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Photo of the Day: Winning Cups of Comfort

March 12, 2013 8:00 am

The North American Tea Championship (NATC), held Feb. 27 - 28 in Las Vegas, Nev., evaluated premium hot teas from the fall 2012 harvest and announced the 22 best, high-quality teas in various categories, as well as the first-ever Judge's Choice Award. The Championship is the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America., and all of the winners are commercially available in the marketplace.

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Old Sausage Found at Polish Meat Plant

March 12, 2013 8:00 am

A local veterinary inspector has been suspended in northern Poland after evidence was found of old sausages and meat stored at a processing plant. Last week, TVN24 showed footage of green-colored sausages at the plant, while an anonymous worker was heard saying they would be cleaned, dried and added to new products. Another man said that tons of old meat were added to products instead of being destroyed.

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Recent Storms Ease Drought in Nation's Midsection

March 11, 2013 11:15 pm | by JIM SALTER & JIM SUHR, Associated Press

Recent rain and snowstorms have eased the grip of the worst U.S. drought in decades in portions of the nation's midsection, swelling some major inland rivers to near flood stage and drenching some farmland enough to possibly delay fast-approaching spring planting.

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Daily Sound Bite: Drink 'Em If Ya Got 'Em

March 11, 2013 11:09 pm

Late Monday, New York State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial legislation banning the sale of large sugary beverages in the city. The judge questioned the potential effectiveness of the restriction.

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America's New Love: Water

March 11, 2013 10:58 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

For more than two decades, soda was the No. 1 drink in the U.S. with per capita consumption peaking in 1998 at 54 gallons a year, according industry tracker Beverage Digest. Americans drank just 42 gallons a year of water at the time.

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Judge Strikes Down NYC Big Soda Ban

March 11, 2013 10:49 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

 A judge struck down New York City's pioneering ban on big sugary drinks Monday just hours before it was supposed to take effect, handing a defeat to health-minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg and creating confusion for restaurants that had already ordered smaller cups and changed their menus.

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Diamond Foods Posts 2Q Profit As Charges Shrink

March 11, 2013 10:45 pm

Snack foods maker Diamond Foods Inc. said Monday that it turned a profit in its fiscal second quarter after taking a loss on one-time charges a year ago. For the three months ended Jan. 31, net income totaled $10.1 million, or 43 cents per share. A year ago it took a loss of $20.2 million, or 93 cents per share.

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General Mills Testing Meal Delivery Service

March 11, 2013 10:41 pm

General Mills is testing a meal delivery service in the Twin Cities. The Golden Valley packaged food giant is targeting the frozen meals at seniors. General Mills has developed 25 meals under the Betty Crocker Kitchens name that will be distributed by CobornsDelivers.

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Consumer Trends: Opportunities in Canada's Prepared-Foods Sector

March 11, 2013 1:00 pm

Shifting consumer behavior and patronage is pushing Canada's prepared-foods sector forward, as 42 percent of today's consumers report purchasing retailer meal solutions (RMS) four times or more per month, compared to just 36 percent who did the same two years ago. Additionally, consumers are now purchasing lunch and dinner RMS from a wider variety of retailers than they were just two years ago.

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Daily Sound Bite: Smithfield Considers Split

March 11, 2013 12:24 pm

Continental Grain Co., which holds a 5.8 percent stake in Smithfield Foods, sent a letter to Smithfield's board of directors, suggesting the company split itself into three separate business units. Smithfield shares rose Friday as the company announced its intention to review the recommendation.

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Wash. Rule Hurts Small Liquor Stores

March 11, 2013 11:37 am | by JERRY CORNFIELD,The Everett Herald

A Washington state rule requires that contract stores and buyers of state-owned stores charge a 17 percent fee on sales to bars and restaurants, and restaurateurs are switching to buy from distributors who are not required by law to impose the fee.

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Maine Lobster Fishery Certified as Sustainable

March 11, 2013 11:33 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

An international organization has given its seal of approval to the Maine lobster fishery designating it as sustainable, Maine Gov. Paul LePage announced Sunday. The London-based Marine Stewardship Council said the fishery meets its strict standards for responsible fishing practices. The announcement was made at the annual International Boston Seafood Show, with LePage surrounded by lobster fishermen, MSC representatives and others.

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Cat Food Recalled for Low Vitamin Level

March 11, 2013 11:23 am

Several types of cat and kitten food are being recalled over concerns they may contain too little of an essential vitamin. Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling its Premium Edge brand adult cat dry food, senior cat hairball management dry food and kitten dry food, as well as its Diamond Naturals kitten dry food.

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Chandler Brewery to Expand Production

March 11, 2013 11:21 am | by DANIEL QUIGLEY,East Valley Tribune

There's a simple reason why Chandler's SanTan Brewing Company decided to build a brand new brewing facility — and it's one that appears to be a good sign for progress of this particular East Valley beverage business. The new space near Warner Road and Arizona Avenue will allow SanTan to nearly tripled its output, from 14,000 barrels of beer annually to 40,000.

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First Lady Pushes Food Industry

March 11, 2013 10:10 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Michelle Obama praised the food industry on Friday for its efforts to market healthier foods but said more needs to be done. At a speech before a childhood obesity summit, the first lady encouraged the industry to put better labels on food, limit marketing of unhealthy foods, and do more to promote healthy foods.

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Whole Foods Products to Carry GMO Labeling

March 11, 2013 10:07 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MATTHEW PERRONE,Associated Press

Whole Foods says all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018. The company says it's the first national grocery chain to set such a deadline for labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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Bumble Bee Tuna Recall Expands to 51K Cases

March 11, 2013 10:05 am

Bumble Bee Foods LLC has more than doubled the size of its recall of some of its 5-ounce canned tuna because of a risk that the fish could become contaminated and spoil. Bumble Bee said late Thursday that it's now recalling 51,000 cases of canned tuna, up from its original 22,500 cases.

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Dean Foods Shares Boosted by Analyst Upgrade

March 11, 2013 10:04 am

Shares of Dean Foods Co. advanced Friday after a Stifel analyst upgraded his rating on the dairy company, saying he believes the business is undervalued. After a meeting with the company's management, analyst Christopher Growe noted that Dean Foods is close to completing its transformation following the spinoff of most its WhiteWave organic milk business.

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Pigs Dumped in Shanghai River amid Tainted Pork Scare

March 11, 2013 10:02 am | by DIDI TANG and LOUISE WATT,Associated Press

A surge in the dumping of dead pigs upstream from Shanghai — with more than 2,800 carcasses floating into the financial hub through Monday — has followed a police campaign to curb the illicit trade in sick pig parts. The effort to keep infected pork off dinner tables may be fueling new health fears, as Shanghai residents and local media fret over the possibility of contamination to the city's water supply.

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Unemployment Falls to 7.7 Percent

March 11, 2013 9:41 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.

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