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Feds Consider Poultry Inspection Changes

December 3, 2012 12:39 pm | by MARY SELL,The Decatur Daily

The average American eats about 80 pounds of chicken per year, and Alabama produces more than a billion chickens each year, making it the third-largest producer in the country. But federal poultry inspectors are raising concerns that chicken could become more dangerous if the USDA approves slaughter inspection changes now under consideration.


Consumer Trends: Holidays On A Special Diet

December 3, 2012 12:17 pm

Guess who’s coming for the holidays? Guests with lactose intolerance, food allergies and celiac disease and maybe a vegan, a diabetic or someone who eats Paleo. Holiday celebrations — cocktail parties, dinners, informal get-togethers — can be safe and festive with a positive attitude, careful planning, and the right ingredients.


Boneyard Beer Plans New Production Plant

December 3, 2012 9:44 am

Boneyard Beer plans to open a new production plant in northeast Bend by May. The Bulletin newspaper reports that a canning line at the new facility will allow the brewery to expand beyond kegs to cans. Boneyard began selling beer in April 2010 and has steadily increased its volume.


American Crystal Sugar Workers Reject Contract For Fourth Time

December 3, 2012 9:41 am

American Crystal Sugar Co. workers, their ranks thinned by a 16-month lockout, rejected on Saturday a contract for the fourth time. Contract opponents say the sugar beet processor's five-year contract offer would cut health care benefits and weaken job security and seniority protections.


Pacific Nations Alarmed By Tuna Overfishing

December 3, 2012 9:40 am | by JIM GOMEZ,Associated Press

Pacific island nations and environmentalists raised an alarm Sunday over destructive fishing methods and overfishing that they say are threatening bigeye tuna — the fish popular among sushi lovers worldwide. Palau fisheries official Nanette Malsolsaid that large countries should cut back on fishing, curb the use of destructive fishing methods and respect fishing bans.


Meat Prices May Rise Up To 8 Percent In 2013

December 3, 2012 9:37 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

Consumers can expect to pay 5 percent to 8 percent more at the meat counter next year regardless of whether they put beef, pork or chicken into their grocery carts, a market analyst said Friday. Randy Blach, vice president for CattleFax, said that consumer meat prices will rise to record highs because livestock production has fallen dramatically after ranchers culled animals during this year's drought.


Saputo Buys Morningstar Foods For $1.45 Billion

December 3, 2012 9:34 am

Saputo is buying Dean Foods' Morningstar Foods unit for $1.45 billion. Morningstar makes dairy and non-dairy products including creams and creamers, ice cream mixes, whipping cream, aerosol whipped toppings, iced coffee, half and half, value-added milks, sour cream and cottage cheese.


Photo Of The Day: Tuna Troubles

December 3, 2012 9:31 am

Several governments and environmentalists have raised an alarm over destructive fishing methods and overfishing that were threatening the Pacific Ocean's bigeye tuna, the fish popular among sushi lovers the world over.


United Natural Foods 1Q Profit Jumps

November 30, 2012 12:47 pm

United Natural Foods posted a 42 percent spike in first-quarter net income as strong sales offset shortages of some products. The company matched Wall Street profit expectations, but slimmer margins may have spooked some investors and shares dipped in a broader market sell-off.


Whitewave Foods 3Q Tops Street’s View

November 30, 2012 12:45 pm

Organic dairy company Whitewave Foods said Friday that its net income fell 12 percent in the third quarter as expenses climbed. Its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street's view, however, and the stock rose in premarket trading. The maker of Silk brand food and beverages earned $26.3 million, or 18 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.


Growth Rings Show Lobster Age

November 30, 2012 12:43 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

For the first time, scientists have figured out how to determine the age of a lobster — by counting its rings, like a tree. Knowing their age and that of other shellfish could help scientists better understand the population and assist regulators of the lucrative industry.


Analyst: ConAgra Acquisition Is A Good Fit

November 30, 2012 12:39 pm

KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Akshay Jagdale expects that ConAgra's plans to acquire Ralcorp are a good fit, despite the private food label's poor quarterly performance. ConAgra Foods Inc. announced Tuesday that it is buying private-label foods maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. for $5 billion.


NY Caviar Distributor Pleads Guilty In Fraud Scam

November 30, 2012 12:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER,Associated Press

A New York caviar distributor who evaded arrest for nearly a quarter century pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawfully importing more than 100,000 pounds of Russian and Iranian caviar in the 1980s. Isidoro "Mario" Garbarino faces up to four years in prison at a Jan. 7 sentencing after admitting that he used schemes to avoid high taxes while importing caviar worth more than $10 million.


Consumer Trends: Adult Beverage Sales Track Higher

November 30, 2012 12:35 pm

Adult beverage sales at the bar are growing in dollars and volume despite the rocky economic environment, according to Technomic's 2012 BarTAB (Trends in Adult Beverage) report. Sales of spirits, wine and beer in restaurants, bars and other licensed on-premise locations increased 4.9 percent to reach $93.7 billion in 2011 and projections call for continued growth in 2012.


Monsanto Investing $100M To Expand Seed Production

November 30, 2012 9:47 am

Monsanto plans to spend more than $100 million to expand production at four of its seed processing plants in Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa to meet growing demand for its corn seeds. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that most of the money will be spent at Monsanto plants in Waco, Neb., and Remington, Ind., but more capacity will also be added at plants in Grinnell and Williamsburg, Iowa.


Feds Deny Oyster Farm Lease Renewal In Calif.

November 30, 2012 9:45 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

Kevin Lunny's struggle to keep his family's oyster farm running in Point Reyes National Seashore appears to be over, closing out an era of oysterman plying the park's pristine waters and ushering in the nation's newest ocean wilderness.


Drought Could Make Mississippi River Impassable

November 30, 2012 9:40 am | by JIM SALTER and JIM SUHR,Associated Press

After months of drought, companies that ship grain and other goods down the Mississippi River are being haunted by a potential nightmare: If water levels fall too low, the nation's main inland waterway could become impassable to barges just as the harvest heads to market.


Analyst Upgrades ConAgra

November 30, 2012 9:37 am

An analyst raised ConAgra Foods' rating and price target on Friday, saying that its proposed acquisition of Ralcorp would speed up revenue growth. On Tuesday ConAgra Foods Inc. said that it would buy private-label food producer Ralcorp Holdings Inc. for $5 billion. The companies value the transaction at about $6.8 billion, when debt is included.


Hostess Granted Approval For Sale Plans And Executive Bonuses

November 30, 2012 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The update on the sale process came as Hostess received approval to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million for meeting certain budget goals during the liquidation. The company says the incentive pay is needed to retain the 19 corporate officers and "high-level managers" for the wind down process, which could take about a year.


Photo Of The Day: Drought Threatens Mississippi Shipping

November 30, 2012 9:32 am

This Nov. 28, 2012 photo provided by The United States Coast Guard shows vessels navigating through close quarters at a fleeting area, where barges are picked up and dropped off, on the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Mo. The Mississippi, after months of drought, is approaching the point where it may become to shallow for barges that navigate the river.



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