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Farmers Face New Conservation Rules Under Farm Bill

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill. Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies.

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Infestation Forces Closure of NYC Cronut Bakery

April 7, 2014 12:37 pm

Health officials on Friday shut down New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery, famous for serving up delicious croissant-doughnut hybrid treats called Cronuts, because of a "severe mouse infestation" that requires professional pest control.

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Consumer Trends: What Your Taste Buds Say About You

April 7, 2014 12:00 pm

Chances are, most of us have defined someone's character as plain or "vanilla." After all, these descriptions perfectly emphasize just how unexciting a person is. But, according to a study commissioned by Danio, it seems we've been mistaken all along.

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Adjusting Calcium, Acidity Levels May Improve Dressings and Sauces

April 7, 2014 10:53 am

Adjusting the calcium and acidity levels could be the key to developing better-tasting, more eye-appealing and creamier reduced-fat sauces, desserts and salad dressings that could be on the market soon, according to a study supported by ConAgra Foods.

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Federal Judges to Review COOL Ruling

April 7, 2014 10:34 am

A full federal appeals court will review meat labeling rules that would require country-of-origin information on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat. The meat industry went to court in an effort to block the government regulation, which went into effect last year.

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McDonald’s Pulls Out of Crimea

April 7, 2014 10:33 am

McDonald's has closed its three restaurants in Crimea as it evaluates the "evolving situation" on the Black Sea peninsula. The chain said Friday that the closures were "strictly a business decision which has nothing to do with politics."

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Heineken Invests $100M in Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 10:28 am | by TRENTON DANIEL, Associated Press

Heineken is investing $100 million in its production plant in Haiti, a country where many international companies have been reluctant to spend money because of a business climate hampered by red tape, corruption allegations and a weak infrastructure.

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NLRB Seeks Injunction to End Kellogg Lockout

April 7, 2014 10:22 am

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday authorized its lawyers to seek an immediate injunction in U.S. Federal Court against the Kellogg Company for the food maker's role in the long-running lockout at its cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn.

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Photos of the Day: Decoding DNA to Fight Deadly Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 10:17 am

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

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Experts Fight Food Poisoning by Decoding Germ DNA

April 7, 2014 10:13 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

The nation's disease detectives are launching a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target is listeria, the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning.

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Organic Valley Sales Soar on Dairy, Produce Demand

April 4, 2014 1:58 pm

Wisconsin-based Organic Valley saw sales of butter, cheese and vegetables grow, boosting profits 8.5 percent last year. The company attributed the jump to growing consumer demand. The world's largest farmer-owned cooperative boasts 1,844 members.

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Cat Cafe Makes Felinophiles Purr

April 4, 2014 1:34 pm | by BETHAN McKERNAN, Associated Press

One of London's newest cafes, Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, draws customers into its financial-district location for food, drinks and, of course, cats. Popular in Japan for a decade, cat cafes attract city dwellers who want to de-stress, but can't have pets.

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Americans Adore Ranch Dressing

April 4, 2014 1:20 pm | by The NPD Group

Ranch is the top ready-to-use dressing flavor shipped to foodservice outlets, according to new data from The NPD Group. Sales of the dressing are leading growth in the otherwise flat category. Dijon, Asian peanut, and several vinaigrette flavors are also popular.

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Hillshire Will Shutter Florence, Ala. Plant

April 4, 2014 1:07 pm

Hillshire Brands Co. officials say they plan to close the company's Florence plant in Alabama. The plant, which includes cooking operations for breakfast sandwiches and breakfast sausages, employs approximately 1,100 people. Closure is scheduled for the end of 2014.

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Sugar Reform Coalition Commends Trade Talk Progress

April 4, 2014 12:58 pm

The Coalition for Sugar Reform represents consumer, trade, and commerce groups, manufacturing associations, and food and beverage companies that use sugar, including confectioners, bakers, cereal manufacturers, beverage makers and dairy companies.

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Consumer Trends: Organic Products Gain Popularity in Germany

April 4, 2014 12:00 pm

Germany's organic food market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of around 9 percent from 2014-2019, according to TechSci Research. Organic meat, breads and cereals are expected to be the fastest growing segments in the country's organic food market.

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Vapshot Transforms Drinks into a New State of Matter

April 4, 2014 10:39 am

Vapshot, a new way to imbibe mix drinks, cocktails or shots, can be served many different ways: Vapshot (vapor only), Vapshot plus a shot of liquor, and a Vapshot mix drink. The machine injects a fine mist of spirits into the serving container under pressure.

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Paula Deen's Embattled Savannah Restaurant Closes

April 4, 2014 10:26 am

Paula Deen's Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House, co-owned with her brother Bubba Hiers, is reportedly closed after 10 years and a 2012 suit that alleged inappropriate sexual behavior and racism. The case cost Deen multiple endorsements and contracts.

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Milwaukeeans Campaign to Buy Pabst from Calif. Company

April 4, 2014 10:12 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press Writer

A group of Milwaukee residents initiated a campaign called "Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home." The company, started in Milwaukee in 1844, is now headquartered in Los Angeles after being bought by a food industry executive in 2010 for a reported $250 million.

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Sodexo Cleared of Campus Norovirus Outbreak

April 4, 2014 9:41 am

University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown was hit by a rash of norovirus, sickening nearly 200 students and shutting down the school. Pennsylvania's Bureau of Food Safety said it found no violations at campus dining halls and other food outlets operated by Sodexo.

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