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Connecticut Brewery Apologizes For Using Gandhi on Beer Can

January 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

A Connecticut brewery is apologizing to Indians offended that the company is using Mohandas Gandhi's name and likeness on one of its beers. New England Brewing Co. in Woodbridge apologized over the weekend on its Facebook page for the India pale ale it calls Gandhi-Bot.

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McDonald's Campaign Looks to Rekindle 'Lovin' '

January 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers, the company on Friday unveiled a new marketing strategy and ads it says will emphasize the "love" in its long-running "I'm Lovin' It" slogan.      

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Figures Show US-Cuba Trade Likely Hit Decade Low Last Year

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

The statistics show that U.S. farmers sold slightly more than $253 million worth of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the first 10 months of 2014. If the last two months of the year reflect similar levels of sales, 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba since 2004.

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Little Change Seen in Fast Food Portion Size, Product Formulation Between 1996 and 2013

January 5, 2015 12:30 pm | by Tufts University

Researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of popular menu items served at three national fast-food chains between 1996 and 2013. They found that average calories, sodium, and saturated fat stayed relatively constant, albeit at high levels. 

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Study: Fructose Proves More Toxic Than Table Sugar

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by University of Utah

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.

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Healthy Eating Guidelines May Consider Environmental Impact

January 5, 2015 9:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — possibly at the expense of meat. The beef and agriculture industries are crying foul, saying an environmental agenda has no place in what has always been a practical blueprint for a healthy lifestyle.

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Photo of the Day: 11-Year-Old Takes the 'No Pop Challenge'

January 5, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

What would you do for $500? Jonathan Sarisky, 11, successfully completed a year of the "No Pop Challenge" in exchange for the cash. Sarisky, from Livingston, Mont., avoided soda, hot chocolate, milkshakes and any other sugary beverages for the year.     

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Calif. Citrus Braves the Bitter Cold

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press

Citrus growers in California say their crops survived the freezing temperatures of the last three days. California Citrus Mutual President Joel Nelson said that citrus growers put in place frost protection measures to protect their crops. The last critical freeze for the industry was December 2013. 

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Bad Malt Barley Crop in 2014 is Not Likely to Affect Beer Prices

January 5, 2015 8:40 am | by LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press

This year, farmers and maltsters have been scrambling to salvage a large portion of the crop hit by heavy rains in August, especially in Montana and Idaho, the top two barley-growing states in the U.S. Growers in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada, faced similar issues.

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US to Resume Beef Imports From Ireland For First Time Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat meat from infected cows. 

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Fast-Food Companies Look to Transform Negative 'Junk Food' Image

January 2, 2015 9:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives customers find objectionable.

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Poll: Americans Support Menu Labeling

December 31, 2014 10:55 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more. According to a poll conducted in December, most Americans favor labeling calories on menus in fast food and sit-down restaurants.

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Hong Kong Destroys Poultry From China After Bird Flu Found

December 31, 2014 10:49 am | by Associated Press

Authorities in Hong Kong began destroying 15,000 chickens at a poultry market Wednesday and suspended imports from mainland China after some birds were found to be infected with bird flu.The market in Cheung Sha Wan in the Kowloon district will be closed and imports suspended for 21 days.

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Court Sides With POM Wonderful in Beverage Fight

December 31, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press

A federal appeals court has sided with juice maker POM Wonderful in a lawsuit over another beverage company's use of the term "pom." The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that denied POM Wonderful's request for a preliminary injunction against Portland, Oregon-based Pur Beverages.

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Elmer Chocolate Expanding Louisiana Plant

December 31, 2014 6:30 am | by Associated Press

The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000 square feet.

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White Castle Offering Veggie Version of Famous Slider

December 31, 2014 6:15 am | by Associated Press

The hamburger chain says it will offer the Veggie Slider for 99 cents each for a limited time at its 400 locations in 12 states. The sliders range between 150 and 270 calories, with customers able to choose from three sauces — honey mustard, ranch and sweet Thai.

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Caribbean Seeks US to Help Boost Sugar Production

December 31, 2014 6:00 am | by Associated Press

A Guyana-based organization that oversees sugar production in the Caribbean says it is seeking to partner with U.S. companies to help save one of the world's oldest sugarcane breeding institutions.        

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Utah Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Powdered Alcohol

December 30, 2014 8:45 am | by MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press

Six states have already banned the product, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Several others, including Colorado, are considering bans.              

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Country Pure Foods Announces Pending Sale to Sapporo International, Toyota Tsusho Group

December 30, 2014 7:45 am | by Business Wire

The joint venture will acquire the parent company, and thus Country Pure, through Silver Springs Citrus, Inc., its existing U.S. Subsidiary (“Silver Springs”) via merger. Silver Springs is also in the fruit beverage manufacturing sector. The agreement was signed December 23, 2014, and it is anticipated that the closing will occur before the end of January 2015.

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Poultry Industry Continues to Improve Worker Safety Record

December 30, 2014 7:15 am | by National Chicken Council

The incidence of occupational injuries and illnesses within the poultry sector’s slaughter and processing workforce has fallen by 80 percent over the last 20 years and continues to decline according to the 2013 Injury and Illness Report recently released by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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