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Swiss Chocolatiers Embrace High Quality

October 17, 2011 5:09 am

GENEVA (AP) — Chocolate makers from around Switzerland gathered in Geneva over the weekend to show off their finest wares to consumers already spoiled for choice. The aim of Switzerland's top chocolatiers was to convince their countrymen — who each gobble a whopping 26.5 pounds (12 kilograms) of chocolate on average every year — to embrace quality over quantity.

Photo Of The Day: School Fights Obesity

October 17, 2011 5:03 am

(AP) — In this Sept. 20, 2011 photo, Naomi Woods, left, eats lunch with her classmates at Northeast Elementary Magnet, in Danville, Ill. The curriculum at the public school is focused on health and wellness, and families have to sign a contract agreeing to abide by that. School lunches are low-fat or no-fat, with fresh fruit or veggies every day, and no dessert.

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Colombian Co. Breaks Ground On NY Yogurt Plant

October 14, 2011 5:00 am

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A South American yogurt maker has broken ground on a new manufacturing plant in western New York that will be the company's first facility in North America. Local media outlets report that executives from Bogota, Colombia-based Alpina Foods joined local officials Wednesday to break ground on the company's new yogurt manufacturing plant at a Genesee County business park in the town of Batavia, midway between Buffalo and Rochester.

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Demand For Chicken Is Mixed, Impacting Producers

October 14, 2011 4:58 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Demand for chicken is mixed, with weakness in restaurants and the food industry and strength at grocers, an analyst said Thursday. Akshay Jagdale of KeyBanc Capital Markets said in a client note that demand in the foodservice sector — which includes restaurants — is soft partly because of weak consumer demand and high inventories.

Target To Sell Only Sustainable Seafood By 2015

October 14, 2011 4:55 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. plans to sell only sustainable and traceable seafood in its stores by 2015. Sustainable seafood efforts make sure species aren't being overfished and that they are harvested with methods that don't endanger other fish and seafood. Companies such as Target, Safeway Inc.

Chili Roaster Shut Down Over Food Safety Concerns

October 14, 2011 4:53 am

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (AP) — Boulder County has ordered a chili roaster to cease operations over food safety concerns. County health specialist David Baum says Red Wagon Organic Farm owner Amy Tisdale needs to install a sink and temperature control equipment to prevent food contamination. Tisdale says she was unaware of the need for a permit requiring the equipment.

California Cantaloupes Devastated By Outbreak

October 14, 2011 4:47 am

MENDOTA, Calif. (AP) — On an October day in the midst of harvest season, two farmworkers sat idly in their home in a Central California town that touts itself as "the cantaloupe center of the world." Instead of picking the melons and supervising a work crew, Dora and David Elias of Mendota were unemployed — laid off along with hundreds of others as the cantaloupe listeria outbreak traced to Colorado rippled across the nation.

Photo Of The Day: 'Hell Fire' Jelly

October 14, 2011 4:42 am
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Vt. Senator Seeks Maple Protection Law

October 13, 2011 4:57 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says he's planning to introduce legislation to make it a federal crime for people to mislabel products as containing maple syrup. Leahy said Tuesday the legislation is needed to protect Vermont's maple crop from fraud. The move came in the aftermath of a recent U.

Kona Coffee Grower Pays $46K To Settle Wage Dispute

October 13, 2011 4:55 am

HONOLULU (AP) — A Kona coffee grower has paid more than $46,000 in fines and back wages over its treatment of coffee pickers from Mexico following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor. The department announced the action on Wednesday and hinted that it hopes it sends a message to other growers to follow the rules protecting migrant workers, whether legal or illegal.

Peanut Shortage Could Raise Peanut Butter Prices

October 13, 2011 4:52 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Consumers should be prepared to shell out a bit more for peanut butter soon. Another hot, dry summer in key producing states and competition from more profitable crops like cotton have significantly shrunk the U.S. peanut crop this year. The tight supply means consumers will soon pay more for yet another grocery staple.

Cantaloupe Outbreak Is Deadliest In 25 Years

October 13, 2011 4:49 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe is now linked to 23 deaths, making it the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in more than 25 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 116 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including those who died.

PepsiCo 3Q Profit Rises On Higher Prices, Market Growth

October 13, 2011 4:46 am

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. has found its recipe for success in this economic environment: raise prices and grow overseas. PepsiCo, like many U.S. companies, has faced a balancing act during this period of global economic uncertainty. Many consumer brands from McDonald's to Nike have raised prices as they try to offset their higher costs for ingredients, packaging and fuel.

Photo Of The Day: Peanuts Get Pricey

October 13, 2011 4:41 am

(AP) — In this June 15, 2011 file photo, peanut and corn farmer Donald Chase looks over rows of peanuts on a farm in Oglethorpe, Ga. Scorching heat, little rain and the draw of more lucrative crops could produce one of the smallest peanut harvests in recent memory. U.S. farmers are expected to produce roughly 1.

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U.S. Marshals Seize Rodent-Infested Food In Wash.

October 12, 2011 5:06 am

Silver Spring, Md. (FDA) — At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized food products held at the food storage and processing facility of Dominguez Foods of Washington, Inc., in Zillah, Wash., on Sept. 30, 2011. The seized products had been subject to a detention order issued by FDA on Sept.

Study: Food Safety Ranks High In Food Processing Purchases

October 12, 2011 5:01 am | by Cost Pressures Continue

Reston, Va. (PMMI) — According to “Food Processing Machinery Market Assessment,” a new market study from PMMI, food safety ranks as food processors’ leading consideration. That’s not entirely surprising, the author notes, considering the high profile – and highly negative publicity – even relatively minor food safety crises generate for a manufacturer.

EU Catches Chiquita, Pacific Fruit In Banana Cartel

October 12, 2011 4:55 am

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S.-based Chiquita Brands International Inc. has escaped a fine over conspiring to fix prices on bananas in Greece, Italy and Portugal between July 2004 and April 2005, because it blew the whistle on the cartel. However, its partner in the cartel Pacific Fruit was not spared and the European Commission has slapped a €8.

375K Pounds Of Ground Beef Pulled For E. Coli

October 12, 2011 4:52 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles company is recalling more than 375,000 pounds of ground beef products that were shipped to restaurants in California and Nevada due to possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tuesday that routine monitoring confirmed a positive test for E.

Gov't Loosens Junk Food Marketing Proposal

October 12, 2011 4:49 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tony the Tiger and Toucan Sam can rest easy. Government officials fine-tuning guidelines for marketing food to children say they won't push the food industry to get rid of colorful cartoon characters on cereal boxes anytime soon. Allowing the brand icons from popular cereals to remain untouched is one of the concessions officials say they are likely to make as they work to convince food companies to curb junk food marketing to children.

Photo Of The Day: PACKing In A Crowd

October 12, 2011 4:45 am
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