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NY Taco Joint Bans Vladimir Putin

April 4, 2014 9:36 am

Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based chain of Mexican fast-foot restaurants, has banned Russian President Vladimir Putin from all of the company's 23 locations in western New York. Putin may be ordering around Crimea, but he won't be ordering from their menu.

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Infographic: The Wellness Culture and the Rise of Fresh

April 4, 2014 8:00 am

We are living in a "wellness culture" that values fresh, less-processed foods according to The Hartman Group. Twenty-eight percent of consumers looked for minimally processed food and beverages in 2013, compared to 19 percent of shoppers in 2007.

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Research Compares Quality of GMOs to Non-GMO Foods

April 3, 2014 2:19 pm

What is the difference in the quality, composition and nutritional value of geneticially modified foods compared to their conventional counterparts? A new study in the March issue of The Plant Genome demonstrates an approach to answering those questions.

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Mondelez CEO Toys with Kosher Cadbury Eggs Idea

April 3, 2014 1:48 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Irene Rosenfeld, the CEO of Cadbury owner Mondelez discussed the possibility of kosher Cadbury Eggs as she addressed the Convention of Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rosenfield detailed Kraft's 2009 takeover of Cadbury before Mondelez was split off.

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Neb. Brewers, Farmers Contest FDA's Spent Grain Proposal

April 3, 2014 1:14 pm

The mutually beneficial practice of brewers selling their spent grains to farmers for livestock feed is under scrutiny as the Food and Drug Administration ponders rules that would require the grain to be packaged before sale or sent to a landfill.

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Celebrity Chef Denied Entry into U.S.

April 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by JILL LAWLESS and JIM HIRSCH, Associated Press

Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson has been prevented from boarding a plane from London to the United States, according to the U.S. Embassy there. While no official reason for denial of entry was given, there are several speculations involving Lawson's lifestyle.

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Yum! and KFC to Train with Google Glass

April 3, 2014 12:28 pm | by Steve Fowler, Interapt

Google Glass is getting its foot in the door with restaurants as Yum! Brands, Inc. and KFC parnter with Interapt to develop employee training featuring the wearable technology. The Vision 2020 platform aims to improve employees' proficiency with hands-free tech.

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Consumer Trends: Diners Become Nutritionally Aware

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm

As today's consumers seek healthier menu options, health has grown beyond a fad and into a lifestyle. Technomic says that restaurants can capitalize on this increasing nutrition awareness, but notes that menu terms like "gluten-free," "local" and "natural" are rarely used.

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Texas Distillers Dip into Salty Vodkas

April 3, 2014 10:21 am

The Lone Star State is a surprising hotbed for the distillation of vodka and other spirits. During the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, researchers detailed the burgeoning industry for liquor in a grandiose region.

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GMO Salmon Caught in FDA Delay

April 3, 2014 10:12 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Genetically modified salmon are the first GMO animals eligible for human consumption. The fast-growing fish have been caught in a net of delay for four years as the Food and Drug Admnistration stalls in deciding whether it will approve the fish for sale.

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Female Brewers Make Their Mark in N. Carolina

April 3, 2014 10:01 am | by TONY KISS, Asheville Citizen-Times

Women are joining the ranks of craft brewers in North Carolina. Nationally, more than 2 million jobs are supported by beer, according to the Brewers Institute trade group. Traditionally, beer has been targeted toward men, but now more ladies are sipping pints.

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White House Garden Sprouts National Health Discussion

April 3, 2014 9:48 am

First Lady Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden is more diverse this spring with a new grain variety and fruit tree and an emphasis on pollination. The garden was initiated in 2009 to encourage the national discussion about healthier eating and living.

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Ala. Poultry Plant Announces Layoffs

April 3, 2014 9:36 am

Poultry slaughtered at Wayne Farms LLC's Dothan plant will be sent to AlaTrade in Phenix City, company officials said. The deboning lines at the Dothan plant will no longer be necessary, and 560 employees are expected to be laid off by June 8.

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Photos of the Day: Maple Syrup Goes High-Tech

April 3, 2014 8:00 am

Maple syrup production has come a long way, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. But now sugar-makers are harnessing new wireless monitoring technology to keep the precious sap flowing.

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Maple Syrup Makers Tap Wireless Monitoring Technology

April 3, 2014 8:00 am | by HOLLY RAMER and LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks. But now sugar-makers are harnessing new wireless monitoring technology to keep the precious sap flowing.

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Calif. Company Buys Failed Northern Beef Packers Plant

April 2, 2014 1:08 pm

The San Francisco-based company bought Northern Beef Packers and its assets in a deal that was mandated to close Friday. Northern Beef filed for bankruptcy, but a judge ruled that the company could be put of for sale in an eleventh-hour decision.

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ISM: March Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 12:53 pm | by By Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Manufacturing expanded in March as the PMI registered 53.7 percent, an increase of 0.5 percentage points, compared to February’s reading of 53.2 percent. A reading above 50 percent indicates that the manufacturing economy is generally expanding.

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2014 Equipment, Software Investment Growth Forecast at 4.2%

April 2, 2014 12:15 pm

The 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation expects equipment and software investment to grow and continue steadily in the short term, according to its Q2 forecast.

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Consumer Trends: Sadness Dampens Urge to Indulge

April 2, 2014 12:00 pm

According to a study by the University of Miami School of Business Adminstration, sadness can combat over-indulgence in unhealthy foods. The study found that when people were made to feel sad, they were more likely to indicate how consuming indulgent foods could cause health problems.

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Research Plots the Path of Ancient Cattle Domestication

April 2, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Missouri News Bureau

University of Missouri researchers completed a genetic history of 134 cattle breeds to trace the origin of domestication. Cattle breeding and breeds' genetic history is vital for animal farmers looking to maximize their herds’ meat and dairy production.

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