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Idaho Cheese Plant Announces $40M Expansion

February 7, 2012 1:15 pm

Lactalis American Group has announced a $40 million expansion to its Idaho plant that will increase its mozzarella production, create jobs and increase the plant's purchase of local and regional milk.

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Beer Is Booming In Michigan

February 7, 2012 1:13 pm | by BILL O'BRIEN

The state hosts more than 100 licensed breweries, the fifth-highest number in the nation, according to the Michigan Brewers Guild. Craft beer sales in Michigan grew more than 21 percent between 2009 and 2010, guild Executive Director Scott Graham said. About 4 percent of all beer consumed in Michigan is craft beer, and 2 percent is made in Michigan.

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Coca-Cola Tops Expectations Due To Global Sales

February 7, 2012 1:09 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Coca-Cola reported an effervescent fourth quarter Tuesday, as the company sold more of its drinks globally and its earnings beat analyst expectations. Coca-Cola is benefiting from raising prices in North America, where consumer sentiment is slowly improving, and expanding in emerging markets including Africa and Latin America. 

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Junk Foods Widely Available In Schools

February 7, 2012 1:02 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER,AP Medical Writer

Junk food remains plentiful at the nation's elementary schools despite widespread efforts to curb childhood obesity, a new study suggests. Between 2006 and 2010, nearly half of public and private schools surveyed sold sweet or salty snack foods in vending machines or other places, the study found. 

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Breads Top List Of Salt Sources In U.S. Diet

February 7, 2012 12:57 pm | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Bread and rolls are the No. 1 source of salt in the American diet, accounting for more than twice as much sodium as snacks like potato chips and pretzels. That surprising finding comes in a government report released Tuesday that includes a list of the top 10 sources of sodium. Salty snacks actually came in at the bottom of the list compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Seafood Company Fined $1M

February 7, 2012 12:53 pm

Federal prosecutors say a Torrance, Calif.-based seafood corporation has been ordered to pay $1 million in fines and community service donations for falsely labeling frozen catfish fillets as grouper.

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Consumer Trends: Healthy Snackers To Nibble Their Way Through 2012

February 7, 2012 12:50 pm

According to recent Mintel research, among healthy snackers, 44% say they tend to eat healthfully most of the time and 42% make it a point to snack on foods that are healthy. At the same time, indulgence can be part of a well-rounded lifestyle, as 39% of healthy snackers say they use less-healthy nibbles as an occasional treat.

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Nestle Moves Jobs To Ohio

February 7, 2012 9:57 am

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. said Monday that it is moving its Hot Pockets and Lean Pockets business from Englewood, Colo. to its headquarters in Solon, Ohio.

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Wal-Mart Unveils 'Great For You' Seal

February 7, 2012 9:52 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

You may like the food you buy, but is it "Great for You"? Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to help its customers figure that out by adding a new green icon that reads "Great for You" to packaging of some of its house-brand foods. 

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McDonald's Ad Pulled After Pit Bull Owner Outrage

February 7, 2012 9:44 am | by SUE MANNING,Associated Press

McDonald's has apologized and pulled an ad that came back to bite it. The ad said eating a Chicken McBite was less risky than petting a stray pit bull, shaving your head, naming your son Sue or giving friends your Facebook password. It enraged pit bull owners and their supporters. 

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Production Resumes At Burned Candy Factory

February 7, 2012 9:42 am

Production has resumed at a landmark candy factory near Pittsburgh, where fire destroyed part of a packaging area and smoke damaged the operation's retail store and ice cream parlor last week.

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Slaughterhouse Workers Granted Class-Action Status

February 7, 2012 9:39 am

A federal judge has granted conditional class-action status to a lawsuit filed on behalf of an estimated 700 workers at a slaughterhouse in Kansas. Monday's ruling would include all hourly production employees subjected to "gang time" compensation practices at Creekstone Farms Premium Beef in Arkansas City for the past three years.

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Photo Of The Day: Is McDonald's Safer Than A Pit Bill?

February 7, 2012 9:35 am

This image provided by Stephanie Filer, communications manager for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa and a member of ARL Pit Crew Club, shows an illustration she posted on social media sites on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 in protest of a new ad from McDonald's that said eating a Chicken McBite was less risky than, among other things, petting a stray pit bull. McDonald's apologized and pulled the ad after the company started receiving complaints.

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Sara Lee's Impending Split Hurts 2Q Profit

February 6, 2012 1:17 pm

Sara Lee Corp. said Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter net income shrank on a slew of charges before it splits into two companies. But shares rose 4.5 percent in midday trading, hitting a 13-month high, after adjusted results exceeded Wall Street's expectations.

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Consumer Trends: Low-Income Families Cook At Home, Aspire To Eat Healthy

February 6, 2012 1:12 pm

Low-income American families are cooking dinner at home most nights but are struggling to make healthy meals, according to a new study. The research suggests that although 85 percent of the families surveyed say that healthy eating is important, only about half are managing to eat healthy meals at home most days.

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Maine Fishing Chief Aims For Growth

February 6, 2012 1:08 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Maine's new top fisheries official is vowing to grow the economic value of the state's oldest industry, commercial fishing, and the coastal communities that rely on the ocean. The value of the state's seafood harvest ranges from $350 million to $450 million each year and contributes three or four times that much in economic activity to Maine. 

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Tillamook Cheese Drops 47 Jobs

February 6, 2012 1:05 pm

Changes at the Tillamook Cheese Factory have left 47 workers jobless as the cooperative streamlines its operations in Oregon, Idaho and Utah.

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Va. Wine Industry Booms

February 6, 2012 1:03 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Between 2005 and 2010, Virginia's wine industry's economic impact has more than doubled to nearly $750 million in contributions to the state's economy every year. During that time, the number of wineries has increased from about 130 to nearly 200 and the number of full-time jobs at wineries and vineyards rose from about 3,160 in 2005 to more than 4,750 in 2010.

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OSHA Puts Combustible Dust Rules On The Back Burner

February 6, 2012 12:58 pm | by TRAVIS LOLLER,Associated Press

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is developing rules that would require many industries to better control combustible dust hazards. Combustible dust is the technical term for any dust that will catch fire, and most will if it is ground finely enough — including dust from chemicals, plastics, metals and foods.

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Tyson 1Q Income Falls 48 Percent

February 6, 2012 10:10 am

Tyson Foods, the nation's biggest meat company, said its fiscal first-quarter profit fell by nearly half from last year as higher feed costs cut into the company's profit margins. But Tyson said Friday it was able to raise prices on chicken and beef as it cut back production, pushing its struggling chicken division to profitability. The company predicted that U.S. meat supplies will fall, which should boost prices and revenue this year.

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