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VIDEO: Can This Drink Replace Food?

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Is it possible to completely replace your diet with a drink and still get the sufficient nutrition? "The Colbert Report" guest Rob Rhinehart seems to think so. Host Stephen Colbert doesn't seem so satisfied as he tastes the "drink" invented by Soylent.

Utah May Have Oktoberfest Beer After All

June 17, 2014 8:30 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

Beer is most likely back on the table for Utah's annual Oktoberfest at Snowbird Ski Resort. After the liquor commission warning last month that it might withold the resort's permit to sell beer, there has been an apparent turnabout by the state liquor board.

Infographic: Everyday Foodie vs. Authentic Foodie

June 16, 2014 8:05 am | by The Hartman Group | News | Comments

What's the deal with "foodies?" The Hartman Group's ongoing analysis of food culture shows that those individuals who describe themselves as foodies are really only at a mid-point in terms of where they really intersect with "foodie-ism." 

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First Capsule-Based Espresso System Goes to Space

June 13, 2014 11:53 am | by Lavazza | News | Comments

Astronauts aboard the International Space System frequently remark that the thing they miss most while aboard is espresso coffee. With the launch of ISSpresso, the first capsule-based espresso system specifically designed for space, that hope is now a reality.

China Activates Damage Control After Milk Scandal

June 13, 2014 11:20 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's plans to build up large producers of infant formula call for creating 10 producers by next year. China's dairies have been struggling since a 2008 scandal over tainted formula that killed several babies and prompted parents to switch to imported brands.

Budweiser Reveals Ingredients Under Consumer Pressure

June 13, 2014 8:30 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business News | News | Comments

For the first time, Anheuser-Busch has listed the ingredients for Budweiser and Bud Light. The company added the list to its website on Thursday after a popular food blogger started an online petition to get beer makers to list what's in their brews.

VIDEO: POM Wonderful Snaps Back at Late Night HBO Host

June 13, 2014 8:15 am | by Last Week Tonight | Videos | Comments

What happens when you poke fun of a company's health claims? You get a mini refrigerator full of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice! John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight" dips in to his mail bag to find a cleverly-crafted response from the juice company. 

Consumer Trends: The US is Buying More Whiskey, Bourbon

June 12, 2014 12:35 pm | by Rabobank Group | News | Comments

According to a report by the Rabobank Group, sales of Tennessee whiskey and bourbon expanded their already large shares, while flavored whiskey, rye, small batch whiskey, and Irish and single malt scotch maintained their impressive growth rates.  

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Big Brewers Look to Reduce Water:Beer Ratio

June 12, 2014 12:22 pm | by EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drought and wildfire threats on the watersheds where brewers draw billions of gallons every year are forcing MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch to reduce their water-to-beer ratio. Some craft beer-makers are also working to cut down on water usage.

Coca-Cola Loses Supreme Court Case vs. Pom Wonderful

June 12, 2014 11:35 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme court ruled that Pom Wonderful can go forward with a lawsuit alleging the label on a "Pomegranate Blueberry" beverage offered by Coke's Minute Maid unit is misleading because 99 percent of the drink consists of apple and grape juice.

Feds Let Brewers, Beer Drinkers Get a Little Closer

June 12, 2014 8:00 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials have simplified parts of the approval process for bringing new beers to market, something that in the past could take months. The changes mean brewers will enjoy greater flexibility to experiment with ingredients and production techniques. 

Vitaminwater Fans Upset Over New Sweetener

June 11, 2014 2:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Vitaminwater fans are angry with parent company Coca-Cola for changing the formula that now uses stevia, a low-calorie sweetener known for its metallic aftertaste. The switch has prompted fans of the drink to inundate Vitaminwater's Facebook page with complaints.

Tenn. Drops Diageo Storage Investigation

June 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcohol regulators ended the investigation into whether Diageo PLC violated state laws by storing whiskey made in Tennessee inside Kentucky warehouses. Distiller John Lunn testified that the liquor stored in Kentucky would be blended with other Diageo spirits.

