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Growers In Flooded Areas Urged To Check Produce

June 22, 2012 12:57 pm

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says flood water can contain numerous contaminants, so growers and gardeners in flood-impacted areas are urged to carefully assess the status of their fruits and vegetables.


United Fresh Applauds Farm Bill

June 22, 2012 12:56 pm

“The bill supports fruits and vegetables in ways that will boost consumption and help provide healthful options to Americans — through block grants, nutrition programs and pest and disease research," said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president and CEO.


Alfalfa Sprouts Recalled For Possible Salmonella

June 22, 2012 12:53 pm

Leasa Industries Co., Inc. is recalling 433 cases of LEASA Living Alfalfa Sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.


Russell Stover To Pay $585K For Violations

June 22, 2012 12:47 pm

Russell Stover Candies has agreed to pay $585,000 to settle alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act at its facility in the east-central Kansas town of Iola.


Consumer Trends: Top Trends From Summer Fancy Foods Show

June 22, 2012 12:36 pm

The top five food trends for 2012 have been picked by a panel of trendspotters at the 58th Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C.


Coca-Cola Sued Over Beverage Packaging

June 22, 2012 9:55 am

Ethox Chemicals, LLC has filed a lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Company in U.S. Federal District Court in South Carolina for misappropriation of technology, including a new molecule that Ethox says may revolutionize beverage packaging.

Mass. Food Industry Group Plans To Boost Recycling

June 22, 2012 9:52 am

The Massachusetts Beverage Association and the Massachusetts Food Association today announced they will launch a two-year initiative aimed at increasing recycling in Massachusetts communities.

Duff Goldman Opens Make-Your-Own-Cake Shop

June 22, 2012 9:49 am | by MICHELE KAYAL,For The Associated Press

Celebrity baker Duff Goldman, the Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," on Thursday opens Duff's Cakemix, a make-your-own-cake shop next to his Los Angeles bakery Charm City Cakes West, where novices and experts alike can dabble in fondant, cake tattoos and airbrushed designs.


Okla. Supreme Court Considers Wine In Groceries

June 22, 2012 9:47 am | by TIM TALLEY,Associated Press

Allowing grocery stores in Oklahoma's largest counties to sell wine would create a new convenience for people who now must buy it at tightly regulated package liquor stores, an attorney for supporters of the proposal told the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday.


Towns Try To Loosen Food Regulations

June 22, 2012 9:46 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Towns in several states are adopting local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.


Photo Of The Day: Make Your Own Cake

June 22, 2012 9:43 am

Customers can create make-your-own cakes at Duff's Cakemix, a new venture owned by chef, Duff Goldman, next door to his bakery, Charm City Cakes West.


Snack Dip Company To Expand Va. Plant

June 21, 2012 1:05 pm

Snack dip company Sabra plans to expand its manufacturing plant and establish a research and development facility in Chesterfield County.


Senate Brings Big Changes To Food And Farm Policy

June 21, 2012 1:03 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

Briefly putting election-year politics aside, the Senate on Thursday moved toward strong approval of legislation assuring that farmers hit by bad times will be protected and that millions of others hurt by the bad economy won't go hungry.


Hershey To Help Restore Cocoa Growing In Mexico

June 21, 2012 1:02 pm

The Hershey Company and cocoa supplier Agroindustrias Unidas de Cacao SA de CV, a member of the Ecom Cocoa Group, have launched the Mexico Cocoa Project, a 10-year, $2.8 million initiative to reintroduce cocoa growing in southern Mexico and help restore the country’s beleaguered cocoa farming industry.


Snyder Chip Plant Marks 65 Years

June 21, 2012 12:59 pm | by MICHELLE GANASSI,Daily American

Every day about 10,000 cases of snacks leave the Snyder of Berlin plant and travel around the country. This year the Berlin Borough business will celebrate its 65th anniversary. Although ownership may have changed a few times since 1947, the company has continued to operate and grow.


Quaker Oats Workers Claim $241M Jackpot

June 21, 2012 12:57 pm | by LUKE MEREDITH,Associated Press

Workers at a Quaker Oats plant claimed their share of the largest lottery prize in Iowa history on Wednesday, sporting bright red T-shirts and traveling into town on a chartered bus before smiling for news cameras as confetti flew during a celebratory news conference.

Consumer Trends: Retail Foods Are Strong Competition For Restaurants

June 21, 2012 12:53 pm

Restaurants and retailers have a long history of competing over consumers' share of stomach. That competition becomes particularly intense late in the day, when busy families must decide what's for dinner. If money is tight, retailers often win the family dinner battle by offering appealing ready-to-eat center-of-plate options, easily paired with sides.


ConAgra Posts 4Q Loss

June 21, 2012 9:52 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. reported a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, weighed down by a charge related to pension accounting changes. But its adjusted earnings and revenue topped Wall Street's expectations as did its fiscal 2013 earnings forecast.


Ice Cream Man Not Laughing At Good Humor Shortage

June 21, 2012 9:49 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU,Associated Press

Good Humor's parent company Unilever PLC said a sales spike during the unusually warm spring and challenges linked to next month's closing of its Hagerstown manufacturing plant have limited its ability to supply ice cream trucks with Toasted Almond, Candy Center Crunch and Chocolate Eclair bars.


Starbucks Opening First Tazo Tea Shop

June 21, 2012 9:47 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Seattle-based cafe chain says its first Tazo tea shop will open near its headquarters and will include a tea bar where customers can blend their own tea mixes with the help of a store worker the company is calling a "tea partner."



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