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A Test to Detect Counterfeit Coffees

August 11, 2014 12:30 pm | by American Chemical Society

A test to detect counterfeit coffees is becoming more important in light of growing shortages in regions where droughts and plant diseases have dramatically cut back coffee supplies. The shortages may increase the chance for fillers in consumers' coffee cups.

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ConAgra CEO Plans to Retire Next May

August 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press

CEO Gary Rodkin, 62, of ConAgra Foods, plans to retire in May 2015. The packaged food company, known for its Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee brands, has formed a search committee to look for Rodkin's successor. Rodkin was previously CEO of PepsiCo Beverages and Foods.

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Maine Codfish Numbers Hit All-Time Low

August 11, 2014 9:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Codfish catches have plummeted, with Maine dropping from more than 560 metric tons in 2009 to less than 130 metric tons last year. Massachusetts, the most productive cod-fishing state in the Northeast, fell from 6,810 metric tons in 2011 to 4,075 metric tons in 2012.

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Pittsburgh Brewing Aims to Return to Glory Days

August 11, 2014 9:33 am | by CHRIS FLEISHER, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Once a regional powerhouse that produced more than a million barrels of beer per year, Pittsburgh Brewing Co. is a shell of its former self that has struggled under a series of ownership changes — there have been four owners since 1991 — and evolving consumer tastes.

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A Look at US Soybean Production by State

August 11, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press

The United States produced 3.3 billion bushels of soybeans in 2013. The following is a breakdown of the major soybean-growing states, showing their 2013 production in bushels and where the bulk of their crops are transported to ( in- or out-of-state use).

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Salmonella Trial Shows Food Safety Relies on Honor System

August 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Trial witnesses say employees at Peanut Corporation of America knowingly shipped tainted products and sent customers lab results from other clean batches rather than wait for tests to confirm their products were free of deadly bacteria.   

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VIDEO: Latinos Tap the Craft Brewing Industry

August 11, 2014 9:14 am | by CNN Money

There is a growing trend of Latinos entering the craft beer brewing business. From New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, they are tapping into this market by designing recipes and ideas that incorporate traditional elements of Latin food and drink.

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VIDEO: Meeting the Demands of Microwaved-Food Consumers

August 8, 2014 1:00 pm | by Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

In today's time-starved, always on-the-go world, eating can occur anytime, anywhere. Eating alone is an increasingly common practice and family dynamics have also shifted. Approximately 75 percent of decisions about what to have for dinner are made that same day.

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FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited to Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 12:30 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption.

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US, Canada Take $17.5B Hit From One-Year Russia Food Ban

August 8, 2014 12:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

Many U.S. food companies that sell to Russia have already set up some operations there. A spokeswoman for Mondelez International, Inc., which makes Oreos, Chips Ahoy cookies and Ritz crackers, said the company uses local suppliers and local production facilities.

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NC Residents Divided on Proposed Poultry Plant

August 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Sanderson Farms wants to build a $113 million poultry processing plant in an industrial park in Fayetteville, North Carolina. City residents have differing opinions about the plant. Opponents worry about the amount of water the plant will need to operate.

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Marijuana-Laced Chocolate Sold Accidentally at Denver Fair

August 8, 2014 12:00 pm | by KMGH-T, Denver, Colorado

Three people say they were drugged after eating chocolate at the Denver County Fair, with one of them filing a lawsuit alleging the vendor was negligent. Colorado law bars the public consumption of pot, and no actual marijuana was supposed to be offered at the fair.

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Northwest Consumers Spend More Freely on Groceries

August 8, 2014 11:35 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

Since the Great Recession ended in 2009, consumers in Washington and Oregon are shelling out more for groceries. The proportion of what Oregonians spend on food costs, about 9.5 percent, ranks third in the nation, behind Hawaii and Nevada.

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PepsiCo Pushes Recycling in Nature Conservancy Partnership

August 8, 2014 9:47 am | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo is addressing both curbside and on-the-go recycling as part of its goal to help grow the recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. As part of a new partnership called “Recycle for Nature,” PepsiCo will expand the availability of recycling bins in the U.S.

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Factory Worker Sentenced to 3.5 Years For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 9:28 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

A former contract worker for the subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. in Japan was sentenced to time in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide. Toshiki Abe was working at Aqlifoods Co. when he sprayed products with the pesticide malathion.

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Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

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Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

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Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

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Indiana Meat Plant to Begin Operations Next Year

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Associated Press

Sugar Creek Packing Co. in eastern Indiana is expected to begin operations in July 2015. The meat packing plant will invest $100 million in construction, equipment and land acquisition near Cambridge City. The food facility is expected to bring 400 jobs to the state.

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Calif. Collector Who Sold Bogus Wine Gets 10-Year Term

August 7, 2014 2:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

A California collector convicted of making fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced for a decade in prison.  The judge said the public needs to know that food and drinks are safe and "not some homemade witch's brew."

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