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Board Considers Artificial Ingredient Use in Organic Foods

April 29, 2014 12:41 pm

The National Organic Standards Board is meeting this week in San Antonio to deliberate material exemptions for use in organic agriculture and food processing. Exemptions up for discussion include the antibiotic streptomycin, as well as synthetic materials and artificial ingredients.

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Ky. Company Recalls BBQ Pork Products

April 29, 2014 12:35 pm

Knockum Hill Bar-B-Que is recalling approximately 350 pounds of hickory smoked, pit-cooked barbecue pork product due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

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Hain Celestial Acquires Rudi’s Organic Bakery

April 29, 2014 12:31 pm

Organic and natural food company The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. announced the acquisition of Rudi's Organic Bakery, Inc. In 2013, Rudi's generated approximately $60 million in net sales and is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial's earnings in fiscal year 2015.

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Consumer Trends: Non-GMO Food and Drink Sales Hit $178B in 2013

April 29, 2014 12:00 pm

Non-GMO food and beverage sales in the United States reached approximately $178 billion in 2013, according to Research and Markets. A key element of growth in the non-GMO segment is the ongoing rise in demand for organic and natural foods.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Benefits from Winter Olympics

April 29, 2014 10:08 am

Buffalo Wild Wings' first-quarter net income jumped 73 percent from a year ago as more people went to its restaurants to watch the Winter Olympics and college basketball. The chain also benefited from lower chicken wing prices and the opening of more locations.

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Chinese Pork Giant WH Group Shelves IPO

April 29, 2014 10:07 am

Chinese pork-producing giant WH Group is shelving its multibillion-dollar Hong Kong IPO as investor demand sags amid rocky financial markets. The company is abandoning the plan to sell shares because of "deteriorating market conditions and recent excessive market volatility."

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Anheuser-Busch Gender Discrimination Trial Begins

April 29, 2014 10:04 am

Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a case brought by the former top ranking woman executive at Anheuser-Busch, who accuses the beer maker of wage discrimination for paying her less than half the base salary of her male predecessor.

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Infographic: Motivations and Barriers for Buying Organic

April 29, 2014 9:54 am

Thirty-eight percent of consumers purchase organic products because they view them as safer, according to The Hartman Group. A new study will showcase the key reasons why consumers continue to purchase organics, as well as reasons why they choose not to buy organic products.

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More Women Fill Sommelier Ranks

April 28, 2014 1:03 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

This Mother's Day, sommeliers will be on hand to help you select just the right wine to go with that special meal out. And some of those somms will be moms. Though it's still very much a man's world, more women are moving up the wine ranks.

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Farmers, Brewers Await Revised Rule on Spent Grain

April 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by JOSIE SEXTON, The Coloradoan

Last Thursday, the FDA said it would review and clarify an animal feed rule involving spent grain produced by brewers. When asked what they would do if forced to comply with the rule, New Belgium Brewing and Odell Brewing Co. spokespeople said they likely would send the grain to a landfill.

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Burger King Brings Back ‘Subservient Chicken’

April 28, 2014 12:50 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Burger King is bringing back one of its strangest advertising creations — the Subservient Chicken. The campaign, considered groundbreaking when it ran in 2004, featured a website where a giant chicken dressed in garters appeared to perform any task visitors commanded.

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NYC Big Soda-Ban Effort Bolstered by Health Groups

April 28, 2014 12:48 pm

New York City's push to ban big sodas is getting a boost in court. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health and nine other entities filed a brief Monday calling the rule a "reasonable and measured attempt" at stemming a tide of obesity, diabetes and other illnesses.

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Consumer Trends: Mead Sales Skyrocket by 130 Percent

April 28, 2014 12:00 pm

Mead, the alcoholic beverage made from honey, may be the world's oldest fermented drink, but it is also the country's hottest. A recent survey by the American Mead Makers Association reveals that mead sales increased 130 percent from 2012 to 2013.

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USDA Announces Top Scientific Breakthroughs in 2013

April 28, 2014 10:08 am

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers. Innovations range from flour made out of chardonnay grape seeds that prevents weight gain to antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling.

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Coca-Cola to Build New Chattanooga Facility

April 28, 2014 10:04 am

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city. The $62 million distribution center will be built at the site of an old facility at Olan Mills.

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Kellogg Names New Chairman

April 28, 2014 10:01 am

Kellogg Co. named a new chairman on Friday and said that it would boost its dividend later this year. The maker of Frosted Flakes cereal and Eggo waffles said CEO John Bryant will succeed James Jenness as chairman on July 1. Jenness, 68, will remain on the board.

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Recall: Stonyfield YoBaby Cups May Be Tainted with Coliform

April 28, 2014 9:59 am

Organic yogurt producer Stonyfield is voluntary recalling a small portion of its YoBaby cups that were shipped to Target and Walmart stores. The company said internal testing revealed the possibility that some product may be affected by coliform contamination.

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Photos of the Day: Gov't to Supply Food Banks with Halal, Kosher Products

April 28, 2014 9:56 am

A measure tucked into the farm bill requires the federal government to purchase and provide food banks with emergency supplies of kosher or halal products, serving a population whose survival could otherwise be at odds with strictures of faith.

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Federal Law to Boost Halal, Kosher Food at Food Banks

April 28, 2014 9:48 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

A measure tucked into the farm bill requires the federal government to purchase and provide food banks with emergency supplies of kosher or halal products, serving a population whose survival could otherwise be at odds with strictures of faith.

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Burger King’s Profit Boosted by Cost Cutting

April 25, 2014 1:05 pm

Burger King reported a higher first-quarter profit on Friday as new restaurant openings overseas and lower costs offset weak sales in the U.S. The chain said sales at established U.S. locations edged up just 0.1 percent, dampened by bad weather.

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