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Snack, Soda Makers Teach Dietitians About Healthy Eating

February 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Snack and soda makers that often are blamed for fueling the nation's obesity rates also play a role in educating the dietitians who advise Americans on healthy eating. Companies such as Frito-Lay, Kellogg and Coca-Cola are essentially teaching the teachers.

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Consumer Trends: Fast Food Industry Boosts Cheese Market

February 26, 2014 12:00 pm

The global cheese market witnessed growth in recent years due to growing fast food industry. In addition, the high nutritional value is another factor contributing towards market growth. Perishable nature of cheese and stringent government regulations are the major growth barriers to the market.

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Study Shows National Drop in Obese Toddlers

February 26, 2014 10:15 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say. The only decline was seen in preschoolers, not in older children.

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NASA Satellites to Study California Drought

February 26, 2014 10:10 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

The California Department of Water Resources has partnered with NASA to use the space agency's satellite data and other airborne technology to better measure the snowpack, groundwater levels and predict storms, in hopes of better managing the state's drought.

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Indiana Fish Farm Expansion Faces Opposition

February 26, 2014 10:05 am

An eastern Indiana fish farm that produces nearly 3 million pounds of fish a year is facing opposition to its proposed $30 million expansion that would include adding a feed mill. Some neighbors are against the project, saying the odor from the farm's manure lagoon is disruptive.

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Fed Launch Criminal Probe of Calif. Slaughterhouse

February 26, 2014 10:01 am

A congressman says federal officials have launched a criminal probe of a Northern California slaughterhouse that recently recalled more than 8.7 million pounds of beef. U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman said he was told by investigators that the suspected misconduct was grave.

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Photos of the Day: Tastykake Turns 100

February 26, 2014 9:57 am

The beloved bakery Tastykake marked its 100th anniversary on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Tastykake made 100 cakes on its first day of business in 1914. Today, the company produces nearly 5 million cakes, doughnuts, cookies and pies every day.

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Tastycakes Celebrates a Century

February 26, 2014 9:51 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

The beloved Philadelphia bakery Tastykake celebrated a century in business on Tuesday by introducing a new product, giving out free treats and serving up — what else? — birthday kake created from some of of the company's most famous products.

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Irish Whiskey Suit Against Beam to Proceed

February 25, 2014 1:16 pm

In March of 2013, Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc. filed a lawsuit against Beam, Inc., alleging that Beam improperly sought to destroy SFIC's Michael Collins Irish Whiskey brand and seeking $100 million in damages. A New York federal judge is allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Confidence Levels Near Two-Year High

February 25, 2014 1:11 pm

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation has released the February 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 63.3, the second highest index in two years.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Have Love Affair with Pizza

February 25, 2014 12:00 pm

A new study released by the USDA's Food Surveys Research Group found that the total amount of pizza consumed by U.S. children and adults between 2007 and 2010. Some 13 percent of Americans over the age of two eat pizza on any given day.

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Equipment from Closed Campbell Plant Will Be Auctioned

February 25, 2014 11:46 am

Soup makers looking for giant stainless steel kettles or canning equipment may be in luck. The new owners of a shuttered Campbell Soup Co. factory in Sacramento will begin auctioning off equipment from the facility on Tuesday, in hopes of clearing space and raising cash.

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Awrey’s Bakery Is Back from the Brink

February 25, 2014 11:33 am | by JC REINDL, Detroit Free Press

It was a year ago that Awrey's Bakery — one of the few remaining iconic Detroit-area brands — avoided permanent closure in a down-to-the-wire purchase deal. The new buyers bought the bakery just hours before its equipment was to be sold at a liquidation auction.

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USDA to Spend $3M to Feed Honeybees

February 25, 2014 11:29 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

The USDA announced it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees. Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year.

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Kellogg Approves $1.5B Buyback

February 25, 2014 9:50 am

Kellogg Co. said Monday that its board of directors approved a plan to buy back up to $1.5 billion of its own stock. It also declared a quarterly dividend of 46 cents per share. The cereal maker said the new buyback replaces its previous share repurchase plan.

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Ben & Jerry’s Rolls Out New Flavors

February 25, 2014 9:47 am

Ben & Jerry’s has announced its new line with four new flavors, and the company believes it will resonate with its “core” consumers. The concept includes a core center down the middle of each flavor, which compliments the two super-premium ice creams packed into every pint.

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Vermont Adds More Than 2K Food Jobs

February 25, 2014 9:41 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Recent statistics show that Vermont's food entrepreneurs have added at least 2,162 new jobs and 199 new businesses since 2009, according to the 2013 annual report of Farm to Plate, an initiative to boost the food and farm economy in the state.

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New Rules Would Limit Marketing Unhealthy Food in Schools

February 25, 2014 9:36 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New rules that will be proposed by the White House and the Agriculture Department would limit marketing of unhealthy foods in schools. They would phase out the advertising of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day.

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Photo of the Day: Taco Bell Takes on McDonald's with Breakfast

February 25, 2014 9:31 am

Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. And the chain says breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. — a half-hour later than McDonald's.

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Taco Bell Bets on Waffle Taco, Other Breakfast Items

February 25, 2014 9:28 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Taco Bell is readying for the launch of its national breakfast menu on March 27, with items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap designed to appeal to its fan base of younger men. And the chain says breakfast will be available until 11 a.m. — a half-hour later than McDonald's.

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