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Poland: No Proof Horsemeat Came from Country

February 1, 2013 9:46 am | by VANESSA GERA,Associated Press

Poland is conducting DNA tests on meat samples at seven facilities to see if any are the source of horsemeat discovered this month in Irish-produced burgers, a senior meat safety official said Thursday. So far, Polish investigators haven't found any evidence to link the country to the horsemeat detected in burgers produced by Ireland's Silvercrest processing plant.


Photo of the Day: The Super Avocado

February 1, 2013 9:42 am

 Back at the turn of this century, Americans ate a mere 8 million pounds of avocados during Super Bowl festivities. Today, Americans are expected to consume 79 million pounds of avocados around the championship game. For those keeping score, that's roughly 158 million avocados. 


Thought of the Day: Courage Under Fire

January 31, 2013 12:52 pm

The Echo Lake Foods egg processing plant in Burlington, Wis., burst into flames on Wednesday, leading to the evacuation of employees as well as 10 surrounding homes. Fire officials say that the cause of the fire is still under investigation and that the city of Burlington will be greatly affected by the disaster.


Brewers Want to Cut off Beer Tax Growth in Tenn.

January 31, 2013 12:42 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

The brewing industry wants Tennessee lawmakers to declare last call on the state's ballooning beer taxes. A bill unveiled Wednesday wouldn't cause the state to lose its ranking as having the highest-taxed beer in the country, but it would halt future increases tied to rising costs and inflation.


Texas Plant Closure May Help SD Slaughterhouse

January 31, 2013 12:40 pm

The closing of a beef processing plant in Texas could help a fledgling slaughterhouse in northern South Dakota fill out its workforce. Northern Beef Packers in Aberdeen has sent recruiters to Plainview, Texas, to interview workers laid off at the Cargill Beef plant there, which closes Friday.


Green Mountain Coffee up After Favorable Reports

January 31, 2013 12:38 pm

A fresh batch of favorable analyst reports helped send shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. higher Wednesday. Many investors have been concerned that Green Mountain, a pioneer of single-serve machines, would suffer when other companies launched similar products, said Anton Brenner, an analyst at Roth Capital Partners, in a report out Wednesday.


Ore. Man Imprisoned for Making Lead-Heavy Wine

January 31, 2013 12:37 pm | by DANIEL WAGNER, Associated Press

An Oregon man has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for failing to pay more than $879,000 in federal taxes on a secret liquor bottling operation that also produced wine containing dangerous heavy metals. William Myers ran up the tax bill while falsely telling the government that he had conducted no business at his company, officials said in a court filing distributed Wednesday.


Fire Engulfs Wisconsin Egg Plant

January 31, 2013 12:35 pm

Smoke and flames poured Thursday from a southeastern Wisconsin food processing plant, where dozens of firefighters battled a blaze all night in frigid temperatures. Hazardous materials handlers have secured the area where ammonia and liquid oxygen tanks are stored at the Echo Lake Foods egg processing plant near downtown Burlington, Mayor Bob Miller said.


Consumer Trends: Winter Fancy Food Show Favorites

January 31, 2013 12:00 pm

The top five food trends for 2013 have been picked by a panel of trendspotters at the 38th Winter Fancy Food Show. The show is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast, with 80,000 products on display including cheeses, snacks, olive oils, vinegars, chocolate, and natural and organic products.


Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks to Face off in Vietnam

January 31, 2013 9:50 am

Dunkin' Donuts is about to face off with Starbucks in Vietnam. The parent company of the chain, Dunkin' Brands Group Inc., said Wednesday that it signed a franchise deal to develop the brand in the coffee-loving country, with the first locations planned for Ho Chi Minh City area. The announcement comes just weeks after Starbucks announced plans to open its first cafe in the country.


U.S. Manufacturers More Optimistic About Economy

January 31, 2013 9:48 am

Sentiment regarding the prospects for the U.S. economy in the year ahead increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers, while uncertainty around outlook for the world economy prevailed, according to the Q4 2012 Manufacturing Barometer released by PwC US.


Flour Shortage Hurting Venezuelan Bakeries

January 31, 2013 9:45 am | by FABIOLA SANCHEZ,Associated Press

Marco Freitas, a manager of a Caracas bakery, is selling mainly cold cuts and dry pasta now that his bread shelves are nearly empty. Freitas said he hasn't been able to get enough flour lately. The shortage of imported wheat flour stems from problems including bottlenecks in seaports, a labor conflict at one processing company and a shortage of dollars allotted to importers by the government.


Wyoming Students Sent to Hospital After Eating Veggies

January 31, 2013 9:43 am

About a dozen Wyoming preschoolers at Linford Elementary School in Laramie were taken to the hospital Tuesday after eating sample-sized portions of either yucca, the cactus, or yuca, with one c, the root vegetable. It was part of a push to get students to eat new types of fruits and vegetable.


Investment Firms to Pay $410M for Twinkies

January 31, 2013 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess said late Wednesday that it has selected a joint offer from two investment firms — C. Dean Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC — as the lead bid for its Twinkies and other snack cakes. Hostess, says the two are offering to pay $410 million for the snack-cake business and five bakeries.


Photo of the Day: Venezuelans Struggle with Flour Shortage

January 31, 2013 9:37 am

A bakery worker stand behind of a nearly empty display case in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Venezuelans have been coping with sporadic shortages of foods ranging from cooking oil to sugar, and lately a dearth of flour is preventing some bakeries from making bread.


Thought of the Day: Putting Meat to the Test

January 30, 2013 12:27 pm

Food processors and grocers normally do not test the DNA of meat products. But a horsemeat scare in the UK has prompted some to send off samples to forensics labs to ensure the quality of their product. Tesco, the largest grocer in both Britain and Ireland, recently dropped its supplier over the scandal, and says it is currently employing DNA testing to ensure its meat is horse-free.


German Beer Drinking Drops

January 30, 2013 12:17 pm

Germans are emptying fewer beer steins these days. Consumption of the national beverage fell by 1.8 percent last year to the lowest level since West and East Germany reunified in 1990. The German government statistics agency reported Wednesday that Germans drank 96.5 million hectoliters of beer last year. That's 2.55 billion gallons.


Tesco Drops Supplier over Horsemeat

January 30, 2013 12:16 pm

Britain's biggest supermarket chain says it is dropping a firm that supplied it with beef burgers contaminated with horsemeat. Tesco says burgers from Ireland-based Silvercrest contained meat from an unauthorized supplier that came from outside the U.K. and Ireland, in violation of the grocer's policy.


Pa. Governor Plans to Privatize Alcohol Sales

January 30, 2013 12:13 pm | by MARC LEVY,Associated Press

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to call for auctioning off wine and liquor store licenses and opening beer sales to a broad array of retailers including supermarkets and convenience stores, according to information from people briefed by the governor's office Tuesday.


Ex-BPI Worker Suit Moved to Federal Court

January 30, 2013 12:12 pm

A lawsuit a former Beef Products Inc. worker filed against ABC News and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver over the use of the term "pink slime" has been moved to federal district court. Bruce Smith was one of about 750 people who lost their jobs at BPI after the company took a financial hit following news reports about lean, finely textured beef.



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