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Ark. Nestle Plant Cuts 70 Jobs, Slashes Hours

January 28, 2013 10:11 am | by CURT HODGES,The Jonesboro Sun

Nestle USA officials told Jonesboro employees Friday that operations will be curtailed, and 70 full-time positions will be eliminated. The facility's work schedule will be reduced from six days per week to four days per week beginning Feb. 11, factory manager Dan Braswell said. And 70 full-time positions will be eliminated permanently the same day.

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Huge Cuts Coming to New England Fishing

January 28, 2013 10:10 am | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

New England's top fishing regulator said Friday that crippling cuts in catch limits this year are unavoidable and they will devastate what remains of the region's once-flourishing fishing industry. On Friday, John Bullard, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northeast office, said key fish populations are so weak, "draconian" cuts in catch are needed.

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ND Bill Would Allow Brewpubs to Distribute Beer

January 28, 2013 9:46 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

North Dakota craft beer makers who have been foaming at the mouth for legislation that would allow microbreweries to peddle a certain amount of ale to restaurants and bars without paying a distributor may finally be tasting success. A proposal shot down in various forms the last few years is now being supported by beer distributors.

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Beef Linked to Salmonella Cases in 2 States

January 28, 2013 9:44 am

More than 1,000 pounds of ground beef are being recalled in suburban Detroit after federal officials linked it to salmonella in Michigan and Arizona. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the beef is being recalled from Troy-based Gab Halal Foods and Sterling Heights-based Jouni Meats.

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Subway Apologizes for Short Sandwiches

January 28, 2013 9:43 am

Subway is apologizing that its "Footlong" sandwiches fell short of expectations. The world's largest fast-food chain faced widespread criticism last week after a man posted a photo online showing a "Footlong" next to a tape measure that showed it to be just 11 inches.

Mayor Bloomberg: Group ‘Sold Its Soul’ over Drinks Issue

January 28, 2013 9:40 am

Two minority groups' effort to block the city's size limit on sugary drinks is "an outright disgrace," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday. The Hispanic Federation "sold its soul" and the local chapter of the NAACP turned its back on the people it represents by joining a court fight against the first-of-its-kind restriction, the mayor said on his weekly WOR Radio show.

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McKee Foods Seeking Hostess Snack Brand

January 28, 2013 9:39 am

A published report says McKee Foods Corp. is offering to pay between $25 million to $30 million to acquire the Drake's brand from Hostess Brands Inc. The report late Friday in The Wall Street Journal cited unnamed people familiar with the negotiations between the two packaged food companies. McKee, based in Collegedale, Tenn., makes Little Debbie snack cakes.

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Photo of the Day: Peanut Butter Safety

January 28, 2013 9:36 am

Thanks to the Food Safety Modernization Act implemented in 2011, consumers won’t have to worry about choosing peanut butter contaminated with salmonella. Sparta Systems takes a closer look into the peanut butter manufacturing industry, outlining how peanut butter gets contaminated and what the Food Safety Modernization Act does to improve food quality.

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Thought of the Day: Sustainable Filet-O-Fish Coming Soon

January 25, 2013 12:56 pm

McDonald's has announced that it will be the first national chain restaurant to carry the Marine Stewardship Council's "ecolabel," which certifies fish that comes from companies utilizing sustainable fishing practices. The company's Filet-O-Fish will now contain Alaskan Pollock sourced from sustainable fisheries.

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Texas Company Recalls Hog Head Cheese for Salmonella

January 25, 2013 12:35 pm

A Houston head cheese maker is recalling almost 2½ tons of hog head cheese it says may be tainted with salmonella. A Thursday statement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says Stallings Head Cheese Co. is recalling 4,700 pounds of the cold cuts shipped to a distribution center for retail distribution in Louisiana and Southeast Texas.

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Starbucks up After Strong 1Q

January 25, 2013 12:34 pm

Starbucks shares rose in premarket trading Friday after the coffee company reported a 13 percent increase in profit for its latest quarter. The Seattle-based company said sales at cafes open at least a year rose 7 percent in the Americas region, which is its flagship business. The figure rose 11 percent in Asia and fell 1 percent in the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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Maine Bans BPA in Baby Food, Formula

January 25, 2013 12:32 pm

The Maine Board of Environmental Protection has voted to ban the toxic chemical bisphenol-A from baby food and infant formula packaging. The board voted on Thursday, agreeing with Department of Environmental Protection staff recommendations pertaining to infant formula but also went further by applying it to baby food.

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Oyster Farm Challenges Eviction in Court

January 25, 2013 12:31 pm

A federal judge will decide whether an historic oyster farm can continue operating in Point Reyes National Seashore while the company's lawsuit against its eviction is being heard. The U.S. District Court hearing on Friday is a last-ditch effort by the farm, which was evicted from Point Reyes National Seashore Nov. 29 after its 40-year lease expired.

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Gatorade to Remove Controversial Ingredient

January 25, 2013 12:29 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink following customer complaints. A spokeswoman for the company, Molly Carter, says the move was in the works for the past year after the company began "hearing rumblings" from consumers about the ingredient. She said it wasn't a response to a recent petition on Change.org by a Mississippi teenager.

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Consumer Trends: What's Cooking in America

January 25, 2013 12:00 pm

 A new report called "The Measuring Cup Trend Report: What American Families are Cooking and Eating: 2013 Trends" concludes healthier eating will continue to be a top priority for home cooks, whether it's incorporating probiotics, "clean" ingredients, or more fruits and vegetables in everyday meals. 

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Green Mountain Coffee up on Positive Assessment

January 25, 2013 9:42 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s shares rose Thursday after a Key Banc analyst gave an upbeat assessment of the company's near-term prospects. Analyst Akshay Jagdale said the market is expecting a price war over single-serve coffee pods will erupt once the company's key patents expire in September. As a result many investors expect the company will lower its 2013 earnings estimates.

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McDonald’s Fish to be Labeled ‘Sustainable’

January 25, 2013 9:40 am

McDonald's says it will be the first national restaurant chain to carry a label from a group that certifies sustainable fishing practices. The blue "ecolabel" from the Marine Stewardship Council certifies that the Alaskan Pollock used in McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwiches come from suppliers with sustainable fishing practices.

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Worms: What’s for Dinner in Zimbabwe

January 25, 2013 9:38 am | by TSVANGIRAYI MUKWAZHI,Associated Press

A Zimbabwean nutritionist, Marlon Chidemo, says the worms are high in healthy nutrients and contain three times the amount of protein as beef. He says eating worms is less taxing on the environment than consuming beef because it takes far fewer leaves to produce worms than it does feed to produce the same amount of beef.

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McCormick Shares Fall on Disappointing Outlook

January 25, 2013 9:35 am

McCormick & Co.'s fourth-quarter net income rose nearly 13 percent, buoyed in part by higher prices and strength in emerging markets such as Africa and the Middle East. But the profit results missed Wall Street expectations, and the spice maker, based in Sparks, Md., issued a forecast that was below analysts' projections because of an increased tax rate and retirement benefit costs. That sent shares tumbling.

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Green Groups Oppose Easing NY Dairy Regs

January 25, 2013 9:33 am | by MARY ESCH,Associated Press

Environmental groups are pushing back against the Cuomo administration's plan to support a growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy operations. Farms with up to 200 cows are exempt from regulations requiring extra steps to prevent pollution from cow waste. Cuomo has proposed raising the limit to 300 cows to help farms expand without incurring high regulatory costs.

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