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Consumer Trends: Organic Food & Drink Market Trends

November 6, 2013 11:00 am

The global market for organic foods and beverages has witnessed growth in recent times due to increasing consumer health awareness. In addition, widening distribution channels and increased government regulation and intervention are contributing to market growth.

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EU Execs Back Plans for Modified Maize

November 6, 2013 9:54 am

The European Union's executive Commission is backing plans to cultivate a genetically modified maize despite the objections of environmental groups. Wednesday's approval now sends the plans to approve Maize 1507 to the EU's 28 member nations for consideration.

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Anti-Whaling Activist to Testify in U.S. Court

November 6, 2013 9:49 am | by GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press

A fugitive anti-whaling activist known for confronting Japanese whaling vessels off Antarctica is due to testify about his actions in a U.S. court Wednesday. Paul Watson is expected to take the witness stand in a contempt of court hearing in Seattle.

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Asian Carp DNA Found in Lake Michigan

November 6, 2013 9:40 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

A water sample from Lake Michigan's Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin has tested positive for DNA from invasive Asian carp, although it's unknown whether the genetic material came from a live fish. It's the second positive DNA hit for the feared carp detected in Lake Michigan in recent years.

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Calif. Men Admit to Attempted Theft from Tyson Plant

November 6, 2013 9:37 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Two California men admitted to taking part in an attempted theft of packaged beef valued at $87,500 from the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Holcomb, Kan., in which prosecutors say the would-be thieves posed as a legitimate trucking firm to try to steal beef.

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Washington GMO Initiative Fails

November 6, 2013 9:33 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

A Washington state ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods is failing in early returns. The campaign over Initiative 522 has been one of the costliest initiative fights in state history, drawing millions of dollars from out of state.

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Photo of the Day: Big Mac Look-Alike

November 6, 2013 9:30 am

The Big King sandwich is the latest move by Burger King that seems to pay more than a little homage to the Golden Arches. Last spring, Burger King also unveiled a revamped menu that looked a lot like the food McDonald's had added in recent years.

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USDA Announces Final BSE Rule

November 5, 2013 12:41 pm

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) commends the announcement by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), that it has completed its efforts to modernize import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).

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Economic Crisis Hits Trust in Governments

November 5, 2013 12:38 pm | by RAF CASERT, Associated Press

In a report, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said the percentage of people that trust national government declined in the U.S. from 50 percent in 2009 to 35 percent last year. The decline took place even before the partial shutdown of the U.S. government.

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Teetotalling Utah City Weighs Ballot Measure to Allow Beer Sales

November 5, 2013 12:31 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

Residents in a small northern Utah community may soon be able to buy beer within city limits, if residents vote to lift a long-standing ban on the sale of alcohol in a Tuesday election. The proposal has divided the conservative, mostly Mormon town.

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Mondelez to Report 3Q Earnings

November 5, 2013 12:31 pm

Mondelez reports its third-quarter results after the market closes Wednesday as the snack food company faces pressure to improve its performance. The company split with Kraft Foods Group Inc. last year and has stumbled in its first few quarters as an independent company.

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Burger King's Reintroduced Big King Sandwich Seems Oddly Familiar

November 5, 2013 12:25 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The Miami-based chain Burger King says it's bringing back its "Big King" sandwich, which looks a lot like the popular Big Mac made by its bigger rival McDonald's. Burger King says the sandwich is an addition to the permanent menu rolling out this week.

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Daily Sound Bite: GMO Food Labeling Measure Divides Washington Voters

November 5, 2013 12:20 pm

Washington state is voting on a ballot measure Tuesday that would require food manufacturers to label food that contain genetically modified organisms. Contentious public relations campaigns have been waged by those on both sides of the issue.

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Consumer Trends: Probiotics Market Benefits from Functional-Foods Fad

November 5, 2013 11:00 am

According to a new report, the probiotics market has been one of the prime beneficiaries of the recent fad over functional foods. Rising levels of health consciousness and ageing baby boomer population are few of the drivers helping the growth of the market.

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NPPC: New Undercover Video Attacks Hog Producers

November 5, 2013 9:49 am

According to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), an undercover video from a Minnesota farm released by Mercy for Animals, a front group for the Humane Society of the United States, is the latest attack against America’s hog farmers.

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Garden-Fresh Foods Expands Recall

November 5, 2013 9:45 am

Garden-Fresh Foods is initiating an expansion to its voluntary recall on various ready-to-eat salads, slaw and dip products sold under a variety of brands and code dates. The company says these products may be contaminated with listeria.

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PROCESS EXPO and Dairy Show Announce 2015 Show Dates

November 5, 2013 9:41 am

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) have announced that the next PROCESS EXPO and International Dairy Show will take place September 15-18, 2015 in Chicago's McCormick Place.

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Washington Voting on Whether to Label GMO Foods

November 5, 2013 9:35 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

Washington's voters are deciding whether to label food that contains genetically modified ingredients. Initiative 522 supporters say consumers have the right to know what's in the food they buy, while opponents say the measure would lead to higher food costs.

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Appeals Court Halts Horse Slaughterhouses

November 5, 2013 9:33 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Monday temporarily halted plans by companies in two U.S. states to begin slaughtering horses, continuing on-again, off-again efforts to resume domestic equine slaughter two years after Congress lifted a ban on the practice.

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Photo of the Day: A Role in Recycling

November 5, 2013 9:30 am

A survey offers new findings that reveal that consumers overwhelmingly believe product companies and their brands play a crucial role in recycling. In the survey, 86 percent said they expect food and beverage brands to actively help increase the recycling of their packages.

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