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Corn, Soybean Prices Climb As Hopes Dim For Rain’s Help

July 26, 2012 12:44 pm | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

Prices for corn and soybeans are climbing as hopes fade that rain can benefit parched crops across the nation's heartland.


Senate Panel Considers National Standards For Hen Cages

July 26, 2012 12:43 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The freedom of a hen to flap its wings and move around became an issue of congressional concern Thursday as a Senate committee discussed legislation to set national standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens.


Taste Testing The New Diet Sodas

July 26, 2012 12:41 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Associated Press asked a panel that included a food blogger and Bruce Bozzi, who heads marketing at The Palm steakhouses, to come to its New York City headquarters to gauge how the latest generation of low-calorie sodas stack up to the originals. The verdict? Soft drink makers have a long way to go.


Consumer Trends: Dining Behavior Impacts Food Sales

July 26, 2012 12:36 pm

Fickle consumer sentiment in retail sales was evident in the June figures for our nation's food and beverage stores. By contrast, some consumers find higher menu prices at dining establishments easier to digest, as this sector saw a recent boost, according to latest figures from the Census Bureau as analyzed by The Food Institute.


USDA: Drought Will Push Up Food Prices In 2013

July 26, 2012 10:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

The drought gripping more than half the country is a major reason why consumers can expect to pay 3 percent to 4 percent more for groceries next year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.


House Acts To Stop Rules For Child Labor On Farms

July 26, 2012 10:04 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House on Tuesday barred the labor secretary from imposing new safety rules for children working on farms, putting a legal stamp on a Labor Department decision to put off action on the rules.


Chefs Boost Diplomacy With Food

July 26, 2012 9:57 am | by SYLVIE CORBET,Associated Press

They feed the powerful and are most at home in the kitchen. But French President Francois Hollande contends that the chefs who cook for the leaders of the world have a behind-the-scenes role at the negotiating tables of international diplomacy.

Western Fires Kill Hundreds Of Cattle

July 26, 2012 9:55 am | by JEFF BARNARD and MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

In areas such as remote Powder River County, Mont., ranchers said they could be grappling with the devastation for years to come as a result of major wildfires that have broken out across the West this summer.


Soda Companies Race For New Sweet Spot

July 26, 2012 9:52 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's top soft drink companies hope to reach an elusive trifecta — a soda with no calories, no artificial sweeteners and no funny aftertaste — that will silence health concerns about soda and reverse the decline in consumption of carbonated drinks. But such a formula could be years away.


Photo Of The Day: Fires Wreak Havoc On Cattle

July 26, 2012 9:44 am

Across the West, major wildfires are wreaking havoc this summer on the region's economically fragile livestock industry. In areas such as remote Powder River County, Mont., ranchers said they could be grappling with the devastation for years to come.


Equipment Lease Finance Industry Confidence Improved In July

July 25, 2012 1:12 pm

Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 51.5, up from the June index of 48.5, and reflects continuing concern over external economic factors and regulatory and political uncertainty.


Political Analysts To Speak At Frozen Foods Convention

July 25, 2012 1:07 pm

Chris Wallace, Donna Brazile and Pat Buchanan will keynote the 2012 National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention in Washington, DC. On October 8 & 9 at the Marriott Wardman Park, they will share their insights on the upcoming 2012 Presidential election.


NRA Says Sugary Drinks Ban Unfairly Targets Restaurants

July 25, 2012 1:03 pm

New York's proposed beverage ban is a misguided and ineffective tactic against obesity and unfairly targets the restaurant industry, the National Restaurant Association told the New York Department of Health in a public hearing on the proposal yesterday.


Pork Board Responds To Video Of Alleged Abuse

July 25, 2012 1:00 pm

The National Pork Board disagrees with the portrayal of pork production shown in a video produced by Mercy for Animals and released last week.


72K Pounds Of Meat Recalled For Listeria

July 25, 2012 12:57 pm

Buona Vita, Inc., a Bridgeton, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 72,510 pounds of various frozen, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with listeria.


Consumer Trends: Shoppers Pay More Attention To Nutrition

July 25, 2012 12:45 pm

Nutrition continues to drive decision making in supermarket aisles across the country, according to Shopping for Health 2012, the 20th in a yearly study released by the Food Marketing Institute and Prevention magazine.


Katy Perry To Endorse Popchips

July 25, 2012 10:03 am

According to a company statement released Wednesday, the pop star has become an investor and representative for the chips. Perry says she'll be its creative partner.


Menu Label Requirements Lead To Healthier Options

July 25, 2012 10:01 am

A new study has evaluated the real-life impact of menu labeling in King County, Washington, after new regulations were implemented, and has found some improvement, although most entrées continue to exceed recommended nutritional guidelines.

Chobani Opening ‘Yogurt Bar’ In NYC

July 25, 2012 9:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The country's top Greek yogurt maker, Chobani, is opening up its first "yogurt bar" in New York City on Wednesday as it looks to strengthen its position in a rapidly growing market. Dannon, a long-time industry giant, also opened up a shop in New York City earlier this month called The Yogurt Culture Company that serves both fresh Greek and traditional varieties.


PepsiCo Profit Falls 21 Percent

July 25, 2012 9:52 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc.'s second-quarter profit fell 21 percent as costs to restructure its business and a stronger dollar ate into results.



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