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Former CEO of Artificial Sweetener Plant Sentenced to 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground.

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Growing Number of Pot Shops Face Antagonism From Neighbors

November 11, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press

From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbors, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.

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Open Farm is First Canadian Pet Food Company to Receive Certified Humane Label

November 11, 2014 1:59 pm | by Humane Farm Animal Care

Open Farm, a Canadian-based pet food company, launches its Certified Humane dog food products in stores across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. The company plans to expand its pet food product line into the United States in 2015.

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Baltimore: Forget the Crab, Try Afghan Food

November 11, 2014 12:36 pm | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor

I don't care who owns the place. I just want good food. And as guilty as I felt about passing up those famous Maryland crabs, a certain delicacy offered at The Helmand, called aushak, was calling my name.             

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Pros vs. Cons of Mobile-Payment Systems

November 11, 2014 10:34 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC reader on the merchant's payment system.    

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First Lady Announces New Commitments to Help Service Members

November 11, 2014 10:19 am | by STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

On the eve of Veterans Day, First Lady Michelle Obama announced new commitments from online networks LinkedIn and Coursera in partnering with the government to help service members, veterans and wives of veterans.         

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EU Nations Could Get Power to Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc.                 

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Mondelez to Buy Control of Vietnamese Snack-Food Business

November 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press

Mondelez is buying an 80 percent stake in a Vietnamese snacks business for $370 million as it seeks to offset flagging U.S. sales in Asia. The deal is targeted to close in 2015's second quarter.               

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Hellmann's Seeks Justice vs. 'Just Mayo'

November 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word "Mayo" in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators and dictionaries define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs. The suit claims false advertising for labeling its egg-free product "Just Mayo."

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Up 5.2 Percent This Year

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. With a year-to-date total of $3,738.72 million, 2014 is up 5.2 percent compared with 2013.     

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Improving the Taste of Alcohol-Free Beer With Aromas of Regular Beer

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

Researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) have developed a technique to improve the taste of alcohol-free beer. The alcohol in beer acts as a solvent for a variety of aromatic compounds; therefore, when it is eliminated, the final product loses aromas and some of its taste.

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Dean Foods Soars on Strong Results

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Associated Press

Dean Foods Co. shares soared Monday after the dairy company reported a much smaller loss than expected for its third quarter and projected a profit for the fourth quarter and a smaller loss than expected for the full year.       

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Pumpkin Spice 101

November 10, 2014 2:09 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Food scientist, Kantha Shelke, PhD, CFS answers questions behind the science behind the popular fall drink, the pumpkin spice latte. Shelke shares how the drink and the spice mix is made, explains any safety concerns involving the ingredients, and the science behind why we love it so much.

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Professor Developing Wearable Device to Track Diet

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by University of Alabama

Sensors and software used to track physical activity are increasingly popular, as smart phones and their apps become more powerful and sophisticated, but when it comes to food, they all rely on the user to report meals. A University of Alabama professor hopes to change that. 

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PACK EXPO Event Raises $34K For K9s For Warriors

November 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by PMMI

PMMI's PACK gives BACK™ at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 raised over $34,000 for K9s for Warriors, a charitable organization dedicated to providing service dogs to military veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress as a result of their service since 9/11. 

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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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