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Tunisia-Born Baker Makes Paris’ Best Baguette

April 29, 2013 9:38 am | by ELAINE GANLEY,Associated Press

If you want the best baguette in Paris, go see Ridha Khadher. The 42-year-old baker has been turning out the long, golden rods of bread since he was 15, and has just been awarded the Grand Prix for his labor. Khadher, born in Tunisia, said on Friday that he had decided at the last minute to enter the annual competition for the best traditional baguette in the city.

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Canadian Beef Industry Seeks Approval of Irradiation

April 29, 2013 9:37 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press

Canada's beef industry is about to ask the federal government to approve the use of irradiation in meat-processing plants to kill dangerous E. coli bacteria in a full range of meat products. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association says it is updating an application that was first made to Health Canada in 1998 for ground beef, but was turned down because of public concerns.

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Baby Food Shortage in Europe Due To China Demand

April 29, 2013 9:35 am | by KIRSTEN GRIESHABER,Associated Press

With Chinese consumers turning to sources abroad, major retail outlets in Germany, Britain, the Netherlands and Hong Kong have limited sales of several leading brands of baby formula. In Europe, parents have been stockpiling the milk powder at home, further intensifying the shortage.

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Photo of the Day: Paris' Best Baguette

April 29, 2013 9:32 am

Ridha Khadher, a Tunisian born baker, stands in his Paris bakery as he poses with one of his baguettes after winning the title of Best Baguette of Paris, Friday April 26, 2013. This award makes him the baguette supplier for the Elysee Palace, home of the French Presidency.

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Daily Sound Bite: New Salsa Acquisition

April 26, 2013 12:57 pm

Blue Smoke Salsa, a West Virginia company founded in a basement has just been acquired by White House Foods from neighboring Virginia. The acquisition process is expected to be completed this summer. Blue Smoke's president, Robin Hildebrand, is excited about the future.

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Florida Senate Passes Craft Distillers Bill

April 26, 2013 12:20 pm

The Florida Senate has given final approval to a bill allowing on-site sales of liquor at the state's craft liquor distilleries. The measure (HB 347) passed on a 36-0 vote Friday and now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. It previously cleared the House.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises Profit Falls

April 26, 2013 12:18 pm

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., an independent company that bottles and distributes Coca-Cola drinks in Western Europe, said Thursday that its profit fell in the first quarter as it sold less soda and paid more for ingredients. The company also said it would let its right to buy Coca-Cola's bottling business in Germany expire.

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Poached Elephant Meat Floods Markets in C. African Republic

April 26, 2013 12:16 pm | by KRISTA LARSON,Associated Press

Elephant meat is flooding food markets in villages near a famed wildlife reserve in Central African Republic one month after rebels believed to be involved in poaching overthrew the government, conservationists said Thursday. The Dzanga-Sangha reserve in the rainforests of southwestern Central African Republic has been home to more than 3,400 forest elephants.

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Beef Plant Laying Off 108 Workers

April 26, 2013 12:14 pm

A northern South Dakota beef processing plant is laying off 108 of its 420 employees until it can raise enough money to buy more cattle, the company's top executive said Thursday. David Palmer, president and chief executive of Northern Beef Packers, said the plant has raised more than $150 million, but it's putting a planned ramp up on hold until it can raise about $20 million more in working capital, which is used to fund operation.

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White House Foods Acquiring Blue Smoke Salsa

April 26, 2013 12:13 pm | by JOHN RABY,Associated Press

A salsa company that started in a West Virginia basement is being acquired by a family owned food products company in Virginia, the salsa maker's founder said Thursday. Blue Smoke Salsa's Robin Hildebrand said the tentative deal with Winchester, Va.-based White House Foods is expected to be completed by early June. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Consumer Trends: Despite Economy, Americans Still Need Coffee Fix

April 26, 2013 12:07 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Americans may not feel optimistic about the economy but they're still spending more at Starbucks. The world's biggest coffee chain said Thursday that its profit rose in its fiscal second quarter as a key sales figure climbed in the U.S., its biggest market. New drinks and food, such as its sandwiches and pre-packaged lunch boxes, helped lift sales.

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Q&A: Barriers to American Re-shoring

April 26, 2013 9:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Over the last few years, there has been an increasing amount of buzz around the concept of “re-shoring,” in which an American company decides it’s more financially viable to bring manufacturing operations back to the U.S. from a foreign land.

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Anheuser-Busch Tries To Block Ohio Brewery Measure

April 26, 2013 9:35 am

The world's largest brewer is trying to stop Ohio from enacting a measure that would prohibit brewers from buying wholesale beer distributors. That provision was part of a bill that moved quickly through the Legislature last week and is now before Gov. John Kasich.

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Mead Johnson 1Q Profit Rises

April 26, 2013 9:34 am

Mead Johnson's first-quarter earnings climbed 5 percent, as higher prices for the infant formula maker's products in Latin America and part of Asia countered a drop in volume from North America and Europe. The Glenview, Ill., company also said Thursday that it was reaffirming its forecast for 2013 earnings to range between $3.22 and $3.30 per share.

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Sustainability Awards Honor Dairy Businesses

April 26, 2013 9:33 am

“This year’s winners include dairy farms and businesses from across the country who took steps to reduce their environmental impact, improve their profitability and increase their contribution to a sustainable 21st century food system,” said Molly Jahn, professor of genetics and agronomy at University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the awards’ judges panel.

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Hershey Profit Rises on Increasing Sales

April 26, 2013 9:28 am

Hershey says its net income rose in the first quarter as it sold more of its namesake chocolates and benefited from lower costs for ingredients. The company, which makes Kit Kat, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Twizzlers, said that cost-cutting initiatives also improved its profit margins for the period and raised its outlook for the year.

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Hostess To Reopen Kan. Bakery This Summer

April 26, 2013 9:26 am

Hostess Brands LLC says it will reopen its eastern Kansas bakery this summer, with the hiring of an initial 250 people already underway. The announcement was made Thursday by the investment partnership that bought Hostess Brands' snack cake product lines.

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Photo of the Day: Dairy Sustainability Awards

April 26, 2013 9:22 am

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy® announced the winners of the second annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards on April 23 at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C. The program recognizes dairy farms and businesses of all sizes for practices that advance the industry’s commitment to healthy products, healthy communities and a healthy planet.

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Daily Sound Bite: Yum Expects KFC to Recover in China

April 25, 2013 12:39 pm

After a one-two punch, Yum says it expects sales to recover by year end. A new strain of avian flu has hurt sales as Chinese consumers shy away from poultry products. This comes on the heels of a discovery that the company's poultry suppliers in the country were using unapproved levels of antibiotics.

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Shareholder Renews Split-Up Suggestion for Smithfield

April 25, 2013 12:25 pm

The second-largest shareholder for Smithfield Foods Inc. is reiterating that the world's largest pork producer should consider splitting up the company. Continental Grain Co. on Thursday filed a presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission furthering its recommendation outlined in a letter to the company's board last month.

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