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Mars Petcare Expanding Pet Food Plant

October 24, 2013 12:08 pm

Mars Petcare has announced plans for a $50 million expansion of its pet food plant in Fort Smith, Ark. The expansion is expected to lead to 42 additional jobs at the plant that already has about 125 employees. Production is expected to begin during winter.

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Consumer Trends: Top Holiday Flavors for 2013

October 24, 2013 12:00 pm

McCormick Kitchens has released what it calls the season's top seven flavors — pumpkin spice, ginger, vanilla, peppermint, sage, cinnamon and nutmeg — to help consumers make everything from breakfast to dessert have the best holiday taste.

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Dr Pepper Snapple 3Q Income Rises

October 24, 2013 9:51 am

Dr Pepper Snapple Group said its third-quarter net income rose 16 percent but revenue missed expectations as the company faces a decline in demand for carbonated soft drinks. The company said bottles per case declined 1 percent for Dr Pepper.

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UK Town Stilton Can’t Make Stilton Cheese

October 24, 2013 9:48 am

They make fine cheese in the English village of Stilton. They just can't call the product stilton. British authorities say a local pub cannot market its blue-veined cheese as stilton because that name is protected by European Union legislation.

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Counterfeiters Fake $12K Wine

October 24, 2013 9:45 am | by SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press

European authorities are pursuing a network of counterfeiters who passed off hundreds of bottles of swill as Romanee-Conti, often considered the best and most expensive wine in the world. The Burgundy vineyard sounded the alarm last year, suspecting that bottles with Romanee-Conti labels were fake.

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Reser’s Recalls 23K Pounds of Food for Listeria

October 24, 2013 9:43 am

Oregon-based Reser's Fine Foods is recalling pre-packaged products that may be contaminated with listeria. The items were made at a Topeka, Kan., plant. They vary widely and include such items as cole slaw, pimento spread and potato salad.

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Study: Gold Star Ratings Shift Buying Behavior

October 24, 2013 9:40 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

A nutritional rating system using gold stars affixed to price labels on grocery store shelves appears to have shifted buying habits, potentially providing another tool to educate consumers on how to eat healthier, according to a new study.

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Photo of the Day: Gold Star Nutrition

October 24, 2013 9:36 am

A new study by researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the University of Florida suggests that the Guiding Stars rating system steers shoppers toward healthier choices in grocery stores.

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Daily Sound Bite: 580 Pets Killed After Eating Jerky

October 23, 2013 12:53 pm

The FDA is appealing to dog and cat owners for information as it struggles to solve a mysterious outbreak that has killed about 580 pets that ate jerky treats. The agency has linked illnesses from jerky pet treats to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007.

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Starbucks to Open ‘Tea Bar’ in NYC

October 23, 2013 12:49 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks is trying to make tea trendy, with plans to open its first "tea bar" in New York City. The Seattle-based company says Teavana Fine Teas + Teavana Tea Bar will serve sweets and other food including flatbreads, salads and small plates.

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FDA Seeks Info on Pet Deaths and Illnesses Regarding Jerky Treats

October 23, 2013 12:48 pm

The FDA is struggling to solve a mysterious outbreak of illness and deaths among pets that ate jerky treats. The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has run more than 1,200 tests, but hasn't yet determined the exact cause of the illness.

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Heineken: Business Down in Emerging Markets

October 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by TOBY STERLING, AP Business Writer

Dutch brewer Heineken NV issued a profit warning, saying business was worse than expected in developing markets and the economic recovery in industrial nations was weak. The brewer now expects full year "underlying earnings," which strip out the effects of acquisitions, to be lower than they were in 2012.

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Kan. Packing Plant Starts Up Again After Fire

October 23, 2013 12:44 pm

A south-central Kansas packing plant is resuming full operation less than one month after a fire caused heavy damage. The fire on Sept. 25 started in a conveyor belt in the fabrication at Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in Arkansas City, Kan.

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Hearing Scheduled for ‘Pink Slime’ Suit Against ABC News

October 23, 2013 12:34 pm

Oral arguments are scheduled for December in a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit over ABC News' coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime." The lawsuit filed by Beef Products Inc. was moved in June from federal court to circuit court.

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Consumer Trends: Increasing Health Awareness Boosts Organic Market

October 23, 2013 12:00 pm

The global organic food and beverage market has witnessed growth in recent times due to increasing consumer health awareness. In addition, widening distribution channels and increased government regulation and intervention are some of the other factors contributing to growth.

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Monsanto Calls for More Controls on Agrochemicals

October 23, 2013 10:06 am | by MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press

Monsanto Co. is calling for more controls on agrochemicals, including its Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers, in response to an Associated Press report about concerns that illegal pesticide applications are harming human health in Argentina.

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Japan Hopes UNESCO Listing Eases Radiation Concerns

October 23, 2013 10:04 am

The Japanese government is hoping that UNESCO's likely registration of Japanese food as cultural heritage will help ease safety concerns over the country's foodstuffs resulting from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its top spokesman said Wednesday.

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Wash. Attorney General to Seek Penalty Against GMA

October 23, 2013 10:02 am | by MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

Washington state's attorney general said he will still seek penalties against the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which recently identified donors who contributed money to oppose a food labeling initiative. Attorney General Bob Ferguson will move ahead with a lawsuit filed last week against the group.

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Canadian Officials Expand Beef Recall

October 23, 2013 10:00 am

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is now warning the public not to eat Sunspun bearpaw-shaped beef burgers sold at Loblaw-owned stores nationally and Compliments traditional beef burgers sold at Sobeys-owned stores in Ontario and the West.

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Cantaloupe Farmers Plead Guilty to Misdemeanor Charges

October 23, 2013 9:58 am | by P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press

Two Colorado cantaloupe farmers who pleaded guilty to charges related to a deadly listeria outbreak have agreed to meet with family members of people who died and to donate any money they may collect from a related lawsuit to victims and their families.

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