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Plaintiffs Object to Bond in Horse Slaughter Case

August 19, 2013 9:47 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

Groups suing to stop a return to domestic horse slaughter posted a nearly $500,000 bond to keep a temporary ban in effect. But the groups are fighting the court order that requires the money to cover potential losses by the slaughterhouses should the organizations ultimately lose their lawsuit.


Meal Programs Expand Summer Nutrition for Kids

August 19, 2013 9:44 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP,Associated Press

In recent years, the federal government has been pushing its spending toward mobile food programs, feeding hungry kids in parks, recreation centers and even their homes. There are now 42,000 sites that provide summer meals, and the 3,000 locations were added this year.


Photo of the Day: Serving Up Summer Lunch

August 19, 2013 9:41 am

Only a fraction of the 21 million children who receive free or reduced-price lunches in school cafeterias around the U.S. are fed regularly over the summer. The federal government has been pushing to improve these numbers, but child advocates say that will be a challenge.


Consumer Trends: Drink Mixer Momentum Expected to Continue

August 16, 2013 1:00 pm

Tracking the growth trend in spirits and the rise of cocktail culture, mixers used in the preparation of cocktails and mixed drinks in restaurants and bars are on a solid growth trajectory, according to a new report. Mixers are non-alcohol beverage ingredients used in spirits-based drinks.


School Lunch Linked with Childhood Obesity

August 15, 2013 2:04 pm

Among middle-school children, the behaviors most often linked with obesity are school lunch consumption and two hours or more of daily TV viewing. While some habits were the same for all overweight children, a study found some gender differences in the habits influencing body weight.


Sugar Association Calls Recent Study Misleading

August 15, 2013 2:02 pm

The Sugar Association is taking issue with a recent study examining the impact of "added sugars" on mice. The organization says that the mice in the study were not fed sucrose, so characterizing this research as a "sugar study" is inaccurate and misleading.


Food Execs: Transformative Tech Key for Industry Growth

August 15, 2013 1:59 pm

Executives in the food and beverage industry expect continued growth in 2013 with revenue increases largely driven by product innovations and the ability to add new customers, according to a new survey. At the same time, rapidly advancing technology is transforming the industry.


Campbell Sued over Heart-Healthy Sodium Label

August 15, 2013 1:57 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

A lawsuit seeking class-action status says that the American Heart Association lets Campbell Soup use its "Heart-Check" certification in exchange for fees, even when the company's products don't meet the group's own nutritional recommendations.


Consumer Trends: Premium Seafood Trends at the Asian Seafood Expo

August 15, 2013 1:00 pm

Visitors to this year's Asian Seafood Exposition will have access to a record number of new premium seafood lines. The expo's New Product Showcase will feature display cases providing attendees with a sneak preview of more than 60 of the latest premium seafood products.


Daily Sound Bite: Community Coffee Looks to Expand

August 15, 2013 12:47 pm

David Belanger has been CEO of Community Coffee for just over a year, though he's been with the company for 15 years. During his time at the helm, the company has seen steady growth without changing its fundamental business principles. 


Groups File Motion to Intervene in COOL Lawsuit

August 15, 2013 12:21 pm

The United States Cattlemen's Association, National Farmers Union, American Sheep Industry Association and Consumer Federation of America jointly filed a motion to intervene in the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) lawsuit brought against USDA by AMI and eight other U.S., Canadian and Mexican meat and livestock organizations.


Wal-Mart Cuts Profit Outlook

August 15, 2013 12:19 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its annual profit and revenue outlook as the retailer expects a tough economy at home and abroad to continue to squeeze its low-income shoppers through the rest of the year. It also reported second-quarter results that missed Wall Street estimates.


P&G Recalling Some Dry Pet Foods

August 15, 2013 12:17 pm

Procter & Gamble is recalling some of its dry food for dogs and cats due to possible salmonella contamination. The company said the recalled products include certain Eukanuba foods for puppies and adult dogs, and some Iams puppy and adult dog foods and kitten and adult cat foods.


Prison to Raise Trout for Zoo Animals

August 15, 2013 12:14 pm | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS,Associated Press

A prison program is helping pay for inmates to raise trout to feed penguins, polar bears and otters at the Columbus Zoo. The rainbow trout farm that opened Wednesday at the Southeastern Correctional Complex in Lancaster, Ohio, will provide about 300 pounds of frozen trout a month for the zoo.


Photo of the Day: Running a Prison Hatchery

August 15, 2013 12:11 pm

Southeastern Correctional Institution Inmates John Kirkbride, Zach Landman and Jerrod Daniels help load 5,000 trout into a hatchery at the institution. The fish will be used to feed polar bears and other animals at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.

Berkshire Again Cuts Stakes in Kraft, Mondelez

August 15, 2013 10:41 am

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway again cut its stakes in Kraft Foods and Mondelez International, the packaged food companies that split up late last year. As of June 30, Berkshire had 192,666 shares in Kraft. That's down 88 percent from the stake reported as of March 31.


U.S. Consumer Prices Rise as Inflation Stays Mild

August 15, 2013 10:39 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

More expensive fruits and vegetables pushed up the price of food in July, which ticked up just 0.1 percent. Meat, chicken and fish also rose in price, while other food groups fell. Baked goods and cereals, milk and other dairy products, and fruit juices and other drinks all fell in price.


Trident Seafoods Plans $41M Plant in Ga.

August 15, 2013 10:37 am

A seafood company plans to open a $41 million plant that processes frozen fish in west Georgia. Seattle-based Trident Seafoods plans to expand and move into a Carroll County facility once operated by Chiquita. The expanded plant will cover 147,000 square feet.


Va. Wine Sales Break Record Again

August 15, 2013 10:36 am

Virginia wines are continuing to sell at a record-breaking pace. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that Virginia wineries sold more than 511,000 cases in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The previous record was nearly 485,000 cases sold in fiscal 2012.


La. Coffee Company Looks to Expand Brand

August 15, 2013 10:35 am | by TIMOTHY BOONE,The Advocate

It was just over a year ago that David Belanger took over as president and CEO of Community Coffee. He has made some changes, such as spinning off CC's Coffee House into a separate business and introducing new cups for single-serve coffeemakers.



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