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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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Infographic: Restaurant Industry's Equation For Career Success

October 24, 2014 10:00 am | by National Restaurant Association

This infographic shows that multiple career pathways, competitive salaries and consistent pay raises pave the way for career advancement within the restaurant industry. More than 91 percent of restaurant employees said they have advanced to a higher-paying job in the industry.

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Mars Recognized as One of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces

October 24, 2014 9:48 am | by Mars, Incorporated

Mars, known for its M&M's, Snickers and Twix brands, was recognized as one of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work. Employees benefit from free candy, Mars drinks and opportunity to bring their pet to work. 

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FDA Develops Online Module to Help Ensure Proper Seafood Labeling

October 24, 2014 9:29 am | by FDA

Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.  

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Colorado GMO Labeling: Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat Measure

October 24, 2014 9:17 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Colorado and Oregon are battlegrounds in a national war over genetically modified organisms, or organisms that have been altered at the molecular or cellular level. So-called GMOs now make up almost the entirety of many staple crops, such as corn and soybeans, which are used in many items on grocery-store shelves.

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Brazilian Companies Raise Chiquita Offer

October 23, 2014 2:32 pm | by Associated Press

Brazilian companies Cutrale and Safra said they are again raising their bid for banana producer Chiquita, to $681 million — a day before Chiquita shareholders are expected to vote on a combination with Irish fruit importer Fyffes.     

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Infographic: What Drives Late-Night Restaurant Visits

October 23, 2014 2:07 pm | by Technomic

Consumers consider dinner their main meal of the day, and rarely skip it. While most dinners are prepared at home, 53 percent of consumers use foodservice for these occasions at least once a week. What sends them away from home?     

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Self-Service Technology is Changing the Landscape of Society

October 23, 2014 1:49 pm | by AVT, Inc.

Many industries are beginning to embrace self-service technology. The world's largest fast-food chain, McDonald's, has even installed the self-service kiosks with touch-screen terminals in Europe to allow customers to order and pay electronically.

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Research: No-Till Farming May Not Bring Boost in Global Crop Yields

October 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by University of California - Davis

No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis.   

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Turning Whiskey Waste into Fuel?

October 23, 2014 12:45 pm | by American Chemical Society

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whiskey-making into fuel.                   

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Kentucky Officials Start Food-Focused Website to Promote Culinary Tourism

October 23, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Kentucky tourism officials have launched a food-focused website to promote culinary tourism in the state. The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism says the website will serve as the initial source for information on culinary destinations across the state.

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France Reclaims Title as World's Largest Wine Maker

October 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

France has reclaimed its crown as world's biggest wine producer after a poor 2014 harvest saw Italy's wine production plunge 15 percent. Total world wine production is set to fall 6 percent this year to 271 million hectoliters.     

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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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Bailey Farms Recalls 6K Pounds of Chile Peppers

October 22, 2014 3:26 pm | by FDA

Bailey Farms, Inc. of Oxford, NC is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of Fresh Serrano Chile Peppers, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.   

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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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