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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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New Hampshire Drives Tourism with 100-Year-Old Diner

July 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

Every four years during New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, almost every White House wannabe makes a stop to this tiny diner tucked onto a side street of the state's largest city. The menu includes pancakes, omelets, burgers, sandwiches and more.

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First Lady's Produce Garden Tours to Resume Mid-July

July 2, 2014 12:00 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Tours of Michelle Obama's produce garden will begin operating again after the tours were grounded due to mandatory budget cuts last year. The first lady planted the garden in 2009 to help inform the public of her anti-childhood obesity initiative.

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Trader Joe's Faces Suit for Improper Meat, Produce Origin Labeling

July 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Made in the USA Foundation

Made in USA Foundation Chairman Joel D. Joseph filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's for improper use of the "country of origin" labels on its meat and produce. Joseph helped draft and achieve the passage of the federal Country of Origin Labeling Act.  

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US Breweries Have More Than Doubled in 5 Years

July 2, 2014 8:20 am | by U.S. Census Bureau

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, employment in the breweries industry has climbed in the five-year span — rising to 26,077 employees in 2012, up by 3,825, from 22,252 in 2007. The number of US breweries has increased from 398 to 869 in five years.

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Infographic: The Chemistry of Chocolate

July 2, 2014 8:15 am | by Compound Interest

Why does chocolate satisfy the way it does? 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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Organic Trade Group to Create Jobs with US, Korea Arrangement

July 2, 2014 8:15 am | by Organic Trade Association

An arrangement was welcomed by the Organic Trade Association between the U.S. and Korea. Estimates are that American exports of organic processed foods and beverages to Korea, valued at $35 million in 2013, will more than double over the next five years. 

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European Officials: Browned Food Can Increase Cancer Risk

July 2, 2014 8:00 am | by European Food Safety Authority

The European Food Safety Authority confirmed that acrylamide in food is a potential danger to consumers, as it can increase the risk of developing cancer. Acrylamide is a chemical compound that typically forms in starchy food products during high-temperature cooking.

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Pasta Fraud Results in $5M Cash Settlement Fund

July 2, 2014 8:00 am | by Kinsella Media

A settlement of two class actions has been reached with Dakota Growers, the maker of Dreamfields Pasta. The lawsuits claim the packaging for Dreamfields Pasta are misleading, therefore a $5,000,000 cash settlement fund will be established for consumers.

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Consumer Trends: Top Reasons Americans Support Biotechnology

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by United Soybean Board

According to a survey conducted by the United Soybean Board, 57 percent of consumers characterize the role of biotechnology in food production as positive or neutral. Among the positive opinions, reasons included improved nutrition and improved crop yields.

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World Cup: Patriotic Waffle House Won't Serve Belgian Waffles

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Associated Press

A day before the U.S. faces Belgium in the World Cup, the Waffle House, a Georgia-based restaurant, announced on its Twitter account that they, "...don't believe in Belgium waffles." When asked for its opinion on Belgian waffles, the company responded: "We dominate them."

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USDA: US Farmers Plant Record Soy Crop, Less Corn

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

This year marks a record for U.S. farmers planting soybeans, with millions of acres of land devoted to the crop. Among the states that planted record amounts include Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  

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USDA:Safe Handling of Produce Cuts Illness Risk

July 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The USDA is reminding consumers to safe handle their produce and fresh-squeezed juice to prevent foodborne bacteria from multiplying. No matter where the fresh fruits and vegetables come from, it is important to follow these safety tips to prevent food poisoning. 

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Calif. Oyster Farm Fights High Court to Stay in Business

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by PAUL ELIAS

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is considering several options to keep the oyster farm operating after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider its appeal to stay open. Federal officials want to return the oysters to the waters of Drakes Estero in Northern California.

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