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ND Businesses Head to China for Trade Mission

March 8, 2013 12:23 pm

Fourteen North Dakota companies are traveling to China later this month to showcase the state's agricultural commodities and food products. The companies will travel March 16-23 to Beijing and Guangzhou in China to introduce North Dakota's food ingredients to the Chinese food manufacturing market.

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Lipton Teas To Be Available for Keurig Brewers

March 8, 2013 12:21 pm

Green Mountain and Unilever North America have reached a deal that will make Lipton teas available for Keurig single-cup brewers. The Lipton hot and iced teas will be available in K-Cup and Vue packs in the U.S. and Canada starting this summer.

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Craft Distiller Carves Out Creative Niche

March 8, 2013 12:19 pm | by RYAN TRARES,Daily Journal

Heartland Distillers was one of the first new distillers to open in Indiana since Prohibition. After starting out with its small-batch vodka, its founders have added spirits flavored with Chai tea, espresso and chocolate, and cherry vanilla.

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Worker Productivity Falls in 4Q

March 8, 2013 12:17 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. worker productivity shrank in the final three months of last year, mostly because of temporary factors that dragged down growth. Productivity contracted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.9 percent in the October-December quarter, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's about the same as last month's estimate of a 2 percent decline. It followed a 3.1 percent gain in the July-September quarter.

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Smithfield Foods Considers Splitting Up Company

March 8, 2013 12:16 pm

Shares of Smithfield Foods rose on Friday after the company said it would review a recommendation by a shareholder that the meat producer should consider splitting up the company. Continental Grain Co. said in a letter to the board that the company might make more money if it splits up into three units — a hog producing unit, fresh pork and packaged meat business and an international company.

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Consumer Trends: March is Frozen Food Month

March 8, 2013 12:00 pm

March is Frozen Food Month which means all month long a flurry of activity will greet shoppers in supermarkets across the country. The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is encouraging customers to “Discover a Whole New World of Frozen” through a partnership with DreamWorks Animation for the theatre release of The Croods.

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Smithfield 3Q Rises on Higher Sales

March 8, 2013 9:37 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc. said Thursday that its net income rose more than 3 percent in the third quarter as the world's biggest pork producer saw gains in its packaged meats, hog production and international business. The results topped Wall Street expectations and its shares rose more than 9 percent in morning trading.

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UN Predicts Near Record Wheat Production

March 8, 2013 9:36 am

A U.N. food agency says the world is headed to the second largest wheat crop on record because of increased plantings in Europe and a recovery from drought in the U.S. Production is expected to increase to 690 million tons, up 4.3 percent from 2012, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization reported Thursday.

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Peeps Celebrates 60th Anniversary

March 8, 2013 9:34 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM,Associated Press

As the storied candy brand celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Peeps' first TV ad in a decade captures an essential truth about the spongy confection made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin: Love them or hate them, people do all sorts of things with Peeps, only some of which involve giving them to kids at Easter or eating them straight from the box.

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Brangelina in a Bottle

March 8, 2013 9:32 am

Nine little letters on the back of the bottle set this rose wine apart from other fruits of the Provence grape harvest: Jolie-Pitt. The Miraval Rose 2012 was produced at the southern French estate of Chateau Miraval — property of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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Colo. Bill to Ban Cow Tail Cutting Worries Dairy Farmers

March 8, 2013 9:28 am | by ALEXANDRA TILSLEY,Associated Press

The backside of Colorado's dairy cows was the focus of a contentious debate Thursday in a state House committee, which ultimately postponed a vote on a bill that would prevent farmers from cutting cattle tails for sanitary reasons. The bill before the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee would ban so-called docking except when performed by a veterinarian using anesthesia.

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Photo of the Day: At 60, These Chicks Are Still Hot

March 8, 2013 9:24 am

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 photo, Peeps move through the manufacturing process before they receive their eyes at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pa. With the storied candy brand celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a quirky new TV ad campaign talks about all the things people do with their Peeps.

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Daily Sound Bite: USDA Announces Food Security Initiative

March 7, 2013 12:27 pm

The USDA has announced the award of over $75 million in grants, research and education to improve food security around the world. The grants were awarded to 21 universities to help increase the availability of food in an effort to eliminate hunger across the globe.

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Registration Open for IFT Annual Meeting and Expo

March 7, 2013 12:16 pm

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific society for professionals engaged in the science of food, food technology, and related areas in industry, academia, and government,  announced that registration for the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo 2013 in Chicago July 13-16 at McCormick Place is now officially open.

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Survey: Economy Growing Moderately

March 7, 2013 12:14 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

A Federal Reserve survey showed the U.S. economy expanded in all parts of the country in January and February, helped by strong auto sales, a continued recovery in housing and improved job prospects. The Fed says 10 of its 12 regions reported moderate or modest growth, while Boston and Chicago districts reported slow growth.

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Taco Bell Fans Mad After Cool Ranch Tacos Hiccup

March 7, 2013 12:12 pm

Some Taco Bell fans are angry after they couldn't get their hands on the chain's new tacos made with Cool Ranch Doritos shells a day early. The fast-food chain had announced on Facebook this week that fans would be able to buy its highly-anticipated Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos on Wednesday, a day earlier than planned.

Wash. Dairies to Reduce Runoff Pollution

March 7, 2013 12:11 pm

A group of Yakima Valley dairies have agreed to reduce runoff pollution that's tainting the area's groundwater, officials announced Wednesday. The agreement between the dairies and the Environmental Protection Agency comes more than five months after the agency published a study that said the dairies were likely to be one of the sources of nitrate pollution in nearby private water wells.

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Nestle: Bars Destroyed in China Were Intended for Italy

March 7, 2013 12:08 pm

Nestle says that its cereal bars that were destroyed by regulators in China late last year because they contained an unapproved ingredient weren't intended for the country. In a statement issued Thursday, the Swiss food and beverage company said the Fitness Chocolate Hazelnut cereal bars were intended for Italy, where the ingredient sorbitol is approved for use.

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Consumer Trends: Adding Protein to Breakfast

March 7, 2013 12:00 pm

New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that eating a protein-rich breakfast reduces hunger, boosts satiety and reduces brain responses involved with food cravings more than a typical breakfast that is lower in protein.

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Survey Shows Steady Job Gains in February

March 7, 2013 9:33 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

A private survey shows U.S. businesses added a solid number of jobs in February, indicating higher taxes and looming government spending cuts have yet to slow hiring. Employers added 198,000 jobs in February, according to data released Wednesday by payroll processor ADP. And the survey revised January's hiring figures to show companies added 215,000 jobs that month, 23,000 more than what had initially been reported.

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