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Diamond Foods Names New CEO

May 8, 2012 10:03 am

Diamond Foods Inc. on Monday named food and beverage industry veteran Brian Driscoll as its president and chief executive officer, three months after ousting its top executives for their role in a payment scandal.


Vermont Ranked Top In Locally Grown Food

May 8, 2012 10:01 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Vermont has 99 farmers markets and 164 CSAs, with a population of fewer than 622,000, according to the 2012 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, which relies on U.S. Department of Agriculture and census figures. Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii rounded out the top five.


BPI Closing 3 Plants Amid 'Pink Slime' Uproar

May 8, 2012 9:59 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday.


Pepsi Sued By Heirs Of Formula Developer

May 8, 2012 9:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The heirs of the man who helped develop the formula for Pepsi are suing the soda company over their right to share with the public documents detailing their father's invention. The daughter and son of Richard Ritchie say PepsiCo Inc. is interfering with their ability to market or sell the rights of their father's life story and documents detailing his 1931 soda formula. The suit seeks a declaration that their disclosure of the documents would be protected by First Amendment rights and wouldn't be considered a trade secret violation.


Photo Of The Day: King Of Local

May 8, 2012 9:47 am

Local food is big in Vermont, which ranks as the top state in a new Locavore Index, based on the number of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture farms where customers pay ahead for produce and other foods throughout the season. Vermont had 99 farmers’ markets, 164 CSAs, based on USDA data, and a population of 621,760, according to 2010 census.


Berries Recalled For E. Coli

May 7, 2012 1:09 pm

FunFresh Foods Inc. has recalled 6-ounce packages of its World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs because of an infection of E. coli bacteria.


OREO Celebrates 100th Year By Crossing $2 Billion Mark

May 7, 2012 1:07 pm

 Turning 100 has not slowed down this global brand, which grew nearly 25 percent in 2011 alone. 


Tyson Reports Higher Profit

May 7, 2012 1:02 pm

Tyson Foods reported growing profit and revenue during the second quarter thanks to better pricing and shares jumped nearly 4 percent in early trading.


A Look At The Life Of The 'Fresh Freeze' King

May 7, 2012 1:00 pm | by ROB MERRILL,Associated Press Writer

"Birdseye" is a look at the life of inventor Clarence Birdseye, who died with more than 200 patents in his name. The name sounds familiar because there's a package of vegetables in your freezer with his name on them.


International Food Oddities: The Taste Test

May 7, 2012 12:54 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Take a panel of seven foodies and ply them with exotic versions of popular American snacks from around the world, and these are the reactions you get: tentative nibbles and scrunched noses.


Consumer Trends: Online Marketing Helps Restaurants Personalize Offers

May 7, 2012 12:50 pm

Restaurants use online and email marketing to provide consumers the personalized offers they prefer, according to new research by the National Restaurant Association released today.


New Pot Eatery Opens In Oregon

May 7, 2012 10:02 am | by JEFF BARNARD,Associated Press

At the Earth Dragon Edibles Restaurant & Lounge in Ashland, Ore., Kevin Wallace and Michael Shea are trying to bring Mongolian barbecue dosed with medical marijuana to a higher level, though they are still feeling their way through the fuzzy legalities of it all.


Calif. Lawmakers: Foie Gras Ban Stays

May 7, 2012 9:59 am | by HANNAH DREIER,Associated Press

California's legislative leaders said Wednesday that they will not help a group of chefs who want to overturn an impending foie gras ban.


Snacks In A Different Land

May 7, 2012 9:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Russians prefer their Lay's potato chips dusted in caviar and crab flavors. The Chinese like their Oreos stuffed with mango and orange cream. And in Spain, Kellogg's All-Bran cereal is served floating in hot coffee instead of cold milk.


Dole May Spin Off Parts Of Its Business

May 7, 2012 9:55 am

Dole Food Company Inc.'s shares gained heavy trading Friday after the fruit and vegetable company said it is considering its strategic alternatives, including a possible spin-off of parts of its business.


Women Sue Maker's Mark For Discrimination

May 7, 2012 9:53 am

Five women are suing Maker's Mark Distillery Inc. in federal court, claiming discrimination and sexual harassment. All of the women have worked on the bottling line, dipping the bottles of bourbon whiskey in red wax.


Photo Of The Day: Odd Flavors Overseas

May 7, 2012 9:49 am

While Americans might get squeamish at the thought of their favorite snacks being tweaked, what works in the U.S. doesn't work everywhere. Tastes can vary greatly in unexpected ways in different corners of the world.


Iowa Packing Plant To Close By Yearend

May 4, 2012 1:05 pm

An Ohio-based company has told employees that its northwest Iowa meat plant in Orange City will close by the end of the year.


Sara Lee Reports Small Loss Ahead Of Spinoff

May 4, 2012 1:03 pm

Sara Lee Corp. reported a small loss for its fiscal third quarter on Thursday, as the packaged food company wrote down one-time costs related to the planned spinoff of its coffee and tea business.


Band Train Takes On Wine

May 4, 2012 1:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Backstage with the rock band Train before a performance at San Francisco's hallowed Great American Music Hall may not be quite what you expect from a Grammy-winning, multiplatinum group. What's missing from the dressing room — groupies, bling and that we're-about-to-trash-this-place vibe. What you get instead — a small table set with a few glasses and a bottle of the band's Save Me San Francisco wine which they are making in concert with ACME Wine Movers, a newly formed division of The Wine Group.



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