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Mountain Dew Brings Back 'Baja Blast' and Introduces New 'Sangrita Blast'

April 9, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mountain Dew

You begged for it, you dyed your hair blue for it, you even bathed in it – and Mountain Dew heard you loud and clear. The tropical lime flavored beverage — which was introduced 11 years ago exclusively at Taco Bell — will hit shelves nationwide starting on April 20.

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Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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Jennie-O Turkey Farm in Minn. Hit By Deadly Bird Flu

April 9, 2015 10:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said.

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Pinnacle Foods Plans to Double Workforce at Illinois Factory

April 9, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

New Jersey-based Pinnacle Foods Inc. has completed a $50 million expansion at its plant in the Fayette County town. On Wednesday company officials announced they were adding 90 jobs at the facility. That's more than twice the current 85 employees.

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Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC to Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

How can diet sodas be advertised as "diet" products when artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain? That's what one consumer advocacy group is eager to know.

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Sabra Recalls 30K Cases of Hummus Over Listeria Concerns

April 9, 2015 8:25 am | by The Associated Press

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

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Number of People Sickened by Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

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Illinois Company Recalls Ham Loaf Over Allergy Concerns

April 9, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says a routine inspection at Dutch Valley Meats in the village of Arthur found that the loaves were mislabeled because they didn't indicate they contain wheat, a known allergen

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 8, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US.

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Specialty Food Sales Top $100B For First Time

April 8, 2015 2:20 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Retail sales of specialty food sales grew 19 percent from 2012 to 2014 versus a tepid 2 percent increase for all food. The industry, fueled by small businesses, now boasts 15 segments that exceed $1 billion in sales, including cheese; coffee; meat, poultry and seafood; chips, pretzels and snacks; candy; and yogurt.

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FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced proposed regulatory changes that would explicitly exempt direct-to-consumer farm sales from federal registration requirements.

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Rye is on the Rise: A New Whiskey Trend That Goes With the Grain

April 8, 2015 12:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

A little bit lighter and spicier tasting than bourbon, rye whiskey is made, obviously, from rye, a grass related to wheat. Where bourbon has to be made from at least 51 percent corn, rye must be at least 51 percent rye.

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International Food Safety Community to Convene at Annual Food Safety Summit in Baltimore

April 8, 2015 11:05 am | by Food Safety Summit

Later this month, thousands of food safety professionals are expected to convene in Baltimore, MD for the 17th  Annual Food Safety Summit, taking place April 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

April 8, 2015 9:35 am | by Beyond Pesticides

Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the USDA violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food.

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Russia May Consider Lifting Food Ban on Imports From EU

April 8, 2015 9:00 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hinted that Moscow could lift its embargo on food imports from Greece, which has been hurt by the ban and is embroiled in crucial talks with its European creditors.

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Q&A: How Bird Flu Outbreaks Are Playing Out

April 8, 2015 8:25 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Here are some common questions and answers about the outbreak.

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Blue Bell Recalls More Products After Testing Positive For Listeriosis

April 8, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries says it's expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. 

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Calif. Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 7, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

In response to a historic drought affecting nearly all of California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the state's first-ever limits on water use. Although the restrictions mostly target homeowners and businesses — and leave the state's massive agricultural sector alone — farmers are still likely to feel some impact.

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North Dakota Getting $2.3M to Boost Specialty Crops

April 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

North Dakota will see another large infusion of federal money this year to boost the development of specialty crops in a state that's already among the nation's leading producers of dry peas, lentils, honey and confection sunflowers.

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Jack Daniel's Turns Back 2nd 'Tennessee Whiskey' Challenge

April 7, 2015 1:45 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey." Republican state Sen. Ed Jackson withdrew without debate his bill that sought to repeal the law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel's in 2013.

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