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Drought Ravages Crops in Haiti

March 28, 2014 9:31 am | by TRENTON DANIEL, Associated Press

Drought is hitting one of the hungriest, most desolate parts of Haiti, the most impoverished nation in the hemisphere. The situation has alarmed the U.N. World Food Program, which sent workers this week to pass out bulgur wheat, cooking oil and salt.

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FDA Warns Consumers of Dark Chocolate Recall

March 27, 2014 1:37 pm

The FDA is warning consumers that it has found milk protein in some 3-ounce bars of Simply Lite brand 50% Cacao Low Carb Sugar Free Dark Chocolate. Milk is not declared as an ingredient on the label. Simply Natural Foods has agreed to recall these products.

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China, The Netherlands to Build Food Security System

March 27, 2014 1:32 pm

China and the Netherlands have signed several key cooperative agreements, including a collaborative food security system that will be jointly built by Yili Group, one of China's largest dairy producers, and Europe's Wageningen University.

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5 Facts About the New Mars Candy Factory

March 27, 2014 1:27 pm

Mars Inc. is confident in Americans' sweet tooth. The candy giant has built a $270 million plant — its first in North America in 35 years — in Kansas that will churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets each day. Here are five things to know about the project.

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Calif. Farm Workers Screen Cesar Chavez Biopic

March 27, 2014 1:24 pm | by SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer

More than 1,000 California farm workers were guests of honor at a screening of "Cesar Chavez," the new biopic opening Friday. The workers sat outside the union hall where the first contracts were signed in 1970 between those who owned the fields and those who worked them.

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Taco Bell Features Real-Life Ronald McDonalds in Ads

March 27, 2014 1:17 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu — Ronald McDonald. The fast-food chain began airing ads Thursday that feature everyday men who have the same name as the McDonald's mascot. The campaign is intended to promote Taco Bell's new breakfast menu.

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Consumer Trends: Technomic Reports Weak Adult Drink Sales in Restaurants

March 27, 2014 12:00 pm

The overall softening in adult beverage is playing out more in restaurants and bars than at retail, according to recent analysis by Technomic. Adult beverage volume in the on-premise channel — comprised of restaurants, bars and other locations — contracted 1.3 percent.

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Lay’s Kettle Cooked Launches Lattice Cut Chips

March 27, 2014 10:14 am

Lay's Kettle Cooked, one of the many brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, have launched a new chip style. Lay's Kettle Cooked Lattice Cut potato chips are available nationwide in two flavors: Aged Cheddar and Black Pepper and Roasted Garlic and Sea Salt.

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Canadian Co. Faces Appeal over Sunland's Salmonella Plant

March 27, 2014 10:08 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

A federal judge Wednesday approved Golden Boy Foods' last-minute $26 million cash offer for peanut butter plant Sunland Inc., but the fight appears far from over. Lawyers for Hampton Farms, which won a first round of bidding for Sunland, are working on an appeal.

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Mars Unveils $270M Chocolate Plant as U.S. Sweets Sales Ascend

March 27, 2014 9:59 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

Candy giant Mars Inc. is opening its first new plant in 35 years to churn out millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day. Company officials are throwing a grand opening Thursday for the sprawling, $270 million chocolate plant.

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FDA: 25 Drug Companies to Phase Out Animal Antibiotics

March 27, 2014 9:52 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The FDA in December asked 26 pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily stop labeling drugs important for treating human infection as acceptable for animal growth promotion. All but one of the companies are phasing out the use of these antibiotics.

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Photos of the Day: Japan's Taste for Whale Dwindles

March 27, 2014 9:45 am

The amount of whale meat stockpiled due to lack of buyers has nearly doubled the last 10 years, even as anti-whaling protests drove catches to record lows. More than 2,300 minke whales worth of meat is sitting in freezers, while whalers still plan to catch another 1,300 whales per year.

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Japan Loses Its Appetite for Whale Meat

March 27, 2014 9:38 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

The amount of whale meat stockpiled due to lack of buyers has nearly doubled the last 10 years, even as anti-whaling protests drove catches to record lows. More than 2,300 minke whales worth of meat is sitting in freezers, while whalers still plan to catch another 1,300 whales per year.

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Survey Shows 2014 Soy Plantings at Record High

March 26, 2014 12:48 pm

Farm Futures magazine's latest survey of farmers shows they intend to boost soybean seedings more than earlier estimates, while cutting back corn ground. Farm Futures estimates 2014 soybean intentions at a record 82.93 million acres, easily an all-time high.

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Report: Pork Virus Could Slash Hog Herd by Millions

March 26, 2014 12:42 pm | by Rabobank

Rabobank reports that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has already impacted about 60 percent of the U.S. breeding herd. If the virus spreads to Canada and Mexico, North American hog slaughter could decline by nearly 18.5 million hogs over the next two years.

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Ky. Bill Targets Undercover Animal Rights Videos

March 26, 2014 12:34 pm

Filming or photographing farm animal operations without consent would be criminalized under a bill sent to the Kentucky Senate. Kentucky Farm Bureau executive Jeff Harper says the provisions are needed because Kentucky is becoming a target of animal rights activists.

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Amy’s Kitchen Plans New Plant in NY

March 26, 2014 12:32 pm

Amy's Kitchen is building a new manufacturing plant in the Orange County town of Goshen. The organic food company will invest nearly $100 million and construct a 500,000-square-foot food manufacturing facility. The new plant will create nearly 700 jobs.

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Consumer Trends: Biotech Group to Answer Top 10 Questions About GMOs

March 26, 2014 12:00 pm

A survey by GMO Answers and the Council for Biotechnology Information identifies the top 10 questions consumers have about genetically modified organisms and how our food is grown. The survey was designed to start conversations about biotechnology's role in agriculture.

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Ritz Rolls Out Bacon Crackers

March 26, 2014 10:02 am

RITZ Crackers is melding the savory flavor of bacon with its classic crackers to create RITZ Bacon-Flavored Crackers. Mondelez International, the maker of RITZ Crackers, says that the new snack is already available on supermarket shelves.

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Investors: Coca-Cola Exec Pay Is Excessive

March 26, 2014 9:53 am

In a letter to Coca-Cola board members, Wintergreen Advisers CEO David Winters took issue with Coca-Cola's pay proposal for management, saying that it represents a "raw deal" for shareholders in light of the beverage maker's slowing growth.

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