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Study: Mold in Chobani Outbreak Poses Serious Threat

July 9, 2014 11:45 am | by Duke University

In August and September 2013, more than 200 consumers of contaminated Chobani Greek Yogurt became ill with vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed the contaminant and identified it as the mold Mucor circinelloides.

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'Right-to-Farm' Amendment Shields Against Anti-GMO, Animal Rights Groups

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Supporters of a proposed farming amendment to be added to the Missouri Constitution hope amending the constituion could provide a legal shield against efforts by animal welfare groups to restrict particular farming methods or by organic food advocates to prohibit GMOs.

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US Job Openings Hit 7-Year High

July 9, 2014 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

According to the Labor Department, US employers posted 4.64 million jobs, a 3.8 percent increase from April's total of 4.46 million. Employers also added a net total of 288,000 jobs in June alone, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.

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China's Food Costs Rise Almost 4 Percent in June

July 9, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press

China's food costs rose 3.7 percent in June after surging 4.1 percent the month before on a rebound in prices for pork, a staple meat in China. However, the country's inflation rate remains below the 3.5 percent annual target set by the ruling Communist Party.

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PMMI Reveals Packaging Hall of Fame Commission

July 9, 2014 9:32 am | by PACK EXPO

PMMI declares the 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame Commission. PMMI has coordinated the Packaging Hall of Fame since 1971. The honor recognizes career packaging professionals and their contributions to both the industry and packaging education.

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Variety is the No. 1 Reason Drinkers Choose Craft Beer

July 9, 2014 9:22 am | by Tully & Holland Inc.

Within a relatively stagnant beer market, craft beer exhibited strong growth on a consistent basis. In 2013, retail sales grew an estimated 20 percent, from $11.9 billion to $14.3 billion, representing the industry’s 8th consecutive year of double-digit sales growth.

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Cornell Study: Alternating Pesticides Shoos Dairy Flies

July 9, 2014 8:53 am | by Cornell University

Flies on dairy farms can spread disease and an array of pathogens that cost farmers millions of dollars in losses each year. According to a Cornell University study, the best way to ensure flies don't become resistant to insectisides is to only use them when needed.

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Infographic: From Consumer Trends to New Product Innovation

July 9, 2014 8:08 am | by General Mills

The newest lineup of products from General Mills builds upon food innovation. Today, more than 50 percent of consumers are looking to add more protein to their diets, making high-protein foods among the most sought-after items in U.S. supermarkets. 

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Dynamic Dim Sum in the Land of Barbecue

July 8, 2014 2:59 pm | by MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press

Bo Lings, which opened in 1981 and began dim sum service in 1987, for years has drawn out-the-front door weekend lines for dim sum at its location in the former Kansas City Board of Trade building a couple blocks from Kansas City's Country Club Plaza. 

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IFT: Consumers Want Reduced Sugar, Salt in Food Products

July 8, 2014 2:50 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

More than 50 percent of consumers rated sodium and sugar reduction as an important food attribute, over calorie, carbohydrate and fat reduction. A recent discussion at the 2014 IFT annual meeting shows that US products are more likely to tout low-fat attributes instead.

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Allens Canned Vegetable Company Changes Name to Sager Creek

July 8, 2014 2:38 pm | by Sager Creek Vegetable Company

Allens announced its name change to Sager Creek Vegetable Company to reflect its new ownership. The Arkansas-based canned vegetable company said the product names will remain the same, including veg-all®, Allens Popeye Spinach® and Freshlike®.

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Equipment, Software Investments Expected to Grow in Q3

July 8, 2014 2:15 pm | by Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation

The Q3 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook report shows equipment and software investment to grow during the rest of the year after a weak start.  Materials handling equipment will show stronger growth over the next half year.

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Salmonella Victims' Stories May Shape Quality Egg Punishments

July 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Attorney's Office is asking the victims of the salmonella outbreak in 2010 to share their stories as prosecutors consider how to proceed with the punishments. Quality Egg, an Iowa egg producer, admitted to intentionally selling tainted eggs.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Ice Cream Flavors to Increase Happiness

July 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by Baskin-Robbins

Who knew that certain ice cream flavors could improve one's mood while releasing tension? According to a Baskin-Robbins survey, just the thought of ice cream puts 71 percent of people in a happy mood even if they are preoccupied or stressed. 

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Two Calif. Cities Pursue Per-Ounce Soda Tax

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

San Francisco and Berkeley, two of the most progressive cities in the U.S., are aiming to become the nation's first to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. Many blame soda for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases, and claim they should be taxed like a pack of cigarettes. 

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Egypt's President Doubles Beer Tax to 200 Percent

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

In a move to ease the country's staggering budget deficit, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi doubled an already existing tax on beer, from 100 percent to 200 percent, and increased the tax on local and imported wines to 150 percent.

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Photo: Wheaties Lets Consumers Choose Next Cereal-Box Athlete

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by General Mills

For the first time in the 80-year history of the brand, Wheaties will offer sports fans the opportunity to select the next athlete to be featured on the cereal box. Athletes represent motocross, lacrosse, women's soccer, MMA, and track and field.

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Archer Daniels Midland Adds Natural Flavors to Portfolio for $3B

July 8, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press

Archer Daniels Midland is adding natural flavors to its portfolio by acquiring the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors in an all-cash deal that will total $3.13 billion. ADM makes sweeteners and emulsifiers for an array of packaged foods and drinks.

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Former Anheuser-Busch Exec. Seeks New Trial

July 8, 2014 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Francine Katz, a former Anheuser-Busch executive, is seeking a new trial for gender discrimination after unsuccessfully suing the company in May. Katz worked for the brewing company for two decades and claims she was paid significantly less than her male predecessors.

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Jack Daniel's Opens Barrel-Making Cooperage in Alabama

July 8, 2014 8:00 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The maker of the popular Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey opened a new facility in Trinity, Alabama, about 60 miles southwest of the Lynchburg, Tennessee distillery. The new cooperage is expected to make about 700 American white oak barrels per day.

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