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Horizon Organic To Increase Payments To Farmers

January 25, 2012 6:51 am

BROOMFIELD, Colo. (AP) — Horizon Organic plans to boost what it pays its roughly 600 farmers as demand for organic milk and feed costs rise. Customers' prices for Horizon products will vary by retailer. Broomfield, Colo.-based Horizon says starting Feb. 1, it will pay farms an extra $2 per hundred pounds of milk.

Bagel Co. Fights To Survive Bankruptcy

January 25, 2012 6:48 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Could New York City's H&H Bagels be toast? The Wall Street Journal reports the once dominant bagel empire is on the brink of losing its final property. But H&H owner Helmer Toro says he's seeking new investors and is confident the business will survive.

Seafood Board May Use BP Cash To Rename NBA Arena

January 25, 2012 6:45 am

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board might use some of the $30 million it got from BP PLC to buy naming rights for the New Orleans Arena, where the NBA's Hornets play. Ewell Smith, the board's executive director, said Tuesday that he and other board officials have been working with Jack Sperling, who was appointed by NBA commissioner David Stern to oversee the Hornets when the league bought the club in late 2010.

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Obama Unveils Strategy For Supply Chain Security

January 25, 2012 6:41 am

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — President Barack Obama has adopted a new strategy declaring for the first time that the United States has a national security interest to protect the nation's economic goods against terrorists, criminals and natural disasters in all corners of the globe. The new U.

Big Food Plant Could Head To Western N.Y.

January 25, 2012 3:56 am

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Officials say they're hoping to entice a food company to open a mammoth processing plant in Batavia in western New York that could employ as many as 400 people. Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide between $300,000 and $500,000 to help pay for sewer and infrastructure work at an agribusiness park just east of the city of Batavia, located midway between Buffalo and Rochester.

N.C. Businesswoman Creates Healthy Biscuits

January 25, 2012 3:53 am

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — At an age when most business officials are thinking more about retirement than innovation, Cathy Dunn has cooked up a bit of a culinary miracle. Dunn, 62, the high-energy queen of Cathy's Homemade Biscuits and Biscuit King in Lexington, has developed a fluffy Southern-style biscuit with all-natural ingredients, low sodium and zero trans fats a healthier alternative to the usual biscuit.

Food Network Highlights Chef Obesity Problem

January 25, 2012 3:49 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Deen's diabetes revelation pretty much sums it up: Kitchen pros at all levels struggle with obesity and its dangerous aftertaste in the high-pressure, high-calorie world of food. The queen of Southern comfort cooking, now a spokeswoman for a diabetes drugmaker's health initiative, announced last week that she hid her Type 2 diabetes for about three years while continuing to cook up deep-fried cheesecake and bacon-and-egg burgers between doughnuts on TV.

GOP Debate Casts Light On Sugar Policy

January 25, 2012 3:45 am

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republican presidential race waded, at least for one night, into the grainy details of U.S. policy toward sugar. Newt Gingrich's answer to a question about it during a GOP debate Monday night stood out in part for its wonkiness and downright oddity. "I found out one of the fascinating things about America, which was that cane sugar hides behind beet sugar," the former college professor said, launching into a lecture of sorts on the U.

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Okla. Senator Seeks Ban On Human Fetuses In Food

January 25, 2012 3:41 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator from Oklahoma City introduced a bill Tuesday that would ban the use of aborted human fetuses in food, despite conceding that he's unaware of any company using such a practice. Freshman Sen. Ralph Shortey said his own Internet research led him to believe such a ban is necessary and prompted him to offer the bill aimed at raising "public awareness" and giving an "ultimatum to companies" that might consider such a policy.

Photo Of The Day: Chefs Struggle With Weight

January 25, 2012 3:36 am

(AP) — In this July 19, 2007 file photo, chef Art Smith poses in the kitchen at his home in Chicago, as he prepares vegetables for gazpacho. Smith was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about three years ago. Smith ballooned to 325 pounds until he decided to turn it all around and lose 118 pounds.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Chocolate Sales To Top $19 Billion By 2014

January 24, 2012 9:04 am

(PRWEB) — Valentine's Day is one of the busiest days of the year for U.S. candy makers, particularly for chocolate businesses which sell more than a billion dollars' worth of sweets for the nation's sweethearts, says Pam Williams, founder of Ecole Chocolat, Professional School of Chocolate Arts.

N.D. State Flour Mill Profits Down

January 24, 2012 6:42 am

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Mill and Elevator saw its profits drop steeply during October, November and December from the previous budget year's record levels, but they were still among the highest in the history of the state-owned mill, its manager said Monday. The mill's quarterly profit was $2.

Proposed Bill Would Improve Housing For Egg-Laying Hens

January 24, 2012 6:39 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. (United Egg Producers) — The Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers announced that they will make passage of H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, introduced today by Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., Jeff Denham, R-Calif., Elton Gallegly, R-Calif.

Anheuser-Busch Veteran Resigns

January 24, 2012 6:34 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The most senior Anheuser-Busch veteran at Anheuser-Busch InBev is stepping down. Dave Peacock, who ran the U.S. operations of the combined company after Belgium-based InBev bought St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch three years ago, will step down. The news, first reported by Ad Age, was confirmed by the company.

Starbucks Adds Wine And Beer To Its Menu

January 24, 2012 6:31 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Starbucks Corp., the company that proved there's no such thing as paying too much for a cup of coffee, is expanding its experiment with two other elixirs that Americans love, wine and beer. The company said Monday it will start selling wine, beer and "premium" foods, like small plates and hot flatbread sandwiches, at four to six stores in Atlanta and another four to six stores in Southern California by the end of the year.

Study: High Levels Of MRSA Found In Retail Meat Products

January 24, 2012 6:29 am

IOWA CITY, Iowa (University of Iowa) — Retail pork products in the United States. have a higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (MRSA) than previously identified, according to new research by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

Plastic Packaging Market To Reach $196.42B In 2012

January 24, 2012 3:58 am

LONDON (PRNewswire) — The Plastic Packaging Market 2012-2022 is Visiongain's new materials report for readers globally. Although the overall packaging industry was severely impacted by the economic recession, the plastic packaging market is gradually gaining significance through the latest technologies and enhanced products in the vast global packaging industry.

Poultry Industry Concerned With Proposed EPA Rule

January 24, 2012 3:53 am

TUCKER, Ga. (U.S. Poultry & Egg Association) — In comments submitted today, the U.S. poultry industry voiced several concerns with EPA's proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Reporting Rule. The rule, proposed on October 21, 2011, would require owners and operators of CAFOs to submit certain information to EPA.

McDonald's Income Jumps 11 Percent

January 24, 2012 3:46 am

NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says net income rose by 11 percent in the fourth quarter, as the fast-food giant continues to attract budget-conscious customers. Net income of $1.38 billion translated to $1.33 per share, beating the $1.29 predicted by analysts polled by FactSet. Revenue jumped 10 percent to $6.

La. Rice Farmers Vote To Pay For Research, Promotion

January 24, 2012 3:43 am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana rice farmers have voted overwhelmingly to keep paying a nickel for every 100 pounds of rice for research and 3 cents per hundred pounds for promotion. The results of the vote were released Monday. The LSU AgCenter says 357 producers voted for the research checkoff and 65 against it, and the promotion money was approved 321 to 107.

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