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Smithfield Owner Plans IPO to Raise up to $5.3B

April 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer

China's WH Group, which became the world's biggest pork company after purchasing U.S.-based Smithfield Foods last year, said Monday that it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.


Beef Prices Climb to Highest Level Since 1987

April 14, 2014 12:43 pm | by BETSY BLANEY, Associated Press

A dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand from countries such as China and Japan have caused the average retail cost of fresh beef to climb to $5.28 a pound in February, up almost a quarter from January and the highest price since 1987.


Consumer Trends: Burger Sales Fall as Segment Matures

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm

Burger chains have reached maturity, as limited-service burger segment sales contracted in 2013, according to Technomic. Although burger chains tallied U.S. sales of more than $72 million, they recorded nominal growth of only 1.2 percent.


Heartland Food Products Plans $21M Expansion

April 14, 2014 10:12 am

Heartland Food Products Group, which makes drink mixes and sweeteners, is planning a $21 million project to add production and distribution facilities in Indianapolis. The company anticipates adding up to 160 jobs in the next few years with the expansion.


Passamaquoddy Tribe Invests in Maple Syrup

April 14, 2014 10:10 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

The members of the Passamaquoddy tribe have looked under their feet for a bottled water plant and have turned to the sky for a wind farm. But it's the forest that will be the first to deliver, as the impoverished tribe seeks to become one of the biggest maple syrup operations in Maine.


Allergic Reactions Prompt Kroger Sorbet Recall

April 14, 2014 9:54 am

The Kroger Co. has recalled its Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet sold in 13 states because the product may contain milk not listed on the label. Two customers have reported a possible allergic reaction connected to the product.


Lindt Wins Latest Round in Copyright Fight with Haribo

April 14, 2014 9:47 am

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Spruengli AG won the latest round in its battle of the bears against Germany's Haribo GmbH. A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.


Photos of the Day: State, Federal Lawmakers Combat Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:44 am

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.


Lawmakers Fight Seafood Fraud

April 14, 2014 9:39 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

In the United States, 92 percent of all seafood is imported and labeling fraud is common. Both state and federal lawmakers now are moving to pass legislation to help make sure that customers are getting the seafood for which they are paying.


PMMI: 'PACK gives BACK' Event to Feature Jay Leno

April 11, 2014 12:47 pm

PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, announces the return of PACK gives BACK™, Monday, Nov. 3. The event, open to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, will feature comedian Jay Leno. A portion of ticket sales will support the K9s for Warriors charity.


Childhood Obesity Rates Stabilize But More Kids Are Severely Obese

April 11, 2014 12:43 pm

Childhood obesity rates leveled off during a 14-year period between 1999 and 2012, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Pediatrics. But the rate of severe obesity increased, according to the study.


Nevada Food Exports Hit Record Levels

April 11, 2014 12:39 pm

Nevada's food and agricultural exports reached a milestone last year, exceeding 2012 sales by more than $19 million. The Nevada Department of Agriculture says export sales hit $137 million in 2013, an increase of 17 percent from the year before.


Subway Differentiates with Playfully Named ‘Flatizza’

April 11, 2014 12:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

It's part flatbread, but also part pizza. So Subway naturally called its latest offering the "Flatizza." As funny as the name may sound, it gives Subway a way to brand a product that might otherwise seem run-of-the-mill — and sear it into the memory of potential customers.


Food Gains Help Push Producer Prices Higher

April 11, 2014 12:35 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March, led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent last month.


Consumer Trends: Diners Search for More Pizza Variety

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Consumers told Technomic they eat pizza about 3.4 times a month. Today’s expanded retail options and the emergence of the trendy fast-casual pizza segment are giving consumers plenty of ways to satisfy their pizza cravings. But consumers say they want even more variety.


Combating Milk Microbes That Survive Pasteurization

April 11, 2014 10:35 am

South Dakota State University dairy science professor Sanjeev Anand has begun developing ways to combat heat-resistant microorganisms, a major challenge for the world’s dairy industry. His work is supported by the Dairy Research Institute and the Midwest Dairy Food Research Center.


Starbucks to Move VIA Instant Coffee Production to Ga.

April 11, 2014 10:28 am | by TIM RAUSCH, The Augusta Chronicle

Starbucks currently produces its VIA product line in Europe, but it will be moving production to Georgia when its south Augusta facility is fully operational. About 70 employees have been hired and packaging operations started in October at the Augusta facility.


Court Ruling on Whaling Gave Japan's Gov't a Convenient Escape

April 11, 2014 10:25 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling lobby.


Oregon Gov. Hopes to Frame GMO Laws with Panel

April 11, 2014 10:22 am | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber does not expect his newly created task force on genetically engineered agriculture to produce any specific proposals for next year's legislative session. Instead, he wants the group to frame the issue of GMOs for legislators.


Subway’s Phase-Out of ‘Yoga Mat’ Chemical Nears Completion

April 11, 2014 10:17 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat" chemical will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week. The disclosure comes as Subway has suffered from an onslaught of bad publicity since a food blogger petitioned the chain to remove the ingredient.



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