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Mondelez 3Q Revenue Drops 29 Percent

November 8, 2012 9:38 am

Mondelez International Inc. said Wednesday its net income fell in the third quarter, as revenue took a hit from the stronger dollar in its first quarter as an independent company. Mondelez, formerly known as Kraft Foods Inc., makes snacks including Oreo cookies, Cadbury and Nabisco. It spun off its North American grocery business and changed its name Oct. 1.

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Co-Workers Puzzle Over California Plant Shooting

November 8, 2012 9:35 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

As employees return to work Thursday at a chicken-processing plant that was the scene of a fatal workplace shooting, authorities and co-workers puzzled over what set off an ex-convict whose record had included mostly nonviolent crimes. Lawrence Nathaniel Jones, 42, had been in and out of prison since 1991 for crimes ranging from armed robbery to a car theft.

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Photo Of The Day: Taco Treats

November 8, 2012 9:31 am

The items are part of the chain’s plans to become a snacking destination for people in their 20s. The Mexican-style chain plans to announce this week an expansion of its sweet treats menu, with the addition of churros and cookie sandwiches to its current lineup of cinnamon twists and caramel apple empanadas.

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Allergy Concerns Prompt Ice Cream Recall

November 7, 2012 12:39 pm

The Kroger Co. said today it is recalling select containers of Kroger Deluxe French Vanilla Ice Cream sold at the company’s Dillons, King Soopers/City Market, Fry’s Food and Smith’s Food & Drug operating divisions in 11 states because it may contain pecans not listed on the label.

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Horizon Milling Plans Expansion In Wisconsin

November 7, 2012 12:36 pm

Horizon Milling today announced it will begin producing whole wheat flour at its facility in Kenosha later this fall. When the project is complete, Horizon Milling will have doubled its current overall whole wheat flour capacity.

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Michigan Researchers To Lead Food Security Study

November 7, 2012 12:33 pm

Researchers with the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment are leading a five-year, $4 million study of disparities in access to healthy food across the state. The researchers with the Ann Arbor school plan to interview residents and study data in small- to mid-sized cities to better understand factors affecting so-called food security.

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Molson Coors Faces Tough Quarter

November 7, 2012 12:31 pm

Shares of Molson Coors Brewing Co. fell Wednesday after the maker of Coors Light and Miller Light said it saw a decline in demand across its businesses during the third quarter and warned that the current quarter could be its toughest of the year.

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Consumer Trends: Emerging Trends For 2013

November 7, 2012 12:28 pm

Innova Market Insights' ongoing analysis of trends and developments in new product activity has resulted in its identification of 10 key emerging trends likely to impact the food and drinks market through 2013 and beyond. Successful previous predictions have included the emergence of interest in naturalness and sustainability as long ago as 2008 and the return to softer claims for 2011.

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Poultry Plant Shooter Targeted Victims; Motive Unclear

November 7, 2012 12:24 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

That Lawrence Jones targeted a handful of his co-workers at a chicken-processing plant, killing two of them execution-style, was evident, authorities said. But why he did it remained unclear. "He had opportunity to shoot other co-workers that were in the business at this time, but he chose not to," Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.

Demand For Fizzy Drinks Boosts SodaStream 3Q

November 7, 2012 9:51 am

Increasing demand for SodaStream's fizzy drink makers lifted the company's third-quarter net income 66 percent. Shares jumped after it raised its forecast for the year. The company said revenue increased by a third in Western Europe and climbed 61 percent in the Americas. Revenue overall rose 49 percent to $112.5 million, topping analysts' average expectation of $104 million.

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New Products Drive Kraft Sales

November 7, 2012 9:49 am

Kraft Foods' net income rose 13 percent in the third quarter, the food maker said Wednesday, as new products and increased advertising helped it top Wall Street expectations. The company, which makes Oscar Mayer, Maxwell House coffee and Miracle Whip, also stood by its forecast for 2013.

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Giant Tuna Sell For Big Money In Tokyo

November 7, 2012 9:46 am | by FRITZ FAERBER,Associated Press

As the biggest seafood market in the world, the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market is a top sight for tourists visiting Japan. But if you want to catch the rapid-fire auction where giant tuna sell for hundreds to hundreds of thousands of dollars, you need to get to the market at about 4 a.m.

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Prop 37 Defeated; Activists Vow To Keep Fighting

November 7, 2012 9:43 am

After being outspent ten-to-one by chemical and food company giants working to keep American citizens in the dark about their food, the California Right to Know-Yes on Proposition 37 campaign for GMO labeling was defeated at the ballot box, but defiantly set the stage for bringing the fight for our right to know, a core American value, to the federal level.

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Dispute Over Natural Foods Company Settled

November 7, 2012 9:40 am

A three-year dispute over control of a Eugene natural foods company and other assets of a Sikh community was settled with feuding religious and business leaders dropping claims against each other. A federal bankruptcy judge approved the settlement Monday, The Register-Guard reported.

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Photo Of The Day: Titanic Tuna

November 7, 2012 9:37 am

 Any fisherman knows that catching the big one often requires waking up very early. The same is true for seafood lovers angling to see the famous tuna auction at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. Tsukiji is the biggest fish market in the world, and tourists willing to line up well before dawn can view the rapid-fire auctions where the giant fish are sold. 

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1 Dead, 4 Wounded At Calif. Food Service Company

November 6, 2012 1:09 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

A parolee who worked at a California food service company opened fire at the business on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding three others, before shooting himself, police said. The suspect was identified as Lawrence Jones, 42. Police said they didn't know what prompted the attack, although fellow employees told police he did not appear to be himself when he arrived at Apple Valley Farms Inc. for work.

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Sustainability A Top Packaging Challenge In Coming Years

November 6, 2012 12:56 pm

While today’s packaging professional is focused on cost, performance and food safety/security, sustainability will replace cost as a dominant trend in 10 years, according to a study done by Packaging World and DuPont. Food safety/security is and will remain a top trend, respondents say.

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Imports Of Fair Trade Produce Increasing

November 6, 2012 12:52 pm

Fair Trade USA announced significant growth and expansion of its Fair Trade Certified™ fresh produce program. Data shows strong growth across nearly every source country and product, resulting in more than 71.5 million pounds of Fair Trade Certified fresh fruit and vegetables imported in 2011, a 40 percent increase over 2010.

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Meat Conferences To Co-Locate During PROCESS EXPO

November 6, 2012 12:49 pm

The North American Meat Association (NAMA) and the Meat Import Council of America (MICA) will co-locate their fall 2013 conferences during the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA)’s PROCESS EXPO in Chicago, IL, November 3 – 6, 2013, the three associations said.

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Frozen Meals Can Contribute To Weight Loss

November 6, 2012 12:46 pm

Improving health can be as easy as opening the freezer door. “Save time, save money, boost nutrition and control portions by eating low-calorie, frozen foods,” advises Jessica Bartfield, MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at Loyola University Health System.

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