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Jim Beam Opens New Visitors Center

October 9, 2012 9:46 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Jim Beam's new $20 million visitors center opened earlier this fall. Four Roses, another bourbon maker, opened a new visitors center in September. Two more distillers, Wild Turkey and Heaven Hill, are also planning new attractions. The facilities are outgrowths of the success of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, which attracted 2 million visitors in the last five years and a half-million in 2011.


Iowa Ice Cream Maker Wants Bigger Scoop Of Sales

October 9, 2012 9:42 am

The family that owns Wells Enterprises wants to grow the Iowa company into the nation's largest ice cream-maker by 2020 and scoop out a bigger share of the $10 billion market. CEO Mike Wells has already seen company sales improve 24 percent to $1.175 billion during his first five years leading the Le Mars, Iowa, company.


Red Bull Ventures Into Fruity Flavors

October 9, 2012 9:41 am

Red Bull is rolling out three fruity flavors this spring, as the company looks to boost its stake in the rapidly growing market for energy drinks. The Austrian beverage company says it will launch its drink in cranberry, lime and blueberry this March, marking the first time the energy drink has been offered in flavors in the U.S.


Photo Of The Day: In Good Spirits

October 9, 2012 9:38 am

Jim Beam's new center, an eye-catching replica of a 1930s stillhouse, is three times the size of the old tourist center, which has been converted into a tasting room. Called the Jim Beam American Stillhouse, it traces the origins of the world's largest bourbon-maker to Jacob Beam, who set up his first still in Kentucky in 1795.


Law May Threaten U.S. Fishing Industry

October 8, 2012 12:45 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

The law that governs the nation's fisheries was passed 36 years ago to oust foreign boats working in U.S. waters. Today, New England fishermen wonder if it will soon oust them. Because of certain controversial mandates in the law, the fishermen face colossal cuts in how much they're allowed to catch in 2013. Lawmakers are pushing a $100 million aid package just to sustain the fleet.


Testing The GMO Waters

October 8, 2012 12:43 pm | by ALICIA CHANG,Associated Press

Calories. Nutrients. Serving size. How about "produced with genetic engineering?" In a closely watched test of consumers' appetite for genetically modified foods, the special label is being pushed by organic farmers and advocates who are concerned about what people eat even though the federal government and many scientists contend such foods are safe.


New Vending Machines Show Soda Calories

October 8, 2012 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are rolling out new vending machines that will put calorie counts right at your fingertips. The counts will be on the buttons of the machines, which will also feature small posted messages reminding the thirsty that they can choose a low-calorie drink.


Company Struggles To Recover After Sprout Recall

October 8, 2012 12:29 pm | by JENNIFER PIGNOLET,The Spokesman-Review

It's a case that underscores a difficult regulatory balance: Move quickly on the best information available to extinguish a dangerous public health threat, or conduct a more meticulous investigation to protect a business from potential harm?


U.S. Got Triple The Amount Of Recalled Beef Than It Thought

October 8, 2012 12:27 pm | by The Canadian Press

The U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service has almost tripled its estimate of the amount of recalled beef that was imported from the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alberta. The agency has issued a revised statement stating that an estimated 1,134,000 kilograms of beef entered the country that could potentially be contaminated with E. coli.


Consumer Trends: Bicultural Responses To Marketing Cues

October 8, 2012 12:23 pm

With globalization, more and more consumers identify with multiple cultures. New research shows that persuading bicultural consumers through identity-based marketing is not a straightforward, one-size-fits-all process. It has been recognized by awards from the American Psychological Association (APA) as well as the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP).


Frozen Fruit Blamed For Outbreak In Germany

October 8, 2012 10:17 am

Authorities say a single batch of deep-frozen strawberries appears to have been behind an outbreak of gastroenteritis in eastern Germany that hit more than 11,000 people, mostly children at schools and day-care centers. The Robert Koch Institute said late Friday that studies showed a strong connection between eating food prepared with the strawberries and the cases of vomiting and diarrhea.


New Campbell CEO Received $7.4M Pay Package

October 8, 2012 10:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison, who is looking to revive the company's fortunes, was given a pay package worth $7.4 million for her first year on the job. The world's biggest soup maker gave Morrison a salary $950,000, stock awards worth $5.1 million and non-equity incentive pay of $1.2 million in fiscal 2012, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.


Some Not Sweet On Vermont’s Syrup Grading

October 8, 2012 10:13 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

In a state that has a long history of maple syrup production and fiercely protects the purity of its brand, Vermont producers are proud of their "fancy," ''grade A dark amber" and "grade B" syrup. But the terminology has the potential to perplex consumers, particularly as Vermont's syrup production, which has boomed in the past decade, reaches broader markets.


Supreme Court To Hear Monsanto Seed Dispute

October 8, 2012 10:11 am | by MARK SHERMAN,Associated Press

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a dispute between a soybean farmer and Monsanto Co. over the company's efforts to limit farmers' use of its patented, genetically engineered Roundup Ready seeds. The justices said they will hear an appeal from Indiana farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman, who is trying to fend off Monsanto's lawsuit claiming Bowman made unauthorized use of the seeds.


Problems Found At Peanut Butter Plant In 2010

October 8, 2012 10:09 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration found what it called "objectionable conditions" at a New Mexico peanut butter plant in 2010, two years before the current outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to Trader Joe's peanut butter produced there.


Photo Of The Day: Making The Grade

October 8, 2012 10:04 am

Vermonters have grown accustomed to their “fancy” “amber” and “grade B” types of maple syrup but new consumers may not be so sweet on the terms. So Vermont is thinking of doing away with those terms and adopting new international names with flavor descriptions to help consumers delineate between four different colored and flavored syrups and to match new worldwide terms.


October Is Fair Trade Month

October 5, 2012 1:02 pm

Fair Trade USA kicked off the ninth-annual Fair Trade Month with the launch of a campaign that underscores the power consumers have to make every purchase matter. In 2012 alone, more than 120 new Fair Trade Certified™ products were launched, making it possible for shoppers to find the label in nearly every aisle of the grocery store, in restaurants and cafes, and online. 


Poultry Industry Contributes $265.6B To U.S. Economy

October 5, 2012 12:56 pm

A dynamic and integral part of the national economy, the poultry industry collectively provides 1,337,030 jobs, $63 billion in wages, $265.6 billion in total economic activity, and $23.4 billion in government revenue. The study breaks down poultry into three subcategories: chicken, turkey and eggs.


Constellation Brands 2Q Tops Wall Street’s View

October 5, 2012 12:51 pm

Constellation Brands' net income fell 23 percent in its fiscal second quarter, stung by higher expenses. But the wine and liquor company's earnings beat Wall Street's view, and it raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast. The stock gained almost 4 percent in morning trading on Friday, briefly touching a new all-time high.


Alberta Premier Looks For Answers On Beef Testing

October 5, 2012 12:49 pm | by The Canadian Press

Premier Alison Redford wants answers over some aspects of testing as concerns over E. coli in beef from a southern Alberta meat-packing plant continue to grow. Redford says there may be ways to improve the timing of tests to prevent situations such as the recall of meat from XL Foods which now includes more than 1,500 products.



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