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First Lady Fights GOP on School Lunch Campaign

July 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama is fighting a House Republican effort to soften her anti-childhood obesity campaign. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010, but now she is ready "to fight until the bitter end." 

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Trinity Packaging Company Invests $9.5M in Va. Expansion

July 7, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Trinity Packaging Corporation, a privately held family business based in New York, is investing $9.5 million to expand its operations in Franklin County, Virginia. The company packages produce, dairy, cheese, pet food, frozen food, processed meats and bakery items.  

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Infographic: How Strong is That Mixed Drink?

July 7, 2014 10:23 am | by National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: How much are you really drinking with those summer cocktails? A "standard drink" is the amount of alcohol in a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. 

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Quebec's Lassonade Buys Apple & Eve Juice Brand for $150M

July 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press

Lassonade, a Quebec-based beverage company, is purchasing the U.S. juice company Apple & Eve for $150 million. The acquisition will allow the company to enter the U.S. branded juice market and derive cost savings from purchasing and distribution. 

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New Utah Liquor Law Allows Bars to Buy the Rights to Serve Alcohol

July 7, 2014 9:20 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press

After years of having liquor regulations among the strictest in the nation, a new state law puts Utah liquor licenses on the market. Bar owners can legally buy the right to serve alcoholic drinks from other businesses. The state will still help to handle the transfer.

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St. Paul's Last Beef Plant Temporarily Shutting Down

July 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

Dakota Premium Foods, a beef-packing plant in South St. Paul, Minn., is temporarily shutting down due to the the declining number of cattle in the U.S. The company is currently idling 300 employees and was once the heart of the Upper Midwest meatpacking industry.

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Foster Farms Issues First Recall Since Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

July 7, 2014 8:59 am | by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press

Foster Farms, a California chicken producer, has been directly linked to the Salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months. As a result, the company has issued a recall for 170 different chicken products from its facilities.

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HEB Recalls 38 Tons of Beef for Possible Metal Contamination

July 7, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press

HEB Grocery Company, a privately held supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 350 stores throughout Texas and northern Mexico, is recalling almost 38 tons of fresh beef products after employees found metal shavings in products.

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Officials Suspect Mad Cow Disease in Romanian Beef

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Romanian officials said they have found a case of suspected bovine spongiform encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad cow disease, in some beef. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal brain disease in people who eat tainted beef.

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Consumer Trends: Historians Say July 4 has Extensive Food Past

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Kansas State University

Many of the foods common at today's Fourth of July celebrations came from Europe, but have been "Americanized." This is especially true with hamburgers and hotdogs. Historian Jane Marshall says food was a staple at one of the country's first Fourth of July celebrations.

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Constellation Brands 1Q Income Soars from Crown Imports

July 3, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

The wine, liquor and beer company Constellation Brands Inc. said its fiscal first-quarter net income soared thanks to Crown Imports. The company purchased Group Modelo U.S. beer business in June 2013 from Anheuser-Busch InBev for about $5.3 billion.

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More Than 30 Global Packaging Industry Groups Expected at PACK EXPO

July 3, 2014 12:20 pm | by PACK EXPO

PMMI announced that more than 30 of the world's leading packaging industry groups will be attending the PACK EXPO International 2014. PMMI, owner and producer of PACK EXPO, invited the organizations to exhibit as part of a program that strengthens industry connections.

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Teen's Caffeine Overdose Raises Concern on Added Amounts in Food

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The caffeine overdose in a healthy teen has gotten the attention of the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration about the increasing amounts of caffeine in a whole range of foods. The agency is investigating the safety of energy drinks and energy shots.

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UC President Plans to Safeguard World Food Supply with Global Initiative

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press

The University of California President Janet Napolitano has plans to tackle one of the world's most important problems: food. As a former Homeland Security secretary, Napolitano has issued a new UC Global Food Initiative to safeguard the world's food supply.

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Philadelphia Food Truck Explodes, Puts 2 in Critical Condition

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by JOSH CORNFIELD, Associated Press

A food truck exploded in Philadelphia last night when a propane tank burst. The explosion injured the mother and daughter working on the food truck and sent at least nine others to the hospital for burns across substantial portions of their bodies. 

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Infographic: What's Really Inside Your Tea Bag

July 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Compound Interest

What's in that cup of tea? Andy Brunning, a high school chemistry teacher in the U.K., makes beautiful infographics about everyday chemistry on his blog, Compound Interest. Unsurprisingly, his most popular posts are about food and drinks.

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Nestle USA Sells Juicy Juice Brand

July 3, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press

Brynwood Partners has purchased the Juicy Juice brand from Nestle USA with plans to leverage the 37-year-old brand's nutritional attributes by making changes to its packaging. This is the sixth acquisition the private equity has completed with Nestle.

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Michigan Officials Approve Fish Hatchery Expansion

July 3, 2014 8:10 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

A northern Michigan commercial fish hatchery, Harrietta Hills Trout Farm LLC, has been granted a pollutant discharge permit to increase production from about 20,000 pounds of rainbow trout a year to 300,000 pounds. The expansion will help protect the Au Sable River.

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Tyson Foods Signs Definitive Deal to Buy Hillshire Brands

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

After Tyson Foods was let out of its previous agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages has now signed a deal to purchase Hillshire Brands for $7.75B. Tyson Foods has agreed to pay the $163 million termination fee to Pinnacle on behalf of HIllshire.

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AB InBev Buys Czech Brewer to Reclaim 'Budweiser'

July 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

The Budweiser war continues with Anheuser-Busch InBev buying a small Czech brewery, Samson. AB InBev is currently in a legal battle over the Budweiser trademark name with Budvar, another Czech brewer. The purchase was an effort by AB InBev to reclaim the name.

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