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Pepsi Pops Open a Stevia-Sweetened Soda

October 1, 2014 1:17 pm | by Associated Press

PepsiCo Inc. said the latest version of its flagship soda will have 30 percent fewer calories than regular and be made with a mix of sugar and stevia. The drink will go on sale later this month on Amazon.com before eventually being rolled out to supermarkets.

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Coca-Cola to Revise Executive Pay Plan After Criticism

October 1, 2014 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's largest beverage maker, Coca-Cola, said Wednesday its long-term incentive program will now distribute the company's shares to a smaller group of executives, while the rest will be rewarded with cash bonuses instead.     

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FDA Registration Renewal Period For Food Facilities Begins Oct. 1

October 1, 2014 10:00 am | by David Lennarz, Vice President, Registrar Corp

The registration renewal requirement was established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and requires that food facilities renew their FDA registrations between October 1 and December 31 of every even-numbered year.   

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Colorado's Marijuana Edibles Market Gets New Competition

October 1, 2014 9:49 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Colorado is issuing licenses for 46 more pot shops, in addition to about 200 already in place. Colorado is also licensing 37 more growing facilities and 13 new product manufacturers who make marijuana-infused products. The expansion means pot prices for consumers could soon drop.

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Photos: World's Largest Six-Pack of Beer

October 1, 2014 9:40 am | by Associated Press

A cluster of 100-foot-tall grain silos in Buffalo is being turned into the world's largest six-pack. Crews are installing rolls of vinyl wrap spelling out Labatt Blue on six silos at the former GLF grain mill operation near the city's Lake Erie waterfront. 

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Group Tries to Make Food Policy Morph into a Political 'Kitchen Table' Issue

October 1, 2014 9:17 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Americans don't normally think about food policy when they vote. A group of food advocates is trying to figure out how to change that. They're putting organizational effort into elections for the first time.   

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French Brand Starts Selling Sparkling Wine in China

October 1, 2014 9:05 am | by HELENE FRANCHINEAU, Associated Press

China's appetite for Western-style wines has boomed in the past two decades, though the favorite still is red, a color associated with health and good luck. Moet Hennessy has launched the first foreign-owned Chinese winery devoted to sparkling wine.

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General Mills to Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 8:59 am | by Associated Press

The Minneapolis company that owns Betty Crocker and Green Giant brands said in a regulatory filing that the 700 to 800 job cuts will take place mostly in the U.S. This is the second time General Mills has trimmed its workforce in a month.  

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Dole Food Owner Giving $15 Million a Year to Research Institute

September 30, 2014 3:15 pm | by Associated Press

The 91-year-old billionaire owner of Dole Food Co. said Tuesday he is committing $15 million a year in perpetuity to sustain a North Carolina research institute named after him devoted to improving human health through scientifically honed nutrition.

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Iowa AG: Lawsuit Against Whiskey Maker Templeton Rye to Proceed

September 30, 2014 2:45 pm | by Associated Press

The Iowa attorney general's office says a lawsuit alleging whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed. The proposed class-action lawsuit was filed in Illinois by a Chicago law firm on behalf of consumers in the country who have purchased a bottle of Templeton Rye.

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Oklahoma Man Charged With Murder in Food Plant Beheading

September 30, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

A 30-year-old Oklahoma man was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the gruesome beheading of a Vaughan Foods worker, authorities said. Alton Nolen faces murder and assault charges in connection with the death of a 54-year-old woman.

Nestle Waters Engages iGPS Logistics for Shipping

September 30, 2014 2:00 pm | by iGPS Logistics

iGPS Logistics and Nestle Waters' North America have announced an agreement to introduce iGPS pallets as the shipping platform for Poland Spring brand natural spring water to customers throughout the North East.           

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'Convenient,' 'Healthy' and 'Creative/New' the Trends in Refrigerated Meals and Meat Market

September 30, 2014 11:15 am | by Packaged Facts

Major trends in the category of branded refrigerated meals and meats products are centered on making products more convenient, healthier and more creative or original in their approach to flavors and ingredients, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts.

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Hawaii Restaurant Fined for Removing Sign Stating Violations

September 30, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

The Hawaii Department of Health fined a Honolulu noodle restaurant for breaking food safety rules and for taking down a sign that stated the violations. Officials say a restaurant manager removed the sign for a weekend.     

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Group Makes 1,126-Pound Bowl of Hawaiian Rice Dish

September 30, 2014 8:25 am | by Associated Press

Hawaii's Fifth Annual Rice Festival is claiming a world record for a popular Hawaii dish, after putting together a massive bowl of 600 pounds of rice, 200 pounds of ground beef, 300 scrambled eggs and 200 pounds of gravy. That's some serious loco moco! 

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HoneyBaked Ham to Hire 10K Employees

September 30, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

HoneyBaked is already gearing up for the holiday season. The company is preparing for the annual rush on its signature Honey Baked Hams, Turkey Breasts and other products by providing part-time jobs for more than 10,000 people.     

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Reiser Honors Ruiz Foods' 50 Years by Gifting Vemag DP3

September 29, 2014 3:00 pm | by Reiser

To mark the 50th Anniversary of Ruiz Foods, Reiser participated in the celebration in Denison, Texas by gifting them a Vemag DP3. Ruiz Foods purchased their 100th Vemag earlier this year, and Reiser made good on their promise of "Buy 100 Vemags and then get one free."

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Research Shows Consumers Are Spending More on Specialty Food

September 29, 2014 2:40 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Shoppers say they are spending one in four of their food dollars on specialty food, up from one in five in 2013. Their top picks? Chocolate, olive oil and cheese are purchased most but tea is gaining, making it into the top 10 specialty foods consumers report buying this year.

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Survey: Consumers Would Rather Give Up Booze Than Coffee

September 29, 2014 1:45 pm | by Cumberland Farms

Cumberland Farms' recent survey asked consumers what they would be willing to do or give up in order to get their daily coffee fix. The surprising results include giving up booze rather than giving up coffee.           

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Bakers Push Congress to Address Grain Shipping Crisis

September 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by American Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association urged the Senate to continue its oversight of the freight rail shipping crisis. Bakers have struggled to receive flour shipments in a timely fashion, which is a major concern for the baking industry.     

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