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Kellogg's Promotes Breakfast In Olympics Campaign

April 19, 2012 9:45 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Business Writer

The food maker's campaign, tagged "From Great Starts Come Great Things," kicks off on Wednesday, 100 days before the Olympics are to begin in London. The push includes videos on Facebook, Olympic-themed packaging on a products and athlete sponsorships, all centered on breakfast. Kellogg's makes breakfast food including Corn Flakes and Special K cereal, Eggo Waffles and Nutri-Grain bars.

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Photo Of The Day: Dum Dums Unveils New Packaging

April 19, 2012 9:41 am

The Dum Dums® product line has begun a package graphics transition that will complete in mid-2012.  The updated artwork incorporates a new logo and graphics bringing more emphasis to the iconic Dum Dums brand and its core attributes of flavor variety, value and fun.

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Judge Asked To Approve BP Oil Spill Settlement

April 18, 2012 12:59 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys on Wednesday presented a federal judge with the formal terms of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Pfizer May Sell Infant-Nutrition Division To Nestle

April 18, 2012 12:57 pm

Pfizer Inc. is near a deal to sell its infant-nutrition business to the Swiss food conglomerate Nestle SA for $9 billion, according to a report Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. Nestle appears to be beating out a joint bid from Groupe Danone and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. The deal would be one of the largest this year and could be announced as early as next week, according to the Journal report, which cited sources familiar with the matter who were not named.

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ConAgra Acquiring Tennessee Pride

April 18, 2012 12:55 pm

ConAgra Foods Inc. says it's acquiring Odom's Tennessee Pride, the nation's second largest producer of frozen breakfast sandwiches. Omaha-based ConAgra announced its plans on Tuesday, which include the company's facilities in Little Rock, Ark., and Dickson, Tenn., and its headquarters office in Madison, Tenn. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Mo. Bill Would Criminalize Undercover Farm Videos

April 18, 2012 12:53 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB,Associated Press

The Missouri House endorsed legislation Tuesday that would make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at livestock farms or other agricultural facilities.

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Court Sides With Hormel Over Food Lost In '08 Flood

April 18, 2012 12:51 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A federal court on Tuesday ordered an Iowa warehouse operator to pay Hormel Foods Corp. more than $4 million to cover losses to its products caused by flooding in 2008, one day after a jury ruled in favor of the food processing company.

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Consumer Trends: 15 Percent Of Dieters Concerned About Salt Intake

April 18, 2012 12:47 pm

Consumers are interested in healthy eating more than ever, and Mintel's research reveals that approximately half (52%) of American adults are currently "watching" their diet. And while 60% report dieting because they want to lose weight, some 15% of dieters claim to be doing so at least in part because of concerns about "salt intake."

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Ocean Spray Breaks Ground On Juice Plant

April 18, 2012 10:06 am

Ocean Spray broke ground Tuesday on a new $110 million juice bottling plant outside Allentown, which will replace its aging plant in Bordentown, N.J. Officials from Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. and Pennsylvania's economic development agency participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the 315,000-square-foot plant in Upper Macungie Township.

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Danone's Sales Grow To $6.6 Billion

April 18, 2012 10:03 am

French dairy company Danone says its revenue grew 7.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, driven by strong sales in Asia.

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Court Blocks Gov't Rule On Union Posters

April 18, 2012 10:01 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the National Labor Relations Board from making millions of businesses put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.

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Seafood Mislabeling Widespread In LA

April 18, 2012 9:59 am

Widespread mislabeling of fish in the Los Angeles area may mean sushi lovers aren't biting into a piece of snapper when they order it at restaurants, according to a report released Monday by an environmental advocacy group.

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Nestle Recalls Lasagna

April 18, 2012 9:57 am

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. is voluntarily recalling some of its Stouffer's brand lasagna because of an allergy risk. The company launched the recall after two customers reported finding stuffed peppers in lasagna product packaging. The recipe for the peppers includes Worcestershire sauce, which has anchovies in it. People with an allergy to fish could get sick if they eat it.

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Photo Of The Day: Blue Diamond Breaks Ground In Calif.

April 18, 2012 9:52 am

Blue Diamond Growers, a cooperative owned by more than half of California’s almond growers, officially launched Phase 1 of its new manufacturing plant in Turlock at an onsite groundbreaking ceremony. The 88-acre property is located at N. Washington and Fulkerth Roads.

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More Women Embrace Beer Making

April 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

The emergence of women as both beer-lovers and brewers happened as the craft beer scene grew overall by leaps and bounds, and that's no coincidence, says Lisa Morrison, Oregon-based writer, blogger and author of "Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest."

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McDonald's Appoints New COO

April 17, 2012 1:05 pm

McDonald's Corp. said Monday that Tim Fenton will take over as chief operating officer of the world's largest restaurant chain this summer.

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Drought Sparks Texas, Mexico Water Wars

April 17, 2012 1:02 pm | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN,Associated Press

Mexico wanted a traditional early release from reservoirs so spring planting wouldn't be delayed. Texas farmers, fearing a historic drought could tighten its grip again this summer, wanted to delay the release for a couple of months to ensure enough water was left to help crops survive the hottest, driest part of the year.

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Miss. Settles Failed Beef Plant Case For $3.9M

April 17, 2012 1:00 pm | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that he's settled the state's 2007 lawsuit against the firms that built a financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland.

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Former Ingredients CEO Charged With Fraud

April 17, 2012 12:57 pm

The former chief executive of Scottsdale-based NutraCea has been criminal charged with orchestrating a scheme meant to inflate the firm's stock price and defraud investors, auditors and regulators.

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Consumer Trends: Moms Prefer Nutritional Choices At School

April 17, 2012 12:54 pm

For many moms, a key ingredient on the new school lunch menus is choice. Four out of five moms (79%) believe kids need healthy choices at school including chocolate milk, according to a recent survey,while three in four (77%) say they think their children should be able to choose which beverage to drink at school.

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