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Cal-Maine Foods 3Q Profit Climbs

April 1, 2013 12:18 pm

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said Monday that its fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 17 percent, bolstered by increased selling prices and improved sales of specialty eggs. For the period ended March 2, the egg producer earned $30.6 million, or $1.27 per share. That compares with earnings of $26.1 million, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier.

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24 Sickened by Contaminated Snacks

April 1, 2013 12:16 pm

Rhode Island health officials say some of the frozen snack foods linked to an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 24 people around the country may have been shipped to stores in the state as well as neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Consumer Trends: The Impact of Healthy Food Rebates

April 1, 2013 12:00 pm

A new study found that rebates on healthy food purchases cause people to put healthier food in their grocery carts. Led by the nonprofit research organization the RAND Corporation, the analysis examined the purchases of more than 170,000 South African households, of which 60 percent participated in Discovery Vitality' s HealthyFood program and were eligible for a cash-back rebate of up to 25 percent for healthy food purchases.

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Boston Market Rolls Out Ribs

April 1, 2013 9:56 am

Boston Market is expanding beyond its well-known rotisserie chicken offering for a new meat: ribs. The Golden, Colo.-based chain hopes the ribs, its biggest new food launch in six years, will help bring new customers into its restaurants. It's kicking off the launch with a tax-themed ad campaign starting Monday with the slogan, "The Big Rib-ate."

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U.S. Economy Expands at 0.4 Percent Rate

April 1, 2013 9:54 am

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending. The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the October-December quarter.

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Fla. Brewers Push To Legalize Big Beer Jugs

April 1, 2013 9:50 am | by BRENDAN FARRINGTON,Associated Press

Florida is one of only three states where it's illegal to fill one 64-ounce beer container, known as a growler. Customers can get as many of the 32-ounce containers filled as they want, and Florida breweries can also fill unlimited 128-ounce growlers for customers to take home. But the size preferred by most beer enthusiasts is banned.

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Birch Syrup Explored as Add-On to Maple Industry

April 1, 2013 9:48 am | by HOLLY RAMER,Associated Press

Unlike maple syrup-drenched Vermont and lobster-rich Maine, New Hampshire doesn't have much to call its own in the food world. But it could find a future claim to fame in birch syrup, a nontraditional but increasingly popular product pulled from New Hampshire's state tree.

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Oklahoma Lifts Ban on Horse Slaughter

April 1, 2013 9:46 am | by TIM TALLEY,Associated Press

Oklahoma's 50-year-old ban on horse slaughtering was lifted Friday when the governor signed a new law that will allow facilities to process and export horse meat, despite bitter opposition by animal rights activists. Supporters argue that a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma will provide a humane alternative for aging or starving horses, many of which are abandoned in rural parts of the state.

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Photo of the Day: For Fla. Brewers, Size Matters

April 1, 2013 9:44 am

In this Friday, March 29, 2013 photo, a 32-ounce bottle, known among beer enthusiasts as a growler, is filled at the Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, Fla. Quart and gallon growlers are legal in Florida but half-gallon growlers are illegal.

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Daily Sound Bite: Pa. Beer, Wine Privatization Bill Gets Mixed Response

April 1, 2013 9:12 am

A bill to privatize the sale of beer and wine has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives but is making some breweries and beer sellers nervous. The State Senate will likely ammend the bill and plans to hold hearings on the bill, which has been criticized by some lawmakers.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Love Cheese

March 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Would you like cheese with that? According to a recent survey, 96 percent of Americans are cheese eaters and most of them would rather be stripped of connectivity or coffee than having this favorite food staple removed from their diet. So, to celebrate this unprecedented love of cheese, Kraft is hitting the streets with the Fresh Take Fresh Possibilities Tour.

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Daily Sound Bite: Edamame Opens New Industry Opportunities

March 29, 2013 10:58 am

As the American consumer's palate evolves toward a more global and expansive diet, enjoying foods from around the world, soybean growers are hoping to capitalize. Though currently the vast amount of soybeans grown in the U.S. are used for cooking oil and animal feed, a growing number of farmers are experimenting with edible soybeans as Americans' interest in edamame increases.

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Pa. Breweries, Beer Sellers Wary of Privatization

March 29, 2013 10:52 am

Pennsylvania's breweries and beer distributors are worrying about how state lawmakers may liberalize the Depression-era system of selling beer and wine and whether they will be forced to compete for sales at a disadvantage with bigger, better-prepared rivals.

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USDA Expects Highest Corn Acreage Since 1936

March 29, 2013 10:51 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA's spring planting survey said Thursday. The overall corn acreage forecast is up slightly from last year's 97.2 million acres and reflects a shift in where the grain is grown. Acreage in some states hit hardest by last year's drought retreated, while Southern states such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas are shifting cotton acres to corn.

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Right-To-Work Law Takes Effect in Mich.

March 29, 2013 10:47 am | by DAVID EGGERT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER,Associated Press

A right-to-work law is on the books in Michigan, but those considering opting out of paying union dues will have to wait months or years to do so. The law, which lets workers choose not to pay to the unions that bargain on their behalf, applies to labor contracts that are extended or renewed starting Thursday — meaning many employees will not be affected until existing collective bargaining agreements end.

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Soybean Producers See Growth Potential in Edamame

March 29, 2013 10:43 am | by JEANNIE NUSS,Associated Press

The United States is one of the world's top soybean producers, but most beans grown here are used to make cooking oil and feed farm animals. They aren't eaten whole. Now, some farmers from Arkansas to Minnesota are planting a type called edamame, which is commonly used in Asian cuisine.

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NYC Appeals Ruling Striking Down ‘Big Gulp’ Ban

March 29, 2013 10:40 am | by DEEPTI HAJELA,Associated Press

New York City is asking appeals judges to reinstate a ban on supersized sodas and other sugary drinks, which was struck down by a Manhattan judge the day before it was to go into effect. The city had vowed an appeal and said Thursday that lawyers had filed it late Monday.

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Koch Foods Expanding Ga. Plant

March 29, 2013 9:38 am

A food processing and distribution company is planning to expand a plant in western Georgia and looks to create 750 new jobs. Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday announced Koch Foods is planning to expand its plant in Hamilton — about 25 miles northeast of Columbus.

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Jobless Claims Jump to 357K

March 29, 2013 9:36 am | by PAUL WISEMAN,AP Economics Writer

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase. But the longer-term trend in layoffs remained consistent with an improved job market. Applications increased to a seasonally adjusted 357,000 for the week ending March 23, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's up from 341,000 the previous week, which was revised slightly higher.

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An Indoor Farm Goes ‘Mega’

March 29, 2013 9:33 am | by MARTHA IRVINE,AP National Writer

FarmedHere, based in Bedford Park, Ill., is finishing the first of four phases, with plans to expand by the end of next year to 150,000 square feet of vertical growing space. Already, they say they are the largest vertical farm in the country, a claim experts who monitor the field believe to be true. The farm supplies local grocery with fresh basil, arugula and other greens.

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