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Photo of the Day: Defending Against the Asian Carp

July 25, 2013 9:26 am

Federal programs designed to make headway on some of the Great Lakes' most longstanding ecological problems, from harbors caked with toxic sludge to the threat of an Asian carp attack, would lose about 80 percent of their funding under a spending plan approved Tuesday by a Republican-controlled U.S. House panel.

Consumer Trends: Canned Food Is King

July 24, 2013 1:00 pm

A new survey reveals that for a majority of Americans, a home-cooked meal means turning to their pantry. An overwhelming 98 percent of Americans currently have canned foods in their kitchens, with the average pantry stocked with 24 cans.


Domino’s Pizza 2Q Profit Up 19 Percent

July 24, 2013 12:34 pm

Domino's Pizza said its second-quarter profit rose 19 percent as sales grew in established stores and the pizza chain opened new locations outside the U.S. Domino's earned $33.3 million, or 57 cents per share, for the period ended June 16.


Fargo Brewing Co. Creates First Batch of Homemade Craft Beer

July 24, 2013 12:32 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

The Fargo Brewing Co., the largest craft brewer in North Dakota, has been selling its Wood Chipper India Pale Ale and other varieties of beer for more than two years, but the four native sons who founded the company unveiled something new Tuesday: their first homemade beer.


Bourbon Blend Honors Longtime Whiskey Maker

July 24, 2013 12:25 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Kentucky's renowned bourbons are being mixed for a special blend to benefit efforts to cure a disease and as a tribute to longtime Heaven Hill Distilleries master distiller Parker Beam, who has carried on a long whiskey-making tradition.


Feds Conducting Secondary Review on Smithfield Deal

July 24, 2013 12:23 pm

Smithfield Foods Inc. says the U.S. government is conducting a secondary review of its pending takeover by China's largest meat producer. The company said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States plans to conduct an additional 45-day investigation.


PepsiCo Tops Expectations, Sticks with Mixed Portfolio

July 24, 2013 12:18 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc. reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said its mixed portfolio played a role, underscoring its resistance to splitting up its drinks and snacks businesses. The company said higher prices helped lift revenue for its Americas food division.


Daily Sound Bite: Horse Slaughterhouse Faces Setback

July 24, 2013 10:54 am

After a long regulatory battle, a New Mexico company seeking to open a horse slaughterhouse and processing facility was denied a wastewater permit while two high-profile figures came out against the project, vowing to intervene in a lawsuit seeking to block the opening of the facility.


Dr Pepper Snapple Net Income Drops in 2Q

July 24, 2013 9:38 am

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said that its net income declined 13 percent in the second quarter, hampered in part by higher commodity costs, bad weather and cautious consumer spending. The soft drink maker also cut its full-year revenue forecast.


Kansas, Chinese Province Pledge Agriculture Partnership

July 24, 2013 9:33 am

Gov. Sam Brownback said a new agreement between Kansas and central China's Henan province to work on agriculture, food safety and bioscience projects is "a major step forward" in furthering their trade relationship. Brownback led a successful trade mission last week to China.


Taco Bell Nixing Kids’ Meals

July 24, 2013 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The chain said it will start removing the options this month at select restaurants, and that it anticipates that no U.S. restaurants will have them by next January. Taco Bell has traditionally gone after younger men who want to load up on fast-food for cheap.


Starbucks Teaming with Danone to Sell Greek Yogurt

July 24, 2013 9:25 am

The Seattle-based coffee chain says it's teaming up with French food and drink company Danone to sell Greek yogurt. The ready-to-eat parfaits will arrive in Starbucks' U.S. cafes in the spring of 2014, before rolling out to grocery stores in 2015.


Recall: Glass Pieces Found in Salsa Jars

July 24, 2013 9:22 am

The maker of salsas sold at Dollar Tree and Deals, Dollar Express and Dollar Bills stores nationwide is recalling the product after large glass pieces were found in some jars. A company spokeswoman says the glass pieces got into the salsa during the beginning of the manufacturing process.


Photo of the Day: Celebrating a Sweet Month

July 24, 2013 9:18 am

To celebrate July Ice Cream Month, the California Milk Advisory Board, representing California's more than 1,500 dairy families, has partnered with Chef Kristina Vanni to share new ways to enjoy one of America's favorite treats, such as Ice Cream Cake Pops.

Consumer Trends: Domestic Table Wine Fuels Industry Growth

July 23, 2013 1:00 pm

Domestic table wines were a major driver of the wine market, accounting for 67.9 percent of total wine volume and growing 2.1 percent. Two domestic table wines led the overall wine market: Franzia WineTaps from The Wine Group and Barefoot Cellars from E&J Gallo.


NM Company Faces Setbacks in Horse Slaughter Plans

July 23, 2013 12:13 pm | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

A New Mexico company's attempt to convert its cattle plant to a horse slaughterhouse was dealt a series of new blows, with the state denying its wastewater permit and actor Robert Redford, former Gov. Bill Richardson and the state attorney general announcing plans to intervene.


PepsiCo to Report 2Q Results

July 23, 2013 12:11 pm

PepsiCo's second-quarter results will be under even greater scrutiny than usual, given activist investor Nelson Peltz's disclosure that he wants the company to drop its drinks business and buy Mondelez. The company reports its numbers before the opening of trading on Wall Street on Wednesday.


Sprouts Farmers Market Prices IPO

July 23, 2013 12:09 pm

Natural and organic food store chain Sprouts Farmers Market LLC said it priced its public offering of 18.5 million shares for between $14 and $18 per share. The company is selling about 17.7 million shares and other stockholders are selling 797,785 shares.


200 Sickened with Unidentified Stomach Bug

July 23, 2013 12:07 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

More than 200 people in at least four states have come down with a stomach bug that could be linked to foodborne illness. The CDC says the cyclospora infection causing diarrhea and other flu-like symptoms has been reported in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin.


Activists Target Utah Law on Undercover Filming

July 23, 2013 12:05 pm | by PAUL FOY,Associated Press

Animal-welfare activists filed a lawsuit Monday to overturn a Utah law that prohibits undercover filming while trespassing at farm operations, saying it restricts free expression. The Utah law makes it a misdemeanor to trespass on private property to record images or sounds of a livestock operation.



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