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Canadian Liberals Pounce On Gov't Over Mounting Meat Safety Fears

October 2, 2012 8:00 am | by The Canadian Press

Canada's National Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Tom Mulcair and acting Liberal counterpart Bob Rae took turns during question period taking the governing Conservatives to task for failing to alert Canadians about meat from an Alberta packing plant that's tainted with E. coli.


Consumer Trends: Worst Foods In America

October 1, 2012 1:00 pm

Authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding revealed their annual list of the "20 Worst Foods in America," which includes the nation's worst pizza, fish, appetizer, chicken and more at major restaurant and fast-food chains across the country.


Survey Reveals Supply Chain Management Drives Revenue Growth

October 1, 2012 12:54 pm | by SOURCE: E2open

A new global study of nearly 1,400 executives found that better customer service, faster new product introduction and stronger supplier relationships are among the key drivers by which supply chain professionals are creating added value for their businesses.


Red Lobster: For The Non-Seafood Lover In You

October 1, 2012 12:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Red Lobster isn't just for the seafood lover in you. The chain that brought seafood to the masses is hoping to broaden its appeal by revamping its menu on Oct. 15 to boost the number of dishes that cater to diners who don't want seafood, including lighter options such as salads.


Peanut Butter Recall Includes Major Retailers

October 1, 2012 12:26 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Sunland Inc. has expanded its recall of peanut butter and almond butter to include cashew butters, tahini and blanched and roasted peanut products after salmonella illnesses were linked to Trader Joe's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, one of the brands manufactured by Sunland.


Artisan Food A Booming Industry

October 1, 2012 12:22 pm | by KAREN FERNAU, The Arizona Republic

Nationally, artisan food sales soared by about 19 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to the National Association for Specialty Food. At the same time, research giant Packaged Facts reports nearly half of U.S. adults say they "like to eat food with artisan appeal."


PACK EXPO Coverage: Consumer Insight Coming To PACK EXPO

October 1, 2012 10:41 am | by SOURCE PMMI

The importance of gaining consumer insight before making decisions on marketing and packaging can’t be overlooked. Brand owners attending PACK EXPO International 2012, will have access to a range of compelling consumer insights to help them make smarter packaging decisions.


Bacon Shortage 'Baloney,' But Prices To Rise

October 1, 2012 9:28 am | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer

The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are dismissing reports of a global bacon shortage that lent sizzle to headlines and Twitter feeds last week.


Photo Of The Day: Grape Pickers Look To Georgian Elections

October 1, 2012 8:00 am

Georgia holds tightly contested parliamentary elections today. For the grape pickers and others like them struggling to make ends meet on rich agricultural land and unable to sell their produce to Russia, the election offers some sense of hope. 


Calif. Dairies Going Broke Due To Feed, Milk Prices

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

Across California, the nation's largest dairy state, dozens of dairy operators large and small have filed for bankruptcy in recent months and many teeter on the edge of insolvency. Others have sold their herds or sent them to slaughter and given up on the business.


$599K Grant Will Kick-Start 3-Year Project

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by KATHERAN WASSON, The State Journal

Kentucky State University received $599,751 last month from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which will allow researchers to focus for three years on a project that will turn a former wastewater treatment plant into a "model farm" full of paddlefish, hybrid striped bass and channel catfish.


CFIA Defends Practices As Recalls Grow

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press

An XL Foods plant southeast of Calgary has had its operating license temporarily suspended and several products have been recalled for fear of E. coli contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says further recalls are likely in the days ahead.


Hershey: We're A Knowledge Company, Not Candy Firm

October 1, 2012 8:00 am | by DAVID WENNER, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

It might come as a surprise to hear J.P. Bilbrey, CEO of The Hershey Co., explain that Hershey is no longer a candy company. It's a "knowledge" company that makes candy. That self-view is a key part of Hershey's strategy for growth, both in and outside North America.

Drought Impact Estimated At $128M For Ark. Ranchers

September 28, 2012 12:46 pm

The study released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture says some ranchers sold off their herds because they couldn't afford to feed their animals. The $128 million figure is a conservative one that assesses only costs to ranchers, according to the study's authors, Michael Popp and Nathan Kemper.


SD Beef Plant May Conduct Test Slaughter Soon

September 28, 2012 12:45 pm

A long-delayed South Dakota beef-processing plant is ready for a test run, an indication it is making progress toward opening. Aberdeen city officials have issued Northern Beef Packers a temporary certificate of occupancy, which will allow the plant to slaughter up to five cattle to test its equipment.


NY To Host Beer, Wine Summit

September 28, 2012 12:43 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called for a "summit" to boost the beer and wine industries in New York just months after he began a similar event to try to make the state the nation's largest producer of Greek-style yogurt. "The yogurt summit worked very, very well," Cuomo said. He said the beer and wine summit in late October will be patterned after it.


Dean’s Possible Sale Of Morningstar Gets Mixed Views

September 28, 2012 12:42 pm

If Deans Food Co.'s sale of its Morningstar dairy business goes through, shareholders could benefit, one analyst said. That's if the deal is even possible. Another analyst thinks the milk company will have a difficult time finding a buyer.


XL Foods Shut Down Amid E. Coli Outbreak

September 28, 2012 12:40 pm | by CHARMAINE NORONHA,Associated Press

Food safety officials in Ottawa say the Alberta facility at the centre of a massive beef recall won't resume operations until it has taken the steps necessary to ensure its products are free of E. coli. XL Foods Inc., in Brooks, Alta., has had its operating licence temporarily suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.


Consumer Trends: Americans Are ‘Value Seekers’

September 28, 2012 12:39 pm

More Americans than ever are choosing natural foods according to the fifth annual Whole Foods Market® Food Shopping Trend Tracker Survey. The research revealed that nearly three out of four Americans don't want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy regardless of current food prices and nearly two-thirds describe themselves as "value seekers" when it comes to grocery shopping.


Idaho Dairy Farmers Failed To Win Farm Bill Vote

September 28, 2012 10:04 am | by JOHN MILLER,Associated Press

Idaho's $2 billion milk industry failed to convince Congress this month to pass the new federal farm bill and its provisions to help dairies mitigate rising grain costs and volatile markets that have pushed them to three quarters of losses.



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