:14 am | by The Associated Press

The Czech brewery Budvar says a Portuguese trade court has upheld a decision preventing its rival Anheuser-Busch InBev from registering its beer under the Budweiser name in the country. Budvar has been fighting with Anheuser-Busch for over a century over use of the name.

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High Court Refuses to Reinstate NYC Big-Soda Ban

June 26, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press

 Guzzlers prevailed Thursday as New York's highest court refused to reinstate New York City's ban on the sale of big sodas, ruling that the city's health department overstepped its bounds when approved the 16-ounce cap on sugary beverages.

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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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