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General Mills 3Q Profit Falls

March 21, 2012 10:01 am

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Natural Valley granola bars and Hamburger Helper remains one of the most popular food brands in grocery stores. But like most of its peers, it has struggled with higher costs for everything from ingredients to labor and has raised its prices to help alleviate some of the pressure.

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TreeHouse Foods Acquires Naturally Fresh

March 21, 2012 9:59 am

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Naturally Fresh, Inc., a privately owned Atlanta, Ga.-based maker of refrigerated dressings, sauces, marinades, dips and specialty items.

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Consumers Call For Penn. Grocer To Disclose 'Pink Slime' Content

March 21, 2012 9:54 am

Today, concerned Pennsylvanians are calling on Carlisle-based Giant Food Stores, the state’s largest traditional grocer, to respect consumers’ rights and label which of the ground beef products sold at their Pennsylvania stores contain Finely Textured Beef (FTB), a meat industry term for a filler made from low-grade trimmings.

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Canadian Beef Recall Continues To Expand

March 21, 2012 9:51 am

The public is being warned to check all ground beef products in their freezers as a growing country-wide recall due to possible E.coli contamination affects a number of brands.

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Photo Of The Day: Egg-cited About Easter

March 21, 2012 9:49 am

From hard-boiled eggs for decorating, to quiches and stratas for brunch, eggs are the centerpiece of Easter holiday traditions.

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Vt. Company Expanding Meat Business

March 20, 2012 1:04 pm

A Springfield produce company is expanding its meat business by buying a vacant factory once used by the Ben & Jerry's ice cream company.

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A Wine For Every Mood

March 20, 2012 1:03 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

You know wine and food pairings. But how do you feel about wine and mood pairings? That's the approach being taken by a new line of wines — "Be." — from Treasury Wine Estates that are aimed at an emerging segment of the market: millennial women.

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Commodities Firm Buys Viterra

March 20, 2012 1:01 pm | by FRANK JORDANS & ROB GILLIES,Associated Press

Swiss-based commodities firm Glencore International PLC agreed Tuesday to buy Canada's largest grain handling company Viterra Inc., in a deal valued at 6.1 billion Canadian dollars ($6.14 billion).

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Judge Upholds Wash. Liquor Privatization

March 20, 2012 12:59 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

A Cowlitz County judge on Monday ruled that a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales in Washington state is constitutional, reversing an earlier decision that had left the measure's fate in question.

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Mo. Farmers Take On Animal Rights Activists

March 20, 2012 12:56 pm | by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER,Associated Press

Twenty-five farm groups ranging from the Missouri Pork Association and the state Beef Industry Council to agribusiness heavyweights Cargill and Monsanto have united under the banner of Missouri Farmers Care. Their target? The Humane Society of the United States, which pushed the dog breeding initiative and is now the primary financial backer of Your Vote Counts!, a proposed state constitutional amendment requiring a three-fourths majority vote before the Legislature could override voter-approved laws.

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Consumer Trends: The Future Of Functional Foods

March 20, 2012 12:52 pm

Functional food and beverages have moved beyond an emergent concept to become an established market, with the market benefiting from a widening appeal. This report identifies key target segments, growth drivers and strategies for success.

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Greek Looks To Spread Cheap Food Network Europe-Wide

March 20, 2012 10:07 am | by COSTAS KANTOURIS,Associated Press

The leader of a project that helps Greek farmers sell their food products directly to customers at bargain prices hopes to build a Europe-wide network that would bypass middlemen while benefiting local producers and consumers.

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Beatrice Bakery Leaves Bankruptcy

March 20, 2012 10:04 am

Beatrice Bakery Co., the maker of Grandma's Fruitcake, has left bankruptcy. Before the bankruptcy, Beatrice Bakery had been featured on the Food Network's "Unwrapped" program and ABC's "The View."

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French Presidential Election Mixes Politics And Meat

March 20, 2012 10:02 am | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press

The changes in France's age-old butchering industry reflect profound economic and societal shifts gnawing at France's core, and have catapulted the butcher shop into the debate before presidential elections in April and May.

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Protestors March Against Monsanto Outside Gates Foundation

March 20, 2012 9:59 am

About 40 protesters marched in front of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Friday to urge the organization to sever its ties with chemical manufacturer Monsanto Co. KPLU-FM reports the Seattle protest was led by Agra Watch, a local group opposed to the Gates Foundation's grants supporting research into genetically modified crops.

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CDC: Outbreaks Linked To Imported Foods Increasing

March 20, 2012 9:56 am

Foodborne disease outbreaks caused by imported food appeared to rise in 2009 and 2010, and nearly half of the outbreaks implicated foods imported from areas which previously had not been associated with outbreaks, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presented today at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta.

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Photo Of The Day: Butchers And Ballots

March 20, 2012 9:50 am

President Nicolas Sarkozy has lamented the decline of the traditional French butcher and now wants all meat clearly marked halal, kosher or French while Prime Minister Francois Fillon has suggested that the ritual slaughter of animals by Muslims and Jews is out of sync with modern times.

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Wendy's Takes No. 2 Spot From Burger King

March 19, 2012 1:07 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Wendy's edged out Burger King in U.S. sales volume for the first time last year since Wendy's was founded in 1969, according to a report by the food industry research firm Technomic Inc. that's set to be released next month.

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Agilent Partners With FDA To Improve Food Safety

March 19, 2012 1:03 pm

Scientific instrument maker Agilent Technologies Inc. announced Monday that it is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to develop new tools for tracking food pathogens and identifying seafood.

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Starbucks Opens First Juice Store

March 19, 2012 12:58 pm

Starbucks Corp. is pushing beyond coffee with the opening of the first Evolution Fresh Inc. juice store, the company said Monday. Starbucks, which is looking for new businesses for growth, purchased the California-based juice maker in November for $30 million. Evolution Fresh had been selling its juices in grocery stores such as Whole Foods groceries. The first Evolution Fresh store is in Bellevue, Wash.

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