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Ore. Man Imprisoned for Making Lead-Heavy Wine

January 31, 2013 12:37 pm | by DANIEL WAGNER, Associated Press

An Oregon man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for failing to pay more than $879,000 in federal taxes on a secret liquor bottling operation that also produced wine containing dangerous heavy metals. William Myers ran up the tax bill while falsely telling the government that he had conducted no business at his company, officials said in a court filing distributed Wednesday.


Fire Engulfs Wisconsin Egg Plant

January 31, 2013 12:35 pm

Smoke and flames poured Thursday from a southeastern Wisconsin food processing plant, where dozens of firefighters battled a blaze all night in frigid temperatures. Hazardous materials handlers have secured the area where ammonia and liquid oxygen tanks are stored at the Echo Lake Foods egg processing plant near downtown Burlington, Mayor Bob Miller said.


Consumer Trends: Winter Fancy Food Show Favorites

January 31, 2013 12:00 pm

The top five food trends for 2013 have been picked by a panel of trendspotters at the 38th Winter Fancy Food Show. The show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 80,000 products on display including cheeses, snacks, olive oils, vinegars, chocolate, and natural and organic products.


Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks to Face off in Vietnam

January 31, 2013 9:50 am

Dunkin' Donuts is about to face off with Starbucks in Vietnam. The parent company of the chain, Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., said Wednesday that it signed a franchise deal to develop the brand in the coffee-loving country, with the first locations planned for Ho Chi Minh City area. The announcement comes just weeks after Starbucks announced plans to open its first cafe in the country.


U.S. Manufacturers More Optimistic About Economy

January 31, 2013 9:48 am

Sentiment regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy in the year ahead increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers, while uncertainty around outlook for the world economy prevailed, according to the Q4 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released by PwC US.


Flour Shortage Hurting Venezuelan Bakeries

January 31, 2013 9:45 am | by FABIOLA SANCHEZ,Associated Press

Marco Freitas, a manager of a Caracas bakery, is selling mainly cold cuts and dry pasta now that his bread shelves are nearly empty. Freitas said he hasn't been able to get enough flour lately. The shortage of imported wheat flour stems from problems including bottlenecks in seaports, a labor conflict at one processing company and a shortage of dollars allotted to importers by the government.


Wyoming Students Sent to Hospital After Eating Veggies

January 31, 2013 9:43 am

About a dozen Wyoming preschoolers at Linford Elementary School in Laramie were taken to the hospital Tuesday after eating sample-sized portions of either yucca, the cactus, or yuca, with one c, the root vegetable. It was part of a push to get students to eat new types of fruits and vegetable.


Investment Firms to Pay $410M for Twinkies

January 31, 2013 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess said late Wednesday that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess, says the two are offering to pay $410 million for the snack-cake business and five bakeries.


Photo of the Day: Venezuelans Struggle with Flour Shortage

January 31, 2013 9:37 am

A bakery worker stand behind of a nearly empty display case in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Venezuelans have been coping with sporadic shortages of foods ranging from cooking oil to sugar, and lately a dearth of flour is preventing some bakeries from making bread.


Thought of the Day: Putting Meat to the Test

January 30, 2013 12:27 pm

Food processors and grocers normally do not test the DNA of meat products. But a horsemeat scare in the UK has prompted some to send off samples to forensics labs to ensure the quality of their product. Tesco, the largest grocer in both Britain and Ireland, recently dropped its supplier over the scandal, and says it is currently employing DNA testing to ensure its meat is horse-free.


German Beer Drinking Drops

January 30, 2013 12:17 pm

Germans are emptying fewer beer steins these days. Consumption of the national beverage fell by 1.8 percent last year to the lowest level since West and East Germany reunified in 1990. The German government statistics agency reported Wednesday that Germans drank 96.5 million hectoliters of beer last year. That's 2.55 billion gallons.


Tesco Drops Supplier over Horsemeat

January 30, 2013 12:16 pm

Britain's biggest supermarket chain says it is dropping a firm that supplied it with beef burgers contaminated with horsemeat. Tesco says burgers from Ireland-based Silvercrest contained meat from an unauthorized supplier that came from outside the U.K. and Ireland, in violation of the grocer's policy.


Pa. Governor Plans to Privatize Alcohol Sales

January 30, 2013 12:13 pm | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to call for auctioning off wine and liquor store licenses and opening beer sales to a broad array of retailers including supermarkets and convenience stores, according to information from people briefed by the governor's office Tuesday.


Ex-BPI Worker Suit Moved to Federal Court

January 30, 2013 12:12 pm

A lawsuit a former Beef Products Inc. worker filed against ABC News and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver over the use of the term "pink slime" has been moved to federal district court. Bruce Smith was one of about 750 people who lost their jobs at BPI after the company took a financial hit following news reports about lean, finely textured beef.


Processors, Grocers Turn to DNA Testing on Meat

January 30, 2013 12:11 pm | by SHAWN POGATCHNIK,Associated Press

Horsemeat might not be bad for you to eat, but it's definitely bad for sales of products labeled as beef. But Ireland's surprise discovery of horsemeat traces in many factory-produced burgers is boosting business for one trade: Forensics labs able to use DNA fingerprinting to tell pig from fowl.


Consumer Trends: Chicken Wings a Super Bowl Staple

January 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Chicken wings have become a staple food of Super Bowl parties in the U.S., and demand for them on menus is now at an all-time high leading up to the second biggest eating day of the year: Super Bowl Sunday. Super Bowl weekend is unquestionably the biggest time of the year for wings.


Vermont Explores Charcuterie

January 30, 2013 9:35 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Nearly 30 years ago, a handful of Vermonters realized they could do more with milk than just sell it. And with a little help from the state, they became pioneers in what quickly blossomed into the artisanal cheese movement. Now Vermont officials are exploring a new round of value added agriculture. Because why just raise livestock when instead you could be tapping into the burgeoning world of charcuterie?


U.S. Consumer Confidence Plunges

January 30, 2013 9:32 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

An increase in Social Security taxes is leaving Americans with less take-home pay — and a more negative outlook for the U.S. economy. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence plunged 8.1 points in January from December to 58.6. That's the lowest reading in 14 months and the third straight decline.


FDA Finds Violations, Unsanitary Conditions At Juice Plant

January 30, 2013 9:29 am

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that Jonlly Fruits, Inc. (Jonlly), and its President, Bartolo Pérez Román (Defendants), have signed a consent decree of permanent injunction prohibiting distribution of their fruit and juice products sold under Jonlly’s own label, as well as “Natural Tropic,” “Selectos,” and several other private-label brands.


ConAgra Completes Ralcorp Acquisition

January 30, 2013 9:27 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that it has completed its roughly $5 billion acquisition of private-label food maker Ralcorp Holdings Inc. The company announced in November that it would buy Ralcorp in a deal that makes it the nation's biggest producer of store-brand foods.



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