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Exports Are 'Big Business' For Beef Industry

April 26, 2012 12:52 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Exports are big business for the U.S. beef industry, which shipped a record $5.4 billion worth of beef abroad last year. It was the first year sales surpassed those in 2003, when exports to Asia collapsed amid the first U.S. mad cow disease scare. Before Tuesday's announcement that mad cow disease had been found in a California dairy cow, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted exports would drop slightly this year as ranchers limit production because of drought and high feed costs.

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Fish Recalled For Botulism

April 26, 2012 12:47 pm

A Los Angeles seafood company is voluntarily recalling its smoked and dry vobla fish because it may be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause botulism.

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Consumer Trends: Social Marketing Lifts Sales By Nearly 7 Percent

April 26, 2012 12:44 pm

Social marketing, when used to build widespread consumer advocacy, generates an average sales lift of 6.7% for CPG brands, according to a recent study.

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PepsiCo's 1Q Profits Edge Lower

April 26, 2012 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc.'s first-quarter net income fell slightly from a year ago, as the food and beverage giant raised prices to make up for rising commodity costs.

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Standard Test May Miss Ingredients That Cause Milk Allergy

April 26, 2012 10:07 am

The standard test used to detect milk-protein residues in processed foods may not work as well as previously believed in all applications, sometimes missing ingredients that can cause milk allergy, the most common childhood food allergy, which affects millions of children under age 3, a scientist reported here today at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

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Indonesia Halts Imports Of U.S. Beef After Mad Cow Discovery

April 26, 2012 10:02 am | by NINIEK KARMINI,Associated Press

Indonesia became the first country to suspend imports of U.S. beef Thursday following the discovery this week of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease.

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Kellogg's 1Q Slumps As Costs Rise

April 26, 2012 9:59 am

Food maker Kellogg Co. says its first-quarter net income fell 2 percent, hurt by declining demand in Europe and higher raw material costs.

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Coca-Cola Seeks First Stock Split Since 1996

April 26, 2012 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest beverage maker said Wednesday the 2-for-1 split is in line with its plan to double revenue over this decade. The Atlanta-based company's stock began trading in 1919. Since then, the stock has been split only 10 other times.

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Photo Of The Day: Beef Backlash

April 26, 2012 9:53 am

Indonesia became the first country to suspend imports of U.S. beef Thursday following the discovery this week of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease.

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Wendy's Rolls Out New Premium Sides

April 25, 2012 1:26 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Wendy's is combining two of its best-known menu items to serve up a new offering — chili cheese fries. The restaurant will also offer macaroni and cheese and oven-baked sweet potatoes for a limited time.

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Canada: Mad Cow Disease Won’t Affect Trade With U.S.

April 25, 2012 1:24 pm | by ROB GILLIES,Associated Press

Canada says a new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. will not affect trade between the two countries. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Tuesday both countries have implemented science-based measures to protect animal and human health. The agency also noted that U.S. officials have confirmed that no part of this animal's carcass entered the food system.

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Seafood Company Purchases Foreclosed Bottling Plant

April 25, 2012 1:22 pm

Silver Bay Seafoods has purchased the True Alaska Bottling plant for $1.1 million at a public foreclosure auction.

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Dr Pepper Snapple 1Q Results Fall Short

April 25, 2012 1:20 pm

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said Wednesday that its profit fell 11 percent in the first quarter, blaming higher costs for packaging and ingredients. Its shares fell almost 3 percent in midday trading.

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USDA Says Meat, Dairy Supply Safe From Mad Cow

April 25, 2012 1:17 pm

The first new case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), since 2006 has been detected in a dead cow in California, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) maintains that the nation’s food supply is safe.

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Consumer Trends: 2011 Food & Beverage Product Pacesetters

April 25, 2012 1:14 pm

SymphonyIRI Group announced today the most successful food and beverage and non-foods consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in its 2011 New Product Pacesetters report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. New products are the lifeblood of the CPG industry, reinforced by the fact that, despite prolonged economic difficulties, 22 percent of consumers are always looking for new products to try.

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J&J Snacks Income Up 20 Percent In 2Q

April 25, 2012 10:13 am

J&J Snack Foods Corp. said Monday that its net income rose 20 percent on the strength of its foodservice unit and Icee-branded drinks.

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Study: Wash. Wine A 'Bright Spot' In The Economy

April 25, 2012 10:10 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

The study commissioned by the Washington State Wine Commission, the industry's leading promotional group funded by member growers and wineries, shows Washington wine contributes $8.6 billion annually to the state economy and nearly 30,000 jobs.

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South Korean Stores Pull U.S. Beef Over Mad Cow

April 25, 2012 10:07 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE,AP Business Writer

Two major South Korean retailers pulled U.S. beef from their stores Wednesday following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow. Reaction elsewhere in Asia was muted with Japan saying there's no reason to restrict imports.

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Burger King Promises To Go Cage-Free

April 25, 2012 10:05 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift Wednesday when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.

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Mad Cow Discovered In Calif.

April 25, 2012 10:02 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA and TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

A non-descript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow. The finding, announced Tuesday, is the first new case of the disease in the U.S. since 2006 — and the fact that the discovery was made at all was a stroke of luck. Tests are performed on only a small portion of dead animals brought to the transfer facility near Hanford.

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