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Consumer Trends: Growth Opportunities In China's Fast Food Market

August 16, 2012 12:40 pm

With the total amount of foreign fast food outlets in China set to break the 50,000 mark this year, up from 48,477 in 2011 and 36,037 in 2006, and 44 percent of Chinese consumers saying that they plan to spend more on fast food in the coming year, the potential for the sector is clear.


Johnsonville Recalls 49K Pounds Of Sausage

August 16, 2012 9:59 am

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is recalling some packages of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese because the product may include pieces of glove.


Nestle Loses Coffee Capsule Battle In Germany

August 16, 2012 9:56 am

Switzerland's Nestle has lost a bid in neighboring Germany to ban the sale generic coffee capsules that can be used in its Nespresso machines.


Great Lakes Apple Harvest Begins Early

August 16, 2012 9:53 am | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

A series of below-freezing nights in April zapped buds that had sprouted during a rare summerlike stretch the previous month, decimating cherries, peaches and other tree fruits. While some apple orchards escaped relatively unscathed, many are producing only a small fraction of their normal output and some are coming up empty.


Starbucks Plans Bigger Juice Plant

August 16, 2012 9:50 am

Starbucks Corp. will open a bigger juice factory in Southern California to fuel the growth of its Evolution Fresh bottled drinks.


Ag Giants Spend Big To Try To Defeat GMO Labeling

August 16, 2012 9:48 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

The nation's largest agribusiness and biotech companies are pouring millions of dollars into California to stop the first-ever initiative to require special labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients, a sign of their determination to keep the measure from sparking a nationwide movement.


Photo Of The Day: Apple Harvest Starts Early

August 16, 2012 9:45 am

Apple-picking, a cherished autumn tradition, is off to an early start in the Northeast and Upper Midwest as growers deal with aftershocks from wacky spring weather that hammered fruit crops.


Constellation Brands To Use Proceeds To Fund Deal

August 15, 2012 1:01 pm

Wine company Constellation Brands plans to use proceeds from a debt offering, coupled with available cash and borrowings under a senior credit facility, to fund its Crown Imports LLC transaction.


Frozen Food Hall Of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

August 15, 2012 12:58 pm

The American Frozen Food Institute and the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association are pleased to announce that the Distinguished Order of Zerocrats has selected three food industry leaders as the 2012 Frozen Food Hall of Fame inductees.


Organic Group Files Complaint Against Formula Makers

August 15, 2012 12:55 pm

The Cornucopia Institute, a not-for-profit policy research organization based in Wisconsin, filed a formal legal complaint with the USDA against several infant formula manufacturers that are adding two synthetic preservatives to certified organic infant formula.


Judge Strikes Down Ky. Ban On Stores Selling Liquor

August 15, 2012 12:51 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

Kentucky's seven-decade old ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, a federal judge ruled.


Operators Of Uninspected Slaughterhouse Arrested

August 15, 2012 12:49 pm

Gelio Hernandez and Angel Busurot were arrested last week as a result of their indictment for engaging in the inhumane slaughter of swine and the sale of uninspected and adulterated swine meat for human consumption.


Consumer Trends: Global Beef Industry Report

August 15, 2012 12:45 pm

A new Q3 report looks at the global beef industry and the production imbalance resulting from the North American drought.


Utah Company Recalls 38,000 Pounds Of Beef

August 15, 2012 9:52 am

A Draper company is recalling more than 38,000 pounds of beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli.


Kan. Dairy To Begin Construction On New Plant

August 15, 2012 9:50 am

A groundbreaking ceremony takes place Thursday in southwestern Kansas for a $20 million dairy ingredient and cheese processing plant. The facility will employ 60 people when it is finished.


U.S. Consumer Prices Flat In July

August 15, 2012 9:49 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in July from June, as a small drop in energy costs offset slightly higher food prices. The consumer price index hasn't changed since March, evidence that the weak economy is keeping inflation in check.

Milk Board Reinstates Mo. Dairy’s Permit

August 15, 2012 9:47 am

A northwest Missouri dairy has resumed operations less than a week after some of its products were recalled by the state Department of Agriculture.


Lawyer Says Feds Are Investigating Cantaloupe Outbreak

August 15, 2012 9:45 am

An attorney for people who say they were sickened by cantaloupe contaminated with listeria says U.S. Attorney's officials are investigating the outbreak.


Photo Of The Day: United States Of Obesity

August 15, 2012 9:43 am

The CDC released its 2011 map showing the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. By state, obesity prevalence ranged from 20.7 percent in Colorado to 34.9 percent in Mississippi in 2011.


Wash. Liquor Sales Fall In June

August 14, 2012 1:00 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Liquor sales declined slightly in June compared with the same month the previous year, after Washington state businesses and consumers stocked up on spirits in advance of price increases with liquor privatization.



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