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Income Not a Factor as Students Eat

September 6, 2013 12:39 pm | by BRIDGET MURPHY, Associated Press

Some students toted lunchboxes to the first day of school in Boston this week, but district administrators are expecting that could become a more unusual sight as parents learn about a federal program now providing all public school students in the city with free breakfast and lunch.

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Smithfield Foods 1Q Profit Falls 36 Percent

September 6, 2013 12:32 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. said its net income fell 36 percent in the first quarter as it experienced higher costs of raising hogs and a decline in exports to Japan, China and Russia. The company earned $39.5 million, or 27 cents per share, for the period ended July 28.

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South Korea Bans Fish from NE Japan amid Radiation Fears

September 6, 2013 12:30 pm | by EUN-YOUNG JEONG, Associated Press

South Korea announced it was banning all fish imports from along Japan's northeastern coast because of what officials called growing public worry over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

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Daily Sound Bite: Lobster to Make Big Marketing Splash

September 6, 2013 12:10 pm

A new law is set to take effect in October, increasing the annual marketing budget for lobster to $2.2 million, a six-fold increase. The new marketing windfall is set to have a huge impact on Maine lobster, which is set to launch a new marketing program to promote the region's lobster.

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Experts: Energy Drinks Pose Health Risks to Children

September 6, 2013 9:46 am

Experts say if children consume energy drinks, they could experience seizures, heart palpitations or other problems that drive them to the hospital emergency room. Brightly designed packaging appears to be one reason younger children are attracted to energy drinks.

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Trader to Settle Insider Trading Charges on Smithfield Deal

September 6, 2013 9:43 am | by MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer

U.S. regulators say a resident of Thailand has agreed to pay $5.2 million to settle civil charges of trading on inside knowledge of a takeover bid for Smithfield Foods Inc. by a big Chinese company. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement with Badin Rungruangnavarat.

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McDonald’s Exploring Changes to Dollar Menu

September 6, 2013 9:41 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's Corp. says a revamped version of its Dollar Menu that includes items priced at $5 could be launched nationally this year. The chain says it has been testing versions of its famous value menu that's called "Dollar Menu & More" in five markets across the country.

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Green Mountain Coffee Closes Toronto Plant, Cuts 120 Jobs

September 6, 2013 9:38 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. will cease production at its Toronto facility and cut 120 jobs as it consolidates its Canadian production in Montreal. The Waterbury, Vt., company said it will move all of its Canadian coffee and portion-pack production to its facility in Montreal.

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Maine Lobster Industry to Boost Marketing

September 6, 2013 9:36 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD, Associated Press

The annual marketing budget for Maine's lobster industry is set to multiply, with goal of getting more people in the U.S. and abroad to buy more Maine lobster and related products at restaurants and in stores, while increasing prices to help fishermen boost their incomes.

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Photo of the Day: Maine Seeks to Bolster Lobster Sales

September 6, 2013 9:32 am

Maine's lobster industry is trying to market its brand more broadly and increase sales of the state's best-known seafood. The annual marketing budget for lobsters will increase more than six-fold to $2.2 million under a law taking effect in October.

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Consumer Trends: Global Private Label Trends

September 5, 2013 1:00 pm

Private label strategies are increasingly varied in mature markets such as the UK and the U.S. While there still remains a place for low cost, basic quality goods, it is becoming common to see private label ranges across a variety of price points.

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Daily Sound Bite: Alaska Salmon Industry Protests Wal-Mart Decision

September 5, 2013 12:56 pm

Alaska fishermen protested Wednesday outside an Anchorage Wal-Mart store after the company decided to only buy seafood certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), fish in a fishery improvement program or any equivalent certification program.

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Red ‘Honey’ May Come from Candy-Fed Bees

September 5, 2013 12:48 pm

What appears to be red honey is showing up in some Utah beehives and state officials say it may be coming from bugs feasting on candy cane byproduct. Utah officials say they've received several complaints about the odd-colored goo in hives in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties.

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Civil Rights Groups Push to Protect Meatpacking Workers

September 5, 2013 12:46 pm

A coalition of civil rights groups filed a formal petition urging OSHA and the USDA to better protect workers in poultry and meatpacking plants. These groups argue that the agencies' current policies allow workers to operate in unnecessarily hazardous conditions.

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General Mills Backs Full-Year Forecast

September 5, 2013 12:41 pm

General Mills Inc. reaffirmed its full-year earnings forecast and said it expects improved sales for its fiscal first quarter. The food maker said it continues to expect to earn between $2.87 and $2.90 per share on an adjusted basis for its fiscal year ending in May.

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NH Lawmakers Discuss Labeling GMO Foods

September 5, 2013 12:39 pm

Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at the Consumers Union, the policy division of "Consumer Reports," is scheduled to speak to a group of New Hampshire lawmakers about proposed legislation requiring the clear labeling of genetically modified foods.

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Alaska Fishermen Protest Wal-Mart Decision

September 5, 2013 12:37 pm | by MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press

Nearly 40 Alaska fishermen protested Wednesday outside an Anchorage Wal-Mart store, upset with the company's decision about how it buys seafood. The protest came a day before Alaska state and seafood industry officials were to meet with Wal-Mart executives.

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India Passes $20B Law to Expand Food Welfare

September 5, 2013 10:05 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press

India plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty. The Food Security Bill, sent this week by India's parliament to the president for approval, guarantees citizens a legal right to food.

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Shareholder to Vote Against Smithfield Sale

September 5, 2013 9:58 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

One of Smithfield Foods Inc.'s largest shareholders said it plans to vote against the pork producer's proposed takeover by China's largest meat producer because it wants more time to seek other offers that would provide greater shareholder value.

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Chobani Recalls Greek Yogurt Cups

September 5, 2013 9:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Chobani says it's recalling some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold. The recall comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were "swelling and bloating."

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