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Kraft Executive Refuses To Attend Cadbury Probe

March 15, 2011 4:52 am

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers have expressed anger that Kraft Food Inc. Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld has refused to appear for the third time before an inquiry into the U.S. company's takeover of chocolate maker Cadbury. Several lawmakers from the cross-party Business Select Committee on Tuesday grilled three other senior executives, including executive vice president Marc Firestone, about Rosenfeld's absence.

Photo Of The Day: Scenes From Japan's Food Crisis

March 15, 2011 4:37 am

(AP) — A man shops in a convenience store where shelves on food aisles are left empty in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, four days after a powerful earthquake-triggered tsunami hit Japan's east coast. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) (AP) — Meat products are in short supply at a super market Sunday, March 13, 2011 in Tokyo.

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Worker Dies In Pepsi Plant Accident

March 14, 2011 4:56 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One person is dead and another is in the hospital after a crane collapsed at a Pepsi bottling plant in Tampa. Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the collapse happened just before 1 a.m. Friday when a lift system that was undergoing maintenance collapsed on two workers.

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Coffee Linked To Lower Stroke Risk In Women

March 14, 2011 4:54 am

DALLAS (AP) — Women who enjoy a daily dose of coffee may like this perk: It might lower their risk of stroke. Women in a Swedish study who drank at least a cup of coffee every day had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke, compared to those who drank less coffee or none at all. "Coffee drinkers should rejoice," said Dr.

Kellogg CEO's Pay Package Down 23 Percent

March 14, 2011 4:50 am

Kellogg's former CEO, David Mackay, received a pay package valued at $6 million in 2010, his final year at the helm of the world's largest cereal maker, according to a document the company filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That's 23 percent less than the $7.8 million Mackay got in 2009.

80 Rescued From Floating Restaurant

March 14, 2011 4:46 am

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Crews moved a floating restaurant back to shore on Sunday after it partially tore loose from its moorings and stranded more than 80 people on board for hours. By late in the afternoon, the crippled Waterfront restaurant was sitting in the river near a landing, waiting for crews to secure it.

Meat Plant Recalls Mislabeled Jerky

March 14, 2011 4:43 am

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota company is recalling some jerky products because they contain known allergens soy, wheat and milk that are not noted on the label. Old World Meats of Duluth is recalling about 83 pounds of individually packaged hot and teriyaki-flavored red meat jerky products The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the jerky was produced on one of the following dates — Feb.

Photo Of The Day: Brewing Success

March 14, 2011 4:40 am

(AP) — In this Oct. 7, 2010, file photo, a Green Mountain Coffee single-serving brewing cup is seen in a Keurig machine in Montpelier, Vt. Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. say they have reached a deal that will bring single-cup Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea pods to Keurig users.

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Skippy Recall Targets Less Than 3,000 Jars

March 11, 2011 3:46 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that makes Skippy peanut butter says fewer than 3,000 jars possibly contaminated with salmonella made it to store shelves. A spokeswoman for Unilever United States Inc. declined to name the states where the peanut butter ended up on shelves. The recalled jars were distributed to — but not necessarily sold in — 16 states.

Ivory Coast To Seize Unexported Cocoa

March 11, 2011 3:44 am

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — More than $1.5 billion worth of cocoa beans stalled on the piers of the world's largest cocoa producer will be seized by the government if they're not exported by the end of the month, the president of Ivory Coast's cocoa board said. The ultimatum presents an impossible choice to some of the world's largest chocolate producers: either risk breaking European Union sanctions against doing business with sitting president Laurent Gbagbo, or risk having your cocoa beans seized.

Starbucks, Green Mountain Strike Single-Cup Deal

March 11, 2011 3:41 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Corp. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. have reached a deal that will bring single-cup Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea pods to Keurig coffee machines. Starbucks has been looking to beef up its presence in the fast-growing single-cup coffee market and Green Mountain is considered one of its leaders.

Smithfield Foods May Raise Pork Prices

March 11, 2011 3:38 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Smithfield Foods benefited from a large insurance claim recovery in its third quarter, pushing its net income significantly higher as demand for pork continues to rise. But the world's biggest hog producer also said Thursday that it will likely face higher costs over the summer, which will mean higher pork prices for consumers.

Coca-Cola's 4Q Profit Nearly Doubles

March 11, 2011 3:35 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated said Thursday its profit nearly doubled in the fourth quarter as revenue rose while expenses for sales, interest and income taxes fell. The nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler said its net income rose to $3.8 million, or 41 cents per common share, for the last three months of the year from $2 million, or 22 cents per common share, a year ago.

Photo Of The Day: Massive Fish Kill In Calif. Marina

March 11, 2011 3:31 am

(AP) — Dead fish float in the King Harbor area of Redondo Beach, south of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 8, 2011. An estimated million fish turned up dead on Tuesday, puzzling authorities and triggering a cleanup effort. (AP Photo/The Daily Breeze, Brad Graverson) FDA: Agriculture Uses 80 Percent Of U.

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McDonald's Revenue Boosted By European Sales

March 9, 2011 4:09 am

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's says higher global demand, especially in Europe, boosted sales in February. Revenue at company-owned and franchised restaurants open at least 13 months grew 3.9 percent, more slowly than January's 5.3 percent. McDonald's Corp.'s stock fell 88 cents in midday trading to $75.

Starbucks Rolls Out New Logo

March 9, 2011 4:07 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks customers saw something new Tuesday when they sipped their coffee. The Seattle-based company rolled out its new words-free logo Tuesday on all its cups. Signs also changed at a handful of stores, and the new logo will show up on more storefronts in the future.

Boston Beer's Profits Jump 63 Percent

March 9, 2011 4:04 am

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Beer Co. Inc., which brews Samuel Adams beer, said Tuesday its fourth-quarter profit jumped 63 percent, aided by stronger sales and shipments. But the results fell short of Wall Street expectations, sending the company's shares tumbling more than 9 percent, or $8.

Ground Beef Recalled For E. Coli Contamination

March 9, 2011 4:02 am

WASHINGTON (USDA)-- Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, an Arkansas City, Kan., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,158 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Tropicana To Raise Prices On Orange Juice

March 9, 2011 3:57 am

Tropicana says it will raise prices on some of its juices by 4 percent to 8 percent to cope with higher costs it is facing due to cold weather's impact on citrus crops in Florida. The juice maker, which is owned by PepsiCo Inc., is the largest purchaser of Florida fruit and juice. The company said Tuesday that it is coping with two extreme freezes, the coldest December on record and a smaller-than-expected crop for second year in a row.

Photo Of The Day: Starbucks Celebrates 40th

March 9, 2011 3:50 am

(AP) — Starbucks Corp. employees wave for a photograph after CEO Howard Schultz unveiled the company's new logo, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Starbucks' headquarters in Seattle, on the day marking the 40th anniversary of the company. The new logo drops the word "Starbucks," but still features the coffee company's signature "Siren" figure.

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