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Consumer Trends: Fast-Casual Restaurants Strengthen Gains

May 21, 2012 12:00 pm

Fast-casual chains strengthened their gains on the overall restaurant industry, with the top 150 fast-casual chains growing 8.4 percent to $21.5 billion in 2011, a faster rate than in 2010 (6.6 percent).


EPA: Mining Could Affect Quality Of Water, Fish

May 21, 2012 8:16 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press

The possible failure of a dam holding waste from a large-scale mine near the headwaters of one of the world's premier salmon fisheries in Alaska could wipe out or degrade rivers and streams in the region for decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a draft watershed assessment released Friday.


Diamond Pet Foods Issues Another Recall

May 21, 2012 8:14 am

Missouri-based Diamond Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling another type of dog food because of potential exposure to salmonella. The recall announced Friday applies to samples, 6-pound bags and 18-pound bags of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Dog Lamb & Rice Formula dry dog food manufactured on Aug. 26, 2011.


Horse Advocates Press For Fines On NM Slaughterhouse

May 21, 2012 8:11 am

A Colorado-based horse advocacy group says a New Mexico company seeking to become the nation's first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007 should face fines for violating laws on waste disposal, having just recently hauled 400 tons of composted cattle parts from its property after two years of prodding by the state Environment Department.


Saputo Cheese Plant Gets New Life As Smokehouse

May 21, 2012 8:06 am

A Vermont cheese-making plant that closed down after a fire four years ago is getting new life with two new businesses that are opening in its place. A ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday marked the grand opening for Vermont Smoke and Cure and Green Mountain Organic Creamery at the site of the former Saputo Cheese plant in Hinesburg.


Campbell's 3Q Net Income Slipped

May 21, 2012 8:02 am

Campbell Soup Co. says its net income slipped by 5 percent in its fiscal third quarter because of higher costs and sluggish sales.


Photo Of The Day: Farmers Face Fracking Dilemma

May 21, 2012 8:00 am

While other states are reaping the wealth of the Marcellus Shale, New York has had a moratorium on drilling for four years while it overhauls regulations amid intense lobbying for a ban. In the middle of the debate over whether the gas unlocked by fracking is worth the risks of drinking water contamination and adverse health effects are the landowners who must decide whether to sell their mineral rights. Many are dairy farmers and many struggle under heavy debt. 


Canned Food Important In Obesity-Prevention

May 18, 2012 1:26 pm

Findings from a new Michigan State University (MSU) study released this week, underscored the critical role that canned fruits and vegetables play in helping Americans increase these intakes, regardless of geography or income level. 


Neb. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Omaha Tax

May 18, 2012 12:55 pm | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday rejected a challenge to Omaha's 2.5 percent dining tax on all restaurants within city limits. The appeal came from two Omaha restaurants and restaurant owner Anthony Fucinaro Jr., who sued to stop the tax, saying it amounts to a sales tax that the city does not have the authority to enact without a referendum.


Kraft Gets IRS OK For Tax-Free Split

May 18, 2012 12:51 pm

Kraft Foods Inc. said Friday that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service indicated that it will approve the company's plan to spin off a new division in a tax-free split. Kraft plans to split into two companies by the end of the year, one focusing on candy and snacks and the other focusing on grocery products.


After Bankruptcy Acquisition, Dippin' Dots Plans For International Expansion

May 18, 2012 12:49 pm

Dippin' Dots, LLC, a newly-formed company based in Oklahoma City and funded by private capital, has finalized its acquisition of Dippin' Dots, Inc, the Kentucky-based manufacturer of the popular flash-frozen ice cream. The acquisition closed on Friday after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Louisville, Kentucky approved the purchase earlier this month.


Officials Detail New Water Quality Initiative

May 18, 2012 12:32 pm | by LINDA STEWART BALL, Associated Press

A national water quality initiative will provide $2.8 million in funding to farmers, ranchers and timberland owners along a major watershed of the Trinity River Basin to encourage conservation practices that will have a positive impact on Texas' rivers, lakes and streams.


Consumer Trends: Smaller Entrees Equal Higher Veggie Intake For Kids

May 18, 2012 12:00 pm

Focusing on lunch intake over the course of six days, a study varied the sizes of a macaroni and cheese entree, accompanied by as much green bean and applesauce “side dishes” the kids wanted to consume. The result: When the smallest entree portions were served, kids ate 67% more applesauce and 275% more green beans!


Smucker's In A Jam: Teamsters May Strike

May 18, 2012 10:50 am | by SOURCE Teamsters Local 436

More than 270 Teamsters who work at the J.M. Smucker Company announced today that they may strike the Orrville, Ohio jelly maker.

World Cocoa Foundation Announces $4M Support For West African Farmers

May 18, 2012 10:35 am

The World Cocoa Foundation is launching a $4 million initiative to benefit 35,000 cocoa farmers in three West African countries that are among the world's largest producers of cocoa. The announcement comes as part of the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, taking place alongside the 2012 G8 Summit in Washington.


Monsanto Pledges $50M Toward African Agricultural Development

May 18, 2012 10:08 am

Monsanto Company's Chairman, President and CEO Hugh Grant Friday will announce the company's support of the New Vision for Agriculture Initiative, the Grow Africa Partnership and the G8's New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition through a $50 million commitment over the next ten years to support sustained Africa agricultural development and growth.


Opponents Make Last Bid To Halt Wash. Liquor Law

May 18, 2012 10:01 am | by MIKE BAKER, Associated Press

Opponents of Washington state's liquor-privatization initiative made a final bid Thursday to invalidate the voter-approved law just two weeks before it is set to take effect.


Food Policy Splits Along Party Lines

May 18, 2012 10:00 am

FoodMinds' third "Food Temperance in America" survey found that when it comes to food policy issues, there are clear party lines between Democrats and Republicans.


Photo Of The Day: Frito-Lay Goes Gluten-Free

May 18, 2012 9:50 am

PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division today announced a multi-year initiative to validate many of their products as gluten free, with package labeling to follow.


Calif. City To Vote On Soda Tax

May 17, 2012 1:07 pm

Voters in the San Francisco Bay area city of Richmond will have a chance to vote on a proposal to tax soda and other sugary beverages.



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