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Infographic: Eggscellent Facts About the US Egg Industry

March 13, 2015 8:00 am | by American Egg Board

This egg business is a growing industry and today there are approximately 175 egg producing companies in the U.S. with flocks of 75,000 hens or more. Take a look at this infographic to see which five states are the largest egg producers in the nation.

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Heineken Loses Suit Against Romanian Craft Brewer

March 12, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

A small beer manufacturer in Romania has won a lawsuit against Heineken, which sued it for using a brand name it says it is too similar to a local brew it produces.

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Sanderson Farms to Build Poultry Plant in NC

March 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press

State officials said Thursday that Sanderson Farms will build a processing plant and hatchery in Robeson County that will create about 1,100 jobs during the next three years.

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Acme Smoked Fish Corporation Opens Largest Smoked Salmon Facility in US.

March 12, 2015 11:31 am | by Acme Smoked Fish Corporation

The 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility was meticulously built to initially produce 10 million pounds of cold smoked salmon per year with the highest quality and food safety standards in the industry.

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Coca-Cola CEO Gets $18.1M After Company Fails to Meet Targets

March 12, 2015 11:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent was given a pay package worth $18.1 million last year after the world's biggest beverage company failed to meet its own growth targets.

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NAMI Foundation Releases Updated Consumer Resource Guide on Meat and Poultry

March 12, 2015 11:10 am | by North American Meat Institute

The North American Meat Institute Foundation released an updated version of its popular Yellow Pages, a meat and poultry resource guide that provides important consumer information and answers to commonly asked questions about the meat supply, preparation and cooking and nutrition. 

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San Francisco Could Require Health Warnings on Soda Ads

March 12, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

San Francisco lawmakers hope to add warning labels to advertisements for soft drinks in the city, a move that they believe would "make our communities healthier and better informed."

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Levy to Buy Mexican Dining Chain Del Taco in $500M Deal

March 12, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

The Mexican-American restaurant chain was founded in 1964 in Southern California and has 550 locations in 15 states. It is based in Lake Forest, California, south of Los Angeles. It recorded $656.1 million in sales last year, according to the company.

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France Fines Yogurt Makers For Price-Fixing

March 12, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press

The decision announced Thursday targets 11 companies — including Yoplait and Lactalis — that represent 90 percent of the French market in yogurt and related products.

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Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Agency's Approval

March 12, 2015 8:10 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The product, called Palcohol, had received the greenlight from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau briefly last year before the bureau backtracked and said the label approvals had been given in error. On Wednesday, bureau spokesman Tom Hogue told The Associated Press the issues were resolved and that four varieties of Palcohol were approved.

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Report: General Mills to Sell Green Giant

March 12, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

General Mills plans to sell its Green Giant brand of canned and frozen vegetables line this summer, according to a report from Reuters.

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Most Wrongful-Death Lawsuits Settled in 2011 Listeria Outbreak

March 12, 2015 7:55 am | by STEVEN K. PAULSON, Associated Press

A Denver judge has wrapped up most of the wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from a 2011 listeria outbreak traced to a cantaloupe farm that killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 140 others.

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Arkansas Poultry Officials Say Avian Flu Found in Turkeys

March 12, 2015 6:55 am | by Associated Press

The Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission said Wednesday it was following federal protocols to ensure the affected birds did not enter the food supply. Tests will also be conducted to make sure the disease hasn't spread.

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Meat Industry Fights New Dietary Proposal

March 11, 2015 1:25 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Meat companies have tried to rehabilitate an image tarnished in recent years by health and environmental concerns. Now the industry is aggressively working to discredit a proposal for new dietary guidelines that recommends people eat less red and processed meat.

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Jelly Belly to Move Distribution Center From Wisconsin to Tennessee

March 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Candy company Jelly Belly will leave Wisconsin after 14 years and shift its distribution operation to Tennessee, according to reports.

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Study: U.S. Manufacturers Paid More For Pollution Control

March 11, 2015 11:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

American manufacturers faced $24.6 billion in pollution abatement costs last year, a total far higher than the amount in many competing nations, according to a recent analysis.

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Good News For Some Of Us: Other People Are Quitting Jobs

March 11, 2015 10:45 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

Workers who quit typically do so to take higher-paying jobs. That's why rising numbers of quits typically signal confidence in the economy and the job market. As the trend takes hold, employers are often forced to offer higher pay to hold on to their staffers or attract new ones.

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Maui GMO Ban Hearing May Be Delayed

March 11, 2015 9:40 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday said she would consider delaying proceedings for a lawsuit challenging Maui's ban on the cultivation of genetically modified organisms because of legislation that could affect the outcome of the case.

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Burger King Pulls Soda From Kids Meal Menu

March 11, 2015 9:05 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Burger King has decided to silently remove soft drinks from its kids' menu "as part of our ongoing effort to offer our guests options that match their lifestyle needs."

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FBI Probes Possible Domestic Terrorism at Reno KFC

March 11, 2015 8:47 am | by Scott Sonner, Ken Ritter, Associated Press

 The FBI is investigating an apparent attempt to firebomb a fast-food restaurant in Reno where authorities reported a window was broken, a flammable liquid found inside and the initials of an animal rights group scrawled on a drive-thru sign.

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