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Photo: New Wine In Old Places

September 10, 2012 9:42 am

Many people think the California wine world came of age in 1976 after a famous tasting in Paris put the Golden State’s vintages on the world map. But for Boisset, new owner of the state’s oldest commercial winery, the state’s fine wine making traditions started a century before that.

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Seasoning Cups May Contain Undeclared Allergens

September 7, 2012 12:50 pm

Cutting Edge Concessions issues an allergy alert on undeclared milk and red 40 in .5 oz. Shake'Ems seasoning cups distributed in movie theaters in California, Colorado, Arkansas and Tennessee. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

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Fall Pest Prevention

September 7, 2012 12:47 pm

Autumn weather is approaching and insects are looking to migrate indoors.  As changes in daylight hours and cooler temperatures near, insects are migrating towards buildings in search of their ideal warm resting spot during the cold winter months.  Now is the time to take proper precautions to your building before these invaders make their way inside!

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IFT Announces 2012-13 President

September 7, 2012 12:42 pm

John Ruff, formerly Senior Vice President of Kraft Foods, is the new President of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society for professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related areas in industry, academia, and government.

US Foods To Acquire Glover Wholesale

September 7, 2012 12:39 pm

US Foods, one of the country’s most innovative food companies and leading distributors, today announced it has agreed to acquire Glover Wholesale Company. Glover is a leading foodservice distributor based in Americus, Georgia. Founded in 1892 by George Washington Napoleon Bonaparte Glover as a wholesale distributor, the company generates more than $90 million in annual sales.

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Heavy Rains Lessen Drought In Some Areas

September 7, 2012 12:37 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Hurricane Isaac's remnants dumped heavy rain on some key Midwest farming states, dramatically lessening the drought there while corn-producing heavyweights Iowa and Nebraska missed out on that moisture and saw their conditions worsen badly, according to a drought report released Thursday.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Olive Oil Gaining Ground

September 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Food aficionados may be surprised to learn that U.S. olive oil producers stand poised to gain ground in what has typically been a market dominated by imports from Europe. While imports as a whole still account for 99 percent of olive oil sales in America, domestic brands offer significantly better quality than well-recognized European brands.

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Kraft Expects Long-Term Growth At New Company

September 7, 2012 9:58 am

Kraft says its new North American food company will be poised to deliver long-term profit and revenue growth, while also returning cash to its shareholders. Kraft Foods Inc. is set to split into two companies next month. One will keep the Kraft name and focus on North American grocery brands such as Velveeta and Oscar Mayer. The other will be called Mondelez and focus on snacks such as Oreos that are sold internationally.

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Campbell Soup Looks Beyond Iconic Cans

September 7, 2012 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If your lunch still consists of a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, chances are you grew up using a typewriter. Generations of Americans have moved on from Campbell's condensed chicken noodle and tomato soups in search of heartier varieties with more exotic flavors. Now, the world's largest soup company is racing to do the same.

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Coca-Cola Introduces Water Flavoring

September 7, 2012 9:53 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola's newest drink won't come in a bottle or a can. And people will only need a squirt or two to quench their thirst. The world's largest beverage company is introducing its Dasani Drops in coming weeks, which can be squeezed into water for some on-the-spot fruity flavor. And Coca-Cola is betting that there's big potential for growth.

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Raw Milk Recalled From Calif. Dairy

September 7, 2012 9:49 am

Raw milk and cream from a Fresno County dairy are being recalled after tests found the bacteria campylobacter in the cream. The California Department of Food and Agriculture said on Wednesday it is recalling Grade A raw whole milk, skim milk and raw cream produced by the dairy, Organic Pastures. The recalled products have a code date of Sept. 13. No illnesses have been reported.

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Ben & Jerry’s Sues Over Trademark Violation

September 7, 2012 9:46 am

Ben & Jerry's considers "Ben & Cherry's" in bad taste. The ice cream maker that introduced the flavors Schweddy Balls and Karamel Sutra sued the maker of "Ben & Cherry's" X-rated DVDs Wednesday, saying the "hardcore pornographic" films have smeared its reputation.

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Photo Of The Day: Energy Drinks On Ice

September 7, 2012 9:41 am

West Coast Chill Pure Energy packaged in the world's first self-chilling beverage can went on sale to the public on Monday, August 6, 2012. The self-cooling technology, featuring the EPA Stratospheric Award winning MicroCool technology, allows the beverage to drop 30 degrees within minutes once a button on the can has been activated.

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Producers Prepare To Tackle Pork Board Budget

September 6, 2012 12:53 pm

In the midst of some of the most difficult market conditions in years, more than 50 pork producers will meet in Des Moines Sept. 5-6 to draft a 2013 budget for the National Pork Board that focuses on continuing to build demand for pork while addressing several challenging production issues.

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Co-Ops Brace For Arrival Of Giant Rivals

September 6, 2012 12:50 pm | by JOHN MILLER,Associated Press

It's no coincidence food cooperatives across the U.S. are making big changes. Many are preparing for the arrival of a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's, two organic- and specialty-food industry giants that are opening new stores nationwide. Some co-ops are even dispatching camera-toting, intelligence-gathering crews to poach ideas from the big guys.

Apple Cider Gets Trendy

September 6, 2012 12:48 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Hard cider, which came to the United States with the pilgrims but was lost in a sea of sweet, unfermented juice after Prohibition, has been making a comeback with increased sales and launches of new styles and flavors that have brought a bushel of options to store shelves.

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EU: Wines Can’t Make Health Claims

September 6, 2012 12:46 pm

The European Union's highest court says wines cannot make assertions like "easily digestible" since it is a health claim unbefitting alcoholic drinks. Thursday's EU Court of Justice ruling means that the Germany's Deutsches Weintor cooperative will have to change the labels on its Dornfelder and Burgunder wines which it described as "mild edition" with "gentle acidity."

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Snyder’s-Lance To Buy Snack Factory For $340M

September 6, 2012 12:44 pm

Snyder's-Lance Inc. said Wednesday that it plans to buy cracker maker Snack Factory LLC for $340 million in cash to expand into the deli-bakery snack business. The company expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter. It anticipates the acquisition will add 2 cents per share in its 2012 fiscal year and 10 cents per share in 2013. Snyder's also thinks the purchase will boost its revenue by $160 million in 2013.

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Consumer Trends: Nanotechnology Awareness Low, But Opinions Strong

September 6, 2012 12:37 pm

Awareness of nanotechnology is still low, but there are some surprising differences in opinion. Perhaps not surprisingly, reports of having heard at least a little about nanotechnology were significantly higher among all sub-65 age groups than among those in the 65+ age group.

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800 Coffee Farmers Earn Fair Trade Certification

September 6, 2012 9:51 am

Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announced that two groups of independent, small-scale coffee farmers have achieved Fair Trade certification.  As part of Fair Trade USA’s Fair Trade for All initiative, these new pilot programs will provide 800 small farmers in Costa Rica and Colombia access to the many opportunities and benefits of Fair Trade.

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