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Daily Sound Bite: Milk Drought in NY

March 25, 2013 12:32 pm

Chobani and Fage, two Greek yogurt giants, have a strong presence in New York state. While the state has had no trouble meeting increasing demand for workers, the state's dairy herd is not yet large enough to meet the challenges. While yogurt production booms, milk production remains stagnant.

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Fla. House Approves Wine Keg Bill

March 25, 2013 12:24 pm

Wine kegs would be available in Florida for the first time under a bill that won House approval. The House voted 116-0 on Friday to approve the bill (HB 623) that would legalize wine barrels that hold just more than five gallons. Currently wine can't be sold in containers larger than one gallon.

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Yogurt Production Booming in NY as Cow Herds Stay Static

March 25, 2013 12:23 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

The recent yogurt boom in upstate New York has meant more jobs and more economic activity. But it has not led to many more dairy cows in the state, even as Greek yogurt leader Chobani reaches beyond New York for some of its milk. There are a number of reasons for the static herd numbers, including struggling dairy farmers leery about making long-term investments in more cows.

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U.S. Sen. Warren Files Fishery Assistance Amendment

March 25, 2013 12:20 pm

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is proposing to provide disaster relief funds to Northeast fishermen in the first amendment she's filed since taking office. The amendment introduced by Warren, a first-term Massachusetts Democrat, would allow funds in the 2014 budget to be set aside to aid fishermen around the region. No amounts are specified.

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PepsiCo CEO’s Pay Down amid Compensation Change

March 25, 2013 12:19 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo gave CEO Indra Nooyi a pay package worth $12.6 million last year, which is down 11 percent from the previous year, as the soda-and-snack food giant changed the way it awards long-term incentive compensation. The Purchase, N.Y.-based company did away with outright option awards last year and instead gave Nooyi a long-term incentive award tied to the performance of the company's future stock price and other metrics.

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Lawsuit: ConAgra Misled Consumers About Parkay Spray

March 25, 2013 12:16 pm

Hagens Berman, a consumer-protection law firm, has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that ConAgra Foods, Inc. deceptively marketed Parkay Spray, a sprayable margarine product, as “fat free,” and “0 calories” to entice health-conscious customers, despite the product not meeting federal requirements to qualify for those claims.

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Consumer Trends: Spring is the Time for Strawberries

March 25, 2013 12:00 pm

Spring brings an abundance of fresh California strawberries to stores and markets, just in time for National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Adding more fresh and frozen strawberries to your diet is an easy way to maintain your commitment to good nutrition this month and every month.

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Salmon Recalled amid Listeria Scare

March 25, 2013 9:36 am

Central-Epicure brand Smoked Atlantic Salmon has been recalled because it may be contaminated with Listeria bacteria. The affected product was sold in Ontario and Quebec in 100 gram packages with a best before date of Mar. 26 (UPC 0 61279 21200 6).

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Pa. House Passes Bill Phasing Out State Liquor Stores

March 25, 2013 9:33 am | by MARK SCOLFORO,Associated Press

A Republican plan to phase out Pennsylvania's 600 state-operated liquor stores and raise millions in revenue by selling licenses to private businesses passed the House easily Thursday and was sent to the Senate. The 105-90 vote after about seven hours of debate was a victory for members of the majority Republican caucus and their ally, GOP Gov. Tom Corbett. Five Republicans and no Democrats crossed party lines.

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Calif. Farmers Convert Beets to Ethanol

March 25, 2013 9:31 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Amid the vast almond orchards and grape fields that surround Five Points in California's Central Valley, a crop that has nearly disappeared from the state's farms is making a comeback: sugar beets. But these beets won't be processed into sugar. A dozen farmers, supported by university experts and a $5 million state grant, are set to start construction of a Fresno County demonstration plant that will convert the beets into ethanol.

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Horse Shooting Highlights Slaughter Debate

March 25, 2013 9:28 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

An Internet video that shows a meat company employee swearing at animal activists before shooting a horse in the head highlights the increasing emotional intensity of the national debate over whether a New Mexico plant should be allowed to resume domestic horse slaughter.

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Coca-Cola: No ‘Kosher for Passover’ Coke in Calif.

March 25, 2013 9:26 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola may be missing from Passover feasts for the second year in a row in California. The Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday it once again won't be able to make "kosher for Passover" versions of its flagship cola this year because of manufacturing changes that were made in the state.

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Photo of the Day: From Beets to Biofuel

March 25, 2013 9:24 am

Farmers in central California hope to build the nation's first commercial-scale bio-refinery in nearby Mendota, Calif., to turn beets into biofuel. Europe already has more than a dozen such plants, but most ethanol in the United States is made from corn.

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Fighting to Reclaim Manufacturing in America

March 25, 2013 9:22 am | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists

The U.S. manufacturing industry is still a global juggernaut; producing 18.2 percent of all manufactured goods which tops the list globally (still over half a percent more than China). But  "dominant" would be one of the last terms to sum up the past fifteen years of  U.S. manufacturing, despite our strong presence.

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Daily Sound Bite: Filmed Horse Slaying Has Some Outraged

March 22, 2013 12:28 pm

An employee of a New Mexico slaughterhouse has posted a video of himself shooting a horse in the head, which has sparked nationwide outrage. Rick De Los Santos, co-owner of the plant where the incident occurred, has been fielding calls and even death threats, but he denies involvement in the incident.

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Ex-NFL Star Seeks Change in Mass. Wine Law

March 22, 2013 12:24 pm | by BOB SALSBERG,Associated Press

Former New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe is urging Massachusetts lawmakers to end a ban on direct wine shipments to consumers. Bledsoe now operates a winery in Washington state. He said Thursday the prohibition on direct wine shipments has prevented him from selling his wine to fans in the Bay State.

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Hawaii Senate Tables GMO Bill

March 22, 2013 12:23 pm | by ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,Associated Press

The agricultural industry has won a victory in the Hawaii Senate. The Hawaii Senate committees on agriculture, consumer protection and health agreed Thursday to table a proposal that would have required labels on imported genetically modified food.

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Beekeepers Sue EPA To Ban Pesticide

March 22, 2013 12:20 pm | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

In the suit, filed by the Center for Food Safety in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the group asks the EPA to suspend the use of insecticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam — known as "neonicotinoids," a class of chemicals that act on the central nervous system of insects.

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PepsiCo Says It Doesn’t Need a Big Acquisition

March 22, 2013 12:18 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. issued a statement Friday saying it doesn't see the need for any major acquisitions after a newspaper report suggested activist investor Nelson Peltz could push for a merger between the snack-and-soda giant and Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International.

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Ore. Lawmakers Weigh GMO Bills

March 22, 2013 12:16 pm | by LAUREN GAMBINO,Associated Press

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Thursday on several bills to require labels on genetically modified food and prohibit importing genetically modified fish. Supporters say consumers should know what kind of food they are buying at the grocery store, and genetically engineered fish threaten Oregon's native fish.

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