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Conn. To Enforce Local-Food Rules

May 30, 2013 9:52 am

Connecticut is stepping up inspection and enforcement of its "Connecticut Grown" program of locally grown food. An announcement in the Department of Agriculture's weekly report on Wednesday says the agency will investigate complaints and make unannounced inspections of farmers' markets and other sites this summer.


HP Hood To Expand Maryland Operation

May 30, 2013 9:50 am

Dairy operator HP Hood is planning an expansion of its plant in Maryland's Frederick County that will create 75 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday that the expansion will increase the ultra-high temperature processing plant's capacity.


U.S. Sen. Baucus Eyes Summer Deal on Farm Bill

May 30, 2013 9:49 am | by MATT GOURAS,Associated Press

Farmers told U.S. Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday that planned cuts to the farm bill could make the crop insurance safety net too expensive. Baucus held a round-table discussion with farmers and agricultural groups Wednesday. The six-term Democrat said that the measure is a top priority for him before he retires next year.


French President Auctions Off Wine

May 30, 2013 9:47 am | by SYLVIE CORBET,Associated Press

In headier times, some of these wines were served at dinner for French presidents and their guests — kings, queens, other heads of state. In today's times of austerity, the Elysee Palace is selling these vintage bottles. French President Francois Hollande's palace has decided to dive into its wine cellar and sell some of its treasures, to raise money and replenish its collection with more modest vintages.


Unapproved Modified Wheat Found in Oregon Field

May 30, 2013 9:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and NIGEL DUARA,Associated Press

Field workers at an Eastern Oregon wheat farm were clearing acres for the bare offseason when they came across a patch of wheat that didn't belong. A few weeks later, Oregon State wheat scientists made a startling discovery: The wheat was genetically modified, in clear violation of U.S. law, although there's no evidence that modified wheat entered the marketplace.


Photo of the Day: No Two Recalls Are Alike

May 30, 2013 9:41 am

ExpertRECALL has released an infographic illustrating the various impacts of food safety recalls. From 2012 to 2013, there were 107 recalls recorded by the USDA, resulting in more than 3.9 million pounds of recalled product. Undeclared substances were the source of just eight recall events, but these events accounted for 50 percent of the volume of recalled food during this period.


Avoiding Food Fraud

May 30, 2013 9:36 am | by Lori Leskin and Aaron Levine, Kaye Scholer

Recent news stories about horse meat found in beef products from reputable companies raise questions not just about whether consumers know what is in a product, but whether manufacturers themselves are aware that they contain adulterated ingredients.


Daily Sound Bite: Chinese Company to Acquire Smithfield

May 29, 2013 12:51 pm

Hong Kong-based Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. will buy Smithfield Foods Inc. for $4.72 billion, turning the publicly traded company private. Both companies' boards unanimously approved the transaction, and Smithfield CEO assures industry spectators that not much will change.


Consumer Confidence Rises to 5-Year High

May 29, 2013 12:45 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER and MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writers

Home prices are surging. Job growth is strengthening. And stocks are setting record highs. All of which explains why Americans are more hopeful about the economy than at any other point in five years. Consider Michael Quintos, head of a Chicago advertising agency that helps small businesses market themselves through social media. Quintos sees more optimism at work and among friends and relatives.


NCBA ‘Disappointed’ with USDA Rule on Country of Origin Labeling

May 29, 2013 12:42 pm

The following is a statement from National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a Cody, Wyo. dairy and cattle producer, regarding an announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a final rule regarding the Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Rule (MCOOL).


Proposed Beef Plant To Focus on South Korean Market

May 29, 2013 12:40 pm

A company manager says the unique business model of a proposed Scottsbluff beef processing plant includes its eventual focus on the South Korean market. Keith DeHaan of Future Food Energy LLC told members of the Scottsbluff-Gering Rotary Club on Tuesday that the plant investors are in South Korea. He says they're looking for a higher quality of beef than what is generally sold in the United States.


Mich. Cider Company Expands Facilities

May 29, 2013 12:38 pm | by DAVE ALEXANDER,The Muskegon Chronicle

Vander Mill Cider has completed a major expansion that will allow the craft hard cider producer to more easily get its product into to customers' hands. The Spring Lake producer of hard — or alcoholic — ciders has expanded its operation by 3,500-square-feet to allow for new canning equipment. Vander Mill Ciders will now be available in 16-ounce aluminum cans.


United Natural 3Q Profit Up 9 Percent

May 29, 2013 12:37 pm

United Natural Foods Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter net income jumped nearly 9 percent on strong demand for its natural and organic products. The company, based in Providence, R.I., distributes natural, organic and specialty foods and products.


Consumer Trends: Uptick in Breakfast Sandwich Offerings

May 29, 2013 12:00 pm

Sandwiches may dominate lunch menus, but at the largest chain restaurants sandwiches are increasingly part of the breakfast scene. In early 2013, breakfast sandwiches were up 8.1 percent annually on the menus of Top 500 limited service restaurants, according to Technomic's MenuMonitor service.


Dole Suspends Buyback and Shares Sink

May 29, 2013 9:48 am

Dole Food Company Inc.'s shares sank Tuesday after the fruit and vegetable company said it would suspend its share repurchase plans and use its cash instead to update its shipping fleet to enhance its growth prospects. The company said that it is indefinitely suspending its $200 million share repurchase program.


Mo. Relaxes Rules for Egg Sales

May 29, 2013 9:45 am

Farmers' market merchants and roadside vendors in Missouri can now sell eggs more easily directly to consumers. The state Department of Agriculture says it has lessened licensing requirements for such businesses. Those who sell eggs directly to consumers now only need a $5 retail license.


Rio Breaks Down Prejudice with Food

May 29, 2013 9:44 am | by JENNY BARCHFIELD,Associated Press

Rio's favelas, or slums, are the newest hotspots for both locals and foreign visitors, who are spending more time at the former no-go zones than traditional tourist magnets like the Christ the Redeemer statue. Now, there's another reason to visit: the growing buzz about the best food and drink the pacified favelas have to offer.


Odor Complaints Persist at Food Waste Plant

May 29, 2013 9:41 am

New complaints about the odor coming from a Green Bay area plant that processes animal fats and food waste has some Brown County supervisors pushing harder to punish the owners if the matter isn't addressed soon. Supervisor Patrick Evans says the county has provided plenty of time for Sanimax to fix the odor problems.


Chinese Meat Processor To Buy Smithfield Foods

May 29, 2013 9:39 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. has agreed to buy Smithfield Foods Inc. for approximately $4.72 billion in a deal that will take the world's biggest pork producer private. Hong Kong-based Shuanghui owns a variety of global businesses that include food, logistics and flavoring products and is China's largest meat processing enterprise. Smithfield owns brands such as Armour, Farmland and its namesake.


Photo of the Day: Dining in the Slums of Rio

May 29, 2013 9:36 am

Twenty-two establishments covering the gamut of food and drink options in Rio's slums made it into a new Portuguese-language guidebook called "The Gastronomical Guide to the Favelas of Rio." They include sit-down restaurants serving Brazilian favorites such as prime cuts of steak and feijoada bean-and-meat stews, as well as foreign specialties-turned-local-staples like pizza and sushi.



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