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Coca-Cola Bets on Energy Drinks With Monster Stake

August 15, 2014 8:57 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola is buying a heavy stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks. The deal is the latest move by Coca-Cola to look beyond its own portfolio of Sprite, Dasani, Powerade and other drinks for growth. 

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Whole Foods Recalls 368 Pounds of Ground Beef

August 15, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that two Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef for possible contamination of a popular bacteria. So far, three people have fallen ill.

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US Producer Prices Rise Only 0.1 Percent in July

August 15, 2014 8:20 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

The Labor Department says the producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June. The cost of vegetables, among other goods, fell. In the past year, producer prices have risen just 1.7 percent, slightly below the Federal Reserve's target.

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Ensure Alcoholic Beverage Palatability, Profitability

August 14, 2014 2:53 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO

For manufacturers to thrive in the rapidly evolving worldwide alcoholic beverage market, they must streamline processes like never before. This guide helps manufacturers worldwide ensure the consistency, taste and profitability of their products whether they produce beer, wine or spirits.   

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Coming Soon: Genetically Edited Fruit?

August 14, 2014 2:47 pm | by Cell Press

With awareness of what makes these biotechnologies new and different, genetically edited fruits might be met with greater acceptance by society than GMOs so far have been, especially in Europe. Fruits are but one example of dozens of possible future applications for GEOs.

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Illinois Company is Latest to Venture into Carp Business

August 14, 2014 2:39 pm | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press

American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food.

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Utah Woman Critically Injured By Toxic Sweet Tea at Restaurant

August 14, 2014 2:01 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

Dickey's Barbecue Pit in South Jordan, Utah is under investigation after a woman drank the restaurant's sweet tea, which was laced with an industrial cleaning chemical. The 67-year-old woman suffers severe burns on her mouth and throat.

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Infographic: Top 10 Eating Occasions in American Food Culture

August 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Hartman Group

Research by the Hartman Group shows three basic types of eating occasions in contemporary food culture: instrumental, savoring and inspirational. Here are the top 10 eating occasions in American food culture today.          

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Dunkin' Donuts Brews Up First Single-Origin Packaged Coffee

August 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Dunkin' Donuts

In celebration of National Coffee Month, Dunkin' Donuts has brewed big news for coffee drinkers with the introduction of Colombian Packaged Coffee, the brand's first single-origin packaged coffee. Packaged coffee is the perfect way to enjoy Dunkin' Donuts coffee at home.

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Infographic: Just How Much Food is Going Straight to the Trash?

August 14, 2014 11:02 am | by Business Insider

Every year, the planet loses nearly a third of its food — a staggering 1.4 billion tons. That's according to a United Nations study that assessed food networks in 152 countries.                             

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McCormick Recalls Oregano for Possible Contamination

August 14, 2014 10:05 am | by McCormick & Company, Incorporated

McCormick & Company is recalling its Ground Oregano products due to possible contamination of Salmonella. Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. The company has alerted customers and outlets to dispose of this product.

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Group Challenges Constitutionality of Oregon Right to Farm Act

August 14, 2014 9:58 am | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

The lawsuit was brought by 17 residents of the Cedar Valley area north of Gold Beach, who were victims last fall of herbicides meant for neighboring timberlands. The lawsuit seeks a ruling that the immunity granted to pesticide applicators is unconstitutional. 

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Bottled Water Companies At Odds Over Poland Spring Label

August 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press

Maine Springs bottled water company says it is required by law to identify its water source, which includes Poland Spring. Now, the company is suing Poland Spring, which apparently told Maine Springs that putting the name on labels infringes upon its brand.

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Burger King 'Satisfries' Did Not Satisfy

August 14, 2014 9:37 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Burger King is nixing the lower-calorie french fries called "Satisfries" after realizing the fries weren't as well received as it had hoped. This is just one of the gambits by Burger King since investment firm 3G Capital took it public again in 2012.

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Keurig Raises Coffee Prices By 9 Percent

August 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press

Keurig Green Mountain said that it needs to boost prices because of factors including higher prices for cocoa and green coffee and increases in packaging materials, energy and transportation costs. The price increases will take effect on Nov. 3.

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Gold'n Plump Chicken CEO to Retire After 40 Years

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by St. Cloud Times, St. Cloud, Minnesota

CEO Mike Helgeson is retiring from the company that produces Gold'n Plump chicken. Helgeson began working for GNP Co. in 1974 straight out of college, and has been CEO for 21 years. The company now processes 100 million chickens a year.   

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A New Beer With a Dark Past: Guinness Goes Blonde

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by Guinness

Guinness Blonde is the first release in the Guinness Discovery Series, a concept showcasing a range of new 'fusion brew' beer options. As lagers continue to gain favor among beer drinkers, Guinness has collaborated with brewing experts to create a one-of-a-kind taste in American Lagers.

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Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 1:30 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

The Kansas-based processing plant, Beef Products Inc., is reopening after critics dubbed its ground beef products "pink slime." Approximately 236 workers at the Garden City plant lost their jobs in 2012 amid the quarrel over a meat product called lean, finely textured beef.

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Genetically Engineered Fruit Flies Could Save Crops

August 13, 2014 1:00 pm | by Natural Environment Research Council, Oxitec Ltd.

The fruit fly is a serious agricultural pest which causes extensive damage to crops. It is currently controlled by a combination of insecticides and baited traps. Now, experts are releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild as a way to control pests. 

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Experts: Russian Food Ban Attempts to Leverage 'Big Ag' in US

August 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Vanderbilt University

Experts from Vanderbilt University say the one-year ban of food imports to Russia is designed to leverage the American agricultural industry's lobbying power in Congress. The food ban was announced last week to deny imports from the EU, US and Canada among others.

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