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Utah Taking Public Comment On Clean-Air Plans

October 2, 2012 11:38 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press

Utah regulators called Monday for stricter controls on industrial emissions to reduce sooty pollution that typically settles in the heavily populated Wasatch Front for weeks in bowl-shaped valleys that trap smog. Regulators opened a month-long public comment period Monday on three sets of comprehensive clean-air plans for northern Utah.

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Canada Adds More Meat To Growing Recall

October 2, 2012 11:34 am

Another day, yet another recall of beef products from Alberta's XL Foods. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says in an updated health hazard alert released overnight that dozens of additional products, including roasts and sausages, have been added to a long list of recalled beef.

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Thailand Extends Expensive Rice Subsidy Scheme

October 2, 2012 11:32 am

The Thai Cabinet has extended a rice-buying scheme that has been plagued by complaints of corruption and threatens the country's long-time reign as the world's top rice exporter. The Cabinet approved a tentative budget of 240 billion baht ($7.8 billion) to buy 15 million tons of rice at above-market prices from farmers for another year.

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Humane Society President Seeks Seat On Tyson Board

October 2, 2012 11:31 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press

The president of the Humane Society of the United States said that he's seeking a spot on Tyson Foods Inc.'s board of directors in an attempt to convince one of the world's largest meat companies to move away from cramped cages for pregnant pigs.

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Kraft, Mondelez To Trade As Separate Companies

October 2, 2012 9:17 am

Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International are set to begin trading as two separate public companies on Tuesday. Kraft Foods Inc. decided to spin off its global snack business in March. That company, called Mondelez International Inc., will be home to global brands including Oreo, Cadbury and Nabisco and trade under the ticker "MDLZ."

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Molson Coors Combines European Units

October 2, 2012 8:00 am

Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Monday that it will combine its U.K. and Ireland business with its recently acquired businesses in Central Europe. The maker of Coors Light and Miller Light had acquired StarBev this summer to expand into central and eastern Europe.

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Authorities: Oregon Farmer Eaten By His Hogs

October 2, 2012 8:00 am

Oregon authorities are investigating how a farmer Terry Vance Garner was eaten by his hogs. After Garner did not return from a trip out to feed his animals on Wednesday, a family member found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure, but most of his remains had been consumed.

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Photo Of The Day: Cranberry Receiving Station

October 2, 2012 8:00 am

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., the world's largest cranberry cooperative, celebrates the opening of its $26 million state-of-the-art cranberry receiving station in Richmond, British Columbia. The new facility can process 100 million pounds of cranberries a year in the BC area, one of the largest cranberry-growing regions in the world. 

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SD Tribe's Lawsuit Against Beer Stores Dismissed

October 2, 2012 8:00 am | by GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press

A federal judge dismissed an American Indian tribe's lawsuit Monday that blamed beer makers and nearby stores for chronic alcoholism on an impoverished South Dakota reservation, saying the case belonged in state court but gave a subtle nod to the tribe's claims.

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Canadian Liberals Pounce On Gov't Over Mounting Meat Safety Fears

October 2, 2012 8:00 am | by The Canadian Press

Canada's National Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Tom Mulcair and acting Liberal counterpart Bob Rae took turns during question period taking the governing Conservatives to task for failing to alert Canadians about meat from an Alberta packing plant that's tainted with E. coli.

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Consumer Trends: Worst Foods In America

October 1, 2012 1:00 pm

Authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding revealed their annual list of the "20 Worst Foods in America," which includes the nation's worst pizza, fish, appetizer, chicken and more at major restaurant and fast-food chains across the country.

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Survey Reveals Supply Chain Management Drives Revenue Growth

October 1, 2012 12:54 pm | by SOURCE: E2open

A new global study of nearly 1,400 executives found that better customer service, faster new product introduction and stronger supplier relationships are among the key drivers by which supply chain professionals are creating added value for their businesses.

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Red Lobster: For The Non-Seafood Lover In You

October 1, 2012 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Red Lobster isn't just for the seafood lover in you. The chain that brought seafood to the masses is hoping to broaden its appeal by revamping its menu on Oct. 15 to boost the number of dishes that cater to diners who don't want seafood, including lighter options such as salads.

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Peanut Butter Recall Includes Major Retailers

October 1, 2012 12:26 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands manufactured by Sunland.

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Artisan Food A Booming Industry

October 1, 2012 12:22 pm | by KAREN FERNAU, The Arizona Republic

Nationally, artisan food sales soared by about 19 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to the National Association for Specialty Food. At the same time, research giant Packaged Facts reports nearly half of U.S. adults say they "like to eat food with artisan appeal."

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Consumer Insight Coming To PACK EXPO

October 1, 2012 10:41 am | by SOURCE PMMI

The importance of gaining consumer insight before making decisions on marketing and packaging can’t be overlooked. Brand owners attending PACK EXPO International 2012, will have access to a range of compelling consumer insights to help them make smarter packaging decisions.

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Bacon Shortage 'Baloney,' But Prices To Rise

October 1, 2012 9:28 am | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer

The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are dismissing reports of a global bacon shortage that lent sizzle to headlines and Twitter feeds last week.

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Photo Of The Day: Grape Pickers Look To Georgian Elections

October 1, 2012 8:00 am

Georgia holds tightly contested parliamentary elections today. For the grape pickers and others like them struggling to make ends meet on rich agricultural land and unable to sell their produce to Russia, the election offers some sense of hope. 

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Calif. Dairies Going Broke Due To Feed, Milk Prices

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Across California, the nation's largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months and many teeter on the edge of insolvency. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business.

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$599K Grant Will Kick-Start 3-Year Project

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by KATHERAN WASSON, The State Journal

Kentucky State University received $599,751 last month from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will allow researchers to focus for three years on a project that will turn a former wastewater treatment plant into a "model farm" full of paddlefish, hybrid striped bass and channel catfish.

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