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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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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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