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Judge Upholds Removal of Calif. Oyster Farm

February 5, 2013 12:27 pm | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

A federal judge on Monday denied a Northern California oyster farm's request to have its removal from Point Reyes National Seashore overturned, and ruled against allowing it to continue doing business in the park while its lawsuit is being heard in court.

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Pizza Hut to Roll out Tiny Pies

February 5, 2013 12:25 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Sick of pizza after the Super Bowl? Pizza Hut is hoping to tempt you with tiny new pies. The chain is introducing "pizza sliders," which are smaller than its personal pies and can be ordered in batches for families that want to customize their orders with different toppings. The sliders will be available in either a $10 box of nine or a $5 box of three.

Prime Minister: Horsemeat Harming Ireland’s Reputation

February 5, 2013 12:21 pm | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press

Ireland's prime minister vowed Tuesday to identify who has been putting horsemeat into Irish-produced burgers. Yet even as Prime Minister Enda Kenny said the problem had been linked to imported offcuts of Polish meat, experts said horse could have been added to burger-bound beef later in the supply chain — and noted past examples of food-labeling fraud in Ireland's meat industry.

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Consumer Trends: Obesity and Food Insecurity

February 5, 2013 12:00 pm

Children of low-income, overweight/obese mothers — those living under conditions of chronic mild food insecurity — are at greater risk of becoming obese preschoolers compared to children living in food secure families during the first 3-4 years of life. This was a key finding recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Tyson Completes $14M Investment in Va. Plant

February 5, 2013 9:43 am

Tyson Foods Inc. says it has completed a $14 million investment to increase production capacity at its Hanover County poultry plant. In addition to installing new equipment, the Arkansas-based company says it also hired 120 additional employees at the plant, increasing its employment to about 760.

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Activists Push for GMO Labeling in Hawaii

February 5, 2013 9:41 am | by ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,Associated Press

Environmental groups are urging Hawaii lawmakers to require all genetically modified food to carry boldface labeling. House lawmakers were debating the bill Monday, which proposes mandatory labeling of any genetically modified agricultural commodity sold in Hawaii.

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McDonald’s to Put Fish McBites in Happy Meals

February 5, 2013 9:39 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's says it is offering its first new Happy Meal entree in a decade: Fish McBites. The world's biggest hamburger chain said the Fish McBites will be widely available at U.S. restaurants starting this week through March, to coincide with Lent. The Happy Meals will come with seven pieces of Fish McBites, French fries, apple slices and a drink.

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Strong Sales Boost Hershey’s 4Q Profit

February 5, 2013 9:37 am

Hershey said its net income rose 5.5 percent in the fourth quarter, as sales of its Kit Kats, Reese's and other candies boosted revenue. The company, based in Hershey, Pa., noted that it gained market share across categories during the quarter and raised its outlook for the year. Its shares briefly hit a new high.

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Ireland: Testing Shows Polish ‘Beef’ 75 Percent Horsemeat

February 5, 2013 9:35 am | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press

Ireland's government announced Monday that DNA testing has confirmed that Polish meat offcuts imported into Ireland and labeled as beef actually contain up to 75 percent horsemeat, a discovery made as Ireland's food-standards scandal forced a second burger manufacturer to shut operations.

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Photo of the Day: Brewing Power

February 5, 2013 9:33 am

In this photo taken Jan 23, 2013, in Juneau, Alaska, Brandon Smith, the Alaskan Brewing Co.'s brewing operations and engineering manager, holds spent grain, or waste accumulated by the brewing process. The brewery has installed a unique boiler system that burns the company's dried, spent grain into steam which powers the majority of the plant's operations.

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Daily Sound Bite: Running on Beer

February 4, 2013 12:49 pm

The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green in a most unusual way. The company will use its own product to power its facility. A new $1.8 million boiler will convert spent grain into steam, repurposing the facility's brewing waste into power.

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Cattle Ranching on the Move Amid Drought

February 4, 2013 12:27 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

The severe drought that scorched pastures across the Southern Plains last summer helped shrink the nation's herd to its smallest size in more than six decades and encouraged the movement of animals to lusher fields in the northern and western parts of the U.S., a new report shows.

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Tyson’s 1Q Profit Tops Expectations

February 4, 2013 12:26 pm

Tyson Foods, the nation's biggest meat company, said Friday that its fiscal first-quarter net income rose 11 percent as chicken and beef prices increased. Its earnings performance beat Wall Street's expectations and the company maintained its full-year revenue forecast above analysts' estimates. The stock climbed more than 3 percent in premarket trading.

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U.S. Wine Production, Consumption Up

February 4, 2013 12:24 pm

U.S. residents now make up the largest wine market in the world, consuming 13 percent of all that's produced globally, according to an analyst who spoke Wednesday at a major wine industry gathering. Jon Fredrikson told executives at the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium that U.S. production increased 2 percent last year to help meet demand.

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Hillshire Gains on Improved Outlook

February 4, 2013 12:22 pm

Shares of Hillshire Brands rose Thursday after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages raised its outlook based on its performance in the first half of its fiscal year. The company, based in Chicago, is the former North American business of Sara Lee Corp., which split into two separate companies this past summer.

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Beer Will Help Power Alaskan Brewery

February 4, 2013 12:21 pm | by JOSHUA BERLINGER,Associated Press

The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer. The Juneau-based beer maker has installed a unique boiler system in order to cut its fuel costs. It purchased a $1.8 million furnace that burns the company's spent grain into steam which powers the majority of the brewery's operations.

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Consumer Trends: Dads Do Dinner

February 4, 2013 12:00 pm

Once upon a time, the kitchen was considered a mom's domain, but research shows that today's dads are taking a more active role in the kitchen, as well as with food shopping, menu planning and meal preparation. A national survey administered by Kraft Cheese reveals 96 percent of American dads are cooking for themselves or others every week.

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Doritos to Roll out Chips in ‘Taco Bell’ Flavor

February 4, 2013 9:48 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Frito-Lay wants a bigger bite of Taco Bell's popular Doritos Locos Tacos. The snack food giant plans to roll out its Doritos in a "Taco Bell" flavor as a limited-time product this spring, aiming to capitalize on the popularity of the Doritos-flavored tacos introduced by the fast-food chain last year.

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Schumer: Feds Work to Bring More Greek Yogurt to Schools

February 4, 2013 9:46 am

Sen. Charles Schumer says federal officials are taking steps to make Greek yogurt more available for school lunches — a move that could mean more business for upstate producers and dairy farmers. Schumer last summer asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to modify the federal school lunch program to incorporate Greek yogurt as a high-protein meat alternative.

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Super Bowl Ads Go Epic

February 4, 2013 9:44 am | by MAE ANDERSON,The Associated Press

Super Bowl ads this year morphed into mini soap operas. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson shrugged off aliens so he could get more milk for his kids in a Super Bowl spot for the Milk Processor Education Program. Anheuser-Busch's commercial told the story of a baby Clydesdale growing up and returning to his owner for a heartfelt hug years later.

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