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Florida Hopes To Cash In On Gap In Blueberry Market

November 2, 2011 4:46 am

HAWTHORNE, Fla. (AP) — When you think of Florida fruit, oranges, grapefruit and strawberries come to mind. But blueberries? Hundreds of small blueberry farms have opened in the Sunshine State in the past three decades, and blueberry production has increased more than tenfold in the past decade.

Photo Of The Day: Live Forever Juice

November 2, 2011 4:40 am

(FDAImports.com) — Live Forever Juice is a fake product and brand created by Maryland consulting firm FDAImports.com. It was developed to highlight the issue of FDA compliance in food labeling, especially for organic products. Intended to be over-the-top, Live Forever Juice is intentional, yet witty, honing in on some of the most common and difficult labeling errors that companies often make.

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Green Mountain Coffee Investing $180M In Va.

November 1, 2011 4:55 am

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. is bringing a production and distribution center to southeastern Virginia, investing $180 million and creating as many as 800 jobs over the next five years, the company and state officials announced Friday. The Waterbury, Vt.

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Ark. Chicken Co. Purchased By Mexican Poultry Firm

November 1, 2011 4:53 am

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Fort Smith-based chicken company O.K. Industries Inc. announced Friday that it is being purchased by the leading poultry firm in Mexico. Privately-held O.K. Industries and its subsidiary, O.K. Foods, employ about 4,000 people at poultry plants in western Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Indiana County Seeks To Draw Food Processors

November 1, 2011 4:51 am

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana economic development group has launched a marketing blitz aimed to draw food processing companies to Wayne County. The Economic Development Corporation has sent postcards to 4,700 companies across the U.S. and has created a new website to help attract businesses to the area.

Conn. Faces Lobster Die-Off

November 1, 2011 4:49 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nick Crismale made his career as a lobsterman, but lately there are not enough of the crustaceans in Long Island Sound to make it worth putting out the traps. Crismale, who dedicated himself to clamming this year, had been among the few remaining holdouts in an industry devastated by a steady decline in lobster stocks.

Le-Nature CEO's Family On Trial For Money Laundering

November 1, 2011 4:45 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The wife and son of the former head of a bankrupt soft drink maker have gone to trial on money laundering charges. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the trial of Karla S. Podlucky and G. Jesse Podlucky began Monday in western Pennsylvania. That's less than two weeks after former Le-Nature CEO Gregory Podlucky was sentenced to 20 years in prison for masterminding the scheme.

Photo Of The Day: White House Weight Loss

November 1, 2011 4:40 am

(AP) — In this May 20, 2011 file photo, White House chefs, from left, Susie Morrison, executive chef Chriseta Comerford and Adam Collick, taste the salads they prepared in the kitchen of the White House in Washington. While the first lady's campaign to lower childhood obesity rates will need time to produce results, if ever, the White House is one place where her message about eating balanced meals and getting more exercise is not only resonating, but showing results, too.

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85K Tins Of Cookies Recalled For Bacillus Contamination

October 31, 2011 5:27 am

Camp Hill, PA (FDA) — Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration, Rite Aid has initiated a voluntary chainwide recall of approximately 85,000 tins of butter cookies distributed by Rite Aid under the Rich Fields brand name because of the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus .

40 Laid Off Cargill Workers To Return

October 31, 2011 5:24 am

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — The Cargill Inc. plant that was the subject of two recalls of ground turkey hasn't set a date for resuming production of the product but has brought back 40 of 130 workers the company laid off. The Springdale plant has about 1,200 employees and — at full production — processes 7 million pounds of finished turkey products each week, ranging from whole birds to turkey breasts to ground products.

Unilever To Sell Culver Brand For $325M

October 31, 2011 5:21 am

Unilever is selling its Culver Specialty Brands business to B&G Foods Inc. for $325 million, the companies announced Friday. Culver makes food and household products such as Mrs. Dash salt-free seasonings, Molly McButter sprinkles, Sugar Twin sugar substitute, Baker's Joy baking spray and Static Guard spray.

Former Mr. Jelly Belly Hopes To Regain Candy Crown

October 31, 2011 5:16 am

COVINA, Calif. (AP) — He's the Willie Wonka of this small suburban town east of Los Angeles, the rotund man in the T-shirt and shorts who joyfully takes just about anybody who walks through the door on a tour of his tiny candy factory. But David Klein was once much more. The confectioner, who these days makes a comfortable living selling various chewy, crunchy concoctions with funny names like Candy Barf and Zombie Heart (the latter squirts strawberry-flavored "blood" when you bite into it), was once at the center of a sweet-tooth revolution.

Crews Search For 3 Presumed Dead In Grain Explosion

October 31, 2011 5:10 am

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — Unstable concrete, hanging steel beams and other damage caused by a powerful explosion that ripped through a Kansas grain elevator are complicating efforts to find three more people likely killed in the blast. Crews were hoping to stabilize the debris and resume their search Monday in the Bartlett Grain Co.

Photo Of The Day: A Healthy Halloween

October 31, 2011 5:07 am

(AP) — In this Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 file photo, Hannah Moos, 5, dressed as a bunch of grapes, asks for candy with her father Kyle, of Melba, Idaho at a Halloween event in downtown Nampa, Idaho. Dentists and dieticians say one can still make Halloween reasonably healthy for kids without resorting to tactics like no candy.

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Dr Pepper Snapple 3Q Income Up 7 Percent

October 28, 2011 4:45 am

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Dr Pepper Snapple Group's third-quarter net income rose 7 percent as the company raised prices to offset higher costs. Soft drink makers are facing higher costs for ingredients and packaging. The company said Wednesday it expects packaging and ingredient costs will increase its cost of goods sold by 7 percent to 9 percent in 2011.

Bayer Extends Rice Settlement Deadline

October 28, 2011 4:43 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rice farmers have nearly a month to file for part of a $750 million settlement to claims they lost money because Bayer CropScience inadvertently allowed genetically modified rice seed onto the market in the United States. The original deadline was Oct. 10, but Bayer extended it to Nov.

Higher Prices, Halloween Sales Boost Hershey's Profit

October 28, 2011 4:38 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hershey, the nation's second-largest candy maker, on Thursday reported a 9 percent increase in its third-quarter profit, citing higher prices and strong Halloween sales. The Hershey Co. also raised its 2011 sales forecast for the second time in three months, saying it expects sales will rise by 7 percent in 2011, up from its earlier estimate of 6 percent.

Coca-Cola Buys Bottler For $360M

October 28, 2011 4:35 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co., the fifth-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler in the U.S., agreed to be acquired by The Coca-Cola Co. for $360 million. The Oklahoma City bottler said Thursday that Robert Browne, its chairman and chief executive, will join Coca-Cola's Refreshments unit working on product supply and customer service operations.

Okla. Company Recalls Meat, Poultry Pie Products

October 28, 2011 4:33 am

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based company is recalling nearly 9,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry pie products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday some products from Original Fried Pies, Inc. contain a preservative called sodium benzoate that doesn't appear on package labels.

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