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Can a New Marketing Chief Put the Fizz Back Into Coke Sales?

October 23, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Coca-Cola is naming a new chief marketing officer as the world's biggest soda maker works to boost flat soda sales. The Atlanta-based company says Marcos De Quinto, a company veteran, will replace Joe Tripodi starting Jan. 1.     

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Study: Olive Oil Healthier For Frying Foods

October 23, 2014 9:58 am | by American Chemical Society

Frying is one of the world's most popular ways to prepare food — think fried chicken and french fries. Even candy bars and whole turkeys have joined the list. But before dunking your favorite food in a vat of just any old oil, consider using olive. 

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Sustainable Food Production: How it Will Impact Agronomic Practices

October 23, 2014 9:50 am | by American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Food companies, agribusinesses and retailers have recently been making commitments to shift their production practices to be more sustainable. What does that mean for and how will it impact agronomic production practices on the farm?    

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Coca-Cola Tops 3Q Earnings Expectations

October 23, 2014 9:42 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola Enterprises reported third-quarter net income of $238 million. The seller of Coca-Cola drinks in Europe posted revenue of $2.14 billion in the period, missing Street forecasts.                  

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Food Giants Funding State Ballot Initiatives

October 23, 2014 9:34 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

The millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures to be considered next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Food industry giants Monsanto, the J.M. Smucker Co., Coca-Cola and Pepsi are spending $3 million opposing an Oregon ballot measure that would require vendors to label genetically modified foods.

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group Beats Street 3Q Forecasts

October 23, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press

The Plano, Texas- based company reported profit of $188 million in its third quarter. Dr Pepper Snapple Group said it had profit of 96 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for severance costs and non-recurring costs, were 98 cents per share.  

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Raise Your Glass: Champagne Day to be Celebrated Worldwide

October 22, 2014 3:02 pm | by The Champagne Bureau, USA

The fifth annual Champagne Day occurs on Friday, October 24, where wine lovers around the globe raise a flute to the quintessential wine of celebration, good cheer and toasts everywhere: Champagne.               

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Edward Marc Chocolatier Plans $2.5M Expansion in Pittsburgh

October 22, 2014 2:54 pm | by Pa.gov

Edward Marc Brands has entered into a lease of a 50,000-square-foot space in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The company plans to invest more than $2.5 million at the new site, and has committed to creating at least 51 new jobs over the next three years. 

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Study: Shifting Precipitation Patterns Affect Tea Flavor, Health Compounds

October 22, 2014 1:58 pm | by Montana State University

A team of researchers has found that shifting patterns of precipitation affect key chemicals responsible for the flavor and health properties of tea. Research shows that major antioxidant compounds fell up to 50 percent in an area of southwest China during an extreme monsoon, while other compounds increased.

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Anheuser-Busch Sues Kenutcky Over Beer Distribution

October 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch, one of the largest beer brewers in the country, is suing Kentucky to force the approval of a distributor's license. The company claims the Alcoholic Beverage Control has passed the statutory deadline for either approving or rejecting the application in 60 days. 

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FDA Reminds Egg Product Exporters of New USDA Procedures

October 22, 2014 11:14 am | by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds exporters of food products containing eggs or egg products regulated by FDA that export certificates for these products will be issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) as of November 10, 2014. 

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Heineken Blames Sales Drop on Poor Weather

October 22, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press

Dutch Brewer Heineken NV says poor weather and weak economies in Europe dragged its third quarter earnings lower. Revenues in its largest, most profitable market, Western Europe, fell 4.1 percent.               

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Ban on GMO Plants Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Associated Press

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants, including varieties of corn and other crops that are designed to resist pests or pesticides. Critics say genetically modified crops haven't been proven safe.

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As Food Prices Climb, Social Security Benefits Go Up 1.7 Percent

October 22, 2014 9:57 am | by STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

The cost of meat, fish and eggs is up by nearly 10 percent, but the overall cost of food is up just 3.1 percent. The annual cost-of-living adjustment affects payments to more than 70 million Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees.

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Food Costs Up 3 Percent Over the Past Year

October 22, 2014 9:50 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Food costs rose 0.3 percent in September and are up 3 percent over the past 12 months, exacerbated by drought conditions in parts of the country. Beef and veal prices jumped 2 percent in September and are up 16.7 percent since January.  

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Global Wine is the Subject of Online Course From Calif. Wine School

October 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by San Francisco Wine School

San Francisco Wine School announces the debut of CSW Online, a brand new format for its much-lauded Certified Specialist of Wine credential preparation program.                       

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Organic Trade Group Reaches Out to More Farmers

October 21, 2014 4:03 pm | by Organic Trade Association

The Farmstead Membership is open to organic farmers whose annual income from organic sales is less than $250,000 and who have current membership in one of the farmer-driven organizations with which OTA's Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) has formed a strategic alliance.

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Unemployment Rates Fall in 31 States

October 21, 2014 3:56 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.      

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Trying Out the Kansas City Barbecue Scene

October 21, 2014 3:52 pm | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor

When I mentioned on Facebook that I was heading to Kansas City, one friend sent me to Arthur Bryant's barbecue restaurant, quoting Calvin Trillin's famous line that Bryant's was possibly "the single best restaurant in the world."     

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Misreporting Diet Information Could Impact Nutrition Needs For Hispanics

October 21, 2014 3:34 pm | by University of Hawaii at Manoa

You are what you eat, unless you're not quite sure what you ate. A new paper takes a critical look at how faulty self-reporting of the food we eat can lead to incorrect conclusions about whether we are meeting dietary recommendations for certain essential nutrients. 

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General Mills Complete's Annie's Acquisition

October 21, 2014 3:20 pm | by General Mills, Inc.

General Mills and Annie's, a natural and organic food company, subsequently completed the acquisition by merging a subsidiary of General Mills with and into Annie's, with Annie's surviving the merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of General Mills.

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