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EPICA Wines Introduces Malbec to Millennial Groups

August 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by VSPT Wine Group

The newest addition to Chilean repertoire targets growing U.S. millennial wine enthusiasts. EPICA Wines introduces Malbec, which has dominant notes of ripe plums, strawberries and violets, to its portfolio. The wine will be sold nationwide for those that wish for an "epic lifestyle."

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Infographic: What to Do With All Those Craft Brew SKUs

August 20, 2014 10:26 am | by Spacesaver Industrial

This infographic by Spacesaver Industrial dives into how to manage multiple SKUs. According to the report, the typical number of beverage SKUs per distributor in 2013 was 665.5, which was up more than 100 from 2011.         

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Q&A: How 1 US Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 20, 2014 10:00 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. "Factory Man" tells the story of one manufacturer who fought back.

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New Mexico Chile Gets Certified-Product Safeguards

August 20, 2014 9:46 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

New Mexico has its own trademark and certification program to protect the reputation and integrity of its signature crop: chile. The governor said consumers shouldn't have to wonder whether they're getting real New Mexico-grown chile.   

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WhiteWave to Remove Critical Ingredient from Horizon, Silk Milks

August 20, 2014 9:32 am | by Associated Press

After much criticism in some circles, and natural-food advocates pointing to animal studies that suggest it causes gastrointestinal inflammation, WhiteWave Foods is removing carrageenan from its Horizon milks and Silk beverages within the next two years.

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Salmonella Strikes Again, This Time From NY Facility

August 20, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press

A New York company is recalling some of its peanut and almond butters for possible salmonella contamination after it learned of the risk from a routine FDA testing. Among the brand names being recalled are Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha almond and peanut butters.

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Heineken Sales Drop Due to Strong Euro

August 20, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press

Heineken NV reported its first half earnings with a small drop in both revenue and profits. Sales were down 1.4 percent to 1.2 billion euros, which Heineken, the largest brewer by sales in Europe, said was due to the strong euro.                 

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New Trail Connects Visitors to Virginia Oysters

August 19, 2014 2:45 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Virginia's seven different oyster regions produce the largest amount of wild-caught and farm-raised oysters in the U.S. Last year, the state's harvest increased 25 percent to more than 500,000 bushels and a dockside value of more than $22 million.

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Cianci Sauce Made No Money for Charity in 4 Years

August 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press

Former Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which also promises that sales are "Benefiting Providence School Children" and have helped hundreds of students attend college. But in recent years, no money from the sauce's sales has been donated to Cianci's charity scholarship fund, The Associated Press has learned.

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Protesters Gather Against Proposed NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area.                     

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Analysis Highlights Differences in College Eating Habits

August 19, 2014 2:25 pm | by PR Newswire

Drastic differences in eating habits exist between college students and the general population, especially when it comes to caffeine and ordering hours.               

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Defense Grills Plant Manager in Salmonella Trial

August 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

A defense attorney on Tuesday grilled a key prosecution witness in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak.                   

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Oscar Mayer Ventures Into 'Old World' Product Line

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by PR Newswire

Oscar Mayer is introducing a line of deli meats that add spice and flavor to everyday lunches for the entire family. The brand is launching the Old World Style line with four distinct flavors, including Classic Salami, Cracked Black Pepper Salami, Classic Pepperoni and Turkey Pepperoni.

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McDonald's to Sell Packaged Coffee Nationally

August 19, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain is partnering with Kraft Foods to manufacture and distribute the bags of McCafe ground and whole bean coffee, as well as single-cup pods that can be used in at-home coffee machines.     

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Food Costs, Consumer Prices Up Slightly in July

August 19, 2014 11:04 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

For July, the 0.4 percent rise in food costs was the fifth increase of that size or higher in the last six months. Food prices have been pushed higher by adverse weather conditions including a severe drought in California.        

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Cargill, Customers to Develop Future Foods at Expanded Innovation Center

August 19, 2014 11:00 am | by PR Newswire

Cargill's Plymouth Food Innovation Center offers retail and food service customers full access to state-of-the-art research equipment and the collective know-how of its food scientists.           

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Denmark Links New Listeria Death to Tainted Meat

August 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

A representative of the state health agency SSI said the deceased person had bacteria similar to those of people who have died since June. Since September, at least 24 cases of listeriosis have been traced to a small meat producer in suburban Copenhagen that was ordered closed Aug. 11.

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Prosecutors Review Case Involving Chemicals in Restaurant's Tea

August 19, 2014 10:15 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

The police agency investigating how an industrial cleaning solution ended up in a woman's iced tea at a Utah restaurant, badly burning her throat, is forwarding its findings to prosecutors to determine if anyone should be charged.  

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Four at Slaughterhouse Behind Beef Recall Indicted

August 19, 2014 10:00 am | by SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press

Prosecutors allege the owners of Rancho Feeding Corp. schemed with employees to slaughter about 79 cows with skin cancer of the eye rather than stopping plant operations during inspector lunch breaks.        

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DRY Soda Launches The Craft Soda Category's First Discovery Pack

August 18, 2014 3:30 pm | by PR Newswire

Inspired by the thriving discovery/variety pack trend in the craft beer sector, DRY Soda's Discovery Pack is the first in the rapidly growing craft soda industry — which is now the primary revenue driver growing the larger carbonated soft drink category. 

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