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Boston Beer 2Q Income Jumped 37 Percent

August 1, 2013 11:26 am

Second-quarter net income jumped 37 percent at the Boston Beer Company Inc. as it shipped more of its Samuel Adams beer and other beverages. The company has ramped up its marketing efforts and is benefiting from increased sales, prompting the brewer to lift its outlook for the full year.


Ark. Experts Seek Fast End to China Chicken Ban

August 1, 2013 11:25 am | by KELLY P. KISSEL,Associated Press

Poultry experts said they are hopeful China will quickly lift import restrictions put in place after nine Arkansas chickens were exposed to a strain of avian flu. The USDA told Arkansas' congressional delegation that China had stopped importing Arkansas chicken parts, following similar moves by Japan and Russia.


50K Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled for E. Coli

August 1, 2013 11:23 am

A western Kansas company is recalling more than 50,000 pounds of ground beef products because it could be tainted with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said National Beef Packing Company, which is based in Liberal, produced the meat.


California Quarantines Area in Citrus Belt

August 1, 2013 11:21 am

California officials have quarantined an area in the state's citrus belt after discovering tiny pests capable of killing citrus trees. The California Department of Food and Agriculture said 178 square miles in Tulare County have been quarantined following the detection of six Asian citrus psyllids.


Whole Foods Profit Climbs on Stronger Sales

August 1, 2013 10:03 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Whole Foods Market Inc. says its profit rose by 21 percent in the latest quarter, as the organic grocery store operator worked on making its prices more competitive for a broader audience of shoppers. The company says sales at stores open at least year rose 7.5 percent.


LA Schools Go Back to Basics with Revamped Menu

August 1, 2013 10:00 am

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District tried to spruce up its lunch menu, with cafeteria ladies dishing out chicken tandoori and sushi. The kids hated it. So the district overhauled the menu last year after students turned away from unfamiliar fare.


DuPont Closes Deal for South African Seed Company

August 1, 2013 9:57 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

After a nearly three-year battle with South African regulators, DuPont Co. has completed the purchase of a majority stake in South Africa's Pannar Seed. The deal greatly expands DuPont's access to new markets, and will help it boost seed availability for farmers in Africa.


Navajo Nation Backs NM Horse Slaughterhouse

August 1, 2013 9:54 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

The Navajo Nation is jumping into the divisive fray over a return to domestic horse slaughter, drafting a letter to federal officials supporting a New Mexico company's plan to begin exporting horse meat next week. Because of horse overpopulation, the tribe already is rounding up and selling wild horses.


Critics: Consumers Should Know More About Outbreak

August 1, 2013 9:51 am | by GRANT SCHULTE and MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Food safety advocates say they are alarmed by a lack of information being disseminated about the spread of a nasty intestinal illness that has sickened nearly 400 people nationwide, including cases in two states that have been linked to prepackaged salad.


Kellogg’s Profit Rises But Breakfast Struggles

August 1, 2013 9:23 am

Kellogg has been fighting to increase cereal sales as people move toward on-the-go meals in the mornings. General Mills is facing a similar problem and is deploying a variety of tactics such as marketing children's cereal to adults by playing on their nostalgia for brands such as Lucky Charms.


Photo of the Day: Kellogg's Cereal Crisis

August 1, 2013 9:19 am

Kellogg Co. said its North American sales rose in its latest quarter, helped by its specialty foods and the acquisition of Pringle chips last year. But the key morning foods unit saw a 3.3 percent decline, even as the company tried to get Americans to eat more cereal.

U.S. Spirits Sales Boost Diageo’s Profits

July 31, 2013 4:33 pm

Drinks company Diageo PLC says rising spirits consumption in the U.S. helped its profit in the year to end-June to swell by 28 percent to $3.79 billion. The maker of Johnnie Walker whiskey, Smirnoff vodka and Guinness stout said sales rose 6.1 percent to from a year earlier.


Official: Salad Mix Wasn’t Produced in Iowa or Nebraska

July 31, 2013 4:29 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE and MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A food-safety inspector said most, if not all, of the prepackaged salad mix that sickened hundreds of people in Iowa and Nebraska wasn't grown in either state. The Iowa Food and Consumer Safety Bureau chief said at least 80 percent of the vegetables were grown and processed elsewhere.


Cuba: 7 Dead After Drinking Methyl Alcohol

July 31, 2013 4:25 pm

At least seven people have died of poisoning after consuming methyl alcohol and 41 others remain hospitalized. A Health Ministry report read on the afternoon news says numerous people began showing up at Havana emergency rooms Monday exhibiting symptoms of "serious poisoning."


China Stopping Imports of Arkansas Poultry Products

July 31, 2013 4:22 pm | by KELLY P. KISSEL,Associated Press

Federal agriculture officials said China has stopped importing Arkansas' poultry products. Sen. Mark Pryor decried the decision, saying an "isolated incident" led to the ban. Pryor didn't say what the incident was, but birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for avian flu in June.


Daily Sound Bite: Japan Resumes Import of U.S. Wheat

July 31, 2013 2:42 pm

After two months of abstaining, Japan has announced it will resume importing U.S.-produced wheat. Japan had ceased imports after unapproved GMO wheat was found growing in an Oregon farmer's field. U.S. senator Ron Wyden celebrated the news.


Consumer Trends: Parents Choose Eggs for Breakfast

July 31, 2013 1:00 pm

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Egg Board, 82 percent of parents agree that eggs are a more nutritious breakfast than cereal. Eggs have six grams of protein and provide a good source of vitamin D, along with calcium, for helping to grow strong bones.


AB InBev Earnings Fall on Taxes, Financing

July 31, 2013 12:12 pm | by TOBY STERLING,AP Business Writer

Shares in Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch InBev SA rose strongly after the company reported second-quarter earnings down from a year ago but still better than expected. The world's largest brewer said net profit during the period was $1.50 billion.


More Igor Cheese Pulled due to Listeria Concerns

July 31, 2013 12:10 pm

A recall of an Italian-made cheese has been expanded to include additional varieties because of possible Listeria contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is asking consumers to avoid eating the Igor brand Gorgonzola Dolce, Gorgonzola Piccante and Gorgonzola Dolce DOP cheeses.


Japan Resumes U.S. Wheat Imports

July 31, 2013 12:08 pm | by NIGEL DUARA,Associated Press

Japan has agreed to resume importing Northwest soft white wheat two months after a genetically modified rogue strain of the crop appeared in an Oregon farmer's field. The Oregon Wheat Commission has maintained since the rogue strain was discovered that it was limited to one field.



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