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Calif. Citrus Producers Ride Out Cold Snap

December 9, 2013 10:18 am | by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press

Growers across California toiled last week to protect the state's prized $2 billion a year citrus industry and other key crops such as lettuce and avocados from the cold snap that engulfed the state, dropping temperatures to levels that can damage fruit and delay the harvest of greens.

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Alaska Renews Push to Stock Emergency Food

December 9, 2013 10:13 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press

Alaska is renewing an effort to secure a massive stockpile of emergency food supplies to be ready in case a major disaster cuts the state off from supply lines. Gov. Sean Parnell has promoted emergency preparations as part of a larger push to improve disaster readiness across Alaska.

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Judge Allows Sunland Peanut Butter Plant to Reopen

December 9, 2013 10:10 am

A bankruptcy judge is allowing an eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant involved in a nationwide salmonella outbreak last year to resume limited operations. Sunland Inc. in Portales closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in October.

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Crystal Sugar Expects ‘Price Crisis’ to Continue

December 9, 2013 10:09 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

The annual meeting of American Crystal Sugar Co. highlighted the company's 40th year as a farmer-owned cooperative, but there was little cause for celebration among shareholders. Total grower payments are down more than $300 million in the last year.

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SpaghettiOs Apologizes for Controversial Pearl Harbor Tweet

December 9, 2013 10:06 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Campbell Soup apologized for a tweet by its SpaghettiOs brand that marked the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks with a picture of its smiling mascot jauntily holding an American flag. The Twitter message asked followers to "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us."

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Photo of the Day: Widows Shaped the Success of Champagne

December 9, 2013 10:03 am | by THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press

From its bottle shape to its taste, color, labeling and even marketing, Champagne owes its uniqueness to a series of widows from the early 19th century who used the sometimes mysterious deaths of their husbands to enter the male-dominated business world.

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Consumer Trends: Supermarket Guru's Trends for 2014

December 6, 2013 12:00 pm

Millennials, health-conscious shoppers and a shift in consumer palates set the stage for what's to come in the food world this year according to Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. For 2014, Lempert predicts that the most dramatic food changes will stem from the ever-changing consumer.

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Daily Sound Bite: 'Cannibal Sandwiches' a Food-Safety Hazard

December 6, 2013 11:41 am

Health officials confirmed four cases tied to E. coli and 13 likely cases in people who last holiday season ate "cannibal sandwiches," an appetizer with raw, lean ground beef served on cocktail bread that is popular in Wisconsin. The dish has become less common recently as food-safety awareness has increased.

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WTO Deal Makes Progress

December 6, 2013 11:33 am | by DESSIANING ARIYANTI, Associated Press

A possible World Trade Organization deal moved closer to approval Friday after a row over food subsidies was set aside following hours of global negotiations that went late into the night. The deal could boost global trade by $1 trillion and help revive the WTO's broader Doha Round of trade negotiations.

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Consumer Spending Rises in October

December 6, 2013 11:29 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

U.S. consumers increased their spending in October even though their wages and salaries barely increased, raising questions about how strong the economy will grow at the end of the year. Consumer spending increased 0.3 percent in October compared with September when spending rose 0.2 percent.

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Poultry, Cattle Markets Boost Ky. Farm Cash Receipts

December 6, 2013 11:18 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Kentucky's farm economy shifted into over-drive as a money maker this year, backed by robust equine, poultry and cattle markets and predictions of record grain yields that are putting total cash receipts on a rapid trajectory toward $6 billion, agricultural economists said Thursday.

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‘Cannibal Sandwiches’ Are a Risky Wisconsin Tradition

December 6, 2013 11:09 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press

"Cannibal sandwiches," an appetizer featuring raw, lean ground beef served on cocktail bread, may be a Wisconsin tradition, but they are not safe, health officials said, noting that more than a dozen people became ill after consuming them last holiday season.

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New Year Could Bring Higher Milk Prices Without Farm Bill

December 6, 2013 11:08 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A New Year's deadline that could send the price of milk skyward looms over congressional negotiators as they try to reach agreement on a five-year farm bill. They've been tripped up by differences over the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.

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Factory Orders Fall in October

December 6, 2013 9:54 am | by JOSH BOAK, Associated Press

U.S. factories received fewer orders in October, as aircraft demand fell and businesses cut back on computers. Orders for non-durable goods, such as food, fell 0.2 percent and have declined for the past three months, according to the report.

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Anheuser-Busch Investing $10M in Va. Brewery

December 6, 2013 9:51 am

Anheuser-Busch says it will invest $10 million in its Williamsburg brewery to help expand its packaging operation. The brewery's general manager, Rick Shippey, says in a news release the investment includes the addition of a slim package to one of the existing can lines.

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Downgrade Hurts Smucker Shares

December 6, 2013 9:50 am

The J.M. Smucker Co.'s shares fell Thursday after a Wells Fargo Securities analyst downgraded his rating on the company, citing concerns about its coffee business. The company, based in Orrville, Ohio, makes Folgers coffee, Jif peanut butter and Crisco shortening.

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Investment Firm Wins Auction for SD Beef Plant

December 6, 2013 9:48 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

San Francisco-based White Oak Global Advisors submitted the winning $44.3 million credit-and-cash bid for an idled South Dakota plant during a bankruptcy court auction in Sioux Falls. Northern Beef Packers filed for bankruptcy in July because it lacked money to buy cattle for slaughter.

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Photo of the Day: Gingerbread Paradise

December 6, 2013 9:45 am

A village of gingerbread depictions of famous landmarks around the world like the Eiffel Tower and the Opera House in Sydney, Australia is on display at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel. The gingerbread replicas were created by hotel chef Ralf Bauer.

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Daily Sound Bite: CEOs Express Optimism About Economy

December 5, 2013 12:54 pm

A new survey shows that CEOs of the largest U.S. companies are a little more optimistic about the economy's prospects and expect a boost in hiring. The Business Roundtable, an association of chief executives at the 200 largest U.S. companies, released the index.

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Boehner: Farm Bill Should Be Extended

December 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

House Speaker John Boehner says the farm bill should be extended through January while negotiators work out differences on cuts to food stamps and how to restructure farm subsidies. Negotiators are working against a New Year's deadline for expiration of some dairy subsidies.

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