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Pork Production More Sustainable Than 50 Years Ago

June 14, 2012 10:02 am

A new study finds that while pig farms of the 1950s may be remembered as idyllic, they were not as sustainable as those of today. This becomes clear as the metrics most associated with sustainability are revealed from their 1959 baseline – a 35 percent decrease in carbon footprint, a 41 percent reduction in water usage and a 78 percent drop in land needed to produce a pound of pork.

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Food Coalition: GMO Labeling Bill ‘Deceptive And Costly’

June 14, 2012 9:59 am

"This measure is riddled with loopholes and special exemptions that make no sense," said Bill Dombrowski, President & CEO, California Retailers Association, "We don't think requiring labels on foods made using modern biotechnology are necessary. But creating a hodgepodge and nonsensical labeling regime is only going to confuse and mislead consumers."

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Small Manufacturers Invest In Big Machinery

June 14, 2012 9:55 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG,AP Business Writer

Last year, industrial and materials manufacturers had a 37 percent increase in big equipment purchases, according to PayNet, a company that tracks lending to small businesses. That compares to an average of 17 percent for all the industries PayNet follows.

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Photo Of The Day: HFCS Not Such A Big Deal?

June 14, 2012 9:51 am

Out of more than 20,000 food and beverage products launched in the U.S. in 2011, 422 claimed to be free of high fructose corn syrup. That's only a percent of new product claims, reports Mintel.

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Senate Rejects Changes In Sugar Policy

June 13, 2012 12:58 pm

Senators debating a five-year farm bill have voted to uphold current policy that protects the nation's sugar growers with price supports and import restrictions.

Coffee Holding Co. Reports Loss On Falling Prices

June 13, 2012 12:56 pm

Private-label coffee maker Coffee Holding Co. reported a loss for its most recent quarter as lower coffee prices hurt its performance.

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Pa. State Senator’s Bill Would Expand Liquor Sales

June 13, 2012 12:55 pm

The ranking Republican in the state Senate is backing a plan to expand the sale of liquor and wine in Pennsylvania, the bill's sponsor said Tuesday, while a bill to privatize the industry remained stalled in the House.

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Chinese Consumers Pay More, Expect More

June 13, 2012 12:52 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH,AP Business Writer

Chinese consumers can afford to splash out more on higher quality products but also expect better value for their money than in the past, an American Chamber of Commerce study found. For companies like Kraft Foods Inc. and PepsiCo. Inc., that means tailoring products to suit local tastes while leveraging the company's global brand name.

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Risks Of Food-Style Packaging In Non-Food Categories

June 13, 2012 12:50 pm

Press reports that nearly 250 people have called poison control centers in the last couple of months following the US launch of Tide Pods and similar products shows an unintended consequence of the use of food-style packaging and formulations in categories outside of food.

Consumer Trends: Shoppers Save Up To 36 Percent With Store Brands

June 13, 2012 12:43 pm

A new pricing study compares a summer shopping basket of store brands vs. national brands and finds that consumers could save more than 36 percent off their grocery bill, on average, by switching to the retailer's brands.

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Kraft Closing Wisconsin Cheese Plant

June 13, 2012 9:59 am

Kraft Foods Inc. plans to close a cheese plant in Waupaca and lay off 120 employees in a cost-cutting move.

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Paula Deen Starts New Food Company

June 13, 2012 9:57 am

Savannah-based celebrity chef Paula Deen has launched a new company, Paula Deen Foods, in partnership with the New York-based grocery retailer Nanco Group.

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Burger King Bets On Bacon Sundae

June 13, 2012 9:55 am

Burger King wants to lure customers this summer with a barbecue party — and a bacon sundae, which clocks in at 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar.

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Wholesale Prices Fall By Most In 3 Years

June 13, 2012 9:53 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

A steep drop in gasoline costs drove down a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in May by the most since July 2009. But outside the food and energy categories, prices increased moderately. Food costs fell 0.6 percent in May, the biggest decline since December. A 2.2 percent drop in meat prices drove most of the decline. The cost of fresh fruits and melons fell 7.1 percent, the most in a year.

NYC Health Board Favors Big Drink Ban

June 13, 2012 9:49 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO,Associated Press

New York City's Board of Health signaled strong support Tuesday for the mayor's plan to fight obesity by banning the sale of large, sugary beverages at local restaurants.

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Photo Of The Day: Bacon Bliss

June 13, 2012 9:45 am

Burger King, the world’s second-biggest hamburger chain is introducing a bacon sundae as part of its new menu items for the summer on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The sundae has 510 calories, 18 grams of fat and 61 grams of sugar.

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Baltimore May Increase Bottle Tax

June 12, 2012 1:01 pm

The Baltimore City Council has given preliminary approval to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan for an increased bottle tax. The legislation would raise the tax on bottled beverages from 2 cents to 5 cents in July 2013.

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UN: Food Supply Tenuous For North Koreans

June 12, 2012 1:00 pm | by JEAN H. LEE,Associated Press

Millions of North Korean children are not getting the food, medicine or health care they need to develop physically or mentally, leaving many stunted and malnourished, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Calif. Voters To Decide On GMO Labeling

June 12, 2012 12:56 pm

The California Secretary of State's office has announced that the Right to Know initiative to label genetically engineered foods will be on the state's November ballot.

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Groups Call On Hershey To Stop Child Labor

June 12, 2012 12:54 pm

Leaders of  human rights, consumer and healthcare groups spoke out today in an appeal to Hershey's leadership demanding reforms to the candy maker's corporate social responsibility practices, including the company's ongoing use of abusive child labor in cocoa production.

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