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Wash. Liquor Sales Show Continued Strength

October 10, 2012 12:41 pm

Washington liquor sales are showing signs of continued strength after the state moved to a privatized system. State figures released Tuesday show that sales by volume were up 12 percent in August compared to the year earlier. That increase came despite prices being up 10 percent. Tax revenue was also up by about $4 million in the month.

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Rice Seller Climbs In First Day On NYSE

October 10, 2012 12:40 pm

Shares of basmati rice seller Amira are rising in their first day of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange after the company raised $90 million in an initial public stock offering. Amira Nature Foods Ltd., which is based in the United Arab Emirates, sells packaged rice grown in India in more than 40 countries.

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Multiple Peanut Butter Ice Creams Recalled

October 10, 2012 12:38 pm

Missouri and California ice cream makers are recalling their peanut butter ice cream products because the peanut butter in the products came from Sunland, Inc. Sunland recalled everything produced in its New Mexico plant after a peanut butter sold at Trader Joe's was linked to a salmonella outbreak.

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Food Safety Officials Review Report On XL Foods

October 10, 2012 12:33 pm | by The Canadian Press

Food safety officials are reviewing a report on a pre-inspection of the Alberta beef plant that is closed over E. coli concerns. Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff went through the XL Foods plant in Brooks on Tuesday to see if the company has fixed problems that led to a massive international recall of beef products.

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Calif. Couple Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Cheese Importer

October 10, 2012 12:31 pm

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last week against Forever Cheese, Inc., The Aniata Cheese Co., and Cookbook Los Angeles — the cheese importer, distributor and retailer whose Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese was identified as the source of a multi-state listeria outbreak in September.

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Consumer Trends: Tea Promotes Good Health

October 10, 2012 12:28 pm

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world and has long known to be healthy, but new research released at the USDA shows that tea — black, green and white — can help to promote heart health, bone mass, healthy weight and even brain power.

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China Growth Boosts Yum Brands 3Q

October 10, 2012 9:59 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

For the owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains, it was a profitable combo — higher demand in the U.S. and a quick turnaround in its fast-growing China division. Yum Brands Inc. said Tuesday the result was a 23 percent increase in its third-quarter net income.

Could Pizza Spoil Presidential Debate?

October 10, 2012 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON,Associated Press

Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza — one large pie a week for 30 years — or a check for $15,600 to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the live Town Hall-style debate next Tuesday.

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Pumpkin Farmers Harvest Bumper Crop Despite Drought

October 10, 2012 9:54 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. John Ackerman said most of the pumpkins he planted fared "fantastic" for a simple, single reason: Pumpkins dig dry weather.

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High Gas Prices Hurt California Agriculture

October 10, 2012 9:52 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Farmers in California's agricultural heartland say record-high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines, but economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices across the U.S. Keith Nilmeier, a fourth-generation farmer in Fresno County, has cut down on using his farm equipment to compensate for climbing fuel costs.

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Idaho Dairy Workers Charged With Animal Cruelty

October 10, 2012 9:48 am | by REBECCA BOONE,Associated Press

Three former dairy workers with Idaho's largest dairy operation have been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers stomping, dragging and beating cows inside a milking barn.

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Photo Of The Day: A Smashing Crop

October 10, 2012 9:46 am

Farmers in a stretch of Illinois where most of the nation's pumpkins are grown say their crop looks relatively smashing and is likely to be one of the few successes in a year when severe drought baked most of the nation's heartland. Unlike other farmers this year, pumpkin growers have plenty to show, and the reason is pretty simple- pumpkins do well in dry weather. 

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Reusable Packaging Trends

October 9, 2012 12:52 pm

At PACK EXPO 2012, ORBIS Corporation will host a Global Trends in Reusable Packaging Panel and share the company’s latest innovations in reusable packaging programs and products. Packaging users from any industry are invited to attend this event to hear firsthand how reusable packaging positively impacts the environment and injects sustainability throughout their global supply chain. 

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USDA Workshops Focus On Drought Recovery

October 9, 2012 12:47 pm

Speaking at the opening session of the first of four regional workshops to outline resources available to assist with drought recovery efforts, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the lack of a new five-year Food, Farm and Jobs Bill has the potential to delay and stifle the federal response.

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Mars Committed To Sustainable Cocoa

October 9, 2012 12:45 pm

Creating a sustainable cocoa sector that can meet the chocolate industry’s long-term demand for cocoa, the essential raw material for chocolate, while providing economic opportunities to cocoa farmers will require billions of dollars in agricultural investments across research, third-party certification and technology transfer to farmers, according to Mars, Incorporated, one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers.

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Alarming Number Of Workers Fail To Wear Protective Equipment

October 9, 2012 12:43 pm

The need for safety equipment when performing hazardous tasks is undisputed. Yet U.S. workers continue to take risks by failing to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when it is needed.In a Kimberly-Clark Professional survey released today, 82 percent of safety professionals said they had observed workers in their organizations failing to wear required PPE during the past year.

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Kraft Recalls String Cheese

October 9, 2012 12:40 pm

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. is voluntarily recalling the Jalapeno variety of Kraft String Cheese with the Best When Used By date of 23 NOV 2012 as a precaution due to the possibility that a thin layer of plastic film from the package may remain adhered to the product. If the film sticks to the cheese and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard.

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Consumer Trends: The Importance Of Adding Foods

October 9, 2012 12:36 pm

As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) kicks off this week, new research from ConAgra Foods, Inc., one of North America's leading food makers, shows that what you add to your diet can be just as important as what you remove.

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Ky. Cheese Maker Recalls Products In 7 States

October 9, 2012 9:53 am

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese has recalled several varieties of cheese due to possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. A statement from the Austin, Ky., company on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website says the varieties are Kentucky Rose, Kentucky Bleu, Awe-Brie and Tomme de Nena.

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UN Lowers Estimate Of World’s Hungry

October 9, 2012 9:50 am | by NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press

The United Nations said Tuesday its 2009 headline-grabbing announcement that 1 billion people in the world were hungry was off-target and that the number is actually more like 870 million. The agency blamed flawed methodology and poor data for the bum projection, and said it now uses a much more accurate set of parameters and statistics to calculate its annual estimate of the world's hungry.

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