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Pizza Hut Tests Out 'Skinny Slice'

September 17, 2014 2:35 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The tests of the "Skinny Slice" pies began this week at several dozen restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida. The pies simply use less of the same dough used for regular pies and are lighter on the toppings, said Doug Terfehr, a Pizza Hut spokesman.

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Folgers Unveils Portable Coffee Enhancers

September 17, 2014 2:31 pm | by J.M. Smucker Company

The makers of Folgers coffee have introduced a new Folgers Flavors line of flavored coffee enhancers that make it easy to personalize a perfect cup of coffee. Flavors include vanilla, hazelnut, caramel and mocha.           

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Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America

September 17, 2014 2:20 pm | by OpenTable

OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has released the 2014 Diner's Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America. Winning restaurants span 29 states.         

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Food Industry Leaders Together Sell 6.4 Trillion Fewer Calories

September 17, 2014 2:12 pm | by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Sixteen major food and beverage companies, including ConAgra Foods and Unilever, sold 6.4 trillion fewer calories in the U.S. in 2012 than they did in 2007, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.   

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Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Promote Diabetes

September 17, 2014 1:58 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer

The work suggests the sweeteners change the composition of normal, beneficial bacteria in the gut. That appears to hamper how well the body handles sugar in the diet, which in turn can result in higher blood sugar levels.        

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Group Levels Abuse Allegations Against NM Dairy

September 17, 2014 1:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

The New Mexico Livestock Board is launching an investigation into a southern New Mexico dairy after an activist working with an animal welfare group recorded a secret video showing workers whipping cows with chains and wire cables.       

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North Carolina's Cumberland County Puts Poultry Plant on Hold

September 17, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Cumberland County has delayed a decision on a proposed $113 million poultry plant in Cedar Creek near Fayetteville, N.C., after the county commissioners were unable to agree on an incentives package.             

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Maine's Oldest Chocolatier Under New Ownership

September 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Erin Collins of Freeport this week took over 99-year-old Haven's Candies in Westbrook, which counts Intel and HBO among its customers. Haven's was founded in 1915 by Herbert Haven in Portland.                        

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Infographic: Milk Production From Farm to Table

September 17, 2014 10:22 am | by Food Insight

Ever wonder where your milk in the grocery store comes from and how it gets there? This seven-step infographic takes you through the entire milk production process from the farm all the way to the grocery store.           

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Hidden Video Exposes Pizza Cheese Supplier Factory Animal Abuse

September 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Mercy For Animals

An undercover video from Mercy For Animals exposes animal cruelty at Winchester Dairy, a supplier to Leprino Foods — the world's largest pizza cheese supplier factory farm. The footage shows workers viciously kicking and whipping the cows.         

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Anti-GMO Measure Allowed on Maui Ballot

September 17, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press

Monday's decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters.         

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Anheuser-Busch Among Sponsors Voicing NFL Disapproval

September 17, 2014 9:34 am | by MAE ANDERSON, The Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch and other major sponsors have spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL knew about a video that shows former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee.

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Heinz to Resume Production in Pittsburgh for First Time Since 2002

September 17, 2014 9:22 am | by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When the ketchup giant H.J. Heinz Co. sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods in 2002, the company closed the doors of its Pittsburgh food facility. Now, officials say they will resume food production in the city, making jarred baby food.  

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2014

September 17, 2014 9:15 am | by National Safety Council

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                      

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US Consumers Embrace Carbonated Water

September 16, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canadean

The U.S. is predicted to have one of the highest growth rates of 12 percent in carbonated packaged water consumption in 2014, compared to an average global growth of 1 percent.                  

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Infographic: Around the World in Various Meats

September 16, 2014 1:34 pm | by MeatLust

Call yourself a meat lover? A real meat lover knows all anyone could ever know about meat. Did you know that Australia is the only country that eats its national emblem? This infographic gives you meatlicious facts from around the globe.  

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Burger King Wants Hawaii Needle Lawsuit Dismissed

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

Clark Bartholomew sued after he said he was injured in 2010 when he bit into a Triple Stacker from a Burger King on a Hawaii base. The former Army sergeant's lawsuit said one needle pierced his tongue and another was lodged in his small intestine.

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Captain Citrus to the Rescue! Face of Florida OJ Gets a Makeover

September 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a talking orange wearing a cape. Now, he's being transformed into a Marvel Comics superhero to promote the benefits of orange juice in a country where carb-conscious dieters are increasingly turning away from the beverage.

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Report: Russian Ban Won't Derail Outlook for Poultry Meat Prices

September 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by Rabobank

Rabobank has issued a new report on the global poultry industry for Q3 2014, saying that the Russian ban on poultry meat imports from the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia and Norway will not derail the bullish outlook for poultry meat prices.   

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Consumer Trends: Beverage Promotes Healthy Sleep

September 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Scientific Nutrition Products, Inc.

The Center for Disease Control reports that 50 to 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from disorders of sleep or wakefulness. Most Americans who suffer from poor sleep are too overworked to easily fall asleep at night.       

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