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Bimbo Bakeries Planning $75M Plant in Pa.

January 9, 2013 9:33 am

The company that makes Thomas' English muffins, bread and assorted sweets is planning a $75 million bakery in eastern Pennsylvania. Horsham-based Bimbo Bakeries says it has bought 30 acres in Upper Macungie Township for a plant that's expected to employ 100 people. The company says it plans to complete the 240,000-square-foot facility by the end of the year, with operations beginning in 2014.

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Texas Water Supplier Votes to Cut off Rice Farmers

January 9, 2013 9:31 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

Texas rice farmers probably won't get irrigation water to flood their fields for an unprecedented second consecutive year after officials overseeing major reservoirs in Central Texas voted Tuesday to cut off downstream allotments if there's no significant rain by March.

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Feds Investigate Sparboe Egg Farm

January 9, 2013 9:29 am | by AMY FORLITI,Associated Press

Dozens of federal homeland security agents searched Sparboe Farms in Litchfield on Tuesday as part of what authorities called a "larger criminal investigation," but details about the nature of the operation were not disclosed. No criminal arrests were made, but 10 people were picked up on an administrative charge that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement often uses to detain possible illegal immigrants.

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Photo of the Day: Vietnam's Unique Coffee Culture

January 9, 2013 9:25 am

Starbucks announced Thursday, Jan. 3, it would enter Vietnam in early February with a cafe in Ho Chi Minh City. But the Seattle-based company faces a unique market in Vietnam, where French-inspired coffee culture reigns supreme; two homegrown chains have established presences; and family-run sidewalk cafes are as ubiquitous as noodle shops.

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Small Business Optimism Rises Despite ‘Cliff’

January 8, 2013 12:39 pm

Small business owners were slightly more optimistic at the end of 2012 even as they awaited the outcome of negotiations in Congress over the "fiscal cliff." That's the finding of a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business, a lobbying group. The NFIB's small-business-optimism index rose half a point from its level in November to 88. The index remains near its lowest readings on record.

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Yum Brands Falls After Warning of China Sales Drop

January 8, 2013 12:36 pm

Shares of Yum Brands Inc. fell Tuesday after the parent company of KFC said issues surrounding two of its small chicken suppliers hurt sales more than expected in China. The company, based in Louisville, Ky., now expects sales at locations open at least a year to be down 6 percent, compared with the 4 percent drop it warned of in November.

Monsanto Profit Rises on Latin American Sales

January 8, 2013 12:33 pm

Agricultural products giant Monsanto reported Tuesday that its profit nearly tripled in the first fiscal quarter as sales of its biotech corn seeds expanded in Latin America. The company raised its earnings guidance for the year, lifting shares 4 percent in premarket trading.

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Ky. Coca-Cola Plant Expanding

January 8, 2013 12:32 pm

A Coca-Cola plant and warehouse in southeastern Kentucky is expanding, with a company official saying more room is necessary to accommodate growing sales. The plant in Middlesboro will grow by about 24,000 square feet. Regional Sales Manager Bobby Abbott told The Daily News the company needs a place to put more items and new equipment.

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Budweiser to Introduce Specialty Brew in Super Bowl Ad

January 8, 2013 12:28 pm | by JIM SALTER,Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch InBev is introducing a new specialty brew with a Super Bowl ad. The maker of Budweiser, Bud Light and other brews said Tuesday that Budweiser Black Crown is an amber lager. The first ad promoting it will run on Feb. 3 during Super Bowl 47, though the beer will be available in stores nationwide starting Jan. 21.

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Consumer Trends: 2013 Foodservice Trend Predictions

January 8, 2013 12:22 pm

The restaurant industry continues to make gains and consumers are feeling more confident about spending their discretionary dollars on dining out. So, what will they be looking for this year when they sit down at their favorite eatery? Mintel has identified four trends set to impact the restaurant industry in 2013.

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Former McDonald’s CEO Dies at 80

January 8, 2013 9:43 am

A former McDonald's CEO who helped expand the fast-food chain's global footprint and spearheaded the creation of "Hamburger University" died Thursday after suffering complications from pneumonia, the company said. During Fred L. Turner's time as CEO from 1974 to 1987, McDonald's more than tripled its number of locations and set up shop in dozens of new markets, the company said in a statement.

Budvar Beer Exports Reach Record High in 2012

January 8, 2013 9:41 am

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, says its 2012 exports rose by 1.1 percent to reach a record high. Budejovicky Budvar NP says it exported 657,000 hectoliters (17.36 million gallons) of beer to 58 countries last year, the best result in 117 years.

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Company Says Microwave Keeps Bread Mold-Free

January 8, 2013 9:39 am | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

MicroZap Inc. claims its technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days. The bread is bombarded with microwaves for about 10 seconds, which kills the mold spores, said chief executive officer Don Stull said. The process could eliminate bakers' need for preservatives and ingredients used to mask preservatives' flavor, as well as reduce food waste and increase bread's shelf life, he said.

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Deal to Sell ND Pasta Plant Falls Through

January 8, 2013 9:35 am

A potential deal to sell a North Dakota pasta plant is off the table. Bektrom Foods official Bruce Satrom tells the Grand Forks Herald that the Michigan-based manufacturer has pulled its offer to buy the plant. Bektrom had been negotiating with the family of Leonard Gasparre, who died in 2011.

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Caviar Distributor Gets Leniency in Fraud Scam

January 8, 2013 9:32 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER,Associated Press

A 69-year-old luxury food distributor who was charged with unlawfully importing caviar but evaded arrest for nearly a quarter-century before being captured last year won't have to spend any more time behind bars after a judge sentenced him on Monday to time served, citing his age and the lack of victims.

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Photo of the Day: Mold-Free Bread

January 8, 2013 9:30 am

In this Dec. 6, 2012, photo, Don Stull, chief executive officer of Microzap, Inc., places a loaf of bread inside a patented microwave that kills mold spores in Lubbock, Texas. The company claims the technology allows bread to stay mold-free for 60 days.

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Thought of the Day: An Ounce of Prevention

January 7, 2013 1:09 pm

New rules proposed Friday by the FDA are aimed at preventing foodborne illness outbreaks in the wake of several high-profile deadly food contamination cases last year. While manufacturers pore over the new rules to determine how they could change the business of food processing, the FDA is adamant that they are necessary to prevent future food safety incidents.

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Hot Fries Recalled for Undeclared Soy

January 7, 2013 1:00 pm

ConAgra Foods of Omaha, Neb., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling a limited number of packages of its Andy Capp’s Hot Fries flavor product that may contain the Andy Capp’s Cheddar Fries flavor, and, therefore, an undeclared allergen — soy.

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FDA Reinstates Sunland Peanut Butter Plant

January 7, 2013 12:58 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reinstated the food facility registration of Sunland Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of peanut products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Bredeney last fall, after a federal judge entered a consent decree of permanent injunction imposing requirements on the firm.

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McDonald’s Expands Testing for Chicken Wings

January 7, 2013 12:54 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

First there were McNuggets. Then there were Chicken McBites. Now McDonald's could be adding "Mighty Wings" to its chicken menu. The world's biggest hamburger chain is set to expand its test of chicken wings to Chicago this week, after a successful run in Atlanta last year. The wings are expected to be sold in three, five or 10 pieces with prices likely starting at $3.

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