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Photo Of The Day: Dreaming Up Ice Cream

November 6, 2012 9:38 am

Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today kicked off its third annual Create Baskin's Next Favorite Flavor Contest, which invites ice cream fans to concoct their own original ice cream flavors using Baskin-Robbins' virtual flavor creator for a chance to have it featured in Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide in 2013. 

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Kraft To Report First Quarterly Results As Stand-Alone Company

November 5, 2012 12:50 pm

Kraft Foods Group Inc., which makes brands including Velveeta, Oscar Mayer and Jell-O, is set to report its first quarterly results as a stand-alone company Wednesday after splitting with its global snacks business. The split, which took place last month, was intended to accelerate growth for both companies by allowing them to focus on a more targeted portfolio of products.

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Farmers Urged To Record Losses From Hurricane Sandy

November 5, 2012 12:48 pm

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today urged farmers and ranchers affected by Hurricane Sandy to keep thorough records of all losses, including livestock death losses, as well as expenses for such things as feed purchases and extraordinary costs because of lost supplies and or increased transportation costs.

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Ranchers Upbeat About South Dakota Beef Plant

November 5, 2012 12:45 pm

Cattle ranchers in the Northern Plains who have been waiting nearly six years for a new slaughterhouse in northern South Dakota are excited that the facility is almost fully operational, saying it will provide benefits such as savings on transportation costs.

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More Food Safety Problems Found At XL Foods

November 5, 2012 12:43 pm | by The Canadian Press

Trouble continues for an Alberta meat plant as it tries to resume normal processing under the watchful eye of federal food safety inspectors. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says on its website that its staff observed a number of problems last week at XL Foods.

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Del Monte Fights Perceptions About Canned Foods

November 5, 2012 12:41 pm

Del Monte is launching a defense of its maligned steel cans. The company, which was founded in 1892 with the introduction of canned peaches, will start airing an ad campaign Monday in hopes of changing perceptions about canned fruits and vegetables at a time when consumers are increasingly putting a premium on freshness.

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Consumer Trends: Top Restaurant Trends In 2013

November 5, 2012 12:38 pm

Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) has identified the top 10 food trends that will be served on restaurant menus and line the supermarket shelves across the U.S. in 2013. With a breadth and depth of culinary experience, the brand strategy, innovation, and creativity firm has counseled and created foods for several of the largest food companies in the world.

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Food Safety Expert Discusses Failures In Risk Communication

November 5, 2012 9:49 am

The recent decision by supermarket giant Kroger to stop selling fresh sprouts is important for public health and shows why risk communication messages must be improved at all levels, according to a Kansas State University food safety expert.

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NYC Restaurants Deal With Sandy’s Aftermath

November 5, 2012 9:47 am | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

Large swaths of New York City's normally robust, trend-setting restaurant scene were hobbled this week by the storm, some by flooding, others by days without power — and thus refrigeration. Daniel Boulud's DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Tom Colicchio's Craft and Colicchio & Sons, Mario Batali's massive culinary landmark Eataly — all struggled to reopen days after the onset of the storm.

Boston Beer Shares Rise On 3Q Results

November 5, 2012 9:44 am

Shares of Boston Beer Co. Inc. jumped Friday after the brewer released third-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations. The maker of Samuel Adams beer said late Thursday that it earned $20.8 million, or $1.53 per share, in the quarter ending Sept. 29, from $16.3 million, or $1.19 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue less excise taxes grew 23 percent to $166.4 million.

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Sandy May Affect New England Poultry Production

November 5, 2012 9:43 am

Instead of an early snowfall this time of year, farmers along the eastern seaboard are dealing with flood waters and wind damage from Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to affect everything from poultry production to grocery prices. In Maryland and Delaware, the storm’s aftermath could cause a domino effect that could have a life-threatening result on poultry flocks.

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Wayne Farms Recalls 28K Pounds Of Chicken

November 5, 2012 9:40 am

Wayne Farms Inc., a Decatur, Ala. establishment, is recalling approximately 28,528 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, chicken products because they may contain foreign materials—pieces of a plastic pen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Photo Of The Day: Serving After Sandy

November 5, 2012 9:37 am

Large swaths of New York City's normally robust, trend-setting restaurant scene were hobbled this week by the storm, some by flooding, others by days without power — and thus refrigeration. Daniel Boulud's DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Tom Colicchio's Craft and Colicchio & Sons, Mario Batali's massive culinary landmark Eataly — all struggled to reopen days after the onset of the storm.

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Commonwealth Dairy Set To Expand

November 2, 2012 12:29 pm

Commonwealth Dairy, which makes Green Mountain Creamery brand Greek yogurt, says it plans to invest $12 million in expanding its plant and will add 34 jobs to the more than 100 people it already employs. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is hailing Thursday's announcement, saying the dairy also provides a boon to Vermont farmers by buying milk from the state.

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Wegmans Recalls Salad For E. Coli

November 2, 2012 12:27 pm

Wegmans is recalling its Organic Spinach and Spring Mix salads because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The Rochester-based grocery chain says the recall covers 5 ounce and 11 ounce packages sold between Oct. 14 and Thursday.

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Delmarva Poultry Industry Escapes Major Damage From Sandy

November 2, 2012 12:25 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,Associated Press

The Delaware Department of Agriculture said Thursday that there was no significant flooding or poultry house damage, and that chicken farmers are generally in good shape. Feed trucks are back on the road, and poultry processing plants resumed operations Wednesday.

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Faster Pace In October

November 2, 2012 12:23 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up from September's reading of 51.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. The industries that reported rising new orders are oriented to consumers. Those industries include furniture, food and beverages, paper products and computer and electronics.

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Starbucks Looks Ahead To Stronger Profit In 2013

November 2, 2012 12:21 pm

Starbucks Corp. plans to accelerate growth and brew up a stronger profit in the year ahead, with CEO Howard Schultz noting that customers of all walks of life consider its drinks an "affordable luxury" even in challenging economic times.

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Consumer Trends: Must-Have Holiday Flavors

November 2, 2012 12:17 pm

While Americans enjoy many festive dishes during the holidays, trend data shows that just seven flavors provide the true taste for the most sought-after recipes. McCormick, a global leader in flavor, is calling them the "Seasonal Seven" — cinnamon, nutmeg, poultry seasoning, ginger, sage, vanilla and peppermint.

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Univ. of Florida Team Wins In Student Packaging Contest

November 2, 2012 9:45 am

PMMI awarded the top prize in the fourth annual Student Packaging Solutions Contest to the team from the University of Florida. Students Gaby Cruz, Colleen Delaney, Michael Grandinetti and Alex Tipton, with their advisor, Dr. Bruce Welt, accepted the accolade during a special segment of the Packaging Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony.

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