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Ohio Food Distribution Center To Close

May 3, 2012 10:30 am

A Michigan food supplier says it's closing a newly acquired distribution center in northwest Ohio that employs about 120 people.

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Cinco De Mayo In The U.S.: Lots Of Beer, Little History

May 3, 2012 10:28 am | by RUSSELL CONTRERAS,Associated Press

Over the years, the holiday has been adopted by beer companies as a way to penetrate the growing Latino market, even as the historical origins of the holiday remain largely forgotten.

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Offspring Of Mad Cow Did Not Have Disease

May 3, 2012 10:24 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Investigators looking into California's first case of mad cow disease say they have tracked down at least one of her offspring in another state. Since there is no live test for the disease also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, it was euthanized and brain samples were sent to the national laboratory. The test was negative, officials said Wednesday.

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Judge Allows BP Oil Spill Settlement To Proceed

May 3, 2012 10:22 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

A federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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USDA To Speed Tracking Of E. Coli In Meat

May 3, 2012 10:20 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The government plans to speed up the process for tracking E. coli in meat, a move that will help authorities more quickly find the source of bacteria outbreaks and hasten recalls of tainted food.

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Photo Of The Day: Cinco De Mayo — From Beans To Beer

May 3, 2012 10:17 am

Cinco de Mayo has become in the U.S.: a celebration of all things Mexican, from mariachi music to sombreros, marked by schools, politicians and companies selling everything from beans to beer.

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Starbucks Names Fmr. Defense Secretary As Board Member

May 2, 2012 10:21 am

Starbucks Corp. has named former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a board member. The coffee chain said Wednesday that Gates will serve on its nominating and corporate governance committee. 

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'Gluten-Free Pantry Raid' Aims To Ease Transition For Newly Diagnosed

May 2, 2012 10:16 am

The “Gluten-Free Pantry Raid” is designed to help to ease the transition for newly diagnosed families who often struggle to adapt to the gluten-free lifestyle. The goal is to raise money for the  National Foundation for Celiac Awareness' programs and services and to produce an educational video that will assist in the transition to a gluten-free diet. 

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Watchdog: 'Big Alcohol' Uses 'Drink Responsibility' As Marketing Gimmick

May 2, 2012 10:03 am

An alcohol industry watchdog has released a report criticizing the alcohol industry's plea that consumers "drink responsibly," claiming that the public safety request is little more than a marketing gimmick.

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Consumer Trends: Public Doubts Efforts To 'Go Green'

May 2, 2012 9:48 am

Public doubt about a broader corporate commitment to “going green” continues to run high, and only 21 percent of Americans believe the majority of businesses are making efforts toward sustainable development, the amount marks an increase in confidence as compared to the previous two years of research.

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Group Sues USDA Over Predator Killing Program

May 2, 2012 9:41 am | by SCOTT SONNER,Associated Press

The Great Depression-era program the Department of Agriculture uses to kill coyotes, mountain lions and other predators that threaten livestock is outdated, illegal and a waste of federal money, conservationists say in a new lawsuit.

DuPont Acquires Soy Ingredients Company

May 2, 2012 9:24 am | by RANDALL CHASE,AP Business Writer

The DuPont Co. has acquired full ownership of Solae LLC, a soy ingredients producer that had been a joint venture with Bunge Ltd., an agribusiness and food company based in New York.

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Food Processors Collaborate to Expand Workforce Labor Pool

May 2, 2012 9:04 am | by SOURCE DePaul Industries

In an effort to help close workforce talent gaps and reduce turnover in the Tri-Cities food processing industry, Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA) and DePaul Industries held a roundtable discussion among area food processors at the Port of Pasco last week that led to the development of several new ideas for attracting skilled talent to the industry and area.

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Louis Dreyfus Commodities Buying Imperial Sugar

May 2, 2012 8:57 am

Agribusiness company Louis Dreyfus Commodities LLC is buying refined sugar processor Imperial Sugar Co. for about $77.5 million in cash as it diversifies its operations.

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Land O' Lakes, Eggland's Best Hatch Joint Venture

May 2, 2012 8:54 am

Land O'Lakes Inc. said on Tuesday that it is creating a joint venture with Eggland's Best Inc. to sell specialty branded eggs. Each company will own half of the new venture, to be called Eggland's Best LLC.

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Japanese Butcher Serves Up 'Cesium Beef'

May 2, 2012 8:51 am

On the afternoon of March 11, exactly one year after last year's Great East Japan Earthquake, a group of around 30 people were invited to gather at a 12-story building a few blocks away from the bustling streets of the Shinjuku district in Tokyo. The diners were in for a nuclear treat.

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Corn Products' Profit Falls As Costs Rise

May 2, 2012 8:48 am

Food ingredient maker Corn Products International Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit fell as costs rose faster than revenue. But the results beat Wall Street expectations, and the company said it expects earnings to rise in the second half of the year.

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Photo Of The Day: Grapes Help Battle Stress

May 2, 2012 8:43 am

New research presented last week at the Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, California, suggests that grape consumption may be able to positively affect anxiety and related hypertension, as well as cognitive impairments associated with anxiety. 

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State Resolution Thanks Member For M&Ms

May 1, 2012 12:06 pm

Rep. Atkins has carried on a tradition since 1999 in which every time there's a pause for a House roll call, he dumps a bunch of M&Ms into a glass jar on his desk . . .

Stocks Turn Higher On Better Manufacturing Report

May 1, 2012 12:03 pm | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer

The Institute for Supply Management said its national manufacturing index rose to its highest level since last June . . .

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