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Cheaper Food Costs Help Lower US Producer Prices

December 12, 2014 1:50 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said Friday that the producer price index fell 0.2 percent in November, after rising by the same amount in October. In the past 12 months, producer prices have risen just 1.4 percent, the smallest yearly increase since February.

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Photo of the Day: NY Brewery Builds Christmas Tree Out of 300 Kegs

December 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Shawn Dowd

A two-story Christmas tree made of 300 half-barrel beer kegs lights up the sky outside the Genesee Brew House in downtown Rochester, N.Y. The keg tree is trimmed with 600 feet of green lights and topped by a rotating Genesee sign.     

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Artist Wins 'Eat More Kale' Battle Against Chik-fil-A

December 12, 2014 12:35 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

A folk artist who became a folk hero to some after picking a fight with fast-food giant Chik-fil-A over use of the phrase "eat more kale" — similar to their trademarked "eat mor chikin" — has won his legal battle.          

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Pet Food Manufacturer to Open $2M Kentucky Facility

December 12, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A pet food facility is opening in northern Kentucky. FreshChoice Complete Diet Products is planning to move into a former food processing plant in Gallatin County, creating 22 jobs. The company touts its products as having "real, whole and fresh ingredients."

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Japan Calls For 'Emergency Imports' of Butter to Ease Major Shortages

December 12, 2014 11:30 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer

As the Christmas Eve cake rush approaches, grocery stores are limiting customers to a maximum of two packages of butter each. Last week the government announced its latest plan for "emergency imports" to ease shortages of the spread.    

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Avian Flu Continues to Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press

The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested positive for the H5N2 strain of the disease. Its origin is unknown, and more farms could be affected, officials said. The outbreak has now spread to seven farms. 

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Eggland's Best Launches New Liquid Varieties

December 12, 2014 10:00 am | by Eggland's Best

Eggland's Best is giving households in the Midwest a few extra minutes at the kitchen table with the launch of their new line of convenient liquid eggs. The liquid eggs are available in three varieties: Cracked & Ready, Scrambled Eggs and French Toast Batter. 

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75 Years of Coffee Innovation: White Coffee Corporation Marks Milestone

December 12, 2014 9:35 am | by White Coffee Corporation

Gold or diamond commemoratives should accompany an anniversary this noteworthy. Instead, White Coffee Corporation's goal was to meet its customer's increasing demand for single serve coffees.                

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Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 12, 2014 9:10 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The proponents say they drew strength after coming close to victory but stopped short of promising another attempt in the 2016 election.

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Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 12, 2014 8:20 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press

Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs.  Now, some companies are turning their sights to women as they look for skilled workers to fill the roles.

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In Crowded Marketplace, Breweries Search For Unique Identities

December 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times

Breweries everywhere are constantly on the lookout for clever names for their products. And it is getting more difficult, with 3,100 craft breweries across the country. After deciding on a name, many breweries search online to see if others have already claimed it. 

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Potato Industry's Lobbying Pays Off as Congress Adds Vegetable to WIC Menu

December 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

For the first time, low-income women would be able to pay for potatoes with government-subsidized vouchers issued by the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. The potato industry has aggressively lobbied for inclusion in WIC for years.

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Big US School Districts Plan Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

December 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Urban School Food Alliance

Serving nearly 2.9 million students daily, Alliance members procure more than $550 million in food and supplies annually. The coalition aims to help drive down nationwide costs, while setting higher standards for the quality of food served in its schools. 

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Cargill Opens Cocoa Facility in Indonesia to Serve Growing Asian Market

December 11, 2014 12:40 pm | by Cargill

Food and beverage manufacturers seeking to meet the growing demand amongst Asian consumers for chocolate and cocoa products will benefit from a greater availability of high quality cocoa powders following the inauguration of Cargill's cocoa facility in Gresik, Indonesia.

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USDA Sees High Corn, Soybean Demand in Report

December 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Aside from increased demand for corn to make food sweeteners and a boost in soybean exports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture made few adjustments to the crop update. Some analysts expect that the USDA may adjust the number of corn acres planted.

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Meat Snack Producer to Expand Va. Facility, Create 200 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A manufacturer of value-added processed meats is planning to expand its meat snacks production operation in Henry County, creating 200 jobs. Monogram Food Solutions will invest nearly $36.5 million in the expansion.         

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Sale of Oregon Craft Brewery Provokes Backlash Among Fans

December 11, 2014 9:45 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

What did the brewers do to provoke such a backlash? Change the hops or yeast? Abandon a favorite ale recipe? No, the furor erupted after 10 Barrel Brewing announced last month that it was being bought by the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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Infographic: Consumers Increasingly Want to Know What's in Their Food

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by Technomic, Inc.

Today's healthy food tells a story, and consumers want to hear it. Recent research by Technomic shows that most consumers want restaurants to be more transparent about menu-item ingredients. Further, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives. 

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Washington Firm Recalls Chef Salads For Undeclared Allergens

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | by FDA

Real Foods LLC, a Kent, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 308 pounds of Chef Salad with Ham and Turkey due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Polish Ban on Kosher Slaughter of Animals is Overturned

December 11, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The court argued that the constitution guarantees the freedom of religious practice. It is a victory for Poland's small Jewish and Muslim communities and for the agricultural industry, which in the past profited from the production of meat for export to Jewish and Muslim communities.

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