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Food Giants Hitting Stride on LGBT Workplace Equality

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | by Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Food, beverage and grocery companies continue to set the pace for corporate LGBT inclusion, according to a report issued today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

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Animal Rights Group Releases Chicken Slaughterhouse Abuse Video

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press

Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online that it says was taken at a Koch Foods slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

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'Booze Traveler' Host Explores How the World Drinks

November 20, 2014 9:52 am | by WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press

Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. Part travelogue, part drinking diary, "Booze Traveler" takes viewers with Maxwell as he travels to Louisiana, Tennessee and 13 foreign countries, including Armenia and Nepal. Each episode is a quest to distill the essence of a place through its beer, wines and spirits. 

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Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

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Cost of Thanksgiving is Going Up

November 20, 2014 9:37 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame dairy products, coffee and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

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Foster Farms Thanksgiving Turkey Donations To Feed 84,000 People

November 19, 2014 3:05 pm | by Foster Farms

The turkeys will be distributed to local communities and families in California, Oregon and Washington to help feed needy families this Thanksgiving. Each food bank received 750 turkeys — or 13,500 pounds of turkey.     

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Sysco and US Foods Teamsters Protest Sysco Shareholders Meeting

November 19, 2014 3:00 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Teamsters employed at Sysco and US Foods protested outside Sysco's shareholders meeting Wednesday to demand answers to tough questions from the company's Board of Directors about its proposed purchase of US Foods and the impact on thousands of jobs.

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Fuji Food Products to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Chicago

November 19, 2014 2:55 pm | by Fuji Food Products, Inc.

Set to be fully operational in December 2014, the 40,000 square foot plant will produce and specialize in fresh, refrigerated, and ready-to-eat meals serving the Midwest with national distribution capabilities.      

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Darden Restaurants Cuts Jobs, Costs to Save $20M Annually

November 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press

The Orlando, Florida-based company behind the Olive Garden and LongHorn Steakhouse chains said it is eliminating 85 jobs, which includes 60 existing positions and 25 open spots. The changes affect its marketing, development, aviation, external affairs and field operations departments.

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Regulators Cut New England Cod Quota

November 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Regulators said the reduction in quota is necessary to rebuild the struggling fishery, on which Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts fishermen all rely to harvest the popular food fish. Many fishermen were prepared for the blow after recent emergency actions by the federal government to restrict the fishery.

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Last Call for Free Rum at Puerto Rico Distillery

November 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

Foreigners will now have to pay $12 and residents $6 to visit one of the most popular tourist attractions in the metropolitan San Juan region, officials said Tuesday. The seaside rum distillery was well-known for its free drinks and tours.

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Governments Pledge More to Prevent Malnutrition

November 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Nicole Winfield and Trisha Thomas, Associated Press

More than 170 governments pledged Wednesday to do more to prevent malnutrition around the globe, adopting voluntary guidelines to promote healthy diets and reduce levels of obesity at the start of a three-day U.N. summit.    

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Researchers Challenge Common Views on Fat, Salt and Sugar

November 19, 2014 10:35 am | by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)

Nutrition recommendations and guidelines have been based on studies largely focused on the effect of specific nutrients on specific risk factor. However, this "nutrient-focused" approach and "single risk factor" approach to dietary guidelines has largely ignored the true impact on actual health of nutrients.

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Manufacturing Related Student Enrollments Rise by 36 Percent

November 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Manufacturers Resource Center

Manufacturers Resource Center is proud to announce a 36 percent increase in manufacturing related student enrollments in three of the region's career & technical schools. MRC led the "Skill Up" grant initiative to address the manufacturing skills gap. 

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VIDEO: A Fast-Food Thanksgiving?

November 19, 2014 9:45 am | by ABC News

Rachel and Ryan of BuzzFeed craft a holiday feast using items found at fast-food restaurants. This Thanksgiving feast may not be the norm, but it's affordable and still quite tasty. The meal contains items like Potato Medley and a Green Bean and Onion Ring Casserole.

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Food Books of 2014: A Year For the Geeks and Grains

November 19, 2014 9:30 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

We're always searching for the new "it" food. This year, wacky grains got their moment. And since ethnic is the new mainstream, cookbooks that help us grasp global cuisines — all the while making them feel familiar — hit a splendid pace in 2014.

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Not Feeling Sexy? Juice Up Some Frogs

November 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe putting frogs in a blender is the answer. There is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice, but the Peruvians juice the frogs to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.

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Smoked Salmon Sold in mid-Atlantic Area Recalled

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Associated Press

A New York City company is recalling 564 pounds of Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme smoked salmon that was sold to Giant supermarkets in the Mid-Atlantic region because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.       

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Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.     

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Cost of Booze Set to Rise in Virginia After Board Vote

November 19, 2014 8:10 am | by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press

Virginians will pay at least 24 cents more on average for a bottle of booze starting Dec. 8 as a result of action taken by the board that oversees the state liquor monopoly. The increase is a part of a broader plan to plug the $2.4 billion gap in the budget. 

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