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Nalley's Chili Plant Relocating

December 6, 2010 3:50 am

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Nalley's Fine Foods, a 92-year-old Tacoma institution, is closing its plant here and moving operations to an Iowa factory, the company's owner said Friday. The plant in a south Tacoma industrial area long known as "Nalley Valley" once produced a wide variety of foods, including pickles and potato chips, but now turns out Nalley's Chili and Brooks Beans.

Double-Cola To Re-launch Iconic Brand

December 6, 2010 3:46 am

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Darrin Dant couldn't find his favorite drinks where he was stationed in Iraq, so he recruited his friends and family to mail bottles of Double-Cola and Ski to his post. "They're like a taste of home," he said. "I had them wrap the bottles really carefully in case they exploded on the way.

Kraft Seeks Injunction Against Starbucks

December 6, 2010 3:40 am

NORTHFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Kraft Foods is seeking a preliminary injunction against Starbucks, saying Monday that the coffee chain violated terms of a distribution deal. The two businesses began arbitration proceedings late last month as Kraft tried to prevent Starbucks from ending an agreement to distribute and promote its packaged coffee in stores.

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Kellogg CEO To Retire

December 6, 2010 3:37 am

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Cereal maker Kellogg says its CEO will retire on Jan. 1 and will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer John A. Bryant. CEO David Mackay, 55, who is also president and a director, plans to help with the transition through March 31. He has been CEO for four years.

Photo Of The Week: An Apple A Day

December 3, 2010 4:16 am

(AP) — On Thursday, December 2, 2010, a student at Fairmeadow Elementary School pays for lunch of fruits and vegetables during a school lunch program in Palo Alto, California. More children would eat lunches and dinners at school under legislation passed Thursday by the House and sent to the president, part of first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to end childhood hunger and fight childhood obesity.

Judge Orders Removal Of GMO Sugar Beet Seed Plants

December 3, 2010 3:44 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge in California has ordered the removal from the ground of plants grown to produce seeds for genetically modified sugar beets, citing the potential for environmental harm. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White has again raised questions about the use of genetically modified crops and what will happen if growers aren't allowed to plant GMO seeds.

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Starbucks Looks To Retail, China For Growth

December 3, 2010 3:41 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks Corp. is looking beyond its cafes for growth in coming years. The coffee giant outlined plans Wednesday at its investor conference to triple the number of its cafes in China, offer more products in grocery stores and open new kinds of stores to build on its recent recovery.

Lance Agrees To Merge With Snyder's

December 3, 2010 3:37 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The peanut butter and cheese crackers of Lance Inc. are just one vote away from being combined with the pretzels of Snyder's of Hanover Inc. as the companies aim to form the country's No. 2 producer of salty snacks after PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay division. Shareholders of Charlotte-based Lance cast 96 percent of their votes Thursday in favor of issuing the stock needed to merge with privately-held Snyder's of Hanover, Pa.

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Dole Ordered To Pay Filmmaker $200,000

December 3, 2010 3:33 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ordered Dole Food Co. to pay nearly $200,000 to a Swedish filmmaker who battled the company in a free speech case involving a documentary about claims that Dole harmed workers at Nicaraguan banana plantations. Dole had sued Fredrik Gertten for showing the documentary "Bananas" despite a court ruling that the case on which the film was based had been part of a massive extortion plot against the company.

Pepsi To Buy Stake Of Wimm-Bill-Dann

December 3, 2010 3:27 am

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. is buying a majority stake in Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods for $3.8 billion, a deal that will make it the biggest food and beverage company in Russia. The deal is Pepsi's largest international acquisition ever. It gives the company dominant position in the fast-growing Russian market and furthers its plan to build its global nutrition business.

Bees Turn Red From Cherry Juice

December 1, 2010 3:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A bunch of Brooklyn bees have been coming home looking flushed. New York City beekeeper Cerise Mayo was puzzled when her bees started showing up with mysterious red coloring. Their honey also turned as red as cough syrup. She tells The New York Times a friend joked that the bees were imbibing the runoff at Dell's Maraschino Cherries Company, in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.

Organic Food Company Lays Off Workers

December 1, 2010 3:43 am

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. (AP) — An organic food company that announced plans for hiring 1,000 workers in eastern Indiana three years ago now has about one-fifth that many after a round of layoffs this week. Really Cool Foods laid off 31 full-time workers on Monday from its Cambridge City manufacturing and distribution center, leaving it with 205 full-time employees, company spokesman Roger Harvey said.

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill

December 1, 2010 3:39 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed legislation Tuesday to make food safer in the wake of deadly E. coli and salmonella outbreaks, potentially giving the government broad new powers to increase inspections of food processing facilities and force companies to recall tainted food. The $1.

Wright County Egg Resumes Shell Egg Sales

December 1, 2010 3:36 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it will allow an Iowa egg farm linked to a widespread salmonella outbreak to resume selling its shell eggs to consumers. Wright County Egg recalled 380 million eggs earlier this year after the farm and another Iowa operation, Hillandale Farms, were linked to more than 1,600 salmonella illnesses.

Fiji Water Decides To Stay In Fiji

December 1, 2010 3:32 am

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji Water reopened its operations in the South Pacific nation of Fiji on Wednesday — just two days after closing its bottling plant and laying off 400 workers in a row over a major government tax increase. The U.S.-owned company said after meeting with Fiji's leaders it has agreed to "comply" with the hefty tax hike imposed on it by Fiji's military-led regime.

Kraft Moves Toward Cage-Free Eggs

December 1, 2010 3:28 am | by Facts:

Following discussions with The Humane Society of the United States about the treatment of animals in its supply chain, Kraft Foods has decided to switch one million eggs within its supply chain to cage-free eggs  in 2011.  “Kraft Foods’ decision coincides with the national movement away from using cruel and inhumane cages to confine laying hens,” said Josh Balk, corporate outreach director of The HSUS’ factory farming campaign.

McCormick Batter Recalled

December 1, 2010 3:25 am

SPARKS, Md. (AP) — McCormick & Company Inc. is voluntarily recalling an all-purpose batter due to an unlabeled egg ingredient. The Golden Dipt Fry Easy All-Purpose Batter was sold in 10-ounce cans in the southeastern United States from Jan. 22 on. The affected cans have the UPC Code 4123470111 and a "best by" date of Nov.

Do You Need More Vitamin D?

November 30, 2010 3:51 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Got milk? You may need a couple cups more than today's food labels say to get enough vitamin D for strong bones. But don't go overboard: Long-awaited new dietary guidelines say there's no proof that megadoses prevent cancer or other ailments — sure to frustrate backers of the so-called sunshine vitamin.

Fiji Accuses Fiji Water Of Telling Untruths

November 30, 2010 3:48 am

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The Fiji government has charged the California-based Fiji Water company with making untrue statements about instability in the South Pacific islands nation because it doesn't want to pay higher taxes on the water it extracts there. Fiji Water on Monday closed its operations in the South Pacific country that gives the popular bottled drink its name, saying it was being singled out by the military-led government for a massive tax increase.

Starbucks Launches New Seattle's Best Grocery Line

November 30, 2010 3:45 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Starbucks Corp. wants to appeal a bit more to the average Joe. This week, the company will roll out a new line of its Seattle's Best Coffee to be sold at grocery stores and other retailers. It has a lighter taste and simpler selling approach that it hopes will attract coffee drinkers that Starbucks may have left behind.

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