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Pabst Brewing Considers Returning to Milwaukee

January 29, 2015 10:10 am | by Associated Press

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its brewery in Milwaukee nearly 20 years ago, but now its current owner is looking for a location in Milwaukee to open a pilot brewery where new products could be made.

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Most States Report Job Gains in December

January 29, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Strong fourth-quarter hiring numbers nationally translated to the state level as well, as 42 states reported falling unemployment rates in December. Alaska and Montana each saw employment increase by 0.7 percent compared to November.   

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Lower Oil Prices to Make Big Impact on Food Prices

January 29, 2015 9:15 am | by Rabobank Group

The price declines of both oil and agri commodities will contribute to lower costs for food production, and in the current global macro-economic climate, Rabobank expects this will eventually lead to lower consumer food prices.     

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Once a Niche, Local Foods Are Now Big Business

January 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Packaged Facts

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once "quirky niche" designation to claim a much more prominent — and permanent — place in the U.S. food and beverage retail-scape.      

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Inside the Kitchen, Cooking Apps Are All the Rage

January 29, 2015 8:25 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

Kevin Yu is the founder of SideChef, a cooking app that supplements recipes with social media. It's one of many apps that offer recipes, step-by-step videos, measurement conversion, timers, shopping lists and other elements meant to simplify our lives in the kitchen.

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USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading With Descriptive Terms

January 29, 2015 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

The USDA is revising the grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying. The move comes in response to petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute.

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Earlier Assumption About BPA Exposure Confirmed

January 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by DOE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY

Coating the mouth with BPA-containing food, like soup, does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, a new study in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology shows. The study authors conclude that oral exposure does not create a risk for high exposures.

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Survey Says Spain is Most Likely to Unveil New Wine Region in 2015

January 28, 2015 1:20 pm | by Carinena

According to a survey of 350 industry experts including retailers, beverage directors and sommeliers by research provider Wine Opinions to identify the next great wine discovery for 2015, Spain is most likely to unveil a "yet to be discovered" wine region.

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Drink Up: Study Says Compound in Beer Can Ward Off Alzheimer's

January 28, 2015 1:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Who says beer isn't good for you? Science says it is! According to researchers, beer doesn't just satisfy your taste buds and get you drunk, it also is quite healthful. The solution to help guard these cells from damage? Xanthohumol.   

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McCormick Profits Climb in 4Q

January 28, 2015 12:40 pm | by McCormick & Company, Incorporated

McCormick & Company, Inc. reported its fourth quarter earnings, which include a 2 percent sales growth in the fourth quarter and a 3 percent sales growth for fiscal year 2014. The company estimates that it will post a 4 to 6 percent sales growth this year.

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New Exec. Named to Lead Jack Daniel's Brands

January 28, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Brown-Forman Corp. has announced a new executive for its Jack Daniel's Brands. Jack Daniel's is Louisville-based Brown Forman's flagship brand. Mark McCallum is set to start this Sunday as the executive vice president and president of Jack Daniel's.

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5 Key Functional Food Ingredients to Know For 2015

January 28, 2015 10:45 am | by Packaged Facts

As a result of ingredient innovation, enhanced ingredient understanding and recent and proposed regulatory changes, functional food marketers are now able to target a wider range of consumers and their more diverse and pressing nutritional and health needs in 2015.

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Humane Certification of US Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent in 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:10 am | by American Humane Association

Reasons for the trend are apparent in a new national survey of 5,900 Americans released in November by the American Humane Association showing overwhelming popular support for the humane treatment of farm animals and humanely raised foods.  

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States Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Laws

January 28, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Amid strong Republican gains in statehouses nationwide in recent years, debates over "right-to-work" legislation have generally been the most prominent union-related issues. Union-heavy states Indiana and Michigan enacted such laws in 2012.

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Fishermen Fear Monopoly By Pacific Seafood Group

January 28, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press

Some commercial fishermen have won a temporary court order blocking Pacific Seafood Group from taking over Westport, Washington-based Ocean Gold Seafoods. The fishermen fear the acquisition would give Pacific Seafood monopoly power in the fish market.

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Seattle Brewery Sold: Elysian Brewing Now Owned by AB InBev

January 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch has agreed to buy Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry's most innovative and sophisticated brands.

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Fish Catch Break on World Stage at Global Conference

January 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

More than 60 million people in low-income nations rely on inland fisheries for their livelihood, which has left the inland fishery industry a poor competitor for water against agriculture, energy, commercial development and industry.    

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Water Wars: Nestle, Cascade Locks Try New Tack For Bottling Plant

January 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

Cascade Locks City Council voted to seek the Oregon Water Resources Department's permission to swap a portion of its well water right for .5 cubic feet per second of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's right to draw 10 cubic feet per second from Oxbow Springs.

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Proposed Illinois Legislation Would Ban Powdered Alcohol

January 27, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press

A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves. The bill defines powdered alcohol as "any powder or crystalline substance containing alcohol produced for human consumption."         

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Woman Gets Bag Full of Cash at Burger King Drive-Thru

January 27, 2015 10:20 am | by Associated Press

A New Hampshire woman got a surprise at a Burger King drive-thru: a bag full of cash instead of the junior spicy chicken sandwich that she had ordered. The bag contained $2,631, which was the Burger King's bank deposit.        

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