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Candy Factory Fire Not As Severe As First Feared

February 3, 2012 12:31 pm

A landmark candy factory in southwestern Pennsylvania caught fire, but the owner and fire officials said damage was not as severe as first feared and that the business will likely reopen sometime next week. The fire at Sarris Candies in Canonsburg was reported about 7 a.m. Friday.


Consumer Trends: Americans View Prepackaged Diet Meals As Unhealthy

February 3, 2012 12:27 pm

Many Americans have seen commercials or advertisements for low carb, low fat, prepackaged diet meals that are available in grocery stores or for delivery to their home to help them lose weight. Poll Position wanted to know if consumers thought these diet programs were healthy and sustainable.


Green Mountain Coffee Brews 1Q Success

February 3, 2012 9:54 am

The company that aims to get people brewing their coffee one cup at a time said late Wednesday that fiscal first-quarter revenue more than doubled to $1.16 billion, and net income surged to $104 million from $2.4 million.


Indiana Liquor Law Could Crimp Super Bowl Parties

February 3, 2012 9:51 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

Indiana is among a handful that ban carryout liquor sales on Sundays, even with the NFL's most-celebrated spectacle on the schedule. The nation's few remaining blue laws are mostly in the South and Midwest and tend to limit liquor or car sales on Sundays. The name is believed to have derived either from 18th century usage of the word "blue" to disparage those with puritanical beliefs or from an early set of rules in New Haven, Conn., that were printed on blue paper.


Mild Weather Helps Storm-Battered Farms Recover

February 3, 2012 9:46 am | by GEORGE M. WALSH,Associated Press

After being battered by flooding last year, farmers across the Northeast and Midwest can at least be thankful that a relatively warm and largely snowless winter has made it easier to get started healing their rutted and debris-strewn lands.


American Crystal Union To Fight U.S. Sugar Program

February 3, 2012 9:44 am

The union representing locked-out employees at American Crystal Sugar. Co. plans to lobby against the federal sugar program in Congress, breaking a tradition of fighting for the program alongside farmers and the company.


FDA Finds Fungicide In Domestic Orange Juice

February 3, 2012 9:41 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration says it has confirmed low levels of an illegal fungicide in orange juice samples taken from Florida manufacturers. The FDA says the fungicide is far below dangerous levels, the juice is safe to drink and the orange juice won't be recalled from stores or destroyed. The juice tested was mixed with product from Brazil, where the fungicide carbendazim is used. 


Photo Of The Day: Storm-Ravaged Farms Find Relief In Mild Winter

February 3, 2012 9:37 am

After being battered by flooding last year, farmers across the Northeast and Midwest can at least be thankful that a relatively warm and largely snowless winter has made it easier to get started healing their rutted and debris-strewn lands.


Worker Productivity Growth Slowed In 4Q

February 2, 2012 1:09 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

Workers were more efficient in the final three months of last year, although their gains in productivity slowed from the previous quarter. Slower productivity growth can be a good sign for hiring if economic growth picks up. The Labor Department said Thursday that worker productivity rose at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the October-December quarter. That's below a downwardly revised 1.9 percent in the previous quarter.


Napa Winemakers Campaign For Truthful Labeling

February 2, 2012 1:03 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

Napa Valley wine producers will go a long way to protect their good name, all the way to Thailand if necessary. That's the latest country which has awarded Geographic Indication status to Napa wine, which means they've agreed not to allow sales of wine labeled "Napa" if the grapes inside aren't from that California region. 


23 Sick From Raw Milk

February 2, 2012 1:00 pm

The number of people in Pennsylvania and Maryland stricken with illness after consuming raw milk from the same farm has risen to 23, health officials in the two states said Wednesday. Maryland health officials also said laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the bacteria, Campylobacter jejuni, that causes the illness in two unopened samples purchased from the Family Cow farm in Chambersburg. Pennsylvania officials said their tests had not yet yielded results.


Vending Company CFO Accused Of $3M Pepsi Fraud

February 2, 2012 12:55 pm

The chief financial officer of a vending company was a key player in a conspiracy to defraud Pepsi Bottling Group of nearly $3 million over a 10-year period, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday. Joseph Belasco was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, five counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering. If he's convicted, he could be sentenced to 20 years in prison for each count and ordered to pay fines totaling $1.75 million and to forfeit an additional $4 million.


Consumer Trends: Women’s Shifting Mindset Around Nutrition

February 2, 2012 12:39 pm

Despite decades of difference, women ages 19 to 59 all have one thing in common: during the next ten years, snacking will drive their food intake and become an accepted nutritional practice in their daily life. This forecast comes from The Power of Snacking: The Next Decade of Women’s Changing Nutrition, which examines women’s changing mindsets around snacking, the underlying driving forces, and the roadmap for how, when and why women will choose snacking over meals for themselves and their families.


Colo. Considers Trans Fat Ban In Schools

February 2, 2012 9:53 am | by KRISTEN WYATT,Associated Press

The nation's leanest state is taking aim at junk food in school cafeterias as it considers the nation's toughest school trans-fat ban. A Colorado House committee was scheduled to hear a bill Thursday to forbid any trans-fat in school food — not just the food served through regular cafeteria lunches. 


$100M Cheese Plant To Be Built In South Dakota

February 2, 2012 9:49 am

The South Dakota city of Brookings is getting a $100 million cheese plant that could eventually employ up to 400 workers. Chicago-based Bel Brands USA on Tuesday said it plans to begin construction this summer on its third cheese plant in the United States. The company also considered sites in Iowa, Idaho and Michigan for the plant to complement existing facilities in Wisconsin and Kentucky.


Hershey Income Rises Despite Higher Costs

February 2, 2012 9:46 am

The Hershey Co. said Wednesday that net income rose 5 percent in the fourth quarter, despite higher ingredients costs. The Pennsylvania chocolate maker said net income climbed to $142.1 million, or 62 cents a share, from $135.5 million, or 59 cents a share.


Cuban Imports From U.S. Drop Sharply

February 2, 2012 9:43 am

Cuban imports from the United States fell sharply in 2010 while the country increasingly turned to trade with key ally Venezuela, according to newly released government statistics. Cuba's National Statistics Office said the island imported $410 million from the U.S. in 2010, most in food products.


Lawmakers, Businesses Debate Kan. Immigration Plan

February 2, 2012 9:39 am | by JOHN HANNA,Associated Press

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs.


Kellogg 4Q Income Jumps

February 2, 2012 9:35 am

Cereal maker Kellogg Co. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter net income rose 23 percent as its investments in its supply chain paid off and higher revenue from North America helped offset weakness elsewhere.


Photo Of The Day: Banning Trans Fats In Schools

February 2, 2012 9:32 am

Junk food in school cafeterias has been under attack for years. Now Colorado is considering the nation's toughest ban on unhealthy fats in school foods, a ban that could endanger pizza, french fries and other childhood faves.



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