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Daily Sound Bite: New Meat Labeling Rules Move Forward

September 13, 2013 12:30 pm

The American Meat Institute (AMI) and other industry groups are working hard to block new meat labeling rules that would require country of origin to be printed on labels. A federal judge has refused to block the new rules, but the groups have vowed to keep fighting.

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PACK EXPO Coverage: Learn About Better Food Safety

September 13, 2013 12:28 pm

The Food Safety Summit Resource Center, which will be located at booth S-7332, will offer free presentations, information and one-on-one consultations to address critical food safety issues and compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Wash. Farmer: Broker Found Modified Alfalfa

September 13, 2013 12:25 pm | by NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press

An Eastern Washington farmer who intended to grow alfalfa that's not genetically modified had his crop rejected by a broker that said it found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said.

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United Natural Foods Rises on 4Q Results

September 13, 2013 9:59 am

United Natural Foods said that its net income grew 28 percent in the fiscal fourth quarter to top expectations, sending shares higher in aftermarket trading. The company said profitability improved due to more efficient purchasing and logistics.

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Plans for Wash. Bottling Plant Unravel

September 13, 2013 9:57 am

Plans to build a controversial water bottling plant in Anacortes, Wash., are unraveling because the company planning the project has backed out. The city signed a deal three years ago to sell five million gallons of Skagit River water a day for the next 50 years to a company called Tethys.

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Pricier Veggies, Chicken Lift Food Prices

September 13, 2013 9:55 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer

Higher energy costs pushed U.S. wholesale prices up 0.3 percent last month. Prices rose a modest 1.4 percent over the past year, the lowest one-year gain since April. More expensive vegetables and chicken lifted food prices 0.6 percent in August from July.

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Judge Refuses to Block New Meat Labeling Rules

September 13, 2013 9:50 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press

A federal judge has refused to block new rules that require the meat industry to include specific information about the origin of their products on labels. Industry groups say they'll continue fighting. The American Meat Institute said it plans to appeal.

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China Austerity Targets Mooncakes

September 13, 2013 9:47 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer

In an effort to combat extravagant spending, China's Communist Party leadership has singled out mooncakes in its austerity drive. It has banned the use of public money to buy the pastries and associated gifts, dampening demand just as the market hits its usual peak.

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Photo of the Day: China Gov't Says No More Mooncakes

September 13, 2013 9:43 am

A vendor sells mooncakes to a customer at a shop in Shanghai, China. The mooncake, a traditional pastry that is given during the Chinese mid-autumn festival, has become the unlikely latest casualty of China's Communist Party's anti-corruption campaign.

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Consumer Trends: Demand Grows for Frozen Food

September 12, 2013 1:00 pm

The global market for frozen food witnessed growth due to the growing demand for faster-to-prepare foods and new product launches in the market. In addition, strong demand from emerging economies is another factor contributing to the market growth.

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Daily Sound Bite: Hawaiian Avocados Soon Will Hit Store Shelves

September 12, 2013 12:48 pm

Hawaiian avocado growers will soon be allowed to ship avocados to 32 mainland states in the U.S. between November and March. Tom Benton, president of the Hawaii Avocado Association, sees this new market as a huge boon to the avocado industry in the state.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Plans 50 UK Locations

September 12, 2013 12:44 pm

Dunkin' Donuts said it will move into the U.K. market, opening 50 franchised locations in the London area over the next five years. The stores will be located in North and East London. Dunkin' Donuts said it wants to have 150 U.K. stores in five years.

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Firm Urges Smithfield Vote for Shuanghui Deal

September 12, 2013 12:42 pm

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that Smithfield shareholders vote in favor of a deal to sell the pork producer to a Chinese company. The recommendation of the proxy firm gives the deal some added support as it goes up for shareholder vote on Sept. 24.

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First Lady Wants People to Drink More Plain Water

September 12, 2013 12:39 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Michelle Obama has pushed Americans to eat healthier. Now she says we should "drink up" too. As in plain water. And as in more of it. The first lady, an exercise fanatic who loves French fries, is getting behind a campaign to encourage people to drink more plain, old-fashioned water.

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Ky. Food Plant Expanding, Plans to Add 200 Jobs

September 12, 2013 12:34 pm

A food company which processes meats, soups, sauces and tacos in northeastern Kentucky is expanding and planning to add 200 jobs. Custom Food Products says it is investing $44 million in the expansion project at its Owingsville plant in Bath County.

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Mead Johnson to Buy Back up to $500M of Shares

September 12, 2013 9:44 am

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. said Wednesday that its board has approved a $500 million share repurchase plan. This buyback plan is in addition to about $9.7 million remaining under its existing $300 million plan, which was approved in 2010.

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Del Monte 1Q Boosted by Pet-Food Acquisition

September 12, 2013 9:42 am

Del Monte Corp. said Wednesday that its fiscal first-quarter net income more than tripled, with the help of its pet foods business. The privately held company, based in San Francisco, owns food brands such as Del Monte, Contadina and S&W.

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U.S. Employers Posted Fewer Jobs, But Hired More

September 12, 2013 9:39 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in July but hired more workers, a mixed sign that suggests only modest improvement in the job market. Job openings fell 180,000 in July to 3.7 million. That's down from 3.9 million the previous month, which was revised lower.

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U.S. Employers Posted Fewer Jobs, But Hired More

September 12, 2013 9:39 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in July but hired more workers, a mixed sign that suggests only modest improvement in the job market. Job openings fell 180,000 in July to 3.7 million. That's down from 3.9 million the previous month, which was revised lower.

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Hawaii to Ship Avocados to Mainland U.S.

September 12, 2013 9:37 am | by OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press

Guacamole connoisseurs around the U.S. soon will have a new domestic avocado to try — not from California or Florida, but Hawaii. The USDA is changing its rules for Hawaii growers to allow them to ship Sharwil avocados to 32 mainland U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

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