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Photo Of The Day: A Dark Desire

May 1, 2012 8:29 am

Thighs and drumsticks are climbing the pecking order as Americans join consumers abroad in seeking out flavor that’s lacking in the boneless, skinless chicken breasts that have long dominated the domestic market. While the poultry industry once had trouble finding markets for dark meat, sales are now growing rapidly.

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Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Expands Into Japan

April 30, 2012 10:58 pm

The Durango-based candy company says it has signed a licensing agreement with a partner based in Hong Kong to add dozens of stores in Japan.

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Beer Makers Ask For Dismissal Of Reservation Suit

April 30, 2012 10:55 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beer vendors in a tiny Nebraska town would be forced to discriminate against residents of a neighboring South Dakota American Indian reservation if a judge agrees with a lawsuit accusing the retailers and others of knowingly contributing to the reservation's alcohol-related problems, attorneys said in asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

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Diamond Pet Foods Expands Dog Food Recall

April 30, 2012 10:52 pm

All three products were made at a Gaston, S.C., plant, where production was suspended April 8. The plant is the same one that made mold-contaminated food that killed dozens of dogs nationwide in 2005.

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Coca-Cola Denies Rumors Of Monster Acquisition

April 30, 2012 10:49 pm

Monster Beverage Corp.'s shares soared on Monday following a report that Coca-Cola Co. was considering buying the energy drink maker, but the world's biggest soft drink maker later denied the discussions are under way.

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La. Spent $63.5M On Failed Sugar Cane Mill

April 30, 2012 12:29 pm

The Louisiana legislative auditor says the state spent $63.5 million on an ill-fated sugar cane mill at Lacassine. Auditor Darryl Pupera said Monday that the mill, which hasn't been used in about four years, was built for a group of southwestern Louisiana cane farmers that never numbered more than 30.

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Study: Economic Damage From Offshoring May Be Overstated

April 30, 2012 12:27 pm

Sending jobs overseas may not be as damaging to the U.S. economy as commonly believed, according to a study by a University at Buffalo economist.

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Can Organic Agriculture Feed The World?

April 30, 2012 12:25 pm

Although organic techniques may not be able to do the job alone, they do have an important role to play in feeding a growing global population while minimizing environmental damage, according to researchers at McGill University and the University of Minnesota.

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USDA Issues Update On Mad Cow Case

April 30, 2012 12:23 pm

 The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service released an update on the mad cow detection announced last week. 

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Coca-Cola Plant In China Shut Down For Chlorine Levels

April 30, 2012 12:19 pm

A plant run by The Coca-Cola Co. in China has been shut down by regulators because of chlorine levels found in the drinks it produces. A statement on the website of the Shanxi Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision announcing the production suspension was posted this weekend. An earlier post on the regulator's site said that Coca-Cola products had been seized and that Fanta soda was involved.

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Consumer Trends: Pistachios Get Heart-Healthy Label

April 30, 2012 12:04 pm

The American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark* will now appear on select pistachio nuts grown and marketed by members of the American Pistachio Growers (APG).

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Japan To Give $3M To Nepal To Develop Food Production

April 30, 2012 10:11 am

Japanese officials signed an agreement to provide Nepal with 250 million yen ($3 million) that will be used to buy fertilizers to boost food production and computer equipment for the country's election commission.

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JBS Cleans Beef Plant After Finding E. Coli

April 30, 2012 10:08 am

Beef producer JBS suspended production at its Grand Island plant this week to clean up the facility after E. coli bacteria was found in some of the meat.

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AB InBev Brews 75-Percent Profit Increase

April 30, 2012 10:06 am | by GABRIELE STEINHAUSER,AP Business Writer

The world's biggest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said Monday its first-quarter net profit jumped 75 percent thanks to lower financing costs and taxes as well as bigger beer sales.

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Feds Looking At Feed In Mad Cow Probe

April 30, 2012 10:03 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

Federal agricultural officials who said a California cow died of an atypical form of mad cow disease now are investigating whether feed sources might have played a role in the animal contracting the fatal illness.

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Photo Of The Day: The Rise Of Organic

April 30, 2012 10:01 am

Overall organic product sales growth of 9.5 percent continued to outpace total sales of comparable conventionally produced food and non-food items, which experienced 4.7 percent growth.

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Organic Foods Industry Creates More Than A Half-Million Jobs

April 30, 2012 9:55 am

Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) Policy Conference.

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Pilgrim’s Pride Lowers Expenses, Returns To 1Q Profit

April 27, 2012 12:49 pm

Pilgrim's Pride Corp. returned to profitability in its fiscal first quarter as it lowered expenses. Last year's quarter was weighed down by restructuring charges and other factors.

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Tiger Shrimp Sightings Worry Scientists, Fishermen

April 27, 2012 12:48 pm | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species' territory.

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Starbucks Perks Up 1Q Profits

April 27, 2012 12:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

For the quarter, Starbucks said Thursday that global revenue at cafes open at least a year increased by 7 percent, as a result of more customers and higher spending per visit. The figure is a key metric because it excludes the impact of newly opened or closed stores.

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