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Ritz Rolls Out Bacon Crackers

March 26, 2014 10:02 am

RITZ Crackers is melding the savory flavor of bacon with its classic crackers to create RITZ Bacon-Flavored Crackers. Mondelez International, the maker of RITZ Crackers, says that the new snack is already available on supermarket shelves.

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Investors: Coca-Cola Exec Pay Is Excessive

March 26, 2014 9:53 am

In a letter to Coca-Cola board members, Wintergreen Advisers CEO David Winters took issue with Coca-Cola's pay proposal for management, saying that it represents a "raw deal" for shareholders in light of the beverage maker's slowing growth.

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Judge Orders New Auction for Sunland Peanut Butter Plant

March 26, 2014 9:50 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

A judge on Tuesday ordered a new auction for Sunland Inc., an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a 2012 salmonella outbreak. The trustee overseeing the liquidation of the plant had asked to be able to consider a $25 million cash offer that came in after last week's bidding for the plant.

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Effort to Change Tenn. Whiskey Law Fails for Now

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, so the rules supported by Jack Daniel's will govern all distillers in the state for at least another year. The debate over the law has pitted two global liquor giants against each other.

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Four Loko Maker to Pay $400K in Marketing Settlement

March 26, 2014 9:41 am

Twenty states have reached an agreement with Phusion Projects, the makers of Four Loko fruit-flavored malt beverages. The agreement is meant to ensure that Phusion Projects' social media marketing isn't aimed at underage drinkers. The company will pay $400,000 to authorities.

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Photos of the Day: Going Dutch with Raw Herring

March 26, 2014 9:36 am

Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix, thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

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Herring Provides a Taste of Dutch History

March 26, 2014 9:31 am | by MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

Dotted around Amsterdam and across the Netherlands, humble stands selling North Sea herring provide the locals with a year-round fish fix thanks to a centuries-old preserving process backed up these days by a healthy dose of deep freezing.

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Consumer Trends: Rabobank Reports on Spanish Wine Industry

March 25, 2014 1:00 pm

A report by Rabobank looks at the Spanish wine industry. The report states that an improvement in the Spanish wine industry's productive structure and orientation to the international market is necessary for the country to remain competitive worldwide.

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Newly Relaunched InterBev to Co-Locate with PROCESS EXPO

March 25, 2014 12:22 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association and NüernbergMesse announced they will co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the newly relaunched InterBev Process in Chicago, beginning in 2015. The two shows, along with additional co-location partner the International Dairy Show, will take place Sept. 15-18, 2015.

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Study Showcases Benefits of Canned Foods

March 25, 2014 12:18 pm

A Michigan State University study shows that canned foods are nutritious, affordable and safe, helping people increase their fruit and vegetable intake regardless of what area of the country they live, what time of year it is or how much money they make.

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Arkansas Designated a Primary Peanut Producer

March 25, 2014 12:13 pm | by CHRISTINA HUYNH, Associated Press

Arkansas has produced an average of at least 10,000 tons of peanuts within the past three years, and it's now getting some recognition for it. The National Peanut Board announced Monday that the state has been designated a primary peanut-producing state.

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Maryland Committee Delays Plan to Allow Raw Milk Sales

March 25, 2014 12:11 pm | by NICK TABOR, Associated Press

A proposal to legalize raw milk sales in Maryland has been pushed back another year. The bill's chief sponsor hopes a report from Johns Hopkins University will give it the necessary push in 2015. Del. James Hubbard withdrew his bill on Monday.

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Klingon Warnog Joins Federation of Star Trek Beers

March 25, 2014 12:09 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor

Klingon Warnog, the first Star Trek themed beer to hit the U.S., will soon be available to Klingons — and Klingon fans — throughout the country. Tin Man Brewing of Evansville, Ind., brewed the beverage in partnership with the Federation of Beer.

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Free OEE Calculator Can Boost Food Manufacturer Efficiency, Savings

March 25, 2014 10:02 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Peak efficiency, reduced downtime and maximized productivity and product quality. It’s a food manufacturer’s dream. The Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence recommends its free new OEE Calculator for testing Overall Equipment Effectiveness to make that dream a reality.

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Wendy’s to Accept Mobile Payments

March 25, 2014 9:59 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Wendy's is rolling out a program that lets customers pay using their smartphones. The Wendy's Co. has been testing the mobile payment option over the past year and said the majority of its U.S. locations are ready to accept the payments.

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Breads Recalled for Listeria in Canada

March 25, 2014 9:55 am

Federated Co-operatives Ltd. is recalling some Co-op and Market Town Co-op brands of bread because of possible listeria contamination. Co-op California Garlic Bread and Garlic/Cheese bread, along with Market Town Co-op Pizza Bread have been pulled.

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Swiss Emmentaler Named 2014 World Championship Cheese

March 25, 2014 9:52 am

An international panel of judges has named a Swiss Emmentaler as the 2014 World Championship Cheese. Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger from Kaserei Sinnesberger in Gams, Switzerland, took top honors out of 2,615 entries for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler.

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Bankrupt Peanut Butter Plant Gets Last-Minute Bid

March 25, 2014 9:47 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

A last-minute $25 million cash offer threatens to derail last week's bankruptcy court auction for Sunland Inc., a defunct New Mexico peanut butter plant. Sunland Inc. trustee Clarke Coll on Monday asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge David Thuma to let him consider the offer from Golden Boy Foods of Canada.

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Photos of the Day: Chefs Fight Calif. Law Against Bare-Hand Contact

March 25, 2014 9:43 am

California is a straggler in banning bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food. Forty-one other states have a version of the legislation signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, which will require California chefs to wear gloves or use utensils in food and drink preparation starting in July.

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Chefs Fight for Bare-Hand Contact in California

March 25, 2014 9:37 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press

California is a straggler in banning bare-hand contact with ready-to-eat food. Forty-one other states have a version of the legislation signed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown, which will require California chefs to wear gloves or use utensils in food and drink preparation starting in July.

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