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Ex-Security Guard Indicted in Kentucky Bourbon Theft Scheme

May 20, 2015 7:45 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

The alleged head of a bourbon theft ring recruited a security guard and paid her $800 to look the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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In the News: FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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US Investigation of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

May 19, 2015 4:56 pm | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Georgia, Pam Lightsey, said Tuesday that prosecutors plan to reveal details of the investigation Wednesday.

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Report Tabs Utah as Leading Candy Consumer

May 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Data compiled by the Hershey Company suggests Utah residents indulge in candy at a rate nearly twice the national average. And a Bloomberg review of the chocolate producer's numbers suggest religion and demographics have a lot to do with it.

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FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

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ConAgra to Close WI Cookie Plant, Lay Off Hundreds

May 19, 2015 1:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ConAgra Foods plans to close one of its two cookie plants in the eastern Wisconsin city of Ripon, a move that would eliminate about 300 jobs later this year.

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US Dairy Companies Urge Congress to Act Now to Reform COOL and Protect American Jobs

May 19, 2015 11:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association

The World Trade Organization's final ruling Monday against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule will cause severe economic harm to U.S. manufacturing and agriculture without immediate congressional intervention, said the International Dairy Foods Association.

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New Candy, Snack Flavors Evoke Nostalgia

May 19, 2015 9:30 am | by National Confectioners Association

New product launches reveal that candy and snack manufacturers are looking beyond the category for flavor inspiration this year. Breakfast staples like bacon and maple are highlighted, as are classic flavors inspired by childhood memories, like s'mores.

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Report: Target Cutting Back on Processed Foods Promotions

May 19, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Target informed officials from General Mills, Kellogg, Campbell Soup and other iconic food brands in recent months about its plans to cut back on advertising of their products.

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Oregon Growers Say Company Lags on Payments For Seed

May 19, 2015 8:45 am | by The Associated Press

Oregon growers have filed $4.85 million in liens against a Pennsylvania company they say has not paid them for radish seed. Jim Gardner of K&J Farms in Monmouth says his family needs to pay people and has yet to see a penny from seed company Cover Crop Solutions.

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Wine Institute Urges Congress to Prevent COOL Retaliation, Damage to US Wine Exports

May 19, 2015 8:20 am | by Wine Institute

U.S. wine producers export more than $500 million of wine to Canada and Mexico annually and Canada is now the single largest export market for U.S. wine. 

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Dairy Alternative Segment Does Milk Market Good

May 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Packaged Facts

Got almond milk?  Fact is, more and more refrigerators nationwide are being stocked with almond milk and other assorted dairy alternatives.  As a result, there has been clear a shift in the U.S. beverage market with momentum clearly favoring milk alternatives.

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Hundreds of Chicago Jobs in Balance as Mondelez Weighs Mexico Upgrades

May 18, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Employees at Mondelez's Chicago bakery are girding for hundreds of job losses as the food and beverage multinational consolidates its operations and upgrades its production lines.

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World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

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Food Scene is #Trending on Twitter This Week

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Trends are a pretty useful feature of Twitter that offer a glimpse of what people are talking about around the world. And this week, people are talking food. More specifically, about the #FutureofFood and #NationalVegetarianWeek.

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In the News: Blue Bell Creameries Announces Layoffs After Listeria Problems

May 18, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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Dog Food Company Recalls Product over Salmonella Fears

May 18, 2015 11:55 am | by Associated Press

The Food & Drug Administration said last week that California-based OC Raw Dog has recalled its Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation.

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Blue Bell Layoffs Spur Worker Outrage, Gratitude

May 18, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

Reactions have ranged from outrage to sympathy among the families of workers affected by Blue Bell Creameries' announced plans for layoffs and furloughs, as the Texas-based company is cutting more than a third of its workforce after a series of listeria illnesses were linked to its ice cream.

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States Saying 'No' to Cities Seeking to Regulate Businesses

May 18, 2015 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator — himself — and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags.

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2M More Minn. Chickens to be Destroyed Due to Flu

May 18, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

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