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'Occupy Chile' Seeks To Protect New Mexico's Chile Seeds

December 5, 2011 3:52 am

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — The distinct flavor of chile peppers from the U.S. state of New Mexico has been adopted by palates as far away as Korea. But some are worried about the future of the crop. Labor costs, relentless plant diseases and competition from cheap imports have combined to put the chile industry in a steep decline.

ConAgra Acquires National Pretzel

December 5, 2011 3:49 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Food maker ConAgra Foods Inc. said Friday that it completed its acquisition of pretzel maker National Pretzel Co. from Brookstone Holdings. The deal was announced in November. Financial terms were not disclosed. ConAgra gets all the assets of National Pretzel including the HK Anderson and Shultz labels, three bakeries and 700 employees.

Photo Of The Day: Coca-Cola Nixes White Cans

December 5, 2011 3:46 am

This undated image provided by Coca-Cola Co. shows the company's limited-edition white can, left, and red can, right. The company is bringing back its red cans after the limited-edition white can drew complaints from some Coke drinkers. The world’s largest beverage maker announced in October that it was turning its iconic red cans white as part of a campaign to protect polar bears and their habitats.

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Wasel Appointed President For Atlas Copco Quality Air Division

December 2, 2011 10:03 am

WILRIJK, BELGIUM (Atlas Copco) — Horst Wasel, currently President of the Specialty Rental division within Atlas Copco Compressor Technique, has been appointed President of the recently created Quality Air division, effective January 1, 2012. “Horst has a vast experience in air and gas treatment from his previous functions in a customer center, in the Specialty Rental division and Gas and Process product companies.

Grape Tomatoes Recalled For Salmonella

December 2, 2011 4:09 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis-based produce company Front Row Produce is recalling some grape tomatoes that could potentially be contaminated with salmonella. Front Row Produce says it is recalling 10-ounce pint and 10-pound bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus of Mission, Texas.

Maker's Mark In Trademark Dispute Over Wax Seal

December 2, 2011 4:06 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The red wax seal atop a Maker's Mark bottle makes the bourbon stand out on store shelves. Whether the bourbon company can keep that distinction is up to a panel of three federal judges. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday stepped into the sticky arguments over whether Maker's Mark can keep a trademark on the wax seal and enforce an injunction stopping any other liquor company from using a similar top.

Hershey School Sued For Rejecting HIV-positive Boy

December 2, 2011 4:03 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia-area teenager claims in a discrimination lawsuit that a private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company violated federal anti-discrimination laws by denying him admission because he is HIV-positive. The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit on behalf of the unidentified boy in U.

Judge Approves Del Monte Settlement

December 2, 2011 4:00 am

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — A judge gave approval Thursday for an $89.4 million settlement between Del Monte Corp. shareholders on one side and the food maker and Barclays Capital Inc. on the other over Del Monte's $4 billion buyout. Investors led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

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Juice Group Responds To Arsenic Study

December 2, 2011 3:56 am

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire) — In response to a Consumer Reports study , released Wednesdsay, which claims the Food and Drug Administration allows a dangerous amount of arsenic in apple juice, the Juice Products Association has released the following statement: Juice is safe for consumers of all ages.

Photo Of The Day: Farmers Fear New Child Labor Rules

December 2, 2011 3:44 am

In this photo taken on Nov. 30, 2011, Stetson Meyer, 14, feeds sows on a hog farm, with his brother Shane Meyer Jr., 16, working in the rear, near Beatrice in southeast Nebraska. The U.S. Labor Department is proposing new rules for child farm workers that would keep many from driving tractors, using big equipment and working with livestock.

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Ex-NBA Star Unveils New Wine For Chinese Market

December 1, 2011 4:10 am

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Former NBA star Yao Ming hopes his 7-foot star power combined with China's thriving wine market will help his new vintage score a slam dunk with Chinese connoisseurs. The recently retired Houston Rockets center on Monday released the first-ever bottles of his new Yao Ming-branded wine.

Ralcorp 4Q Earnings Fall On Charges

December 1, 2011 4:08 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ralcorp Holdings Inc. posted a fourth-quarter loss Tuesday as the food maker was dragged down by plant closure, hedging and impairment charges. The St. Louis-based company, which makes Post cereal and a variety of store-brand foods, reported a loss of $370.1 million, or $6.

FDA Considers Cracking Down On Arsenic In Juice

December 1, 2011 4:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is considering tightening restrictions for the levels of arsenic allowed in apple juice after consumer groups pushed the agency to crack down on the contaminant. Studies show that apple juice has generally low levels of arsenic, and the government says it is safe to drink.

Happy Meal Toys Live On After San Francisco Ban

December 1, 2011 3:58 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new city law aimed at making fast food for kids follow nutritional guidelines won't be making Happy Meals healthier, just more expensive — if you want a toy. Beginning Thursday, it will cost an extra dime in San Francisco to get a toy in a Happy Meal — a move one county supervisor called a marketing ploy prompted by the new law.

Gulf Harvesters Offered More Money For BP Damage

December 1, 2011 3:52 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who have reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being offered a more generous settlement package because of lingering uncertainties over the safety of their seafood. On Wednesday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is overseeing payments from a $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the 2010 oil spill, said he would offer shrimpers and crabbers four times their documented losses in 2010 to settle their claims against BP.

Photo Of The Day: McDonald's Skirts Toy Ban

December 1, 2011 3:48 am

In this Nov. 8, 2010 file photo, a Happy Meal is seen at a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco. McDonald's restaurants in San Francisco found a way to comply with a city law that bans free toy giveaways with Happy Meals: charge 10 cents for the toys. San Francisco became the first major U.

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Potato Chip Co. Files For Bankruptcy

November 30, 2011 4:05 am

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Mister Bee Potato Chip Company is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Parkersburg-based Mister Bee didn't list its assets or liabilities in the Chapter 11 petition filed Nov. 21 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Mister Bee President Doug Klein tells WTAP-TV that the company is looking to reorganize and take on a new investor.

Cargill Accused Of Discrimination

November 30, 2011 4:02 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Labor officials have moved to cut off federal contracts held by one of the nation's largest meatpackers, saying it discriminated against women and non-Asians. The U.S. Labor Department claims Cargill Meat Solutions discriminated against more than 4,000 qualified people who applied for entry-level jobs at the company's plant in Springdale, Ark.

Chiquita HQ Moves To N.C. After $22M In Incentives

November 30, 2011 4:00 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Banana giant Chiquita Brands International confirmed Tuesday it will move its global headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte after a North Carolina economic development panel approved an incentives deal worth more than $22 million. The state Economic Investment Committee voted Tuesday in favor of the deal, which includes more than $20 million in state incentives and more than $2 million from local government to bring at least 375 high-paying jobs to North Carolina by 2014.

Sara Lee Partners To Buy Coffee Provider

November 30, 2011 3:56 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Food maker Sara Lee Corp. and its Norwegian joint venture partner Kaffehuset Friele are buying facilities provider ISS A/S' House of Coffee business, part of Sara Lee's plan to focus on international beverages. House of Coffee distributes drinks to offices and institutions in Norway and Denmark.

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