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Belgian Waffles a Sweet Sensation at 1964 World’s Fair

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press

The notion of introducing a new food to the American public is almost inconceivable in an era of global cuisine and foodie websites. But that's what happened at the 1964 New York World's Fair, when a family from Belgium introduced Belgian waffles.

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Vt. Program Helps Satisfy New Americans’ Craving for Goat Meat

April 21, 2014 12:31 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

The Vermont Goat Collaborative is a project that brings together new Americans hungry for goat meat with dairy goat farmers who have no need for young male animals. Dairy farmers can send goats to Colchester, Vt., where they will be raised and sold to refugees.

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Hillshire Adds Non-Meat Offerings with Van’s Natural Foods

April 21, 2014 12:25 pm

Hillshire Brands reached a deal to buy Van's Natural Foods from private equity firm Catterton Partners for $165 million, marking the company's expansion into non-meat foods. Van's makes gluten-free foods, including cereal, chips and snack bars.

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Whole Foods Pulls Croissants over Undeclared Eggs

April 21, 2014 12:23 pm

Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because the products contain eggs, an undeclared allergen. A company statement says the issue arose after one illness was reported.

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Hawaii Is a Hotbed of GMO Debate

April 21, 2014 12:20 pm | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

Hawaii is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms here. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.

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Bulk Wine Takes Share from Bottled Exports

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm

The international wine trade reached somewhat of a watershed moment in 2013, said Rabobank, as bulk wine now makes up half of all New World exports. Although bulk wine clearly has taken share from bottled exports, recent data suggests the two segments can co-exist.

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Brewers Say Proposed FDA Rule on Spent Grain Would Spike Costs

April 21, 2014 10:06 am

Northwest beer brewers say a proposed rule from the FDA would make it prohibitively expensive for them to recycle spent grain by providing it to dairy farmers. The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers.

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TreeHouse Foods Buys Protenergy for $150M

April 21, 2014 10:03 am

TreeHouse Foods is acquiring private label food and beverage company Protenergy Natural Foods for 170 million Canadian dollars (approximately $150 million). Canada's Protenergy is mostly known for its private label broth, soups and gravies.

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Suntory Mulls Moving Liquor Business to U.S. After Beam Buyout

April 21, 2014 10:00 am

Suntory Holdings Ltd. is considering moving its liquor and beer business headquarters to the United States after completing the buyout of Beam Inc. Suntory is expected to make Beam its subsidiary following the completion of the buyout by early May.

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General Mills Scraps Controversial New Legal Terms

April 21, 2014 9:56 am

General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company. A notice on the General Mills website informed visitors that by using its websites or engaging with the company online, they would have to give up their right to sue.

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:53 am

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

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Photos of the Day: Colorado Deaths Raise Concerns About Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:47 am

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

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Colorado Deaths Stoke Fears About Pot Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:44 am | by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

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Blasius Chocolate Factory Resolves Tax Issue

April 18, 2014 12:31 pm

Blasius Chocolate Factory says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. The company says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever. No more tax issues."

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China Farmland Polluted with Heavy Metals

April 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by IAN MADER, Associated Press

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

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WhiteWave Foods Plans Pa. Production Facility

April 18, 2014 12:25 pm

WhiteWave Foods, which specializes in premium and organic food and drink products, plans to open a production facility in central Pennsylvania that is expected to create 100 jobs. The company plans to occupy a vacant facility in Sandy Township in Clearfield County.

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Chobani Unveils New Oats, Dessert Products

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition. Starting in July, the company will offer Chobani Oats, yogurt mixed with fruit and oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent; and new flavors for kids.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Will Spend Less This Easter

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm

According to NRF’s Easter Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American celebrating the holiday will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year.

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PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack

April 18, 2014 11:22 am

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has partnered with Ipack-Ima Spa to produce East Afripack, the processing, packaging and converting technologies exhibition. East Afripack will debut Sept. 9–12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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GMA: Vt. GMO Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction for Consumers

April 18, 2014 11:18 am

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the movement of HB 112, a bill that would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, through the Vermont legislature, calling it "a step in the wrong direction for consumers."

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