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Colorado's JBS USA Workers Approve 5-Year Contract to Up Wages

July 24, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

United Food and Commercial Workers Union officials say JBS USA'S meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado has approved a five-year agreement that would increase employee wages. The agreement would include $1.80 hourly pay raises over the next five years.

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Bolthouse Farms Gets Colorful With New Kids Line

July 24, 2014 3:05 pm | by Bolthouse Farms

Bolthouse Farms, known for its baby carrots and juice beverages, announced a new line of kids snacks that is based around real fruits and vegetables with no added preservatives and is designed for maximum kid craveability. The company is hoping to make healthier products for children.

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Consumer Trends: Income Does Not Determine Shoppers' Label Preference

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Integer Group

In a new study, research shows that while income groups differ slightly on their perception about private labels, their behaviors are very similar. Most shoppers across income groups say they routinely compare prices between private labels and national brands.

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Scientists Compare Environmental Costs of Beef to Other Proteins

July 24, 2014 11:30 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science

A new study conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science looked at the five main sources of protein in the American diet: dairy, beef, poultry, pork and eggs. They calculated the environmental inputs, or costs, per nutritional unit. Find out the real price of steak.

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Lack of Transparency Fuels Corruption Allegations in Organic Governance

July 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Cornucopia Institute

The USDA has been asked to make public all nominations to the National Organic Standards Board after prior appointments, during the Bush and Obama administrations, violated the letter of the law, and congressional intent, by appointing agribusiness executives to fill the slots.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group 2Q Profits Climb 35 Percent

July 24, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press

The maker of beverages such as Dr Pepper, 7Up and Mott's reported its second quarter earnings with a 35 percent increase, topping expectations. Dr Pepper Snapple Group, based in Plano, Texas, said its net income increased to $210 million from $155 million.

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Infographic: Snacking Trends Then and Now

July 24, 2014 9:26 am | by The Food Institute

When it comes to snacking, which Americans love, what are the trends today versus five years ago? According to a study by the Food Institute, yogurt, especially Greek-strained, has strengthened significantly compared to other snacks. The reason: on-the-go convenience.

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Sara Lee Recalls 41 Tons of Smoked Sausage

July 24, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The Sara Lee Foodservice in New London, Wisconsin is recalling Smoked Sausage Rope. More than 41 tons of the product was made with an ingredient called hydrolyzed soy protein, a well known allergen that wasn't listed on the original labels.

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OSI Meat Scandal in China Causes Yum Brands to Terminate Deal

July 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

OSI Group, a privately-held company based in Aurora, Illinois, was thrust into the spotlight when one of its Shanghai plants repackaged old beef and chicken and slapped new expiration dates on them. Now, Yum Brands is terminating all supply agreements with them worldwide.

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Could the US Dip Back Into Recession?

July 23, 2014 12:30 pm | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer

Sluggish growth in France, Italy, Russia, Brazil and China suggests that the old truism, "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold," may need to be flipped. Maybe the rest of the world will sneeze this time, and the U.S. will get sick.

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Food Packaging Company Sealed Air Moves HQ to Charlotte

July 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Food packaging company Sealed Air is consolidating its operations in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and New Jersey and relocating its headquarters to the Charlotte area. The new headquarters will create nearly 1,300 jobs within three years.

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Cheaper Prices, New Lay's Flavors Boost PepsiCo Sales

July 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Associated Press

PepsiCo said global volume for both its snacks and drinks rose 1 percent in the second quarter. The gains were relatively modest, but the lower prices in its Frito-Lay division, along with the addition of four special flavors, has helped lift sales volume.

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China Police Detain Employees of 'Organized' Expired Meat Scandal

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

Chinese police have detained five employees of Husi Food Company after investigators found the expired beef and chicken scandal to be an organized effort by the supplier. The scandal has alarmed Chinese diners and disrupted operations for fast food chains.

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First Lady's 'Drink Up' Campaign Helps Increase Bottled Water Sales

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama's push for America to drink more water has helped boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales since September. According to a study released by Nielsen Catalina Solutions, her "Drink Up" campaign has increased sales by 3 percent.

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Consumer Trends: Where are the Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in the US?

July 23, 2014 11:45 am | by TripAdvisor

With Summer in full swing, it's no secret that ice cream is a favorite sweet indulgence. The East Coast is home to seven of the 10 sweetest ice cream parlors in the U.S., according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. Did your home state make the list?

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Infographic: Food Label Breakdown

July 23, 2014 10:14 am | by MarketingWeek

The impact of food labeling has been cause of much debate over the past year as healthy lifestyles has moved up the public agenda. More than half of food companies believe they could make product information simpler for consumers to understand.

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Soda Turns Sour: San Fran. Board Asks Voters to Approve Tax

July 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

Lawmakers in San Francisco have agreed to place a per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, including soda, on the November ballot. San Francisco is aiming to become the first U.S. city to pass a tax on sugary beverages, a move that has angered the beverage industry.

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Quebec-Based Agropur to Become 5th-Largest Cheese Processor in US

July 23, 2014 9:15 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Canada's largest dairy co-operative, Agropur, is doubling its U.S. processing operations with a deal to buy the dairy processing assets of Davisco Foods. The Quebec-based company said it will become the fifth-largest cheese and ingredients processor in the states.

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Japan Increases Quarantine Checks on Food Imports

July 23, 2014 8:55 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

The expired meat scandal from China has spread to Japan, leading the government to enhance the check system to prevent problematic food from entering Japan. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has sold outdated chicken and beef to Japanese retailers and restaurants.

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Ky. Bourbon Makers Churn Out 5M Barrels, the Most in 37 Years

July 23, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The Kentucky Distiller's Association said the state's bourbon inventory has topped 5 million barrels of whiskey for the first time since 1977. Production has soared by more than 150 percent in the last 15 years, resulting in nearly 5.3 million barrels at the end of 2013.

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'Exotic' Makeover: V8 Gets Trendy With Ingredient List

July 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Campbell Soup Company's beverage brand, V8 Juice, is hoping to spark a turnaround in the struggling beverage by hitching it to the growing popularity of new brands that mix more exotic ingredients like coconut water, kale and ginger and tout their freshness.

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