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Craft Beer Boom Means Expansion For Norland International

May 11, 2015 8:20 am | by The Associated Press

A Lincoln-based bottled water equipment maker's entry into the craft beer business two years ago has paid off and company officials said Saturday they're planning a $2 million expansion tied to the rapidly growing craft beer industry in the U.S. and abroad.

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Oregon Wine Industry Wants in on Obama's Trade Agreement

May 11, 2015 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Oregon's wine industry has come into its own in recent years, spurring the growth of wineries and newly planted acres of vineyards. Now the wine industry wants in the trans-Pacific trade agreement that President Barack Obama came to Oregon to promote.

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Update: FDA Unaware of Listeria in Blue Bell Plant Before Outbreak

May 8, 2015 5:05 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Results of a Food and Drug Administration investigation released this week showed the company had found 17 positive samples of listeria on surfaces and floors in its Oklahoma plant dating back to 2013. The FDA said Friday that it "was not aware of these findings" before doing its own inspection this year in response to the outbreak.

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Grocers Appeal Vermont GMO Law Ruling

May 8, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Grocery Manufacturers Association will appeal a federal court ruling allowing a Vermont food labeling law to proceed.

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NAMI Highlights Importance of Nutrient Dense Foods Such as Meat and Poultry as Foundation for a Healthy Diet

May 8, 2015 1:47 pm | by North American Meat Institute

Nutrition guidance recommending nutrient dense foods such as meat and poultry products, including red and processed meats, should be the foundation of government nutrition policy, the North American Meat Institute said Friday in comments submitted to the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services regarding the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 8, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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Mars Inc. Backs Sugar Labeling Requirement

May 8, 2015 12:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Mars Inc., the maker of M&Ms and Snickers, announced its support for a federal government proposal that would require food companies to disclose added sugar among their nutritional information.  

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Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Takeover Bid

May 8, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Syngenta AG announced on Friday that it declined a $45 billion takeover offer from American rival Monsanto that "fundamentally undervalues" the Swiss agribusiness giant.

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McDonald's Key Sales Figure Dips in April

May 8, 2015 10:55 am | by The Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain, which is in the midst of a turnaround plan, said Friday that global sales at established locations open at least 13 months fell 0.6 percent in April.

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SnackWell's Cuts Artificial Flavors From Ingredients

May 8, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press

Snack maker SnackWell's has become the latest food company to tweak its ingredient list to appeal to customers seeking healthier options.

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Food Industry Achieved Only Baby Steps to Improve Nutritional Quality of Foods Advertised to Kids

May 8, 2015 10:00 am | by ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES

Children are exposed to a considerable amount of televised food advertising. Concerns about the role of televised food advertising as a contributor to childhood obesity led to the food industry adopting of a program of self-regulation.

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FDA: Listeria Contamination in Blue Bell Plants Goes Back 2 Years

May 8, 2015 8:10 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Blue Bell knew there was listeria in one of the company's plants as far back as March 2013, according to an investigation. But the company didn't issue any recalls or shut down its production until after the products were linked to listeria illnesses this year.

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Police Investigate How Cocaine Pack Ended Up in a Granola Bar

May 7, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press

San Antonio police are investigating how a packet of cocaine ended up inside a wrapped Nature Valley granola bar.

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Purina: Blue Buffalo Admits By-Products a 'Substantial' Portion of Their Pet Foods

May 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Nestle Purina PetCare

On May 6, 2014, Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising after testing revealed the presence of poultry by-product meal in some of Blue Buffalo's top selling pet foods. Blue Buffalo's CEO responded by immediately claiming the testing was "Voodoo Science."

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Molson Coors Says Beer Sales Sank in 1Q

May 7, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

Beer maker Molson Coors said Thursday that beer sales and revenue fell in the first quarter, saying sales are under pressure in its bigger markets and foreign currency exchange rates are affecting sales outside the U.S.

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FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to 5-Year Low

May 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Worldwide cereal production will likely decline by 1.5 percent from last year's record-breaking output, mainly due to reduced acreage planted with maize, but the impact will be cushioned by "exceptionally high" levels of existing stocks.

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Decomposing Turkeys and Chickens Lead to Odors, Flies

May 7, 2015 11:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Millions of dead chickens and turkeys lie in stinking, fly-swarmed piles near dozens of Iowa farms, casualties of a bird flu virus that's swept through the state's large poultry operations in the last month.

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Do Consumers Really Care About 'Natural' Colors in Food? This Infographic Says So

May 7, 2015 11:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Recently, three major food companies; Kraft, Nestle and Hershey, have announced their plans to go "all natural" by removing artificial colorings from their food offerings. But how important really is it to consumers that food is made from natural colors?

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Whole Foods Plans New Chain to Court Millennials

May 7, 2015 10:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods is planning to open a new chain of stores that courts millennials with lower prices as it faces intensifying competition as a purveyor of organic and natural products. Stores are expected to start opening next year, followed by a fairly rapid expansion.

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Federal Charge Filed Against Former MillerCoors Official

May 7, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

A former vice president at MillerCoors and seven other defendants are facing federal charges, accused of defrauding the company of at least $7 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago announced Wednesday.

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