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First Lady's 'Drink Up' Campaign Helps Increase Bottled Water Sales

July 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama's push for America to drink more water has helped boost nearly $1 million in bottled water sales since September. According to a study released by Nielsen Catalina Solutions, her "Drink Up" campaign has increased sales by 3 percent.

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Consumer Trends: Where are the Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in the US?

July 23, 2014 11:45 am | by TripAdvisor

With Summer in full swing, it's no secret that ice cream is a favorite sweet indulgence. The East Coast is home to seven of the 10 sweetest ice cream parlors in the U.S., according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. Did your home state make the list?

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Infographic: Food Label Breakdown

July 23, 2014 10:14 am | by MarketingWeek

The impact of food labeling has been cause of much debate over the past year as healthy lifestyles has moved up the public agenda. More than half of food companies believe they could make product information simpler for consumers to understand.

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Soda Turns Sour: San Fran. Board Asks Voters to Approve Tax

July 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

Lawmakers in San Francisco have agreed to place a per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, including soda, on the November ballot. San Francisco is aiming to become the first U.S. city to pass a tax on sugary beverages, a move that has angered the beverage industry.

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Quebec-Based Agropur to Become 5th-Largest Cheese Processor in US

July 23, 2014 9:15 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Canada's largest dairy co-operative, Agropur, is doubling its U.S. processing operations with a deal to buy the dairy processing assets of Davisco Foods. The Quebec-based company said it will become the fifth-largest cheese and ingredients processor in the states.

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Japan Increases Quarantine Checks on Food Imports

July 23, 2014 8:55 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

The expired meat scandal from China has spread to Japan, leading the government to enhance the check system to prevent problematic food from entering Japan. Shanghai Husi Food Co. has sold outdated chicken and beef to Japanese retailers and restaurants.

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Ky. Bourbon Makers Churn Out 5M Barrels, the Most in 37 Years

July 23, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The Kentucky Distiller's Association said the state's bourbon inventory has topped 5 million barrels of whiskey for the first time since 1977. Production has soared by more than 150 percent in the last 15 years, resulting in nearly 5.3 million barrels at the end of 2013.

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'Exotic' Makeover: V8 Gets Trendy With Ingredient List

July 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Campbell Soup Company's beverage brand, V8 Juice, is hoping to spark a turnaround in the struggling beverage by hitching it to the growing popularity of new brands that mix more exotic ingredients like coconut water, kale and ginger and tout their freshness.

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USDA Hire Stokes Dietary Guidelines Controversy

July 22, 2014 2:48 pm | by The National Center for Public Policy Research

The appointment of Angela Tagtow, a controversial 'environmental nutritionist', to head the USDA's Nutrition Policy and Promotion is facing criticism about politicization of federal nutrition advice and its consequences for public health.

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Consumer Trends: Pizza Hut Turns to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Special Delivery

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut unveils an enormous live-action Pizza Thrower for comic enthusiasts and diehard Ninja Turtle fans worldwide. Standing at more than 12 feet tall, the Pizza Thrower boasts a 180-degree rotating tower with a turret-mounted seat to trigger the pizzas.

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Coca-Cola Sales Up, Thirst for Diet Coke Fizzles

July 22, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage maker, said its quarterly sales fell short of estimates as the demand for Diet Coke has fizzled out. The sales volume, however, rose 3 percent, boosted by the gains in China, India and the Middle East.

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Cost Savings Calculator Helps Companies Eliminate Paper

July 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aptean

A new online calculator can help manufacturers eliminate paper on the shop floor. The calculator, created by Aptean, can help companies save in labor costs, material yields and capacity uplift potential, allowing companies to improve in every area of their operations.

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Changing Eating Habits Causes McDonald's Sales to Slip

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press

The world's largest hamburger chain, McDonald's, is struggling to boost its sales due to changing eating habits and the persistent financial struggles of lower-income customers. Sales fell approximately 1.5 percent for the second quarter.

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Kentucky Brewery Facility to Boost Production by 400 Percent

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press

Against the Grain Brewery, a Kentucky facility, plans to expand its facilities in Louisville, boosting production by more than 400 percent. The company expects to create 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The addition will include a barrel brewhouse.

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Infographic: What's Behind the Coffee Buzz?

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Compound Interest

Coffee is a cornucopia of chemical compounds that influence its taste. One group of compounds about which plenty is known are the chlorogenic acids. In medium to light coffee brews, the main source of bitterness comes from the chlorogenic acids.

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China's Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks and Travels to Japan

July 22, 2014 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

The scandal surrounding meat supplier Husi Food has added to a string of safety scares in China over expired beef and chicken that have left the public wary of restaurants and other suppliers. The meat scandal has tainted popular restaurant chains and spread to Japan.

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What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar? Unilever Closes Florida Ice Cream Plant

July 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press

Florida ice cream lovers may be crushed to hear a Tampa Bay area ice cream factory, Pinellas Park, will close its doors as the company shifts its production to plants in Tennessee and Missouri. The 55,000-square-foot factory produces Klondike and Popsicle treats.

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Calif. Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall on Listeria Concerns

July 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

Wawona Packing, a California fruit company, has issued a nationwide recall of peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots for possible listeria contamination. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers, including Costco and Trader Joe's.

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Campbell's Turns to Organic Soup to Boost Struggling Sales

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is turning to organic ready-to-eat soups in rectangular cartons to help falling soup sales. It's one of the many moves the 145-year-old company is planning in hopes of driving sales in its flagship unit.

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Beef Produces 5 Times More Gases Than Pork, Eggs

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

According to a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, beef produces five times the amount of heat-trapped gases per calorie. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption. 

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