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110-Year-Old Dairy To Close

November 1, 2012 9:53 am

Garelick Farms is ending production at its Bangor milk-processing plant and laying off 35 employees. Garelick Farms' parent company, Texas-based Dean Foods, says production will be phased out over the next two months and that the facility will close permanently in January.

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Campbell Soup Creates Chief Marketing Position

November 1, 2012 9:52 am

Campbell Soup Co. on Wednesday named its first ever chief marketing officer, as the world's biggest soup maker looks to revitalize its brand and connect with younger consumers. The Camden, N.J.-based company says Michael Senackerib will oversee marketing services, global advertising, design, media, digital marketing and consumer insights.

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Cassava Plant Remains Vital In Fight Against Hunger

November 1, 2012 9:50 am | by JON GAMBRELL,Associated Press

Nigeria is the world's top cassava producer, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with Brazil and Thailand behind it. The plant thrives in this West African nation, often without needing too much help from farmers, which makes it valuable in a country where most still do agriculture by hand, rather than with machines.

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AB InBev Revenues Up Despite Sales Dip

November 1, 2012 9:46 am

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's biggest brewer, says its third -quarter revenues rose by 9.1 percent, despite a slight decrease in the global volumes of sales. The company said on Wednesday that volumes in its key U.S. market had "shown encouraging improvements" this year so far. It said that company share gains in the period were boost by Bud Light Platinum and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita.

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ABC News Asks Judge To Toss ‘Pink Slime’ Suit

November 1, 2012 9:44 am | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

Lawyers for ABC News asked a judge Wednesday to toss out a $1 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota-based meat processor over a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," saying the news organization did not knowingly disparage the company or its product.

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Photo Of The Day: Hardy Plant Offer Hope For Hungry Africa

November 1, 2012 9:39 am

Cassava plants grow into a dense thicket of hard, bamboo-like shoots within a year, with roots so massive a single planted hectare can provide three tons of food. The plants survive fires, droughts and pestilence, while offering a vital food source for more than 500 million people living across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Haiti Town Suffers Huge Crop Loss From Sandy

October 31, 2012 12:54 pm

A Ministry of Agriculture official in southern Haiti says that Hurricane Sandy destroyed 70 percent of the crops in his region and caused widespread deaths of livestock. Jean Debalio Jean-Jacques says the government has not yet put a dollar figure on the losses.

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Cal-Maine Foods To Buy Texas Egg Operation

October 31, 2012 12:52 pm

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. says it will buy the operations of Maxim Production Co., adding to its Texas egg operations. Mississippi-based Cal-Maine will buy a feed mill and two egg production complexes that can hold 3.5 million laying hens, all located southeast of Houston, Texas.

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American Cattle Producers Take Issue With Potential XL Foods Sale

October 31, 2012 12:51 pm | by The Canadian Press

Some American cattle producers want the U.S. government to block the possible sale of a troubled Alberta company's beef operations. The Ranchers-Cattlemen's Action Legal Fund says it is concerned about JBS USA's option to purchase XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta., two U.S. slaughtering plants and other properties.

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Fresh Del Monte 3Q Net Income Nearly Doubles

October 31, 2012 12:49 pm

Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. said Tuesday its net income nearly doubled in the third quarter after it took control of the marketing, sales and distribution of its products in southern Europe. The company said its banana sales fell 2 percent compared to a year ago because of weaker demand in Europe and secondary markets in the Middle East.

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Study: Every Junk Food Meal Damages Your Arteries

October 31, 2012 12:47 pm

A single junk food meal — composed mainly of saturated fat — is detrimental to the health of the arteries, while no damage occurs after consuming a Mediterranean meal rich in good fats such as mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids, according to researchers at the University of Montreal-affiliated ÉPIC Center of the Montreal Heart Institute.

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Consumer Trends: Top Wines Under $20

October 31, 2012 12:41 pm

The Beverage Testing Institute’s 12th annual World Value Wine Challenge is a competition where hundreds of affordably priced wines competed against their peers to gain accolades. All wines priced $20 and under from around the globe were welcome to participate.

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Study: Resveratrol Falls Short In Health Benefits

October 31, 2012 9:52 am

A recent study showed that resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine, does not appear to offer significant health benefits to healthy women, a result scientists said was surprising because earlier studies suggested that drinking red wine lowers the risk of health problems.

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Oil Spill Claims Process May Sink Gulf Shrimp Processors

October 31, 2012 9:46 am

With looming legal deadlines related to the 2010 BP oil spill, dozens of shrimp processors along the Gulf Coast face a difficult dilemma, with either decision having the potential to jeopardize the future of their businesses and the region’s seafood industry, according to the American Shrimp Processors Association.

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EU Brewers Balk At French Suds Tax

October 31, 2012 9:42 am | by RAF CASERT,Associated Press

France, the land of wine, is planning heavy taxes on beer, and that is not going down well with brewers — even in other nations. President Francois Hollande is pushing through legislation to increase taxes on beer by 160 percent to help fund struggling social programs as France tries to contain a budget deficit hit hard by the economic crisis.

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$1.75M Settlement Reached In August Busch IV Case

October 31, 2012 9:40 am

Former Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch IV will pay $1.75 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed over his ex-girlfriend's accidental drug overdose death under an agreement approved Tuesday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the money will go to the relatives of Adrienne Martin, who was 27 in 2010 when she died at Busch's mansion near St. Louis.

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Will Sandy Take A Bite Out Of Halloween Candy Sales?

October 31, 2012 9:38 am

Drugstores may have benefited from customers stocking up on batteries and other emergency essentials ahead of "Superstorm" Sandy's landfall on Monday. But the record-setting storm has caused many towns to cancel or postpone Halloween events, potentially curbing sales of candy and decorations.

Photo Of The Day: Brawling Over Beer Taxes

October 31, 2012 9:36 am

France, the land of wine, is planning heavy taxes on beer, and that is not going down well with brewers, even in other nations. President Francois Hollande is pushing through legislation to increase taxes on beer by 160 percent to help fund struggling social programs as France tries to contain a budget deficit hit hard by the economic crisis.

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Photo Of The Day: Red Wine Health Benefits May Be Overstated

October 30, 2012 10:28 am

Resveratrol, an ingredient in red wine thought to improve insulin sensitivity, reduce risk of heart disease and increase longevity, does not appear to offer these benefits in healthy women, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates.

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Archer Daniels Midland 1Q Profit Falls

October 30, 2012 10:22 am

Archer Daniels Midland said Tuesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 60 percent, hurt by charges stemming from the planned sale of a Mexican food company. For the quarter that ended Sept. 30, the agribusiness conglomerate earned $182 million, or 28 cents per share, down from $460 million, or 68 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

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