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Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press | Comments

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Dozens of wineries in the area are opposed to the gas facility because it threatens local business and economy.

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Indiana Popcorn Fest Loses Orville Redenbacher Sponsorship

July 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Times ,Munster, Indiana

Valparaiso's 36th Popcorn Festival has lost the title sponsorship of Orville Redenbacher. Valparaiso, the Indiana city where Redenbacher developed the hybrid popping corn that made him famous, said ConAgra is still open to sponsoring other things at the festival.

Oakland Zoo Animals Dine on Fruit After Food Truck Crash

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Animals need fresh food, too. How about 13,000 pounds of fruit? Bears, giraffes and elephants were among some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo that were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit, including plantains and jackfruit, after a truck spilled its shipment.

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Whole Foods Plans Major Marketing Push to Fend Off Competitors

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods' slowing sales growth has pushed the Austin, Texas-based company to launch a national marketing campaign to fend off other players in the organic and natural foods category. In addition, the company plans to expand its home deliveries.

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Kraft Foods 2Q Profits Fall 42 Percent

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Kraft Foods, popular for its Velveeta and Oreo brands, reported a 42 percent decline in its second quarter net income. The Northfield, Illinois-based company said its earnings fell to $482 million compared to $829 million in the same quarter last year.

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GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

Republican senators blocked a bill to limit tax breaks for American companies that wish to move their operations overseas. The bill would have cost U.S. companies that move overseas $143 million in additional taxes over the next decade.

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Photo: Celebrate National Ice Cream Month With 3 New Flavors

July 31, 2014 8:15 am | by California Milk Advisory Board

July is National Ice Cream Month. In celebration of California's continuing role as the number one producer of ice cream in the U.S., the California Milk Advisory Board has partnered with Coolhaus to create three new signature ice cream sandwich treats.

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Crystal Sugar CEO Contests Subpoena in Sweetener Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 8:00 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg is contesting a subpoena to testify in the federal suit filed in California in 2011 by sugar producers. Lawyers for the corn syrup industry say Berg would be a good witness in the lawsuit because he is not involved in litigation.

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Consumer Trends: Cinnamon Horchata Ale? Blue Moon Thinks So

July 30, 2014 2:34 pm | by Blue Moon Brewing Company

Blue Moon Brewing Company's Head Brewmaster Keith Villa's latest creation delivers a cinnamon flavor and subtle sweetness. Inspired by the popular Latin American drink, Horchata, this beer is infused with cinnamon, dark candy sugar and long-grain rice.

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Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

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VIDEO: Maple Leaf Foods Sets World Record With Bacon Dance

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Maple Leaf Foods has set two world records: the longest BLT sandwich, registering at more than 227 feet long using 2,000 slices of Maple Leaf bacon, and the largest bacon dance. Watch 161 Maple Leaf employees sizzle to the new bacon dance craze in this video.

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Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

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Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

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McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

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French-Baking Leader Bridor Announces $32M New Jersey Expansion

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Bridor USA Inc.

Bridor Inc., a leader in manufacturing of European bread and Viennese pastry, is announcing a $32 million expansion to its Vineland, NJ facility. The expansion will allow the company to enlarge its production capacity, as well as better serve current and future clients. 

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Infographic: Design Dictates Winners in the Beverage Aisle

July 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Affinnova

As America's thirst for soda wanes, competition over these growth areas is becoming fierce. To understand these competitive dynamics, Affinnova conducted an audit of brands in the beverage aisle, examining the impact of package design on consumer appeal.

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Panel to Get Update on Prison Maggot Food Complaints

July 30, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press

Since January, there have been five reports of maggots found inside prison food. At issue is a bigger national debate over privatizing prison services — from food preparation to the running of entire facilities — to save money at a time of squeezed state budgets.

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Former Vending Firm Official Sentenced in Pepsi Scheme

July 30, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press

A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company, 65-year-old Joseph Belasco of Cedar Grove, was sentenced to months in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

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5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 8:20 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press

Three reporters from the online publication Food Safety News have been asked to supply all communication they had with ABC in 2012. The subpoena comes in lieu of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC's coverage of a meat product dubbed as "pink slime."

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

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Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

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