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Consumer Trends: Technomic Says Snack Consumption Is Rising

March 24, 2014 1:00 pm

Snack consumption is on the rise, as half of today's consumers say they eat snacks at least twice a day, an increase from the 48 percent who said the same in 2012. And about a third of consumers told Technomic they're snacking more frequently than they were just two years ago.

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Canadian Officials Want to Fine Meat Plants for Food Safety Problems

March 24, 2014 12:43 pm | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is proposing to give itself the power to fine meat processors that break hygiene and other operating rules meant to protect human health. But meat industry representatives and a food safety expert say they are skeptical. 

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BeBevCo Launches Cheech and Chong Relaxation Ice Cream

March 24, 2014 12:40 pm

Bebida Beverage Company (BeBevCo) announced that its subsidiary, Relaxation Solutions, Inc., has secured a licensing agreement to brand its new line of Relaxation Ice Cream using Cheech and Chong. The ice cream treats are infused with hemp and supplements.

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Yum CEO’s Pay Drops as KFC Struggles in China

March 24, 2014 12:34 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Yum CEO David Novak saw his pay package drop 22 percent to $10 million last year as the parent company fell short of its performance targets. The drop in pay from $12.8 million the previous year reflects the troubles that have beset KFC's China division.

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Minn. Company Recalls Food Products for Listeria

March 24, 2014 12:31 pm

Parkers Farm Acquisition is recalling some of its peanut butter, cheese, salsa and spreads after authorities discovered some samples of the products contained listeria. The company is cooperating with an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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Anheuser-Busch Reaches Deal with Teamsters

March 24, 2014 12:27 pm

Anheuser-Busch and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters say they have reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract for workers at the beverage maker's 12 U.S. breweries. The deal is subject to ratification by the union members.

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Judge Schedules Sale of Northern Beef Packers

March 24, 2014 10:05 am

A bankruptcy judge has set a closing date for the sale of Northern Beef Packers, a failed South Dakota beef packing plant. A San Francisco-based investment banking firm still holds the top bid of $44.4 million for the plant, which filed for bankruptcy last summer.

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PepsiCo CEO’s Pay Increased by 5 Percent

March 24, 2014 10:02 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi got a pay package worth $13.2 million last year, representing a 5 percent increase from the previous year. The pay bump was the result of a higher performance-based bonus, reflecting the company's improved financial results.

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USDA: Organic Industry Continues to Grow

March 24, 2014 10:00 am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new figures that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with more than 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.

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Wild Turkey Bourbon Bottling to Move to Ky.

March 24, 2014 9:56 am

Pernod Ricard USA officials said bottling operations of Wild Turkey bourbon will move from Fort Smith, Ark., to Lawrenceburg, Ky., effective March 29. Pernod Ricard sold the Wild Turkey brand to Gruppo Campari in 2009, but continued to bottle the bourbon.

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Breakfast Prices Rise on Global Supply Problems

March 24, 2014 9:53 am | by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Markets Writer

Breakfast is now being served with a side of sticker shock. The price of bacon is surging and the cost of other morning staples, like coffee and orange juice, is set to rise because of global supply problems, from drought in Brazil to disease on U.S. pig farms.

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Oceana Exposes 9 Dirtiest U.S. Fisheries

March 24, 2014 9:49 am

Oceana released a new report exposing nine of the dirtiest fisheries in the United States. These nine fisheries combined throw away almost half of what they catch and are responsible for more than 50 percent of all reported bycatch in the U.S.

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Photos of the Day: Mich. Pot Bills Address Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:46 am

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

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Mich. Pot Bills Would OK Edibles

March 24, 2014 9:41 am | by EMMA FIDEL, Associated Press

Two Republican House bills would clarify Michigan's medical marijuana law by legalizing dispensaries and edibles. Michigan food safety organizations oppose the legislation because it doesn't apply state food law to dispensaries. The groups say any business that sells food should be licensed and inspected.

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Consumer Trends: IFT Says Diners Demand Healthier Fast Food

March 21, 2014 1:00 pm

The Institute for Food Technologists reveals 10 facts about the changing fast food industry. Eighty-seven percent of fast food operators say their customers are paying more attention to nutrition than they were two years ago, according to the National Restaurant Association.

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McDonald’s COO to Retire

March 21, 2014 12:13 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's chief operating officer Tim Fenton will retire in October, then act as a special adviser to CEO Don Thompson. Fenton joined the company as a teenager in 1973 as a worker at a restaurant in Utica, N.Y. McDonald's said it will not refill the position.

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Shrimp Costs Spell Trouble for Red Lobster

March 21, 2014 12:06 pm

Even as Red Lobster is fighting to win back customers, the seafood chain is facing another battle with higher shrimp costs. Executives said that costs in the most recent quarter rose about 30 percent because of "production issues in Asia."

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Tenn. Governor Signs Supermarket Wine Bill

March 21, 2014 12:01 pm | by LUCAS L. JOHNSON II, Associated Press

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a law allowing supermarket wine sales in the state. However, the earliest wine can be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores is the summer of 2016 — or a year later if they are located near an existing liquor store.

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Hawaii House Revives, Quickly Kills GMO Bill

March 21, 2014 11:54 am | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press

An effort to require labels on genetically modified foods in Hawaii was brought back to life in the state legislature, but it died in committee on Thursday almost as quickly as it was revived. Representative Jessica Wooley gutted an agriculture bill to replace it with the GMO-labeling requirements.

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Costco’s Kirkland Signature Chicken Recalled for Listeria

March 21, 2014 11:51 am

Freshouse Foods Ltd. has recalled Kirkland Signature brand grilled chicken breast strips sold at Costco stores throughout Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said the chicken may be contaminated with listeria. There have been no reported illnesses so far.

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