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1 Dead After Filipino Rebels Storm Pineapple Plantation

February 20, 2013 9:25 am | by JIM GOMEZ,Associated Press

More than 100 communist guerrillas stormed one of the world's largest pineapple plantations in the southern Philippines, killing a guard and torching farm equipment in their biggest attack this year. At least two other guards and a villager were shot and wounded by the New People's Army guerrillas, who barged into a residential, recreational and office complex on the vast plantation of Del Monte Philippines Inc.

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Photo of the Day: Going Nuts for Bees

February 20, 2013 9:23 am

Bee inspector Neil Trent of Scientific Ag Co., inspects a frame of bees to assess the colony strength Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, near Turlock, Calif. Trent says some bee hives in the state have weak colonies of bees, spelling a bee shortage in time for almond bloom.

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Daily Sound Bite: Monsanto Goes to Court Over a Hill of Beans

February 19, 2013 12:52 pm

Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75-year-old Indiana farmer, planted Monsanto's Roundup Ready seeds legally, but he also planted late-season seeds purchased from a grain elevator. Monsanto sued him claiming his practice violated the company's seed patent.

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Dutch Officials Raid Butcher in Horsemeat Probe

February 19, 2013 12:27 pm

Dutch prosecutors say food safety experts have raided a meat processing plant as part of a criminal investigation into horsemeat fraud. Prosecutors said Friday the company in North Brabant province is believed to have processed horsemeat from the Netherlands and Ireland, and mixed it with beef before selling the mixture as "pure" beef.

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Fishing’s Decline Looms; Will Fish Eaters Notice?

February 19, 2013 12:25 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

In May, New England's fishermen will again see a cut to the number of fish they can catch, this time so deeply that the historic industry's existence is threatened from Rhode Island to Maine. But as hard as the cuts are likely to hit fishing communities, local seafood eaters may not notice at all. In the region's markets, grocery stores and restaurants, imported fish dominate, and the cuts make that less likely to change.

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Maker’s Mark to Restore Alcohol Content of Whiskey

February 19, 2013 12:21 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

After backlash from customers, the producer of Maker's Mark bourbon is reversing a decision to cut the amount of alcohol in bottles of its famous whiskey. Rob Samuels, Maker's Mark's chief operating officer, said Sunday that it is restoring the alcohol volume of its product to its historic level of 45 percent, or 90 proof. Last week, it said it was lowering the amount to 42 percent, or 84 proof, because of a supply shortage.

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Supreme Court Hears High-Stakes Soybean Case

February 19, 2013 12:17 pm | by MARK SHERMAN,Associated Press

Vernon Hugh Bowman figured out a way to benefit from a high-technology product — soybeans that are resistant to weed-killers — without always paying the high price that such genetically engineered seeds typically bring. In so doing, he ignited a legal fight with seed-giant Monsanto Co. that has now come before the Supreme Court, with arguments taking place Tuesday.

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Nestle Finds Horsemeat in Pasta Meals

February 19, 2013 12:12 pm

The world's biggest food and drinks maker Nestle SA has become the latest company to pull some of its products off European shelves after they were found to contain undeclared horse meat. The company, based in Vevey, Switzerland, said in a statement late Monday that it withdrew some of its beef pasta ready meals from sale after tests conducted two days earlier detected horse DNA.

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Consumer Trends: Online Grocery Shopping

February 19, 2013 12:00 pm

As the popularity of online shopping grows, consumers are beginning to explore new digital shopping categories, including groceries. A new survey from CouponCabin.com finds that 15 percent of U.S. adults have shopped for groceries online. An additional 19 percent said they don't currently, but plan to in the future.

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Amy’s Kitchen Expanding Oregon Plant

February 19, 2013 10:01 am | by GREG STILES,Mail Tribune

There's more to growing an organic foods business than simply buying land, building factories and shipping a high-demand product. You also need access to organic crops, which is largely why Amy's Kitchen is building a $19 million expansion here instead of in South Carolina.

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Smithfield Plans Packaged-Meats Joint Venture

February 19, 2013 9:59 am

Smithfield Foods Inc. plans to form a joint venture to help grow its packaged meats business. The pork producer said Friday that it signed a letter of intent with Kansas City Sausage Co. and its sister company Pine Ridge Farms. Terms were not disclosed but Smithfield said the transaction will be funded with cash on hand. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013.

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Burger King Apologizes After Twitter Hacking

February 19, 2013 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI and JOSHUA FREED,AP Business Writers

Somebody hacked Burger King's Twitter account on Monday, posting obscene messages and changing its profile picture to a McDonald's logo. The tweets stopped after a little more than an hour, and Burger King said it had reached out to Twitter to suspend the account. A Twitter spokesman did not immediately respond to a phone message left on Monday.

Wal-Mart UK Chain Finds Horsemeat in Pasta Sauce

February 19, 2013 9:54 am

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. declined nearly 2 percent on Friday after a British supermarket chain that it owns announced that it found evidence of horsemeat in a pasta sauce it sold. On Thursday Asda said it was taking a beef Bolognese sauce off of its shelves after tests indicated the presence of horse DNA. The company also said it would pull three other products from the same supplier as a precaution.

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U.S. Alleges Insider Trading Ahead of Heinz Deal

February 19, 2013 9:52 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. federal regulators have alleged that a brokerage account in Switzerland was used for illegal insider trading ahead of the H.J. Heinz acquisition. The Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a court order Friday to freeze the account and prevent the assets from being moved.

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Photo of the Day: Dethroning Burger King

February 19, 2013 9:49 am

This frame grab taken Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, shows what appears to be Burger King's Twitter account after it was apparently hacked. Starting just after noon Eastern time on Monday, the fast-foot company's Twitter picture was changed to a McDonald's logo, and the account tweeted that it had been sold to rival McDonald's.

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Consumer Trends: Hispanic Men Key Purchasing Decision Makers

February 18, 2013 12:00 pm

While the Hispanic population is growing at a fast pace in the US — and with them their purchasing power — it seems in the last few years much of the focus has been on Latinas, neglecting an equally important Hispanic shopper: Hispanic men.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Love Cooking

February 15, 2013 12:00 pm

Food marketers have long believed consumers don't like to spend time in the kitchen, but new research has exposed a secret love affair with cooking. In fact, 78 percent of Americans enjoy it, according to Sullivan Higdon & Sink's FoodThink study, Cooking in America.

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Daily Sound Bite: Kraft is One of a Kind

February 15, 2013 11:09 am

The purchase of Heinz by 3G Capital and billionaire Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway has industry observers waxing poetic about the strength of the Heinz brand. Heinz is one of the largest companies in the world with a unique story of expansion unlikely to be repeated.

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Smucker 3Q Profit up 32 Percent

February 15, 2013 10:58 am

J. M. Smucker Co. said Friday that its fiscal third-quarter net income jumped 32 percent, helped by strong demand for its profitable K-Cups coffees and peanut butter products. For the quarter ended Jan. 31, the Orrville, Ohio-based company earned $154.2 million, or $1.42 per share, up from $116.8 million, or $1.03 per share, in the same quarter last year.

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EU Approves Plan for Random Beef Checks

February 15, 2013 10:56 am

Officials from European Union countries are going ahead with a plan for more intensive checks to detect horsemeat in food labeled as beef as they work to contain a widening scandal. The emergency meeting Friday in Brussels was designed to restore consumer confidence following the discovery of significant amounts of horsemeat in products sold as beef.

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