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'Rock Snot' Fear Means Salmon For Native Tribes

November 11, 2011 3:42 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Fear that an invasive algae species known as "rock snot" might have contaminated a Vermont fish hatchery has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to donate thousands of Atlantic salmon to native American tribes in the Northeast to prevent a possible spread of the specimen.

Anheuser-Busch To Release Sweeter Bud Light

November 11, 2011 3:38 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Anheuser-Busch is coming out with a sweeter, higher alcohol-content version of Bud Light as the company tries to build on the popularity of one of its top beers. Bud Light Platinum will come in a cobalt blue bottle and it will be 6 percent alcohol by volume, compared with Bud Light's 4.

Starbucks Buys Juice Co. For $30M

November 11, 2011 3:35 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks Corp. hopes to do for juice what it's done for coffee. The Seattle-based company that changed the way Americans drink their cup of Joe said Thursday that it acquired by juice maker Evolution Fresh Inc. for $30 million as part of a larger effort to move beyond just offering coffee.

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Photo Of The Day: Talking Turkey

November 11, 2011 3:30 am

(AP) — In this Oct. 25, 2007 file photo, a freezer case of frozen turkeys is seen at Market Basket in Concord, N.H. The American Farm Bureau Federation reported Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 that a meal with turkey and all the trimmings will cost about 13 percent more this holiday. The costs for nearly everything from cranberries to pumpkin pie are up.

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Wash. Privatizes Liquor Sales After $22M Costco Campaign

November 10, 2011 4:04 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters on Tuesday approved a plan to privatize liquor sales and dismantle controls that have been in place since Prohibition, siding with retailing giant Costco in the costliest initiative campaign in state history. Unofficial results Tuesday night showed the measure with 60 percent support in early returns.

American Crystal Workers Press For Jobless Benefits

November 10, 2011 4:01 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More than 100 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers and their supporters rallied at the North Dakota Capitol on Monday. They want the North Dakota Legislature to allow the workers to be paid unemployment benefits. The Minnesota company locked out about 1,300 union-represented employees Aug.

89 Cases Of Salmonella Linked To Chicken Livers

November 10, 2011 3:57 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Kosher broiled chicken livers distributed to delis and other establishments have been linked to dozens of cases of foodborne illness throughout the state, health officials said Wednesday. The manufacturer of the liver, Queens-based Schreiber Processing Corp., issued a recall for the product sold under the MealMart brand.

KFC Uncovers Col. Sanders Recipe Book

November 10, 2011 3:55 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paula Deen, step aside. Colonel Harland Sanders is about to teach America "real old-time country and farm cooking before it's forgotten." Yes, Colonel Sanders. On yellowed pages hidden for decades, the white-jacketed man with a special fried chicken recipe and a vision that helped create the modern fast-food industry reveals he saw a future in another lucrative market — celebrity food books.

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Who's Stealing Germany's Grapes?

November 10, 2011 3:52 am

BERLIN (AP) — It's a ripening mystery: Who's stealing the wine grapes of Germany? Thieves raiding lucrative southern German vineyards have made off with a minor fortune in fruit over more than a dozen forays under the cover of darkness. Vintners have increased their vigilance, posted guards and sought help from the police, but so far, the thieves have made off without a trace.

Photo Of The Day: The Colonel's Other Secret

November 10, 2011 3:45 am

(AP) — An undated photo provided by KFC shows a typewritten manuscript by company founder Colonel Harland Sanders. The Louisville-based company says it was found in archives recently and is full of stories and recipes – but not THE recipe – and it will be published online.

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Judge Approves Poultry Antitrust Settlement

November 9, 2011 4:00 am

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has approved the settlement of an antitrust lawsuit that challenged George's Inc.'s acquisition of a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Harrisonburg. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the lawsuit in May. The Daily News Record reports that U.S.

Dippin' Dots Files For Bankruptcy

November 9, 2011 3:58 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Once the self-proclaimed "Ice Cream of the Future," Dippin' Dots is seeking federal bankruptcy protection, a move the company said is aimed at staving off foreclosure on more than $11 million in loans. The Paducah, Ky.-based company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Thursday night, asking U.

Economist Predicts Ripple Effect With Chobani Plant

November 9, 2011 3:55 am

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A decision by New York-based Agro Farma to build its new western manufacturing plant for Chobani yogurt in south-central Idaho will create a large ripple effect with additional jobs, economist say. The ripple effect for Chobani is high because yogurt is made from milk, a top product of the region, said Jan Roeser, a regional economist with the Idaho Department of Labor.

Wash. Apple Growers Face Picker Shortage

November 9, 2011 3:52 am

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn't forced them to leave some fruit on trees. Growers in Washington state, which produces about half of the nation's apples, say the labor shortage was made worse by a late start to their harvest.

Coca-Cola Bottling Profit Falls 37 Percent

November 9, 2011 3:50 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coca-Cola Bottling Co. said its third-quarter net income fell 37 percent despite a revenue increase as its costs rose more than 9 percent. The company reported net income for the quarter of $9.8 million, or $1.06 per share, compared with $15.5 million, or $1.69 per share, a year earlier.

Comfort Foods Announces 'Terrific 10' For The Holidays

November 8, 2011 3:56 am

ALBUQUERQUE , NM (Comfort Foods) — Just in time for the holiday season, Comfort Foods, one of the nation’s leading specialty gourmet food manufacturers, has unveiled its Terrific 10 series of unique seasonings, party mixes, soups and breads. The products offer people a taste of New Mexico’s hottest flavors.

Campaign Pushes Campbell Soup To Remove BPA From Cans

November 8, 2011 3:51 am

LOS ANGELES, CA (Change.org) — Thousands of people have joined a campaign on Change.org demanding that Campbell Soup Company remove bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to cancer and diabetes, from its soup cans. Healthy Child Healthy World, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that helps parents protect kids from toxins, launched the online campaign on Change.

Sara Lee Gets Offer For European Dough Business

November 8, 2011 3:47 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Monday that it received a roughly $159 million offer from French private equity firm Sagard for its European chilled dough business. Sara Lee, based in Downers Grove, Ill., has been selling off a number of its business lines as it prepares to split into two units.

Sysco's 1Q Income Rises Slightly

November 8, 2011 3:45 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Sysco Corp.'s net income rose 1.2 percent in its fiscal first quarter as it passed along sharply higher food costs amid soft consumer spending. The company, which sells food to restaurants, hotels and other food establishments, has seen business slow as consumers visited fewer restaurants in the down economy.

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