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Heinz Profits Rise, Buys Stake In Brazilian Company

March 3, 2011 4:06 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co.'s third-quarter net income rose 20 percent as revenue rose in the U.S. and emerging markets and the company raised prices to offset higher commodity costs. The maker of ketchup and Ore-Ida French fries also said Thursday it plans to acquire an 80 percent stake in S.

Global Food Prices Reach Record High

March 3, 2011 4:03 am

ROME (AP) — Global food prices have reached their highest point in 20 years and could increase further because of rising oil prices stemming from the unrest in Libya and the Mideast, a U.N. agency warned Thursday. Skyrocketing food prices have been among the triggers for protests in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere and raised fears of a repeat of the food price crises in 2007 and 2008.

Brown-Forman To Sell Fetzer Vineyards

March 2, 2011 3:50 am

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. said Tuesday that it has agreed to sell its California-based Fetzer Vineyards to Chilean wine producer Vina Concha y Toro S.A. for $238 million. Louisville-based Brown-Forman said it expects selling Fetzer to increase its full-year earnings by 20 cents to 30 cents per share.

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Dow Chemical Moves Toward Modified Corn Patent

March 2, 2011 3:48 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dow Chemical Co.'s Indianapolis-based agricultural division says it has taken the next step toward gaining international patent rights for its new strain of genetically engineered corn that it says will help farmers battle a new strain of "super-weeds." The Midland, Mich.

64,000 Pounds Of Chicken And Pork Products Recalled

March 2, 2011 3:44 am

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California food supplier is recalling 64,000 pounds of chicken and pork products because some broccoli in the products was found to be contaminated with listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy is recalling several premade dishes after routine testing discovered the contamination.

Beetle Threatens Kona Coffee Crop

March 2, 2011 3:41 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is boring its way into Kona coffee beans and threatening the nation's only coffee-growing region's premiere crop. More than 600 farmers in North Kona and South Kona, on the west side of Hawaii's Big Island, are preparing to coat their fields with a suffocating fungus and are taking other measures to save their livelihoods and protect the world famous Kona coffee brand.

Calif. Salmon Population Expected To Triple

March 2, 2011 3:38 am

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — California could see a return to a full-length coastal salmon fishing season this year with biologists forecasting a tripling of the fish's ocean population, state fish and wildlife officials said Tuesday. The agency is projecting 729,000 salmon in coastal waters in 2011, up from a 2010 projection of 245,000 fish, Department of Fish and Game spokesman Harry Morse said.

Photo Of The Day: The Melody For Perfect Wine

March 2, 2011 3:35 am

(AP) — In this picture taken Feb. 7, 2011 innovator Markus Bachmann, left, speaks with vine grower Franz Michael Mayer during an interview with Associated Press in Vienna, Austria. Convinced that music is a key ingredient for a good bottle of red or white wine, Bachmann has created a special speaker that exposes fermenting grape juice to classical, jazz or electronic tunes.

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Taco Bell Plans $3M Ad Campaign To Boost Image

March 1, 2011 3:49 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell is turning to TV commercials to battle damage to its image from a lawsuit questioning its taco filling. The fast-food chain has been on the defensive since it was pushed into the spotlight by a lawsuit that claimed the restaurant's seasoned beef filling did not have enough beef to be billed as such.

Survey: 70 Percent Of U.S. Diners Want More Nutrition Info

March 1, 2011 3:46 am

(American Meat Institute)-- Seventy percent of U.S. diners want more information about the sourcing and nutritional value of their meals when dining out, with nearly two-thirds (64 percent) saying they would choose healthier meals if more information was provided, according to Unilever Food Solutions’ new World Menu Report, "What's in Your Food?" The global report surveyed 3,500 diners in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, Brazil and Turkey who eat out at least once a week.

Sugary Drinks Linked To High Blood Pressure

March 1, 2011 3:39 am

DALLAS (American Heart Association) — Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages such as fruit drinks are associated with higher blood pressure levels in adults, researchers report in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association . In the International Study of Macro/Micronutrients and Blood Pressure (INTERMAP), for every extra sugar-sweetened beverage drunk per day participants on average had significantly higher systolic blood pressure by 1.

Worker Dies After Falling Into Meat Grinder

March 1, 2011 3:36 am

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 72-year-old worker who fell into a meat-grinding machine at a Kings County meat processing plant. The Fresno Bee reports that the accident happened early Monday morning at Central Valley Meat Co. The man, a Hanford resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fresh Del Monte Produce Reports $9.6M Loss

March 1, 2011 3:34 am

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reported a loss for its fourth quarter, partly dragged down by charges related to underperforming banana plantations. The fruit and vegetable producer and distributor said Tuesday that its net loss was $9.6 million, or 16 cents per share, for the period ended Dec.

Photo Of The Day: Going With The Grain

March 1, 2011 3:21 am

(AP) — Naoko Togami, presenter of the Japan Grain Inspection Association Food Research Laboratory booth, shows bags of rice flour and bread baked with 80 percent of rice flour and 20 percent of gluten during the 35th international food and beverage exhibition "Foodex Japan" in Chiba near Tokyo Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

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London Company Offers Breast Milk Ice Cream

February 28, 2011 4:00 am

LONDON (AP) — Gross or tasty? A London company is offering an unusual dessert — ice cream made with human breast milk. Trendy London ice cream parlor The Icecreamists said its "Baby Gaga" ice cream sold out as soon as it launched Friday. The company paid women who responded to an online ad to donate their breast milk.

Court Sides With Starbucks In Kraft Dispute

February 28, 2011 3:55 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks Corp. is one step closer to ending its distribution partnership with Kraft Foods Inc. after a U.S. Appeals Court on Friday upheld a lower court ruling against Kraft. The food maker began distributing Starbucks coffee to groceries and other stores more than a decade ago.

Federal Court Overturns Injunction Against Sugar Beets

February 28, 2011 3:52 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups failed to show that seed plants for sugar beets genetically modified to withstand the popular weed killer Roundup would cause irreparable harm, a federal appeals court said Friday in overturning an injunction that called for the destruction of the plants.

Listeria-Contaminated Broccoli Prompts Recall

February 28, 2011 3:49 am

TRACY, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California company has voluntarily recalled products sold at supermarkets across the West because they could contain contaminated broccoli. Tracy-based Taylor Farms Pacific announced the recall this week after a random test by agricultural officials came up positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

Monsanto Plans $65M Pollution Reduction Plant

February 28, 2011 3:46 am

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho (AP) — Monsanto Co. plans to spend $65 million to build a facility in southeast Idaho that will reduce pollution and haze caused by the process used to produce Roundup herbicide. Waste gas from the company's operation is burned with three flares, putting particulates in the air and causing haze.

Photo Of The Day: Oscar-Worthy Eats

February 28, 2011 3:27 am

(AP) — Chef Wolfgang Puck arrives with a tray of Oscar-themed food that will be served at the Governor's Ball before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Heinz To Use Coca-Cola's Plant Bottle For Ketchup U.

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