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Coca-Cola Buys Bottler For $360M

October 28, 2011 4:35 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the fifth-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S., agreed to be acquired by The Coca-Cola Co. for $360 million. The Oklahoma City bottler said Thursday that Robert Browne, its chairman and chief executive, will join Coca-Cola's Refreshments unit working on product supply and customer service operations.

Okla. Company Recalls Meat, Poultry Pie Products

October 28, 2011 4:33 am

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based company is recalling nearly 9,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry pie products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday some products from Original Fried Pies, Inc. contain a preservative called sodium benzoate that doesn't appear on package labels.

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5K Pounds Of Pine Nuts Recalled For Salmonella

October 27, 2011 4:50 am

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Wegmans Food Markets is recalling 5,000 pounds of pine nuts sold in the bulk foods department of its stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland between July 1 and Oct. 18, citing possible salmonella contamination. The grocer says the pine nuts, imported from Turkey by Sunrise Commodities of Englewood Cliffs, N.

Companies Sued For Calling Plastic Bottles Biodegradable

October 27, 2011 4:48 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California attorney general's office on Wednesday sued three companies over allegations they misled consumers by marketing plastic water bottles as biodegradable. The lawsuit — said to be the first government action to enforce the state's environmental marketing law — accuses ENSO Plastics of Mesa, Ariz.

Report: Industry Determines Safety Of Food Ingredients

October 27, 2011 4:44 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of ingredients that go into food have been classified as safe by private industry alone, without any U.S. government oversight, according to a new report published Wednesday. Since the early 1960's, private companies and industry trade associations have determined at least 3,000 ingredients are safe, with no federal scrutiny, the study found.

'Red Tide' Algae Closes Oyster Harvest In Texas

October 27, 2011 4:42 am

DALLAS (AP) — An eerie algae bloom that has painted chunks of Texas' coast a reddish brown — and even a yellow-green in some places — has forced state health officials to ban oyster harvesting before the season officially begins. The Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that it was banning commercial and recreational harvesting of oysters, clams and mussels because the "red tide" algae bloom contains a toxin that can lead to shellfish poisoning in humans.

PepsiCo Gives $8M To Support Clean Water In India

October 27, 2011 4:39 am

PepsiCo Foundation is donating $8 million to support access to clean water in India, the food and beverage company announced Thursday. Water is a critical environmental and social issue as billions of people worldwide currently lack access to safe water for drinking and sanitation needs.

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Photo Of The Day: Russia May Increase Export Duties On Grain

October 27, 2011 4:35 am

(AP) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Russua Prime Minister Vladimir Putin try sunflower seeds as they visit a farm near Stavropol, about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Moscow, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Tuesday warned of an increase in export duties on Russian grain if exporters sell more than 25 million tons in the year ending next July.

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Wal-Mart Reopens 13 Stores In China After Pork Scandal

October 26, 2011 4:50 am

BEIJING (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Tuesday reopened 13 of its stores in a southwestern Chinese city after they were ordered shut for 15 days over the mislabeling of tons of regular pork as "organic," state media reported. Authorities in the city of Chongqing had also arrested two employees and fined the company 2.

Coca-Cola Turns Cans White To Help Polar Bears

October 26, 2011 4:48 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. is turning its red cans white to help draw attention to a campaign to protect polar bears and their habitats. Coca-Cola is giving $2 million to the World Wildlife Fund to support its work on polar bear protection. The two organizations are encouraging consumers to donate $1 and the beverage maker has agreed to give another $1 million to match these contributions.

Local, Organic Food Not Always Safer

October 26, 2011 4:44 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shoppers nervous about foodborne illnesses may turn to foods produced at smaller farms or labeled "local," ''organic" or "natural" in the hopes that such products are safer. But a small outbreak of salmonella in organic eggs from Minnesota shows that no food is immune to contamination.

Campbell's Turns Soup Orange

October 26, 2011 4:42 am

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Campbell's Soup Co. is turning its tomato soup orange as one of several new products the company is launching this fall. The company, which has been trying to revive its soup business, is rolling out the "Harvest Orange Tomato" soup in time for Halloween and the busiest soup eating season of the year.

New Zealand Farmers Dump Milk After Gas Leak

October 26, 2011 4:40 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand farmers have dumped 16 million gallons of milk because of a natural gas leak that forced the closure of a major gas pipeline that powers milk processing plants. Authorities shut the Maui pipeline in a remote area north of New Plymouth late Monday after discovering the leak.

Photo Of The Day: Super Broccoli

October 26, 2011 4:35 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, a pack of Beneforte super broccoli is shown at a branch of Marks & Spencer in London. The new variety was bred to contain two to three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin, a nutrient believed to help ward off heart disease.

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Spinach Pulled After Testing Positive For Listeria

October 25, 2011 5:16 am

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Inc. is recalling its f&e brand bagged Washed Spinach because it could be contaminated with listeria. While no illnesses have been reported, the El Segundo, Calif. company said Friday that it was taking precautions after one bag of spinach tested positive for listeria.

Port Wine Growers Face Challenges, Explore New Markets

October 25, 2011 5:12 am

PINHAO, Portugal (AP) — When Dominic Symington looks out from his shady hillside garden across the vineyards of Portugal's majestic Douro Valley, he sees centuries of family and European history. British families like the Symingtons have been at the heart of this northern Portuguese region's port wine trade for generations.

Harry & David Names New CEO

October 25, 2011 5:08 am

MEDFORD, Oregon (AP) — Harry & David Holdings Inc., which exited bankruptcy protection last month, has named Craig Johnson, a veteran executive with wide retail experience, as its CEO. The gift and gourmet food company said Monday that Johnson's appointment takes effect on Tuesday.

American Crystal Sugar To Resume Talks With Workers

October 25, 2011 5:06 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — American Crystal Sugar Co. and its locked-out union workers headed back to the negotiating table Monday, but refused to talk about the results. A federal mediation service in Minneapolis said talks between the company and the union representing about 1,300 workers would resume, but didn't disclose the place and time.

Kraft To Lay Off Workers At Iowa Plant

October 25, 2011 4:59 am

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Kraft Foods will lay off 40 to 50 full-time workers at its Mason City plant in December. Corporate spokeswoman Joyce Hodel told the Globe Gazette that the layoffs are the result of external conditions, seasonality and efficiencies at the plant. Hodel says the reduction process will take about eight weeks, with the actual layoffs coming in mid-December.

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