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Ky. Faces Worst Corn Crop Since 1983

August 14, 2012 12:53 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Triple-digit heat and dry conditions that withered crops during a brutal summer could end up producing Kentucky's skimpiest corn yields in nearly three decades, a report said last week.

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Ala. Ranks 4th Nationally For Obesity

August 14, 2012 12:51 pm | by JAY REEVES,Associated Press

A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 32 percent of Alabama's adults were obese last year. That was only slightly better than the obesity rates in Mississippi, which led the nation at 34.9 percent; Louisiana, at 33.4 percent; and West Virginia, at 32.4 percent.

Consumer Trends: Hispanic Purchasing Trends

August 14, 2012 12:47 pm

In the Hispanic home, cooking traditional foods goes beyond providing healthy, nutritious meals; it represents the importance of family time and offers a way to keep the Hispanic culture alive.

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Maine Congresswoman Promotes Local Lobster

August 14, 2012 9:46 am

Maine congresswoman Chellie Pingree is urging the cruise ships that bring tens of thousands of visitors to Portland to serve locally caught lobsters to their passengers.

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Turkey Processor Plans $70M Plant

August 14, 2012 9:45 am

A turkey processing company is set to break ground on a $70 million plant in southeastern Indiana that it says will employ hundreds of people.

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Flowers Foods 2Q Income Rises On Higher Prices

August 14, 2012 9:43 am

Baked goods company Flowers Foods' net income edged up in the second quarter as increased prices and better sales of Nature's Own breads and Tastykake products pushed revenue higher.

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Rain, Cooler Weather Helping Crops

August 14, 2012 9:42 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

Cooler weather and rain in the middle of the country have slowed the deterioration of the nation's corn and soybean crops, but experts said the drought isn't over and the recent respite won't make much of a difference.

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Penny, Plastic Found In Penn State Ice Cream

August 14, 2012 9:40 am

The Berkey Creamery at Penn State is warning patrons that plastic pieces and a penny have been found in containers of ice cream.

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Photo Of The Day: MoonPie Refreshes Packaging

August 14, 2012 9:38 am

MoonPie, the iconic Southern brand of marshmallow cookie sandwiches, hits store shelves across America this month with an entirely fresh, new package design already generating solid sales growth in select accounts.

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Chef’s Warehouse Buys Meat Company For $54.3M

August 13, 2012 1:07 pm

Specialty food company The Chefs' Warehouse Inc. announced today that it has purchased Michael's Finer Meats LLC for $54.3 million to expand its business in the Midwest.

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Northeast Apple Growers Optimistic Despite Bad Weather

August 13, 2012 1:06 pm | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

When an early spring was followed by a frost, New England apple growers watched closely in the coming months for signs of damage. Turns out, not only was the damage not nearly as bad as in some big apple states like Michigan, but this year's apples are expected to have more intense flavor.

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Kids Prefer Healthier Happy Meals With Toys

August 13, 2012 1:03 pm | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press

Children are far more likely to pick a healthier fast-food meal when promotional toys are offered only with those menu options and not with less nutritional fare like burgers, fries and a pop, a study has found.

Eyes On Lobstermen As Canada’s Season Begins

August 13, 2012 1:01 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Lobstermen and fishery officials in Maine are hoping that cool heads prevail as the fishing season begins in Canada for lobstermen who blocked truckloads of Maine-caught lobster from New Brunswick processing plants before settling their dispute over the weekend.

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USDA Buys Meat To Help Drought-Stricken Farmers

August 13, 2012 1:00 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

The Agriculture Department will buy up to $170 million of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers and ranchers.

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Consumer Trends: Food Retail Moves To The Web

August 13, 2012 12:58 pm

Shopping online for groceries is a growing business. Various sources forecast online purchases of packaged goods to grow from $12 billion today to $25 billion by 2014.

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Union Leaders Hope American Crystal CEO Reconsiders Meeting

August 13, 2012 10:04 am

Union leaders say they hope American Crystal Sugar Co. chief executive Dave Berg will reconsider his decision to skip a community meeting about the company's extended worker lockout.

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Tyson Foods Gets $1B Credit Facility

August 13, 2012 10:03 am

Tyson Foods, the nation's biggest meat company, established a new $1 billion credit facility that will reduce its annual interest expense by $1.1 million a year and boost its balance sheet.

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Junk Food Laws May Help Curb Childhood Obesity

August 13, 2012 10:02 am | by LINDSEY TANNER,AP Medical Writer

Laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity, according to a study that seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off.

Apple Slices Recalled After Listeria Found On Equipment

August 13, 2012 10:00 am

Sliced apples distributed to fast-food and grocery chains across the country are among packaged products being recalled due to possible Listeria contamination.

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Monster Announces Investigation

August 13, 2012 9:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Monster Beverage Corp. said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last Thursday that it received a subpoena last month from an unidentified state attorney general's office concerning the advertising and ingredients of its energy drinks.

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