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KFC Uncovers Col. Sanders Recipe Book

November 10, 2011 3:55 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paula Deen, step aside. Colonel Harland Sanders is about to teach America "real old-time country and farm cooking before it's forgotten." Yes, Colonel Sanders. On yellowed pages hidden for decades, the white-jacketed man with a special fried chicken recipe and a vision that helped create the modern fast-food industry reveals he saw a future in another lucrative market — celebrity food books.

Who's Stealing Germany's Grapes?

November 10, 2011 3:52 am

BERLIN (AP) — It's a ripening mystery: Who's stealing the wine grapes of Germany? Thieves raiding lucrative southern German vineyards have made off with a minor fortune in fruit over more than a dozen forays under the cover of darkness. Vintners have increased their vigilance, posted guards and sought help from the police, but so far, the thieves have made off without a trace.

Photo Of The Day: The Colonel's Other Secret

November 10, 2011 3:45 am

(AP) — An undated photo provided by KFC shows a typewritten manuscript by company founder Colonel Harland Sanders. The Louisville-based company says it was found in archives recently and is full of stories and recipes – but not THE recipe – and it will be published online.


Judge Approves Poultry Antitrust Settlement

November 9, 2011 4:00 am

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has approved the settlement of an antitrust lawsuit that challenged George's Inc.'s acquisition of a Tyson Foods poultry plant in Harrisonburg. The U.S. Department of Justice filed the lawsuit in May. The Daily News Record reports that U.S.

Dippin' Dots Files For Bankruptcy

November 9, 2011 3:58 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Once the self-proclaimed "Ice Cream of the Future," Dippin' Dots is seeking federal bankruptcy protection, a move the company said is aimed at staving off foreclosure on more than $11 million in loans. The Paducah, Ky.-based company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Thursday night, asking U.

Economist Predicts Ripple Effect With Chobani Plant

November 9, 2011 3:55 am

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — A decision by New York-based Agro Farma to build its new western manufacturing plant for Chobani yogurt in south-central Idaho will create a large ripple effect with additional jobs, economist say. The ripple effect for Chobani is high because yogurt is made from milk, a top product of the region, said Jan Roeser, a regional economist with the Idaho Department of Labor.

Wash. Apple Growers Face Picker Shortage

November 9, 2011 3:52 am

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Apple growers say they could have had one of their best years ever if a shortage of workers hadn't forced them to leave some fruit on trees. Growers in Washington state, which produces about half of the nation's apples, say the labor shortage was made worse by a late start to their harvest.

Coca-Cola Bottling Profit Falls 37 Percent

November 9, 2011 3:50 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Coca-Cola Bottling Co. said its third-quarter net income fell 37 percent despite a revenue increase as its costs rose more than 9 percent. The company reported net income for the quarter of $9.8 million, or $1.06 per share, compared with $15.5 million, or $1.69 per share, a year earlier.


Comfort Foods Announces 'Terrific 10' For The Holidays

November 8, 2011 3:56 am

ALBUQUERQUE , NM (Comfort Foods) — Just in time for the holiday season, Comfort Foods, one of the nation’s leading specialty gourmet food manufacturers, has unveiled its Terrific 10 series of unique seasonings, party mixes, soups and breads. The products offer people a taste of New Mexico’s hottest flavors.

Campaign Pushes Campbell Soup To Remove BPA From Cans

November 8, 2011 3:51 am

LOS ANGELES, CA ( — Thousands of people have joined a campaign on demanding that Campbell Soup Company remove bisphenol-A (BPA), a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to cancer and diabetes, from its soup cans. Healthy Child Healthy World, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that helps parents protect kids from toxins, launched the online campaign on Change.

Sara Lee Gets Offer For European Dough Business

November 8, 2011 3:47 am

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. said Monday that it received a roughly $159 million offer from French private equity firm Sagard for its European chilled dough business. Sara Lee, based in Downers Grove, Ill., has been selling off a number of its business lines as it prepares to split into two units.

Sysco's 1Q Income Rises Slightly

November 8, 2011 3:45 am

HOUSTON (AP) — Sysco Corp.'s net income rose 1.2 percent in its fiscal first quarter as it passed along sharply higher food costs amid soft consumer spending. The company, which sells food to restaurants, hotels and other food establishments, has seen business slow as consumers visited fewer restaurants in the down economy.

National Beef Workers Vote For Union Representation

November 8, 2011 3:42 am

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Workers at a Dodge City meatpacking plant have voted in favor of union representation. The National Labor Relations Board supervised the two-day election at National Beef Packing Co. The agency said Monday that the vote was 1,292 in favor and 824 against representation by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

Photo Of The Day: Tea Cubed

November 8, 2011 3:39 am

LONDON (Datamonitor) — Lu Lin Tea Cubed offers tea in cube-shaped bags that stay firm and allow the use of whole tea leaves without the leaves getting crushed.  This UK product was the innovation of the week from Datamonitor’s Product Launch Analytics. Calif.


Mich. Dairy Owners Face Jail In Immigration Case

November 7, 2011 3:54 am

BAD AXE, Mich. (AP) — The owners of a Michigan dairy farm who pleaded guilty to hiring illegal immigrants are getting support from businesses that rely on the farm in their effort to avoid jail time. John and Anja Verhaar pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and acknowledged employing 78 illegal immigrants from 2000 through fall 2007.

Oysters Linked To Norovirus Cases In Wash.

November 7, 2011 3:50 am

SILVER SPRING , Md. (FDA) — The FDA is warning consumers not to eat certain ASSI Brand frozen oysters, which were linked to norovirus cases in Washingston state. Fast Facts The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat certain ASSI Brand frozen oysters from Korea following an outbreak of illness in Washington state caused by norovirus .

Calif. Foodies Push For Homemade Food Sales Law

November 7, 2011 3:43 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mark Stambler's handcrafted bread was a favorite at Los Angeles specialty food shops until public health officials cracked down on the crusty loaves leavened in his garage and baked in a wood-burning oven in his backyard. The home-baked operation ran afoul of strict food preparation laws that prevent Californians from selling homemade goods.

Foreign Vineyards Seek Foothold In Growing Chinese Market

November 7, 2011 3:39 am

HONG KONG (AP) — As growth slows in their traditional markets, wine makers from around the world are eager to tap demand in China but industry players say the increased competition and a lack of wine drinking culture mean it won't be easy money. Thousands of people attending a major wine and spirits trade fair last week in Hong Kong sipped and spat countless vintages made by producers ranging from boutique vineyards in New Zealand to famed chateaux from France's Bordeaux region.

Pecan Prices Rise Due To Drought, Increased Demand

November 7, 2011 3:35 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Expect to pay more for pecan pie this Thanksgiving thanks to drought in parts of the South and big demand from China. The average retail price for a pound of pecans rose from $7 in 2008 to $9 last year, and it's expected to be about $11 this year, said Jeff Worn, vice president of South Georgia Pecan Co.


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