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West Liberty Foods Buys Assets of Bankrupted Ill. Firm

June 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa

West Liberty Foods LLC has bought substantially all of the assets of an Illinois company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Quantum Foods, who filed for bankruptcy in February, produced ready-to-cook and fully cooked foods made from beef, poultry and pork.

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Photo: Frozen Yogurt Pearls Win 'Best New Concept' Award

June 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Stonyfield Farm

Stonyfield, one of the world's leading organic yogurt makers, in collaboration with Cambridge-based WikiFoods, Inc., received the "Best New Concept" award at the 2014 World Dairy Innovation Awards for its new product, Frozen Yogurt Pearls. 

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Rabobank: Whisky Distillers Face Supply-Demand Swing

June 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by Rabobank

Scotch whisky is enjoying a boom due to growing demand in the U.S. The industry is ramping up production to rebuild the declining stocks of longer-aged whiskies. Rabobank believes that distillers should consider three things to better prepare for sustainable growth.

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Consumer Trends: 10 Tips for Selling FMCG Brands Online

June 23, 2014 1:15 pm | by eDigitalResearch

Consumer insight from eDigitalResearch revealed that shoppers are making fewer impulse purchases online than they are in store, leading to smaller basket sizes and decreasing sales. So the question is: what can brands, suppliers and supermarkets do to sell more online?

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Sapporo Breweries Pays Retroactive Taxes

June 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Sapporo Holdings Ltd. said Friday it will pay additional tax of about 11.6 billion yen and book it as an extraordinary loss in the January to June period as its subsidiary Sapporo Breweries Ltd. will change the category of a beer-like product to a higher-taxed one.

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USDA Tries to Posion Feral Hogs with Bacon Preservative

June 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press

Sodium Nitrate, a preservative used to cure bacon, is being tested as poison for the nation's estimated 5 million feral hogs. USDA scientists say it may be the best solution in the U.S., but they're not yet ready to ask for federal approval as pig poison.

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EU's 'Havarti' Cheese Name Regulation Sparks Controversy

June 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Consortium for Common Food Names

The Consortium for Common Food Names is calling on the European Union to make the right decision on a controversial geographical indication proposal that would grant Denmark exclusive use of the name 'havarti' in the EU. A trans-Atlantic food name battle continues.

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Volume, Profits Rise for Foodservice Packaging Manufacturers

June 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by Food Packaging Institute

Encouraging sales and growth in 2013 has led foodservice packaging converters, raw material and machinery suppliers, as well as foodservice distributors, to forecast optimistic industry circumstances for 2014, according to a Foodservice Packaging Institute survey.

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Photos: Maine Rebuilds Lobster Meat Processing

June 23, 2014 8:45 am | by AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

State officials and lobster industry leaders are working to bring more lobster meat processing back to the state from Canada. Maine processors say the business is growing, but is still overshadowed by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

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Packaging System Disrupts Produce Biofilm

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Eating fruits and veggies is good for you, but sometimes there's a price to pay: illness caused by bacterial biofilms that adhere to the produce and to the packaging. A graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has discovered a way to attack the bacteria.

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Schreiber Foods to Open $85M Headquarters in Green Bay

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Press-Gazette Media ,Green Bay ,Wisconsin

Cheese manufacturer Schreiber Foods, founded in 1945 in Green Bay, is set to open its new headquarters in the same Wisconsin city, bringing in as many as 700 employees. The company makes cream cheese, processed cheese and other dairy products.

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Olive Garden, Red Lobser Sales Continue to Drop

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press

Darden Restaurants Inc. has been fighting to stop declining sales at Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Darden said Friday that sales continued to slide at both restaurants as sit-down chains were hit hard by the downturn, prompting customers to find cheaper options.

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Starbucks Increases Prices of Drinks, Packaged Coffee

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks, a Seattle-based coffee chain, is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents beginning this week. Customers can also expect to pay $1 more for the packaged coffee it sells in supermarkets beginning on July 21. 

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Marijuana Edibles Need to Pass Food Safety Tests for Credibility

June 23, 2014 8:00 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Industry regulators are taking a closer look at how pot-infused edibles are made. The thriving edible marijuana industry in Colorado is preparing for new testing requirements — due to take effect in October — to make sure the products are safe to eat and drink.

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Cuba Sets Prison Terms for Poisonous Alcohol Deaths

June 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

More than a dozen islanders have been convicted in a case of poisonous black-market alcohol that killed 11 and sickened nearly 100. The case emerged last July after dozens of people went to emergency rooms with symptoms of severe poisoning.

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Keurig Plans $330M Plant in Georgia

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm

Keurig Green Mountain Inc., one of the largest packaged coffee manufacturers in the United States, has announced plans for a cold-brewing facility in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The company is launching a cold-brewing system in partnership with Coca-Cola.

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Colo. Woman Sues Chia Company after Contracting Salmonella

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm

Navitus Naturals of California is facing a lawsuit from a Fort Collins, Colo., woman who said she was diagnosed with salmonella in March, three months after she began consuming the company's chia powder. Navitas and other companies have recently recalled the powder.

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Hundreds of Pounds of Hemp Seed Impounded by Harsh Feds

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Hundreds of pounds of hemp seed, a popular health food ingredient used for its oil, are in limbo after being seized by authorities in North Dakota. The seeds, bound for Colorado from Canada, were made legal for research use in the most recent U.S. Farm Bill.

Traffic Light Labeling Helps Consumers With Low Self Control

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm

How can food manufacturers help consumers who can't help themselves? Research in the spring issue of the American Marketing Associations Journal of Public Policy and Marketing shows that a traffic light label on the front of the package could help.

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The Top 10 US Foodie Cities of the Year

June 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Livability.com

Livability.com named the Top 10 Foodie Cities of 2014 by analyzing data about how frequently families eat at locally owned restaurants and how much the average resident spends eating out, as well as access to healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and quality meat.

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