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Consumer Trends: Eating Alone

November 12, 2012 12:46 pm

Did you know that eating alone has become as normal as eating together? Eating alone is fast becoming the new normal. The Hartman Group’s analysis of how we eat as a culture shows that today a fairly astounding 46% of all adult eating occasions (up from 44% in 2010) are undertaken alone.

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ConAgra To Expand Potato Plant

November 12, 2012 9:53 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. plans a $200 million expansion at its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Ore., which will create about 100 jobs. The food maker says Friday that the expansion will add a new line to the plant and increase capacity for making french fries and other frozen potato products as consumer demand continues to grow domestically and internationally.

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Farm Bill Could Hinge On Budget Cuts

November 12, 2012 9:51 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A farm bill that stalled in Congress before the election could see quick action by the end of the year if congressional leaders decide they need its spending cuts — including a small reduction in the $80-billion-a-year food stamps program — to make a deal for averting the "fiscal cliff."

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Nations Set To Discuss Bluefin Tuna

November 12, 2012 9:48 am | by MICHAEL CASEY,AP Environmental Writer

Thanks in part to a sharp reduction in the amount of fish legally caught, the bluefin population in the Atlantic is on the rebound though "the magnitude and speed of the increase vary considerably," according to a stock assessment by scientists released ahead of the annual International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas which starts Monday in Morocco.

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Variety Of Food Labels Confuse Consumers

November 12, 2012 9:45 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

Food labels claim to certify a wide array of sustainable practices. Hundreds of so-called eco-labels have cropped up in recent years, with more introduced every month — and consumers are willing to pay extra for products that feature them. While eco-labels can play a vital role, experts say their rapid proliferation and lack of oversight or clear standards have confused both consumers and producers.

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Chicken Plant Shooter Was Mentally Unstable

November 12, 2012 9:41 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA,Associated Press

A Fresno County mental health evaluation in 2004 diagnosed suspect Lawrence Nathaniel Jones with intermittent explosive disorder, drug-induced psychotic disorder, and dependence on multiple substances including amphetamine, marijuana and alcohol.

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Photo Of The Day: Endangered Sushi

November 12, 2012 9:37 am

After defeating a proposal in 2010 to ban the export of an endangered fish that is a key ingredient of sushi, Japan and Asian nations argued it should be left to quota-setting international fisheries bodies to bring the species back from the brink.

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A Feast Of Food History

November 9, 2012 1:05 pm

The Smithsonian's first major exhibition on food history explores some of the major changes in food and eating in postwar America. Among the topics on the 3,800-square-foot exhibition's menu are changes in food production and processing, in who cooks and why, where and when meals are consumed and what people know (or think they know) about what is good for them.

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Franklin Foods To Open Cream Cheese Plant

November 9, 2012 1:02 pm

A fast-growing cream cheese company is opening up a Casa Grande plant. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that the Delray Beach, Fla.-based Franklin Foods is opening up its second company manufacturing facility and production is expected to begin in early 2013.

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Drought Worsens In Kansas, Oklahoma

November 9, 2012 1:00 pm | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer

The worst U.S. drought in decades got worse in parts of the nation's midsection, further frustrating ranchers and growers of winter wheat in Kansas and Oklahoma, a drought-tracking consortium's update showed Thursday. The U.S. Drought Monitor's latest map showed that 60 percent of the land in the lower 48 states was experiencing some degree of drought as of Tuesday.

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Snyder’s-Lance Shares Fall On Weak Revenue

November 9, 2012 12:58 pm

Snyder's-Lance Inc.'s shares fell Wednesday after the food maker's third-quarter revenue fell short of analyst estimates. The company, based in Charlotte, N.C., makes snack foods such as Cape Cod chips and Snyder's of Hanover pretzels. Snyder's earned $17.8 million, or 26 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 29.

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Superhuman Workplace May Pose Risks

November 9, 2012 12:55 pm | by RAPHAEL SATTER,Associated Press

Academics from Britain's leading institutions say attention needs to be focused on the consequences of technology which may one day allow — or compel — humans to work better, longer and harder. Here's their list of upgrades that might make their way to campuses and cubicles in the next decade.

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Consumer Trends: Thanksgiving Too Pricey For Some

November 9, 2012 12:50 pm

While Thanksgiving meals are without a doubt delicious, the cost of serving them can leave a bad taste in the host's mouth. A new survey finds that more than one-in-ten (12 percent) have said "no" to hosting a Thanksgiving dinner in the past because of the cost.

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Nestle Recalls Nesquik Sold Across U.S.

November 9, 2012 9:44 am

Nestle USA is recalling some of its Nesquik chocolate powder because of a possible salmonella risk. The food maker said Thursday that the Nesquik involved was in 10.9-, 21.8- and 40.7-ounce canisters produced in early October and sold at retailers across the country.

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Judge Urged To Approve BP Settlement

November 9, 2012 9:42 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

BP and attorneys for businesses and people who lost money in the Gulf oil spill urged a federal judge Thursday to give his final approval to a class-action settlement. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard arguments from lawyers who negotiated the deal as well as other attorneys who have objected to parts of it.

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Palestinians Turn To Organic Farming

November 9, 2012 9:40 am | by DIAA HADID,Associated Press

The move is a reflection of the growing global demand for natural, sustainable and fairly traded products, albeit with a distinct Palestinian twist. The hardships faced by local farmers, ranging from a lack of rainfall to Israeli trade obstacles, mean that organic growing is one of the few ways Palestinians have to compete in outside markets.

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Dean Foods Posts $36.4M Profit In 3Q

November 9, 2012 9:37 am

Shares of Dean Foods Co. jumped Thursday after the company posted $36.4 million in third-quarter net income and boosted its full-year profit guidance. The Dallas-based food maker's profit amounted to 20 cents per share and compared with a loss of $1.54 billion, or $8.39 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

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7-Up To Stop Selling Drinks With Antioxidants

November 9, 2012 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON,Associated Press

7-Up with antioxidants will soon be off the market, after an advocacy group accused the drink maker of making misleading health claims. Dr Pepper Snapple Group said Thursday its 7-Up varieties that tout antioxidants will be off the market by early 2013.

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Photo Of The Day: Palestinians Go Organic

November 9, 2012 9:30 am

In an emerging back-to-the-land movement, Palestinian farmers are turning the rocky hills of the West Bank into organic olive groves, selling their oil to high-end grocers in the U.S. and Europe. The move is a reflection of the growing global demand for natural, sustainable and fairly traded products, albeit with a distinct Palestinian twist.

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Amazon Starts Selling Wine

November 8, 2012 12:02 pm

Amazon.com has added wine to the long list of products it sells through its online marketplace. Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it will ship wine to 12 states and Washington DC from its new storefront. The world's largest online retailer says shipping up to six bottles will cost $10.

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