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Pesticide Accusations Hurt Teavana Shares

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Shares of tea maker Teavana, which Starbucks is in the process of acquiring, fell on Tuesday after a short-seller of its stock, Glaucus Research Group, said it found pesticide in its teas. Teavana responded that its teas are safe, and Glaucus stands to benefit by making claims that would hurt Teavana stock.


Judge In BPI Lawsuit Recuses Himself

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

A federal judge overseeing a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota beef processing company against ABC News has recused himself from the case. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from the case that is being heard in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.


Photo Of The Day: The Wonka Experience

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Unwrapping this fall at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Sweet! Hollywood is a colorful, colossal candy extravaganza that lets both kids and adults immerse in the splendiferous joy of chocolate and lollipops, jelly beans and bubble gum, and, at last, the amazing world of eminent chocolatier Willy Wonka.


Coffee Company Adding 200 Jobs

November 20, 2012 12:45 pm

A company that makes coffee and other beverage products in Concord, N.C. says it will add 200 jobs over the next five years. S&D Coffee Inc. said Monday it will spend $97 million to expand its operations. The company produces roasted whole bean and ground coffee, specialty coffees, hot chocolate, tea and other products. It supplies restaurants, hotels, vending machines and offices.


Dietician Weighs In On Arsenic In Food

November 20, 2012 12:43 pm

Recent reports about arsenic in rice have sparked a great deal of panic among U.S. consumers. However, the average American who eats a variety of whole grains doesn’t need to stress about arsenic, according to Loyola University Health System registered dietitian Brooke Schantz, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN.


Vt. Inmates Process Holiday Potatoes

November 20, 2012 12:41 pm | by WILSON RING,Associated Press

A number of Vermont prison inmates are helping some of the state's needy families by processing thousands of pounds of potatoes destined to become part of Thanksgiving Day feasts. Inmates at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor have been cleaning, sorting, weighing and bagging thousands of pounds of potatoes that will be distributed via food banks in time for Thanksgiving.


Hormel 4Q Profit Rises

November 20, 2012 12:39 pm

Continued strong sales of Spam and Jennie-O products helped Hormel Foods as its net income climbed 13 percent in its fourth fiscal quarter. The Austin, Minn., company also increased its annual dividend by 13 percent to 68 cents per share.


Green Mountain Coffee Names Coke Exec As New CEO

November 20, 2012 12:37 pm

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has picked a new CEO, Coca-Cola executive Brian Kelley, as the coffee company deals with slowing sales growth. Kelley, 51, will also become president and join the board, effective Dec. 3. The stock climbed 12 percent in premarket trading Tuesday.


Consumer Trends: Misconceptions About Food Production

November 20, 2012 12:33 pm

Today, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance released findings of a new survey about Americans' perceptions on food production. The survey, released in conjunction with The Food DialoguesSM: New York, revealed Americans increasingly believe food production is heading in the right direction.


Calif. Sells Out Of First Pollution Permits

November 20, 2012 9:44 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

California sold out of the first pollution permits issued as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases at an inaugural auction that regulators said Monday went smoothly. The effort to curtail carbon emissions involved the sale of 23.1 million permits — each allowing for the release of one ton of carbon — for $10.09 apiece, the California Air Resources Board said.


Flowers Foods Rises On Hostess Brands Possibilities

November 20, 2012 9:42 am

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares jumped in Monday trading as investors bet that the bakery company may benefit from the liquidation of Hostess Brands Inc. Hostess, which makes a number of well-known products such as Wonder Bread, Twinkies and Ding Dongs, was in bankruptcy court Monday to start the process of liquidating itself.


Campbell Soup 1Q Slips As Company Repositions

November 20, 2012 9:41 am

Campbell Soup's net income slipped 8 percent in the first quarter, as the world's biggest soup maker booked charges related to closing its oldest U.S. plant and a push into the faster-growing premium juice market. The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm baked goods and V8 vegetable juices, on Tuesday cited the moves to reposition its business for the decline in its quarterly profit.


Airports Rated On Health Food

November 20, 2012 9:39 am

Travelers looking for a healthy meal on the go stand a better chance in Newark, N.J., than at other airports. That's the conclusion of a physicians' group, which ranked Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last. The report looked at the percentage of restaurants at an airport that offered at least one vegetarian meal that was low in fat, high in fiber and contained no cholesterol.


Judge Asks Hostess To Mediate With Union

November 20, 2012 9:36 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union agreed on Monday to try to resolve their differences after a bankruptcy court judge noted that the parties hadn't gone through the critical step of private mediation. That means the maker of the spongy cake with the mysterious cream filling won't go out of business yet.


Photo Of The Day: Promoting Ontario Processing

November 20, 2012 9:32 am

Sparked by private label dollar share hitting a record high of $59.9 billion in 2011, members of the Ontario Food Cluster attended the PLMA 2012 Private Label Trade Show to highlight the cluster’s reputation for reliable, sustainable sources of agricultural raw materials, state-of-the-art automated food processing methods, and world-class food safety.


Bavarian Brewer Celebrates 150 Years

November 19, 2012 12:41 pm

What else is there to say but "prost" when Frankenmuth Brewery celebrates its 150th anniversary and offers up a limited-edition dark beer for the occasion? The German toast is welcome Monday, when the brewery in the Bavarian-themed Saginaw County community bottles Frankenmuth Dark. The brew includes some of a 50-year-old batch of the beer that originated in the 1940s.


Calif. Egg Producers Dispute Prop 2

November 19, 2012 12:39 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

California's landmark Proposition 2 said chickens in cages must be able to stand up and stretch their wings without touching cage walls. Whether that means one chicken at a time or a bunch at once is the impetus behind the third lawsuit filed by egg farmers since passage of the ballot measure.


Kalamazoo Serves As Epicenter Of Michigan Beer Scene

November 19, 2012 12:37 pm | by JOHN LIBERTY,

"Kalamazoo comes up again and again in beer circles as a destination," Julia Herz, craft beer program director for the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association, said. "You've got yourself a burgeoning beer culture and that's a beautiful thing we're starting to see in pockets around the country, including Kalamazoo," she said.


Diamond Foods Downgraded After Restatement

November 19, 2012 12:34 pm

Diamond Foods' stock dropped to its lowest point in more than six years on Monday after an analyst lowered the snack food company's rating and price target following the restatement of some earnings results. Last week, Diamond Foods restated financial results for two years.


Cities Seek Restrictions, Taxes To Curb Obesity

November 19, 2012 12:32 pm | by LEON STAFFORD,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Just months after the Big Apple made it illegal to serve sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants, movie theaters and delis, other cities also are considering putting restrictions on soft drinks, part of a multi-front effort to address American's growing obesity problem.



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