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Howard Buffett Takes On Hunger In America

April 19, 2012 1:17 pm | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, wants to enlist fellow food producers in a new campaign to fight hunger in rural America. Buffett and other organizers planned to announce the "Invest an Acre" initiative Thursday. It will encourage farmers around the nation to donate profits from the sale of 1 acre's crop to the charity Feeding America, which will use the money to support food banks in rural communities where advocates say malnutrition is a serious — if often overlooked — scourge.

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Yum Brands 1Q Income Rises 73 Percent

April 19, 2012 1:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, said Wednesday its first-quarter net income rose 73 percent due to a successful combo — continuing strong overseas sales packaged with a rebounding U.S. performance led by its once-struggling Taco Bell business.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Habits Of Health-Conscious Americans

April 19, 2012 1:11 pm

A new study reveals that 74 percent of  health-conscious consumers visited a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days.   

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Starbucks To Phase Out Bug Coloring In Products

April 19, 2012 1:06 pm

In response to consumer pressure, Starbucks announced it will replace cochineal coloring derived from crushed bugs and instead use a tomato-based ingredient to color several products, including its strawberry Frappuccinos.

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NCBA: Livestock Production Mandate Compromises Animal Welfare

April 19, 2012 9:54 am

During a briefing hosted by Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), congressional staff learned about multiple voluntary, producer-led animal care programs and about the concerns farmers and ranchers have with legislation introduced in the House that would mandate strict on-farm production practices.

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Heineken 1Q Earnings Rise

April 19, 2012 9:51 am

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says both sales and earnings rose in the first quarter, due to a combination of growth and one-time gains.

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Study: Promoting Health At Work Reduces Absenteeism

April 19, 2012 9:49 am

Workers participating in a "comprehensive" workplace promotion program had a one-fifth reduction in absenteeism during the first year, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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Ark. Farmers Grow New Soybean For U.S. Market

April 19, 2012 9:46 am

Arkansas farmers plant about 3.3 million acres of soybeans each year, and the business may become more lucrative thanks to a new soybean variety developed by a professor with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

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Kellogg's Promotes Breakfast In Olympics Campaign

April 19, 2012 9:45 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Business Writer

The food maker's campaign, tagged "From Great Starts Come Great Things," kicks off on Wednesday, 100 days before the Olympics are to begin in London. The push includes videos on Facebook, Olympic-themed packaging on a products and athlete sponsorships, all centered on breakfast. Kellogg's makes breakfast food including Corn Flakes and Special K cereal, Eggo Waffles and Nutri-Grain bars.

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Photo Of The Day: Dum Dums Unveils New Packaging

April 19, 2012 9:41 am

The Dum Dums® product line has begun a package graphics transition that will complete in mid-2012.  The updated artwork incorporates a new logo and graphics bringing more emphasis to the iconic Dum Dums brand and its core attributes of flavor variety, value and fun.

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Judge Asked To Approve BP Oil Spill Settlement

April 18, 2012 12:59 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys on Wednesday presented a federal judge with the formal terms of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Pfizer May Sell Infant-Nutrition Division To Nestle

April 18, 2012 12:57 pm

Pfizer Inc. is near a deal to sell its infant-nutrition business to the Swiss food conglomerate Nestle SA for $9 billion, according to a report Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. Nestle appears to be beating out a joint bid from Groupe Danone and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. The deal would be one of the largest this year and could be announced as early as next week, according to the Journal report, which cited sources familiar with the matter who were not named.

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ConAgra Acquiring Tennessee Pride

April 18, 2012 12:55 pm

ConAgra Foods Inc. says it's acquiring Odom's Tennessee Pride, the nation's second largest producer of frozen breakfast sandwiches. Omaha-based ConAgra announced its plans on Tuesday, which include the company's facilities in Little Rock, Ark., and Dickson, Tenn., and its headquarters office in Madison, Tenn. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Mo. Bill Would Criminalize Undercover Farm Videos

April 18, 2012 12:53 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB,Associated Press

The Missouri House endorsed legislation Tuesday that would make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at livestock farms or other agricultural facilities.

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Court Sides With Hormel Over Food Lost In '08 Flood

April 18, 2012 12:51 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A federal court on Tuesday ordered an Iowa warehouse operator to pay Hormel Foods Corp. more than $4 million to cover losses to its products caused by flooding in 2008, one day after a jury ruled in favor of the food processing company.

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Consumer Trends: 15 Percent Of Dieters Concerned About Salt Intake

April 18, 2012 12:47 pm

Consumers are interested in healthy eating more than ever, and Mintel's research reveals that approximately half (52%) of American adults are currently "watching" their diet. And while 60% report dieting because they want to lose weight, some 15% of dieters claim to be doing so at least in part because of concerns about "salt intake."

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Ocean Spray Breaks Ground On Juice Plant

April 18, 2012 10:06 am

Ocean Spray broke ground Tuesday on a new $110 million juice bottling plant outside Allentown, which will replace its aging plant in Bordentown, N.J. Officials from Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. and Pennsylvania's economic development agency participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the 315,000-square-foot plant in Upper Macungie Township.

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Danone's Sales Grow To $6.6 Billion

April 18, 2012 10:03 am

French dairy company Danone says its revenue grew 7.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, driven by strong sales in Asia.

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Court Blocks Gov't Rule On Union Posters

April 18, 2012 10:01 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the National Labor Relations Board from making millions of businesses put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.

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Seafood Mislabeling Widespread In LA

April 18, 2012 9:59 am

Widespread mislabeling of fish in the Los Angeles area may mean sushi lovers aren't biting into a piece of snapper when they order it at restaurants, according to a report released Monday by an environmental advocacy group.

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