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ISM: Manufacturing Slows Slightly, Remains Strong

December 3, 2014 8:40 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November for the 18th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 66th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Business Groups Push to End Indiana's Ban on Sunday Alcohol Sales

December 3, 2014 8:15 am | by Associated Press

Some business groups have started a new push aimed at ending Indiana's longtime ban on Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores. Liquor store owners have opposed lifting the Sunday ban, arguing the change would benefit large chain grocery and convenience stores.

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Unilever Acquires Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto

December 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto

Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, a packaged gelato U.S. company, announced that it has been acquired by Unilever. The acquisition gives Talenti an unprecedented opportunity to grow and expand its footprint and reach more consumers.     

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Marijuana Dining Still on Shaky Legal Ground

December 2, 2014 2:01 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking a crowd of eager foodies through a demo on cooking with pot. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy. How to pair marijuana with fine foods. How to make marijuana's skunky tang work for a dish, not ruin it.

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Mom Revives Ancient Grain Einkorn For the Gluten Sensitive

December 2, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jovial Foods, Inc.

After learning about her daughter's gluten sensitivity, jovial Foods founder, Carla Bartolucci was determined to find a solution that did not involve cutting wheat out of her life completely.  Her extensive research led to the discovery of a nearly extinct ancient grain called einkorn. 

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Maryland to Welcome Another Cheese Manufacturing Plant

December 2, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press

The Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development says it has approved a $400,000 conditional grant to help the town of Grantsville renovate a former butcher shop for operation by High Country Creamery and Market.       

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Not Your Average Retirement Home: Oregon Community Brews Up Beer

December 2, 2014 9:53 am | by MAC MCLEAN, Bend Bulletin

In search of an activity that didn't fit the traditional retirement-community vibe, Aspen Ridge's managers reached out to the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization two years ago about setting up a homebrewing demonstration at their Purcell Drive facility.

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NJ Governor's Decision on Pig Crates Could Hurt Pork Producers

December 2, 2014 9:39 am | by JILL COLVIN, Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is deciding whether to sign a closely watched bill involving pig cages. The bill would ban pig farmers in the state from using devices called gestation crates. Pork producers say the bill would hurt their plant operations.

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Cargill Beef Recalled in Canada on E.coli Concerns

December 2, 2014 9:07 am | by The Canadian Press

Federal health officials are recalling packages of ground beef produced by Winnipeg-based Cargill Meat Solutions due to concerns about E.coli. The meat carries the Your Fresh market brand name and is sold at Walmart stores.       

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Sartori Celebrates 75 Years With '12 Days of Cheese'

December 2, 2014 9:00 am | by Sartori Cheese

Sartori Cheese is hosting their "12 Days of Cheese" promotion on Facebook starting on December 3rd as a way to show their appreciation and gratitude towards their fans. Throughout 2014, Sartori has been celebrating their 75th anniversary.   

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Kellogg Boosts US Cereal Line-Up With 7 New Offerings

December 1, 2014 3:06 pm | by Kellogg Company

Kellogg announced plans for seven new cereals from some of the company's most-beloved U.S. brands, reflecting what many of today's consumers are seeking in their breakfast choice: great taste, innovative ingredients, more protein, less sugar, gluten-free options.

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Institute of Food Research Announces Test For Detecting Horse Meat

December 1, 2014 2:49 pm | by Norwich BioScience Institutes

The horse meat scandal of 2013 was sparked by the discovery of horse meat in a number of beef burgers. Soon, horse meat was detected in other meat products, leading to millions of pounds worth of food being taken off supermarket shelves.   

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Food Gifts Fill Up Consumers' 2014 Holiday Wish Lists

December 1, 2014 1:05 pm | by Omaha Steaks

Food gifts top the wish list for many consumers this holiday season according to a recent study of holiday food gift trends conducted by Omaha Steaks. The survey indicated nearly 86 percent of gift recipients would enjoy receiving a food gift. 

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Sustainability a Mainstream Issue Impacting Restaurant Industry

December 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by Packaged Facts

These days sustainability increasingly encompasses the food actually featured in establishment's menu just as much as it concerns what eco-friendly material the menus might be printed on. Young adults age 25-34 and families are more apt to be influenced by a range of sustainability and sourcing menu terms.

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Infographic: The Difference Between Supplements and Whole Foods

December 1, 2014 11:35 am | by Evoke.ie

An infographic by Evokie.ie looks at the differences between whole foods and supplements and offers an insight into the food equivalents of certain supplements such as iron and zinc. The graphic also provides helpful information and advice on taking supplements. 

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US Appeals WTO Decision Against Required Meat Labels

December 1, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press

The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from. The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat.

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Girl Scouts Byte Into Digital For Cookie Sales

December 1, 2014 10:16 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press

More than 1 million scouts were expected to opt in as cookie-selling season cranks up this month and the scouting organization gets digital sales underway. But digital sales are intended to enhance, not replace, the paper spreadsheets.    

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Consumer Group Condemns Muscle-Bulking Cattle Chemicals in Food Production

December 1, 2014 9:47 am | by Beef Additive Alert

Merck Animal Health is taking steps to re-introduce to market the potent FDA-approved profit-enhancing, weight-gain feed drug Zilmax after the drug maker voluntarily suspended sales in Summer 2013, amid animal welfare concerns of hoof loss and lameness.

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Arizona Brewing Companies Fight to Hang Onto Business

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

Some of Arizona's most successful microbreweries are brewing for a legislative battle to hang onto their business. Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies are in danger of losing their restaurants that aren't attached to brewing operations once they surpass a production cap.

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In Wisconsin, Black Friday Shoppers Came For Beer

December 1, 2014 9:21 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER, Associated Press

About 800 people were in line by 8 a.m. Friday outside of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee to buy a limited edition Black Friday brew. In less than four hours, the brewery was sold out of its 5,000 22-ounce bottles, each of which sold for $15. 

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