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Coca-Cola’s Profit Rises on Growth Overseas

February 12, 2013 12:33 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola says its profit rose 13 percent in the fourth quarter as growth in emerging markets offset a decline in Europe and a modest performance in the U.S. The Atlanta-based company said global sales volume rose 3 percent, driven by gains in countries such as Russia and Turkey. Volume in Europe fell by 5 percent.

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Romania Produced 6,300 Tons of Horsemeat in 2012

February 12, 2013 12:30 pm

Romanian food safety officials say the country produced 6,300 tons of horse, mule and donkey meat last year, and that it was correctly labeled when it was exported to other European countries. The National Authority for Veterinary and Food Safety said Tuesday that some 97 percent of the meat slaughtered and processed was sold to Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Germany, Belgium and Greece.

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Recall: Glass Shards Found in Lean Cuisine Ravioli

February 12, 2013 12:28 pm

Alaska environmental regulators say Nestle Prepared Foods Co. has issued a recall of Lean Cuisine mushroom ravioli after consumer reports that glass shards were found in the product. Officials say affected packages of Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli have productions codes of 2311587812 and 2312587812. Both codes have a "best before" date of December 2013.

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Daily Sound Bite: Food Safety Cuts Loom

February 12, 2013 12:10 pm

Federal budget cuts mean fewer dollars for food inspection programs, the White House said in a memo late last week. The Obama administration claimed in the memo that these cuts would be responsible for "putting families at risk and costing billions in lost food production."

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Consumer Trends: Global Wine Industry Outlook

February 12, 2013 12:00 pm

Rabobank has published a new research report on the global wine industry, predicting that sparkling wine will continue to shift downmarket in economies that are struggling, and credits a weak Euro and emerging market growth for supporting suppliers in markets outside of Europe and the U.S.

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Diamond Foods Gains on BlackRock Disclosure

February 12, 2013 9:43 am

Shares of Diamond Foods Inc. rose Monday after investment firm BlackRock disclosed that it purchased a stake in the maker of Emerald nuts, Pop Secret popcorn and Kettle chips. BlackRock said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday that it purchased a 7.85 percent stake in Diamond Foods.

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NYC Announces Progress in Effort to Reduce Salt

February 12, 2013 9:41 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Salt has quietly been slipping out of dozens of the most familiar foods in brand-name America, from Butterball turkeys to Uncle Ben's flavored rice dishes to Goya canned beans. A Kraft American cheese single has 18 percent less salt than it did three years ago. The salt in a dollop of Ragu Old World Style pasta sauce is down by 20 percent. A handful of honey Teddy Grahams has 33 percent less salt.

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Chocolatier Designs Chocolate High Heels

February 12, 2013 9:39 am

Florists and chocolate-makers are working around the clock in the run-up to Valentine's Day. In Dallas, chocolatier Andrea Pedraza, who loves designer high heels, molded her pedestrian passion into chocolate form. Her most well-known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.

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White House Warns of Food Safety Cuts

February 12, 2013 9:37 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Impending across-the-board budget cuts could mean fewer government food safety inspections and higher prices for meat at the grocery store. A White House memo released late last week said that one of the consequences of the federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, would be 2,100 fewer food facility inspections by the Food and Drug Administration, "putting families at risk and costing billions in lost food production."

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Tomato Exec Bribed Food Giants

February 12, 2013 9:35 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

On Tuesday, former SK Foods owner Frederick Scott Salyer, 57, will leave house arrest in Pebble Beach and be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sacramento after pleading guilty last year to charges he bribed purchasing managers at food giants including Kraft Foods Inc. and Frito-Lay.

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Photo of the Day: Pumping out Chocolate

February 12, 2013 9:31 am

In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo, chocolate high heals made by master chocolatier Andrea Pedraza are lined up at her shop in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. Florists and chocolate makers are working around the clock for the busy season - Valentine's Day. Pedraza's most well known creations are chocolate pumps done in the style of Christian Louboutin shoes.

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Daily Soundbite: Romania Says Country Victim of Fraud Amid Horsemeat Outrage

February 11, 2013 1:09 pm

Romanian officials say that two slaughterhouses thought to be the source of horsemeat found in products labeled as beef across Europe properly labeled their meat as horsemeat and any fraud happened elsewhere in the supply chain. Prime Minister Victor Ponta declared the country a victim of fraud.

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South Dakota Looking to Add More Dairy Cows

February 11, 2013 12:32 pm | by DIRK LAMMERS,Associated Press

South Dakota is on the lookout for dairy cows. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state agriculture officials are traveling this week to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., with the goal of doubling the state's current herd of about 92,000 dairy cows.

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McDonald’s Sales Fall with Tough Year Ahead

February 11, 2013 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world's biggest hamburger chain struggled to grow in the U.S. and saw a severe decline in Asia. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company said global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months dropped 1.9 percent for the month. The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations.

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Mountain Dew Introduces Breakfast Drink

February 11, 2013 12:29 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If you don't like coffee or tea, Mountain Dew has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up. PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out a new drink called Kickstart this month that has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and Vitamins B and C, along with an extra jolt of caffeine.

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Officials Launch Review of XL Foods Beef Recall

February 11, 2013 12:25 pm

The federal government has launched a review of the E. coli outbreak last fall that sickened 18 people and led to the largest beef recall in Canadian history. The review is to focus on what contributed to the outbreak of the potentially deadly bacteria at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.

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Romania Denies Slaughterhouses Committed Fraud

February 11, 2013 12:23 pm | by ALISON MUTLER,Associated Press

Two Romanian plants believed to be the source of horsemeat mislabeled as beef in supermarkets across Europe declared it properly and any fraud was committed somewhere else down the line, officials said Monday. Romania is scrambling to contain the damage from the fast-growing horsemeat scandal — where the cheaper meat was substituted for beef in everything from burgers to frozen lasagna.

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Consumer Trends: Healthy Beverage Trends

February 11, 2013 12:00 pm

What's the future of the beverage industry? According to Healthy Beverage Expo, the future is nutritious and functional beverages made from high quality ingredients and pure water, marked by an undeniable accountability for the effects of processing, packaging and distribution.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Move Forward with Anti-GMO Bill

February 11, 2013 9:53 am | by ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,Associated Press

Advocates of all-natural food in Hawaii scored a partial victory when the House Committee on Agriculture passed a measure to require labeling on genetically modified food. The committee approved the bill Thursday but amended it so it only applies to produce imported from outside Hawaii.

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Lay’s Taste-Tests Fan-Nominated Flavors

February 11, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEPH PISANI,AP Business Writer

The next Lay's potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes. Lay's is letting potato chip lovers decide which one of the three will be its newest flavor. All of them will be sold at retailers nationwide starting next week. After trying them, fans have until May to vote for their favorites. The flavor with the most votes will stay on store shelves.

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