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Consumer Trends: Canadian Shopping Habits

January 7, 2013 12:19 pm

For 10 years the BrandSpark Canadian Shopper Study has shone a spotlight on Canadian consumers' shopping habits. This year, shoppers revealed their attitudes towards topics including: the economy, the environment, food and nutrition, health and beauty habits, purchase decision influencers, media habits, and new technology.

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Alaska Plan for Emergency Food Stockpile Hits Snag

January 7, 2013 9:42 am | by BECKY BOHRER,Associated Press

Alaska's plan to stash stockpiles of emergency food in case the state is cut off from supplies by a disaster has hit a bump. The state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs this week canceled its solicitation for proposals after receiving just one response, which was rejected.

New Target Campaign Focuses on Food

January 7, 2013 9:41 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Retail Writer

Is Target's grocery aisle ready for its close up? Target is pushing its food and other groceries in a national ad campaign that pokes fun at high-fashion advertising by featuring models interacting with everyday products. In one ad, a model in a white dress and high heels struts by blueberry muffin and cake mix boxes that explode in different colors. Then she crushes an egg with her hand.

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Fisherman Hoping for Help with Sandy Losses

January 7, 2013 9:38 am | by WAYNE PARRY,Associated Press

While Superstorm Sandy did highly visible damage to homes, boardwalks and roads, it also walloped the Northeastern fishing industry, whose workers are hoping for a small piece of any future disaster assistance that Congress might approve. The storm did millions of dollars' worth of damage to docks, fish processing plants and restaurants.

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FDA: New Rules Would Make Food Safer

January 7, 2013 9:34 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The long-overdue regulations could cost businesses close to half a billion dollars a year to implement, but are expected to reduce the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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Hostess in Talks to Sell Bread Brands

January 7, 2013 9:30 am

The makers of Thomas' English muffins and Tastykake snacks are emerging as two of the bidders for Wonder Bread and other Hostess bread brands as the company tries to sell off its assets under bankruptcy-court oversight, a newspaper reported Saturday.

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Photo of the Day: Fishing for Aid

January 7, 2013 9:27 am

In a Dec. 12, 2012 photo, fishing boats lie smashed against one another from Superstorm Sandy at the Belford fishing port in Middletown, N.J. The port sustained nearly $1 million in damages, some of which its owners hope to recoup through federal storm aid.

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Thought of the Day: FDA Proposes Stricter Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:58 pm

In the wake of several high-profile and deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, the FDA is proposing stricter rules in an effort to prevent the kinds of contaminations that have led to large-scale threats to public health in recent years.   

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Midwest Dairy Farmers Have Strong November

January 4, 2013 12:38 pm

Dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota had an especially strong month in November. Milk production in both states increased 5 percent compared to their output in November 2012. No other state showed as large an increase, and the increase nationwide was just 1 percent.

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Company Recalls Brownie Mix in Three States

January 4, 2013 12:37 pm

An Illinois-based company says it is recalling one lot of Food Club Chocolate Chunk Brownies Mix distributed to stores in three states from a warehouse in southwestern Virginia. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. said Thursday that packaging does not list walnuts among the ingredients.

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Farm Bill Extension Evidence of Lost Clout

January 4, 2013 12:35 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

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Horse Advocates Fear Slaughter of Nevada Mustangs

January 4, 2013 12:32 pm | by SCOTT SONNER,Associated Press

State agriculture officials have discussed ways to muster support for the slaughter of stray horses in Nevada, and the discussions stirred protests among advocates for the free-roaming animals. Wild horse supporters plan a rally at the state Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Brian Sandoval to call off next week's scheduled auction of 41 wild mustangs they fear will end up at a slaughterhouse.

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FDA Proposes Sweeping New Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue regulations are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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Consumer Trends: R&D Spending Expected to Grow in 2013

January 4, 2013 12:27 pm

Innovation leaders from a broad cross-section of industries are anticipating a period of managed growth in 2013, according to the 29th Annual R&D Trends Forecast conducted by the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Specifically, new business R&D projects are expected to remain a significant driver of investment.

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Starbucks Opening First Vietnam Café

January 4, 2013 9:45 am | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press

Starbucks Corp. will open its first Vietnam cafe early next month in Ho Chi Minh City as part of its strategy to expand across Asia, the company said Thursday. The Seattle-based chain will be entering a country of coffee lovers that already has an established market.

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Ralcorp Closing Two NY Manufacturing Plants

January 4, 2013 9:43 am

Food company Ralcorp Holdings Inc. says it will close two upstate New York manufacturing facilities in a move that will leave 375 workers without jobs. The St. Louis-based company says it will close its Silver Creek and Dunkirk facilities in western New York as it shifts manufacturing to improve efficiency.

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Poll: Obesity Is a Crisis but We Want Junk Food

January 4, 2013 9:41 am | by JENNIFER AGIESTA and LAURAN NEERGAARD,Associated Press

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's fat epidemic, a poll finds, but they're split on how much the government should do to help.

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Patrick Dempsey Buys Tully's Coffee for $9.15M

January 4, 2013 9:38 am

Actor Patrick Dempsey said it appears his bid to buy a small coffee chain has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction that included Starbucks Corp. Late Thursday night, Dempsey announced that his company, Global Baristas LLC, made the winning bid for Tully's Coffee.

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Wash. Proposal Would Require GMO Label

January 4, 2013 9:35 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Any food sold in Washington state and made with genetically engineered crops would have to be labeled under a ballot initiative submitted Thursday. The move came two months after California voters rejected a similar measure that pitted food safety advocates against agricultural and biotechnology giants in a roughly $55 million advertising battle.

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Photo of the Day: Hold the Veggies

January 4, 2013 9:33 am

This photo shows vegetables left over by students on their cafeteria trays at the Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast-food for fueling the nation's obesity epidemic, but a poll finds that they’re split on how the government should help.

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