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Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers to Build $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers, and a Chinese company say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas. The plant will produce up to 88,000 tons of milk powder a year.          

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Tyson Foods Beats Fourth-Quarter Forecasts

November 18, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

The Springdale, Arkansas-based company acquired Hillshire Brands in August, which helped boost its sales of prepared foods. It also benefited from increased demand and higher prices for chicken during the quarter, as feed ingredient costs have fallen.

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Calif. Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 18, 2014 9:55 am

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor were charged with serving meat from the Sei (say) whale. 

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Bad Weather Takes a Bite Out of Europe's Olive Harvest

November 18, 2014 9:22 am | by BARRY HATTON, Associated Press

If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather. The shortfall could translate into higher shelf prices for some olive oils and is dealing another blow to southern Europe's bruised economies as they limp out of a protracted financial crisis.

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Vermont Fights Attempt to Block Food Labeling Law

November 18, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block the state's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Association of Manufacturers are suing to overturn the law.

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Colorado Panel Makes No Progress on Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 9:10 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be possible to make sure pot products don't look like regular foods. Instead, marijuana regulators decided to send lawmakers several proposals.

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US Producer Prices Rise 0.2 Percent in October

November 18, 2014 9:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork and electric power. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said. 

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One Mom's Mission to Encourage STEM Careers For Girls

November 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JOSEPH B. FREDERICK, Associated Press

Kelly Matthews is on a mission to get more girls interested in STEM. Her mission began at home with her 9-month-old daughter. Matthews reads books to her like "Rosie Revere, Engineer" and "HTML for Babies."            

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Minnesota Food Company Sued for Unpaid Loans

November 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

A Minnesota businessman and his food company are facing three lawsuits over unpaid loans. Pioneer Bank has filed two lawsuits and John Bean Technologies, a food processing equipment maker, filed a third. Together they seek more than $6 million from Stephen Singleteary and Singleteary Food Solutions.

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Hellmann's Maker Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

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'Red Warning Lights Are Flashing' For Global Economy

November 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

Hours after the leaders of the world's 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession.           

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Photos: 400-Foot-Long Hallaca

November 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Venezuelan cooks set a record for making the world's biggest hallaca — Venezuela's version of the tamale that is traditionally eaten in December. The creation features pork, beef, chicken, olives and raisins folded into corn dough and wrapped in a banana leaf.

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Fire Destroys Spain's Largest Meat Plant

November 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press

A fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. The blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant where 1,000 employees work. 

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50-Year-Old Man Drinks 10 Cokes a Day For Science

November 17, 2014 10:33 am | by George Prior

George Prior, a Los Angeles resident, is carefully documenting his health while consuming 10 Cokes a day. Prior hopes to increase public awareness about the dangers of excessive sugar in the standard American diet.         

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Turkey Production Down, Wholesale Prices Up as Thanksgiving Approaches

November 17, 2014 10:20 am | by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press

This year's anticipated stock is 235 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service — the lowest since 1986, when U.S. farmers produced roughly 207 million birds.     

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Michigan State Recalls Cookie, Ice Cream Products

November 17, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press

Michigan State University is recalling some cookie and ice cream products because malfunctioning equipment may have contaminated them with metal shavings. The products also were ordered pulled from store shelves. No injuries have been reported.

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Wisconsin Marketing Campaign Plays Off Love of Beer, Cheese

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Wisconsin's love of beer and cheese will feature in ads that will run on websites geared toward entrepreneurs and investors. The ad campaign that launched this month is the third phase of a multi-year effort begun by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in 2012.

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Marijuana Edibles May Face Scrutiny By Colorado Health Officials

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been a booming sector in Colorado's new recreational marijuana market. But lawmakers feared the products are too easy to confuse with regular foods and drinks and ordered regulators to require a new look for pot edibles.

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McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — has not. The fast-food giant says it does not use genetically modified potatoes. 

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18 Killed, 13 Injured in Chinese Carrot-Packaging Plant

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

A fire in a carrot-packaging plant has killed 18 people in eastern China. An additional 13 people were injured in the fire Sunday night at the Longyuan Food Co. facility in the Shandong province city of Shouguang.          

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