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Convincing Consumers To Rethink 'Pink Slime' Is A Hard Sell

March 29, 2012 10:00 am | by JOSH FUNK,AP Business Writer

The main producer of "pink slime" and the politicians defending the company will have a hard time persuading consumers and grocery stores to accept the product, even if the processed beef trimmings are as safe as the industry insists.

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Photo Of The Day: Grapes Thrive In Extreme Cold

March 29, 2012 9:55 am

A bunch of cold-hearty Marquette grapes grow on a vine in Carver County, Minn. Marquette is the newest of four grape varieties developed by the university to resist temperatures that can dip into the negative-30s.

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Organic Food Maker's Shares Soar In Debut

March 28, 2012 1:34 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

Investors are gobbling up shares of pasta maker Annie's Inc., the latest sign of the pull of natural and organic foods for consumers.

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Bill For Stronger Beer Heads To Miss. Governor

March 28, 2012 1:33 pm | by EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS,Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is not yet saying whether he'll sign or veto a bill that would allow the sale of stronger beer in the state, including some craft brews that have been unavailable because of current regulations.

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Co-op Votes Down Israeli Product Ban

March 28, 2012 1:24 pm

A New York City co-op's proposed boycott against Israeli products to protest the Israeli government's policies toward Palestinians has been overwhelmingly defeated.

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Group Seeks Right To Keep Common Food Names

March 28, 2012 1:22 pm

A number of food producers and organizations from multiple countries today launched the Consortium for Common Food Names, an international initiative that seeks to stop efforts to restrict the use of generic food names, including such efforts by the European Commission.

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Governors To Visit 'Pink Slime' Plant

March 28, 2012 1:15 pm | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

The leaders of at least four states plan a visit to the only place where a beef product known as "pink slime" is still made, an effort aimed to support its embattled manufacturer, a company spokesman said Tuesday.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Fuel Their Morning With A Mix Of Eating And Drinking

March 28, 2012 1:08 pm

U.S. consumers, from ages two and up, fuel themselves for the day with a variety of eating and drinking occasions from the time they awake in the morning until 11 a.m., according to a recently published morning meal study

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Organic Food Maker Prices IPO

March 28, 2012 10:04 am

Natural and organic food maker Annie's Inc. priced its initial public offering of 5 million shares at $19 late Tuesday, according to Renaissance Capital.

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Rising Costs Hurt McCormick Profit

March 28, 2012 10:03 am

Spice and flavoring maker McCormick & Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit fell 3 percent as higher costs offset the benefit of raising prices.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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