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General Mills Brings Back French Toast Crunch as Cereal Sales Dip

December 8, 2014 12:40 pm | by Associated Press

General Mills is bringing back popular '90s cereal French Toast Crunch in a nod to nostalgia and in the hopes of boosting its weak cereal sales. The Minneapolis-based food maker said it is reintroducing the cereal this month in response to consumer demand.

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McDonald's to Introduce 'Build-Your-Own' Burgers in 2015

December 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by CANDACE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, Associated Press

As sales continue to slide in the U.S., McDonald's plans to expand a test that lets people build their own burgers by tapping on a touchscreen to pick the bread, cheese and toppings they want. The "Create Your Taste" program is a departure for McDonald's, which was built to deliver food consistently, quickly and affordably.

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US Unemployment Rates Drop For Vets, Women

December 8, 2014 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

November was a good month for women and recent veterans who sought jobs. Recent veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan made even bigger strides. The unemployment rate for that group dropped to 5.7 percent from 7.2 percent in October.  

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EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers on Food Safety Sectors

December 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press

In an additional list of so-called nontariff barriers recently submitted by the 28-country bloc, the EU wants Japan to change rules regarding imports of alcoholic beverages such as beer, as well as food additives not permitted or limited for use in Japan.

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5 British Columbia Poultry Farms Quarantined for Bird Flu

December 8, 2014 9:35 am | by JEREMY HAIINSWORTH, Associated Press

Seven countries have imposed trade restrictions on Canadian poultry as a fifth farm in British Columbia's Fraser Valley was put under quarantine for avian influenza. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said that more than 140,000 turkeys and chickens will be euthanized.

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McDonald's Serves Up Weak US Sales

December 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

The world's largest hamburger chain said the drop in global sales at locations open at least 13 months included a 4.6 percent decline in the U.S., and a 4 percent decline for the unit that includes the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa.

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Alcohol Sales to Show Modest Growth in 2015

December 8, 2014 8:45 am | by Technomic

In looking at specific adult beverage categories in on-premise channels, Technomic finds the largest category — beer — challenged in terms of volume. BarTAB Report outlines sales growth of 2.3 percent for beer in 2015.      

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Pizza Menu Picks Toppings For You by Tracking Eye Movements

December 8, 2014 8:20 am | by Rex Santus, Mashable

If we really do eat with our eyes first, then this new high-tech Pizza Hut menu might just be the future of ordering in restaurants. The chain is calling it the first "subconscious menu," and it acts as a stand-in for the paper menu you'd usually get when dining at a Pizza Hut. 

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GOP Pushes to Give Schools a Break From Healthy Lunch Standards

December 8, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The school meal rules, phased in since 2012 and championed by first lady Michelle Obama, require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line. The standards also limit sodium, sugar and fat.            

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US Adds the Most Jobs in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 2:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world.         

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Cargill Will Pay $6.1M to Settle Truvia False Ad Suit

December 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Truvia Natural Sweetener will pay $6.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit initiated by a Hawaii woman. Kailua-Kona resident Denise Howerton's lawsuit said Cargill made misleading statements about Truvia being a natural sweetener.

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Research Shows Antioxidant Capacity of Orange Juice is 'Undervalued'

December 5, 2014 1:00 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. 

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Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Pennywell

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell.

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Canada Hopes Avian Flu Contained to 4 Poultry Farms

December 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press

The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized — a total of about 35,000 birds. Canada's chief veterinary officer says agencies are looking for any sign the virus has moved beyond the four farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver.

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Burger King, Tim Hortons to Close Deal Next Week

December 5, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

Burger King and Canadian doughnut shop chain Tim Hortons expect to complete their $11 billion tie-up on Dec. 12, following a shareholder vote early next week. The combined company will have its headquarters in Canada.     

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Hershey to Buy Canadian Candy Maker For $28M

December 5, 2014 8:20 am

Hershey is expanding its business into Canada with a $28 million purchase of Allan Candy Co., the company behind Hot Lips candies. Hershey said that its Canadian unit would buy Allan in order to increase manufacturing capacity for sweets and refreshments.

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Analyst: Beef Prices Expected to Rise in 2015

December 5, 2014 8:00 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Consumers will likely see a modest uptick in beef prices at the grocery store next year, though most of the significant increases have already happened, a cattle market analyst said. Last year at this time, meatpackers were paying $130 a hundredweight for cattle.

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Photo of the Day: Record 4.16-Pound Truffle to be Auctioned

December 5, 2014 7:50 am | by AP Photo/Sotheby's

This photo provided by Sotheby's shows a record-setting 4.16-pound white truffle at the U.S. Sabatino headquarters in West Haven, Conn. The truffle was found a week earlier in Umbria, Italy and is scheduled to go on the auction block in New York on Saturday, Dec. 6. 

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Organic Food Manufacturer Formulates Products For Pets

December 4, 2014 3:03 pm | by NutriFusion

Food manufacturers will now be able to infuse their existing brands with NutriFusion's special pet-friendly blends that are conducive to a healthy diet rich in vitamins that include fresh fruits and vegetables, such as beets, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach, cranberry, strawberry, apple and pumpkin.

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VIDEO: Looking Back at Food Science Achievements

December 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by IFTlive

The IFT travels back in time to showcase the most riveting achievements the food industry has seen. Looking ahead, the general public will be able to completely customize their products. From 3D printing to biotechnology, consumers are in for a treat in the years to come.

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