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Fruit Traders Protest In Sri Lanka Over Transport Rule

December 14, 2011 3:56 am

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of produce traders protested for a third day in Sri Lankan streets Wednesday, halting business at the capital's central market over a new rule changing how they transport their goods. At least 24 people have been hurt and 83 arrested in the protests over a rule that fruit and vegetables be transported in plastic baskets rather than sacks.

Survey: Shoppers Expect Discounts

December 14, 2011 3:53 am | by Smarter, Efficient Shoppers Focus on Consumer Product Purchases

NEW YORK (Deloitte) — Excitement over unexpected in-store deals has diminished as discounted prices become an anticipated part of the consumer products shopping experience, according to the Deloitte/Harrison Group annual American Pantry Survey. For nearly one-third (30 percent) of consumers, at least seven of 10 items in their shopping cart is discounted.

New Meaning Of 'Cash Crop'

December 14, 2011 3:51 am
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Coca-Cola Spends $980M For Half Of Saudi Company

December 14, 2011 3:49 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. is buying roughly half of Saudi Arabia's Aujan Industries for $980 million, pairing the U.S. soda giant with one of the Middle East's top independent beverage companies. Under the terms of the deal announced Wednesday, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola will get a 50 percent stake in the part of Aujan that holds rights to the company's brands, and 49 percent of its distribution company.

Photo Of The Day: Fi Excellence Award Winners Announced

December 14, 2011 3:43 am | by The Fi Excellence Awards winners are:

PARIS, France (PRNewswire) — Food Ingredients Europe & Natural Ingredients, in its 25th edition, announced the winners of the Fi Excellence Awards. The Awards, organized every two years, rewarded the major innovations in the food industry in six categories, as well as 'The Most Innovative Food Ingredient', the overall winner of the Fi Excellence Awards.

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Consumer Trends: 94% Of Wine Drinkers Prefer Natural Cork

December 13, 2011 9:27 am

December 16, 2011 REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. (PRNewswire) — Natural cork remains the overwhelming choice for U.S. wine drinkers because it conveys higher quality than alternative closures, according to a recent survey by Tragon Corp., the Company announced today. According to the survey, 94 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to purchase wine with natural cork.

Consumer Trends: Convenience Stores Gaining On Fast Food

December 13, 2011 9:21 am

CHICAGO, Ill. (PRNewswire) — As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on their most recent convenience store foodservice purchase, 27 percent indicated that if they had not bought their meal from the convenience store in question, they would have purchased it from a fast-food restaurant.

Consumer Trends: A Very Boozy Holiday Season

December 13, 2011 9:10 am

DENVER, Colo. (PRNewswire) — Newly released data that looks at the drinking patterns of more than 200,000 criminal offenders monitored 24/7 for alcohol consumption shows that even when Big Brother is watching, drinking increases nearly 27% between Thanksgiving and January 2nd. Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.

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Employers Posted Fewer Jobs In October

December 13, 2011 8:34 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in October, a modest decline from a three-year high hit in the previous month. Companies and governments posted 3.3 million jobs in October, down from 3.4 million in September, the Labor Department said. October's level was the second highest in the past three years.

United Natural Foods Achieves LEED Gold Certification

December 13, 2011 8:30 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (PRNewswire) —  United Natural Foods, Inc. today announced it has received LEED® Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Lancaster, Texas distribution center.  Demonstrating a long term dedication to sustainability and the environment, this is the Company's fourth LEED® certification.

Study: Increasing Whole Grains May Up Calories, Too

December 13, 2011 8:26 am

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (PRNewswire) — The terms whole grains and fiber cause a "whole lot" of confusion and can add up to a "whole lot" of calories for consumers looking to increase the fiber in their diets. According to a three-part series examining fiber in Nutrition Today, consumers who eat more whole-grain foods to up their fiber intake could increase their calories by more than 1,200 per day unless they carefully read the Nutrition Facts label and choose higher-fiber versions of the foods they already eat.

Cargill Workers May Be Recalled

December 13, 2011 8:19 am

December 13, 2011 SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — About 50 remaining laid off workers at Cargill Inc. in Springdale may be recalled by Christmas, a company official said. "We hope to resume ground turkey production in Springdale before the holidays, just as soon as we get the final go-ahead from the appropriate authorities," Cargill spokesman Michael Martin told the Springdale Morning News for a story published Tuesday.

Wine, Beer Options Would Expand In Pa. Bill

December 13, 2011 8:17 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The options in Pennsylvania for people to buy wine and beer from private retailers would expand under a bill approved Tuesday by a state House panel that also would keep the state-controlled liquor stores open. Republicans, who supported the bill in a party-line vote, called it the only privatization legislation that has won a committee vote in Pennsylvania since Prohibition.

Distiller Donates Spuds To The Needy

December 13, 2011 4:14 am

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine vodka and gin company is donating potatoes used in its distilling process to help the needy. Maine Distilleries says it will donate one pound of potatoes to food banks in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for every bottle of its Cold River vodka and gin sold in those states during the first three months next year.

Farmers Have One Of Best Years Ever

December 13, 2011 4:12 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois farmer made so much money this year he made loan payments on one tractor a year in advance and exchanged some older ones for newer models. An Iowa farmer upgraded his combine and also paid off debt, while an elderly Oregon farmer poured into retirement funds a bundle of his $2 million take from a well-timed sale of much of his turf and equipment.

Tracing Oysters From Gulf To Plate

December 13, 2011 4:08 am

(GSMFC) — Have you ever looked at an oyster and thought it was high tech?   Well, it’s happening. The latest electronic technology is being applied to following that oyster—on the half shell, in a po-boy, or in some sumptuous seafood gumbo—from the Gulf of Mexico to your table.

Sara Lee Buys CoffeeCompany

December 13, 2011 4:03 am

UTRECHT, The Netherlands (PRNewswire) — Sara Lee Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire CoffeeCompany, a leading Dutch cafe store operator where KRC Capital is a major shareholder. With this acquisition Sara Lee will boost its branding platform and strengthen its presence in the growing segment of young out-of-home coffee consumers.

Chinese Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips

December 13, 2011 4:00 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — A group of more than 100 Chinese fishermen filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking compensation from ConocoPhillips China, blaming oil spills from some of its offshore wells for damage to their sea cucumber catches. The fishermen are seeking 490 million yuan ($78 million) from the energy giant, which operates offshore wells in China's northeastern Bohai Bay along with state-run CNOOC, said their lawyer, Zhang Jingwei of the Beijing Yingke Law Firm.

Photo Of The Day: Farmers Have Banner Year

December 13, 2011 3:55 am

(AP) In a photo taken Oct. 31, 2011, central Illinois farmer Dale Hadden feeds his Angus beef cattle on the family farm near Jacksonville, Ill. Hadden's farming operation is doing especially well this year for any of a number of reasons and will use this as an opportunity to funnel some of these profits into new machinery and paying off some land.

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Consumer Trends: Shocking State Of Global Food Inequality

December 12, 2011 10:34 am

SEATTLE, Wash. (PRNewswire) — A huge disparity in world food consumption has been revealed in new study that shows the countries that consume the least amount of calories in fact spend the most on food. The new data visualization developed by FoodServiceWarehouse.com , analyzes the daily calorie consumption for the top twenty and bottom twenty food consuming countries in the world and compared this to the average percent of income spent on food.

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