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Jersey Shore Reels in Visitors With Major Seafood Business

August 4, 2014 9:05 am | by JACQUELINE L. URGO, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Commercial fishing and its related industries produce about 50,000 jobs in New Jersey, of which about 3,000 commercial fishermen operating about 1,500 vessels are employed to supply the 15 seafood processing facilities and 81 wholesalers operating in the state.

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2 Hurt in NJ Food Lab Explosions

August 4, 2014 8:54 am | by The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey

A New Jersey food laboratory experienced two explosions from a mechanical failure, leaving two employees injured. Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa produces ingredients that flavor foods. Workers had just started on a new recipe for eggnog when the blasts occurred.

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Consumer Trends: Millennials Drinking More Wine

August 1, 2014 1:00 pm | by Rabobank

Rabobank studies show in non-traditional wine drinking countries, millennials are drinking more wine than any of the previous generations did at their age, while in traditional wine drinking countries, they are drinking less but better quality wine.

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NACD Comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

August 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)

The National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule of the sanitary transportation of food. The proposed rule would require shippers and receivers to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.

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USDA to Overhaul Poultry Inspections for First Time in 50 Years

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now overhauling chicken plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. This move could prevent more than 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.

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Extra Jurors Take a Seat in Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Trial

August 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

The U.S. District Court trial of the deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut plant is expected to last at least two months. Because of that timeline, the judge made sure six alternates were selected in addition to the required 12-member jury.

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Kellogg's Sales Thin as Dieters Drop Special K

August 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As cereal sales in the U.S. have been sluggish for some time now, Kellogg is also dealing with problems and missteps specific to some of its most popular brands. The movement away from calorie counting in the dieting world has hurt Special K.

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Vitaminwater Fans Complain About New Sweetener

August 1, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola's brand Vitaminwater is reversing its course after fans of the popular drink began complaining of the new sweetener. The reversal comes just a few months after the company had changed the sweetener in the drink to a mix of sugar and stevia.

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Soccer World Cup Lifts German Beer Sales

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

The Federal Statistical Office said German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the first half of the year, gaining froth from the country's run to the soccer World Cup title. The increase comes amid a long-term downward trend in German beer sales.

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AB InBev Sales Grow, Sees US Improvement

August 1, 2014 8:24 am | by Associated Press

AB InBev, known for its Budweiser brand, says its sales and earnings grew in the second quarter, with 7.2 percent growth in Brazil alone. The world's largest beer maker also says it sees an improving economic outlook in the United States.

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Infographic: Breakfast by the Numbers

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by Hartman Group

In the 20th century, cereal helped redefine breakfast as a health moment. Breakfast beverages also arose to give us a heavy dose of nutrition to start our day. But what is the industry seeing today? Research by Hartman-Group shows what we eat depends on when we eat.

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Pepsi Plans to Increase Recycling, Protect Drinking Water

August 1, 2014 8:20 am | by PepsiCo

PepsiCo is now addressing both curbside and on-the-go-recycling as part of its goal to help grow the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50 percent by 2018. The company is teaming with The Nature Conservancy to teach consumers better ways to recycle.

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Judge Orders Kellogg to End Memphis-Plant Lockout

August 1, 2014 8:00 am | by BCTGM International Union

A federal judge has granted an injunction that orders the Kellogg Company to end its lockout of 226 workers at its Memphis cereal plant and reinstate them to their jobs within the next five days. The judge states that imposing a lock over non-mandatory terms is unlawful.

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Botulism Fears Lead Calif. VR Green Farms to Recall Products

August 1, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

VR Green Farms, a San Clemente-based food packaging company, is recalling several of its food products over fears of possible botulism contamination. Botulism toxins are odorless and tasteless, but can lead to serious illness and death. 

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Indiana Popcorn Fest Loses Orville Redenbacher Sponsorship

July 31, 2014 12:04 pm | by The Times ,Munster, Indiana

Valparaiso's 36th Popcorn Festival has lost the title sponsorship of Orville Redenbacher. Valparaiso, the Indiana city where Redenbacher developed the hybrid popping corn that made him famous, said ConAgra is still open to sponsoring other things at the festival.

Oakland Zoo Animals Dine on Fruit After Food Truck Crash

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Animals need fresh food, too. How about 13,000 pounds of fruit? Bears, giraffes and elephants were among some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo that were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit, including plantains and jackfruit, after a truck spilled its shipment.

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Whole Foods Plans Major Marketing Push to Fend Off Competitors

July 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods' slowing sales growth has pushed the Austin, Texas-based company to launch a national marketing campaign to fend off other players in the organic and natural foods category. In addition, the company plans to expand its home deliveries.

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Kraft Foods 2Q Profits Fall 42 Percent

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Kraft Foods, popular for its Velveeta and Oreo brands, reported a 42 percent decline in its second quarter net income. The Northfield, Illinois-based company said its earnings fell to $482 million compared to $829 million in the same quarter last year.

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GOP Blocks Tax Hike on Firms Moving Overseas

July 31, 2014 11:30 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

Republican senators blocked a bill to limit tax breaks for American companies that wish to move their operations overseas. The bill would have cost U.S. companies that move overseas $143 million in additional taxes over the next decade.

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Winemakers Want NY to Deny Gas Storage Permits

July 31, 2014 8:45 am | by MARY ESCH, Associated Press

Finger Lakes winemakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to deny permits for natural gas and propane storage facilities in former salt mines along Seneca Lake. Dozens of wineries in the area are opposed to the gas facility because it threatens local business and economy.

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