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Chobani Opens Idaho Plant

December 18, 2012 12:43 pm

The new Chobani yogurt plant in Twin Falls opened in grand fashion Monday, with appearances from company executives, Idaho political leaders, Olympic athletes and a marching band. After nearly a year of construction and planning, the New York-based Greek yogurt maker celebrated the opening of one of the biggest yogurt plants in the world in the heart of Idaho's milk producing region.

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Farmers Worry Over Dairy Prices As 'Cliff' Deadline Nears

December 18, 2012 12:40 pm | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

As the nation inches toward the economic "fiscal cliff," anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into the dairy industry and, indirectly, into the household budgets of consumers who buy milk and cheese.

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SD Cheese Company Settles Discrimination Case

December 18, 2012 12:36 pm

A South Dakota cheese making company has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a sex discrimination charge. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Milbank-based Valley Queen Cheese Factory has agreed to pay the settlement to two female applicants rejected for the position of milk hauler.

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The Year In Food

December 18, 2012 12:33 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

Most Americans never will sip the watermelon margarita at Guy Fieri's behemoth Times Square restaurant, nor savor the chicken Alfredo at the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D. It was a year when drought crippled farmers while Californians clamored for foie gras. Twinkies died and Paula Deen endorsed a diabetes drug. Which is to say, it was a year when the unlikely was the norm.

Consumer Trends: Dessert Trends For 2013

December 18, 2012 12:18 pm

Andy Axelrod knows desserts. As the president of Love and Quiches Desserts, Andy meets with foodservice professionals and food retailers all over the world to discuss what products — brownies, dessert bars, cheesecakes, cakes, tarts, cobblers, mousses and more — resonate with their customers. Here are his expert predictions for the top two dessert trends of 2013.

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Thought Of The Day: What's In A Name?

December 18, 2012 12:16 pm

A small Czech brewer, Budejovicky Budvar, and the world's largest beer maker, AB InBev, are locked in a battle that has gone on for over a century. Each wants exclusive rights to the name Budweiser, and when Budvar rejected an AB InBev offer this week, it also refused to put forward a counteroffer.

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LSU Food Business Incubator Organizing

December 18, 2012 9:58 am

The LSU AgCenter has hired a veteran food consultant to organize a food business incubator. Gaye Sandoz, who most recently was with Edible Enterprises — a food business incubator in in Norco — hopes to have the incubator fully developed over the next 12 months.

Missouri Monks' Fruitcakes Support Solitary Living

December 18, 2012 9:55 am

Once the bane of pot-luck parties, the fruitcake has been turned into a sought-after treat by Trappist monks secluded in the Missouri Ozarks who some say bake cake that's nothing short of heavenly. Between February and mid-December, monks at the Assumption Abbey in Ava, Mo., produce about 25,000 fruitcakes.

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Talks Break Down In Century-Old War Over Budweiser Name

December 18, 2012 9:49 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press

A deal, it seems, will have to wait a bit longer because settlement talks between state-owned Budejovicky Budvar and Anheuser-Busch, a U.S. company now part of AB InBev, have collapsed, according to Budvar's director general, Jiri Bocek.

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Higher Poultry Prices Bolster Sanderson 4Q

December 18, 2012 9:46 am

Sanderson Farms returned to a profit during its fourth quarter, buoyed from higher poultry prices. The performance topped Wall Street expectations. Company shares rose 2 percent before the opening bell. For the three months ended Oct. 31, Sanderson Farms earned $9.3 million, or 41 cents per share.

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Diet Pepsi's New Campaign: 'Love Every Sip'

December 18, 2012 9:43 am

Starting at the end of January, PepsiCo Inc. will begin airing TV ads with the tag line "Love Every Sip," along with the rollout of special edition silver cans featuring the blue-and-red Pepsi logo in a heart shape. The company is working with designers to introduce other special designs later in the year as well.

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Photo Of The Day: Battle Of The Bud

December 18, 2012 9:37 am

A small brewer in the Czech Republic and the world's biggest beer maker have been suing each other over the right to put the word Budweiser on their bottles in what has become a David versus Goliath corporate saga. A deal, it seems, will have to wait a bit longer because settlement talks between state-owned Budejovicky Budvar and Anheuser-Busch have collapsed.

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Caribou Coffee Going Private In $340M Deal

December 17, 2012 1:19 pm

Caribou Coffee is being taken private by a German holding company in a deal valued at about $340 million. The coffee chain, which has 610 locations in the U.S. and overseas, said Monday that it will continue to operate as an independent company with its own brand and management team once the buyout by Joh. A Benckiser Group GmbH closes.

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Missouri Chocolate Company Sells Tanzanian Rice

December 17, 2012 1:17 pm

A Springfield chocolate company has started selling rice from the small village in east Africa that supplies the company with its cocoa beans. Askinosie Chocolate has begun selling bags of rice from the Tanzanian village of Kyela, which is where owner Shawn Askinosie gets the cocoa beans for the company's line of chocolate bars.

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Nepal Farmers Destroy Imported KFC Chicken

December 17, 2012 1:15 pm

Poultry farmers in Nepal have stopped trucks importing chicken from India for KFC restaurants and destroyed the cargo. Nepal has banned chicken from India since bird flu broke out in India four years ago. Chief government administrator of Dhading district Bed Prasad Kharel says farmers stopped and seized two trucks bringing the frozen chicken to Nepal's capital, Katmandu, on Saturday.

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Tropicana Calls On Carrots To Squeeze Juice Sales

December 17, 2012 1:13 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

As sugar-conscious Americans continue to shy away from fruit juices, Tropicana is using vegetables for the first time in recent history with a new drink called "Farmstand" set to hit shelves next month. By marketing the juice as a way for moms to sneak some veggies into their kids' diets, the division of PepsiCo Inc. is betting that carrots and beets can give it a new avenue for growth.

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Newtown Bands Together, Restaurants Provide Food

December 17, 2012 1:11 pm | by CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN,Associated Press

At the crossroads that marks the center of the three-century-old New England postcard town of Newton, Conn., stands a flagpole that's a kind of barometer. In the wake of the tragic elementary school shooting, the community is banding together, with area restaurants and other businesses lending a helping hand.

Consumer Trends: The Constant Consumer

December 17, 2012 12:51 pm

What happens in a store and what drives consumers to choose one store over another have everything to do with what happens before they get there and very little to do with most of the marketing and merchandising strategies and tactics currently in play.

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Recall: Smoked Salmon May Be Tainted With Listeria

December 17, 2012 9:55 am

Ocean Beauty Seafoods has announced a precautionary recall of two cold-smoked salmon products because of possible Listeria contamination. The products were distributed in 12 states. The products are the 3-ounce Nathan's Brand Cold Smoked Atlantic Salmon and the 4-ounce Lascco Cold Smoked Nova Atlantic Salmon.

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Feds Consider Opening New England Fishing Areas

December 17, 2012 9:51 am | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

There are five zones off the New England coast drawn in varying angles and shapes, all rich with fish, or at least they were at one time. It's why regulators looking to preserve valuable species closed these areas to certain kinds of fishing year-round, beginning in the 1990s. Two decades later, a fishing industry in crisis wants to get back in.

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