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Leader Of India’s Dairy Revolution Dies

September 10, 2012 12:47 pm

Verghese Kurien, an engineer known as "India's milkman" who helped revolutionize the country's dairy industry despite his own dislike for milk, has died at age 90. A longtime aide, P.A. Joseph, said Kurien died Sunday. He had been hospitalized earlier in the month after he grew weak and stopped eating on his own.

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Food Prices Push China Inflation Up In August

September 10, 2012 12:45 pm

A jump in food prices pushed China's inflation rate to rise 2 percent in August compared with a year earlier, complicating efforts by the government to revive growth with further stimulus measures. The consumer price index for August reported Sunday was higher than July's 1.8 percent growth.

Asia-Pacific Leaders Look To Fortify Food Security

September 10, 2012 12:44 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH,AP Business Writer

Asia-Pacific leaders focused their attention on rising concern over food security on Sunday, as they prepared to wrap up their annual summit with an agreement to slash tariffs on trade in environmental goods and a call to keep markets open even in hard times.

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Isaac Hits Louisiana Crabbers Hard

September 10, 2012 12:40 pm | by KEVIN McGILL,Associated Press

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board member Gary Bauer, who runs a crab processing business in Slidell, said sunken boats, damaged docks and a lack of electricity and ice are among the problems crabbers face. An assessment Friday by the promotion board said crab harvests suffered significant disruption due to Isaac.

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Consumer Trends: We All Scream For Ice Cream

September 10, 2012 12:37 pm

It's been a hot summer, and what's better to cool people off but ice cream. And it appears that the market for ice cream in America has got it licked. According to recent Mintel research, in 2011, the ice cream and frozen novelty market emerged from two years of struggling sales and posted a 4.1% increase from the previous year.

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Kraft Unveils Candy Corn Oreos For Halloween

September 10, 2012 9:56 am

Here's a scary snack for trick-or-treaters: Candy Corn Oreos. Kraft Foods Inc. says it's introducing its famous wafer cookie in a candy corn flavor ahead of the Halloween season. The cookies will be available exclusively at Target Corp. stores and retail for $3.59 for a package.

Green Mountain Shares Rise On Health Brew

September 10, 2012 9:52 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares jumped Friday as investors cheered its plans for a new line of health drinks. Green Mountain, which makes the Keurig single-serve coffee system and its related coffee pods, said Thursday that it will soon roll out a new line of health drinks.

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Winery To Resume Making Wine In Old Buildings

September 10, 2012 9:50 am | by ERIC RISBERG,Associated Press

This month, Jean-Charles Boisset plans to make wines inside in the stately stone buildings and old wine caves at the Buena Vista Winery for the first time in two decades. In preparation, barrels recently were rolled into place inside a dimly lighted cavern, a new oak fermenter was uncovered and cement was poured onto the floor.

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FDA Warns Iowa Egg Firm Over Salmonella

September 10, 2012 9:47 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A company that promised to clean up Iowa's egg industry after a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 said Friday that a recent government safety inspection discovered the bacteria in two of its barns and that it took steps to protect consumers.

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Trial Set For Philadelphia Food Plant Killings

September 10, 2012 9:45 am

A one-day, nonjury murder trial is set for Monday for a woman charged with killing two colleagues at a Philadelphia food plant. Prosecutors have agreed not to seek the death penalty. In return, Yvonne Hiller is no longer seeking an insanity plea in the double-murder case.

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Photo: New Wine In Old Places

September 10, 2012 9:42 am

Many people think the California wine world came of age in 1976 after a famous tasting in Paris put the Golden State’s vintages on the world map. But for Boisset, new owner of the state’s oldest commercial winery, the state’s fine wine making traditions started a century before that.

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Seasoning Cups May Contain Undeclared Allergens

September 7, 2012 12:50 pm

Cutting Edge Concessions issues an allergy alert on undeclared milk and red 40 in .5 oz. Shake'Ems seasoning cups distributed in movie theaters in California, Colorado, Arkansas and Tennessee. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

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Fall Pest Prevention

September 7, 2012 12:47 pm

Autumn weather is approaching and insects are looking to migrate indoors.  As changes in daylight hours and cooler temperatures near, insects are migrating towards buildings in search of their ideal warm resting spot during the cold winter months.  Now is the time to take proper precautions to your building before these invaders make their way inside!

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IFT Announces 2012-13 President

September 7, 2012 12:42 pm

John Ruff, formerly Senior Vice President of Kraft Foods, is the new President of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society for professionals engaged in food science, food technology, and related areas in industry, academia, and government.

US Foods To Acquire Glover Wholesale

September 7, 2012 12:39 pm

US Foods, one of the country’s most innovative food companies and leading distributors, today announced it has agreed to acquire Glover Wholesale Company. Glover is a leading foodservice distributor based in Americus, Georgia. Founded in 1892 by George Washington Napoleon Bonaparte Glover as a wholesale distributor, the company generates more than $90 million in annual sales.

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Heavy Rains Lessen Drought In Some Areas

September 7, 2012 12:37 pm | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Hurricane Isaac's remnants dumped heavy rain on some key Midwest farming states, dramatically lessening the drought there while corn-producing heavyweights Iowa and Nebraska missed out on that moisture and saw their conditions worsen badly, according to a drought report released Thursday.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Olive Oil Gaining Ground

September 7, 2012 12:34 pm

Food aficionados may be surprised to learn that U.S. olive oil producers stand poised to gain ground in what has typically been a market dominated by imports from Europe. While imports as a whole still account for 99 percent of olive oil sales in America, domestic brands offer significantly better quality than well-recognized European brands.

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Kraft Expects Long-Term Growth At New Company

September 7, 2012 9:58 am

Kraft says its new North American food company will be poised to deliver long-term profit and revenue growth, while also returning cash to its shareholders. Kraft Foods Inc. is set to split into two companies next month. One will keep the Kraft name and focus on North American grocery brands such as Velveeta and Oscar Mayer. The other will be called Mondelez and focus on snacks such as Oreos that are sold internationally.

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Campbell Soup Looks Beyond Iconic Cans

September 7, 2012 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If your lunch still consists of a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, chances are you grew up using a typewriter. Generations of Americans have moved on from Campbell's condensed chicken noodle and tomato soups in search of heartier varieties with more exotic flavors. Now, the world's largest soup company is racing to do the same.

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Coca-Cola Introduces Water Flavoring

September 7, 2012 9:53 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola's newest drink won't come in a bottle or a can. And people will only need a squirt or two to quench their thirst. The world's largest beverage company is introducing its Dasani Drops in coming weeks, which can be squeezed into water for some on-the-spot fruity flavor. And Coca-Cola is betting that there's big potential for growth.

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