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Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Dozens of wineries in the area are opposed to the gas facility because it threatens local business and economy.

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Soccer World Cup Lifts German Beer Sales

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

The Federal Statistical Office said German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the first half of the year, gaining froth from the country's run to the soccer World Cup title. The increase comes amid a long-term downward trend in German beer sales.

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AB InBev Sales Grow, Sees US Improvement

August 1, 2014 8:24 am | by Associated Press

AB InBev, known for its Budweiser brand, says its sales and earnings grew in the second quarter, with 7.2 percent growth in Brazil alone. The world's largest beer maker also says it sees an improving economic outlook in the United States.

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Infographic: Breakfast by the Numbers

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by Hartman Group

In the 20th century, cereal helped redefine breakfast as a health moment. Breakfast beverages also arose to give us a heavy dose of nutrition to start our day. But what is the industry seeing today? Research by Hartman-Group shows what we eat depends on when we eat.

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Pepsi Plans to Increase Recycling, Protect Drinking Water

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo is now addressing both curbside and on-the-go-recycling as part of its goal to help grow the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. The company is teaming with The Nature Conservancy to teach consumers better ways to recycle.

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Judge Orders Kellogg to End Memphis-Plant Lockout

August 1, 2014 8:00 am | by BCTGM International Union

A federal judge has granted an injunction that orders the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within the next five days. The judge states that imposing a lock over non-mandatory terms is unlawful.

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Botulism Fears Lead Calif. VR Green Farms to Recall Products

August 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

VR Green Farms, a San Clemente-based food packaging company, is recalling several of its food products over fears of possible botulism contamination. Botulism toxins are odorless and tasteless, but can lead to serious illness and death. 

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Indiana Popcorn Fest Loses Orville Redenbacher Sponsorship

July 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Times ,Munster, Indiana

Valparaiso's 36th Popcorn Festival has lost the title sponsorship of Orville Redenbacher. Valparaiso, the Indiana city where Redenbacher developed the hybrid popping corn that made him famous, said ConAgra is still open to sponsoring other things at the festival.

Oakland Zoo Animals Dine on Fruit After Food Truck Crash

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Animals need fresh food, too. How about 13,000 pounds of fruit? Bears, giraffes and elephants were among some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo that were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit, including plantains and jackfruit, after a truck spilled its shipment.

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Whole Foods Plans Major Marketing Push to Fend Off Competitors

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods' slowing sales growth has pushed the Austin, Texas-based company to launch a national marketing campaign to fend off other players in the organic and natural foods category. In addition, the company plans to expand its home deliveries.

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Kraft Foods 2Q Profits Fall 42 Percent

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Kraft Foods, popular for its Velveeta and Oreo brands, reported a 42 percent decline in its second quarter net income. The Northfield, Illinois-based company said its earnings fell to $482 million compared to $829 million in the same quarter last year.

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GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

Republican senators blocked a bill to limit tax breaks for American companies that wish to move their operations overseas. The bill would have cost U.S. companies that move overseas $143 million in additional taxes over the next decade.

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Photo: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month With 3 New Flavors

July 31, 2014 8:15 am | by California Milk Advisory Board

July is National Ice Cream Month. In celebration of California's continuing role as the number one producer of ice cream in the U.S., the California Milk Advisory Board has partnered with Coolhaus to create three new signature ice cream sandwich treats.

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Crystal Sugar CEO Contests Subpoena in Sweetener Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the federal suit filed in California in 2011 by sugar producers. Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say Berg would be a good witness in the lawsuit because he is not involved in litigation.

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Consumer Trends: Cinnamon Horchata Ale? Blue Moon Thinks So

July 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Blue Moon Brewing Company

Blue Moon Brewing Company's Head Brewmaster Keith Villa's latest creation delivers a cinnamon flavor and subtle sweetness. Inspired by the popular Latin American drink, Horchata, this beer is infused with cinnamon, dark candy sugar and long-grain rice.

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Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

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VIDEO: Maple Leaf Foods Sets World Record With Bacon Dance

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Maple Leaf Foods has set two world records: the longest BLT sandwich, registering at more than 227 feet long using 2,000 slices of Maple Leaf bacon, and the largest bacon dance. Watch 161 Maple Leaf employees sizzle to the new bacon dance craze in this video.

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Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

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Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

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McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

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French-Baking Leader Bridor Announces $32M New Jersey Expansion

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Bridor USA Inc.

Bridor Inc., a leader in manufacturing of European bread and Viennese pastry, is announcing a $32 million expansion to its Vineland, NJ facility. The expansion will allow the company to enlarge its production capacity, as well as better serve current and future clients. 

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