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Flowers Foods Buying Lepage Bakeries For $370M

June 1, 2012 12:57 pm

Flowers Foods Inc., which makes Nature's Own bread, Tastykake treats and other baked goods, said Thursday that it has agreed to buy Lepage Bakeries Inc. for $370 million in cash and stock, expanding its presence in New England and New York.


McDonald's Outlines Pork Pen Plan

June 1, 2012 12:55 pm

McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that its U.S. pork producers will work over the next 10 years to phase out the use of crates to confine sows when they're pregnant.


The World Reacts To NYC Soda Ban

June 1, 2012 12:54 pm | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD,Associated Press

Around the world, portion sizes are generally smaller. Perceptions of American overconsumption have been fueled by films such as "Super Size Me" and the spread of U.S. fast-food chains. So while many global citizens reacted with a mix of incredulity, awe and disgust when confronted with some of the sizes of sugary drinks sold stateside, others were less surprised.


Drug Cartel Accuses Snack Company Of Spying

June 1, 2012 12:50 pm

Banners signed by a cult-like Mexican drug gang say that cartel members launched firebombing attacks on a PepsiCo. subsidiary because they believe the snack company let law-enforcement agents use its trucks for surveillance.


Consumer Trends: Summer’s Best Frozen Treats

June 1, 2012 12:41 pm

When it comes to taste, offerings from 365 Everyday Value, Haagen-Dazs, Dove, and Walgreens led the pack in Consumer Reports latest tests of strawberry fruit bars, ice cream bars and sandwiches.


Soda Ban Another Blow For Beverage Industry

June 1, 2012 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Bloomberg's proposal Thursday that the city prohibit restaurants, delis and movie theaters from serving large cups of sodas and other sugary drinks is a bitter twist for companies that make beverages like Coke, Dr Pepper and Pepsi. The ban, which would be the first of its kind in the nation, comes at a time when soda consumption has been declining.


Fair Trade Purists Oppose Including Big Farms

June 1, 2012 10:04 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press

After a quarter-century working to improve the lives of farmers in places like Latin America and Africa, the fair trade movement is at a crossroads. Will it expand its mission to include bigger players and a larger share of the markets in coffee, cocoa, bananas and other products? Or will it stay with its original purpose, empowering small farmers, often working through cooperatives, with higher prices for their crops and more clout in setting international trade practices?


'Made In Israel' Not A Simple Statement

June 1, 2012 10:00 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN,Associated Press

Recent criticism, coming most prominently from South Africa, is putting Israel in a bind over the muddle it has created in the West Bank: Despite 45 years of control and a massive and costly effort to settle it with Jews, Israel has never annexed the territory — and the Palestinians claim it for a future state.


Hundreds Of Salmonella Cases Tied To Mail-Order Chicks

June 1, 2012 9:58 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Those cute mail-order chicks that wind up in children's Easter baskets and backyard farms have been linked to more than 300 cases of salmonella in the U.S. — mostly in youngsters — since 2004.


Kellogg Completes $2.7B Purchase Of Pringles

June 1, 2012 9:55 am

Kellogg, which gets most of its revenue from North America, is hoping the acquisition can help it expand into a global snacking company. Pringles, known for iconic tube packaging, are sold in more than 140 countries and produce two-thirds of their annual revenue overseas.


Photo Of The Day: A Melon For A Melon

June 1, 2012 9:51 am

For decades, Israel has marketed an array of cosmetics and food products manufactured in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as "Made in Israel," blurring their true origins in settlements opposed by virtually the entire international community. That practice is increasingly being challenged by other countries insisting on a more correct label putting Israel in a bind, because despite 45 years of control it never did annex the Palestinian-dominated West Bank.


Wash. Fishermen Oppose Proposed Alaska Mine

May 31, 2012 1:13 pm

Washington fishermen who oppose a proposed mine in Alaska are having their say at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Thursday in Seattle. Sen. Maria Cantwell requested the hearing because she says fishermen would be affected if the Pebble Mine damages the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.


Barbecue Chain Enters Hog Processing Business

May 31, 2012 1:11 pm | by ROY L. WILLIAMS,The Birmingham News

The chain co-founded in 1985 by Jim Pihakis and his son, Nick Pihakis, in mid-July is opening a pork processing facility in Eva, 60 miles north of Birmingham. The plant will process hogs raised by farmers Jim 'N Nick's is recruiting as partners, said Nick Pihakis, who has run the company since his father passed in 2000.


Robotic System Automates Poultry Deboning Process

May 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Rick Robinson

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute have developed a prototype system that uses advanced imaging technology and a robotic cutting arm to automatically debone chicken and other poultry products.


NYC: Slim Down The Soda To Fight Obesity

May 31, 2012 1:03 pm | by SAMANTHA GROSS,Associated Press

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city's restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity — an expansion of his administration's efforts to encourage healthy behavior by limiting residents' choices.


Ky. Residents Sue Distillers Over Whiskey Fungus

May 31, 2012 1:01 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

A group of Louisville residents is suing three distillers claiming ethanol emissions produced by making booze has caused a black, soot-like growth known as whiskey fungus to bloom on cars and houses.


Consumer Trends: Teenagers Have No Time For Mealtime

May 31, 2012 12:59 pm

Teenagers up and down the country are skipping meals because they just don’t have the time to eat, reports a new survey on behalf of Lean on Turkey carried out by Opinion Matters.


Wal-Mart To Spell Out Expansion Plans

May 31, 2012 10:14 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart executives are expected to detail how the world's largest retailer plans to turn around its Brazil and China operations and report on its expansion efforts in Canada at an annual pep rally Wednesday for its international workers.


Pepsi Launching Twitter Effort

May 31, 2012 10:12 am

PepsiCo Inc. is lifting the curtain on its music partnership with Twitter, saying it plans to offer its followers chances to win free downloadable songs through the social media site starting Wednesday and that it will stream video of live concerts this summer.


FDA Rejects New Name For HFCS

May 31, 2012 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename its sweetening agent "corn sugar." Given the sweetener's bad reputation in recent years, the association submitted an application to the agency in 2010 to have the product renamed on nutrition labels. But the FDA said that it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup.



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