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4 Fishermen Stranded Off Bahamas For 5 Days

December 15, 2011 6:17 am

MIAMI (AP) — Authorities say four fishermen spent five days stranded off the Bahamas without food or water before being rescued. U.S. Coast Guard officials say two fishing skiffs did not return to a larger fishing vessel from the Bahamas as scheduled Saturday morning. The Royal Bahamian Defence Force searched for the missing boats before requesting the Coast Guard's help Tuesday afternoon.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Projects High Earnings

December 15, 2011 4:09 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., which bottles and sells Coca-Cola drinks in Europe, said that its full-year earnings will likely come in at the higher end of its prior forecast. Coca-Cola Enterprises previously predicted earnings between $2.14 and $2.18 per share, which includes a 15 cents per share foreign exchange benefit.

Mars Petcare To Add 275 Jobs

December 15, 2011 4:06 am

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A pet food company says it will add about 275 jobs as it expands its plant in Columbia. The State newspaper reported Mars Petcare plans to spend nearly $130 million as part of the expansion over the next five years. Company officials say the expansion will more than triple the number of employees at the plant.

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Whiskey Company To Make Barrel Wood In Ala.

December 15, 2011 4:04 am

STEVENSON, Ala. (AP) — The company that produces Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey is breaking ground in north Alabama for a plant that will produce the wood used in its barrels. The mill operated by Brown-Forman Cooperage is located in Stevenson, which is in northeast Alabama. The mill will produce white oak stave and heading material that will be used to produce whiskey barrels.

Rice On The Rise

December 15, 2011 4:03 am

Japan To Assess Safety Of Imported Beef

December 15, 2011 4:02 am

TOKYO, Dec. 15 (Kyodo) — Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry plans to ask the government's food safety panel to assess the safety of imported beef in two cases in which the country allows imports of beef from cattle aged 30 months or younger and from cattle aged more than 30 months, ministry sources said Thursday.

Ex-Health Inspectors Charged With Bribery

December 15, 2011 3:59 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two former health inspectors have been accused of accepting bribes in exchange for passing hundreds of restaurants on food safety exams in a city known for its culinary scene, officials said Wednesday. In addition to bribery charges, Ajamu Stewart and Clifton Sanders face felony counts for falsifying public records, said District Attorney George Gascon and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

Photo Of The Day: Whole Foods Goes Halal

December 15, 2011 3:54 am

(AP) — In this Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, Jack Acree, executive vice president with American Halal Co., Inc., left, and Adnan Durrani, Chief Halal Officer with American Halal Co., Inc, stand near their products in a freezer case at a Whole Foods store in Darien, Conn. The company helped Whole Foods develop its first nationally distributed halal (Islamically permitted) food product called Saffron Road entrees that the food stores started selling in August.

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Summer Floods Cost Midwestern Farmers

December 14, 2011 8:13 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring's rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.

BBB: Self-Regulation Results In Remarkable Changes In Children's Food Ads

December 14, 2011 8:05 am

Arlington, Va. (BBB) — Five years ago, leading food and beverage companies made a major commitment to be a part of the solution to childhood obesity by agreeing to limit what foods they advertise to children under the age of 12. The Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB) launched the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) in November 2006 with ten charter companies.

Five Food Trends To Watch In 2012

December 14, 2011 6:27 am

NEW YORK (Euro RSCG) — Global integrated marketing communications agency Euro RSCG Worldwide today issued an in-depth look at what’s trending in food for 2012-13. Marian Salzman, CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide PR, North America, and one of the world’s leading trendspotters, curated the list, which is part of a catalog of more than 150 trends in 32 categories.

NY Brews Beer Promotion

December 14, 2011 6:23 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The growing microbrewery industry is trying the same kind of I Love New York promotion used to boost tourism and wineries. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and brewers statewide on Wednesday will launch an "I Love NY Brew" promotion. The goal is for the growing New York beer brewing industry to work with convenience stores and New York City bars and restaurants to get more space on shelves and on menus for the state's beers.

Norwegians Battle Butter Shortage

December 14, 2011 6:20 am

OSLO, Norway (AP) — High demand for butter used in traditional Norwegian Christmas dishes has caused a big shortage, leading the government to slash import duties on the cherished product. Butter consumption has steadily increased in the Scandinavian country this year, partly because of the nation's increased popularity of low-carb but fat-rich diets.

Korean Cake Recalled

December 14, 2011 4:03 am

HANOVER, Md. (AP) — A Hanover company is recalling Korean Cake, or Gyeong Dan, because the product contains undeclared eggs. Rhee Bros. Inc. said Tuesday that it is recalling its 8-ounce packages of ASSI brand Korean Cake. The cakes were distributed nationwide to Asian food retail stores.

Fed Says Economy Is Healthier, Takes No New Steps

December 14, 2011 4:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve on Tuesday portrayed the U.S. economy as slightly healthier and held off on any new steps to boost growth. Hiring is picking up and consumers are spending more despite slower growth globally, the Fed said in its policy statement issued after its final meeting of the year.

Fruit Traders Protest In Sri Lanka Over Transport Rule

December 14, 2011 3:56 am

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Thousands of produce traders protested for a third day in Sri Lankan streets Wednesday, halting business at the capital's central market over a new rule changing how they transport their goods. At least 24 people have been hurt and 83 arrested in the protests over a rule that fruit and vegetables be transported in plastic baskets rather than sacks.

Survey: Shoppers Expect Discounts

December 14, 2011 3:53 am | by Smarter, Efficient Shoppers Focus on Consumer Product Purchases

NEW YORK (Deloitte) — Excitement over unexpected in-store deals has diminished as discounted prices become an anticipated part of the consumer products shopping experience, according to the Deloitte/Harrison Group annual American Pantry Survey. For nearly one-third (30 percent) of consumers, at least seven of 10 items in their shopping cart is discounted.

New Meaning Of 'Cash Crop'

December 14, 2011 3:51 am

Coca-Cola Spends $980M For Half Of Saudi Company

December 14, 2011 3:49 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Coca-Cola Co. is buying roughly half of Saudi Arabia's Aujan Industries for $980 million, pairing the U.S. soda giant with one of the Middle East's top independent beverage companies. Under the terms of the deal announced Wednesday, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola will get a 50 percent stake in the part of Aujan that holds rights to the company's brands, and 49 percent of its distribution company.

Photo Of The Day: Fi Excellence Award Winners Announced

December 14, 2011 3:43 am | by The Fi Excellence Awards winners are:

PARIS, France (PRNewswire) — Food Ingredients Europe & Natural Ingredients, in its 25th edition, announced the winners of the Fi Excellence Awards. The Awards, organized every two years, rewarded the major innovations in the food industry in six categories, as well as 'The Most Innovative Food Ingredient', the overall winner of the Fi Excellence Awards.

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