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Maine Lobster Men Seek Stability, Join Union

April 22, 2013 12:26 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

With promises to fight bad legislation and negotiate prices for their catch, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has been recruiting fishermen in some of Maine's most lobster-reliant communities, including Vinalhaven, Stonington and Jonesport. So far, more than 250 fishermen have signed up for what will be called the IAM Maine Lobstering Union.


Consumer Trends: Kids Eat More Fruit When It Is Sliced

April 22, 2013 12:00 pm

Most people believe that children avoid fruit because of the taste and allure of alternative packaged snacks. A study by Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab researchers Brian Wansink, David Just, Andrew Hanks and Laura Smith concluded that the size of the snack counts the most.


Kellogg Issues Corporate Responsibility Report

April 22, 2013 9:45 am

As Kellogg Company releases its fifth annual global Corporate Responsibility report today in conjunction with Earth Day, company officials spotlighted efforts aimed at creating even better days and brighter tomorrows for Kellogg consumers, employees, communities, and the environment.


Iowa Settles Challenge to Corporate Farming Law

April 22, 2013 9:43 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

A Texas hog farm that sued Iowa over an often-challenged law that prohibits meat processors from owning livestock has agreed to guarantee certain rights to local farmers in exchange for the state not enforcing the law, the attorney general said Friday. Texas Farm, a hog producer based in based in Perryton, Texas, became the latest company to sue the state over the law earlier this month.


Fair Trade Coffee Imports Hit Record High in 2012

April 22, 2013 9:41 am

Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, today announced that Fair Trade Certified™ coffee imports hit an all-time high in 2012: 163 million pounds were imported into the United States and Canada, representing an 18 percent increase over 2011.


Greece: Strawberry Field Shootings Highlight Migrants' Plight

April 22, 2013 9:37 am | by NICHOLAS PAPHITIS,Associated Press

The bloodletting last week in Greece's southern strawberry fields shocked the nation and put the spotlight on the plight of the financial crisis' overlooked victims: hundreds of thousands of migrant workers, many undocumented, whose lot is becoming even tougher amid rising racist violence and dropping living standards.


Salmonella Prompts Expanded Pet Food Recall

April 22, 2013 9:36 am

Natura Pet Products is expanding a recall of dry pet foods over a possible salmonella risk to animals and people. The company, a unit of Procter & Gamble Co., first announced a voluntary recall in March of its dog, cat and ferret foods because they may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.


Photo of the Day: Bacon Nation

April 22, 2013 9:32 am

Making its first appearance at the popular Baconfest Chicago, Eckrich announced today its donation match of its new Bacon Lovers® Deli Meats to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Visitors who attended the event, known collectively as "Bacon Nation," donated non-perishable items that Eckrich matched with 2,500 pounds of its new Bacon Lovers Deli Meats.


Pork Producers Respond to Antibiotic-Resistance Report

April 19, 2013 12:31 pm

Just days after the release of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report showing that medical doctors annually are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 80 percent of Americans, a group has issued its own report, claiming that antibiotics use in food animals is the main cause for people developing antibiotic-resistant diseases.


McDonald’s Profit Edges Up But Global Sales Dip

April 19, 2013 12:28 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's managed to eke out a higher profit for the first quarter even as a global sales figure declined for the world's biggest hamburger chain. The company also warned that sales for April are expected to fall slightly. McDonald's Corp., based in Oak Brook, Illinois, has been struggling to boost sales amid intensifying competition, changing eating habits and challenging economic conditions around the world.


B&G Foods 1Q Profit Soars

April 19, 2013 12:27 pm

B&G Foods Inc.'s first-quarter net income jumped 17 percent on improved sales, including significant gains from its New York Style and Old London brands. The company, based in Parsippany, N.J., makes foods under brands such as Cream of Wheat, Mrs. Dash and Grandma's Molasses.


AB-InBev Reaches Deal with DOJ

April 19, 2013 12:26 pm

Anheuser-Busch InBev reached a final agreement with the Department of Justice, settling a dispute over its $20.1 billion acquisition of the Mexican brewer, Grupo Modelo. The world's largest brewer has been trying since June to buy the half of Grupo Modelo that it doesn't already own. The Justice Department blocked the deal out of concern that a company that massive would stifle competition in the U.S.


Activist Investor Discloses Stakes in PepsiCo, Mondelez

April 19, 2013 12:24 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Activist investor Nelson Peltz has disclosed stakes in Mondelez and PepsiCo, following earlier reports that the billionaire could be pushing for a marriage between the sweet and salty snack giants. In a statement early Friday, PepsiCo also disclosed that it has held meetings with Peltz's Trian Fund Management in recent weeks to consider its "ideas and initiatives" for long-term growth.


Daily Sound Bite: PROCESS EXPO Hits the Ground Running

April 19, 2013 12:08 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association's (FPSA) PROCESS EXPO will be held November 3-6 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The show recently surpassed 200,000 square feet in space as exhibitors clamor to snap up booth space in the North and South halls of the convention center.


Consumer Trends: Spring Is the Time for Lighter Fare

April 19, 2013 12:00 pm

As spring fever sets in, people are inspired to energize everything from wardrobes to eating habits. By breaking down the differences in order choices on hot and cold days, the analysts at GrubHub found that traditionally fresh and lighter fare dominate spring and summer takeout orders.


PROCESS EXPO Continues To Grow

April 19, 2013 9:52 am

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) announced today that it has now surpassed the milestone of 200,000 square feet for the 2013 PROCESS EXPO trade show. The show will be held November 3-6 at McCormick Place (South and North Halls) in Chicago.


Public Increasingly Pessimistic About Economy

April 19, 2013 9:42 am | by JENNIFER AGIESTA and TOM RAUM,Associated Press

The downbeat public attitudes registered in a new Associated Press-GfK poll coincide with several dour economic reports showing recent slowdowns in gains in hiring, consumer retail spending, manufacturing activity and economic growth.  Automatic government spending cuts, which are starting to kick in, also may be contributing to the current sluggishness and increased wariness on the part of both shoppers and employers.


WhiteWave Expanding Va. Plant

April 19, 2013 9:39 am

Organic dairy company WhiteWave Foods Co. plans to expand its plant in Virginia's Rockingham County, creating 36 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday that the company will invest $69.8 million to expand its Mount Crawford facility. The upgrades will include a new warehouse facility and machinery to expand production and meet increased market demands. The plant has been in operation for 25 years.


Exploring Rum’s Caribbean Roots

April 19, 2013 9:37 am | by JENNIFER KAY,Associated Press

When you're talking about rum, how much does the Caribbean really matter? For the rum world, it's a more serious question than it sounds, and the answer exposes a schism in the industry, a divide between massive producers who value uniformity in a global market and smaller players and connoisseurs who prefer nuanced production that reflects the time and place a rum is made.


Dutch Court Upholds Recall of Suspect Meat

April 19, 2013 9:35 am

A Dutch court on Thursday upheld a decision by the country's Food and Consumer Product Authority to recall 50,000 tons of meat sold across Europe as beef. The agency said it fears the meat, which came from a processing plant named after its owner Willy Selten, may have had horse meat mixed into it. It said an investigation of Selten's records showed more meat leaving his plant than arriving.



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