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Photo of the Day: Moonshine Gains Popularity

July 22, 2013 9:35 am

Former outlaws and the descendants of larger-than-life figures like Popcorn Sutton or Jack "Mimm" McClure — as well as corporate titans like Jack Daniels and Jim Beam — all are attempting to cash in on the growing trend of producing and selling legal moonshine.

Whole Foods Sees Consumers 'Moving Our Way'

July 22, 2013 9:28 am | by CNN Money

Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb discusses the future of the specialty grocery giant's business. Robb says he sees a shift in consumer buying habits — toward sustainable, organic, natural, healthy products — that is in line with Whole Foods' business model and will benefit the company in the long term.


Consumer Trends: UK's Meat Industry Hit Hard by Horsemeat Scandal

July 19, 2013 1:00 pm

The meat processing industry in the UK is expected to be hampered by the huge disruptions caused by the horsemeat scandal in the short term, as well as costs in the form of more expensive domestic meat inputs, supply chain overhaul and DNA testing.


Recall: Hummus May Be Tainted with Listeria

July 18, 2013 2:19 pm

Hagee Foods Inc. dba Penny's Salsa Inc., is recalling some hummus products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.


Creating Food Products That Prevent Disease and Obesity

July 18, 2013 2:14 pm

Creating and promoting foods that contain natural inhibitors of unhealthy angiogenesis — the formation of blood vessels that feed and promote disease, obesity and inflammation — is the “new frontier in dietary health,” according to a presentation at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo.


Coca-Cola Board Elects Ana Botin as a Director

July 18, 2013 2:12 pm

The Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday that its board elected Ana Botin as a director, effective immediately. Botin, 52, is chief executive of Santander UK PLC, a British personal finance company and a unit of Spain's Santander Group. She also has led corporate and investment strategies at JP Morgan.


Pittsburgh Woman Sues over Peace-Sign Pretzels

July 18, 2013 2:10 pm

A Pittsburgh woman who claims to own the exclusive right to produce pretzels shaped like peace signs is suing two food companies for patent infringement. A newspaper reports that Leslie Friend bought the patent from an Oregon man, who obtained it 13 years ago, in hopes of building her own pretzel business.


Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

July 18, 2013 1:30 pm | by JOSEPH PISANI,AP Business Writer

Not tweeting yet? If your small business doesn't have a social media presence, you may be missing out on building brand loyalty with your customers or attracting new ones. "Social media is where the eyeballs are and that's where you want to be," says Steve Strauss, a small business author.


New Technologies Provide Better Gluten-Free Options

July 18, 2013 1:28 pm

New technologies and ingredients are improving the taste, appearance and nutritional content of gluten-free food products, a market that is expected to grow to $6 billion by 2017, according to a presentation at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo.


Longtime Bourbon Maker Dies at 93

July 18, 2013 1:23 pm

Longtime Kentucky bourbon maker Elmer T. Lee, who introduced a single-barrel bourbon brand that helped spark the industry's comeback, has died at age 93. Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort says Lee died Tuesday after a short illness. He held the title of master distiller emeritus at Buffalo Trace.


Photo of the Day: The UK's Best Cakes

July 18, 2013 1:22 pm

The UK's best cakes have been announced during the inaugural Cake Awards. The Cake of the Year award was presented to The Bakery Dunbar, for their Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete. This winner was taken from the leader in each category with judges voting on their ultimate favorite.

Daily Sound Bite: Making Fun of Mondelez

July 18, 2013 1:19 pm

Executives for Mondelez must be accustomed to a bit of mockery by now as market analysts and shoppers alike scratch their heads at the unusual name. In a high-profile on CNBC this week, activist investor Nelson Peltz took his turn poking fun at the oddly named company.


Oreo Maker Mondelez Mocked Again for Name

July 18, 2013 1:10 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Oreo cookie maker Mondelez was poked for its made-up name again — this time during a highly anticipated interview on CNBC. Activist investor Nelson Peltz took a jab at the Mondelez moniker, which he flat-out said he hated. "It sounds like a disease — 'suffering from Mondelez,'" he scoffed.


Consumer Trends: Top 5 Food Trends at Summer Fancy Food Show

July 18, 2013 1:00 pm

Move over bacon. Make way for kale pops, chia pods and simmer sauces from around the globe. They are examples of the top five food trends for the year ahead picked by a panel of trendspotters at the 59th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.


Hostess: Snack Cake Demand Hits New Highs

July 18, 2013 10:23 am

Hostess Brands says demand for Twinkies and CupCakes is at a record high since the snack cakes returned to shelves less than three days ago. The treats disappeared from shelves when the predecessor company that made them said that it was going out of business. The cakes are back under new ownership.


Group Calls on Chobani to Switch to Non-GMO Milk Sources

July 18, 2013 10:20 am

GMO Inside is calling on Chobani to cease marketing its products as “real” and “natural” until the company switches to verified non-GMO milk sources. The group says Greek yogurt is likely made with milk from cows fed GMOs, unless otherwise specified.


KFC Loses the Bones, Colonel in Upmarket Restaurant

July 18, 2013 10:16 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The fried chicken chain says it's opening a location called "KFC eleven" early next month near its headquarters in Louisville, Ky., that will serve flatbreads with toppings, rice bowls, salads and only boneless pieces of its Original Recipe chicken.


Cooks Recall Horror of Indian School Lunch Deaths

July 18, 2013 10:11 am | by INDRAJIT SINGH,Associated Press

Authorities discovered a container of pesticide in the school's cooking area next to the vegetable cooking oil and mustard oil, but it wasn't yet known if that container was the source, according to Amarjeet Sinha, a top official in the state of Bihar, where the tragedy took place.


Daily Sound Bite: Mondelez + Pepsi = $$ ?

July 18, 2013 9:48 am

Nelson Peltz, an "activist investor," is meeting with CEOs to push for an acquisition that he says could yield sweet returns. Peltz is urging PepsiCo to buy Mondelez, the snack foods giant that recently separated from Kraft Foods, to replace Pepsi's own ailing snack foods brand. But his plan seems to be facing some resistance.

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Fall to 334K

July 18, 2013 9:47 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 24,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, a sign that steady job gains should continue. The drop left unemployment benefit applications at the lowest level in 10 weeks, the Labor Department said Thursday.



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