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Arbor Investment Acquires Best Maid Cookie Co.

November 4, 2014 9:30 am | by Arbor Investments

Arbor Investments announces the acquisition of River Falls, Wisconsin-based Best Maid Cookie Company, Inc. The company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded and private label gourmet cookies and dessert bars in both fully baked and frozen dough formats. 

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Smucker's Removes Anti-GMO Posts From Social Media Sites

November 4, 2014 9:15 am | by Green America, Washington, DC; GMO Inside, Washington, DC

Green America's GMO Inside campaign is calling out the J.M. Smucker Company (Smucker's) for removing anti-GMO posts and posts critiquing the company's funding of opposition to GMO labeling ballot initiatives in Oregon and Colorado. 

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StarKist Tuna Chosen as One of 'Healthiest Grab-and-Go Lunches'

November 4, 2014 9:00 am | by StarKist Co.

StarKist has been recognized on Women's Health respected 2014 "Supermarket Stars" list. Compiled every year, the "Supermarket Stars" list highlights the healthiest packaged foods for women. Hundreds of products are submitted to the magazine each year.

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Study: Maple Syrup Production Declines After Big Seed Year

November 3, 2014 2:00 pm | by Harvard University

For decades, maple syrup producers have eyed the weather to help understand spring sugar yields. But new research in the journal Forest Ecology and Management reveals a more valuable metric for understanding — and even predicting — syrup production.

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NYC Eatery Creates Most Expensive Sandwich in the World

November 3, 2014 1:25 pm | by Serendipity 3

In honor of National Sandwich Day today, a legendary NYC restaurant, Serendipity 3, received a Guinness World Record for the Most Expensive Sandwich in the World — The Quintessential Grilled Cheese Sandwich, which sells for a whopping $214. 

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Company Introduces First Real Dairy, Lactose-Free Cream Cheese in US

November 3, 2014 1:00 pm | by Green Valley Organics

In response to increasing demand for lactose-free dairy products, Green Valley Organics is expanding its line with the introduction of the first real dairy, lactose-free cream cheese available in the U.S. market.          

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Chef Carla Hall Uses Kickstarter to Open Restaurant

November 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

The co-host of ABC's daytime food fest "The Chew" says it took years for friends and family to convince her to open her own eatery, but once she'd committed she knew she'd only be happy doing it in a way that kept her in control.   

Photo: Sesame Street Celebrates 45 Years, Now Represents Healthy Foods

November 3, 2014 11:56 am | by AP Photo/Sesame Workshop, Richard Termine, File

In this photo, "Sesame Street" characters Elmo and Super Grover pose with four new muppets representing healthy food groups; fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains as part of their "Food For Thought: Eating Well on a Budget" initiative.    

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FDA's Proposed Fish Advisory Could Increase Mercury Poisoning

November 3, 2014 11:45 am | by Mercury Policy Project

A new advisory recommending increased fish consumption for pregnant women could increase mercury poisoning in newborns, according to physicians and consumer groups. Groups point out that recommendation to simply "eat more fish" is oversimplified and unlikely to achieve the intended benefits.

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China Slowdown Could Bruise Global Economy

November 3, 2014 11:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

China's roaring economy for years has pulled much of the rest of the world with it, but its role as a global engine is fading as its economy slows — and many other nations, in the view of economists, will feel the pain.       

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Marathon Ventures Recalls Macadamia Nuts For Salmonella

November 3, 2014 9:45 am | by FDA

Marathon Ventures, Inc. announced that it is voluntarily recalling various retail and bulk packages containing raw macadamia nuts as a precautionary measure because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella.        

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Diageo Sells Irish Whiskey to Jose Cuervo

November 3, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press

British drinks company Diageo is selling its Northern Ireland whiskey brand, Bushmills, to tequila king Jose Cuervo in a swap deal that will give Diageo sole ownership of an upmarket Mexican tequila maker, Don Julio.          

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Campbell Soup CEO Shares Lessons Learned During Leadership Ascent

November 3, 2014 9:15 am | by University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

Denise Morrison, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company, shared her journey to become the first woman to lead the company and how she evolved to compete in the ever-changing global environment. Campbell Soup is a growing global food company with annual sales of more than $8 billion. 

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Bison Day: Americans Celebrate a National Icon

November 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Wildlife Conservation Society

Bison production is in its strongest economic condition in more than a decade. The total value of privately owned bison on more than 2,500 bison ranches in the U.S. was estimated to exceed $280 million in 2013. Bison ranches provide a sustainable and healthy meat source, and contribute to our nation’s food security.

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Duck Farming Fading Away on New York's Long Island

November 3, 2014 9:02 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press

The Long Island duck is quietly fading into the history books. By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island; that's down from a high of more than 100 in the early 1960s that produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.

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Beer, Wine Flow in the Booze Baron of the West Bank

November 3, 2014 8:51 am | by TIA GOLDENBERG, Associated Press

A tiny Christian enclave in the Muslim West Bank has for years crafted the only Palestinian beer and brought thousands of visitors flocking to its annual beer fest. Now, it is adding wine to its list of libations, hoping a boutique winery will be another tourist draw.

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Red Lobster Goes Back Into its Shell

November 3, 2014 8:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The struggling seafood chain plans to announce another revamped menu that removes dishes, while tacking on more dishes featuring lobster. The non-seafood dishes had been added in hopes of attracting people who don't like seafood as sales declined. 

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Va. Distilleries Ask Gov. to Nix Booze Price Hike

October 31, 2014 3:58 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Earlier this month, McAuliffe directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to increase liquor prices as part of a move to close a $2.4 billion budget gap, garnering concerns from consumers and industry alike.     

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New Evidence of Natural Alternative to Antibiotic Use in Livestock

October 31, 2014 3:37 pm | by Avivagen Inc.

New research provides support for a new type of natural alternative to the use of antibiotics in livestock feeds. The discovery comes at a time when health regulators are looking to avoid usage of antibiotics in livestock due to concerns they pose threats to public health.

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Infographic: American Spending Trends on Halloween

October 31, 2014 2:57 pm | by Shift Communications

Nearly half of all Americans won't be buying Halloween candy this year, and certain areas of the country get much more into the holiday than others. This infographic details how consumers celebrate the holiday.

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