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ConAgra First-Quarter Earnings Nearly Triple

September 19, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press

ConAgra's first-quarter earnings nearly tripled as the food producer cut costs and volumes increased. The maker of Chef Boyardee, Hebrew National hot dogs and other packaged foods posted revenue of $3.7 billion, just edging out expectations.

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Hillshire Settles Sexual Discrimination Suit

September 19, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs entered into an agreement with Hillshire — formerly Sara Lee Food and Beverage. The suit contended that there was a hiring disparity for male workers because fewer of the positions they were being diverted to were available.

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Jury Won't Consider Deaths in Georgia Salmonella Trial

September 19, 2014 9:30 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

The jury ended its first full day of deliberations Thursday without a verdict in the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell and two others. Jurors were scheduled to continue Friday morning.     

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5 Things Small Businesses Need to Know This Fall

September 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg , AP Business Writer

What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall? Heath care, Internet security, and new technology make the list. Here are five things that small businesses need to be on top of over the next several months.      

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7 Supermarket Trends Now and in the Future

September 18, 2014 12:35 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

Institute of Food Technologists Executive Editor Mary Ellen Kuhn writes about the changing landscape of today's supermarket. Successful retailers will be those who adapt to changes in consumer product preferences, technology and lifestyle needs. 

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Photo: Quaker Oats Man Gets a Makeover

September 18, 2014 12:26 pm | by MilkPEP

For the first time since 1877, the Quaker Oats Man, affectionately known as Larry, is donning a new accessory — the iconic Milk Mustache.                                   

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Nestle Creates 8K New Positions in Europe

September 18, 2014 10:20 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

The alliance of major companies, including Nestle and Google, aims to create tens of thousands of additional jobs for Europe's young jobseekers over the next several years. Nestle has created 8,000 of the 20,000 new positions it promised to generate by 2016. 

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USDA Approves Genetically Modified Corn, Soybean Seeds

September 18, 2014 10:11 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The USDA has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer. The agriculture industry has been anxiously awaiting the approvals, as many weeds have not become resistant to glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide on corn and soybeans.

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Infographic: Look Who's Buying Organic

September 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Hartman Group

As consumer understanding of organic and natural foods evolves, people gain more awareness of and knowledge about these topics than ever before. This infographic shows which generation groups are buying organic.           

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Pizza Hut Tests Out 'Skinny Slice'

September 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The tests of the "Skinny Slice" pies began this week at several dozen restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings, said Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman.

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Folgers Unveils Portable Coffee Enhancers

September 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by J.M. Smucker Company

The makers of Folgers coffee have introduced a new Folgers Flavors line of flavored coffee enhancers that make it easy to personalize a perfect cup of coffee. Flavors include vanilla, hazelnut, caramel and mocha.           

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Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America

September 17, 2014 2:20 pm | by OpenTable

OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has released the 2014 Diner's Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America. Winning restaurants span 29 states.         

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Food Industry Leaders Together Sell 6.4 Trillion Fewer Calories

September 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sixteen major food and beverage companies, including ConAgra Foods and Unilever, sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the U.S. in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.   

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Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes

September 17, 2014 1:58 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

The work suggests the sweeteners change the composition of normal, beneficial bacteria in the gut. That appears to hamper how well the body handles sugar in the diet, which in turn can result in higher blood sugar levels.        

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Group Levels Abuse Allegations Against NM Dairy

September 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

The New Mexico Livestock Board is launching an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded a secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables.       

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North Carolina's Cumberland County Puts Poultry Plant on Hold

September 17, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Cumberland County has delayed a decision on a proposed $113 million poultry plant in Cedar Creek near Fayetteville, N.C., after the county commissioners were unable to agree on an incentives package.             

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Maine's Oldest Chocolatier Under New Ownership

September 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-year-old Haven's Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers. Haven's was founded in 1915 by Herbert Haven in Portland.                        

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Infographic: Milk Production From Farm to Table

September 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Food Insight

Ever wonder where your milk in the grocery store comes from and how it gets there? This seven-step infographic takes you through the entire milk production process from the farm all the way to the grocery store.           

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Hidden Video Exposes Pizza Cheese Supplier Factory Animal Abuse

September 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Mercy For Animals

An undercover video from Mercy For Animals exposes animal cruelty at Winchester Dairy, a supplier to Leprino Foods — the world's largest pizza cheese supplier factory farm. The footage shows workers viciously kicking and whipping the cows.         

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Anti-GMO Measure Allowed on Maui Ballot

September 17, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press

Monday's decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters.         

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