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St. Paul's Last Beef Plant Temporarily Shutting Down

July 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

Dakota Premium Foods, a beef-packing plant in South St. Paul, Minn., is temporarily shutting down due to the the declining number of cattle in the U.S. The company is currently idling 300 employees and was once the heart of the Upper Midwest meatpacking industry.

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Foster Farms Issues First Recall Since Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

July 7, 2014 8:59 am | by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press

Foster Farms, a California chicken producer, has been directly linked to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months. As a result, the company has issued a recall for 170 different chicken products from its facilities.

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HEB Recalls 38 Tons of Beef for Possible Metal Contamination

July 7, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press

HEB Grocery Company, a privately held supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 350 stores throughout Texas and northern Mexico, is recalling almost 38 tons of fresh beef products after employees found metal shavings in products.

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Officials Suspect Mad Cow Disease in Romanian Beef

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Romanian officials said they have found a case of suspected bovine spongiform encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad cow disease, in some beef. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.

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Consumer Trends: Historians Say July 4 has Extensive Food Past

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kansas State University

Many of the foods common at today's Fourth of July celebrations came from Europe, but have been "Americanized." This is especially true with hamburgers and hotdogs. Historian Jane Marshall says food was a staple at one of the country's first Fourth of July celebrations.

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Constellation Brands 1Q Income Soars from Crown Imports

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

The wine, liquor and beer company Constellation Brands Inc. said its fiscal first-quarter net income soared thanks to Crown Imports. The company purchased Group Modelo U.S. beer business in June 2013 from Anheuser-Busch InBev for about $5.3 billion.

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More Than 30 Global Packaging Industry Groups Expected at PACK EXPO

July 3, 2014 12:20 pm | by PACK EXPO

PMMI announced that more than 30 of the world's leading packaging industry groups will be attending the PACK EXPO International 2014. PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO, invited the organizations to exhibit as part of a program that strengthens industry connections.

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Teen's Caffeine Overdose Raises Concern on Added Amounts in Food

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The caffeine overdose in a healthy teen has gotten the attention of the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration about the increasing amounts of caffeine in a whole range of foods. The agency is investigating the safety of energy drinks and energy shots.

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UC President Plans to Safeguard World Food Supply with Global Initiative

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press

The University of California President Janet Napolitano has plans to tackle one of the world's most important problems: food. As a former Homeland Security secretary, Napolitano has issued a new UC Global Food Initiative to safeguard the world's food supply.

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Philadelphia Food Truck Explodes, Puts 2 in Critical Condition

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOSH CORNFIELD, Associated Press

A food truck exploded in Philadelphia last night when a propane tank burst. The explosion injured the mother and daughter working on the food truck and sent at least nine others to the hospital for burns across substantial portions of their bodies. 

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Infographic: What's Really Inside Your Tea Bag

July 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Compound Interest

What's in that cup of tea? Andy Brunning, a high school chemistry teacher in the U.K., makes beautiful infographics about everyday chemistry on his blog, Compound Interest. Unsurprisingly, his most popular posts are about food and drinks.

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Nestle USA Sells Juicy Juice Brand

July 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press

Brynwood Partners has purchased the Juicy Juice brand from Nestle USA with plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes by making changes to its packaging. This is the sixth acquisition the private equity has completed with Nestle.

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Michigan Officials Approve Fish Hatchery Expansion

July 3, 2014 8:10 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

A northern Michigan commercial fish hatchery, Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC, has been granted a pollutant discharge permit to increase production from about 20,000 pounds of rainbow trout a year to 300,000 pounds. The expansion will help protect the Au Sable River.

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Tyson Foods Signs Definitive Deal to Buy Hillshire Brands

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

After Tyson Foods was let out of its previous agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages has now signed a deal to purchase Hillshire Brands for $7.75B. Tyson Foods has agreed to pay the $163 million termination fee to Pinnacle on behalf of HIllshire.

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AB InBev Buys Czech Brewer to Reclaim 'Budweiser'

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

The Budweiser war continues with Anheuser-Busch InBev buying a small Czech brewery, Samson. AB InBev is currently in a legal battle over the Budweiser trademark name with Budvar, another Czech brewer. The purchase was an effort by AB InBev to reclaim the name.

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Cider, Calvados Stoke American Apple Beverage Trend

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Michelle Locke, The Associated Press

Hard cider sales have grown substantially during the past five years. The success of craft ciders has caused other new apple-based boozes to enter the market, such as Karner Blue gin, which is distilled from apples, not grains, at a New Hampshire winery and distillery.

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Study: Kids Familiar with Food Logos Are More Likely to be Obese

July 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Michigan State University

A research team that included a Michigan State University professor tested kids on their knowledge of various brands, such as golden arches or silly rabbits, and found that those who could identify them the most tended to have higher body mass indexes, or BMIs.

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Consumer Trends: The First Superfood for Moms

July 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Now For Mothers Food Corp

Moms can now enjoy the first food made especially for them: Now For Mothers Healing Mix. This natural post pregnancy formula provides babies with the precursor fats required for effective brain development. Product can be sprinkled onto food or mixed into drinks.

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Quiznos Emerges from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

July 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Quiznos emerged from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy after restructuring its finances. The sandwich chain filed for protection in March and reduced its debt by more than $400 million. The Denver company owns and operates only seven of the 2,100 Quiznos around the nation.

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That Patriotic Apple Pie Is Less Likely to be Frozen

July 2, 2014 12:20 pm | by Mintel

Frozen cakes and pies declined 2.4 percent from 2009-2014 as consumers focus on gourmet flavors and shift towards viewing pies and cakes as an indulgent snack. According to Mintel research, 41 percent of consumers claim to eat prepared snacks between meals.

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