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Chocolate-Covered Bugs on the Menu at Insect Museum

October 13, 2014 9:00 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press

What looked like a Halloween trick was actually an array of treats being served up Saturday at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans. The menu included crickets and wax worms on toothpick skewers and fudge infused with crickets.


Mini-Cupcake Maker Doubles Sales by Creating Special Containers

October 13, 2014 7:45 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer

The owner of Baked by Melissa, a miniature-cupcake company, wanted to quickly expand her business by shipping nationwide. But the cupcakes, which are slightly larger than the diameter of a quarter, didn't travel well. Success came with what's called a clamshell package.


Research: Coffee Consumers Earn More Than Tea Drinkers

October 10, 2014 2:33 pm | by Nestle Professional

According to recent research, coffee drinkers tend to be in a 'middle management' position and are setting their sights high in their careers, while tea drinkers believe they are the life and soul of the party outside of work.    


Energy Drink Sales Skyrocket Despite Health Concerns

October 10, 2014 12:47 pm | by Canadean

A new survey finds that over half of energy drink consumers in the UK believe that the drinks are bad for their health. To secure the success of this fast-growing market, producers need to come up with healthier recipes and ingredients.   


Chobani Launches New Products to #StopSadBreakfast

October 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chobani

Chobani, America's Greek Yogurt brand, is putting a stake — or rather a spoon — in the ground with the launch of a national mission to #StopSadBreakfast, starting with the introduction of its protein-packed new product, Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats.


Scotch Whiskey Sales Dip in 2013

October 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Just-Drinks

Sales in major European markets, notably France, the UK and Spain, continued to decline, the whisky market research report states, with Spain shedding some 57 percent in volume terms from 2004 to 2013.      


Molson Coors and Miller Brewing End Canada Partnership

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Molson Coors and Miller Brewing announced that they have settled amicably their litigation in Toronto arising from the Licence Agreement for the Miller trademark brands in Canada. Miller will regain the rights to distribute the beers on April 1. 


Unmasking the Supply Chain: Transparency and Traceability

October 10, 2014 10:56 am | by New Hope

Nearly nine in 10 consumers globally, or 86 percent, pointed to "ingredient transparency" as one of their top purchase drivers for food products. Some of the top factors driving consumers to demand transparency include allergen cross-contamination and GMOs.


Your Beer Attracts Fruit Flies on Purpose

October 10, 2014 10:20 am | by Cell Press

The familiar smell of beer is due in part to aroma compounds produced by common brewer's yeast. Now, researchers have discovered why the yeast make that smell: the scent attracts fruit flies, which repay the yeast by dispersing their cells in the environment.


Food Addiction: Possible Trigger of Obesity Epidemic

October 10, 2014 9:26 am | by American College of Nutrition (ACN)

With diabetes and obesity reaching epidemic levels, the scientific community is exploring the many factors that may be contributing to this global problem. One aspect that is gaining interest within the research community is food addiction.     


One of Top Ten Craft Brewers to Build Facility in Virginia

October 10, 2014 9:12 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Stone Brewing Co., named one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations. The company plans to build a $74 million facility in Richmond, creating nearly 290 jobs over five years.      


More Than 200 Craft Brewers Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint

October 9, 2014 3:17 pm | by MicroStar Logistics

A new study finds more than 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013. The results will be used as a benchmark to help the industry further minimize its carbon footprint.  


Mexico's Tax on Junk Food Hits Pepsi, Coke

October 9, 2014 2:46 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Recent declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley. It's not yet clear whether the taxes' impact on consumption will last.


Flavors Fuel Food Industry, Remain a Mystery to Consumers

October 9, 2014 2:37 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Five consumer and environmental groups sent a letter to the FDA expressing their concern about the flavor industry, which determines the safety of its own ingredients. The letter noted that safety is sometimes declared based on scientific data that isn't publicly available.


Kerry: Time is Running Out to Address Climate Change

October 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry said climate change is already changing the world in real and significant ways, like serious food shortages. He said the world needs to confront the threat of climate change now while there is still time.    


Burger King Manager Attacks Customer With Switchblade

October 9, 2014 12:35 pm | by Associated Press

A New Mexico man is suing Burger King after he says a manager attacked him for complaining about cold onion rings. The lawsuit claims that when the Robert Deyapp asked for a refund, he was attacked with a stun gun and switchblade.     


Study: Yogurt Can Protect Against Metal Poisoning

October 9, 2014 8:47 am | by American Society for Microbiology

Yogurt containing probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against heavy metal exposure in a recent study. Researchers distributed a special yogurt containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria and observed the outcomes.


Price Gap Between More and Less Healthy Foods Grows

October 9, 2014 8:42 am | by University of Cambridge

A recent study tracked the price of 94 key food and beverage items from 2002 to 2012. Its findings show that more healthy foods were consistently more expensive than less healthy foods, and have risen more sharply in price over time.    


New at the Pot Shop: Milder Edibles For Inexperienced Customers

October 9, 2014 8:38 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

New on the shelves in Colorado's recreational pot shops is the "Rookie Cookie," a marijuana-infused confection that contains 10 milligrams of marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. That's a low enough dose that most adults wouldn't be too impaired to drive a car.


Pepsi Sales Expected to Rise in Q3

October 9, 2014 8:29 am | by Associated Press

The world's largest snack maker posted earnings of $2.01 billion for the period ended Sept. 6. That compares with $1.91 billion a year earlier. The company has been able to strengthen its pricing to boost gross margins, even with economic growth stagnating overseas.



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