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Brown-Forman Reports Net Income Growth

December 5, 2012 12:26 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 10 percent as a revenue spike from recent price increases for many of its premium brands helped offset slower sales due to prior stocking up by distributors and retailers.

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Farmers Push For Stable Workforce In Immigration Reform

December 5, 2012 12:23 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Farmers who grow labor-intensive tree fruit crops must continue to be vocal about the need for comprehensive immigration reform to ensure agriculture is included in any solution for the nation's broken immigration system, several farm groups told Washington state growers at a conference Tuesday.

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Recalled Beef-Cheese Pies Were Uninspected

December 5, 2012 12:20 pm

Federal authorities say a western New York food company is recalling more than a ton of beef and cheese pies because they weren't subject to federal inspection and pose a health risk. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Cantina Foods of Buffalo distributed about 2,375 pounds of the "Beef and Cheese Pastellios."

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Consumer Trends: Top Menu Trends For 2013

December 5, 2012 12:15 pm

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) each year prepares its "What's Hot" culinary forecast of menu trends for the coming year. The NRA surveyed more than 1,800 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find that children's nutrition and local sourcing will continue to be the hottest trends on restaurant menus in 2013

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Production Restricted At SD Slaughtering Plant

December 5, 2012 12:11 pm

The northern South Dakota city of Aberdeen has reduced the number of cattle that a new processing plant is allowed to slaughter because Northern Beef Packers has fallen behind on installing wastewater equipment. The American News reports that the plant is restricted to 125 cattle per day. It had been allowed to slaughter up to 500 animals daily.

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Boston Market Posts Record Thanksgiving Sales

December 5, 2012 9:34 am | by CATHERINE TSAI,Associated Press

Boston Market Corp. is reporting record Thanksgiving sales this year — and it's already planning for next Thanksgiving. The Golden, Colo.-based restaurant chain had not yet released specific dollar figures but said total sales per restaurant from Nov. 19 to Nov. 23 were up 13 percent from a comparable period last year.

Wash. Liquor Sales Still Rising After Privatization

December 5, 2012 9:31 am

Sales of hard liquor increased in the four months after the state privatized liquor sales on June 1, compared with sales during the same four-month period a year ago, the Washington state Department of Revenue said Tuesday. The agency reported that spirit sales by volume were 2.9 percent higher for the period from June 1 through Sept. 30.

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Chiquita Names New COO

December 5, 2012 9:28 am

Chiquita Brands International, Inc. today announced that Brian W. Kocher, the Company's Chief Financial Officer, has been named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Kocher will remain in his position as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) until his replacement is named.  The company has initiated a CFO search.

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Oyster Farmer Sues Feds Over Eviction

December 5, 2012 9:23 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

The owner of a popular Northern California oyster farm that was recently evicted from a national park said on Tuesday he is filing a lawsuit challenging Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's decision to make the area a designated wilderness. The lawsuit claims Salazar and others failed to comply with national environmental law, violated his constitutional rights and are illegally taking millions of dollars of his property.

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Vandals Dump Millions In Prized Italian Wine

December 5, 2012 9:19 am

Suspected vandals have dumped almost the entire 2007-2012 production of one of Italy's most sought-after wines — the limited edition Soldera Brunello di Montalcino. Giuseppe Soldera, owner of the Tuscan vineyard, said Tuesday that the vandals broke into his Case Basse cantina between Sunday night and Monday morning, opened the spigots on the vats and fled.

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Photo Of The Day: Christmas Confections

December 5, 2012 9:14 am

Among the most popular candies for stocking stuffers, decorating or simply snacking and sharing, Nestlé’s holiday treats come in a wide array of flavors and brands from WONKA SweeTARTS, NERDS, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip, Butterfinger, and Nestlé Crunch.

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Wash. Apple Growers Face Challenges

December 4, 2012 12:38 pm

Larger crops, changing varieties and mechanization are key issues facing the apple industry in the state of Washington in the years ahead, a horticulture official said at a convention in Yakima. Growers will have to find the right mix of apple varieties for the market and continue to promote exports, said David Douglas, president of the Washington State Horticultural Association.

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Campbell Soup Moves Up Quarterly Dividend

December 4, 2012 12:36 pm

Campbell Soup Co. said Tuesday that its board agreed to pay the company's regular quarterly dividend in December rather than in January and declared a second dividend for payment before the end of the year. The regular 29-cent dividend will now be paid on Dec. 28 to shareholders of record as of Dec. 14.

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Pet Food Company Moving To Former Army Depot

December 4, 2012 12:33 pm

A pet food company says it will open a manufacturing and distribution warehouse at a former Army chemical weapons depot that's being redeveloped in western Indiana. Scott Pet Products announced Tuesday it would move operations to the Vermillion Rise Mega Park near Newport.

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Coca-Cola Looks To Gain Muscle With Protein Shake

December 4, 2012 12:31 pm

The Coca-Cola Co. is betting that a high-protein milkshake can give it some more muscle. The world's biggest beverage maker says it's buying a stake in Fair Oaks Farms Brands, which owns Core Power, a high-protein shake. Cola-Cola, which did not release financial terms, is teaming up with Select Milk Producers Inc., a dairy cooperative, to buy the stake.

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FDA Has Yet To Approve ‘Frankenfish’

December 4, 2012 12:28 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The Food and Drug Administration in 2010 concluded that Aquabounty's salmon was as safe to eat as the traditional variety. The agency also said that there's little chance that the salmon could escape and breed with wild fish. But more than two years later the FDA has still not approved the fish, and Aquabounty is running out of money.

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Consumer Trends: Why We Eat Out

December 4, 2012 12:12 pm

Consumers decide to eat away from home for many different reasons. Maybe they're looking for a fun-filled environment or a family-friendly atmosphere. Or perhaps they crave a favorite menu item or simply a convenient, budget-friendly meal.

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Recalled Chicken May Be Contaminated With Listeria

December 4, 2012 9:46 am

 The USDA is alerting the public of a recall being conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canadian Establishment 720, Aliya's Foods Limited, for approximately 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice products imported from Canada that may be contaminated with listeria. 

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Prospects Brighten For Wine In Tenn. Groceries

December 4, 2012 9:41 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG,Associated Press

The top two Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly support allowing the sale of wine in supermarkets, and the influx of new GOP lawmakers is giving them the opportunity to reshape key committees where efforts to make that change have long been blocked by opponents.

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Gingerbread Goes Gourmet

December 4, 2012 9:39 am | by BETH J. HARPAZ,AP Travel Editor

Out of the kitchen and into the hotel lobby: Gingerbread houses have gone from being a homemade project done with mom to professional exhibits designed by pastry chefs and sometimes even architects. And never mind the humble miniature: Some displays are life-size, while others depict entire villages.

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