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Researchers Analyze Beer Lost at Sea For 170 Years

March 5, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Finnish and German researchers conducted a chemical analysis of beer lost during a 19th century shipwreck, which they believe is the oldest sample ever subjected to testing.

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Co-Founder of K-Cups Doesn't Own a Keurig Machine

March 5, 2015 9:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Keurig Green Mountain made $4.7 billion in revenue last year and much of that money was thanks to its K-Cups — the small pods used for easy coffee brewing. But in a recent interview, co-founder John Sylvan admitted to not even owning a Keurig.

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Dunkin' Donuts to Remove Nanomaterials From Powdered Donuts

March 5, 2015 8:55 am | by As You Sow

Dunkin' Brands, the parent company of the Dunkin' Donuts chain, has agreed to remove titanium dioxide, a whitening agent that is commonly a source of nanomaterials, from all powdered sugar used to make the company's donuts.

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New Flavors For Lager Beer; Successful Generation of Hybrid Yeasts

March 5, 2015 8:30 am | by VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND

For centuries the same yeast strains have been used in the production of lager beer, in contrast to ale, whiskey, wine and cider, for which there is a wide range of yeast strains available to produce different nuances of flavor.

Man Burned by Fajitas While Praying Can't Sue Applebee's

March 5, 2015 8:05 am | by Associated Press

A New Jersey appellate court says a man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at a restaurant.

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AFFI Urges Congress to Reject New Food Taxes

March 5, 2015 8:05 am | by AFFI

The American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of nearly 60 food groups urged the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to develop a fiscal year 2016 budget that funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees.

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How Much Sugar is in That? 7 Foods with Added Sugar

March 5, 2015 7:50 am | by Associated Press

Health officials say people should eat less sugar. But that's easier said than done. Anyone who has tried cutting down on sugar knows to avoid cookies, sodas and candy. But sugar can be hidden in lots of other common packaged foods.

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Technology is Raising a High Bar For High-End Mixology

March 4, 2015 2:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

Want that cocktail shaken, not stirred? How about centrifuged? These days, it's possible as high-tech tools shake things up behind the bar with a razzle-dazzle flair that could make even an old fashioned feel newfangled.

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Multiple Studies Prove Coffee Lessens Heart Risks

March 4, 2015 1:25 pm | by BMJ

Despite earlier concerns about a potential increase in heart disease risk associated with drinking coffee, a recent meta-analysis of 36 studies showed that moderate coffee consumption was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease.

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Brown-Forman Profits Led By Jack Daniel's Brand

March 4, 2015 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Jack Daniel's maker Brown-Forman Corp. said Wednesday that its third-quarter profit rose 5 percent, led by strong demand for its pricier American whiskeys and broad sales growth in the U.S. and overseas.

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Ben & Jerry's Open to Making Weed-Infused Ice Cream

March 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The famous ice cream kings Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's declared in an interview with HuffPost Live that they would be open to making and marketing a marijuana-infused flavor where weed is legal.

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WHO Says World is Eating Too Much Sugar

March 4, 2015 11:00 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer

New guidelines from the World Health Organization say the world is eating too much sugar and people should slash their sugar intake to just 5 to 10 percent of their overall calories.

McDonald's to Switch to Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

McDonald's says it plans to start using chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine and milk from cows that are not treated with the artificial growth hormone rbST.

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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

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Cuba Looks North to US Farmers for Help with Food Crisis

March 4, 2015 7:45 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press

Cuba spends roughly $2 billion a year to import about 80 percent of its food and a long-standing humanitarian exception to the trade embargo allows U.S. farmers to fill some of that demand. After years of declining sales, mostly Republican states sold nearly $300 million of food to the island last year, primarily frozen chicken and soybean products

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe." The ads urge readers to "listen to science" on BPA, a synthetic compound found in many plastics.

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Meat Distributor Sued After Worker Killed in Running Blender

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million. The lawsuit filed last week accused Interstate Meat Distributors of failing to follow safety procedures.

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Popeyes CEO on Rivals, Why Deep-Fried Wins on Menus

March 3, 2015 1:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder addresses a number of topics about her company and the fast-food industry in a wide-ranging Q&A with The Associated Press.

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NY Farming Economy Grows 22 Percent in Five-Year Period

March 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. Milk was the largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, the report said.

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Divorce Fuels Sugary Beverage Consumption, Says Study

March 3, 2015 12:35 pm | by SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened beverages than children in families where the parents are married, putting them at higher risk for obesity later in life, according to a new study.

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