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Infographic: The Numbers Behind Digestive Health Goals

June 11, 2014 8:26 am | by Distill Research/ Florastor | News | Comments

Distill Research surveyed 523 U.S. adults age 18 and older on their goals for the year. The survey found that overall health and well-being ranked as the most prevalent goal. More than 88 percent of adults surveyed plan to eat healthier foods this year.

VIDEO: Should Food Stamps Buy Soda, Sugary Drinks?

June 11, 2014 8:20 am | by HLN | Videos | Comments

Louisiana lawmakers are trying to put restrictions on how welfare recipients can spend their money. Researchers found that 140,000 kids and 240,000 adults would avoid obesity if the state were to ban people from buying soda or sugary drinks with food stamps. 

Pepsi Releases World Cup-Inspired Soccer Album

June 10, 2014 9:36 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game album, an exclusive collection of anthemic songs by chart-topping musicians, was inspired by the energy and spirit of the world's most popular game — football. The album provides a unique view into football culture.

Top Manufacturers Urge Action on Immigration

June 10, 2014 8:30 am | by ERICA WERNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives of Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Tyson Foods, Cargill and other national companies write that without action to overhaul ineffective immigration laws and allow lower-skilled workers into the U.S. legally, their businesses cannot ensure the workforce they need.

Country Pure Foods Expands

June 10, 2014 8:10 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Country Pure Foods, one of the nation's largest independent juice packaging companies, announced it has purchased the portion juice and juice concentrate business from Fruitbud Juice, LLC. The acquisition further expands the sales footprint of Country Pure Foods. 

Consumer Trends: Relax With Cheech and Chong Chillaxation Drink

June 9, 2014 12:45 pm | by BeBevCo | News | Comments

Bebida Beverage Company, a manufacturer and marketer of relaxation and energy drinks, announced today that the company has "doubled down" on the very well developed Cheech and Chong brand with the new addition of Cheech and Chong Chillaxation drink.

World Tea Expo 2014 Draws Thousands, Recognizes the Best in Tea

June 9, 2014 11:17 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

World Tea Expo's 12th annual event featured a bustling exposition floor with more than 200 exhibitors, highlighting the latest innovations, best new products and "what's next" in tea. Delegates tasted new and award-winning teas and participated in educational sessions and workshops.

Photos: Beer and Candy Combinations

June 9, 2014 8:15 am | by Jelly Belly Candy Company | News | Comments

As the craft beer movement grows, enthusiasts are finding ways to celebrate their favorite brews. A latest trend lets beer lovers be kids again by pairing beer with candy to highlight flavor. Just as wine and chocolate are soul mates, so too are brews and confections.

Gatorade Apologizes for LeBron-Related Tweets

June 9, 2014 8:00 am | by TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer | News | Comments

Gatorade, a product of PepsiCo, apologized Friday for comments posted to the company's Twitter page after Miami Heat player LeBron James cramped up and had to leave the first game of the NBA Finals. James is an endorser of Powerade, a Gatorade rival. 

Coca-Cola Ad: It Takes 23 Minutes to Burn Off a Soda

June 6, 2014 12:35 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

In a new advertisement, Coca-Cola asks what would happen if people paid for a can of Coke by first working off the calories it contained. The ad notes that it takes 23 minutes of cycling to achieve that. In the ad, people try to earn a can of cola by working out.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Aims to Cut Carbon Emissions by 15 Percent

June 6, 2014 12:23 pm | by Anheuser-Busch InBev | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch InBev has committed to a new global environmental goal to reduce the company's carbon emissions in logistics operations by 15 percent by the end of 2017. The company estimates the improvements could result in up to $200 million in savings.

Beastie Boys Awarded $1.7M in Monster Case

June 6, 2014 8:33 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thursday's ruling ends a case in which the two surviving members of the Beastie Boys have won $1.7 million in a copyright violation case against the maker of Monster Energy drink. Monster had admitted wrongly using their songs in a video for commercial endorsements.

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