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Calif. May Impose Steep Restrictions on Common Pesticide

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Regulators are proposing heavy restrictions — but not an all-out ban — on chlorpyrifos, used to treat crops like grapes and almonds. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years.        

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1 Killed, 1 Injured in Stabbing at Oklahoma Food Company

September 26, 2014 9:16 am | by Associated Press

Two women were stabbed — one of them killed — at Vaughan Foods' distribution center in suburban Oklahoma City. The suspect was said to be an "angry employee."                         

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Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds of Chicken

September 26, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press

Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products. The chicken products were produced on Aug. 5 and shipped from the company's plant in Farmerville, Louisiana to warehouse locations in various states.

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Brown-Forman Announces Whiskey Row Project

September 25, 2014 3:45 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

The company revealed its plans to invest about $30 million to transform two historic buildings into the production facility and tourist attraction along a stretch of downtown Louisville that was known as "Whiskey Row" from the city's liquor-making heyday.

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VIDEO: New WakeUp Drink Offsets Post-Lunch Fatigue

September 25, 2014 2:58 pm | by Inno-Bev Ltd.

Backed by research at the Rambam Health Care Campus and the Technion medical faculty in Haifa, Israel, the new "WakeUp® post-lunch waker" daily beverage helps alleviate after-lunch fatigue.              

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NutraSweet to Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition. The privately held company expects to shut down a major portion of the plant by year-end as a result.           

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Photo: World's First Sports Performance Jelly Beans Add 2 New Flavors

September 25, 2014 10:39 am | by Jelly Belly Candy Company

Sport Beans Energizing Jelly Beans adds two new flavors to their line-up: Juicy Pear and Green Apple. The additions expand the flavor offering of the world's first sports performance jelly beans designed for the endurance athlete.   

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35K Pounds of Frozen Chicken Found Abandoned After Ransom Attempt

September 25, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press

The 53-foot trailer, dripping with rancid juices of rotting chicken, was discovered near the Flying J Truck Stop west of Missoula, Montana. The 35,000 pounds of chicken were worth $80,000.                 

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USA #1? Not When it Comes to Drinking Beer

September 25, 2014 9:54 am | by Retale

When you think of beer, which countries come to mind? With Oktoberfest drawing near, Retale decided to take a closer look. Enjoy an interactive spin around the globe to see the top 50 beer-drinking countries.           

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Insects as Ingredients Could be $350M Business Within 10 Years

September 25, 2014 9:45 am | by New Nutrition Business

Entrepreneurial companies are already making snacks and ingredients from bugs, presenting them in attractive and convenient ways by targeting lifestyle consumers — the niche of people who kick off new trends that often eventually become mass-market.

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Brew U? University Launches Beer-Making Program

September 25, 2014 9:16 am | by DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press

A Michigan university has plans to launch a new program trained to teach students "fermentation science." Behind the growth in demand for high-end beer is a long-running fascination with the brewing process, one of the oldest forms of human food processing. 

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Man Who Raised $55K to Make Potato Salad is Throwing Party

September 25, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press

An Ohio man, Zack Brown, who jokingly asked for $10 on Kickstarter for his first attempt to make potato salad, ended up raising $55,000. Now, he is making good on his promise and throwing a huge party: PotatoStock 2014.        

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5 Things to Know When Sharing Information in Food Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 9:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director @JeffReinkeABM

Food Manufacturing's Sales Manager Kevin Ward recently presented "Media Strategies for Today's Complicated Market" at the Food Processing Suppliers Association in Milwaukee. Ward's presentation provided deep insight into the changing dynamics of communication options amongst food and beverage manufacturers.

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Directional Control Valve

September 25, 2014 7:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The general purpose automation valve is designed for directional control and piloting applications requiring compact size, high flow capability and energy savings.                             

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US Cracks Down on Companies Moving Overseas

September 24, 2014 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press

The Treasury Department announced new regulations aimed at making these so-called inversion deals less lucrative. In a typical deal, an American company buys a foreign firm based in a country with a lower tax rate, then moves its headquarters overseas. 

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Wahlberg Brothers to Open 3 Restaurants in Las Vegas

September 24, 2014 3:03 pm | by Wahlburgers

Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg announced a three-restaurant franchise agreement with Vegas American Hopsitality Inc. to debut in Las Vegas in early 2015 with the opening of the first restaurant at a location soon to be disclosed.      

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Campaign Urges Teachers to Serve Breakfast in Schools

September 24, 2014 2:55 pm | by Greater Chicago Food Depository

More than 1 in 5 children in Illinois is food insecure, meaning they're unsure of when or where they will receive their next meal. More than 70 percent of teachers say they teach students who regularly come to school hungry because there isn't enough food at home.

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MSU Awarded $3M Grant for Food Processing

September 24, 2014 2:46 pm | by Associated Press

Michigan State University is receiving a $3 million federal grant for a facility designed to help food companies better process and market their products.                            

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Orbit Gives Away 1M Pieces of Gum in Honor of National Coffee Day

September 24, 2014 2:41 pm | by Wrigley

To celebrate National Coffee Day, Orbit gum has teamed up with one of comedy's rising stars, Jay Pharoah, to deliver one million pieces of sugar-free gum nationwide on September 29.                        

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Photo: Eco-Friendly Product Allows Produce to Grow From Fish

September 24, 2014 10:28 am | by Sphereness

Most people want to live healthier, and the Vegua offers an opportunity for people to grow organic produce effortlessly in their own home. The core concept of the Vegua is to raise awareness about food production and the importance of a sustainable society. 

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