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Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer

Nestle SA, maker of the Haagen-Dazs brand, experienced decreased sales in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss Franc weighed on the bottom line. A stronger franc shrinks earnings in dollars and other currencies when those earnings are restated in francs.

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Consumer Trends: Cheese-Eaters Want Specialty Flavors

August 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by Packaged Facts

A new report says consumers are looking for cheese products that are more indulgent, with new tastes and experiences. Consumers are broadening beyond traditional favorites, such as cheddar and mozzarella, and are now looking for higher priced specialty cheeses.

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Photo: Getting Sweet With Apple Fries

August 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Sweet Apple Pie Fries!

It all started with an addictive twist on an America classic that became a local sensation. Nine years later, Niki Durig of Portland, Ore., has her eyes on creating a national franchise that would share her dessert and opportunity with the country.

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Canada Officials Recall Food Products Over Listeria, E.coli Concerns

August 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling two products due to concerns about listeriosis and a third recall due to possible E.coli. The products include Genoa Salami, Sliced Crimini Mushrooms and certain brands of French cheeses.

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Russia Bans US Food Imports in Retaliation to Western Sanctions

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk, milk products, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union and other countries. Russia depends heavily on imported food, particularly in the largest city of Moscow.

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Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press

A Coca-Cola plant in Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles. Although distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, firms have seldom been attacked.

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Anheuser-Busch to Tap First Mexican Beer

August 7, 2014 9:18 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of AB InBev, is hoping to tap into the fast-growing Hispanic market by importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.

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FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' to Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:09 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption. 

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Report: Tea Makers Need to Market to Millennial Moms

August 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by Packaged Facts

According to a recent report, food manufacturers in the tea market need to connect with children and their parents more than any other consumer. More than two-thirds of shoppers agree that their kids' preferences influence which groceries they buy.

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Consumer Trends: Soda Drinkers Want Healthier Soft Drinks

August 6, 2014 2:24 pm | by Mintel

When it comes to choosing a particular soda, health plays a role. A study shows 29 percent of consumers say that low/no calorie content would make them choose one type of soda over another and 14 percent would prefer natural ingredients.

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CRA Continues to Fight 'False Health Concerns' About Corn Syrup

August 6, 2014 2:16 pm | by Corn Refiners Association

A federal judge denied the Corn Refiners' request to amend a counterclaim against The Sugar Cooperative. CRA President John Bode said The Sugar Association purposely misled the public to create false health concerns and fear about high fructose corn syrup.

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Study Reveals Seafood is More Tainted With Mercury

August 6, 2014 1:56 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

Researchers have found new results that show more mercury from human sources is showing up in seafood. The new results don't provide any immediate conclusions about eating fish, but too much methylmercury-tainted seafood is already known to pose a risk. 

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AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations Worth $92K

August 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by OSHA

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Columbus, Ohio brewery makes Budweiser and Bud Light beers.

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Oreo-Maker Mondelez Says Price Hikes Scared Off Customers

August 6, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Oreo, Cadbury and Trident reported lower sales in its second quarter due to price increases on its products. Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld said the company expected its pricing actions to hurt sales, but didn't expect such a big impact. 

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US Pork Weighs in on Important Trade Matters

August 6, 2014 9:49 am | by National Pork Producers Council

The National Pork Producers Council insists that U.S. trade negotiators get from Japan a deal on pork similar to the one the United States got from South Korea and is urging lawmakers to exclude South Africa from a U.S. preferential trade measure.

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Farmers, National Group Seek to Help Hawaii in GMO Suit

August 6, 2014 9:31 am | by Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Hilo, Hawaii

Organic farmers and the Center for Food Safety are asking to help Hawaii County defend itself in a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit is challenging a county law that would ban open-air use and testing of modified crops, with exceptions for farmers who are already growing them.

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Molson Coors 2Q Profit Climbs on Europe Strength

August 6, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press

Molson Coors Brewing Co., based in Denver and Montreal, experienced a 9 percent rise in its second-quarter profits as better pricing offset a decline in the volume of beer globally. In Europe, net sales per hectoliter climbed 1.9 percent from increased sales in the U.K.

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Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Delivery Trucks in Mexico

August 6, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

Although local distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, multinational firms have seldom been attacked. Now, unidentified attackers have burned down four Coca-Cola delivery trucks in the southern state of Guerrero.

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Photos: Millennials' Food Habits By State

August 6, 2014 8:20 am | by CNN Money

Millennials are spending big money on guilty pleasures they are probably not telling their personal trainers about, according to new data from budgeting app Level Money. The average annual spending and differing food habits vary by state.  

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Meat Labeling Webinar: How to Comply With COOL Ruling

August 6, 2014 8:04 am | by METTLER TOLEDO

The mandatory country-of-origin labeling ruling for meat and meat products can create confusion on how to properly package products with the label. Mettler Toledo now offers a meat labeling webinar to help ensure retailers are compliant with regulations.

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