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Noodles: Friend or Foe? S. Koreans Defend Their Diet

August 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by FOSTER KLUG, JUNG-YOON CHOI, Associated Press

Instant noodles carry a broke college student aura in America, but they are an essential part of life for many in South Korea and across Asia. Hence the emotional heartburn caused by a U.S. study that linked instant noodles consumption as a risk for heart disease.

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Blue Buffalo Factory Opens $90M Plant in Joplin

August 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, Joplin, Missouri

Blue Buffalo Co., the parent company of Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing, is opening a plant in Joplin, Missouri. The company had been contracting out its pet food production by using other plants, but now 75 percent of its dry products will be handled at the new plant. 

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Consumer Trends: 7 Food Opportunities For Businesses

August 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by Packaged Facts

Regional preparations of fermented foods, like craft pickles and small-batch whiskey, are being elevated in the preferences of consumers looking for artisan foods. Packaged Facts survey data in 2014 finds that 53 percent of consumers seek out bolder flavors.

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Record Drought is Not So Sweet For Calif. Honey Production

August 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press

The historic drought, now in its third year, is reducing supplies of California honey and raising prices for consumers. The state is traditionally one of the country's largest honey producers, but the lack of rain has left fewer places for honeybees to forage.

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US Foods Worker Indicted on Embezzlement Charges

August 21, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press

A 43-year-old worker for U.S. Foods Inc. has been indicted on charges of embezzling more than $400,000. Cesar Raphael Barretto was indicted on nine counts of wire fraud. Barretto worked for the company helping customers place orders.   

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Photos: Bathroom Made Out of Belgian Chocolate

August 21, 2014 9:15 am | by Bathroomsweets.com

A bathroom furniture retail website and U.K-based chocolatiers have created a bathroom furnished with Belgian chocolate. The idea sparked when they realized over a million people searching for new bathrooms were typing "bathroom sweets" rather than "bathroom suites."

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Alberta Court Fines Cargill $80K For Environmental Law Breach

August 21, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press

An Alberta court has fined Cargill, the largest beef processing plant in Canada, $80,000 for failing to immediately report intentionally diluted wastewater samples from the company's High River plant.             

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Seafood Substitutions Expose Consumers to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury

August 21, 2014 8:45 am | by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Fishery "substitutions"— which falsely present a fish of the same species, but from a different geographic origin — are the most dangerous mislabeling offense, according to University of Hawai‘i at Manoa scientists. Mislabeling can expose consumers to high levels of mercury.

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Turning Waste From Cocoa, Vegetables Into Biodegradable Plastic

August 21, 2014 8:10 am | by American Chemical Society

Scientists say it won't be long before we begin seeing our chairs and plastic bags made out of cocoa and other food waste. The shift to more environmentally friendly bioplastics has been challenging, but researchers are working on a less costly way to make the transition.

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A Close Look at Energy Drinks From LA Top Distributor

August 21, 2014 8:00 am | by LA Top Distributor

Energy drinks are becoming the go-to choice for people on the go and the convenience stores that keep them supplied. LA Top Distributor, a leader in offering retailers the best in wholesale convenience store supplies, takes a deeper look into the energy drink phenomenon.

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Happy 150th Birthday, Jim Beam!

August 20, 2014 2:56 pm | by Beam Suntory

Fans named Jim Beam are invited to make history in Kentucky by joining in on toasting their "namesake" during the legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam's 150th birthday celebration. Jim Beam Bourbon is now the world's number-one selling bourbon whiskey.

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#FeelingSick: Can Twitter Help Better Identify Foodborne Illness Cases?

August 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis

What if Twitter could be used to track foodborne illness cases and more quickly identify the source of the problem? New research by Washington University in St. Louis’ Brown School shows that new technology might better allow health departments to engage with the public.

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Report Compares Food Traceability Regulations of 21 Countries

August 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

A new report evaluates the traceability regulations and requirements of 21 countries, including the U.S., Canada and the EU among others. The authors ranked each country based on aggregated responses to a series of questions developed to assess their policies.

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Eggland's Best Drops Calorie Count for its Eggs

August 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best has reduced the calorie count for its large eggs from 70 to 60 calories. Three different outside labs were used to confirm the lower calorie content. In addition to 10 fewer calories, compared to ordinary eggs Eggland's Best has 25 percent less saturated fat.

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Report: Packaged Produce Means Less Time, Waste

August 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Packaged Facts

According to a new report by Packaged Facts, more than 70 percent of U.S. households consume bagged/packaged salads. The hectic pace of the average American's daily routine has become a key factor as to why the reliance on convenience and ready-to-eat foods has spiked.

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EPICA Wines Introduces Malbec to Millennial Groups

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by VSPT Wine Group

The newest addition to Chilean repertoire targets growing U.S. millennial wine enthusiasts. EPICA Wines introduces Malbec, which has dominant notes of ripe plums, strawberries and violets, to its portfolio. The wine will be sold nationwide for those that wish for an "epic lifestyle."

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Infographic: What to Do With All Those Craft Brew SKUs

August 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Spacesaver Industrial

This infographic by Spacesaver Industrial dives into how to manage multiple SKUs. According to the report, the typical number of beverage SKUs per distributor in 2013 was 665.5, which was up more than 100 from 2011.         

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Q&A: How 1 US Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 10:00 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. "Factory Man" tells the story of one manufacturer who fought back.

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New Mexico Chile Gets Certified-Product Safeguards

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and integrity of its signature crop: chile. The governor said consumers shouldn't have to wonder whether they're getting real New Mexico-grown chile.   

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WhiteWave to Remove Critical Ingredient from Horizon, Silk Milks

August 20, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press

After much criticism in some circles, and natural-food advocates pointing to animal studies that suggest it causes gastrointestinal inflammation, WhiteWave Foods is removing carrageenan from its Horizon milks and Silk beverages within the next two years.

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