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Photo: Craft Beers Tap Into Trends by Region

July 28, 2014 9:26 am | by Mintel

New research from Mintel says over half of craft beer drinkers like to share their knowledge of beer with others, which has helped thrust many small brewers into the limelight, as word of mouth is often their strongest ally. So, what is each region saying about the trend?

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US Meat Supplier OSI to Withdraw All Products in China

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

OSI Group, a food company based in Aurora, Illinois, is pulling all products made by its Shanhai Husi Foods unit from the marketplace. Last week, the plant was thrust into the spotlight for repackaging old beef and chicken and calling it new.

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Friend or Fad? Backlash Has Begun Against Gluten-Free Dieters

July 28, 2014 8:30 am | by ELLEN McCARTHY, The Washington Post

The gluten-free backlash reached an apex last month, when comedian Jimmy Kimmel remarked on his late-night show that in Los Angeles, gluten was "comparable to Satanism," and sent a film crew to ask gluten-free dieters whether they knew what gluten was. (Most didn't.)

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Honduran Brothers Bring Cheese-Making Business to Nebraska

July 28, 2014 8:20 am | by TYLER ELLYSON, The Columbus Telegram

After fleeing from their crime-ridden homeland, two brothers brought their dreams to reality when they opened their U.S. cheese-making business in October 2013. Central American Foods LLC is working to produce 50,000 pounds of cheese a month.

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Son of Victim to Attend Deadly Salmonella-Tainted PB Trial

July 28, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The upcoming trial of the Peanut Corporation of America's salmonella outbreak of 2008 has a Minnesota son, who lost his mother after she ate tainted peanut butter, hoping to send a message to food manufacturers on peddling contaminated food.

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Iowa Town to Lose 450 Jobs From Tyson Foods Closure

July 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa

Approximately 450 employees of the Cherokee, Iowa Tyson Foods will lose their jobs with the upcoming closure of the plant. The company, which is the second-largest employer of the city, is also closing plants in Buffalo, New York and Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

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Coors President, CEO to Retire

July 25, 2014 3:06 pm | by Associated Press

Molson Coors Brewing Company said its President and CEO Peter Swinburn, 61, is retiring at the end of the year. The brewing company, which is based in Denver and Montreal, is known for its Coors Light, Molson Canadian and Blue Moon brands.

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Consumers Say Beer Brands Reflect Sense of Individual Style

July 25, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mintel

When it comes to craft beer, consumers like bold flavors. But they also place importance on what the beer may say about them. Research by Mintel shows 70 percent of drinkers think the brand of beer reflects their lifestyles and 66 percent say the style of the beer does the same.

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Alaska Gov. Asks Feds to Buy 1M Cases of Canned Salmon

July 25, 2014 2:45 pm | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell wants the USDA to purchase $37M worth of canned pink salmon under a law that allows for buying surplus food from farmers and donating it to food banks. Parnell's request is to reduce inventories to help slow the price decline.

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Court Reverses Ruling On Public Hearings About Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

A federal appeals court ruled the FDA isn't required to hold public hearings to evaluate the health risks of widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed. The court said the FDA isn't required to hold hearings because it has made no official finding that antibiotics pose a health risk.

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Court Tosses Chiquita Terror Payment Claims

July 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

A federal appeals court threw out claims against Chiquita Brands made by relatives of thousands of Colombians killed during years of bloody civil war. The lawsuits accused Chiquita of assisting in the killings by paying $1.7 million to a violent right-wing paramilitary group.

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Infographic: Foodservice Needs, Behaviors Show Generation Gap

July 25, 2014 12:41 pm | by Technomic

Generation Z, the first true digital generation, prioritizes speed of service, technology and having what they want, when they want it. Information on Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers is also included as part of a study conducted by Technomic.

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Wake Up, America! 10 Hours of Energy in One Shot

July 25, 2014 9:57 am | by LXR Biotech, LLC

Eternal Energy TR introduces a new patented time-released energy blend that provides energy and focus for up to 10 hours. That's twice as long as the category leader. The company said it saw a need for a product that gets you through the entire work day.

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Munch on This: Chips That Are Actually Good For You

July 25, 2014 9:51 am | by Quest Nutrition

The latest innovation in the snacking industry is here. Quest Protein Chips are the first high-protein snack potato chip that are actually good for you, instead of just "less bad." Each personal size bag boasts a full 21 grams of high-quality whey-based protein.

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Pork Giant WH Group Makes Second IPO Attempt

July 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press

WH Group, the Chinese pork producer that attempted a $5.3 billion initial public offering earlier this year before scrapping it, is making a second IPO attempt. The company, which bought U.S. producer Smithfield Foods last year, said the deal would raise $2 billion.

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Premiumization is Key to Increased Distilled Spirits Consumption

July 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Beverage Information & Insights Group

According to the Beverage Information & Insights Group's 2014 Liquor Handbook, premium distilled spirits are coming back strong in today's economy. Consumers seem to be drinking less in general, but when they do indulge, they enjoy premium brands.

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Coca-Cola Sales Jump Nearly 9 Percent in 2Q

July 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola Enterprises, an Atlanta-based company, reported an increase in its earnings this quarter by 8.8 percent. The adjusted profit topped analysts' expectations. Profits increased from $182 million in the same quarter last year to $198 million this quarter.

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Infographic: How Useful is Nutritional Information?

July 25, 2014 8:42 am | by Hartman Group

The Hartman Group's report How America Eats explores the intersections of food cultures, eating behaviors and consumer perceptions of healthy eating and weight management. How useful do the different generation gaps find nutritional information?

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Bolthouse Farms Gets Colorful With New Kids Line

July 24, 2014 3:05 pm | by Bolthouse Farms

Bolthouse Farms, known for its baby carrots and juice beverages, announced a new line of kids snacks that is based around real fruits and vegetables with no added preservatives and is designed for maximum kid craveability. The company is hoping to make healthier products for children.

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Diageo Sips on Savings by Reducing Carbon Footprint 95 Percent

July 24, 2014 1:00 pm | by Diageo

Liquor Giant Diageo is expanding its commitment to purchase green natural gas in Canada for its Manitoba and Quebec locations. Purchasing green natural gas for these facilities will reduce the sites' carbon footprints by 95 percent and 80 percent, respectively.

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