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Illinois Brings Back Happy Hour, But Not All Are Saying 'Cheers'

July 17, 2015 9:45 am | by DAVID MERCER, Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the change into law on Wednesday, legalizing happy hour in Illinois for the first time since it was banned in 1989 over concerns about excessive drinking and drunken driving. Proponents of the shift said it would boost alcohol sales — and in the process, tax revenues.

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What's New at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015

July 17, 2015 8:30 am | by PMMI

Fast-changing consumer preferences require a rapid response from manufacturers, driving demands for processing and packaging technologies that yield greater flexibility, sustainability and efficiency. This fall, the destination for solutions is PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Las Vegas Convention Center; Sept. 28-30, 2015).

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PROCESS EXPO Asks: 'Where Have All The Bakers Gone?'

July 17, 2015 8:15 am | by FPSA

Where Have All the Bakers Gone? is just one of the sessions of this year's PROCESS EXPO UNIVERSITY program. This year’s program includes 35+ hours of education addressing a wide variety of important topics that cover all major segments of the food and beverage industry.

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Company Debuts Recyclable K-Cup

July 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The company credited with inventing the paper coffee filter is producing the first single-serve coffee pod that's completely recyclable.

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Headquarters of Kraft Business Heading to Downtown Chicago

July 16, 2015 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Kraft Heinz says it is relocating the headquarters of the Kraft business from Northfield, Illinois, to downtown Chicago early next year.

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Monsanto Will Fund Review of Study Linking Weed Killer to Cancer Risk

July 16, 2015 1:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto plans to fund a panel of scientists to review a study that linked its popular agricultural weed killer to an increased risk of cancer.

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General Mills Plans to Close Illinois Facility

July 16, 2015 1:15 pm | by Associated Press

General Mills says that it has tentatively decided to close an Illinois plant over the next few years, but will consult first with the union that represents the facility. The food maker is looking to get rid of excess cereal and dry dinner capacity as part of its ongoing effort to meet consumers' changing tastes.

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US Foods Opens New Distribution Center in Mississippi

July 16, 2015 12:05 pm | by Business Wire

The new 272,000 square foot facility will service more than 4,000 chefs, restaurant owners and foodservice operators throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. It is also the company’s 6th LEED-certified facility, featuring an environmentally conscious design maximized for energy efficiency.

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Providence Targets Old Laws to be Friendlier For Food Trucks

July 16, 2015 11:00 am | by AMY ANTHONY, Associated Press

Officials are looking into revising a decades-old ordinance that requires restaurants-on-wheels to abide by the same rules as hawkers or peddlers, including the two-hour limit in parking spaces around the capital city. This is just one of the restrictions that local food truck vendors have said is killing their business.

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Mars Inc. to Expand Candy-Making Plant in Kansas

July 16, 2015 10:35 am | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press

Mars Inc. announced plans Wednesday for a $100 million expansion of its candy-making plant in Kansas, a facility that was the company's first new plant in 35 years.

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Scientists in Oregon Develop Bacon-Flavored Seaweed

July 16, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press

What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented.

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Brad Pitt, Bill Maher Slam Costco, Speak Up For Caged Hens

July 16, 2015 9:45 am | by SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

Brad Pitt and Bill Maher say Costco contributes to animal cruelty by selling eggs from caged hens.

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PROCESS EXPO 2015 Preview: Nine Advances in Aseptic Processing and Packaging

July 16, 2015 8:10 am | by Steve Smith, Processing Specialist, Purdue University

In advance of PROCESS EXPO 2015, here are nine advancements in the processing and packaging side of aseptic processing.

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Pabst to Return to Milwaukee

July 16, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

An icon of Milwaukee's flagship industry is returning to the city after a two-decade absence. Pabst Brewing Co., which traces its origins in the city to 1844, plans to open a microbrewery, tasting room and tavern at the site of its former brewery next summer.

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House Panel Advances GMO Labeling Bill

July 15, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Legislation to create a voluntary labeling program for genetically modified foods — and ban state GMO labeling requirements — moved a step closer to becoming law this week.

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Egg Prices Blowing Up Because of Avian Flu

July 15, 2015 1:25 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

Eggs are getting much more expensive — by the dozen and otherwise. The outbreak of avian flu caused the cost of eggs to nearly double last month for producers. Wholesale prices for chicken eggs jumped 84.5 percent in June, the Labor Department said Wednesday.

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Safety Group Calls For Workplace Policies On Painkillers

July 15, 2015 12:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A workplace safety group on Monday called for employers to develop policies regarding workers' use of prescription opioid painkillers.

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Yum Brands Says KFC, Taco Bell Sales Improved in 2Q

July 15, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company said sales were boosted by new menu items, like breakfast food and premium coffee at Taco Bell and $5 Fill Up combo meals and chicken and rice bowls at KFC.

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Tyson Subsidiary Agrees to Settlement Over All-Natural Labels

July 15, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Van’s Natural Foods agreed to change its product labels and pay up to $9 million to settle a court case involving many of its breakfast foods.

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Study: LEDs Could Prevent Foodborne Bacteria

July 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study suggests that LED lighting could serve as an alternative to chemical preservatives in preventing foodborne illness.

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