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Wegmans Recalls Salad For E. Coli

November 2, 2012 12:27 pm

Wegmans is recalling its Organic Spinach and Spring Mix salads because it may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The Rochester-based grocery chain says the recall covers 5 ounce and 11 ounce packages sold between Oct. 14 and Thursday.

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Delmarva Poultry Industry Escapes Major Damage From Sandy

November 2, 2012 12:25 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,Associated Press

The Delaware Department of Agriculture said Thursday that there was no significant flooding or poultry house damage, and that chicken farmers are generally in good shape. Feed trucks are back on the road, and poultry processing plants resumed operations Wednesday.

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Faster Pace In October

November 2, 2012 12:23 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up from September's reading of 51.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. The industries that reported rising new orders are oriented to consumers. Those industries include furniture, food and beverages, paper products and computer and electronics.

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Starbucks Looks Ahead To Stronger Profit In 2013

November 2, 2012 12:21 pm

Starbucks Corp. plans to accelerate growth and brew up a stronger profit in the year ahead, with CEO Howard Schultz noting that customers of all walks of life consider its drinks an "affordable luxury" even in challenging economic times.

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Consumer Trends: Must-Have Holiday Flavors

November 2, 2012 12:17 pm

While Americans enjoy many festive dishes during the holidays, trend data shows that just seven flavors provide the true taste for the most sought-after recipes. McCormick, a global leader in flavor, is calling them the "Seasonal Seven" — cinnamon, nutmeg, poultry seasoning, ginger, sage, vanilla and peppermint.

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Univ. of Florida Team Wins In Student Packaging Contest

November 2, 2012 9:45 am

PMMI awarded the top prize in the fourth annual Student Packaging Solutions Contest to the team from the University of Florida. Students Gaby Cruz, Colleen Delaney, Michael Grandinetti and Alex Tipton, with their advisor, Dr. Bruce Welt, accepted the accolade during a special segment of the Packaging Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Ceremony.

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Green Mountain Strikes Coffee Deal With Costco

November 2, 2012 9:43 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters has struck a deal with Costco to manufacture store-brand packs of coffee for the retailer. Green Mountain developed two blends for Costco's Kirkland Signature lines, a lighter breakfast blend and a darker roast.

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Superstorm Leads New Yorkers To Comfort-Eat

November 2, 2012 9:41 am | by SAMANTHA CRITCHELL,Associated Press

Facebook and Twitter were full of similar mini-confessions of calories consumed while people were either left in the dark and trying to eat up what was deep in their freezer before it thawed, or making due with the shelf-stable, packaged foods that were in the grocery store after the meat and produce were gone.

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Hillshire Brands 1Q Beats Expectations

November 2, 2012 9:39 am

Shares of Hillshire Brands Co. advanced Thursday, after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs reported net income that came in above Wall Street expectations. The company, based in Downers Grove, Ill., is the former North American business of Sara Lee Corp., which split into two separate companies in June.

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Tyson Would Pay $950K To Settle Wage Dispute

November 2, 2012 9:37 am

Tyson Foods Inc. would pay $950,000 under the proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit covering 1,200 workers at a Council Bluffs meat processing plant who claimed wage violations, but most of the money would go to lawyers. Court documents filed Wednesday show Tyson Foods reached the tentative agreement with workers' attorneys, and both sides are seeking a judge's approval.

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Photo Of The Day: The Sandy 15

November 2, 2012 9:34 am

 Facebook and Twitter were full of mini-confessions of calories consumed while people were either left in the dark and trying to eat up what was deep in their freezer before it thawed, or making due with the shelf-stable, packaged foods that were in the grocery store after the meat and produce were gone.  

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Wegmans Recalls Pumpkin Rolls Due To Plastic

November 1, 2012 12:50 pm

Wegmans is recalling a batch of pumpkin rolls because the baked goods may contain pieces of clear plastic from the packaging. The western New York grocery chain says Wednesday it's undertaking the voluntary recall following complaints by customers.

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Byrne Dairy To Build N.Y. Yogurt Plant

November 1, 2012 12:49 pm

A Syracuse-based dairy company has announced plans to build a yogurt plant in central New York, joining the growing number of yogurt producers in the upstate region. Byrne Dairy announced Wednesday that it will build its plant and a visitor center in at the Finger Lakes East Business Park in Cortlandville, 30 miles south of Syracuse.

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North Dakota Cattle Take Hold In Kazakhstan

November 1, 2012 12:47 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON,Associated Press

Transplanted North Dakota cattle are thriving in Kazakhstan's cold climate, but many of the former Soviet republic's cowboys are still greenhorns, so it has hired Great Plains ranch hands to help out and is sending some of its own to the U.S. for training, a state trade official said.

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Pringles Boosts Kellogg’s 3Q

November 1, 2012 12:44 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Kellogg's appetite for salty snacks is helping fatten its profits. The world's biggest cereal maker — best known for its Frosted Flakes, Pop-Tarts and Eggo waffles — says its recent acquisition of Pringles chips boosted its net income in the third quarter.

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Butterball Talks Turkey In Smartphone App

November 1, 2012 12:42 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,Associated Press

It's almost Thanksgiving again, when millions will attempt the once-a-year challenge of cooking the perfect bird — and that means Butterball's long-running turkey hotline is once again on call as of Wednesday. But this year, the company is adding a smartphone app, Facebook live chats, Pinterest posts and other social media tools to help harried home cooks.

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Consumer Trends: Social Media Engagement Increases Sales

November 1, 2012 12:39 pm

Research released today by LoyaltyOne and two leading North American academic institutions provides empirical proof that social media interaction between a customer and a brand drives immediate and long-term sales increases. The research establishes the accountability link long sought by brands that have showered dollars on social media outlets while attempting to prove the return on investment to C-suite skeptics.

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110-Year-Old Dairy To Close

November 1, 2012 9:53 am

Garelick Farms is ending production at its Bangor milk-processing plant and laying off 35 employees. Garelick Farms' parent company, Texas-based Dean Foods, says production will be phased out over the next two months and that the facility will close permanently in January.

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Campbell Soup Creates Chief Marketing Position

November 1, 2012 9:52 am

Campbell Soup Co. on Wednesday named its first ever chief marketing officer, as the world's biggest soup maker looks to revitalize its brand and connect with younger consumers. The Camden, N.J.-based company says Michael Senackerib will oversee marketing services, global advertising, design, media, digital marketing and consumer insights.

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Cassava Plant Remains Vital In Fight Against Hunger

November 1, 2012 9:50 am | by JON GAMBRELL,Associated Press

Nigeria is the world's top cassava producer, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, with Brazil and Thailand behind it. The plant thrives in this West African nation, often without needing too much help from farmers, which makes it valuable in a country where most still do agriculture by hand, rather than with machines.

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