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Colorado's Marijuana Edibles Market Gets New Competition

October 1, 2014 | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | Comments

Colorado is issuing licenses for 46 more pot shops, in addition to about 200 already in place. Colorado is also licensing 37 more growing facilities and 13 new product manufacturers who make marijuana-infused products. The expansion means pot prices for consumers could soon drop.

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VIDEO: Intruders Kill Hundreds of Chickens With Golf Club

October 2, 2014 2:07 pm | by CNN

Suspects in a bizarre burglary beat to death 920 chickens at a Foster Farms facility in central California earlier this month, authorities say. The suspects pulled back a portion of the fence and used a golf club to maliciously kill several hundred chickens.

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Prosecutor Files for Death Penalty in Oklahoma Beheading Case

October 2, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

An Oklahoma prosecutor has filed formal notification that he'll seek the death penalty against a man accused of beheading a woman at a food processing plant. The paperwork says the death penalty is warranted in the case because the killing was "especially heinous, atrocious or cruel."

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Dining on a Dollar: Top American Eateries for Cheap Eats

October 2, 2014 12:45 pm | by Urbanspoon

Urbanspoon released its annual list of Cheap Eats, featuring restaurants across North America where diners can snag the best meal for a great deal. The list boats eateries serving usual low fare suspects like burgers, sandwiches, dogs and street food. 

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McKee Foods to Create 54 Jobs With $34M Expansion

October 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

McKee Foods Corporation is planning a $34 million expansion of its manufacturing plant in August County. The expansion is said to create 54 jobs. The plant currently employs more than 1,000 workers.              

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More Than 150K Consumers Urge Starbucks to Use Organic Milk

October 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by GMO Inside; Green America

Trouble is brewing for Starbucks as more than 150,000 consumers are urging CEO Howard Schultz to ditch conventional milk from cows fed GMOs in favor of organic milk. On Sunday, America's largest coffee chain will feel even more heat, as eight national groups spearhead a social media day of action on the issue.

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Crispy M&M's Are Back After 10-Year Hiatus

October 2, 2014 10:42 am | by Mars Chocolate North America

After a decade of phone calls, petitions, Facebook posts and countless other pleas, Mars Chocolate North America announced today M&M'S® Crispy will return to stores nationwide in January 2015 following a 10-year hiatus.    

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Infographic: Who's Going Gluten-Free?

October 2, 2014 10:21 am | by The Hartman Group

This infographic from The Hartman Group reflects the cultural beliefs surrounding gluten in food products. In their recent study, 21 percent of consumers had purchased gluten-free products in the past week.               

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Report: 99 Percent of Sales Growth for CPG Companies is From Lower-Calorie Foods

October 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Hudson Institute

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) asked Hudson Institute to analyze sales data from the 16 major food and beverage companies it counts among its members to determine both trends in sales and product availability.       

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Burger King, Ex-Soldier At Odds Over Needle Claim

October 2, 2014 9:19 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

It's the latest in a squabble between the parties about who is to blame for failed attempts to settle the lawsuit by Clark Bartholomew, who said he was injured when he bit into a Triple Stacker purchased from a Burger King on a Hawaii base in 2010. 

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Illinois Woman Known as 'Mustard Lady'

October 2, 2014 9:11 am | by JON KRENEK, The (Kankakee) Daily Journal

The 42-year employee of Plochman's Mustard in Manteno is known across state lines as "The Mustard Lady." It's a title she's earned as a decades-long aficionado of the yellow, and sometimes brown, condiment, which she eats and cooks with, uses as a salve for indigestion and shares with everyone she knows.

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Report: Global Dairy Consumption Will Increase 36 Percent by 2024

October 1, 2014 2:22 pm | by Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak, a leader in food processing packaging solutions, released its seventh Dairy Index. The report highlights the opportunities and challenges posed by rising global dairy demand, which is set to overtake the available supply over the next decade. 

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Organic Social Media Festival Reaches More Than 15M Consumers

October 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by Organic Trade Association

Organized by OTA with support from members and organic thought leaders, the Sept. 8 – 17 campaign explored topics like organic's health, taste, economic and environmental benefits — as well as organic standards, definition, certification and regulation. 

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Morton Salt Girl Voted into Advertising Walk of Fame

October 1, 2014 1:41 pm | by Morton Salt

Brand icons are nominated for the Advertising Week Walk of Fame each year, and are decided by the general public. Advertising Week administered a poll on its Facebook page so fans could vote for their favorite icons.         

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Mondelez to Build $90M Biscuit Plant in Bahrain

October 1, 2014 1:25 pm | by Mondelez International, Inc.

In the initial two- to three-year phase, the new plant will operate four biscuit-manufacturing lines with a total capacity of nearly 90,000 tons per year. That's the equivalent of about nine-times the weight of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Like other, state-of-the-art Mondelez International plants, the facility is scalable.

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Pepsi Pops Open a Stevia-Sweetened Soda

October 1, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press

PepsiCo Inc. said the latest version of its flagship soda will have 30 percent fewer calories than regular and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia. The drink will go on sale later this month on Amazon.com before eventually being rolled out to supermarkets.

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Coca-Cola to Revise Executive Pay Plan After Criticism

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's largest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, said Wednesday its long-term incentive program will now distribute the company's shares to a smaller group of executives, while the rest will be rewarded with cash bonuses instead.     

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FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

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Group Tries to Make Food Policy Morph into a Political 'Kitchen Table' Issue

October 1, 2014 9:17 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Americans don't normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change that. They're putting organizational effort into elections for the first time.   

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French Brand Starts Selling Sparkling Wine in China

October 1, 2014 9:05 am | by HELENE FRANCHINEAU, Associated Press

China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite still is red, a color associated with health and good luck. Moet Hennessy has launched the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

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General Mills to Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press

The Minneapolis company that owns Betty Crocker and Green Giant brands said in a regulatory filing that the 700 to 800 job cuts will take place mostly in the U.S. This is the second time General Mills has trimmed its workforce in a month.  

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