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Pepsi Latest Sponsor to Voice NFL Concern

September 18, 2014 | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

The boss of the maker of Pepsi, Gatorade and Doritos, one of the NFL's biggest advertisers and sponsors, issued a statement that criticized the league but also expressed optimism that it can fix its problems.            

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PepsiCo Joins Calls for Action on Climate Change; Announces Goal to Phase Out HFC Equipment

September 19, 2014 3:00 pm | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo announced a goal that by 2020 all of its future point-of-sale equipment (coolers, vending machines and fountain dispensers) purchased in the United States, will be free of hydroflourocarbons.            

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3 Found Guilty in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

A federal jury convicted three people Friday in connection with an outbreak of salmonella poisoning five years ago that sickened hundreds of people and was linked to a number of deaths. Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell was found guilty of conspiracy and other charges after a seven-week trial in Albany, Georgia.

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Update: FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New proposals by the Food and Drug Administration would make it easier for farmers to meet water quality standards and allow farmers to harvest crops sooner after using raw manure as fertilizer.         

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Infographic: Anticipated Impact of FSMA on Manufacturers, Brand Owners

September 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PMMI

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports on food manufacturers' perceptions of FSMA and how equipment manufacturers can best help them respond to the upcoming regulations.        

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Pabst Brewing to be Sold to Russian Company

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is being sold to Russian company Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum. Oasis is buying Pabst with TSG, an investment firm known for its work with consumer products companies.      

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New Tea Promotes Western Pennsylvania Parks

September 19, 2014 11:15 am | by KAITLYNN RIELY, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The beverage is part of the Carrick company's "Burgh Tea" line. The tea label for "The Burgh 50/50 Iced-Tea Lemonade" also includes a $2 coupon off admission at Allegheny County pools, golf courses, ice rinks, ski slopes or snow tubing.

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Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. Among other things, it claims that Blue Buffalo lies about the nutritional value of a pet treat product, and about the absorption abilities of one of its cat litters.

Burger King Japan's Black Burger is Back

September 19, 2014 10:45 am | by HARUKA NUGA, Associated Press

The fast-food chain added black cheese and deepened the color of the other ingredients in the special burger duo added to menus Friday. Marketing Manager Kana Ienega said Burger King Japan wants people to try the burger and find it tasty even though it may look unappetizing at first.

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FDA Tweaks Food Safety Rules Due Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The government is rewriting sweeping new food safety rules after farmers complained that they could hurt business. The FDA is tweaking earlier proposals that included water and soil quality standards that farms big and small say are too burdensome.

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ConAgra First-Quarter Earnings Nearly Triple

September 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press

ConAgra's first-quarter earnings nearly tripled as the food producer cut costs and volumes increased. The maker of Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National hot dogs and other packaged foods posted revenue of $3.7 billion, just edging out expectations.

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Hillshire Settles Sexual Discrimination Suit

September 19, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs entered into an agreement with Hillshire — formerly Sara Lee Food and Beverage. The suit contended that there was a hiring disparity for male workers because fewer of the positions they were being diverted to were available.

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Jury Won't Consider Deaths in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 9:30 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

The jury ended its first full day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and two others. Jurors were scheduled to continue Friday morning.     

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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg , AP Business Writer

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet security, and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.      

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7 Supermarket Trends Now and in the Future

September 18, 2014 12:35 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

Institute of Food Technologists Executive Editor Mary Ellen Kuhn writes about the changing landscape of today's supermarket. Successful retailers will be those who adapt to changes in consumer product preferences, technology and lifestyle needs. 

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Photo: Quaker Oats Man Gets a Makeover

September 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by MilkPEP

For the first time since 1877, the Quaker Oats Man, affectionately known as Larry, is donning a new accessory — the iconic Milk Mustache.                                   

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Nestle Creates 8K New Positions in Europe

September 18, 2014 10:20 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

The alliance of major companies, including Nestle and Google, aims to create tens of thousands of additional jobs for Europe's young jobseekers over the next several years. Nestle has created 8,000 of the 20,000 new positions it promised to generate by 2016. 

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USDA Approves Genetically Modified Corn, Soybean Seeds

September 18, 2014 10:11 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The USDA has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The agriculture industry has been anxiously awaiting the approvals, as many weeds have not become resistant to glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide on corn and soybeans.

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Infographic: Look Who's Buying Organic

September 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Hartman Group

As consumer understanding of organic and natural foods evolves, people gain more awareness of and knowledge about these topics than ever before. This infographic shows which generation groups are buying organic.           

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Pizza Hut Tests Out 'Skinny Slice'

September 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The tests of the "Skinny Slice" pies began this week at several dozen restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings, said Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman.

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Folgers Unveils Portable Coffee Enhancers

September 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by J.M. Smucker Company

The makers of Folgers coffee have introduced a new Folgers Flavors line of flavored coffee enhancers that make it easy to personalize a perfect cup of coffee. Flavors include vanilla, hazelnut, caramel and mocha.           

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