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Family Businesses Can Outlast Tough Times

April 5, 2013 9:36 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Some family businesses are more resilient during downturns because of that focus on the long term as well as a commitment to their customers, and employees and careful spending, said Pramodita Sharma, a University of Vermont business school professor, and editor of the Family Business Review, a scholarly business journal.

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China Kills Poultry amid Flu Scare

April 5, 2013 9:34 am | by GILLIAN WONG,Associated Press

China has started slaughtering all poultry at a Shanghai market after a new bird flu strain that has killed five people was detected in pigeons being sold there. The mass bird killing is the first so far as the Chinese government responds to the H7N9 strain of bird flu, which has sickened 14 people, many critically, along the eastern seaboard in its first known infections of people. The first cases were announced Sunday.

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Freshest Fish Traded at Night in NYC

April 5, 2013 9:33 am | by VERENA DOBNIK,Associated Press

Think Wall Street trading is brutal? Head up to the grittiest part of the South Bronx, where cutthroat deals are made in the dead of night on a massive concrete floor that reeks of fish guts. The New Fulton Fish Market is the nation's largest seafood market, and second in the world to Tokyo's.

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3 Hostess Properties for Sale in Iowa

April 5, 2013 9:29 am

A real estate company working with Hostess Brands is looking to sell three Iowa properties as part of the ongoing auction of the bankrupt company's assets. The Des Moines Register reports that the buildings include a 3,000 square-foot bakery building and a 12,750-square-foot warehouse that are located in Waterloo.

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Photo of the Day: Flu Fears Spreads Through China Market

April 5, 2013 9:27 am

A worker spays disinfectant liquid on to chicken cages at a wholesale market on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Shanghai, China. In a worrisome sign, a bird flu in China appears to have mutated so that it can spread to other animals, raising the potential for a bigger threat to people, scientists said Wednesday.

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Daily Sound Bite: Meat by Any Other Name...

April 4, 2013 12:36 pm

The American meat industry is considering revamping the names it uses to differentiate between various cuts of pork, beef, lamb and veal. The current system, known as the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards, is better designed to meet the needs of retailers than consumers.

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Recall: Pet Food May Be Tainted with Salmonella

April 4, 2013 12:23 pm

A Connecticut pet food company is recalling three frozen varieties of its foods for dogs and cats because of possible salmonella contamination. Manchester-based Bravo! on Wednesday issued the voluntary recall for varieties of its Chicken Balance, Chicken Blend and Beef Blend Burgers products that were made on specific days.

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Billionaire: Fake Wine Made Me Quit Auctions

April 4, 2013 12:21 pm

A Florida billionaire energy maven and wine collector has told a New York jury he doesn't like wine auctions anymore because he has too often been the victim of buying fake wine. William Koch began testifying Wednesday in the civil case he brought against one-time billionaire Eric Greenberg, a California businessman who sold him wine in 2005.

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Ryan Gosling Stands Up for Cows

April 4, 2013 12:19 pm

He's not milking his fame, but Ryan Gosling is lending his name to the cause of cows. The 32-year-old actor sent a letter this week to the National Milk Producers Federation urging the group to advocate against the industry practice of removing calves' horns. He asks that they help stop what he calls a "barbaric practice" by requiring farmers to breed naturally hornless cattle.

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Mondelez Gave CEO Sweet Pay Hike in 2012

April 4, 2013 12:16 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Mondelez International gave CEO Irene Rosenfeld a pay package worth $22 million last year, as the maker of Oreo cookies and other sweet snacks split from Kraft Foods and began operating as an independent company. The compensation represents a 40 percent increase from Rosenfeld's pay in 2011, according to an AP analysis of a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Thieves Target Maple Sap in Maine

April 4, 2013 12:13 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Sticky-fingered thieves are stealing the sap right out of Maine's maple trees. With little more than a spout-like tap and a bucket, people are looting the liquid out of trees on private property and hauling it away to turn into sweet maple syrup.

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Consumer Trends: Sustainability Top Purchase Criteria for Packaging

April 4, 2013 12:00 pm

An independent research study commissioned by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), revealed 65 percent of decision makers at Fortune 500 consumer product companies view packaging sustainability as a high priority.

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Company Responds to Food Additive Controversy

April 4, 2013 9:45 am

Last month, activist group The Cornucopia Institute formally requested that the FDA remove common food additive carrgeenan from the food supply, arguing that the additive was unsafe for human consumption. Ingredient Solutions, Inc. has released the following information in response to consumer concern over the food additive carrageenan.

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Mich. Bills Spark Debate over Paid Sick Time

April 4, 2013 9:32 am | by ALANNA DURKIN,Associated Press

Some Michigan Republicans are pushing to ban local governments from requiring employers to provide paid sick leave as cities in other states move to enact such mandates. Legislation recently approved by committees in the Republican-controlled House and Senate would prohibit counties, townships and cities from adopting policies that requires employers to provide paid or unpaid leave not required under federal or state law.

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First Lady Challenges Kids with Lunch Contest

April 4, 2013 9:31 am | by STACY A. ANDERSON,Associated Press

Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."

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ConAgra 3Q Profit Falls on Ralcorp Charges

April 4, 2013 9:28 am

ConAgra Foods reported a third-quarter profit that fell shy of Wall Street expectations as the maker of Chef Boyardee and Hebrew National hot dogs booked charges related to its acquisition of Ralcorp and struggled to grow sales for its existing brands.

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Meat Industry To Reboot Labels

April 4, 2013 9:26 am | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

The American meat industry is rolling out a refresh of the often confusing 40-year-old system used for naming the various cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal. That's because the system — the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards, or URMIS — was designed more for the needs of retailers and butchers than for the convenience of harried shoppers more familiar with Shake 'n Bake than boneless shank cuts.

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Photo of the Day: The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

April 4, 2013 9:22 am

Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."

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Tenn. Wine Bill To Get Second Chance

April 3, 2013 12:25 pm

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry of Nashville, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.

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Monsanto Profit Rises in 2Q

April 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Business Writer

Monsanto reported Wednesday that its income increased 22 percent in the agriculture products company's second quarter on strong sales of biotech seeds, particularly in Brazil and other emerging markets. The company boosted its full-year earnings guidance, citing its strong performance in the first half of the year.

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