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Consumer Trends: Packaged Food Volume Declining

August 13, 2013 1:00 pm

The "super" is being drained from the average American supermarket's growth engine through a steady volume shift away from traditional grocery channels and into discount channels. A new report finds packaged food and beverage declining in volume across U.S. supermarkets.


USDA Expects Corn Crop to Rebound

August 13, 2013 12:33 pm

The USDA expects Indiana corn farmers and farmers across America to rebound from a dismal crop last year by producing nearly 1 billion bushels in 2013. Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says the larger crop will mean lower food prices.


Yum Brands Sees Setback in China Recovery

August 13, 2013 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

KFC parent Yum Brands Inc. said a key sales figure for its critical China unit fell 13 percent in July, marking a setback in its push to recover from a bird flu scare and an earlier controversy over its chicken supply. The company had reported easing sales declines in recent months.


Poultry Processor to Invest $5.4M in Ark. Plant

August 13, 2013 12:28 pm

Vikon Farms says it will hire more than 170 people and invest $5.4 million at a site in Arkadelphia, Ark. The company will also create jobs outside the plant by contracting with growers from El Dorado and Union County along with a Vikon-supported hatchery in Prescott.


Mars Food Study Researchers Conclude Experiment

August 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER,Associated Press

Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it's like to live on Mars are emerging from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to Mars.


Heinz Cutting 600 Jobs in U.S. and Canada

August 13, 2013 12:24 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS,Associated Press

Food company H.J. Heinz Co. is eliminating 600 jobs across the U.S. and in Canada, including 350 in Pittsburgh, nearly a third of its operation there. The company was sold in June and the layoffs were the result of a review of operations, spokesman Michael Mullen said.


Daily Sound Bite: Salad Company Halts Production After Outbreak

August 13, 2013 12:22 pm

After being linked to an outbreak of cyclospora that sickened consumers in Iowa and Nebraska, Taylor Farms de Mexico has halted production and will not resume plant operations or product shipping until the FDA grants approval to do so.


SD Governor Expects Beef Plant to be Purchased

August 13, 2013 9:38 am

Gov. Dennis Daugaard expects a financially troubled South Dakota beef packing plant will eventually be bought and operated by a new owner. Northern Beef Packers filed for bankruptcy protection last month and has asked a judge to allow it to hire an investment banking firm to pursue a sale.


Animal Activists Damage Iowa Butter Cow

August 13, 2013 9:36 am

An animal welfare group poured red paint over the Iowa State Fair's butter cow, but the damage was quickly scraped away and the iconic sculpture is back on display. Iowans for Animal Liberation, which promotes veganism, claimed responsibility in a news release.


Turkey Warning Labels: ‘Alcohol Is Not Your Friend’

August 13, 2013 9:35 am

Bottles and cans of alcohol sold in Turkey must soon bear warnings similar to those on cigarette packages, including the phrase "Alcohol is not your friend." The new regulations about the labels result from a law passed in May that restricts the sale and advertising of alcohol.


Company Halts Salad Mix Production After Cyclospora Outbreak

August 13, 2013 9:33 am

Salinas, California-based Taylor Farms said its Mexican branch voluntarily suspended production of salad mix that's been linked to the outbreak of a stomach bug in Iowa and Nebraska. It will not resume production without approval from the FDA.


Last Dry SD Reservation Voting on Alcohol Sales

August 13, 2013 9:26 am | by CARSON WALKER,Associated Press

Members of the Oglala Sioux Tribe are voting all day Tuesday on whether to give up the fight against bootlegging by allowing alcohol to be sold on the reservation — the last place in the South Dakota's American Indian territory where it's not allowed.


Photo of the Day: Reservation Debates Alcohol Sales

August 13, 2013 9:22 am

Besides agreement on the scourge of alcohol on the Lakota people, opponents and supporters of the legalization would like to put out of business the current main suppliers of booze, four stores two miles south of Pine Ridge in Whiteclay, Neb., that sell millions of cans of beer a year.

Consumer Trends: Consumers Confused About Sugar Facts

August 12, 2013 1:00 pm

Americans' consumption of sugar has decreased by 35 percent in the past 42 years, according to the USDA, but the results of a recent poll show that most parents believe just the opposite. According to a poll, 75 percent of parents said they believe sugar consumption has increased in some way.


CEO to Take Dole Food Private

August 12, 2013 12:33 pm

Dole Food said its CEO will take it private, in a deal that values the company at approximately $1.21 billion. Dole shareholders will receive $13.50 per share, a sweetened bid for the fresh fruits and vegetable business, up from the $12 per share Chairman and CEO David Murdock offered in June.


Fallout Follows Rejection of Herring Protection

August 12, 2013 12:31 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Last month, federal regulators at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration rejected a measure that would have required independent catch observers aboard every trip taken by mid-water trawlers, which can scoop herring out of sea hundreds of thousands of pounds at a time.


Judge Rejects Suit Against Milk-Freshness Rule

August 12, 2013 12:29 pm

Montana District Judge Mike Menahan has rejected a lawsuit filed by California food distributor Core-Mark International that tried again to abolish the rule requiring that milk sold in Montana to be stamped with a "sell-by" date of 12 days after pasteurization.


NY Company Recalls 12K Pounds of Veal

August 12, 2013 12:26 pm

More than 12,000 pounds of boneless veal products distributed to wholesalers in New York and California have been recalled. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that United Processing LLC recalled the 12,600 pounds of veal products Friday.


Campbell Negotiating to Sell European Business

August 12, 2013 12:24 pm

Campbell Soup says it is in final negotiations to sell its European business to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum. The proposed sale includes the company's soups, sauces and other products sold under a variety of names in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden.


Daily Sound Bite: Tyson Shuns Growth Drug Zilmax

August 12, 2013 11:38 am

In a letter sent to producers on Wednesday, cattle giant Tyson Foods announced it will no longer buy cattle that have been fed the growth-inducing drug Zilmax, produced by Merck. Industry experts fear the decision will cause the availability of beef to dwindle and inflate beef prices.



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