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Berkshire Unit Buys Restaurant Food Distributor

July 26, 2012 3:01 pm

A subsidiary of Warren Buffett's company is buying a national restaurant food distributor.


Japan Sought Whale Activist’s Arrest In Germany

July 26, 2012 3:00 pm | by FRANK JORDANS,Associated Press

Japan asked Germany to arrest Paul Watson, the founder of environmental group Sea Shepherd, days before he skipped bail and apparently fled the country.


Agriculture Is Bright Spot In Calif. Economy

July 26, 2012 2:58 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

As counties across the Golden State begin releasing annual reports on crop revenues, they show prices earned for many commodities are setting records, and not just by a little.


Dr Pepper Profit Rises 3 Percent

July 26, 2012 2:56 pm

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said Thursday that higher prices for its portfolio of sodas, teas and juices helped lift its second-quarter net income by 3 percent.


University Releases New Wheat Variety For Drier Areas

July 26, 2012 2:55 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON,Associated Press

A new hard red winter wheat variety that was more than a decade in the making has the potential to be a top performer in drier areas of the state, South Dakota State University officials say. That could translate into millions of dollars for farmers.

Photo Of The Day: Conventional vs. Organic Wheat

July 26, 2012 2:52 pm

The Organic Center recently released the first two of six reports, which examine the nutritional superiority of organic grains compared to "natural" and conventional varieties.


White Castle Plans New Frozen Foods Facility

July 26, 2012 12:49 pm

Family-owned and Ohio-based White Castle plans to build a new frozen food facility creating 100 permanent jobs in Vandalia.


Price Hikes Boost Hershey’s 2Q

July 26, 2012 12:46 pm

Hershey Co. lifted its profit outlook for the year Thursday after raising prices had boosted second-quarter net income 4 percent.


Corn, Soybean Prices Climb As Hopes Dim For Rain’s Help

July 26, 2012 12:44 pm | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

Prices for corn and soybeans are climbing as hopes fade that rain can benefit parched crops across the nation's heartland.


Senate Panel Considers National Standards For Hen Cages

July 26, 2012 12:43 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The freedom of a hen to flap its wings and move around became an issue of congressional concern Thursday as a Senate committee discussed legislation to set national standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens.


Taste Testing The New Diet Sodas

July 26, 2012 12:41 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Associated Press asked a panel that included a food blogger and Bruce Bozzi, who heads marketing at The Palm steakhouses, to come to its New York City headquarters to gauge how the latest generation of low-calorie sodas stack up to the originals. The verdict? Soft drink makers have a long way to go.


Consumer Trends: Dining Behavior Impacts Food Sales

July 26, 2012 12:36 pm

Fickle consumer sentiment in retail sales was evident in the June figures for our nation's food and beverage stores. By contrast, some consumers find higher menu prices at dining establishments easier to digest, as this sector saw a recent boost, according to latest figures from the Census Bureau as analyzed by The Food Institute.


USDA: Drought Will Push Up Food Prices In 2013

July 26, 2012 10:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

The drought gripping more than half the country is a major reason why consumers can expect to pay 3 percent to 4 percent more for groceries next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.


House Acts To Stop Rules For Child Labor On Farms

July 26, 2012 10:04 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House on Tuesday barred the labor secretary from imposing new safety rules for children working on farms, putting a legal stamp on a Labor Department decision to put off action on the rules.


Chefs Boost Diplomacy With Food

July 26, 2012 9:57 am | by SYLVIE CORBET,Associated Press

They feed the powerful and are most at home in the kitchen. But French President Francois Hollande contends that the chefs who cook for the leaders of the world have a behind-the-scenes role at the negotiating tables of international diplomacy.

Western Fires Kill Hundreds Of Cattle

July 26, 2012 9:55 am | by JEFF BARNARD and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

In areas such as remote Powder River County, Mont., ranchers said they could be grappling with the devastation for years to come as a result of major wildfires that have broken out across the West this summer.


Soda Companies Race For New Sweet Spot

July 26, 2012 9:52 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's top soft drink companies hope to reach an elusive trifecta — a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners and no funny aftertaste — that will silence health concerns about soda and reverse the decline in consumption of carbonated drinks. But such a formula could be years away.


Photo Of The Day: Fires Wreak Havoc On Cattle

July 26, 2012 9:44 am

Across the West, major wildfires are wreaking havoc this summer on the region's economically fragile livestock industry. In areas such as remote Powder River County, Mont., ranchers said they could be grappling with the devastation for years to come.


Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Improved In July

July 25, 2012 1:12 pm

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 51.5, up from the June index of 48.5, and reflects continuing concern over external economic factors and regulatory and political uncertainty.


Political Analysts To Speak At Frozen Foods Convention

July 25, 2012 1:07 pm

Chris Wallace, Donna Brazile and Pat Buchanan will keynote the 2012 National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention in Washington, DC. On October 8 & 9 at the Marriott Wardman Park, they will share their insights on the upcoming 2012 Presidential election.



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