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Consumer Trends: Childhood Obesity Plateaus, New Opportunities Arise

July 19, 2012 1:02 pm

A plateau in childhood obesity rates following a 20-year increase offers food manufacturers an opportunity to review successful strategies as well as consider new ideas for providing healthy, good-tasting options for the next generation.


Baskin-Robbins Closing Ice Cream Plant

July 19, 2012 9:55 am | by The Canadian Press

Baskin-Robbins says 80 people will lose their jobs as the company closes its ice cream production plant in Peterborough, Ont. this fall.


Cal-Maine To Acquire Pilgrim’s Pride Operations

July 19, 2012 9:53 am

Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods Inc. says it will buy two Texas plants from Pilgrim's Pride Corp.


Using Eggs To Reverse Egg Allergies

July 19, 2012 9:51 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer

When doctors gave small daily doses of eggs to children with egg allergies, about a dozen kids were able to overcome allergies to eggs, one of the most ubiquitous foods, lurking in everything from pasta and veggie burgers to mayonnaise and even marshmallows.


Nestle Buys Stake In Brain-Health Food Maker

July 19, 2012 9:48 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Making what it calls its first big move into "brain health" products, Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA has acquired a stake in a privately held U.S. healthcare company that makes a vanilla milkshake prescribed to Alzheimer's patients, a Nestle executive told The Associated Press on Wednesday.


New Zealand Listeria Outbreak Kills 2

July 19, 2012 9:46 am | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press

A New Zealand meat company has recalled several of its products after tests showed a possible link to a listeria outbreak that left two patients dead at a hospital in the island nation.


Photo Of The Day: Fighting Eggs With Eggs

July 19, 2012 9:44 am

Doctors have reversed allergies in some children and teens by giving them tiny daily doses of problem foods, gradually training their immune systems to accept them.


University Students Make Cleaning Leafy Greens Easy

July 18, 2012 11:47 am

A simple and inexpensive device to wash leafy produce, created by students at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM), may provide a convenient way for small farmers to clean produce before market.


Cuba Decrees Steep Increase For Import Tax

July 18, 2012 11:46 am | by ANDREA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press

Cuba has announced the imposition of stiff new import taxes that could substantially affect private entrepreneurs trying to get new businesses off the ground and many others who rely on informal shipments of merchandise from overseas.

Dutch Authorities To Run Forensic Tests In Delta Case

July 18, 2012 11:42 am | by MIKE CORDER,Associated Press

Dutch police investigating how needles got into six turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to U.S. cities said Wednesday that the sandwiches and needles are being flown back to the Netherlands for tests.


Lobstermen Resume Pulling Traps, Glut Persists

July 18, 2012 11:39 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Most Maine lobstermen have resumed pulling their traps after many of them tied up their boats last week in an effort to ease a glut that has driven down prices.


Costco Turns Against Gestation Crates

July 18, 2012 11:37 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Costco Wholesale Corp. on Tuesday joined a growing list of retailers and restaurants in asking suppliers to phase out the use of small pens for pregnant sows, as an animal welfare group prepared to release an undercover video showing conditions at one of its suppliers.


Consumer Trends: Americans Hungry For Healthy Foods

July 18, 2012 11:28 am

New research reveals that just more than two-thirds of Americans choose healthier foods to stay well.


Candy Maker Mars Donates $5M For Smithsonian Exhibit

July 18, 2012 10:03 am | by BRETT ZONGKER,Associated Press

Candy maker Mars Inc. is donating $5 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to create a new gallery focused on business and innovation in the United States dating back to the 1700s, the museum announced Wednesday.


Illinois Governor Outlines Response To Drought

July 18, 2012 10:01 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

With a baking southern Illinois cornfield as a backdrop, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday pledged state support through loans and debt restructuring to farmers and ranchers punished by a nagging drought that shows no signs of abating anytime soon.


South Korea Scraps Whaling Plan

July 18, 2012 9:58 am | by SAM KIM,Associated Press

A South Korean official says the government has decided to scrap a much-criticized plan to hunt whales for scientific research. Critics suspected the plan was a cover for commercial whaling.


FBI Opens Investigation Of Delta Sandwich Needles

July 18, 2012 9:56 am | by JOSHUA FREED,AP Airlines Writer

The FBI and the airport's police department have opened criminal investigations to try to determine how the needles got into meals served on at least four Delta flights from Amsterdam to the U.S. and why anyone would place them there.


More Than 60,000 New Yorkers Say No To Soda Ban

July 18, 2012 9:50 am

New Yorkers for Beverage Choices announced that more than 60,000 New Yorkers have affirmed that they are capable of making their own food and beverage choices by signing on to the petition against Mayor Bloomberg's proposed "soda ban."


Photo Of The Day: Rallying For Whales

July 18, 2012 9:45 am

South Korean animal rights activists Tuesday held dolphin and whale-shaped balloons during a rally to oppose South Korean government's recent plan to resume whaling in Seoul, South Korea.


Coca-Cola Profit Slips On Higher Ingredient Costs

July 17, 2012 12:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Coca-Cola Co. said Tuesday that it's selling more of its sodas, sports drinks and bottled waters in most parts of the world, with growth particularly strong in emerging markets. Still, the company's second-quarter profit slipped as costs for ingredients rose as well.



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