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Photo of the Day: Nigeria's Brand Explosion

March 6, 2013 9:50 am

As Nigeria’s middle class grows along with the appetite for foreign brands in Africa’s most populous nation, more foreign restaurants and lifestyle companies are entering the country. And the draw on Nigerians’ new discretionary spending has also put new expectations on providing quality service in a nation where many have grown accustomed to expecting very little.

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Consumer Trends: Cargill Turns to Internet to Promote Beef

March 5, 2013 12:00 pm

Whether it's in the form of meatloaf, Italian meat sauce, taco filling, an ingredient in chili or the ubiquitous grilled burger, ground beef is America's favorite protein. Because Americans have a love affair with ground beef, in 2012 Cargill conducted consumer research to find out how it could help them better experience it as an ongoing staple food in their diets. 

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Study: No Immediate Savings from Workplace Wellness

March 5, 2013 10:01 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR,Associated Press

 The study in Monday's issue of the journal Health Affairs has implications for a debate now taking place at companies around the country: how much pressure can you put on workers to quit smoking, lose weight, and get exercise before it turns into unwelcome meddling, or worse, a slippery slope toward a new kind of health discrimination? 

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Daily Sound Bite: Meeting Consumers on the Web

March 5, 2013 9:56 am

Cargill recently launched CargillGroundBeef.com, which the company hopes will serve as a platform to connect consumers with the company and provide more detailed information about Cargill and its products. The site will provide the opportunity for consumers to interact with the company and will be integrated with social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.

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Idaho Distributors Fight Brewers

March 5, 2013 9:56 am

Idaho beer distributors are aiming to forbid beer brewers including giants Miller Coors and Anheuser-Busch Inbev from owning distributorships. The Idaho Beer and Wine Distributors Association's bill originally failed in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday.

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Tenn. Supermarket Wine Opponents Contribute Heavily

March 5, 2013 9:54 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

Contributions totaling more than $364,000 have poured into lawmakers' campaign accounts over the past two years from liquor wholesalers, package stores and the beer industry — three groups that have traditionally opposed changing state law to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets.

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Texas Brewers Seek to Expand Craft Market

March 5, 2013 9:52 am | by MICHAEL BRICK,Associated Press

From his pizza pub in San Antonio, Scott Metzger has built a modest business around brewing offbeat ales with names like Broken Treaty, eXXXtra Pale and End of the World. Now he wants to be known as a job creator. On Tuesday, he plans to go before the Texas Senate's Committee on Business and Commerce, which has agreed to consider legislation that would expand the market for craft beers.

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China Destroys Ikea Cake, Nestle Chocolate

March 5, 2013 9:49 am

Chinese authorities say they have destroyed nearly two tons of chocolate cake imported by Sweden's Ikea for violating food quality standards. The Shanghai quarantine bureau said this week that Kraft cream cheese and 2.7 tons of Nestle chocolate bars also were among dozens of imported products destroyed in its latest round of quality inspections.

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UK Among Unhealthiest Countries in Europe

March 5, 2013 9:41 am | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer

International researchers analyzed the country's rates of sickness and death from 1990 to 2010 in comparison to those of 15 other Western European countries in addition to Australia, Canada and the U.S. Experts described the U.K. results as "startling" and said Britain was failing to address underlying health risks in its population, including rising rates of high blood pressure, obesity and drug and alcohol abuse.

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Heineken Heir to Take Board Job

March 5, 2013 9:39 am | by TOBY STERLING,Associated Press

A grandson of Freddy Heineken, the man who built the Dutch brewer into an international beer giant, will be the first of a new generation of Heineken heirs to take a place on the board of the brewer's holding company. Alexander de Carvalho, 28, is the oldest son of Heineken's daughter, Charlene de Carvalho.

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W. Va. Ag Commissioner Wants to Double Farm Production

March 5, 2013 9:37 am | by VICKI SMITH,Associated Press

West Virginia's new agriculture commissioner has an ambitious plan to more than double the output of state farms within five years by growing the poultry and beef industries, and by encouraging school boards, correctional institutions and other government agencies to buy from local producers.

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Beam Rolls Out White Whiskey

March 5, 2013 9:35 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

The world's largest bourbon producer is dipping into moonshining's colorful past to create its own batches of white whiskey. Beam Inc.'s newest spirit is called Jacob's Ghost in honor of Jacob Beam, founding distiller of its flagship Jim Beam brand. Jacob's Ghost resembles the potent concoction that flowed from the pioneering whiskey-maker's still in the 1790s or from a moonshiner's still today.

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Heinz CEO Entitled to $56M if Fired

March 5, 2013 9:34 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Heinz CEO William Johnson is entitled to a golden parachute worth $56 million if he's fired by the company's new owners. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital announced last month they were buying the ketchup maker in the food industry's richest acquisition ever. Pittsburgh-based Heinz, which also makes baked beans, vinegar, Classico pasta sauce and Ore-Ida potatoes, disclosed Johnson's deal in a regulatory filing Monday.

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Photo of the Day: Celebrating A Good Brew

March 5, 2013 9:26 am

To celebrate the state's craftsmanship and the destinations where it's nurtured, breweries, hotels, restaurants and other businesses combine forces with the North Carolina Brewers Guild and North Carolina Division of Tourism for the inaugural North Carolina Beer Month, April 2013.

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Consumer Trends: Adult Beverage Industry Grows

March 4, 2013 12:00 pm

With sales approaching a record $200 billion, the adult beverage industry continued on its growth path in 2012 despite a challenging economic environment. The trends in spirits, wine and beer prove yet again that Americans are embracing adult beverages as appropriate accompaniments to food and socializing.

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Coca-Cola Paid CEO $21.6 Million for 2012

March 4, 2013 11:33 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola Co. gave Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent a pay package worth $21.6 million last year, as the world's biggest beverage maker navigated shifting drinking habits in the U.S. and sold more of its drinks overseas. The compensation is up from the $21.2 million Kent received in 2011.

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Obama Gives Horse Slaughter Thumbs Down

March 4, 2013 11:24 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

The Obama administration threw a new twist in a more than yearlong debate over how best to humanely deal with a rising number of abused and neglected horses with a statement urging Congress to reinstate a ban on equine slaughter as federal officials indicate they might soon grant the inspection needed to start processing horse meat in New Mexico.

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Monster Hits Back at Lawsuit over Teenager's Death

March 4, 2013 11:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Monster Beverage is hitting back at a lawsuit alleging its energy drinks were responsible for the death of a 14-year-old Maryland girl, saying that no blood test was performed to confirm that the girl died of "caffeine toxicity." The disclosures come amid intensifying scrutiny of energy drinks and their caffeine levels.

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Safety Violations Alleged at Nebraska Food Plant

March 4, 2013 11:08 am

Federal regulators have proposed $45,000 in fines against the operator of a food plant in Norfolk where two workers were burned. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Henningsen Foods Inc. had seven safety violations, including one repeat, during an inspection after the accident in October 2012.

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Experts Convene for the Alabama Seafood Summit

March 4, 2013 9:42 am

On Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5, more than 100 stakeholders from the Alabama Gulf Seafood industry are gathering at the Mobile Convention Center with a singular goal in mind to increase demand regionally, nationally and internationally, for seafood sourced from Alabama’s Gulf waters.

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