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Va. Distilleries Ask Gov. to Nix Booze Price Hike

October 31, 2014 | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | Comments

Earlier this month, McAuliffe directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to increase liquor prices as part of a move to close a $2.4 billion budget gap, garnering concerns from consumers and industry alike.     

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New Evidence of Natural Alternative to Antibiotic Use in Livestock

October 31, 2014 3:37 pm | by Avivagen Inc.

New research provides support for a new type of natural alternative to the use of antibiotics in livestock feeds. The discovery comes at a time when health regulators are looking to avoid usage of antibiotics in livestock due to concerns they pose threats to public health.

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Infographic: American Spending Trends on Halloween

October 31, 2014 2:57 pm | by Shift Communications

Nearly half of all Americans won't be buying Halloween candy this year, and certain areas of the country get much more into the holiday than others. This infographic details how consumers celebrate the holiday.

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ANSI Program Gains Global Recognition for Food Safety Scope

October 31, 2014 12:05 pm | by American National Standards Institute

The GlobalGAP standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical toxicants, and ensuring a responsible approach to animal welfare.

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Could Salt-Tolerant Crops Be the Solution to Sustainable Food Production?

October 31, 2014 10:44 am | by Cell Press

In a recent article published in the Cell Press journal Trends in Plant Sciences, researchers proposed a new concept for breeding salt-tolerant plants as a way to contribute to global efforts for sustainable food production.  

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Trick or Treating With Food Allergies

October 31, 2014 10:29 am | by Vanderbilt University Medical Center

For some children, one of Halloween’s most exciting traditions presents an issue that can strike true terror into the hearts of their parents — food allergies. Of the 8 percent of American children who have a food allergy or intolerance, nearly 40 percent have a history of experiencing severe reactions to their allergy.

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Starbucks to Begin Delivering Coffee Next Year

October 31, 2014 10:24 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

After reporting disappointing quarterly sales Thursday, the Seattle-based company, Starbucks, said it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of the U.S starting next year.               

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Liquor Giants Gear Up For Next Round of Tenn. Whiskey War

October 31, 2014 10:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

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US Consumer Spending Weakest Since January Decline

October 31, 2014 9:49 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain this year.                

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AB InBev Profits Up 5.5 Percent in 3rd Quarter Despite Weak Volumes

October 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press

AB InBev SA, the world's largest beer maker, has reported a 5.5-percent increase in earnings for the third quarter, as higher selling prices more than made up for volume declines in Europe and Asia.             

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General Mills Partners With Latin Pop Group to Connect With Hispanic Consumers

October 30, 2014 2:21 pm | by General Mills Inc.

General Mills announced its exclusive U.S. partnership with Grammy Award-winning group Camila for the company's 2014-2015 Musica y Sabor campaign focused on connecting with Hispanic consumers through one of their biggest passion points: music. 

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Organic Frozen Food Maker to Open Idaho Facility

October 30, 2014 2:12 pm | by Associated Press

The company is buying the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant that closed in June, eliminating 400 jobs. The organic frozen food company plans to hire 200 workers in December and could hire up to 1,000 workers within a few years.       

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Consumer Trends: Online Grocery Sales Will Near $100B by 2019

October 30, 2014 1:28 pm | by Packaged Facts

The online grocery business has become crowded with participants — some well-established, and many of which entered this business only in the past two years. To date, fewer than a dozen online grocery services have emerged from the fray.   

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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 30, 2014 1:23 pm | by Joyce Rosenberg, The Associated Press

Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy.              

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Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Are Set to Rise

October 30, 2014 1:08 pm | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Business Writer

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

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Simple Paper Keeps Produce Fresh Up to 2-4 Times Longer

October 30, 2014 10:55 am | by The Lempert Report

Fenugreen, a simple piece of paper infused with a mixture of organic spices and botanicals that inhibit bacterial and fungal growth and extend the life of quickly perishable produce, is featured in the week's segment of The Lempert Report Innovation Series.

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Organizations Team Up to Provide Effective Recall Management Course

October 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Inmar

Inmar announced that its product recall management experts will team up with GS1 US and the Grocery Manufacturers Association to facilitate “Efficient and Effective Product Recall Management,” a course for manufacturers and their retail trading partners.

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10 Food Trends Worth Watching

October 30, 2014 10:15 am | by Innova Market Insights

The Top 10 Trends likely to impact the food industry in 2015 and beyond have been identified by Innova Market Insights from its ongoing analysis of key global developments in food and drink launch activity worldwide.         

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Alabama Chicken Producer Slammed With Labor Violations

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by OSHA

OSHA issued 11 citations to the poultry processing plant, including nine serious, one repeat and one other-than serious violation. The investigation was initiated after the agency received a complaint from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Proposed penalties total $102,600.

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Dutch Company Announces New Food Packaging Plant in Georgia

October 30, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press

A Netherlands-based company has announced plans to build a new plant in Augusta. Royal DSM plans to build a new polymer plant with focus on making materials that are used in food packaging. The facility is expected to be complete by mid-2016. 

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Nearly One-Third of US Shrimp May be Mislabeled, Study Says

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press

Oceana did a DNA-based survey of shrimp sold at outlets in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and various spots around the Gulf of Mexico. The group found about 30 percent of 143 shrimp products bought from 111 vendors were not what the label said.

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