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UN: African Growth Hinges On Food Security

May 15, 2012 9:47 am | by JOE MWIHIA,Associated Press

Sub-Saharan African nations will not be able to sustain their accelerated economic growth unless they eliminate hunger, the U.N. said in a report Tuesday. Many sub-Saharan economies are growing fast but the growth rates have not translated into significant hunger reduction, said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.


Kellogg's Unveils Most Significant Brand Update In Company History

May 15, 2012 9:43 am

Kellogg Company today announces a refresh of its iconic, 106-year-old Kellogg's ® brand in the most significant update of its marquee identity in company history.


BPI Laying Off 86 Workers

May 15, 2012 9:38 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

The maker of the beef product dubbed "pink slime" by critics said Monday it was laying off 86 employees from its corporate office in South Dakota, citing what it calls a misinformation campaign about a product that food-industry experts agree is safe.


Photo Of The Day: Creating Food Security In Africa

May 15, 2012 9:35 am

According to a U.N. African Development Report, nearly 218 million people on the African continent are undernourished and 55 million children are malnourished, a figure that is projected to rise. The report says food security can be achieved by several means, including boosting agricultural productivity and creating resilience against natural disasters.


Chorizo Product Recalled For Undeclared Soy

May 14, 2012 1:08 pm

Euro Foods, Inc., which also does business as Citterio USA Corp., a Freeland, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 5,156 pounds of a chorizo product because of misbranding and undeclared soy protein.


PROCESS EXPO And International Dairy Show To Co-Locate In 2013

May 14, 2012 1:04 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) today announced that they have signed an agreement to co-locate PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show in Chicago, beginning in 2013.


W. Va. Food Lab Seeks $8M For Renovations

May 14, 2012 1:01 pm

The West Virginia agency that tests food and farming products says it needs $8 million to renovate its laboratory.


Scallopers May Offer Relief For Yellowtail Fishermen

May 14, 2012 12:59 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Scallopers inevitably snare yellowtail by accident. So regulators trying to protect the struggling species give them a yearly catch quota they can't exceed. But the scallop industry works hard to avoid yellowtail. If they catch below their yellowtail quota, they can transfer what's left over to a fishing industry desperate for it.


Ala. Farmers Cut Back Crops, Cite Illegal Immigration Crackdown

May 14, 2012 12:56 pm | by JAY REEVES,Associated Press

Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.


Coca-Cola Takes Another Swing At Mid-Calorie Sodas

May 14, 2012 12:52 pm

The Coca-Cola Co. is trying mid-calorie sodas again with its Sprite and Fanta. The drinks will be called "Sprite Select" and "Fanta Select" and will have half the calories of regular. They will be made with a blend of sugar and other artificial sweeteners, including Truvia.


Consumer Trends: Most Americans Support Existing Food Biotech Labeling Policy

May 14, 2012 12:49 pm

The International Food Information Council (IFIC) 2012 “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology & Sustainability” survey shows that Americans remain highly supportive of existing federal rules for labeling foods produced through biotechnology and very few cite biotechnology as an information need on the food label.


Krispy Kreme To Open Stores In India

May 14, 2012 10:09 am

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. said Monday that 35 of its stores will open in India over the next five years under a new development deal with franchisee Bedrock Food Co.


Experts: Animal Cruelty Video 'Incredibly Disturbing'

May 14, 2012 10:07 am

"This video was an incredibly disturbing, saddening and horrific example of the worst kind of animal handling," said Dr. Candace Croney of Purdue University. "What I saw is the antithesis of every professional standard for animal care and handling published in any industry guideline or any certification program. I cannot imagine that anyone in the swine industry who considers themselves a responsible actor could support what is seen in that video. The handling of the animals shown is scientifically and morally indefensible."


Wal-Mart Struggles To Rebuild Image Amid Bribery Allegations

May 14, 2012 10:01 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

Accusations of bribery in Mexico highlight how difficult it is for a company as big and powerful as Wal-Mart to dig itself out of a pile of bad publicity. As history shows, the discounter's low-income customers continue to shop at the retailer even when it's having image problems. But the fallout from the latest accusations could become a distraction for the company at a time when it's battling growing competition.


Dakotas Farmers Rebound After Historic Flood

May 14, 2012 9:56 am | by BLAKE NICHOLSON,The Associated Press

Natural disasters ravaged 33 states last year, prompting more than $300 million in federal emergency assistance. The Dakotas were hit by flooding from the Missouri River, which cuts through both states and swelled with heavy rain that fell on top of ground still soaked from a snowy winter. North Dakota also saw historic flooding along the Souris River. Nearly 7 million acres of normally productive cropland went unseeded, about one-fifth of the land typically planted with annual crops in the two states.


ConAgra To Layoff More Than 200 In Mo.

May 14, 2012 9:53 am

A ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Batesville is to layoff between 230 and 250 workers in July when it moves frozen dinner preparation from the facility to Missouri, the company said Friday.


Photo Of The Day: Wal-Mart's Image Issues

May 14, 2012 9:49 am

For years, the world's largest retailer has tried to repair a reputation that's been damaged by decades of criticism and legal troubles. In April 2012, allegations that Wal-Mart paid bribes to officials in Mexico threaten to derail Wal-Mart's attempts to improve its image.


Ky. Governor To Promote Bourbon In Taiwan

May 11, 2012 12:54 pm

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is scheduled to leave Sunday on trade mission to Taiwan where he will promote the sale of bourbon whiskey.


Jones Soda Earnings Fall Flat

May 11, 2012 12:53 pm

Premium soda maker Jones Soda Co. said Thursday that its first-quarter loss was roughly even with last year's as the company cut costs in the face of declining revenue.


Mass. Backs Off Ban On School Bake Sales

May 11, 2012 12:52 pm

Cupcakes, brownies and other baked goodies will be spared the chopping block at Massachusetts schools after Gov. Deval Patrick backed down from planned regulations to prohibit the sale of the treats at bake sales during school hours.



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