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Nestle Boosted By Emerging Markets

April 20, 2012 1:06 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA forecast Friday that 2012 will be a challenging year but reported that first-quarter sales rose a healthy 5.6 percent from a year earlier, fueled by strong growth in emerging markets and higher retail prices.


Kraft Signs Deal With Costa Coffee

April 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Kraft Foods Inc. said Friday that it signed a deal that will allow Costa Coffee stores to sell its Tassimo single-cup coffee machines in the United Kingdom and make Costa beverages available using the machines.


Pass The Hemp Vodka

April 20, 2012 1:02 pm | by MARK THIESSEN,Associated Press

Purgatory, a hemp seed vodka, is the newest flavor from the Alaska Distillery, the Wasilla-based company which made a mark two years ago with the introduction of its smoked salmon-flavored vodka.


Chronicling The Livestock Antibiotics Debate

April 20, 2012 12:58 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The bacon you had for breakfast is at the center of a 35-year debate over antibiotics. That's because the same life-saving drugs that are prescribed to treat everything from ear infections to tuberculosis in humans also are used to fatten the animals that supply the chicken, beef and pork we eat every day.


Union Ends Brief Strike Against Coca-Cola Distributor

April 20, 2012 12:52 pm

Teamsters members are going back to work after a brief walkout against two Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated operations in West Virginia. The union says 86 members of Teamsters Local 175 went on strike Thursday morning at the company's facilities in Charleston and Logan. Another 67 union workers honored picket lines at facilities in Bluefield, Clarksburg and Parkersburg.


Four Accused Of Distributing Contaminated Cheese

April 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Four people are accused of ignoring U.S. Food and Drug Administration orders and distributing more than 110,000 pounds of contaminated cheese. Some of it contained salmonella, E. coli and other potentially harmful bacteria.


Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Boost Nutraceutical Ingredients Market

April 20, 2012 12:44 pm

An increasing number of clinical studies confirming the health benefits of nutraceuticals and their broad applications in food, beverages, dietary supplements, and pediatric and adult nutritional preparations has provided support for the growing use of nutraceutical ingredients.


Ark. Ice Cream Plant Reopens

April 20, 2012 10:03 am | by ALLEN REED,Associated Press

Gov. Mike Beebe celebrated the return of Yarnell's Ice Cream Thursday morning and got to take the ceremonial first bite of the Arkansas treat. The governor joined Yarnell's officials, who announced the return of ice creams, frozen yogurts and ice cream sandwiches. The Searcy-based ice cream producer laid off 200 workers and halted production in June after nearly 80 years of business, citing of declining sales and rising food and fuel prices. It had borrowed $7 million from state agencies in the years leading up to the closure.


Chesapeake Crabs Hit Highest Level Since 1993

April 20, 2012 10:01 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press

Blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are at record numbers, although there has also been a mysterious drop in adult females, according to an annual winter survey released Thursday. The survey found an estimated 764 million crabs in the bay, nearly two-thirds more than last year. The increase was highest among juvenile crabs, which totaled 587 million, nearly triple last year's total.


Alabama Bans Beer Over Dirty Name

April 20, 2012 9:58 am | by JAY REEVES,Associated Press

You can buy Fat Bastard wine in Alabama, but you'll have to go elsewhere for Dirty Bastard beer. The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of that brand of beer in the state because of the profanity on its label.


FDA Maintains Safety Of Gulf Seafood Despite Oil Spill Concerns

April 20, 2012 9:57 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

Photos of fish with sores may raise concern about long-term environmental effects of the massive BP oil spill — but federal health officials say the Gulf seafood that's on the market is safe to eat.


Coca-Cola Addiction Cited In Woman's Death

April 20, 2012 9:53 am | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press

Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.


Photo Of The Day: Censoring A Six-Pack

April 20, 2012 9:47 am

The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of Dirty Bastard beer in the state because of the profanity on its label. Beer and wine are commonly sold in grocery and convenience stores and anyone can see the labels, so staff members rejected the brand because parents may not want young people to see rough language on the shelves, said Bob Martin, an attorney with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.


Mayors To Discuss Healthy Food Initiatives

April 19, 2012 1:22 pm

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is planning to join with other mayors to discuss ways to make it easier for those in urban neighborhoods to get access to fresh, healthy food.


Danisco Pads DuPont Profits

April 19, 2012 1:19 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,AP Business Writer

Strong performances from DuPont's agricultural and performance chemicals units, combined with its acquisition of Danish food maker Danisco last year, contributed to an increase in first-quarter earnings, the company said Thursday.


Howard Buffett Takes On Hunger In America

April 19, 2012 1:17 pm | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, wants to enlist fellow food producers in a new campaign to fight hunger in rural America. Buffett and other organizers planned to announce the "Invest an Acre" initiative Thursday. It will encourage farmers around the nation to donate profits from the sale of 1 acre's crop to the charity Feeding America, which will use the money to support food banks in rural communities where advocates say malnutrition is a serious — if often overlooked — scourge.


Yum Brands 1Q Income Rises 73 Percent

April 19, 2012 1:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, said Wednesday its first-quarter net income rose 73 percent due to a successful combo — continuing strong overseas sales packaged with a rebounding U.S. performance led by its once-struggling Taco Bell business.


Consumer Trends: Restaurant Habits Of Health-Conscious Americans

April 19, 2012 1:11 pm

A new study reveals that 74 percent of  health-conscious consumers visited a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days.   


Starbucks To Phase Out Bug Coloring In Products

April 19, 2012 1:06 pm

In response to consumer pressure, Starbucks announced it will replace cochineal coloring derived from crushed bugs and instead use a tomato-based ingredient to color several products, including its strawberry Frappuccinos.


NCBA: Livestock Production Mandate Compromises Animal Welfare

April 19, 2012 9:54 am

During a briefing hosted by Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), congressional staff learned about multiple voluntary, producer-led animal care programs and about the concerns farmers and ranchers have with legislation introduced in the House that would mandate strict on-farm production practices.



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