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Building the Beer Can House

July 30, 2013 9:33 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

John Milkovisch didn't throw anything away — not even the empty cans of beer he enjoyed each afternoon with his wife. So, in the early 1970s, he lugged down the cans he had stored in his attic for years, painstakingly cut open and flattened each one and began to wallpaper his home.

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Photo of the Day: House of Beer Cans

July 30, 2013 9:30 am

Former owner John Milkovisch covered the outside on the beer can house in Houston with siding made of cut and flattened beer cans and garlands made from the lids. The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art bought the property about 10 years ago, restored the house and it opened it to the public.

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Consumer Trends: IFT Recognizes Innovative Products & Technologies

July 29, 2013 1:00 pm

A panel of nine jurors from industry, academia and government with broad expertise in research & product development, processing & packaging technology, and food safety selected the four companies and their innovations from 60 qualified entries. Judging criteria included degree of innovation, technical advancement, benefits to food manufacturers and consumers, and scientific merit.

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Danone Says Moroccan Unit Boosts Profit

July 29, 2013 12:23 pm

French company Danone SA says its first-half earnings rose 10 percent after its takeover of a subsidiary in Morocco helped boost profit. The company behind Dannon yogurt and Evian water says it made $1.27 billion, up from 881 million euros a year earlier.

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Activists Seek to Humanize Farm Animals

July 29, 2013 12:21 pm | by DAVID CRARY,AP National Writer

Animal-welfare advocates are launching a campaign called The Someone Project that aims to highlight research depicting pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals as more intelligent and emotionally complex than commonly believed, in hopes that people may view these animals with more empathy.

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Northeast to Hold Food Safety Sessions

July 29, 2013 12:14 pm

The New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont agriculture departments are hosting listening sessions next month to offer farmers a chance to learn about proposed federal safety rules. All growers and manufacturers are encouraged to comment on the proposed rules.

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Company to Move Whiskey Barrels Blamed for Black Fungus

July 29, 2013 12:12 pm

Diageo Americas Supply Inc. has agreed to move its inventory of whiskey barrels after residents near storage warehouses said vapors were causing a black fungus to form on houses and vehicles. The agreement calls for 185,000 barrels of whiskey to be moved over 30 months.

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Cal-Maine Posts 4Q Loss of $3.8M

July 29, 2013 12:09 pm

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said it lost $3.8 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, pulled down by hefty costs related to the settlement of a claim against the company. For the quarter ended June 1, the egg producer's loss amounted to 16 cents per share.

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Daily Sound Bite: Wine Comes Early to Calif.

July 29, 2013 12:01 pm

Due to the heat wave that hit the U.S. west coast this year, the California grape harvest is coming in early this year, meaning vinyards are scrambling to pick the region's highly touted grapes after temperatures hit heights not seen since 1997.

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NY Bans Shark Fin Sales

July 29, 2013 9:47 am | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN,Associated Press

New York is banning trade in shark fins starting next summer in an effort to protect the marine predators. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said an estimated 73 million sharks are killed worldwide to meet the market demand. The fins are used in soup popular in Chinese cuisine.

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Starbucks Shares Rise After Profitable 3Q

July 29, 2013 9:46 am

Starbucks' shares advanced Friday after the coffee chain reported a 25 percent increase in its quarterly profit, helped by stronger sales and lower coffee costs. The chain reported after the market closed that global sales rose in all regions of the world.

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Iowa Amends Pollution Suit Against Grain Processing Corp.

July 29, 2013 9:44 am

Iowa has amended a lawsuit filed against Grain Processing Corp. in Muscatine with additional allegations the company failed to obtain certain air permits or comply with existing permits and didn't report all air pollutants. Attorney General Tom Miller says a trial begins in September on the lawsuit.

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Canadian Beef Industry Fights U.S. Meat Label Rules

July 29, 2013 9:41 am

The Canadian Cattlemen's Association is seeking an injunction while a U.S. court hears its case against country-of-origin meat labeling. The organization is part of a coalition that has asked the U.S. District Court in Washington to delay the policy to be implemented in November.

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Warm Weather Means Early Calif. Wine-Grape Harvest

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Dealing with changing weather patterns is part of the art of growing wine grapes, a long dance with the elements to achieve a precise combination of sugar levels and acidity expected from one of California's top commodities, a crop worth $3.2 billion on the vine last year.

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Photo of the Day: Early Harvest in Wine Country

July 29, 2013 9:35 am

When it comes to Napa Valley weather, there is no such thing as normal. After dealing with cool temperatures in three of the past four years that kept grapes hanging on the vine until the fall rainy season threatened, growers in Napa Valley are dealing with an opposite challenge.

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Consumer Trends: Purchasing Drivers of Parents

July 26, 2013 1:00 pm

A proprietary Cargill survey of more than 1,000 consumers investigated parents' attitudes and drivers of food and beverage purchases for their children. Key findings of the Cargill Gatekeeper Purchase Drivers Study were announced at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Expo.

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New Beef Plant Doubtful for Nebraska Town

July 26, 2013 12:33 pm

A proposed beef processing plant likely won't be going to Scottsbluff, Neb. Mayor Randy Meininger said Thursday at a City Council budget workshop that the Future Food Energy plant developers are looking to locate elsewhere, including nearby Gering.

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$3M Program Aims to Boost Michigan Food, Agriculture

July 26, 2013 12:31 pm

A $3 million grant program aims to boost Michigan's food and agriculture industry. The Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program seeks to improve economic opportunities in the state for food processors, agri-business and those in agricultural production.

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PepsiCo Entering Premium Water Market with ‘Om’

July 26, 2013 12:28 pm

PepsiCo plans to jump into the premium bottled water market with a drink called Om, following the popularity of Coca-Cola's Smartwater. The soda and snack food company, which also makes Aquafina bottled water, plans to launch the line next year.

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OSHA Cites Safety Violations at Pilgrim’s Pride Plant

July 26, 2013 12:26 pm

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing $170,000 in fines for a Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant at De Queen, Ark., alleging 11 safety violations. OSHA says the plant could have exposed workers to hazardous chemicals. The company said it's reviewing the complaint.

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