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Brewery Seeks to End Uproar Over Gandhi Beer Name, Label

January 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A Connecticut brewery that drew condemnation in the U.S. and India for its beer that carries the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi says it has received threats and is seeking a way to end the uproar.        

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Organic Egg Farm Planned for Michigan Township

January 8, 2015 9:35 am | by ROSEMARY PARKER, Kalamazoo Gazette

The northwest corner of Otsego Township is zoned for agriculture, and an egg producer hopes to bring half a million laying hens to produce organic eggs there. The proposed $8.2 million project has raised interest but also concerns among neighbors of the proposed facility.

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Dunkin' Donuts Strikes Deal to Open 1,400 Stores in China

January 8, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Dunkin' Donuts said Wednesday it struck a deal to open more than 1,400 locations in China over the next 20 years. Dunkin' Donuts ended the most recent quarter with about 3,200 international locations. In the U.S., it had about 8,000 locations, giving it more than 11,100 locations worldwide.

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5 Notable Changes to Look Out For in the USDA's 2015 Dietary Guideilnes

January 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Whether consumers choose to follow the recommendations or not, the new guidelines will more than likely affect nutritional patterns throughout the country. From school lunches to labels on food products, the Dietary Guidelines are sure to pose an impact in American lives.

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Photo of the Day: 3D Systems and Hershey Team Up

January 8, 2015 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

3D Systems has announced the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company.                                       

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Scientists Successfully Grow Onions Overwintered in Low Tunnels

January 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In response to high demand for year-round local produce, researchers with the University of New Hampshire report they have successfully grown bulbing onions planted in fall for a spring harvest with the aid of inexpensive low tunnels.   

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VIDEO: Natural Ice Cream Future Awaits as Vanillin Compound Isolated

January 7, 2015 12:40 pm | by Reuters Plus

Producing vanillin — the major compound in vanilla flavoring — is an inefficient and mostly polluting process. But a Danish researcher wants to change that, having identified the compound's biosynthetic pathway in the vanilla orchid.    

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Judge Upholds Sanctions For No-Show in Burger Needle Lawsuit

January 7, 2015 12:05 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

Clark Bartholomew, a retired soldier, violated a court order when he didn't attend the September conference to settle the lawsuit over needles he found in a Burger King sandwich at a Hawaii Army base. He had filed the lawsuit after swallowing the needles. 

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Frozen Sandwich Maker to Hire 200 Workers For Mississippi Plant

January 7, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Raybern Foods, a California company, will soon be making sandwiches in a former meat processing factory near Tupelo. The company plans to invest more than $10 million and hire 200 people to make frozen deli sandwiches in a 130,000 square foot building in Shannon.

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Ex-Manager of US Halal Food Supplier Agreed to Cooperate in Fraud Case

January 7, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A fired manager at an Iowa-based halal food supplier accused of fraud agreed to cooperate with prosecutors months ago under a plea deal. The agreement shows Phillip Payne agreed to "fully and completely cooperate" in the investigation of the Midamar Corp.

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Human Tooth Found in McDonald's Japan Fries

January 7, 2015 9:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

McDonald's Corp. officials in Japan bowed deeply Wednesday to apologize for a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects found in the burger chain's food, highlighting how consumers here are both loving and hating the fast-food eatery. 

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Idaho, Texas Companies to Build $100M Meatpacking Plant in SW Idaho

January 7, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. and Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers plan to build a $100 million meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho. Simplot officials in an announcement yesterday said the plant near Kuna will employ 600 workers.    

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Anheuser-Busch: The Return of the Puppies and the Clydesdales

January 7, 2015 8:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Regardless of the two teams that actually end up playing, the new ads always seem to be a top reason for watching the game. And this year, Anheuser-Busch — one of the top advertisers for Super Bowl XLIX — has announced the return of the puppies and the Clydesdales.

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Keurig Brews Deal With Dr Pepper Snapple Group For Cold-Drink Machine

January 7, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

If you are anything like the typical consumer of today, anything that is quick and convenient is at the top of your list. Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr Pepper Snapple to start making single-serve capsules for use in its soon-to-be-released cold beverage system.

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Monsanto Earnings Fall on Lower Corn Seed Sales

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

U.S. farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on those foodstaples to their lowest levels in years. That has resulted in farmers in South America and elsewhere reducing the number of acres they dedicate to corn. 

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Tracing Chicken Flu Virus Yields Insight Into Origins of Deadly H7N9 Strain

January 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened more than 375 people since 2013.       

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Long Island Brand Beverages to Merge With Cullen Agricultural Holding

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Business Wire

The ready-to-drink tea category has grown at a strong 6.1 percent annually from 2009 to 2014, and is forecast to grow more than 10 percent annually during the next five years, according to IBISWorld’s January 2014 market research report titled RTD Tea Production in the US.

Caramel Apple Recall Expanded to Kroger Brand

January 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by FDA

Happy Apple Company of Washington, MO, is expanding its recall of caramel apples to include Kroger brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company with a best use by date between Sept. 15 and Nov. 18, 2014.   

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Photo of the Day: Study Reveals Causes of Apple Skin Spotting

January 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A newly released study, published in the American Society for Horticultural Science, found that “skin spots,” a disorder commonly found in Elstar and Golden Delicious apples, usually appear on the apples’ skin after the fruit has been transported or moved from storage.

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No More French Fries? More Than 100 McDonald's Franchises Run Out

January 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes and are now serving alternatives like deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca. McDonald's franchisers are blaming a contract dispute with West Coast dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries to the country.

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