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Halloween Candy Sales Up 12 Percent in the US

September 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Packaged Facts

Hershey and Mars alone account for roughly 87 percent of Halloween chocolate sales. Mars attributes the success of its Variety Bags as a major area of growth for the company during the holiday.                    

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Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Morsels Celebrates 75 Years

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Nestle USA

From the first chocolate chip cookie to decades of inspired chocolate baking, the Nestle Toll House brand continues its tradition of baking up memories in kitchens across America.                   

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Most Consumers Don't Know Their Daily Calorie 'Budget'

September 10, 2014 9:45 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A 2,000-calorie benchmark is what the FDA considers a reasonable daily calorie intake for adults. Nutrition labels on food sold in the U.S. are based on it. The key to translating labels and using them to make healthy food choices may be understanding this fact.

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New Mexico's Green Chile Harvests a Growing Demand

September 10, 2014 9:36 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

The seasonal attention highlights a growing demand for the New Mexico-grown hot peppers, even as the number of acres planted and harvested each year has been shrinking.                       

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Infographic: How Do Moms Value the Importance of Sustainability?

September 10, 2014 9:30 am | by IFIC

A report by the International Food Information Council shows that moms are twice as likely than other consumer groups to say they have increased purchasing sustainable food and beverage products.               

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Wild Turkey Bourbon Maker Reaches 60th Year in Business

September 10, 2014 9:11 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Celebrating his 60th year in the business, Jimmy Russell has overseen production of about 3 million barrels of bourbon as Wild Turkey's master distiller — enough to fill about 20 million cases, according to the brand's parent company, Italian-based Gruppo Campari.

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CDC: More Than 40 Percent of Sodium Comes From 10 Common Foods

September 10, 2014 8:50 am | by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

This report provides the most recent data detailing how much sodium school-age children eat and where it comes from. Researchers determined that about 43 percent of sodium eaten by children comes from the 10 foods they eat most often.    

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Jake Leinenkugel Retires From Craft Brewery

September 10, 2014 8:30 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

Leinenkugel's, with its 147 years of family history, picturesque Northwoods brewery and expanding line of flavored beers, has been a near-perfect fit for the millennial market. Eighteen- to 25-year-olds crave variety, but they also want authenticity. 

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Chocolate Production Solutions to be Presented at PACK Expo

September 10, 2014 7:00 am | by Sollich North America LLC

Sollich KG of Germany is a leading global supplier of enrobers, tempering systems, cooling tunnels, and bar forming equipment with a complete line of optional auxiliary equipment.                   

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Infographic: Traceability For Standard Compliance, Process Improvement

September 9, 2014 2:30 pm | by Mettler Toledo

Good traceability helps a manufacturer comply with legal and regulatory requirements and also shows how the right systems and equipment can contribute to production efficiency. Find out more by taking a look at this infographic from Mettler Toledo.

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Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies

September 9, 2014 2:15 pm | by Voices for Healthy Kids

The findings come as school districts implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Smart Snacks in School” nutrition standards, which set basic limits on the fat, salt, and calories in foods and beverages sold through vending machines, school stores, and a la carte cafeteria menus.

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Food Traceability Driving Force Behind Software Platform

September 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by Radley Corporation

Radley Corporation has introduced x/DC4, the 4th generation of its technology platform to bring additional features and functionality that will assist with numerous Food Traceability Initiatives being driven by customer needs and requirements.

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Budweiser, Facebook Now Let You E-Gift Beer to Friends

September 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser-Busch has launched two new programs, Bud Light Birthday and Buds for Buds, in Denver and Chicago. Now Facebook users can gift their friends a free Bud Light or Budweiser to complement their traditional celebratory wishes.     

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Photos: Louisville Bourbon Scene

September 9, 2014 12:15 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

In Kentucky's bourbon country, the classic American whiskey isn't just for sipping anymore. Louisville touts itself as the gateway to bourbon country, and for many visitors the restaurants and bars are part of a day-night bourbon experience. 

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Mondelez Highlights Progress Against Well-Being Goals

September 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Mondelez International

Mondelez International released its first ever Call For Well-Being Progress Report, which details how the company is tracking against its global well-being goals.                         

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McDonald's Aug. Sales Continue to Plummet From China Scandal

September 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press

McDonald's Corp. said earlier this month that it will monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food-safety scandal in the country hurt its sales and reputation.                     

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US Wine Consumption At 'All-Time High'

September 9, 2014 9:19 am | by Beverage Information & Insights Group

U.S. wine consumption has expanded for the 20th straight year, surpassing France as the largest wine market.  Relaxed restrictions on direct winery shipments contributed to the wine industry's success in 2013.        

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Study: CPG Companies Must Plan For a Digital Future

September 9, 2014 9:05 am | by The Boston Consulting Group

A report by The Boston Consulting Group highlights how CPG companies can best position themselves for growth and unlock digital and e-commerce opportunities.                         

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General Mills to Buy Annie's For $820M

September 9, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

Annie's will join General Mills' U.S. natural and organic products portfolio, which includes the Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, LARABAR and Food Should Taste Good brands. The acquisition will expand General Mills' fast-growing natural and organic foods business. 

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Monarch Beverage Co. Keeps Up Indiana Liquor Law Fight

September 9, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Indianapolis-based Monarch Beverage Co., the state's largest beer distributor, has filed documents seeking a liquor wholesaler's permit for a separate corporate entity.                  

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