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Curry Crust? Pizza Hut Unveils Huge Changes

November 10, 2014 11:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The reworked menu is one of several major moves at old-standby restaurant chains as they try to adjust to changing tastes. Many customers, especially millennials, have turned their backs on chain restaurants and are demanding more exotic flavors and higher-quality food.

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AAM Responds to Manufacturing Job Growth

November 10, 2014 11:03 am | by Associated Press

The Department of Labor reported that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October. The #AAMeter, which tracks President Obama's promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term, boosts to +218,000 jobs, after positive revisions to September and August's data. 

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Why Many Aren't Celebrating Low US Unemployment

November 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

Many Americans don't feel they've benefited from falling unemployment any more than they have from a sustained rise in the stock market or from solid U.S. economic growth.                   

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NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Associated Press

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut process plant eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc. The company recently posted a sign at the former plant but largely has remained mum.

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91-Year Old Meat Processing Company on a Roll

November 10, 2014 10:45 am | by ARNOLD S. PLATOU, The Herald-Mail

Hoffman's Quality Meats has increased its business and employment since it was purchased in 2011 by a family partnership headed by two young entrepreneurs who wanted to find, nurture and grow longtime businesses like Hoffman's.    

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Burger King Enters 100th Country With Opening of First Restaurant in India

November 10, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press

Burger King Worldwide, Inc. announced the opening of the first Burger King restaurant in New Delhi. This event marks not only its debut in India, but also a milestone for the Burger King brand, which is now operating in its 100th country.   

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US Marine Brews Up a Birthday Gift For the Corps

November 10, 2014 10:24 am | by Fidelis Beer Company

Brian Magee, the owner and founder of Fidelis Beer Company, recently took on a new challenge that draws on the Marine Corps' interesting history with beer. Born by an act of Congress on November 10, 1775, the Corps' first recruiting station was in a Philadelphia tavern.  

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Showdown Looms as Calif. Eyes Pesticides

November 10, 2014 10:14 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Chief among the complaints of organic growers: The California Department of Food and Agriculture's pest-management plan says compulsory state pesticide spraying of organic crops would do no economic harm to organic producers, on the grounds that the growers could sell sprayed crops as non-organic instead.

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USDA Approves a Genetically Modified Potato

November 10, 2014 10:08 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved commercial planting of a potato that is genetically modified to resist bruising and to produce less of a chemical that has caused cancer in animals.               

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Shopping Apps Offer Cash Back at the Grocery Store

November 10, 2014 9:58 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer

SavingStar, Snap, Checkout 51, and others, let users earn money back if they buy certain products. Recent offers include getting $5 back for buying a Jennie-O frozen turkey, 25 cents back on a jar of Peter Pan peanut butter and $1 back on Dole pineapple juice.

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Lawsuit Blames Bad Meatloaf For Deaths of WV Lawmaker, Husband

November 10, 2014 9:34 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

Former Delegate Virginia Starcher's family filed the lawsuit last month against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms in Jackson County Circuit Court. The lawsuit blames the restaurant's bad meatloaf for the deaths of the former state lawmaker and her husband.

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Ingredion Debuts Non-GMO Ingredients Video

November 7, 2014 3:29 pm | by Ingredion

The video, which features interviews with farmers growing Ingredion corn for over 40 years, walks the viewer through the company’s traceability standards and practices that provide the industry with one of the broadest, most secured sources of non-GMO ingredients available today. 

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Mondelez Invests $50M For UK Coffee Site

November 7, 2014 3:24 pm | by Mondelez International

Mondelez International, the second largest player in the global coffee market, announced plans to invest $50 million (£30 million) in its Banbury, UK factory to build two new lines that will manufacture Tassimo beverage capsules.  

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MES Toolkit an Easy Solution for Manufacturers

November 7, 2014 3:19 pm | by LNS Research

In today's manufacturing realm, challenges can emerge quickly. Manufacturers looking for an easy solution should adopt the next-generation Manufacturing Execution System, or MES.                    

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Grocers Association Applauds GMO Labeling Campaign Efforts

November 7, 2014 2:24 pm | by National Cooperative Grocers Association

The National Cooperative Grocers Association wishes to thank the Right to Know Oregon and Colorado GMO campaigns for their hard work to pass Measure 92 and Proposition 105 to label GMO foods. The campaigns drew support from a broad range of grassroots organizations.

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81-Year-Old Charged With Looting Tangerine Grove

November 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by Associated Press

Deputies in Florida say an 81-year-old man picked thousands of tangerines — 11 truckloads worth — and then sold the stolen bounty at a nearby market. Herman Southall was charged with transporting citrus without a certificate, grand theft and trespassing. 

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Businesses Urge Presidential Involvement in Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Stephen Schatz, National Retail Federation

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers and farmers sent a letter to President Obama today urging the government's immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

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Could Non-Gluten Proteins Play a Role in Celiac Disease?

November 7, 2014 10:52 am | by American Chemical Society

Although gluten-free foods are trendy among the health-conscious, they are necessary for those with celiac disease. But gluten, the primary trigger for health problems in these patients, may not be the only culprit.         

Solid US Hiring Likely, But Americans Are Anxious

November 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The picture has improved enough that the Federal Reserve announced last month that it was ending its bond purchase program, which had been intended to lower interest rates and stimulate economic growth. So why aren't Americans more cheerful?

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Beef or Chicken? Beef Prices Hit Fast-Food Chains

November 7, 2014 10:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The soaring prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature beef as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy's and McDonald's — the nation's three biggest burger chains — all say they're dealing with higher beef costs.  

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