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5 Issues McDonald's is Facing in the US

October 21, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

McDonald's (14,000 U.S. locations) is far bigger than Chipotle (1,700 locations), making it more difficult for the chain to boost sales. But McDonald's nevertheless acknowledges it needs to work on fixing some problems. Here is a look at five problems McDonald's is facing.

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Infographic: Your Brain on Beer vs. Coffee

October 21, 2014 11:01 am | by Ilovecoffee.jp

Coffee and beer aren't just two of the world's most popular beverages, they are also the most popular drugs. We'll let ilovecoffee.jp explain.                             

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New Tool Will Help Find 'Gaps' in Global Crop Production

October 21, 2014 10:19 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press

Developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners, the Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual crop yields based on plant, soil and climate data in a specific area.

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Jackson Hole Restaurants Get New Food Safety Rule

October 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press

Restaurants around Jackson will soon have to have staff certified in food safety. A new rule from the Teton County Board of Public Health requires eateries to have a manager take a test on food protection protocols.  

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McDonald's Profit Plunges in 3Q

October 21, 2014 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

In the U.S., McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers amid intensifying competition and shifting tastes toward food people consider more wholesome. To improve its performance, McDonald's launched a social media campaign inviting customers to ask questions about its food.

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Coke Profit Falls as Soda Volumes Remain Flat

October 21, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press

The world's biggest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, reported a lower profit and revenue in the third quarter as global soda volume remained flat. The company plans to reduce costs by $3 billion a year by 2019.            

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The Organic Label Beyond Food Becomes Hazy

October 21, 2014 8:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

USDA doesn't regulate organic products — like household cleaners and cosmetics — unless they're made entirely from food or agriculture products overseen by its National Organic Program.               

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The 150 Best and Worst Foodie Cities For Your Wallet

October 20, 2014 3:47 pm | by WalletHub

WalletHub's recent study of 2014's Best and Worst Foodie Cities for Your Wallet analyzed the 150 most populated U.S. cities across 18 key metrics. Find out where your city falls when it comes to cost of groceries, number of coffee shops per capita and more.

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Frozen Meals vs. Fast Food: Which is Better?

October 20, 2014 2:59 pm | by Nestle USA

New data presented shows those who reported eating frozen meals had better nutritional profiles than those who reported eating meals from quick service restaurants. By average, frozen meal eaters consume 253 fewer calories per day than fast food eaters.

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WTO Rejects US Country-of-Origin Labels for Meat

October 20, 2014 2:24 pm | by Associated Press

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

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Colorado Seeks Ban on Marijuana Edibles

October 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids.               

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Now Serving: 10 Food Trends of 2015

October 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Technomic

The restaurant industry is evolving faster than ever, according to leading food research. Technomic lays out 10 trends that its consultants and experts believe may be transformative in 2015.              

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Nevada Leads the Nation in School Nutrition

October 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association is thrilled to share that the Nevada Department of Agriculture recently adopted a new and robust School Wellness Policy that provides two key provisions that help our kids grow up healthy.   

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Are You Paying For Health or Disease at the Grocery Store?

October 20, 2014 11:45 am | by The Yum Project

With so many choices, people can become overwhelmed and lose sight of the fact that what they put in their grocery cart can directly impact their overall health. Dr. Nimali Fernando, a pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project, names five things you may be putting in your cart when you opt for unhealthy, processed foods.

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Maryland Firm Recalls Nearly 28K Pounds of Lamb Products

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by FDA

E.&B.’s Natural Way is recalling approximately 27,948 pounds of raw lamb products because they were not presented at the border for USDA-FSIS Import Inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.  

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Photos: Greek Bakers Encircle Monument With 1.35 Tons of 'Koulouri'

October 20, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press

Bakers put the final touches on a giant "koulouri" (bread ring similar to a bagel or pretzel) that encircled the medieval White Tower, in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki. The product weighed 1.35 tons before baking.      

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Nebraska Turkey Producer Branches Out to Raising Chickens

October 20, 2014 10:03 am | by NICHOLAS BERGIN, Lincoln Journal Star

Bill Bevans, one of only three large-scale turkey producers in Nebraska, produces hundreds of thousands of turkeys on two properties, but the market for the birds has reached a limit. So recently, Bevans has decided to expand his operations to include chickens.

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Small Producers Have New Crop Insurance Option

October 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press

Small and mid-size producers who were once unable to insure their crops, including cattle and other livestock, now have the chance to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. The provisions come under the new federal Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program. 

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Consumers See More Than 30K Healthier Product Choices in Last Decade

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association

According to a new survey, more than 30,000 healthier product choices have been made available to consumers between 2002 and 2013. Food and beverage companies reported that they collectively have eliminated or reduced trans fat in more than 11,000 product choices.

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Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock

October 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by Washington State University

With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050, consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production.                     

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Infographic: Common Causes of Factory Fires

October 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group

To help extinguish factory fire risks, Zurich provided this infographic to determine the top causes of factory fires and ways to prevent them from happening.                         

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