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GOP Debate Casts Light On Sugar Policy

January 25, 2012 3:45 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republican presidential race waded, at least for one night, into the grainy details of U.S. policy toward sugar. Newt Gingrich's answer to a question about it during a GOP debate Monday night stood out in part for its wonkiness and downright oddity. "I found out one of the fascinating things about America, which was that cane sugar hides behind beet sugar," the former college professor said, launching into a lecture of sorts on the U.

Okla. Senator Seeks Ban On Human Fetuses In Food

January 25, 2012 3:41 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he's unaware of any company using such a practice. Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising "public awareness" and giving an "ultimatum to companies" that might consider such a policy.

Photo Of The Day: Chefs Struggle With Weight

January 25, 2012 3:36 am

(AP) — In this July 19, 2007 file photo, chef Art Smith poses in the kitchen at his home in Chicago, as he prepares vegetables for gazpacho. Smith was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about three years ago. Smith ballooned to 325 pounds until he decided to turn it all around and lose 118 pounds.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Chocolate Sales To Top $19 Billion By 2014

January 24, 2012 9:04 am

(PRWEB) — Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for U.S. candy makers, particularly for chocolate businesses which sell more than a billion dollars' worth of sweets for the nation's sweethearts, says Pam Williams, founder of Ecole Chocolat, Professional School of Chocolate Arts.

N.D. State Flour Mill Profits Down

January 24, 2012 6:42 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Mill and Elevator saw its profits drop steeply during October, November and December from the previous budget year's record levels, but they were still among the highest in the history of the state-owned mill, its manager said Monday. The mill's quarterly profit was $2.

Proposed Bill Would Improve Housing For Egg-Laying Hens

January 24, 2012 6:39 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. (United Egg Producers) — The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers announced that they will make passage of H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, introduced today by Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., Jeff Denham, R-Calif., Elton Gallegly, R-Calif.

Anheuser-Busch Veteran Resigns

January 24, 2012 6:34 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The most senior Anheuser-Busch veteran at Anheuser-Busch InBev is stepping down. Dave Peacock, who ran the U.S. operations of the combined company after Belgium-based InBev bought St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch three years ago, will step down. The news, first reported by Ad Age, was confirmed by the company.

Starbucks Adds Wine And Beer To Its Menu

January 24, 2012 6:31 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Corp., the company that proved there's no such thing as paying too much for a cup of coffee, is expanding its experiment with two other elixirs that Americans love, wine and beer. The company said Monday it will start selling wine, beer and "premium" foods, like small plates and hot flatbread sandwiches, at four to six stores in Atlanta and another four to six stores in Southern California by the end of the year.

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Study: High Levels Of MRSA Found In Retail Meat Products

January 24, 2012 6:29 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (University of Iowa) — Retail pork products in the United States. have a higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) than previously identified, according to new research by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Plastic Packaging Market To Reach $196.42B In 2012

January 24, 2012 3:58 am

LONDON (PRNewswire) — The Plastic Packaging Market 2012-2022 is Visiongain's new materials report for readers globally. Although the overall packaging industry was severely impacted by the economic recession, the plastic packaging market is gradually gaining significance through the latest technologies and enhanced products in the vast global packaging industry.

Poultry Industry Concerned With Proposed EPA Rule

January 24, 2012 3:53 am

TUCKER, Ga. (U.S. Poultry & Egg Association) — In comments submitted today, the U.S. poultry industry voiced several concerns with EPA's proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule. The rule, proposed on October 21, 2011, would require owners and operators of CAFOs to submit certain information to EPA.

McDonald's Income Jumps 11 Percent

January 24, 2012 3:46 am

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says net income rose by 11 percent in the fourth quarter, as the fast-food giant continues to attract budget-conscious customers. Net income of $1.38 billion translated to $1.33 per share, beating the $1.29 predicted by analysts polled by FactSet. Revenue jumped 10 percent to $6.

La. Rice Farmers Vote To Pay For Research, Promotion

January 24, 2012 3:43 am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana rice farmers have voted overwhelmingly to keep paying a nickel for every 100 pounds of rice for research and 3 cents per hundred pounds for promotion. The results of the vote were released Monday. The LSU AgCenter says 357 producers voted for the research checkoff and 65 against it, and the promotion money was approved 321 to 107.

Economists Forecast Small Growth In 2012

January 24, 2012 3:41 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new economic forecast calls for the U.S. economy to make some modest growth strides this year, but not quite enough to significantly reduce the number of jobless Americans looking for work. About two-thirds of the economists who participated in the latest National Association for Business Economics survey expect the nation's gross domestic product, or GDP, to grow at a rate above 2 percent this year, according to the outlook released Monday.

Photo Of The Day: Low Prices Boost McDonald's

January 24, 2012 3:35 am

(AP) — In this Jan. 20, 2012 photo, the McDonald's logo and a Happy Meal box with french fries and a drink are posed at McDonald's, in Springfield, Ill. McDonald’s Corp. saw net income jump by 11 percent in the fourth quarter, as the fast-food giant continued to attract budget-conscious customers with low prices.

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Consumer Trends: 1.25B Chicken Wings Eaten Over Super Bowl Weekend

January 23, 2012 8:18 am | by Harris Interactive

NCC Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Bill Roenigk points out that chicken wings will be consumed by three times the number of Americans on Super Bowl Sunday than a typical Sunday throughout the year.  About half will be ordered from restaurants and half purchased from retail grocery stores. 

Consumer Trends: Chinese New Year Offers Brands Fast Growth

January 23, 2012 8:14 am

LONDON (Business Wire) — A pioneering study of Chinese domestic life has revealed unique insights into the next wave of growth in the Middle Kingdom. WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) researchers spent time with extended families during the one time when Chinese people relax together for a long period - up to 15-days of New Year celebrations.

Fair Trade USA Updates Label Policy

January 23, 2012 6:54 am

It is the first time that Fair Trade USA has refreshed its logo since the organization’s inception in 1998. Brands are encouraged to convert to the updated logo on packaging by October 2012, but  Fair Trade USA will continue to support both the old and new labels to minimize marketplace confusion.

Ga. Farm Report: Peanuts Look Up, Poultry Down

January 23, 2012 6:50 am

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The new year should prove profitable for Georgia peanut and pecan growers, while poultry farmers look like they're in for a tough time in 2012, agriculture experts from the University of Georgia said in their annual farm forecast released Monday. The 40-page UGA report says another year of abnormally dry weather could mean lower yields for many farmers, and higher prices for seed, fertilizer and other necessities are expected to take a bite out of profits.

Greek Yogurt's Growth Spurt

January 23, 2012 6:47 am

SOUTH EDMESTON, New York (AP) — Chobani is making Greek yogurt as fast as Americans are eating it. Its plant here in upstate New York farm country already pumps out 1.5 million cases of the thick yogurt every week, and pallets are stacked four stories high in the chilled warehouse.

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