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Oregon May Expand Bottle Deposit Program

May 5, 2011 4:38 am

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state House voted Wednesday to overhaul Oregon's bottle deposit system that is credited with significantly boosting recycling and spawning similar systems around the world. The vagaries of the bottle bill mean a plastic water or soda bottle would require a deposit, but a nearly identical iced tea bottle would not.

Blue Mountain Brewery To Expand Production

May 5, 2011 4:37 am

LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — A Nelson County brewery is planning to expand its production facilities next year. Blue Mountain Brewery has chosen a business park near Lovingston as the site for its new 10,000-square-foot facility. It will produce 10 lines of the brewery's beer. Nelson County officials say the expansion will create at least 50 jobs.

Sara Lee May Sell More Businesses

May 5, 2011 4:36 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. cut its full-year earnings outlook Thursday and said it is considering selling its international bakery and North American refrigerated dough businesses. The food maker already has sold off numerous business lines and announced plans to split into two companies.

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Photo Of The Day: Mexico Declares Freedom For Beer

May 5, 2011 4:36 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Jan. 25, 2011, a bartender tosses bottle caps inside a container at the El Deposito bar in Mexico City. It was at this bar, which sells beer from microbreweries in Mexico as well as beer from all over the world, that the "Por la cerveza libre" or "Freedom for beer" movement was born, demanding a free market in beer since in Mexico most drinkers are only familiar with a handful of styles sold by two giant brewers that control the country's beer market.

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ConAgra Foods Makes $4.9B Bid For Ralcorp

May 4, 2011 4:28 am

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. made a $4.9 billion bid for cereal maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc., which would broaden its business making store-brand products and make it the third-largest packaged food company in the U.S. The $86-per-share bid is a 3.2 percent premium over Ralcorp's Tuesday closing stock price of $83.

AL Debates Bill To Stop Weight Gain Lawsuits

May 4, 2011 4:28 am

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama residents who've been eating too much fried chicken or too many loaded burgers at their favorite restaurants may be out of luck if they want to file lawsuits against the businesses for making them fat. The Alabama House is set to debate a bill Tuesday that would prohibit lawsuits against restaurants, grocery stores or other businesses claiming that eating certain food caused a weight gain.

Heineken Wins Bid On Govt-Owned Ethiopia Breweries

May 4, 2011 4:27 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian official says Heineken has won a $163 million bid to buy two state-owned breweries. Private and Public Enterprises Supervising Agency spokesman Wondafrash Assefa said Tuesday the Netherlands-based brewer wants to expand the breweries and introduce other products, possibly including nonalcoholic beverages, in the East African nation.

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PROCESS EXPO 2011 Unveils Educational Program

May 4, 2011 4:26 am

McLean, VA (FPSA) — The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) published the list of educational seminars that will take place at PROCESS EXPO 2011, November 1-4, 2011,   in the South Hall of McCormick Place in Chicago. The full program can be found at  www.myprocessexpo.

Panel Backs Changes To Mo. Farm Lawsuits Bill

May 4, 2011 4:24 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee endorsed a revised version of a bill to limit nuisance lawsuits against farms and agricultural businesses Tuesday, acting quickly after Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a prior version of the legislation. Nixon had indicated during his veto Monday that he would be willing to accept a revised bill if lawmakers backed off their proposed restrictions on punitive damages for farm-related lawsuits and clarified that the limits applied only to agricultural nuisances, not other types of annoying actions such as noisy neighbors.

Peel-And-Stick Floor Marker

May 3, 2011 8:19 am

FLOOR-Mark™ features peel-and-stick backing for simple application. The strong adhesive resists peeling and curling but is easily removed as application needs evolve. It is available in avariety of solid colors, in 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-inch widths. Striped FLOOR-Mark is available in 2-inch widths.

Wet Spring Creates Anxiety In Midwest Farm Country

May 3, 2011 4:36 am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Experts say it's too early for farmers and backyard gardeners to worry about the wet spring that's drenched the Midwest, but anxiety seems to be growing among those frustrated by the muddy fields. "Yeah, there's a few people starting to sweat," said Kevin Baird, who grows corn, soybeans, tomatoes and other crops in southern Indiana and usually has been out in the fields for weeks by now.

Cattle Groups File Lawsuit Against EPA

May 3, 2011 4:35 am

WASHINGTON  (National Cattlemen’s Beef Association) — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Florida Cattlemen’s Association (FCA) filed a lawsuit on April 28, 2011, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s determination letter and final rule establishing numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) for Florida’s lakes, rivers, streams and springs.

Mo. Governor Vetoes Limits On Farm Lawsuits

May 3, 2011 4:35 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday aimed at limiting nuisance lawsuits against large hog farms that produce foul odors, but he indicated a willingness to work with lawmakers on a revised version. The governor said he vetoed the bill because it limited people's ability to win punitive damages against farms and because some provisions could have been interpreted to also apply to other types of annoying actions, such as noisy neighbors, vehicle exhaust or leaking gas tanks and oil lines.

Salmonella Contamination Prompts Tomato Recall

May 3, 2011 4:34 am

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A Florida tomato grower is voluntarily recalling its grape tomatoes after a sample tested positive for salmonella. Six L's Packing Company Inc. said in a statement that no illnesses had been reported in connection to the recall as of April 29. The Immokalee, Fla.

Lawsuit Alleges "Potato Cartel" Conspiracy

May 3, 2011 4:34 am

NEW YORK ( Milberg LLP) — Milberg LLP has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that consumers were overcharged on their purchases of potatoes dating back to 2004 through the present. The complaint alleges that the defendants, an alleged cartel consisting of among the largest potato growers, cooperatives, processors and licensors, violated federal and state antitrust laws by having entered into an illegal scheme to restrict output and raise prices for potatoes.

Photo Of The Day: Rain, Cold, Tornadoes Halt Spring Planting

May 3, 2011 4:33 am

(AP) — In this photo taken April 8, 2011, central Illinois corn and soybean farmer Tim Seifert loads his field planter with DEKALB seed corn for spring planting on his Farms in Auburn, Ill. More than three times the usual rainfall over the past week, below-average temperatures and tornado damage to equipment and soil have combined to bring a halt to spring planting from one end of Illinois to the other.

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Pilgrim's Pride Posts Loss, Faces Higher Feed Prices

May 2, 2011 5:03 am

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride Corp. said Friday that its first-quarter loss had more than doubled, as the company faced higher prices for feed and was forced to liquidate some of its inventory. The company's stock fell 33 cents, or 5.1 percent, to $6.17 in morning trading.

DuPont Raises Offer For Danisco

May 2, 2011 5:01 am

NEW YORK (AP) — DuPont raised its $5.8 billion offer for Danish food-additives maker Danisco by about 5.3 percent in what it called a best and final proposal. DuPont said Friday it was offering 700 Danish kroner ($139.12) per share for Danisco, and extending the offer period for the last time to May 13.

China Imprisons 14 After Tainted Milk Scandal

May 2, 2011 4:59 am

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese courts have sentenced 14 people to prison for producing or selling melamine-tainted milk powder, news reports said Saturday, highlighting Beijing's struggle to stamp out rampant sales of phony or tainted food and medicine. Three years after use of melamine in infant formula killed six babies and prompted a shake-up of China's dairy industry, authorities still are seizing tons of tainted milk.

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