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Arizona Dog Food Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

Nestle Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                               

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Researchers Find 'Most Famous Wheat Gene'

September 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Washington State University

The discovery clears the way for breeders to develop wheat varieties with the disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses, using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory hurdles and controversy of GMOs.

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FreshPet Files For IPO Valued at up to $100M

September 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Associated Press

FreshPet Inc. didn't say when it plans to go public or how many shares it plans to sell. FreshPet says it makes its foods out of fresh meats and vegetables in a refrigerated facility and does not use contract manufacturers.        

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Meat-Eaters Commence: National Cheeseburger Day Awaits

September 15, 2014 2:22 pm | by WingHouse

Thursday, September 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and WingHouse restaurant CEO and NFL alumnus, Crawford Ker, is providing the inside scoop on creating a cheeseburger masterpiece.                  

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Infographic: Manufacturers Notice Consumer Sweetener Indifference

September 15, 2014 2:20 pm | by Mintel

Mintel's team hit the supermarket aisles to better understand new food and beverage product introductions in the U.S. market, paying particular attention to: "No HFCS" claims, other health-related claims and product introductions switching back to formulations with high fructose corn syrup. 

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Salmonella-Tainted Peanuts Case in Hands of Jury

September 15, 2014 1:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell has been on trial since Aug. 1, accused of shipping tainted peanuts and peanut butter to customers. This is the first time a U.S. food producer has been tried in U.S. District Court in a food poisoning case.

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Infographic: Drinking Up the Fastest Growing Beverage Flavors

September 15, 2014 12:20 pm | by Technomic

A fifth of today's consumers say that beverages play an important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers who tend to use beverages for a wide variety of occasions, including snacks and social visits.

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Challenges With Sugared Beverages Being Ignored

September 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Nestlé Waters Canada

A recent survey on behalf of Nestle Waters Canada reveals that, on average, mothers are consuming between three to four soft drinks per week.                               

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Large Number of Salmon Return to Columbia River

September 15, 2014 10:25 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Fish hatcheries have been used to help rebuild fish populations, with mixed results, and millions of dollars have been spent on dam passage improvements. Thirteen species of salmon and steelhead are now listed as endangered or threatened in the Columbia River basin.

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Consumers Can Now Make Direct Investments into Food Companies

September 15, 2014 10:20 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

A national movement called Slow Money, which links investors with farmers and small food producers, is allowing consumers to make direct investments big or small into local food businesses.              

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Craft Brewers Placing Greater Emphasis on Quality

September 15, 2014 10:12 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Craft brewers increasingly are turning to employees of much larger shops like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors to tap their experience in creating beer with a consistent flavor and quality time after time on a large scale.          

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Calif. Produce Company Issues Tomato Recall

September 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press

Taylor Farms of Tracy issued a recall of some lots of tomatoes and salad kits that include them because they may be contaminated with salmonella.                                 

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Heineken Rejects SABMiller Takeover Bid

September 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press

Dutch brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by its rival SABMiller. The Heineken family informed SABMiller it intends to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company.                    

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Penn. Liquor Board Returns $2.4M in Licensing Fees to Communities

September 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board oversees the regulation of more than 18,000 liquor licenses and permits statewide, including clubs and beer distributors. As part of the annual license renewal or validation process, licensees pay a fee ranging from $125 to $700.

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Consumer Trends: 'Duck Dynasty' Snacks to Make Debut

September 12, 2014 1:30 pm | by Smithfield Specialty Foods Group

Smithfield Specialty Foods Group has signed a two-year agreement with A&E for a line of snacks from Duck Dynasty, the hit TV show that follows the Robertson family and their duck-call business, to produce a line of nut-based snacks.  

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Coconut Water Still a Niche Product

September 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Canadean

A recent survey by Canadean shows that out of 2,000 adults, only one in ten consumers, or 7 percent, have purchased coconut water in the last twelve months.                         

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Tea Blender: US Imports Will Absorb Greater Food Safety Responsibility

September 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by QTrade Teas & Herbs

QTrade Teas & Herbs, the largest supplier of organic and fair trade tea in North America, says the most significant reform of U.S. food supply in 70 years is underway — and it will affect tea importers, too.        

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Subscription Service is Redefining the Meaning of Local, Organic Produce

September 12, 2014 11:30 am | by Farmbox Direct

For those who are looking to embark on a healthier, cleaner lifestyle, Farmbox Direct offers seasonally selected produce perfect for those who don’t have enough time to shop for food that’s good for their mind, body and soul.          

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E.Coli Outbreak Source Remains a Mystery

September 12, 2014 10:00 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

Fatal strains of E. coli have killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a Washington boy fighting for his life. Investigators say they don't expect to find the specific sources of the outbreak, which might be tainted food or contact with livestock.

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Research Center Now Offers HACCP Award for Food Companies

September 12, 2014 9:45 am | by Leatherhead Food Research

Leatherhead will now be offering Level 4 Award in HACCP Management for Food Manufacturers with HABC, as well as Level 3 Award in HACCP for Food Manufacturing.                                 

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