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Sparkling Waters Flood into Soda Sales' Territory

April 1, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Sparkling water is chipping away at the dominance of traditional sodas like Coke and Pepsi, particularly in the diet category. Last year, a small brand called Sparkling Ice saw sales more than double to $302.4 million from the previous year, according to IRI.

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Consumer Trends: Diners Drawn to Distinctive Digs

April 1, 2014 12:00 pm

Data released by Technomic indicates that the 500 largest U.S. restaurant chains registered a 3.5 percent annual sales increase in 2013, a significant decline from 4.9 percent the prior year. Technomic says brands must differentiate themselves to gain market share.

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UPDATE: BPI Responds to Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 11:05 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

After the blog we ran Monday on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article. The original image is one that has been widely used to represent “pink slime,” but BPI says this isn’t its product.

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April Is National Soyfoods Month

April 1, 2014 10:20 am

This April, the Soyfoods Association of North America is celebrating National Soyfoods Month by spreading awareness of the benefits of soy-based foods. This year's theme, "Soyfoods: Endless Possibilities," promotes the versatility and sustainability of the plant-based proteins.

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Oregon Officials Drop Proposed Ban on Pot-Laced Foods

April 1, 2014 10:13 am | by CHAD GARLAND, Associated Press

Officials backed off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban. A March 19 draft of the rules would have banned the sale of all cakes, cookies, candy and gum that contain the drug.

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USDA Projects Fewer Corn Acres as Farmers Switch to Soybeans

April 1, 2014 10:08 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press

The amount of American cropland devoted to corn is expected to shrink about 4 percent this year as farmers devote more acres to soybeans. The USDA said it expects 91.7 million acres of corn to be planted this year, down from 95.37 million acres last year.

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George Dickel Sues Tennessee over Liquor Storage Requirement

April 1, 2014 10:03 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Whiskey maker George Dickel is suing to overturn a Tennessee law that requires liquor to be stored in or around the county where it is distilled. The lawsuit comes following a legislative fight over the state's legal definition of Tennessee whiskey.

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U.S. Soda Sales Drop to 1995 Lows

April 1, 2014 9:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

U.S. sales volume of carbonated soft drinks fell 3 percent in 2013, according to a report released Monday by Beverage Digest. That represents a steeper drop than the 1.2 percent decline in 2012 and brings total soda volume to the lowest level since 1995.

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Photos of the Day: Global Warming May Trigger 'Hotspots of Hunger'

April 1, 2014 9:52 am

Global warming will push food prices higher, trigger "hotspots of hunger" among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a report issued Monday.

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Global Warming Worsens Food, Hunger Problems

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said. A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger "hotspots of hunger" among the world's poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee.

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International Partnership Aims to Boost Wheat Yields by 50 Percent

March 31, 2014 12:51 pm

The new International Wheat Yield Partnership seeks to increase wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034. The partnership brings together research funders, international aid agencies, foundations, companies and major wheat research organizations.

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Brewers Boil over Proposed FDA Rule on Leftover Grains

March 31, 2014 12:40 pm

The FDA has proposed a rule that would make it more difficult for breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed. Beer makers say that if the new rules are adopted, they would be forced to dump millions of tons of grains into landfills.

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Consumer Trends: Seasonings, Spices Sector Grows with the Economy

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm

Seasonings and spices form an integral part of any cuisine, as they are responsible for developing the taste and aroma associated with the dish. The global seasonings and spices market grew from $10.7 billion in 2010 to an estimated $12.5 billion in 2013.

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Court Slaps Japan’s Antarctic Whaling with Injunction

March 31, 2014 11:49 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

The International Court of Justice on Monday halted Japan's Antarctic whaling program, ruling that it is not for scientific purposes as the Japanese government claimed. Australia sued Japan at the U.N.'s highest court in hopes of ending whaling in the icy Southern Ocean.

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Groups Push for More Humane Poultry Slaughter

March 31, 2014 11:46 am | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press

Animal welfare groups and lawmakers are urging the Obama administration to improve the treatment of poultry at slaughterhouses, citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.

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Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

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Ind. Fish Farm Expansion Approved Despite Complaints

March 31, 2014 10:19 am

An Indiana county approved Bell Aquaculture's plans to build a feed mill as part of a $30 million expansion supporters say will help turn the area into an aquaculture hub. The approval came despite neighbors' complaints about the stench produced by the farm's fish feces lagoon.

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Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

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Saputo to Close Maryland Cheese Plant

March 31, 2014 10:12 am

Canadian cheesemaker Saputo Inc. says it is closing its plant in Hancock, Md., eliminating 60 jobs in a tiny town that has lost three other big manufacturers in the last decade. Saputo also will close plants in Wisconsin and Canada's Alberta province.

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Canadian Chicken Producer Convicted of Animal Cruelty

March 31, 2014 10:03 am | by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Maple Lodge Farms, one of Canada's biggest chicken producers, will have to spend at least $1 million over three years to ensure compliance with federal rules after an Ontario judge convicted the company of causing undue suffering to the birds.

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