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Baby Lobster Decline in Maine Worries Producers

April 23, 2014 | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | Comments

The number of baby lobsters settling off the rocky coast of Maine continues to steadily decline. The downward trend has lobstermen, retailers, state officials and ocean scientists concerned that the impact could soon be felt on dinner tables nationwide.

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Report: Organic Companies Make Supply Chains Greener

April 23, 2014 12:54 pm

According to the Sustainable Food Trade Association’s second annual Member Sustainability Progress Report, the organic food industry is taking significant strides to reduce its footprint in 11 areas throughout the entire supply chain. 

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Budget Cuts Could Decrease Food Safety in Vancouver

April 23, 2014 12:44 pm

The Public Service Alliance of Canda says Metro Vancouver became the only major metropolitan center in the country without food inspectors dedicated to consumer protection when the team was disbanded in January. Planned spending on the food safety program will drop by $35 million.

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Consumer Trends: Plain Vodka Takes the Cake

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm

While the global spirits market continues to be saturated with flavored vodkas, a study of the 2013 distilled spirits sector by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States shows consumers still prefer the pure, unadulterated quality offered by unflavored vodkas.

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Sugar, Water Companies Settle Maui Water Dispute

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

Native Hawaiian and environmental groups have settled a dispute with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar and Wailuku Water Co. over the diversion of water from four Maui streams. Sugar plantations have been irrigating their fields with water diverted from the streams for more than a century.

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McDonald’s CEO Doesn’t Flinch Under New Breakfast Pressure

April 23, 2014 10:12 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Without specifying names, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said the company hasn't seen any impact from the "most recent competitor" in the breakfast space. The comments came after Taco Bell's launch of its national breakfast menu late last month.

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Dr Pepper Snapple 1Q Profit Beats Expectations

April 23, 2014 10:08 am

Dr Pepper Snapple on Wednesday reported a higher first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations, as reduced costs offset weak sales growth. The company said lower costs for ingredients and productivity improvements helped boost operating profit.

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Mexico Food Labeling Rules May Cause High Sugar Intake

April 23, 2014 10:06 am | by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press

Mexico's new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar. The labels assume an average acceptable daily consumption of sugar is about 360 calories, equivalent to about 90 grams of sugar.

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Photos of the Day: 'Modern Family' Star Opens Beer Eatery

April 23, 2014 9:55 am

He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City, Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.

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‘Modern Family’ Actor Ty Burrell Opens Beer Restaurant

April 23, 2014 9:50 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's "Modern Family," but in Salt Lake City, Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.

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Navajo Advocates Push for Junk Food Tax

April 22, 2014 12:55 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

Navajo President Ben Shelly earlier this year vetoed measures to enact a 2 percent sales tax on tax on junk food like chips, cookies and sodas, and to eliminate the tax on fresh fruit and vegetables. This week, tribal lawmakers have a chance to resurrect the proposals.

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McDonald’s Profit Dented by Weak Sales

April 22, 2014 12:51 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's said sales at established U.S. locations fell 1.7 percent in the first quarter as guest counts fell. The company also saw customer counts decline last year as it struggled to manage an array of new menu items and fend off intensifying competition.

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Powdered Alcohols Lose Label Approvals

April 22, 2014 12:49 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

A product called "Palcohol" gained widespread attention after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But Bureau representative Tom Hogue said the approvals were issued in error.

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Oroville, Calif. Courts Sriracha Maker

April 22, 2014 12:44 pm

As the controversy continues to heat up over the possible relocation of the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, Calif., Oroville Economic Alliance announced its ambition to have the Sriracha plant relocated to Oroville, Calif., near San Francisco.

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U.S. Investigates Mexican Sugar Exports for Unfair Prices

April 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press

The U.S. Commerce Department is investigating allegations by the American Sugar Alliance and other industry groups that Mexico is exporting far more sugar than the country has in the past and selling it in the U.S. at below fair market price.

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Consumer Trends: Dairy Market Trends in France, Spain and Germany

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm

RnRMarketResearch.com reports on consumer trends and drivers of behavior in the dairy market in France, Spain and Germany. According to the reports, health, convenience and a desire to indulge are key factors driving dairy consumption in these countries.

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Ranchers, Klamath Tribes Agree to Share Water

April 22, 2014 10:16 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

Cattle ranchers and American Indian tribes long at odds over scarce water in Oregon's Upper Klamath Basin signed an agreement Friday to share access to rivers and cooperate on restoring habitat for endangered fish the tribes hold sacred.

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Del Taco Mistakenly Charges Thousands for Mexican Food

April 22, 2014 10:14 am

About 150 people who ordered last week at Del Taco in Santa Paula, 65 miles northwest of Los Angeles, were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for Mexican food. Customer Michael Cole said he was charged $4,050 for one CrunchTada Pizza and two beef tacos.

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Idaho Dairy Group Seeks to Join Farm Video Lawsuit

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press

The Idaho Dairymen's Association is asking a federal judge to allow it to join Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as a defendant in a lawsuit against a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

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Supreme Court Considers Pom Wonderful, Coca-Cola Juice Case

April 22, 2014 10:08 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

Minute Maid's "Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices" was the subject of a lively debate Monday as the Supreme Court considered whether to allow false advertising claims by Pom Wonderful against the Coca-Cola Co., which markets the beverage.

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Photos of the Day: Belgian Waffles Celebrate 50th Anniversary in America

April 22, 2014 10:03 am

A family from Belgium introduced Belgian waffles to the American public 50 years ago. The waffles, topped with fresh whipped cream, powdered sugar and sliced strawberries, were served to visitors to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

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