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Snyder’s Lance CEO to Retire in May

January 14, 2013 12:42 pm

Pretzel maker Snyder's-Lance said Monday that it is promoting its president and COO Carl Lee to lead the company, as CEO David Singer plans to retire in May. Singer will step down after the snack food company's annual shareholder meeting on May 3.


Case Sheds Light on Inner Workings of Maple Leaf Foods

January 14, 2013 12:39 pm | by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

The CEO of Maple Leaf Foods has been ordered to pay his ex-wife $175,000 a month in interim spousal support after an Ontario judge struck down parts of a marriage contract meant to keep the family's wealth within the bloodline. The case lays bare intimate details of the McCain's marriage and lavish lifestyle, as well as the inner workings of one of Canada's largest food empires.


Thought of the Day: Coke Gets Serious About Obesity

January 14, 2013 12:37 pm

New ads by Coca-Cola, the world's No. 1 beverage company, will address obesity. The two-minute ads will air during prime time on major networks and will coincide with the company's pledge to provide more diet options at soda fountains across the country.


ConAgra Names New Lamb Weston President

January 14, 2013 12:35 pm

Lamb Weston, the ConAgra-owned company that operates a sweet potato processing plant near Delhi, will have a new boss in February. ConAgra Foods has announced Greg Schlafer will join the company on Feb. 25 as president of its Lamb Weston frozen potato business.


Judge Approves Dempsey Purchase of Tully’s Coffee

January 14, 2013 12:32 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,Associated Press

The auction for the beleaguered Tully's Coffee chain concluded Friday in federal bankruptcy court, with a judge approving the sale to an ownership group led by actor Patrick Dempsey. Dempsey had claimed victory last week after bidding concluded, but a company that teamed up with Starbucks to make an offer for Tully's filed an objection.


Drought Cut Corn Crop by 25 Percent

January 14, 2013 12:29 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

The final report on the 2012 growing season showed farmers harvested 10.78 billion bushels of corn, less than three-fourths of what the agency predicted last spring. Corn was the crop hardest hit by the drought that settled in just as the plants were maturing.


Consumer Trends: Obesity Crisis Ignites Individual Rights Debate

January 14, 2013 12:26 pm | by LIZ SIDOTI,Associated Press

Where does government's duty to protect its people end and an individual's right to choose begin? And when someone's choice impacts society, how far is too far? These questions are at the core of the national conversation over America's obesity epidemic, a private issue that's become more public as rates rise and stress our healthcare system.


NY Birds Eye Plant Sold

January 14, 2013 9:55 am

A company that has purchased the closed Birds Eye plant in central New York plans to open a food-processing facility that will employ 183 people. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that the plant was purchased last week by a real estate holding company. New York is giving the company up to $1 million in Excelsior tax credits in exchange for a commitment to create 183 jobs.


ADM Restarts Illinois Plant After Explosion

January 14, 2013 9:53 am

Archer Daniels Midland has restarted operations at a corn processing plant in Illinois two days after an explosion forced the facility's closure. ADM spokeswoman Jackie Anderson said Friday that the company plans to be back at full production in Peoria by Saturday.


With Almonds’ Rising Revenues, Land Values Soar

January 14, 2013 9:51 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

California's almond industry, which grows about 80 percent of the global almond supply and 100 percent of the domestic supply, has seen dramatic growth — powered by strong demand from new money-spending middle classes in India and China. The growth has prompted a rush for almond-growing land and pushed almond land values through the roof.


Flowers Foods to Buy Hostess Bread Brands

January 14, 2013 9:48 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess has found a new home for its most popular breads, including the iconic Wonder bread. The bankrupt maker of Twinkies, Devil Dogs and other snack cakes said late Friday that it selected bids by rival bakery Flower Foods Inc. to buy six of its bread brands for $390 million.


Coca-Cola to Address Obesity in Ads

January 14, 2013 9:43 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola became one of the world's most powerful brands by equating its soft drinks with happiness. Now it's taking to the airwaves for the first time to address a growing cloud over the industry: obesity. The company on Monday will begin airing a two-minute spot during the highest-rated shows on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.


Photo of the Day: The Highly-Prized Almond

January 14, 2013 9:40 am

In 2011, for the first time ever, the value of the California almond crop surpassed the state’s iconic grape industry to move into second place, behind dairy — making almond producing land one of the highest priced and most sought-after in the region. The demand for almonds is driven largely by the newly-minted money-spending middle classes in China and India.

Seafood Company Recalls Salmon for Listeria

January 11, 2013 12:44 pm

Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC announced it has removed from sale several varieties of smoked salmon due to possible contamination by listeria. Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis.


USDA Crop Report to Show Drought Impact

January 11, 2013 12:38 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is releasing its final crop report for 2012, providing a glimpse of what last year's drought cost the nation's farmers and others. The report covers a number of crops, but attention will likely focus on corn production.


Court to Decide Tully’s Sale to Patrick Dempsey

January 11, 2013 12:36 pm

The auction for beleaguered coffee company Tully's will likely conclude Friday in federal bankruptcy court, with an ownership group led by actor Patrick Dempsey in position to take over the chain. But Starbucks isn't' out of the running.


Sunland Rehiring Some Employees

January 11, 2013 12:34 pm

The country's largest organic peanut butter processor linked to a national salmonella outbreak has hired back some of its employees. KRQE-TV reports that Sunland Inc. in Portales hired back the employees after getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration to allow its processing plant to get back up and running.


Consumer Trends: Restaurant Chains Ease off on Menu Price Hikes

January 11, 2013 12:18 pm

Chain restaurants, battered by value-hungry customers and rising commodity prices, are showing little appetite for significant menu price increases, according to a new survey of industry executives conducted by SpenDifference, a supply chain co-op that helps restaurants save money.


Unemployment Aid Applications Tick up to 317K

January 11, 2013 9:32 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, the latest sign of slow but consistent gains in the job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 371,000, the most in five weeks. The previous week's total was revised lower.


Burger King in China to Serve Pepsi, Not Coke

January 11, 2013 9:31 am

Diners who go to a Burger King in China can now expect to be served Pepsi, rather than the Coke they get at the fast-food chain in the United States. PepsiCo Inc. says it struck a deal to serve its drinks at Burger King in China for the first time, taking over a deal the chain had with the Coca-Cola Co.



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