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Brewery to Create ‘Shipwreck’ Beer

March 15, 2013 9:37 am

Local authorities on the Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea say a local brewer will begin producing a beer inspired by bottles found in a 19th century shipwreck three years ago. Five bottles of beer, along with 168 bottles of champagne, were pulled from a submerged schooner that experts believe sank in the 1840s.

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New Zealand Drought Hurting Farmers

March 15, 2013 9:36 am | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press

Parts of the North Island are drier than they've been in 70 years and some scientists say the unusual weather could be a harbinger of climate change. There has been little significant rainfall in the northern and eastern parts of the country since October.

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The Rise of Private Label

March 15, 2013 9:34 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Supermarkets including Kroger, Safeway and Whole Foods are improving the image of their store brands with better packaging and more distinctive offerings. But where exactly do these products come from? It's a question a growing number of people may have as retailers increasingly develop their store brands as a way to cultivate loyalty among shoppers.

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Little Debbie Maker To Buy Drake’s Cakes

March 15, 2013 9:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess is moving forward with the sale of Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles and Yodels to the maker of Little Debbie cakes. The bankrupt company says it picked McKee Foods as the buyer for the Drake's cakes after nobody stepped forward with a qualifying bid to top its $27.5 million offer.

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Photo of the Day: An Expensive Drought

March 15, 2013 9:28 am

In this photo from March 11, 2013, farmer Peter Brown walks on the dry ground on his dairy farm near Ohinewai, New Zealand. A drought in New Zealand’s North Island is costing farmers millions of dollars each day and is beginning to take a toll on the country’s economy.

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Consumer Trends: High-Velocity Adult Beverages

March 14, 2013 1:00 pm

Identifying the spirits, wine and beer brands that achieved significant volume gains last year and are positioned to continue growing in 2013 and beyond, Technomic is announcing its Fast 50 Brands report. The 50 adult beverage brands were identified by analyzing not only volume performance metrics, but also through examining key brand attributes and supplier strategy and support programs contributing to the brand's success.

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Coca-Cola Closing San Francisco Bottling Plant

March 14, 2013 12:13 pm

Coca-Cola Co. says it plans to close a Sacramento bottling and distribution facility it bought just two months ago. David Ethridge, general manager of the Sacramento business, says the 60-employee operation on Stockton Boulevard will close at a date to be determined, calling it a "difficult decision."

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Egg McMuffin To Be Available Yolk-Free

March 14, 2013 12:11 pm

McDonald's is rolling out a yolk-free version of its Egg McMuffin this spring. The world's biggest hamburger chain says the "Egg White Delight" will be made with a whole grain muffin, Canadian bacon and white cheddar cheese. It will be available nationally April 22 and clock in at 250 calories, compared with 300 calories for a regular Egg McMuffin.

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FDA: Baking Company Mislabeled Food

March 14, 2013 12:09 pm

A New Jersey maker of muffins and other baked goods has been accused of distributing mislabeled food, including products described as sugar-free but still containing sugar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that Edison-based Butterfly Bakery has agreed under a consent decree to shut down until it can meet all regulations.

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Green Mountain Cutting More Than 100 Jobs

March 14, 2013 12:07 pm

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. said Wednesday that it will cut 74 full-time positions from its workforce at two facilities in California and Ontario. In addition, the Waterbury, Vt.-based company said seasonal layoffs will result in the loss of another 36 positions at facilities in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec by May 11.

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Md. Lawmakers Allot $300K To Help Sued Poultry Processor

March 14, 2013 12:05 pm | by BRIAN WITTE,Associated Press

The Maryland House of Delegates amended the state budget on Wednesday to make up to $300,000 available to help a farm family pay its legal bills after it was sued unsuccessfully over alleged poultry pollution. The case, which was filed in federal court in 2010, prompted criticism from Gov. Martin O'Malley and state lawmakers in both parties.

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Daily Sound Bite: Reporting Animal Abuse

March 14, 2013 10:24 am

Animal rights activists are up in arms over a Nebraska bill that would require documentation of any incidents of animal abuse to be turned over within 24 hours. Meat processors hope the bill will curb the release of animal abuse videos taken undercover at slaughterhouses, but activists say the bill will cripple their ability to document patterns of abuse.

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Activists Criticize Neb. Animal-Abuse Bill

March 14, 2013 9:55 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Animal rights advocates are urging Nebraska lawmakers to reject a measure backed by meat producers that would require incidents of animal abuse to be reported within 24 hours of taking place, saying it would cripple their ability to document patterns of abuse.

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Gulf of Maine Shrimp Harvest May Be Smallest in 30 Years

March 14, 2013 9:53 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

With their quota cut by 74 percent and warnings that the Gulf of Maine shrimp population was in bad shape due to warm ocean temperatures, fishermen expected this to be a rough shrimp season. But it's turned out to be an even bigger bust than anybody anticipated.

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Wis. Gouda Wins U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

March 14, 2013 9:52 am

A Wisconsin Gouda won top honors Wednesday night at the 2013 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, edging out entries from Vermont and Illinois. Marieke Penterman, of Holland's Family Cheese in Thorp, Wis., won the two-day competition in Green Bay with her Marieke Mature Gouda. Out of a possible 100 points, Marieke Gouda scored 98.31 in the final round of judging.

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China Accuses Coca-Cola of Misusing GPS Equipment

March 14, 2013 9:50 am | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer

Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making. Coca-Cola said Thursday it was cooperating with investigators. It said trucks for some of its bottling plants use location technology that is widely available commercially in China to improve the efficiency of deliveries.

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Consumers: What’s Really in This Food?

March 14, 2013 9:48 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

From oil in Gatorade to the amount of caffeine and other stimulants in energy drinks and the so-called "pink slime" found in beef, previously unnoticed ingredients are coming under scrutiny as health-conscious consumers demand more information about what they eat and drink, and sometimes go public via social networking and the Internet.

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Photo of the Day: Life is Gouda

March 14, 2013 9:44 am

Marieke Penterman, center, owner of Holland's Family Cheese LLC in Thorp, Wis., reacts after winning first place in the U.S. Cheese Championship Contest at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Penterman's winning cheese was an aged Gouda.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Seek Organic, Natural Products

March 13, 2013 1:00 pm

The 2013 MamboTrack Annual Natural and Organic Product Survey among 1,003 health and eco consumers reveals that conscious shoppers are increasing their spending on organics, sourcing food products, seeking out Non-GMO and buying sustainable farm-to-table food products traceable to local farmers and producers. 

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Daily Sound Bite: Sierra Nevada Selects Beer Tanks from Germany

March 13, 2013 12:21 pm

On Tuesday, 28 beer brewing tanks arrived from Germany at the Port of Charleston. The tanks are destined for Mills River, N.C., where Sierra Nevada is in the process of buiding a new beer brewing facility. The company chose to order the thanks from Germany in order to keep production as consistent as possible from one facility to the next.

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