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Nestle Recalls Lasagna

April 18, 2012 9:57 am

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. is voluntarily recalling some of its Stouffer's brand lasagna because of an allergy risk. The company launched the recall after two customers reported finding stuffed peppers in lasagna product packaging. The recipe for the peppers includes Worcestershire sauce, which has anchovies in it. People with an allergy to fish could get sick if they eat it.

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Photo Of The Day: Blue Diamond Breaks Ground In Calif.

April 18, 2012 9:52 am

Blue Diamond Growers, a cooperative owned by more than half of California’s almond growers, officially launched Phase 1 of its new manufacturing plant in Turlock at an onsite groundbreaking ceremony. The 88-acre property is located at N. Washington and Fulkerth Roads.

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More Women Embrace Beer Making

April 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

The emergence of women as both beer-lovers and brewers happened as the craft beer scene grew overall by leaps and bounds, and that's no coincidence, says Lisa Morrison, Oregon-based writer, blogger and author of "Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest."

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McDonald's Appoints New COO

April 17, 2012 1:05 pm

McDonald's Corp. said Monday that Tim Fenton will take over as chief operating officer of the world's largest restaurant chain this summer.

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Drought Sparks Texas, Mexico Water Wars

April 17, 2012 1:02 pm | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN,Associated Press

Mexico wanted a traditional early release from reservoirs so spring planting wouldn't be delayed. Texas farmers, fearing a historic drought could tighten its grip again this summer, wanted to delay the release for a couple of months to ensure enough water was left to help crops survive the hottest, driest part of the year.

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Miss. Settles Failed Beef Plant Case For $3.9M

April 17, 2012 1:00 pm | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that he's settled the state's 2007 lawsuit against the firms that built a financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland.

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Former Ingredients CEO Charged With Fraud

April 17, 2012 12:57 pm

The former chief executive of Scottsdale-based NutraCea has been criminal charged with orchestrating a scheme meant to inflate the firm's stock price and defraud investors, auditors and regulators.

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Consumer Trends: Moms Prefer Nutritional Choices At School

April 17, 2012 12:54 pm

For many moms, a key ingredient on the new school lunch menus is choice. Four out of five moms (79%) believe kids need healthy choices at school including chocolate milk, according to a recent survey,while three in four (77%) say they think their children should be able to choose which beverage to drink at school.

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Family Dollar To Sell Pepsi Drinks

April 17, 2012 10:06 am

Family Dollar Stores Inc. said Monday it agreed to a multiyear partnership with PepsiCo Inc. to sell its beverages effective immediately.

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Study: Meat Consumption Must Be Slashed To Curb Greenhouse Gas

April 17, 2012 10:04 am

Meat consumption in the developed world needs to be cut by 50 percent per person by 2050, and emissions in all sectors – industrial and agricultural – need to be reduced by 50 percent if we are to meet the most aggressive strategy, set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to reduce the most potent of greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide (N2O).

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Coca-Cola Sees More Worldwide Beverage Sales

April 17, 2012 10:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Although growth came from all regions, the increases were far greater in emerging markets such as China, India and Russia. Overall, international volumes grew 6 percent, compared with 2 percent in North America. Expansion overseas has become an increasing focus for the company as sales have slowed in the U.S.

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USDA Addresses Poultry Inspection Myths

April 17, 2012 9:54 am

According to USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Alfred Almanza, there has been a lot of misinformation in the media about a proposal by USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to modernize inspection at poultry slaughter plants.

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Photo Of The Day: Herbal Tea For Dogs

April 17, 2012 9:51 am

California Tea House, a gourmet tea company, has formulated the first ever herbal tea blend dedicated to dogs called Machu's Blend Tea for Dogs, named after their Great Dane and company mascot, Machu Picchu.

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Hostess Workers Counter 'Final' Offer

April 17, 2012 9:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

A union official representing workers at Hostess Brands Inc. said Monday that he isn't optimistic the two sides will come to an agreement over workers' contracts before the dispute lands in bankruptcy court.

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Dairy Company To Tnvest $20M In Kansas Plant

April 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Kansas Dairy Ingredients plans to construct a new production facility in southwestern Kansas, investing $20 million and creating 60 jobs within two years. Officials with the company announced their plans Monday during an event in Hugoton, where the plant will be built. The project will also create about 150 temporary construction jobs.

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AB InBev Pays $1.24B For Stake In Dominican Brewer

April 16, 2012 12:53 pm

Anheuser-Busch InBev says it is paying $1.24 billion for a majority stake in Dominican brewer Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana as it pushes deeper into the Caribbean.

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Organic Farmers Hope For Sales Boost From GMO Labeling

April 16, 2012 12:51 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER,Associated Press

Genetically modified food includes products altered to resist pesticides or improve nutritional content. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says genetically modified foods pose no greater health risks than traditional foods, and opponents of labeling rules say packaging costs would rise for no particular reason because no health hazard has been found. Organic farmers say they stand to benefit from better informed consumers who may reject genetically modified products and instead choose organic food.

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Dole Recalls Salad For Salmonella

April 16, 2012 12:48 pm

Dole Food Co.'s fresh vegetables division is recalling 756 cases of bagged salad, because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The bags of Seven Lettuces salads were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Hostess Makes 'Final Offer' To Unions

April 16, 2012 12:45 pm | by DAVID KOENIG,AP Business Writer

The company that makes Twinkies, Wonder bread and Ding Dongs says it's making a final offer to workers to accept cost-cutting before it asks a bankruptcy court to impose the cuts. Hostess Brands Inc. wants the Teamsters and bakers' unions to accept reduced pension benefits and changes in work rules to lower costs. It wants to outsource some delivery work.

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Consumer Trends: Pizza Consumption Continues To Grow

April 16, 2012 12:38 pm

Pizza consumption continues to rise. More than four in 10 (41 percent of) consumers polled say they're now eating pizza once a week, compared to 26 percent just two years ago. Pizza consumption has increased over the past two years as leading players revamp menus to include more innovative specialty pizzas, gourmet ingredients and items beyond pizza that help operators drive traffic.

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