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Oklahoma Grocery Store Wine Proposal Being Renewed

May 20, 2013 10:48 am | by TIM TALLEY, Associated Press

Supporters of a plan to permit some grocery stores in Oklahoma's most populous counties to sell wine plan to launch a new petition drive to put the proposal to a statewide vote.The plan will be resubmitted to voters this summer following a Supreme Court challenge.

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Daily Sound Bite: Food Map Details Expansive Food Marketplace

May 20, 2013 10:40 am

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new, highly detailed map illustrating Americans' buying and consumption habits. Some hope the map can be used to better tailor nutritional guidelines and monitor public health as it related to processed food.

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Campbell Beats Expectations on Stronger Soup Sales

May 20, 2013 9:47 am

Campbell Soup reported third-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the year as sales in its struggling soup unit improved. The Camden company has been trying to reinvigorate its namesake business with new flavors and packaging targeted at people in their 20s and 30s.

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New Food Map Will Tell Us What We Eat

May 20, 2013 8:14 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are trying to change that by creating a gargantuan map of what foods Americans are buying and eating. Part of the uniqueness of the database is its ability to sort one product into what it really is — thousands of brands and variations.

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Tons of New Zealand Meat Stranded on Chinese Docks

May 20, 2013 8:04 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press

Hundreds of tons of frozen mutton, lamb and beef from New Zealand have been stranded on Chinese docks after China halted their import due to a certification dispute. China is New Zealand's largest export market and its largest consumer of sheep meat.

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Maker of 'Pink Slime' Continues to Struggle

May 20, 2013 8:02 am

The beef-processing company that makes the product that critics call "pink slime" continues to struggle more than a year after the initial stories on the lean bits of beef that Beef Products Inc. (BPI) makes. The company lost 80 percent of its business after the uproar over what BPI calls lean finely textured beef.

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Cider Company Sues Coffee Roaster Over 'Woodchuck'

May 20, 2013 8:00 am

Vermont Hard Cider Co. filed a complaint against Woodchuck Coffee Roasters in U.S. District Court last week seeking an unspecified financial award and an injunction preventing further trademark infringement over the woodchuck name, a colloquial term for a hardy Vermonter.

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Photo of the Day: 100 Years of Hellmann's

May 20, 2013 8:00 am

Hellman's turns 100 in 2013 and to celebrate the anniversary, owner Unilever Food is launching a marketing campaign including a Facebook page and YouTube videos featuring chef Mario Batali cooking up his favorite Hellman's recipes, a smartphone app and a June event featuring the world's largest picnic table.

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Deep Divide in Congress Over Domestic Food Aid

May 17, 2013 12:50 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees laid the groundwork this week for reducing the size of the federal food stamp program, approving farm bills that would shrink food aid and alter the way people qualify for it. The two chambers are far apart on how much the $80 billion-a-year program should be cut.

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Tougher Food-Safety Rules Ahead for Canadian Meat Processors

May 17, 2013 12:15 pm | by The Canadian Press

Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the country's food watchdog is planning to impose tougher rules to deal with the threat of E. coli in slaughterhouses. The agency will soon begin a two-year review of the country's food regulations to ensure they are in line with the Safe Food for Canadians Act passed last year.

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Puerto Rico Sees Lowest Coffee Production Ever

May 17, 2013 12:05 pm | by DANICA COTO, Associated Press

Coffee production in Puerto Rico has hit the lowest level ever in the island's history, leaving farmers and government officials worried about how to revive a once burgeoning industry amid a deep economic crisis. The U.S. territory has been forced to import coffee from countries including Mexico and the Dominican Republic to meet local demand.

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Beef Plant Courts Laid-Off Workers

May 17, 2013 12:02 pm

beef processing plant in the South Dakota city of Yankton is recruiting dozens of workers laid off from their jobs at the Northern Beef Packers plant. Representatives from the Cimpl's beef plant in Yankton conducted job interviews in Aberdeen on Tuesday and had more scheduled Wednesday.

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Buffet Backs Off Mondelez International

May 17, 2013 12:00 pm | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

Warren Buffett's company sold off some of its stake in snack food maker Mondelez International Inc. on Wednesday. Berkshire Hathaway cut its Mondelez stake to 7 million shares from 12.8 million at the end of 2012. It also trimmed its Kraft Foods investment slightly to 1.6 million shares from 1.67 million shares.

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Consumer Trends: Encouraging Women To Eat Healthy

May 17, 2013 12:00 pm

This year, Mother's Day kicked off the 14th annual National Women's Health Week (May 12 – 18), which includes National Women's Checkup Day (May 13). This national week-long observance promotes healthy eating, regular activity and mental health.

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Daily Sound Bite: Wine with a Cause

May 17, 2013 11:18 am

Since late 2011, the Murphy-Goode Winery in California's Sonoma County wine country has donated over $100,000 to Operation Homefront, an organization that gives financial assistance to military families in need. The winery and its distributors donate a portion of profits to the organization.

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NC House Votes to Block Obesity Lawsuits

May 17, 2013 10:01 am

A majority in the North Carolina House voted Wednesday night for legislation that would bar civil law suits against food producers, manufacturers and marketers on claims long-term consumption led to weight gain and obesity-related health problems.

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ND Pasta Plant to Restart Production

May 17, 2013 9:59 am

former Noodles by Leonardo plant in Cando will start producing pasta again next week after six months of closed doors. The facility is now owned by Cando Pasta LLC, a partnership of local businessmen Jim and Bruce Gibbens and two other investors. The plant should have as many as 20 employees later this month and as many as 40 by next year.

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Wineries Raise a Glass to Veterans

May 17, 2013 9:53 am | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

If you're looking to raise a glass to veterans this Memorial Day you might consider filling it with wine that will raise funds for them, too. A number of wineries are making the veterans-and-vines connection. And if you're not so fine on wine, there's even a liquor — Wild Turkey — that's gotten into the spirit with a Boots and Bourbon campaign.

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AB InBev Abandons Plans to Acquire Czech Brewer

May 17, 2013 9:51 am

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev says it no longer has plans to acquire Czech brewer Budejovicky Budvar, with whom it has been fighting a long legal battle over the use of the "Budweiser" brand. Frank Hellwig, legal director for AB InBev, says "we don't have any plans, or intention, or desire to buy Budvar" as a way of solving the dispute.

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Organic Industry Grows with Consumer Demand

May 17, 2013 9:48 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Tensions between conventional and organic agriculture boiled over this week during a late-night House Agriculture Committee debate on a sweeping farm bill that has for decades propped up traditional crops and largely ignored organics. 

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