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Dog Tag Brewing Launches Beer Honoring Fallen Warriors

June 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by Rexam

Dog Tag Brewing was created to provide quality beers that deliver a message of gratitude for the selfless sacrifice of the nation's military. The company works with families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty and details their personalized stories on beer cans.

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Va. Salsas, Peanuts Expected to Bring in 28K Buyers at Food Show

June 30, 2014 8:30 am | by The Associated Press

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says at least 31 companies that participate in the Virginia's Finest trademark program will exhibit at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City. Foods including cured meats and confections will be displayed.

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Rhode Island Names Calamari as Official State Appetizer

June 30, 2014 8:15 am | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press

Rhode Island named calamari as its official state appetizer. Gov. Lincoln Chafee said squid is to Rhode Island what the potato is to Idaho. Half of all the squid brought in on the East Coast annually comes from only about 125 fishing boats in Rhode Island.

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Nestle Recalls 10K Cartons of Mislabeled Ice Cream

June 30, 2014 8:10 am | by The Associated Press

With the hot summer months ahead, ice cream lovers should be wary of their product choices. Nestle USA is recalling 10,000 cartons of one of its most popular ice cream brands because the packages are mislabeled. The ice cream was distributed to at least 11 states.

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Industries Urge Congress to Prevent Country of Origin Labeling

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by PR Newswire

Canada and Mexico challenged the Country of Origin Labeling rule for muscle cuts of meat in the WTO after the USDA issued the revised rule, arguing that COOL has a trade-distorting impact by reducing the value and number of cattle and hogs shipped to the U.S.

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Photo: Day Drink Meets Night Drink

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by Friends Fun Wine

Friends Fun Wine, producer of low-alcohol, low-calorie wines, combines the world's most popular day drink with the world's most popular night drink. Coffee and wine become one in the company's Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino beverages.

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ConAgra Completes Oregon Potato Plant Expansion

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

Food giant ConAgra Foods Inc, popular for its Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee brands, has completed the $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon. The expansion will create more than 100 additional jobs.

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Astronauts Look Forward to First Espresso Machine in Space

June 27, 2014 2:33 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

Astronauts living in the International Space System are excited to finally be getting their very own espresso machine. Beginning early next year, ISSpresso — ISS for International Space System — will launch its way into the hands of astronauts.

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Coca-Cola Builds $100M Green Plant in China

June 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by Coca-Cola

Coca Cola's new green plant in South Harbin Industrial City, China, will accommodate nine production lines for both sparkling and still beverages, including Coca-Cola and Minute Maid. The plant is part of a three-year plan that underscores the company's confidence in China.

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Consumer Trends: Are Insects the Food of the Future?

June 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

According to Florence Dunkel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Entomology at Montana State University and editor of Food Insects Newsletter, 85 insect species in the U.S. are documented as potential food sources; worldwide, there are 1,900 species.

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Maryland Sonic: Would You Like Pot with That?

June 27, 2014 11:48 am | by The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, Frederick, Maryland

A Fredrick, Maryland woman was not laughing when she found a bag of marijuana tucked inside with the French fries she ordered at a Sonic drive-in on Wednesday, saying her two young children were in the car, within easy reach of the baggie.

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Japan's Mizkan Group Receives $2.2B Loan to Buy Ragu Brand

June 27, 2014 11:31 am | by Kyodo News International ,Tokyo

In a deal with Unilever that toals $2.15 billion, Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan Holdings Co. secured a loan from four banks on Friday worth $2.2 billion. Mizkan will purchase several major food brands from food giant Unilever, including Ragu and Bertolli.

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Food Poisoning Reporting System is Free, Universal

June 27, 2014 11:00 am | by DiningGrades.com

DiningGrades.com has developed an innovative solution solving a need for reporting suspected restaurant food poisoning. This eporting system allows patrons to report a food poisoning event and provide critical information to restaurant management.

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Las Vegas Facility Recalls 15K Pounds of Misbranded Pork

June 27, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service the Las Vegas food distributor recalled almost 15,000 pounds of misbranded raw pork nugget product because of an allergen that isn't declared on the product labels. 

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Are Misleading Warnings to Blame for Avoided Ingredients?

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Cornell Food & Brand Lab

A Cornell University study investigated who is most prone to food fears, why and what can be done to correct misperceptions. Researchers found that giving consumers more information about the ingredient, such as its history, can be effective in reducing fears.

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Organic Trade Association: Aversion to GMOs Drives Organic Purchases

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Organic Trade Association

Parents are avoiding GMOs, for themselves or their children. This an increasingly important reason why parents choose organic food, according to the Organic Trade Assocation's U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study, a report of 1,200 households.

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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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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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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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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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