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Black Farmers File Claims In USDA Discrimination Settlement

March 28, 2012 10:01 am | by ADRIAN SAINZ,Associated Press

The 1999 settlement of the Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit provided about $1 billion to 15,000 farmers who say the agency unfairly turned them down for loans because of their race between 1981 and 1996.


Judge Dismisses Utah Liquor Suit

March 28, 2012 9:56 am | by JOSH LOFTIN,Associated Press

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday challenging Utah's prohibitions on drink specials and limited bar licenses unless the attorneys for bar and restaurant owners clarify their arguments.


Tyson Warns 'Pink Slime' Scandal Will Hurt Beef Supply

March 28, 2012 9:55 am

Tyson's top executives said they expect demand to recover quickly, but the market will have to adjust. They estimate there will be a 2 percent to 3 percent reduction in supply. Shrinking supplies traditionally drive up costs for consumers.


Photo Of The Day: Black Farmers File Claims In USDA Settlement

March 28, 2012 9:50 am

In a Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 photo, black farmers and their relatives file claim applications related to a settlement of their lawsuit against the Agriculture Department in Memphis, Tenn. Black farmers had sued the department, claiming discrimination in USDA loan application from 1981 to 1996.


NYC Food Co-op To Vote On Israeli Product Boycott

March 27, 2012 12:34 pm

A New York City food co-op will be voting on a proposed boycott against Israeli products to protest the Israeli's government's policies toward Palestinians.


Coastal Cleanup Finds 940,000 Pieces Of Food Packaging

March 27, 2012 12:32 pm

Volunteers around the world collected nearly 9 million pounds of cigarettes, bottles and other trash during a coastal cleanup campaign last year, according to a report released Tuesday.

Cold Blast Threatens Early-Budding Fruit Crops

March 27, 2012 12:30 pm | by GEORGE M. WALSH,Associated Press

Anxious farmers in fruit-growing regions of the Great Lakes, Northeast and even parts of the South kept misters, smudge pots and helicopters in their arsenals as a cold front approached from Canada, threatening to freeze trees and vines overnight that had budded early amid record-setting warmth.


PepsiCo CEO Pay Stays Flat

March 27, 2012 12:26 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The No. 2 cola company, based in Purchase, N.Y., has faced investor dissatisfaction in recent years over its underperforming stock price and slipping market share to rival Coca-Cola Co. That has led to ongoing speculation that CEO Indra Nooyi would step down.


AMI: 'Pink Slime' Criticism Uninformed

March 27, 2012 12:23 pm

According to American Meat Institute President J. Patrick Boyle, "American families will also pay the price at the checkout counter as they see the price of ground beef begin to rise while we work to grow as many as 1.5 million more head of cattle to replace the beef that will no longer be consumed due to this manufactured scare."


Consumer Trends: Top Travel Food Trends

March 27, 2012 12:09 pm

Next week's World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo promises to tantalise your tastebuds as well as providing a visually exciting culinary spectacle for visitors. The largest display of products specially designed for food-on-the move and onboard services for the airline, rail and cruise sectors takes place from 27 to 29 March at the Hamburg Messe in Germany.


16,800 Pounds Of Ground Beef Recalled For E. Coli

March 27, 2012 10:03 am

Sysco Seattle Inc., a Seattle, Wash. firm, is recalling approximately 16,800 pounds of ground beef patties imported from Canada because they may have been contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.


Former Mafia Land Produces Award-Winning Wines

March 27, 2012 9:59 am | by COLLEEN BARRY,AP Business Writer

This isn't the old-fashioned mob piling the pressure on local farmers. These are new economic cooperatives making prize-winning wines from Italian vineyards cultivated on land once held by the Mafia.


Maryland Seeks Marine Stewardship Certification For Blue Crab Harvest

March 27, 2012 9:54 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press

Maryland is in the early stages of seeking Marine Stewardship Council certification for its blue crab harvest, which one chef predicted would be "huge" in helping sales. The state is seeking the certification as more people become concerned about where their food comes from and how its production affects the environment.


Kraft CEO Got 17 Percent Pay Boost In 2011

March 27, 2012 9:51 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Kraft Foods Inc. gave its CEO a pay package worth $15.7 million in 2011, which represents a 17 percent raise from the previous year. The compensation for Irene Rosenfeld included a salary of $1.5 million, stock and option awards worth $9.7 million and incentive-based compensation of $4.2 million.


Australian Food Maker Fined $60K After Worker Loses Finger

March 27, 2012 9:48 am

An Australian food manufacturer has been fined $60,000 over an incident that left a worker with a severed finger after it was caught in a machine.


Photo Of The Day: Sustainable Crabbing

March 27, 2012 9:44 am

Competition is tough when it comes to the canned blue crab, which is one reason Maryland fisheries officials hope to set their catch apart by touting the state's sustainable fishing methods.


Beef Products Halts Production At Three Plants (UPDATED)

March 26, 2012 1:04 pm | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

The company that makes "pink slime" on Monday suspended operations at three of four plants where the low-cost beef filler amid a public outcry over concern about the ingredient.


Raw Milk Products Recalled For Bacteria

March 26, 2012 12:59 pm

California health officials are recalling raw milk products from a Northern California dairy after bacteria that can cause cramps and other problems was found in its raw cream.


Cal-Maine Foods 3Q Profit Falls 22 Percent

March 26, 2012 12:57 pm

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the egg seller and distributor, said Monday that its fiscal third-quarter profit tumbled 22 percent, weighed down by rising feed costs.


Smucker Buys Stake In Chinese Oatmeal Maker

March 26, 2012 12:55 pm

J.M. Smucker Co. bought a minority stake in the Chinese oatmeal company Guilin Seamild Biologic Technology Development Co. for about $35 million, the company said Monday, marking an initial entry into the Chinese market.



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