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Book Looks at Costs of Pork Production

October 13, 2014 3:33 pm | by JERRY HARKAVY, Associated Press

When the recession took hold six years ago and consumers stopped eating high on the hog, the giant meatpacker Hormel Foods began ratcheting up production to meet a surge in demand for Spam, its low-cost processed pork product in the familiar blue tins.

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Consumer Trends: Edible Label for Cannabis Products

October 13, 2014 3:26 pm | by CannaBadge

CannaBadge has introduced an all-natural frosting label that goes directly on a cannabis infused product, such as cakes, cookies, brownies and cupcakes.                           

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Mars Chocolate Facility Celebrates 50 Years

October 13, 2014 2:56 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America

Mars Chocolate, known for its Snickers bars, M&M's candies and Twix candy bars, is celebrating 50 years at its Albany, Georgia-based facility. Today, the facility employs approximately 175 associates who roast high-quality peanuts for a variety of Mars' iconic brands.

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McDonald's Invites Unappetizing Questions About its Food

October 13, 2014 2:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The push comes as McDonald's fights to boost its performance in the U.S.     

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OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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Researchers: Large Number of Fish Will Disappear From Tropics by 2050

October 13, 2014 9:55 am | by University of British Columbia

A study by the University of British Columbia examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks. Researchers say the tropics, among other areas, will see a loss of fish populations that are important to fisheries and communities.    

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Hog Farms Rebound From Virus That Killed Millions of Piglets

October 13, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has waned. As pig numbers increase, steep prices on things like bacon should ease.            

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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to Open $4M Corn-Mill Facility

October 13, 2014 9:09 am | by JIM MIMIAGA, Cortez Journal

"Value-added agriculture" is a popular phrase in rural areas for locally processing a raw crop into a more profitable, packaged food item. The mill will produce and package several varieties of food-grade cornmeal under the Bow and Arrow brand name.

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Chocolate-Covered Bugs on the Menu at Insect Museum

October 13, 2014 9:00 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press

What looked like a Halloween trick was actually an array of treats being served up Saturday at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans. The menu included crickets and wax worms on toothpick skewers and fudge infused with crickets.

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Mini-Cupcake Maker Doubles Sales by Creating Special Containers

October 13, 2014 7:45 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer

The owner of Baked by Melissa, a miniature-cupcake company, wanted to quickly expand her business by shipping nationwide. But the cupcakes, which are slightly larger than the diameter of a quarter, didn't travel well. Success came with what's called a clamshell package.

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Research: Coffee Consumers Earn More Than Tea Drinkers

October 10, 2014 2:33 pm | by Nestle Professional

According to recent research, coffee drinkers tend to be in a 'middle management' position and are setting their sights high in their careers, while tea drinkers believe they are the life and soul of the party outside of work.    

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Energy Drink Sales Skyrocket Despite Health Concerns

October 10, 2014 12:47 pm | by Canadean

A new survey finds that over half of energy drink consumers in the UK believe that the drinks are bad for their health. To secure the success of this fast-growing market, producers need to come up with healthier recipes and ingredients.   

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Chobani Launches New Products to #StopSadBreakfast

October 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chobani

Chobani, America's Greek Yogurt brand, is putting a stake — or rather a spoon — in the ground with the launch of a national mission to #StopSadBreakfast, starting with the introduction of its protein-packed new product, Chobani Greek Yogurt Oats.

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Scotch Whiskey Sales Dip in 2013

October 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Just-Drinks

Sales in major European markets, notably France, the UK and Spain, continued to decline, the whisky market research report states, with Spain shedding some 57 percent in volume terms from 2004 to 2013.      

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Molson Coors and Miller Brewing End Canada Partnership

October 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Molson Coors and Miller Brewing announced that they have settled amicably their litigation in Toronto arising from the Licence Agreement for the Miller trademark brands in Canada. Miller will regain the rights to distribute the beers on April 1. 

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Unmasking the Supply Chain: Transparency and Traceability

October 10, 2014 10:56 am | by New Hope

Nearly nine in 10 consumers globally, or 86 percent, pointed to "ingredient transparency" as one of their top purchase drivers for food products. Some of the top factors driving consumers to demand transparency include allergen cross-contamination and GMOs.

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Your Beer Attracts Fruit Flies on Purpose

October 10, 2014 10:20 am | by Cell Press

The familiar smell of beer is due in part to aroma compounds produced by common brewer's yeast. Now, researchers have discovered why the yeast make that smell: the scent attracts fruit flies, which repay the yeast by dispersing their cells in the environment.

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Food Addiction: Possible Trigger of Obesity Epidemic

October 10, 2014 9:26 am | by American College of Nutrition (ACN)

With diabetes and obesity reaching epidemic levels, the scientific community is exploring the many factors that may be contributing to this global problem. One aspect that is gaining interest within the research community is food addiction.     

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One of Top Ten Craft Brewers to Build Facility in Virginia

October 10, 2014 9:12 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Stone Brewing Co., named one of the nation's top 10 craft breweries, is tapping Virginia for its East Coast operations. The company plans to build a $74 million facility in Richmond, creating nearly 290 jobs over five years.      

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More Than 200 Craft Brewers Dramatically Reduce Carbon Footprint

October 9, 2014 3:17 pm | by MicroStar Logistics

A new study finds more than 200 leading craft brewers helped reduce their collective carbon footprint by over 3 million kg of CO2e in 2013. The results will be used as a benchmark to help the industry further minimize its carbon footprint.  

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