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Mars Unveils $270M Chocolate Plant as U.S. Sweets Sales Ascend

March 27, 2014 9:59 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

Candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day. Company officials are throwing a grand opening Thursday for the sprawling, $270 million chocolate plant.

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FDA: 25 Drug Companies to Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 9:52 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The FDA in December asked 26 pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion. All but one of the companies are phasing out the use of these antibiotics.

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Photos of the Day: Japan's Taste for Whale Dwindles

March 27, 2014 9:45 am

The amount of whale meat stockpiled due to lack of buyers has nearly doubled the last 10 years, even as anti-whaling protests drove catches to record lows. More than 2,300 minke whales worth of meat is sitting in freezers, while whalers still plan to catch another 1,300 whales per year.

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Japan Loses Its Appetite for Whale Meat

March 27, 2014 9:38 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

The amount of whale meat stockpiled due to lack of buyers has nearly doubled the last 10 years, even as anti-whaling protests drove catches to record lows. More than 2,300 minke whales worth of meat is sitting in freezers, while whalers still plan to catch another 1,300 whales per year.

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Survey Shows 2014 Soy Plantings at Record High

March 26, 2014 12:48 pm

Farm Futures magazine's latest survey of farmers shows they intend to boost soybean seedings more than earlier estimates, while cutting back corn ground. Farm Futures estimates 2014 soybean intentions at a record 82.93 million acres, easily an all-time high.

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Report: Pork Virus Could Slash Hog Herd by Millions

March 26, 2014 12:42 pm | by Rabobank

Rabobank reports that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has already impacted about 60 percent of the U.S. breeding herd. If the virus spreads to Canada and Mexico, North American hog slaughter could decline by nearly 18.5 million hogs over the next two years.

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Ky. Bill Targets Undercover Animal Rights Videos

March 26, 2014 12:34 pm

Filming or photographing farm animal operations without consent would be criminalized under a bill sent to the Kentucky Senate. Kentucky Farm Bureau executive Jeff Harper says the provisions are needed because Kentucky is becoming a target of animal rights activists.

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Amy’s Kitchen Plans New Plant in NY

March 26, 2014 12:32 pm

Amy's Kitchen is building a new manufacturing plant in the Orange County town of Goshen. The organic food company will invest nearly $100 million and construct a 500,000-square-foot food manufacturing facility. The new plant will create nearly 700 jobs.

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Consumer Trends: Biotech Group to Answer Top 10 Questions About GMOs

March 26, 2014 12:00 pm

A survey by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information identifies the top 10 questions consumers have about genetically modified organisms and how our food is grown. The survey was designed to start conversations about biotechnology's role in agriculture.

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Ritz Rolls Out Bacon Crackers

March 26, 2014 10:02 am

RITZ Crackers is melding the savory flavor of bacon with its classic crackers to create RITZ Bacon-Flavored Crackers. Mondelez International, the maker of RITZ Crackers, says that the new snack is already available on supermarket shelves.

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Investors: Coca-Cola Exec Pay Is Excessive

March 26, 2014 9:53 am

In a letter to Coca-Cola board members, Wintergreen Advisers CEO David Winters took issue with Coca-Cola's pay proposal for management, saying that it represents a "raw deal" for shareholders in light of the beverage maker's slowing growth.

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Judge Orders New Auction for Sunland Peanut Butter Plant

March 26, 2014 9:50 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

A judge on Tuesday ordered a new auction for Sunland Inc., an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a 2012 salmonella outbreak. The trustee overseeing the liquidation of the plant had asked to be able to consider a $25 million cash offer that came in after last week's bidding for the plant.

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Effort to Change Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails for Now

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, so the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern all distillers in the state for at least another year. The debate over the law has pitted two global liquor giants against each other.

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Four Loko Maker to Pay $400K in Marketing Settlement

March 26, 2014 9:41 am

Twenty states have reached an agreement with Phusion Projects, the makers of Four Loko fruit-flavored malt beverages. The agreement is meant to ensure that Phusion Projects' social media marketing isn't aimed at underage drinkers. The company will pay $400,000 to authorities.

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Photos of the Day: Going Dutch with Raw Herring

March 26, 2014 9:36 am

Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix, thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

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Herring Provides a Taste of Dutch History

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

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Consumer Trends: Rabobank Reports on Spanish Wine Industry

March 25, 2014 1:00 pm

A report by Rabobank looks at the Spanish wine industry. The report states that an improvement in the Spanish wine industry's productive structure and orientation to the international market is necessary for the country to remain competitive worldwide.

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Newly Relaunched InterBev to Co-Locate with PROCESS EXPO

March 25, 2014 12:22 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association and NüernbergMesse announced they will co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the newly relaunched InterBev Process in Chicago, beginning in 2015. The two shows, along with additional co-location partner the International Dairy Show, will take place Sept. 15-18, 2015.

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Study Showcases Benefits of Canned Foods

March 25, 2014 12:18 pm

A Michigan State University study shows that canned foods are nutritious, affordable and safe, helping people increase their fruit and vegetable intake regardless of what area of the country they live, what time of year it is or how much money they make.

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Arkansas Designated a Primary Peanut Producer

March 25, 2014 12:13 pm | by CHRISTINA HUYNH, Associated Press

Arkansas has produced an average of at least 10,000 tons of peanuts within the past three years, and it's now getting some recognition for it. The National Peanut Board announced Monday that the state has been designated a primary peanut-producing state.

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