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Horse Slaughter Plants Prepare to Open

December 17, 2013 9:51 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

After months of legal wrangling and false starts, plants in New Mexico and Missouri were working Monday to begin processing equine for human consumption. The efforts come on the heels of an order late Friday by a federal appeals court that lifted an emergency stay on the companies' plans.


Photo of the Day: Agriculture Is a Promising Market for Drones

December 17, 2013 9:49 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

While Americans are abuzz about Amazon's plans to use self-guided drones to deliver packages, most future unmanned aircraft may operate far from the nation's large population centers. Experts point to agriculture as the most promising commercial market for drones.


Craft Brewers Contributed $33.9B to U.S. Economy in 2012

December 16, 2013 1:02 pm

According to a new analysis by the Brewers Association — the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries — small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.


Mars Food Marks 35 Years in Mississippi Town

December 16, 2013 12:58 pm

Mars Food North America, maker of UNCLE BEN'S and SEEDS OF CHANGE products, marked 35 years in Greenville, Miss., with an event on Friday that was attended by Mississippi Development Authority Brent Christensen, Greenville Mayor John Cox and other elected officials.


Sen. Blumenthal: Energy Drink Makers Should Remove Toys

December 16, 2013 12:52 pm

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on energy drink makers Red Bull and Rockstar to remove toys with the companies' logos from stores nationwide. Blumenthal cites public health concerns about how high levels of caffeine affect children.


Appeals Court Lifts Ban Preventing Domestic Horse Slaughter

December 16, 2013 12:50 pm | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

Companies in New Mexico and Missouri could begin slaughtering horses within a few weeks after a federal appeals court removed a temporary ban that was preventing domestic horse slaughter from resuming for the first time since 2007. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver lifted the emergency injunction Friday.


Consumer Trends: Yogurt Is the Latest Food Celebrity

December 16, 2013 12:00 pm

Yogurt is a food celebrity and has conquered increasing real estate at retail. The dairy item is now a double-digit growth category for many foodservice operations, including universities, hospitals, recreation, and eating and drinking establishments.


Candy Company Recalls 'Sweet Spots'

December 16, 2013 9:57 am

Bee International, Inc. of Chula Vista, Calif., is recalling packages of candy "Sweet Spots" because they may contain undeclared egg protein. People who have allergies to egg may run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.


Kosher Food Shopping Continues, Even After Hanukkah

December 16, 2013 9:55 am | by HARLAN LEVY, Journal Inquirer

The eighth and final day of Hanukkah — and eight days of presents — ended last Wednesday. But Jews and non-Jews alike are still getting in on the kosher food act. And kosher producers are responding with a flood of new items to add to the traditional ones.


Campbell Creates New Role of Vice President, Integrated Marketing

December 16, 2013 9:52 am

Campbell Soup Company announced the appointment of Yin Woon Rani to the newly created role of Vice President, Integrated Marketing. In this role, Rani will be responsible for establishing the strategic direction for Campbell’s advertising, media, global design and digital marketing and social media.


Photo of the Day: Meat from Horses Used in Labs Sold as Food

December 16, 2013 9:49 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press

Meat from horses used in laboratory procedures was sold as fit for human consumption and landed on French dinner tables. Officers from France's National Gendarmerie, accompanied by food safety and veterinary investigators, carried out raids in 11 regions in southern France, arresting 21 people.


McCall Farms to Expand Canning Operations

December 13, 2013 12:47 pm

McCall Farms Inc., a producer of Southern canned and frozen vegetable products, has announced the addition of a new canning line, Bruce’s Yams. The $19.3 million investment is expected to generate 140 new jobs throughout the next five years.


Gingerbread Village Breaks Guinness World Record

December 13, 2013 12:42 pm

GingerBread Lane, a 300-square-foot village made entirely of edible gingerbread, icing and candy, has been designated world's largest gingerbread village by Guinness World Records. The 1.5 ton village is currently on display at the New York Hall of Science in Queens through Jan. 12.


Lawmakers Have Mixed Feelings About Farm Bill

December 13, 2013 12:36 pm | by HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press

The House of Representatives has left for its holiday break without a new farm bill in place — and that's frustrating and annoying for lawmakers. But Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp both say they'd rather have no farm bill passed than another short-term extension.


U.S. Wholesale Food Prices Flat in November

December 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer

U.S. wholesale prices dropped in November for the third consecutive month. Wholesale food prices were flat last month. Pork costs increased 5.6 percent, but the wholesale prices for bread rolls, muffins, bagels and croissants fell 4.2 percent after a sharp rise in October.


Colo. Meat Company Expands Recall

December 13, 2013 12:32 pm

A Windsor meat company is expanding a recall of meat and poultry that was produced in unsanitary conditions. The U.S. Agriculture Department announced the expanded recall Thursday. There have no reports of illness from the recalled products.


Consumer Trends: Capitalizing on Rising Global Demand for Seafood

December 13, 2013 12:00 pm

Seafood is a valuable source of nutrients that can contribute to a healthy diet, yet consumption is declining in Canada. Rapidly growing global demand — due to the rise of the middle class in Asia, among other factors — offers stronger opportunities for the sector.


2014 Economic Outlook Forecasts Growth in Equipment and Software Investment

December 13, 2013 10:11 am

Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 3.1 percent in 2014 as economic conditions solidify and business confidence continues to recover, according to the Annual 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation.


Coca-Cola Shuffles Organizational Structure at U.S. Operations

December 13, 2013 10:07 am

Coca-Cola is shuffling its executive ranks and organizational structure at its North America business, which has struggled with a decline in soda sales. The company said Thursday that Steve Cahillane, president of Coca-Cola Americas, has left the company to pursue other opportunities.


House Passes Farm Bill Extension

December 13, 2013 10:05 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The House has passed an extension of farm law until the end of January as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bill. Both the Senate and the House have passed farm bills this year, but they differ on how much to cut the nation's food stamp program and how to restructure farm subsidies.



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