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Tyson Profit Falls On Lower Demand

August 6, 2012 1:00 pm

Tyson Foods, the nation's biggest meat company, said today its fiscal third-quarter net income dropped 61 percent, pulled down by hefty debt-related charges and lower U.S. consumer demand for chicken and beef.

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Maine Chefs Spotlight Unappreciated Seafood

August 6, 2012 12:58 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Twenty Maine restaurants from Kittery to Bar Harbor put Acadian redfish dishes on their menus in June, and 23 eateries served up menu items with Atlantic mackerel in July as part of an effort to raise public awareness — and demand — for unappreciated seafood species.

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Wyoming Database Connects Consumers To Food Producers

August 6, 2012 12:56 pm

Wyoming agriculture producers and processors now have a means to connect directly with potential buyers of their products. The Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division has established a connection through a national food-related database.

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Meat And Poultry Products Pulled For Listeria

August 6, 2012 12:54 pm

Reichel Foods, a Rochester, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,880 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria.

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Consumer Trends: Top World Cuisine

August 6, 2012 12:51 pm

A global survey of 27,000 travelers discovered some core facts about American food preferences internationally and domestically.

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Heineken Seals Deal To Buy Maker Of Tiger Beer

August 6, 2012 9:53 am

Heineken NV says it has clinched a deal to take majority ownership of Singapore-based Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd., the maker of Tiger beer.

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Tuna Packers Reach Settlement In Calif. Case

August 6, 2012 9:52 am | by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

Three major tuna packers accused of failing to meet federal requirements for the amount of fish in their cans reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with several California district attorneys, officials announced Friday.

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London Olympics Serve Up Gold-Medal Food

August 6, 2012 9:50 am | by NICOLE WINFIELD,Associated Press

The milk is organic, the coffee free-trade and eggs free-range. The chicken, which is flying off the grill as athletes opt for basic protein, carries Britain's "Freedom Food" label, certified by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as meeting its strict animal welfare standards.

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Mad Cow In Calif. Was Isolated Case

August 6, 2012 9:45 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

A California Holstein discovered to have mad cow disease in April was an isolated case and didn't pose a threat to the food supply, a report issued Friday by the USDA said.

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Thousands Of Fish Die As Midwest Heat Continues

August 6, 2012 9:44 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated press

Thousands of fish are dying in the Midwest as the hot, dry summer dries up rivers and causes water temperatures to climb in some spots to nearly 100 degrees.

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Photo Of The Day: The Foodie Games

August 6, 2012 9:41 am

The athletes' dining room in the Olympic village is a food court like no other, offering the world's elite athletes healthy, hearty food and fuel, 24 hours a day — and doing it the Slow Food way.

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Nestle USA Names New CEO

August 3, 2012 12:43 pm

Nestle S.A., the world's largest food company, said Friday that its U.S. operations will soon be led by the current head of its business in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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2,500-Year-Old Chocolate

August 3, 2012 12:42 pm | by MARK STEVENSON,Associated Press

Archaeologists say they have found traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate in the Yucatan peninsula, the first time they have found ancient chocolate residue on a plate rather than a cup, suggesting it may have been used as a condiment or sauce with solid food.

Kraft Foods Profit Up In 2Q

August 3, 2012 12:40 pm | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Reporter

Kraft Foods Inc. reported Thursday that its second-quarter profit jumped more than 5 percent as higher prices helped offset the drag of raw-materials costs and currency exchange rates. The food company stood by its full-year outlook.

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More Farmers Join Rice Lawsuit

August 3, 2012 12:39 pm | by CHUCK BARTELS,AP Business Writer

The number of rice farmers in a lawsuit that claims RiceTec Inc. sold hybrid seed that produced inferior rice has grown to 51 with the addition of farmers in Louisiana and Texas.

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Cantaloupe Recall Expanded To 189K

August 3, 2012 12:37 pm

Burch Equipment LLC is expanding their recall to include 13,888 cases and 581 bins of Athena variety cantaloupes due to the potential for being contaminated with Listeria.  Melons affected by this recall total 188,902.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Index Shows Softer Outlook

August 3, 2012 12:30 pm

Although the overall current restaurant operating environment is positive, expectations for the future softened in June, according the National Restaurant Association's Restaurant Performance Index.

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New England Fishing Cuts Loom For 2013

August 3, 2012 9:57 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Commercial fishermen in New England are facing severe cuts in their catch limits next year because of the poor condition of populations of so-called groundfish, regulators said Thursday.

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EPA Can’t Regulate Livestock Farms It Can’t Find

August 3, 2012 9:53 am | by TAMMY WEBBER,Associated Press

The report to Congress was blunt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had failed to regulate pollution from the nation's livestock farms — many capable of generating more waste than some cities — because it lacked information as basic as how many farms even existed.

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Farmers Markets Sprout Up Across America

August 3, 2012 9:49 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

After 18 years of steady increases, the number of farmers markets across the country now registered with the USDA is 7,864. In 1994, there were 1,744.

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