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1-800-Flowers to Acquire Harry & David 1-800-Flowers to Acquire Harry & David

1-800-Flowers.com, Inc., is buying Harry & David for $142.5 million, including Harry & David Holdings, Inc.'s brands, websites, 47 retail stores, some plants, orchards, and its headquarters in Medford, Ore.

Canadian Dairy Launches Young Farmer Program Canadian Dairy Launches Young Farmer Program

Ruth Klahsen of Monforte Dairy is launching a program to help young farmers get started in the industry.

USDA Introduces New Risk Management Program for Dairy Farmers USDA Introduces New Risk Management Program for Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers whose margins fall below coverage levels can get financial aid through U.S. Department of Agriculture's new voluntary Margin Protection Program.

Utz Certified Generates Energy from Coffee Wastewater Utz Certified Generates Energy from Coffee Wastewater

Utz Certified's Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by has reached fruition, with eight coffee wastewater treatment systems installed on farms in Nicaragua, 10 in Honduras, and one in Guatemala, with plans for the initiative to be repeated in other countries.

Madecasse to Create Madagascar's First Bean-to-Bottle Vanilla Extract Madecasse to Create Madagascar's First Bean-to-Bottle Vanilla Extract

Most vanilla extract is made in a different country than where the vanilla beans were grown, but Madecasse vanilla is attempting to change that.

CA Brewery Plans $10 Million Expansion CA Brewery Plans $10 Million Expansion

Dust Bowl Brewing Co. plans to more than quadruple its production capacity in a new Turlock, Calif. facility.

Farm Raising Funds to Restore Heritage Poultry, Leave Factory Farming Chain Farm Raising Funds to Restore Heritage Poultry, Leave Factory Farming Chain

Eatwell Farm in Dixon, Calif., wants to bring diversity and traditional methods back to the chicken industry, with sustainable, tech-savvy upgrades.

Wild Hibiscus Flower Company Debuts Trio of Floral Extracts Wild Hibiscus Flower Company Debuts Trio of Floral Extracts

Australia’s Wild Hibiscus Flower Company has introduced a line of concentrated floral extracts, pushing the current edible flower trend and molecular mixology to new heights.

DNA Fingerprint to Protect Authenticity of Swiss Cheeses DNA Fingerprint to Protect Authenticity of Swiss Cheeses

Forgeries of Swiss cheeses are contributing to declining revenue for the industry, worth about $706 million in exports last year.

Lindt Acquires Warehouse Facility in PA Lindt Acquires Warehouse Facility in PA

Lindt & Sprungli has acquired a 400,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Carlisle, Pa.

NM Winery Earns Grant for Chile-Infused Wine NM Winery Earns Grant for Chile-Infused Wine

St. Clair Winery in New Mexico was awarded a $50,000 grant from the federal government to expand production of its chile-infused wines.

IN Seeks Input from Residents for Specialty Crops IN Seeks Input from Residents for Specialty Crops

State officials in Indiana are conducting a survey to let residents have a say in the specialty crops grown in-state.

Florida Stadium Upgrades Menu Offerings Florida Stadium Upgrades Menu Offerings

The Miami Dolphins asked their fans what improvements could be made in its foodservice offerings at its stadium, and overwhelmingly people said they wanted more variety, quality, and value.

Hershey Sues Specialty Food Importer over Trademark, License Infringements Hershey Sues Specialty Food Importer over Trademark, License Infringements

Hershey Co. sued LBB Imports LLC, a wholesale distributor of specialty foods which imports mainly from the UK and South Africa.

Market Basket Accepts Ousted CEO's Bid Market Basket Accepts Ousted CEO's Bid

Market Basket shareholders have accepted former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas $1.5 billion offer.

Mexican Sugar Faces Import Duties Mexican Sugar Faces Import Duties

Following a petition by the American Sugar Coalition, the U.S. Department of Commerce has made a preliminary decision in its investigation of countervailing duties on sugars imported from Mexico.

EU to Support Dairy Farmers Hit by Russian Embargo EU to Support Dairy Farmers Hit by Russian Embargo

The European Commission is offering financial support for dairy product exporters hit by Russia's ban.

Napa Valley Vintners Takes Action for Quake Recovery Napa Valley Vintners Takes Action for Quake Recovery

Napa Valley Vintners, a trade association representing winemakers in the Napa Valley, will donate $10 million toward earthquake relief efforts.

CA Bill Cracks Down on Farmers Market Fraud CA Bill Cracks Down on Farmers Market Fraud

The California Legislature passed a bill that will increase stall fees at farmers markets to combat fraud.

Lake Champlain Chocolates Restaurant to Sponsor Area Food Festival Lake Champlain Chocolates Restaurant to Sponsor Area Food Festival

South End Kitchen, a cafe and education kitchen in Burlington, Vt., run by Lake Champlain Chocolates, is a sponsor of Eat by Northeast, a new three-day festival celebrating the region’s local food movement, scheduled for Sept. 19–21.

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