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Tyson Foods Set to Sell Poultry Operations in Mexico, Brazil

July 28, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

The sale to JBS SA, the parent of JBS USA Holdings Inc., which owns Pilgrim's Pride, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. News of the $575 million sale comes after Tyson's announcement earlier this month of a $7.75 billion deal to buy Hillshire Brands Co.

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Photos: The Always-in-Season Superfruit

July 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Cherry Marketing Institute

Tart cherries were a stand-out star at the recent Fancy Food Show. The nutrient profile is not the only reason these ruby-red fruits are hotter than ever. Trend experts say tart flavors are on the rise due to consumers' changing palate for less sweet tastes.

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They'll Drink to That: New Hampshire's Liquor Sales Soar to Record $626M

July 29, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press

The record sales for fiscal year 2014 were $23 million higher than the previous fiscal year — an increase of nearly four percent. Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica attributes the record sales to innovative marketing and the strategic location of the state's 77 liquor stores.

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Kraft Searches for Food Hacker to Meet Growing Trends

July 29, 2014 9:08 am | by Kraft Canada

Kraft Foods Canada is getting trendy in its efforts to help on-the-go millenials cook tasty, easy meals. The company has launched a national search for a food hacker. Food hacking is a growing trend aimed at helping busy consumers create meals with unexpected twists.

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Kellogg Co. Closes the Door on Georgia Plant

July 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

A Kellogg Co. spokesman said the move, which is expected to eliminate 325 jobs, is part of the company's four-year efficiency and effectiveness program and will help the company cut costs. The western Georgia plant is scheduled to be closed by the end of next year.

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Red Lobster Stacks Food Higher as it Struggles to Survive

July 29, 2014 8:53 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Red Lobster's recent changes are an attempt by the seafood chain to reverse a year-long decrease in sales. Sit-down chains have been struggling since the economic downturn as people cut back on spending. The company is going vertical on the plate to push quality.

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Coca-Cola Among Companies Looking to Make Gains in Overseas Markets

July 29, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer

Major companies such as Coca-Cola are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India. Coca-Cola is looking abroad for growth largely because it's becoming tougher for beverage makers to increase revenue in a U.S. market already awash in soda and other refreshments.

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First Food Safety Course for Makers of Pot Edibles

July 28, 2014 3:00 pm | by The National Cannabis Industry Association

Makers of marijuana edibles can now take a course specifically designed for learning about food safety in the cannabis industry. With the interest in edibles and infused products growing, the NCIA ServSafe course will teach professionals the importance of cleanliness.

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Lake Huron Reels in Trout, Walleye as Fish Population Grows

July 28, 2014 2:30 pm | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

Lake Huron is fertile fishing territory for the first time since the chinook salmon numbers nosedived in the early 2000s. Native fish species, such as walleye and lake trout, that had been kept down by the alewife-salmon dominance are bouncing back.

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European Expansion on Tap for Japanese Bonito Flake Makers

July 28, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kyodo News International

A group of dried bonito flake makers, along with one distributor, aim to spread the key ingredient for soup stock and dishes in Japanese cuisine in European countries. Construction is set to be completed for the 2015 world exposition in Milan next May.

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Why American Manufacturing is Vital to Future Prosperity

July 28, 2014 11:00 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings

The manufacturing sector is growing faster than the rest of the economy. Over the past decade, manufacturing lost nearly a third of its workforce due to a lack of demand for American goods. However, since 2010 it has grown steadily in terms of the number of workers.

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Photo: Craft Beers Tap Into Trends by Region

July 28, 2014 9:26 am | by Mintel

New research from Mintel says over half of craft beer drinkers like to share their knowledge of beer with others, which has helped thrust many small brewers into the limelight, as word of mouth is often their strongest ally. So, what is each region saying about the trend?

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US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

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Friend or Fad? Backlash Has Begun Against Gluten-Free Dieters

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by ELLEN McCARTHY, The Washington Post

The gluten-free backlash reached an apex last month, when comedian Jimmy Kimmel remarked on his late-night show that in Los Angeles, gluten was "comparable to Satanism," and sent a film crew to ask gluten-free dieters whether they knew what gluten was. (Most didn't.)

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Son of Victim to Attend Deadly Salmonella-Tainted PB Trial

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The upcoming trial of the Peanut Corporation of America's salmonella outbreak of 2008 has a Minnesota son, who lost his mother after she ate tainted peanut butter, hoping to send a message to food manufacturers on peddling contaminated food.

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Iowa Town to Lose 450 Jobs From Tyson Foods Closure

July 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa

Approximately 450 employees of the Cherokee, Iowa Tyson Foods will lose their jobs with the upcoming closure of the plant. The company, which is the second-largest employer of the city, is also closing plants in Buffalo, New York and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

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Coors President, CEO to Retire

July 25, 2014 3:06 pm | by Associated Press

Molson Coors Brewing Company said its President and CEO Peter Swinburn, 61, is retiring at the end of the year. The brewing company, which is based in Denver and Montreal, is known for its Coors Light, Molson Canadian and Blue Moon brands.

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Consumers Say Beer Brands Reflect Sense of Individual Style

July 25, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mintel

When it comes to craft beer, consumers like bold flavors. But they also place importance on what the beer may say about them. Research by Mintel shows 70 percent of drinkers think the brand of beer reflects their lifestyles and 66 percent say the style of the beer does the same.

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Alaska Gov. Asks Feds to Buy 1M Cases of Canned Salmon

July 25, 2014 2:45 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants the USDA to purchase $37M worth of canned pink salmon under a law that allows for buying surplus food from farmers and donating it to food banks. Parnell's request is to reduce inventories to help slow the price decline.

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Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

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Court Tosses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

A federal appeals court threw out claims against Chiquita Brands made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war. The lawsuits accused Chiquita of assisting in the killings by paying $1.7 million to a violent right-wing paramilitary group.

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