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Canned Food Important In Obesity-Prevention

May 18, 2012 1:26 pm

Findings from a new Michigan State University (MSU) study released this week, underscored the critical role that canned fruits and vegetables play in helping Americans increase these intakes, regardless of geography or income level. 

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Neb. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Omaha Tax

May 18, 2012 12:55 pm | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday rejected a challenge to Omaha's 2.5 percent dining tax on all restaurants within city limits. The appeal came from two Omaha restaurants and restaurant owner Anthony Fucinaro Jr., who sued to stop the tax, saying it amounts to a sales tax that the city does not have the authority to enact without a referendum.

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Kraft Gets IRS OK For Tax-Free Split

May 18, 2012 12:51 pm

Kraft Foods Inc. said Friday that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service indicated that it will approve the company's plan to spin off a new division in a tax-free split. Kraft plans to split into two companies by the end of the year, one focusing on candy and snacks and the other focusing on grocery products.

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After Bankruptcy Acquisition, Dippin' Dots Plans For International Expansion

May 18, 2012 12:49 pm

Dippin' Dots, LLC, a newly-formed company based in Oklahoma City and funded by private capital, has finalized its acquisition of Dippin' Dots, Inc, the Kentucky-based manufacturer of the popular flash-frozen ice cream. The acquisition closed on Friday after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Louisville, Kentucky approved the purchase earlier this month.

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Officials Detail New Water Quality Initiative

May 18, 2012 12:32 pm | by LINDA STEWART BALL, Associated Press

A national water quality initiative will provide $2.8 million in funding to farmers, ranchers and timberland owners along a major watershed of the Trinity River Basin to encourage conservation practices that will have a positive impact on Texas' rivers, lakes and streams.

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Consumer Trends: Smaller Entrees Equal Higher Veggie Intake For Kids

May 18, 2012 12:00 pm

Focusing on lunch intake over the course of six days, a study varied the sizes of a macaroni and cheese entree, accompanied by as much green bean and applesauce “side dishes” the kids wanted to consume. The result: When the smallest entree portions were served, kids ate 67% more applesauce and 275% more green beans!

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Smucker's In A Jam: Teamsters May Strike

May 18, 2012 10:50 am | by SOURCE Teamsters Local 436

More than 270 Teamsters who work at the J.M. Smucker Company announced today that they may strike the Orrville, Ohio jelly maker.

World Cocoa Foundation Announces $4M Support For West African Farmers

May 18, 2012 10:35 am

The World Cocoa Foundation is launching a $4 million initiative to benefit 35,000 cocoa farmers in three West African countries that are among the world's largest producers of cocoa. The announcement comes as part of the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, taking place alongside the 2012 G8 Summit in Washington.

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Monsanto Pledges $50M Toward African Agricultural Development

May 18, 2012 10:08 am

Monsanto Company's Chairman, President and CEO Hugh Grant Friday will announce the company's support of the New Vision for Agriculture Initiative, the Grow Africa Partnership and the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition through a $50 million commitment over the next ten years to support sustained Africa agricultural development and growth.

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Opponents Make Last Bid To Halt Wash. Liquor Law

May 18, 2012 10:01 am | by MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

Opponents of Washington state's liquor-privatization initiative made a final bid Thursday to invalidate the voter-approved law just two weeks before it is set to take effect.

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Food Policy Splits Along Party Lines

May 18, 2012 10:00 am

FoodMinds' third "Food Temperance in America" survey found that when it comes to food policy issues, there are clear party lines between Democrats and Republicans.

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Photo Of The Day: Frito-Lay Goes Gluten-Free

May 18, 2012 9:50 am

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division today announced a multi-year initiative to validate many of their products as gluten free, with package labeling to follow.

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Calif. City To Vote On Soda Tax

May 17, 2012 1:07 pm

Voters in the San Francisco Bay area city of Richmond will have a chance to vote on a proposal to tax soda and other sugary beverages.

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Minn. Apple Crop Mostly Survives Recent Cold Blast

May 17, 2012 1:06 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

The sudden cold snap that interrupted Minnesota's warm spring five weeks ago doesn't appear to have been as big a disaster for the state's apple crop as first feared, but it still has left some growers hurting and worried.

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University Develops Even Heart-Healthier Oat

May 17, 2012 1:04 pm

University of Wisconsin-Madison plant breeders have developed a new oat variety that’s significantly higher in the compound that makes this grain so cardio-friendly.

Animal Welfare Group Accuses USDA Of Humane Conspiracy

May 17, 2012 1:01 pm

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) today requested a USDA Inspector General audit of the USDA Process Verified Program, which certifies some products as "humanely raised" when in fact they come from animals suffering on conventional, industrial farming operations.

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Boy Finds Finger Piece In Arby's Sandwich

May 17, 2012 12:56 pm

A Michigan teen made a gristly discovery after biting into an Arby's junior roast beef sandwich. Ryan Hart said he had nearly polished off his sandwich last Friday when he bit into something tough to chew that tasted like rubber, so he spit it out. Turns out it tasted like finger. The fleshy pad of an unfortunate employee's finger, apparently.

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Consumer Trends: Food Prices Keep Women From Eating Healthy

May 17, 2012 12:52 pm

Women find many excuses not to eat healthy and many feel bad about it, but according to a new national poll in the June 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, the cost of healthful foods is the top deterrent that keeps 57 percent of women from doing so.

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YouTube Launching Food Channel

May 17, 2012 9:56 am | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

Bruce Seidel is confident the future of food television won't be seen on television. Which is why the Food Network and Cooking Channel veteran has checked out of network TV to oversee the launch of YouTube's latest original content channel, HUNGRY. The channel, which goes live on July 2, is expected to feature a freewheeling blend of how-to and celebrity-driven food videos.

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Smucker’s Teamsters Threaten Strike

May 17, 2012 9:54 am

More than 270 Teamsters who work at the J.M. Smucker Company announced today that they may strike the Orrville, Ohio jelly maker. The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 436 in Cleveland, have been trying to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for months, but Smucker's is insisting on eliminating senior workers' rights, which the company claims is necessary to operate their new plant.

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