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Meat Company Sues Feds Over Horse Slaughterhouse

December 21, 2012 9:46 am | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

A New Mexico meat company that wants to resume domestic horse slaughter for food is suing the federal government, alleging inaction on its application was driven by emotional political debates and has cost it hundreds of thousands of dollars. Valley Meat Co. is seeking to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume inspections necessary to open what would be the nation's first new horse slaughterhouse in more than five years.

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Photo Of The Day: Drinking To The Holidays

December 21, 2012 9:42 am

In this Dec. 12, 2012 photo Chris Brokenshire poses with his creation, a drink mix based on a traditional Pennsylvania coal-region cocktail called boilo, in Ringtown, Pa. Brokenshire is trying to commercialize the drink, which has been around for at least a century and is typically consumed around the holidays.

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Thought Of The Day: Discrimination In The Workplace

December 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Though the company admitted no wrongdoing, Clougherty Packing Co., the Hormel Foods subsidiary that makes Farmer John and Dodger Dogs products, has agreed to settle a discrimination suit brought by 2,000 women whose applications for entry-level jobs were rejected between 2007 and 2009.

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SD Food Group Sued By Investors

December 20, 2012 12:49 pm

Fifteen investors of a Sioux Falls food service marketing company have filed a lawsuit demanding the repayment of more than $2.2 million in funds they allege were obtained through fraud. The Argus Leader reports that the lawsuit was filed against the current and former owners of Fuzion Food Group.

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Food, Beverage Cartons Become More Recyclable

December 20, 2012 12:46 pm

In 2009, a group of carton manufactures joined forces as the Carton Council to increase carton recycling availability in the U.S. In just three years, the number of households who can recycle cartons has grown from 18 percent to now more than 40 percent, an increase of 128 percent. This represents more than 47.9 million U.S. households.

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NY Brewery To Produce 'Game Of Thrones' Beer

December 20, 2012 12:44 pm

A new line of beers linked to the hit HBO drama "Game of Thrones" is being produced for the series by an upstate New York brewery. Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown will bring out Iron Throne Blonde Ale in time for the premiere of the show's third season on March 31.

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Strike Looms At East And Gulf Ports

December 20, 2012 12:42 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

Ingrid Hirstin Lazcano, founder of the Los Angeles-based Andean Dream LCC, said a strike on the East and Gulf Coasts could bankrupt her company, which sells soups, pasta and other products made from quinoa, a grain, grown in the Bolivian Andes. The company has two containers shipped monthly to both Los Angeles and Philadelphia.

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ConAgra 2Q Profit Rises On Acquisitions

December 20, 2012 12:40 pm

ConAgra posted a 17 percent rise in net income for the second quarter Thursday after a $5 billion acquisition this year of Ralcorp. The results beat Wall Street predictions and the Omaha, Neb., company, which makesBanquet, Chef Boyardee and Marie Callender's, boosted its profit guidance for the entire year.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Love To Cook During Holidays

December 20, 2012 12:36 pm

According to new research from Mintel, cooking at home is heating up with more than one quarter (26%) of American consumers saying that they "love" cooking versus only a mere 9% who claim to dislike putting their apron on. And what's more, up to 20% of US consumers describe their cooking skills level as advanced, meanwhile almost half (46%) feel they have at least an intermediate level.

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Hillshire Brands To Sell Australian Subsidiary

December 20, 2012 9:45 am

The Hillshire Brands Co. is selling an Australian subsidiary to McCain Foods Ltd. for approximately $85 million. The Chicago-based meat company, which was once part of the Sara Lee Corp., said late Tuesday that the deal will allow it to focus on its North American retail and food service business.

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Study: Drinking Orange Juice Linked To Lower Obesity Risk

December 20, 2012 9:43 am

Orange juice may do more for your diet and overall health than you may think, according to results of a recently published study in Nutrition Journal. Data from this study suggests adults who drink 100 percent orange juice tended to have better overall diet quality, higher intake of key nutrients and less risk of being overweight than adults who don't drink orange juice.

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Health Official Urges Food Safety Over Holidays

December 20, 2012 9:39 am

South Dakota's state epidemiologist is reminding residents to cook and store foods at proper temperatures over the holidays. Dr. Lon Kightlinger says it's not uncommon for holiday pot-lucks at schools, churches, offices or other gatherings to result in food-borne outbreaks.

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ConAgra To Report Earnings Today

December 20, 2012 9:36 am

ConAgra Foods will release its second-quarter earnings report this morning. The Omaha-based company makes Chef Boyardee, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher, Banquet and other branded foods. Last month, ConAgra announced a $5 billion deal to purchase Ralcorp. That deal will make ConAgra the biggest producer of store-brand foods in the nation.

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Baking, Kale And Sauces Reign Supreme In 2013

December 20, 2012 9:32 am | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press

When it comes to food, everyone is always looking for the next hot thing to try. Trend watchers with their taste buds on the pulse of the leading-edge culinary trends offer up five ideas — techniques and ingredients — you might want to experiment with in 2013.

Photo Of The Day: Mad Food Scientist

December 20, 2012 9:26 am

At times in 2012 it felt like the food world belonged to the geeks, and the rest of us just eat in it. Nathan Myhrvold’s science chic approach to cooking with "Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking" continued to woo foodies, and even the more populist folks at Cook’s Illustrated magazine got in on the act with a new cookbook, “The Science of Good Cooking.”

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Nebraska Company Plans Cold-Storage Warehouse

December 19, 2012 12:58 pm

A Nebraska company will create nearly 90 jobs when it builds a cold-storage warehouse in South Carolina. The plant will freeze and store poultry, pork and beef products for export.  The South Carolina Commerce Department said Wednesday that Millard Refrigerated Services will build the distribution facility in North Charleston.

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Agency Pushes New Willamette Valley Canola Plan

December 19, 2012 12:55 pm | by JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is pressing ahead with its plan to allow canola production in the Willamette Valley, but the agency now proposes sharply limiting the amount that can be grown. Clean-energy advocates and some farmers are eager to expand production of canola, but it has been banned from the Willamette Valley for years.

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Pork Processing Plant Opening Health Clinic

December 19, 2012 12:52 pm | by HAYLEIGH COLOMBO,Journal & Courier

More than 2,000 workers and their families will have the option of using a free health clinic once Indiana Packers Corp.'s health clinic opens this week in Delphi. The 3,600-square-foot facility was built this fall to serve the nearby pork processing plant and is a partnership between Indiana Packers, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health and Unity Healthcare.

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Thought Of The Day: Still No Farm Bill

December 19, 2012 12:50 pm

 While Washington remains deadlocked over a "fiscal cliff" deal currently being negotiated by the President and House Speaker, little attention has been paid to the legislature's inaction on the Farm Bill, which was left to languish as the last legislative session ended. 

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General Mills Raises Outlook After Stronger 2Q

December 19, 2012 12:50 pm

General Mills Inc. said its newly acquired international businesses helped lift its net income by 22 percent in the second quarter, but cited a challenging economic environment for raising its profit outlook only modestly for year. The company said Wednesday that the addition of Yoplait Canada and Yoki Alimentos, a Brazilian food company, were among the biggest drivers for a 6 percent increase in sales for the quarter.

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