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Survey: Manufacturers Struggle to Bridge Skills Gap

January 10, 2014 9:59 am

A new skills gap survey hones in on how manufacturers and distributors are hiring, training and retaining employees to prepare for success in 2014. According to the survey, 77 percent of those surveyed struggle to find and develop the needed skills to respond to challenging business demands.

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GMO Labeling to Become Law in Maine

January 10, 2014 9:53 am

A bill that requires labeling for genetically modified food is going to become law in Maine. The bill, approved by the Legislature in the last session and signed by Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday, will only go into effect if other Northeastern states approve similar measures.

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Cargill 2Q Profit Rises 36 Percent

January 10, 2014 9:51 am

Agribusiness conglomerate Cargill said its net income rose 36 percent in the fiscal second quarter on better results from its food ingredients and animal-feed businesses. Cargill's business ranges from processing food ingredients to shipping grain overseas.

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Diamond Foods to Pay $5M for Accounting Scheme

January 10, 2014 9:49 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writer

Diamond Foods Inc. will pay $5 million to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission for its role in an accounting scheme. The SEC said it charged the snack maker and two of its former executives for their roles in falsifying walnut costs in order to boost earnings.

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Photo of the Day: Wild Rice Sulfate Studies Released in Minn.

January 10, 2014 9:45 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency plans to make preliminary recommendations by the end of February on whether a state standard meant to protect wild rice from sulfate discharges should be changed based on data just released from a major study.

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Weekly Unemployment Aid Claims Drop to 330K

January 9, 2014 12:25 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 330,000, signaling fewer layoffs and steady job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average dropped 9,750 to 349,000.

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Heinz Ketchup to Return to Super Bowl Airwaves

January 9, 2014 12:22 pm

During Super Bowl XLVIII, Heinz Ketchup will air a 30-second television commercial, marking its first appearance in the big game in 16 years, and only the second appearance in the brand’s history. The ad is part of a campaign encouraging ketchup fans to share how they enjoy Heinz products.

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Q&A: Soda Maker Zevia Provides Diet Alternative

January 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Zevia, a small Los Angeles-based company, makes zero-calorie sodas sweetened primarily with stevia, which is derived from a South American plant. Zevia says it's now distributed in 42 percent of conventional supermarkets, as well as specialty chains. Here's what Zevia CEO Paddy Spence had to say about the soda industry.

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Whiskey Maker Opening Tenn. Facility

January 9, 2014 12:15 pm

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and company officials have announced that whiskey maker Popcorn Sutton is completing construction on a new craft distillery that is located in Cocke County.

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Danish Cinnamon Rolls Violate EU Spice Rules

January 9, 2014 12:13 pm | by JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration recently discovered that Danish cinnamon rolls and twists contained more coumarin — a chemical compound in the most common variety of cinnamon — than EU rules allow. Excessive intake of coumarin can cause liver damage.

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Consumer Trends: Top Diet Fads for 2014

January 9, 2014 12:00 pm

Whether right on or nutritionally wrong, dietitians identified 14 diet, nutrition and food trends that will make headlines, influence food-purchasing decisions and shape Americans' waistlines in 2014. For better or for worse, here's what to watch out for.

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Project to Turn Hog Waste into Energy

January 9, 2014 10:08 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press

Developers of a renewable biogas project in remote north-central Missouri are hoping to turn hog manure into energy. Developers of the project will harvest biogas from Murphy-Brown finishing farms, using technology developed and installed by Roeslein Alternative Energy.

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Overfishing Can Have Snowball Effect on Ecosystems

January 9, 2014 10:05 am

A major review of fisheries research examines the domino effect that occurs when too many fish are harvested from one habitat. The scientists are hoping that their research will accelerate changes in how fisheries managers integrate system issues into their efforts.

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Food Companies Cut 6.4 Trillion Calories

January 9, 2014 10:02 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A study found that between 2007 and 2012, some of the nation's largest companies reduced their products' calories by the equivalent of around 78 calories per person per day. The total is more than four times the amount those companies had pledged to cut by next year.

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Roaches Found at Foster Farms Chicken Plant

January 9, 2014 9:56 am

Work at a California chicken plant has been halted after federal inspectors found cockroaches. The Foster Farms facility in Livingston carried out "enhanced sanitizing" Wednesday after receiving a letter from the Food Safety and Inspection Service detailing the cockroach problem.

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Photo of the Day: Deep Freeze May Benefit Agriculture

January 9, 2014 9:53 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

It may be hard to think of this week's deep freeze as anything but miserable, but there are silver linings. Although cold weather is generally no friend to crops, some of southern Florida's citrus fruits can use a perfectly timed cool-down, which they were getting as midweek temperatures hovered around freezing.

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Kellogg Committed to Empowering Women, Smallholder Farmers

January 8, 2014 12:40 pm

"Kellogg is a committed to doing what's right for our environment and society," said Diane Holdorf, Kellogg Company Chief Sustainability Officer. "Empowering women and smallholder farmers is critical to our efforts to make a lasting impact on our supply chain and the sustainability of the communities in which we live and work." 

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Constellation Brands 3Q Results Top Expectations

January 8, 2014 12:37 pm

Constellation Brands' third-quarter net income surged 93 percent, continuing to benefit from the strength of Crown Imports. The company's adjusted earnings and revenue topped analysts' estimates, and it again boosted its full-year adjusted earnings forecast.

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Diageo Forms Joint Venture with Rap Star

January 8, 2014 12:35 pm

Premium drinks company Diageo has formed a new joint venture with Sean "Diddy" Combs, and has bought the tequila brand DeLeon. The partnership between Diageo and Combs Wine & Spirits allows the brand to take advantage of Diageo's distribution network, together with Combs' star power in marketing luxury brands.

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China Bans West Coast Shellfish Imports; Tests Say Clams Are Safe

January 8, 2014 12:32 pm | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

Washington state health officials Tuesday said their arsenic testing has confirmed that geoduck clams harvested from a bay in Puget Sound are safe to eat, following toxicity concerns that prompted China to ban imports of West Coast shellfish.

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