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Ky. Coca-Cola Plant Expanding

January 8, 2013 12:32 pm

A Coca-Cola plant and warehouse in southeastern Kentucky is expanding, with a company official saying more room is necessary to accommodate growing sales. The plant in Middlesboro will grow by about 24,000 square feet. Regional Sales Manager Bobby Abbott told The Daily News the company needs a place to put more items and new equipment.

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Budweiser to Introduce Specialty Brew in Super Bowl Ad

January 8, 2013 12:28 pm | by JIM SALTER,Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch InBev is introducing a new specialty brew with a Super Bowl ad. The maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other brews said Tuesday that Budweiser Black Crown is an amber lager. The first ad promoting it will run on Feb. 3 during Super Bowl 47, though the beer will be available in stores nationwide starting Jan. 21.

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Consumer Trends: 2013 Foodservice Trend Predictions

January 8, 2013 12:22 pm

The restaurant industry continues to make gains and consumers are feeling more confident about spending their discretionary dollars on dining out. So, what will they be looking for this year when they sit down at their favorite eatery? Mintel has identified four trends set to impact the restaurant industry in 2013.

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Former McDonald’s CEO Dies at 80

January 8, 2013 9:43 am

A former McDonald's CEO who helped expand the fast-food chain's global footprint and spearheaded the creation of "Hamburger University" died Thursday after suffering complications from pneumonia, the company said. During Fred L. Turner's time as CEO from 1974 to 1987, McDonald's more than tripled its number of locations and set up shop in dozens of new markets, the company said in a statement.

Budvar Beer Exports Reach Record High in 2012

January 8, 2013 9:41 am

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, says its 2012 exports rose by 1.1 percent to reach a record high. Budejovicky Budvar NP says it exported 657,000 hectoliters (17.36 million gallons) of beer to 58 countries last year, the best result in 117 years.

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Company Says Microwave Keeps Bread Mold-Free

January 8, 2013 9:39 am | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is bombarded with microwaves for about 10 seconds, which kills the mold spores, said chief executive officer Don Stull said. The process could eliminate bakers' need for preservatives and ingredients used to mask preservatives' flavor, as well as reduce food waste and increase bread's shelf life, he said.

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Deal to Sell ND Pasta Plant Falls Through

January 8, 2013 9:35 am

A potential deal to sell a North Dakota pasta plant is off the table. Bektrom Foods official Bruce Satrom tells the Grand Forks Herald that the Michigan-based manufacturer has pulled its offer to buy the plant. Bektrom had been negotiating with the family of Leonard Gasparre, who died in 2011.

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Caviar Distributor Gets Leniency in Fraud Scam

January 8, 2013 9:32 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER,Associated Press

A 69-year-old luxury food distributor who was charged with unlawfully importing caviar but evaded arrest for nearly a quarter-century before being captured last year won't have to spend any more time behind bars after a judge sentenced him on Monday to time served, citing his age and the lack of victims.

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Photo of the Day: Mold-Free Bread

January 8, 2013 9:30 am

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Don Stull, chief executive officer of Microzap, Inc., places a loaf of bread inside a patented microwave that kills mold spores in Lubbock, Texas. The company claims the technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days.

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Thought of the Day: An Ounce of Prevention

January 7, 2013 1:09 pm

New rules proposed Friday by the FDA are aimed at preventing foodborne illness outbreaks in the wake of several high-profile deadly food contamination cases last year. While manufacturers pore over the new rules to determine how they could change the business of food processing, the FDA is adamant that they are necessary to prevent future food safety incidents.

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Hot Fries Recalled for Undeclared Soy

January 7, 2013 1:00 pm

ConAgra Foods of Omaha, Neb., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Andy Capp’s Hot Fries flavor product that may contain the Andy Capp’s Cheddar Fries flavor, and, therefore, an undeclared allergen — soy.

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FDA Reinstates Sunland Peanut Butter Plant

January 7, 2013 12:58 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reinstated the food facility registration of Sunland Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of peanut products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney last fall, after a federal judge entered a consent decree of permanent injunction imposing requirements on the firm.

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McDonald’s Expands Testing for Chicken Wings

January 7, 2013 12:54 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

First there were McNuggets. Then there were Chicken McBites. Now McDonald's could be adding "Mighty Wings" to its chicken menu. The world's biggest hamburger chain is set to expand its test of chicken wings to Chicago this week, after a successful run in Atlanta last year. The wings are expected to be sold in three, five or 10 pieces with prices likely starting at $3.

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Few Americans Know All Risks of Obesity

January 7, 2013 12:52 pm | by JENNIFER AGIESTA and LAURAN NEERGAARD,Associated Press

Heart disease and diabetes get all the attention, but what about the many other ways obesity can damage your health? Carrying too many pounds may lead to or worsen some types of cancer, arthritis, sleep apnea, even infertility. But a new poll suggests few Americans realize the links.

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Starbucks Faces Homegrown Competition in Vietnam

January 7, 2013 12:50 pm | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press

Compared with other Asian markets Starbucks has recently entered, the Seattle-based company faces a unique scenario in Vietnam, where French-inspired coffee culture reigns supreme, two homegrown chains have established presences and family-run sidewalk cafes are as ubiquitous as noodle shops.

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Consumer Trends: Canadian Shopping Habits

January 7, 2013 12:19 pm

For 10 years the BrandSpark Canadian Shopper Study has shone a spotlight on Canadian consumers' shopping habits. This year, shoppers revealed their attitudes towards topics including: the economy, the environment, food and nutrition, health and beauty habits, purchase decision influencers, media habits, and new technology.

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Alaska Plan for Emergency Food Stockpile Hits Snag

January 7, 2013 9:42 am | by BECKY BOHRER,Associated Press

Alaska's plan to stash stockpiles of emergency food in case the state is cut off from supplies by a disaster has hit a bump. The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs this week canceled its solicitation for proposals after receiving just one response, which was rejected.

New Target Campaign Focuses on Food

January 7, 2013 9:41 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Is Target's grocery aisle ready for its close up? Target is pushing its food and other groceries in a national ad campaign that pokes fun at high-fashion advertising by featuring models interacting with everyday products. In one ad, a model in a white dress and high heels struts by blueberry muffin and cake mix boxes that explode in different colors. Then she crushes an egg with her hand.

Fisherman Hoping for Help with Sandy Losses

January 7, 2013 9:38 am | by WAYNE PARRY,Associated Press

While Superstorm Sandy did highly visible damage to homes, boardwalks and roads, it also walloped the Northeastern fishing industry, whose workers are hoping for a small piece of any future disaster assistance that Congress might approve. The storm did millions of dollars' worth of damage to docks, fish processing plants and restaurants.

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FDA: New Rules Would Make Food Safer

January 7, 2013 9:34 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The long-overdue regulations could cost businesses close to half a billion dollars a year to implement, but are expected to reduce the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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