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Police Investigate How Cocaine Pack Ended Up in a Granola Bar

May 7, 2015 3:10 pm | by The Associated Press

San Antonio police are investigating how a packet of cocaine ended up inside a wrapped Nature Valley granola bar.

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Purina: Blue Buffalo Admits By-Products a 'Substantial' Portion of Their Pet Foods

May 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by Nestle Purina PetCare

On May 6, 2014, Purina filed a lawsuit against Blue Buffalo for false advertising after testing revealed the presence of poultry by-product meal in some of Blue Buffalo's top selling pet foods. Blue Buffalo's CEO responded by immediately claiming the testing was "Voodoo Science."

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Molson Coors Says Beer Sales Sank in 1Q

May 7, 2015 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press

Beer maker Molson Coors said Thursday that beer sales and revenue fell in the first quarter, saying sales are under pressure in its bigger markets and foreign currency exchange rates are affecting sales outside the U.S.

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FAO Predicts World Food Import Bill to Fall to 5-Year Low

May 7, 2015 1:00 pm | by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Worldwide cereal production will likely decline by 1.5 percent from last year's record-breaking output, mainly due to reduced acreage planted with maize, but the impact will be cushioned by "exceptionally high" levels of existing stocks.

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Decomposing Turkeys and Chickens Lead to Odors, Flies

May 7, 2015 11:50 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Millions of dead chickens and turkeys lie in stinking, fly-swarmed piles near dozens of Iowa farms, casualties of a bird flu virus that's swept through the state's large poultry operations in the last month.

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Do Consumers Really Care About 'Natural' Colors in Food? This Infographic Says So

May 7, 2015 11:20 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Recently, three major food companies; Kraft, Nestle and Hershey, have announced their plans to go "all natural" by removing artificial colorings from their food offerings. But how important really is it to consumers that food is made from natural colors?

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Whole Foods Plans New Chain to Court Millennials

May 7, 2015 10:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods is planning to open a new chain of stores that courts millennials with lower prices as it faces intensifying competition as a purveyor of organic and natural products. Stores are expected to start opening next year, followed by a fairly rapid expansion.

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Federal Charge Filed Against Former MillerCoors Official

May 7, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

A former vice president at MillerCoors and seven other defendants are facing federal charges, accused of defrauding the company of at least $7 million, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago announced Wednesday.

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McDonald's Embracing New Ingredient: Kale

May 7, 2015 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

The test comes as McDonald's Corp. works to shake its junk food image, with sales at established U.S. locations declining for six straight quarters. CEO Steve Easterbrook, who stepped into the top spot March 1, has said he want to turn the chain into a "modern, progressive burger company."

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Manufacturing Mergers off to Strong Start in 2015

May 7, 2015 8:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Mergers and acquisitions in the manufacturing sector hit their highest first-quarter levels in years, according to the latest quarterly analysis by PwC US.

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Keurig Green Mountain Slumps on 2Q Results and Lower Outlook

May 7, 2015 8:25 am | by The Associated Press

Shares of Keurig Green Mountain fell in extended trading Wednesday after the maker of single-serve coffee brewing systems reported disappointing fiscal second-quarter results and cut its estimates for the year.

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Jeni's Traces Source of Listeria to Pint-Filling Machine

May 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

CEO John Lowe says in a statement Wednesday that the company will never be sure how the bacteria got into the machine, which filled a portion of the pints for retail sales, but efforts continue to clean the Columbus facility.

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Securing the Supply of Sea Scallops For Today, Tomorrow

May 6, 2015 2:50 pm | by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Good management has brought the $559 million U.S. sea scallop fishery back from the brink of collapse over the past 20 years. However, its current fishery management plan does not account for longer-term environmental change like ocean warming and acidification.

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Scientists X-Ray Chocolate to Avoid the Dreaded Chocolate 'Bloom'

May 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by American Chemical Society

Chocolate is one of the world's most popular foods, but when a whitish coating called a bloom appears on the confection's surface, it can make consumers think twice about eating it. 

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Fries at the Doorstep: Fast-Food Pushes Into Delivery

May 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

On the same day McDonald's said it would begin testing delivery in New York, an order placed for two cheeseburgers, two large fries and a vanilla shake took about a half-hour to arrive at The Associated Press headquarters.

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3 Key Issues to Ponder Before Going 'All In' On the Cloud

May 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Padman Ramankutty

There are three challenges IT organizations must consider and tackle in order to smoothly transition to a hybrid or all-cloud environment.

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US Gives Farmers Approval to Spray Crops From Drones

May 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Smaller drones weighing a few pounds had already been approved for limited use to take pictures that help farmers identify unhealthy crops. The RMAX is the first time a drone big enough to carry a payload has been approved.

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Wendy's to Sell 640 Restaurants, Bakery Ops

May 6, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press

Wendy's is planning to sell 640 of its company-owned restaurants to franchisees and will also sell off its bakery operations. The hamburger chain also announced Wednesday that its first-quarter profit topped Wall Street's expectations as sales improved in North America.

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ISM: Manufacturing Remains Steady, Hiring Slow

May 6, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 28th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 71st consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Turkey Farmer Hit By Bird Flu Sees Emotional, Financial Toll

May 6, 2015 8:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Lifelong turkey farmer Greg Langmo knew as soon as the young flock that usually clustered around him like curious little puppies turned lethargic and stopped eating that his Minnesota farm had been struck by the bird flu that has shaken the poultry industry.

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