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Senate Rejects GMO Labeling Amendment to Farm Bill

May 23, 2013 12:35 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected an amendment that would allow states to require labeling of genetically modified foods.Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, said his amendment was an attempt to clarify that states can require the labels.

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Dutch Meat Processor Arrested in Horse Meat Probe

May 23, 2013 12:33 pm | by MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

Investigators from the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority on Thursday arrested the director of a meat-processing and wholesale company whose business is at the center of an investigation into undeclared mixing of horse meat with beef.

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Consumer Trends: How Gen Y Shops

May 23, 2013 12:00 pm

Despite being far more tech-savvy than previous generations, Generation Y, the 80-million strong cohort of Americans between the ages of 18 and 35, has not forsaken shopping in stores for online purchasing — as long as retailers keep their offerings "fresh" and interesting, says a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

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Wine Aged in Charleston Harbor Recovered

May 23, 2013 9:49 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

A California winery on Tuesday recovered four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon that were submerged in Charleston Harbor three months ago in the first phase of an experiment to determine the effect of ocean aging on wine. Divers recovered four yellow steel cages containing the wine that was put in 60 feet of water back in February by the Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif.

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Flowers Foods Approves Stock Split, Hikes Dividend

May 23, 2013 9:47 am

Flowers Foods on Wednesday approved a three-for-two stock split and hiked its dividend. After the split, shareholders of the maker of Tastykake will own three shares for every two shares they held. The dividend will be 11.25 cents per share on a quarterly basis or 45 cents per share on an annualized basis.

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German Company Opening NY Yogurt Plant

May 23, 2013 9:45 am

A second yogurt plant is about to open in a Genesee County business park. Sen. Charles Schumer says the Muller Quaker Dairy plant will have a grand opening on June 3. The $206 million dollar plant is a joint venture of PepsiCo and Germany's Theo Muller company.

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Magic Hat Sues Brewer Over Logo

May 23, 2013 9:41 am

Magic Hat Brewing is suing a Kentucky brewery over the company's corporate logo, which it says is a trademark infringement. West Sixth Brewing's logo has a numeral 6 and a star-like symbol. Magic Hat says it's too much like its No. 9 beer label.

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Senate Rejects Bid to Let States Run Food Stamps

May 23, 2013 9:38 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A proposal by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., to a wide-ranging farm bill would have converted the food stamp program into grants to states, which could decide how to use the money, with certain restrictions. The Senate rejected the amendment 60-36.

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Photo of the Day: Packaging Company's Growth Skyrockets

May 23, 2013 8:00 am

GSC Packaging was named the fastest growing private company in metro Atlanta, with 3,265 percent growth. GSC Packaging, a nationwide provider of turnkey contract packaging solutions, earned the number one spot in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Pacesetter Awards, which recognize Atlanta’s 100 fastest-growing private companies.

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Consumer Trends: The Facts About Honey

May 22, 2013 12:00 pm

In a 2013 Attitude and Usage (A&U) study, the NHB learned that when purchasing honey, consumers prefer for honey to be brilliantly clear and golden. Consumers also responded that they are increasingly likely to prefer honey that has pollen grains filtered out. The fact is, whether there is pollen in honey or not, it's still honey.

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Texas Schools Soda Ban Advances

May 22, 2013 11:44 am | by MICHAEL BRICK, Associated Press

Seeking to help the state's youngest students develop nutritious habits, Texas lawmakers on Tuesday approved banning the sale of sugary drinks in public elementary and junior high schools. The bill would limit beverage choices to water, low-fat milk and pure juice.

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Meatpacker Bids on Nebraska Land

May 22, 2013 10:24 am

Scottsbluff leaders are considering a proposal in which they would sell 43 acres of city land to Future Food Energy LLC for $10,000 per acre. The company intends to begin construction of a meatpacking plant in the western Nebraska community.

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Evian Giving Its Water Bottle a Makeover

May 22, 2013 10:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Evian is giving itself a facelift to keep up with its sleek, young competitors on store shelves. The water company is unveiling a new bottle for the first time in 14 years as it looks to reinvigorate its image and win back market share in the premium water category.

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Escaped Goat Bound for Slaughter Snarls N.J. Traffic

May 22, 2013 10:07 am | by SAMANTHA HENRY, Associated Press

A goat believed to have escaped en route to a slaughterhouse snarled the morning commute along one of the busiest roadways in northern New Jersey on Tuesday, leading police on a nearly two-hour chase, jumping back and forth over a central divider along the Pulaski Skyway. 

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Mondelez CEO's $22M Paycheck in Line with Rising CEO Pay

May 22, 2013 10:02 am | by CHRISTINA REXRODE, AP Business Writer

The head of a typical large public company made $9.7 million in 2012, a 6.5 percent increase from a year earlier that was aided by a rising stock market, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

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Daily Sound Bite: Bidding on a Bankrupt Brewery

May 22, 2013 9:52 am

An unsanctioned bid for bankrupt Hawaiian brewer Big Island is shaking up the bankruptcy process and could trigger a possible bidding war for Hawaii Nui Brewing LLC. Chuck Choi, an attorney for Hawaii Nui is optimistic about the future.

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Photo of the Day: Food Company Receives Awards

May 22, 2013 9:00 am

Louis DeMent (right) receiving the SBA 2013 Small Business Person of the Year Award. Two executives from Giovanni Food Co., an Upstate New York manufacturer of tomato-based products, have been honored by state and regional business associations.

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Thailand Urged to Explore Edible Insects

May 22, 2013 8:42 am

Researchers say Thailand is showing the world how to respond to the global food crisis: by raising bugs for eating. The United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization released a study and handbook Tuesday on what they call "six-legged livestock."

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Research Links Communication to Childhood Obesity

May 22, 2013 8:34 am

Rutgers Business School professor Jerome Williams is co-editor of a new book of research that explores the role communications play in the nation's troubling epidemic of childhood obesity. The book also touches on the implications of regulating advertising and the variety of efforts underway to try to counter the obesity problem.

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Ind. Farmers Make Quick Progress Planting Corn

May 22, 2013 8:18 am

Warm, sunny weather has allowed northern and central Indiana farmers to make quick progress planting their corn crop despite lingering wet conditions in the state's southern counties. Only 30 percent of the state's corn crop had been planted as of last week. But the new weekly crop report says 64 percent of the Indiana corn crop had been planted by Sunday.

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