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Wilmington Port, Dole Reach Tentative Agreement

August 14, 2013 12:23 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,Associated Press

Officials with the Diamond State Port Corp. and Dole Food Co. announced an agreement in principle Tuesday for Dole to continue using Wilmington's port for its cargo for the next 15 years. The agreement gives Dole two options for 10-year extensions.


Chipotle Considering Change to Allow Antibiotics

August 14, 2013 12:21 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Chipotle Mexican Grill said its beef, chicken and pork continues to come from animals not given antibiotics or added hormones whenever possible. But it said it's considering tweaking its "responsibly raised" meat standards to allow meat from animals that have been given antibiotics to treat illnesses.


Cuomo Touring Finger Lakes to Boost NY Wineries

August 14, 2013 12:19 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo started the Governor's Cup Wine Tour and Competition early Tuesday afternoon at the Anthony Road Wine Company in Penn Yan. After the tour, Cuomo will present the Governor's Cup, which recognizes the best wine in New York state.


Fonterra Exec Resigns in Wake of Botulism Scare

August 14, 2013 12:17 pm

Fonterra senior executive Gary Romano resigned Wednesday in the aftermath of a botulism scare. In his role as managing director of New Zealand Milk Products, Romano oversaw the tainted product line that sparked a global recall of infant formula.


Daily Sound Bite: Coke Defends Artificial Sweeteners in New Ads

August 14, 2013 12:15 pm

Coca-Cola has announced it will roll out a new ad campaign defending its use of artificial sweeteners. The company plans to gauge the response to the initial ads and determine whether a wider campaign around artificial sweeteners would be beneficial to the company and its image.


Wendy’s Selling 30 Restaurants in St. Louis Market

August 14, 2013 9:38 am

Wendy's is selling 30 of its restaurants in the St. Louis market to a partnership that includes its second-largest franchisee and NBA player Chauncey Billups. The sale is part of Wendy's plan to sell about 425 company-run restaurants to franchise operators.


New Brands Boost Flowers Foods 2Q

August 14, 2013 9:36 am

Flowers Foods Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose 64 percent after a big boost from the company's recent acquisitions of Sara Lee and Lepage brands. Sales volumes increased 22 percent, with about half of that increase coming from its acquired brands.


Iowa Plant Drops Horse-Slaughter Plan

August 14, 2013 9:34 am | by GRANT SCHULTE and JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

An Iowa company is dropping plans to slaughter horses in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that temporarily banned the practice as part of a lawsuit filed by animal welfare groups. Responsible Transportation was among two companies that had secured federal permits for horse slaughter.


Coke Set to Defend Artificial Sweeteners

August 14, 2013 9:32 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola plans to run its first ad defending artificial sweeteners on Wednesday, a move that comes as the company looks to stem declining diet soda sales. The ad is set to run in USA Today in the Atlanta area, followed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday and the Chicago Tribune next week.


Washington's Tribute to Grilled Cheese

August 14, 2013 9:28 am | by PHILIP ELLIOTT,Associated Press

At Stoney's in Washington, there are multiple varieties of grilled cheese. There is the classic, with melted American between two thick slices of buttery Texas toast, crispy on the outside but chewy in the middle. The "super" variety adds juicy tomato, break-your-tooth-crunchy bacon and plenty of onions.


Photo of the Day: A Monument to American Comfort Food

August 14, 2013 9:23 am

To appreciate Washington and its true character, get away from the monuments and venture to the quickly developing stretch around the 14th Street corridor. There, discover the best tribute to the ultimate American comfort food: Stoney's grilled cheeses.

Consumer Trends: Packaged Food Volume Declining

August 13, 2013 1:00 pm

The "super" is being drained from the average American supermarket's growth engine through a steady volume shift away from traditional grocery channels and into discount channels. A new report finds packaged food and beverage declining in volume across U.S. supermarkets.


USDA Expects Corn Crop to Rebound

August 13, 2013 12:33 pm

The USDA expects Indiana corn farmers and farmers across America to rebound from a dismal crop last year by producing nearly 1 billion bushels in 2013. Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says the larger crop will mean lower food prices.


Yum Brands Sees Setback in China Recovery

August 13, 2013 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

KFC parent Yum Brands Inc. said a key sales figure for its critical China unit fell 13 percent in July, marking a setback in its push to recover from a bird flu scare and an earlier controversy over its chicken supply. The company had reported easing sales declines in recent months.


Poultry Processor to Invest $5.4M in Ark. Plant

August 13, 2013 12:28 pm

Vikon Farms says it will hire more than 170 people and invest $5.4 million at a site in Arkadelphia, Ark. The company will also create jobs outside the plant by contracting with growers from El Dorado and Union County along with a Vikon-supported hatchery in Prescott.


Mars Food Study Researchers Conclude Experiment

August 13, 2013 12:26 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER,Associated Press

Researchers who have spent nearly four months simulating what it's like to live on Mars are emerging from their experiment on a barren Hawaii lava field. The NASA-funded study is researching what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to Mars.


Heinz Cutting 600 Jobs in U.S. and Canada

August 13, 2013 12:24 pm | by KEVIN BEGOS,Associated Press

Food company H.J. Heinz Co. is eliminating 600 jobs across the U.S. and in Canada, including 350 in Pittsburgh, nearly a third of its operation there. The company was sold in June and the layoffs were the result of a review of operations, spokesman Michael Mullen said.


Daily Sound Bite: Salad Company Halts Production After Outbreak

August 13, 2013 12:22 pm

After being linked to an outbreak of cyclospora that sickened consumers in Iowa and Nebraska, Taylor Farms de Mexico has halted production and will not resume plant operations or product shipping until the FDA grants approval to do so.


SD Governor Expects Beef Plant to be Purchased

August 13, 2013 9:38 am

Gov. Dennis Daugaard expects a financially troubled South Dakota beef packing plant will eventually be bought and operated by a new owner. Northern Beef Packers filed for bankruptcy protection last month and has asked a judge to allow it to hire an investment banking firm to pursue a sale.


Animal Activists Damage Iowa Butter Cow

August 13, 2013 9:36 am

An animal welfare group poured red paint over the Iowa State Fair's butter cow, but the damage was quickly scraped away and the iconic sculpture is back on display. Iowans for Animal Liberation, which promotes veganism, claimed responsibility in a news release.



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