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Daily Sound Bite: Pork Producers Assert Right to Choice of Sow Housing

April 2, 2013 11:29 am

Pork producers voted on and approved a resolution at the National Pork Industry forum to affirm the right of producers to choose the sow housing system used in their operations. Housing systems have received increasing consumer attention, beginning in poultry operations, as the public's attention turns toward animal welfare issues.

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McCormick 1Q Profit Rises

April 2, 2013 9:33 am

McCormick & Co.'s first-quarter net income edged up 2 percent, bolstered in part by increased prices and strength in emerging markets. The spice and flavoring maker reaffirmed its full-year earnings forecast on Tuesday. McCormick makes an array of spices and other cooking products for consumers, restaurants and food manufacturers.

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Initiative Promotes Animal Well-Being

April 2, 2013 9:31 am

Reaffirming its strong commitment to animal care and well-being, the National Pork Producers Council this week joined with the National Pork Board, the dairy industry and the Center for Food Integrity — a not-for-profit corporation that builds consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system — to launch an initiative to encourage the immediate reporting of animal abuse, neglect, mishandling or harm.

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Iran Company Aims for Record Tub of Ice Cream

April 2, 2013 9:29 am

An Iranian confectioner has made five tons of ice cream in hopes of setting a new world record for the largest tub of the dessert. The production drew hundreds of eager spectators to a ceremony north of the capital to taste the chocolate ice cream, which measured 1.6-meters (five feet) by two meters (seven feet) and which producers say cost over $30,000 to make.

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Molson Coors Shares Skyrocket

April 2, 2013 9:27 am

Shares of Molson Coors Brewing Co. hit their highest level in more than four years on Monday after a Goldman Sachs analyst boosted her rating and price target as North American beer volumes begin to improve. Judy Hong of Goldman Sachs raised Molson Coors' rating to "Buy" from "Neutral" and raised her price target to $63 from $47.

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Egyptian Students Protest Mass Food Poisoning Case

April 2, 2013 9:25 am

Hundreds of Egyptian students angered by a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a Cairo university stormed on Tuesday the offices of the country's top Muslim cleric, who presides over the institution. The Monday outbreak at al-Azhar University forced the hospitalization of 479 students, health ministry official Khaled el-Khateib said. It occurred after a meal served at the university dormitories in Cairo's Nasr City district.

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Photo of the Day: Dreaming Big with Ice Cream

April 2, 2013 9:24 am

Five tons of ice cream made by Iranian Choopan dairy is displayed during a ceremony at the Tochal mountainous area of northern Tehran, Iran, Monday, April 1, 2013. Choopan dairy unveiled five tons of chocolate ice cream, the largest in the world, according to the factory officials.

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Poultry Processor To Add Del. Facility

April 1, 2013 12:24 pm

Allen Harim Foods says it is negotiating the purchase of the former Pinnacle Foods facility near Millsboro where Vlasic pickles were produced until November. The News Journal reports the firm plans to expand its operations with a $100 million investment. It would employ about 700 people at the facility.

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U.S. Manufacturing Grew More Slowly in March

April 1, 2013 12:22 pm | by PAUL WISEMAN,AP Economics Writer

A survey shows U.S. manufacturing activity expanded more slowly in March than February, held back by weaker growth in production and new orders. But factories hired at the fastest pace in nine months, an encouraging sign ahead of Friday's report on March employment.

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Pork Industry Supports Producer Choice of Sow Housing

April 1, 2013 12:20 pm

At the National Pork Industry Forum, pork producers approved a resolution reaffirming the industry's position that producers should be able to select a sow housing system, including gestation stalls or individual maternity pens, which best promotes employee safety and animal care while ensuring a reliable supply of pork for consumers.

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Cal-Maine Foods 3Q Profit Climbs

April 1, 2013 12:18 pm

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. said Monday that its fiscal third-quarter net income climbed 17 percent, bolstered by increased selling prices and improved sales of specialty eggs. For the period ended March 2, the egg producer earned $30.6 million, or $1.27 per share. That compares with earnings of $26.1 million, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier.

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24 Sickened by Contaminated Snacks

April 1, 2013 12:16 pm

Rhode Island health officials say some of the frozen snack foods linked to an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 24 people around the country may have been shipped to stores in the state as well as neighboring Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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Consumer Trends: The Impact of Healthy Food Rebates

April 1, 2013 12:00 pm

A new study found that rebates on healthy food purchases cause people to put healthier food in their grocery carts. Led by the nonprofit research organization the RAND Corporation, the analysis examined the purchases of more than 170,000 South African households, of which 60 percent participated in Discovery Vitality' s HealthyFood program and were eligible for a cash-back rebate of up to 25 percent for healthy food purchases.

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Boston Market Rolls Out Ribs

April 1, 2013 9:56 am

Boston Market is expanding beyond its well-known rotisserie chicken offering for a new meat: ribs. The Golden, Colo.-based chain hopes the ribs, its biggest new food launch in six years, will help bring new customers into its restaurants. It's kicking off the launch with a tax-themed ad campaign starting Monday with the slogan, "The Big Rib-ate."

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U.S. Economy Expands at 0.4 Percent Rate

April 1, 2013 9:54 am

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending. The Commerce Department says the economy grew at an annual rate of 0.4 percent in the October-December quarter.

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Fla. Brewers Push To Legalize Big Beer Jugs

April 1, 2013 9:50 am | by BRENDAN FARRINGTON,Associated Press

Florida is one of only three states where it's illegal to fill one 64-ounce beer container, known as a growler. Customers can get as many of the 32-ounce containers filled as they want, and Florida breweries can also fill unlimited 128-ounce growlers for customers to take home. But the size preferred by most beer enthusiasts is banned.

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Birch Syrup Explored as Add-On to Maple Industry

April 1, 2013 9:48 am | by HOLLY RAMER,Associated Press

Unlike maple syrup-drenched Vermont and lobster-rich Maine, New Hampshire doesn't have much to call its own in the food world. But it could find a future claim to fame in birch syrup, a nontraditional but increasingly popular product pulled from New Hampshire's state tree.

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Oklahoma Lifts Ban on Horse Slaughter

April 1, 2013 9:46 am | by TIM TALLEY,Associated Press

Oklahoma's 50-year-old ban on horse slaughtering was lifted Friday when the governor signed a new law that will allow facilities to process and export horse meat, despite bitter opposition by animal rights activists. Supporters argue that a horse slaughtering facility in Oklahoma will provide a humane alternative for aging or starving horses, many of which are abandoned in rural parts of the state.

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Photo of the Day: For Fla. Brewers, Size Matters

April 1, 2013 9:44 am

In this Friday, March 29, 2013 photo, a 32-ounce bottle, known among beer enthusiasts as a growler, is filled at the Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, Fla. Quart and gallon growlers are legal in Florida but half-gallon growlers are illegal.

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Daily Sound Bite: Pa. Beer, Wine Privatization Bill Gets Mixed Response

April 1, 2013 9:12 am

A bill to privatize the sale of beer and wine has passed the Pennsylvania House of Representatives but is making some breweries and beer sellers nervous. The State Senate will likely ammend the bill and plans to hold hearings on the bill, which has been criticized by some lawmakers.

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