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By Candice Choi THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Snickers maker criticizes industry-funded paper on sugar

NEW YORK — Mars Inc., the maker of Skittles and M&M’s, is breaking ranks with other food companies and denouncing an industry-funded paper that says global recommendations on limiting sugar are based on weak evidence.

The paper drew criticism this week because it was paid for by a group whose members include Coca-Cola, Hershey, Red Bull and Oreo cookie maker Mondelez.

A vegan revolution? Taste testing the next generation of fake meats, vegan mayonnaise

CONCORD, N.H. How far have vegan alternatives come to tasting like the real thing? Not far enough, according to a panel that tasted some options for The Associated Press.

“Noxious” and “kind of not natural” were among the reactions to some of the meatless alternatives being pushed by a new generation of vegan food makers that want to revolutionize the way Americans eat.

Kraft Heinz slashing 2,500 jobs in Canada and U.S. as part of cost-cutting plan

NEW YORK — Kraft Heinz says it is cutting about 2,500 jobs in the U.S. and Canada as part of its plan to slash costs after the food companies combined.

Spokesman Michael Mullen says the affected workers were to be notified in person. About 700 of the cuts were coming in Northfield, Illinois, where Kraft had been headquartered.