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Utah Lawmakers Scrutinize Raw Milk Industry After Outbreak

October 16, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press

Utah lawmakers don't want a raw milk-related bacterial outbreak that sickened 80 people and contributed to one death to shut down the fledgling raw-milk industry. The outbreak was traced to unpasteurized milk from a Weber County dairy.   

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Va. Consumers Are Sour Over Booze Price Hike

October 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

As part of a plan to close a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to hike the costs of liquor.                 

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Top 50 'Most-Beloved' Brands of Millennials

October 16, 2014 1:30 pm | by Moosylvania

The latest rankings, based on panel studies of 1,500 Millennials — defined as aged 14 to 35 — not only ranks which Top 50 brands continue to earn Millennial love, but why these brands are connecting so strongly with them.        

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No Time to Cook? 'Meal Kit' Services on the Rise

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

A bevy of new online services is angling to be your virtual kitchen assistant, giving you the chance to outsource the tedious aspects of cooking — the shopping, sorting, washing and prepping — so you can focus on the more satisfying assembling and eating parts.

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Natural Pet Food Maker Uses Color-Coded Packaging as Brand Recognition

October 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by "I and love and you"

Natural pet care maker "I and love and you" launched new packaging designs with color-coding and iconography so pet parents can quickly find the right food.                          

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Mike's Hard Lemonade Launches 'Crafted to Remove Gluten' Seal

October 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike's Hard Lemonade Co.

Mike's Hard Lemonade Co. launched new packaging featuring an exclusive "Crafted to Remove Gluten" seal. The seal was specially developed to educate and inform consumers of Mike's products.                 

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Onion Growers Relieved by Water Rule Change

October 16, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press

Onion growers say their customers may be more demanding than the federal government has been in setting new rules for irrigation water quality.                              

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Peanut Industry Slow to Rebound Following Salmonella Outbreak

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

Peanut farmers are expected to bring in 6 million pounds less this year, according to forecasts released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That represents nearly a 30 percent drop in production in New Mexico from the year before.

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Vermont Releases Draft GMO Labeling Rules

October 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

Vermont's attorney general's office released some of the proposed rules to govern the labeling of food made with genetically modified organisms. The regulations include using a "clear and conspicuous" label.           

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Hard Cider Drinkers Give Apple Growers a New Revenue Stream

October 16, 2014 9:26 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

With hard cider making a hardcore comeback across the country, apple growers are tapping a juicy new revenue stream by establishing farmstead cideries and planting varieties too tart or tannic for the lunchbox but perfect for smashing and fermenting into distinctive artisanal brews.

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Nestle Reports a 3 Percent Drop in Sales

October 16, 2014 9:17 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

Nestle S.A., the world's biggest food and drink company, reported a 3-percent drop in group sales for the first nine months of the year, impacted by weakness in currencies against the Swiss franc and other costs.       

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Sewing Needles Lodged in Potatoes at P.E.I. French Fry Plant

October 16, 2014 9:11 am | by The Canadian Press

Police in Prince Edward Island say the metal objects found in six potatoes in Atlantic Canada in the last week were sewing needles and they have expanded their investigation to include a french fry production facility in the province.     

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Global Pork Industry: Heated Markets Cooling Down

October 15, 2014 2:54 pm | by Rabobank

Although the peak of the 2014 porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) outbreak is past, the global pork industry faces another challenge from the Russian import ban affecting EU, U.S., and Canadian markets, which is resulting in a rapidly changing trade landscape.

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EPA Approves Popular Weed Killer For Genetically Modified Crops

October 15, 2014 2:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The EPA will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It is designed to be used on corn and soybeans grown with engineered seeds approved by the Agriculture Department last month.

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Taco Bell Turns Up the Heat With New Sriracha Menu

October 15, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press

Taco Bell is testing a new menu that promises just that, looking to tap into the cult following for the red Thai hot sauce known as Sriracha.                              

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Yogurt is Now Official New York State Snack

October 15, 2014 2:08 pm | by DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press

Yogurt is now the official snack of New York, a distinction suggested by a fourth-grade class that's meant to celebrate the state's status as the nation's largest producer of the fermented milk product.             

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Americans Willing to Spend 31 Percent More on Responsible Food

October 15, 2014 12:37 pm | by Associated Press

On average, Americans are willing to spend 31 percent more per week on grocery food produced in ways that uphold the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR), according to the Conscious Consumer Study.         

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Morton Salt to Expand in China

October 15, 2014 10:48 am | by Morton Salt, Inc.

Morton Salt announced it is expanding its iconic Morton® brand, product offerings and capabilities in China through a strategic collaboration with Morton China National Salt (Shanghai) Salt Co. Ltd., a Chinese joint venture.       

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Ingredion Buys Specialty Ingredients Company For $340M

October 15, 2014 10:10 am | by Associated Press

Westchester, Illinois-based Ingredion Inc. is buying specialty ingredients company Penford Corp. to help address areas that consumers are growing increasingly interested in, such as nutrition and gluten-free eating.         

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US Producer Prices Fell in September

October 15, 2014 10:06 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department said the producer price index fell 0.1 percent in September from the previous month. The falling food costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.            

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