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Unemployment Falls to 7.7 Percent

March 11, 2013 9:41 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

A burst of hiring last month added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. The robust gains suggested that the economy can strengthen further despite higher taxes and government spending cuts.


McDonald’s Sales Fall Again in February

March 11, 2013 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's new Fish McBites failed to hook enough diners to get the fast-food chain's U.S. sales growing in February. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Friday that a key sales figure was down 3.3 percent in the U.S. for the month. When excluding the extra day of sales for February of last year, which was a leap year, the company said the figure was flat.


NYC Businesses Prep for Sugary Drink Rule

March 11, 2013 9:38 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

Coca-Cola has printed posters explaining the new rules, and a bowling lounge is squeezing carrot and beet juice as a potential substitute for pitchers of soda at family parties — all in preparation for the nation's first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages, set to take effect Tuesday.


Michelen Eatery in Denmark Sickens 63

March 11, 2013 9:36 am | by JAN M. OLSEN,Associated Press

Danish food safety officials ordered a cleanup and better food handling at Noma, one of the world's top restaurants, after more than 60 people fell ill with viral gastroenteritis from eating at the two-star Michelin eatery that has also hit top spot three times in the world's best restaurants list in Restaurant magazine.


PepsiCo’s Chief Marketing Officer Leaves Company

March 11, 2013 9:34 am

PepsiCo's global chief marketing officer is leaving the company less than a year after he got the newly created title. The Purchase, N.Y.-based company said Friday Salman Amin is leaving to become chief operating officer of S.C. Johnson's North American business. PepsiCo Inc. said a replacement would be announced soon.


Photo of the Day: Big Changes Are Coming

March 11, 2013 9:33 am

The nation’s first limit on the size of sugar-laden beverages is set to take effect Tuesday in the city. Customers will no longer get 24-ounce tumblers of soda, since the new rule bars selling non-diet cola in cups, bottles or pitchers bigger than 16 ounces.


Daily Sound Bite: Happy Birthday Peeps

March 8, 2013 12:31 pm

This year, Peeps, the popular Easter candy brand, will celebrate its 60th anniversary. The company plans to air its first television ad in 10 years, highlighting all the crazy things people do with the spongy, sugary candy. Ross Born, of Just Born, the company that makes Peeps, says people aren't shy about sharing their stories.

ND Businesses Head to China for Trade Mission

March 8, 2013 12:23 pm

Fourteen North Dakota companies are traveling to China later this month to showcase the state's agricultural commodities and food products. The companies will travel March 16-23 to Beijing and Guangzhou in China to introduce North Dakota's food ingredients to the Chinese food manufacturing market.


Lipton Teas To Be Available for Keurig Brewers

March 8, 2013 12:21 pm

Green Mountain and Unilever North America have reached a deal that will make Lipton teas available for Keurig single-cup brewers. The Lipton hot and iced teas will be available in K-Cup and Vue packs in the U.S. and Canada starting this summer.


Craft Distiller Carves Out Creative Niche

March 8, 2013 12:19 pm | by RYAN TRARES,Daily Journal

Heartland Distillers was one of the first new distillers to open in Indiana since Prohibition. After starting out with its small-batch vodka, its founders have added spirits flavored with Chai tea, espresso and chocolate, and cherry vanilla.


Worker Productivity Falls in 4Q

March 8, 2013 12:17 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

U.S. worker productivity shrank in the final three months of last year, mostly because of temporary factors that dragged down growth. Productivity contracted at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.9 percent in the October-December quarter, the Labor Department said Thursday. That's about the same as last month's estimate of a 2 percent decline. It followed a 3.1 percent gain in the July-September quarter.


Smithfield Foods Considers Splitting Up Company

March 8, 2013 12:16 pm

Shares of Smithfield Foods rose on Friday after the company said it would review a recommendation by a shareholder that the meat producer should consider splitting up the company. Continental Grain Co. said in a letter to the board that the company might make more money if it splits up into three units — a hog producing unit, fresh pork and packaged meat business and an international company.


Consumer Trends: March is Frozen Food Month

March 8, 2013 12:00 pm

March is Frozen Food Month which means all month long a flurry of activity will greet shoppers in supermarkets across the country. The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is encouraging customers to “Discover a Whole New World of Frozen” through a partnership with DreamWorks Animation for the theatre release of The Croods.


Smithfield 3Q Rises on Higher Sales

March 8, 2013 9:37 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc. said Thursday that its net income rose more than 3 percent in the third quarter as the world's biggest pork producer saw gains in its packaged meats, hog production and international business. The results topped Wall Street expectations and its shares rose more than 9 percent in morning trading.


UN Predicts Near Record Wheat Production

March 8, 2013 9:36 am

A U.N. food agency says the world is headed to the second largest wheat crop on record because of increased plantings in Europe and a recovery from drought in the U.S. Production is expected to increase to 690 million tons, up 4.3 percent from 2012, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization reported Thursday.


Peeps Celebrates 60th Anniversary

March 8, 2013 9:34 am | by MICHAEL RUBINKAM,Associated Press

As the storied candy brand celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, Peeps' first TV ad in a decade captures an essential truth about the spongy confection made of sugar, corn syrup and gelatin: Love them or hate them, people do all sorts of things with Peeps, only some of which involve giving them to kids at Easter or eating them straight from the box.


Brangelina in a Bottle

March 8, 2013 9:32 am

Nine little letters on the back of the bottle set this rose wine apart from other fruits of the Provence grape harvest: Jolie-Pitt. The Miraval Rose 2012 was produced at the southern French estate of Chateau Miraval — property of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.


Colo. Bill to Ban Cow Tail Cutting Worries Dairy Farmers

March 8, 2013 9:28 am | by ALEXANDRA TILSLEY,Associated Press

The backside of Colorado's dairy cows was the focus of a contentious debate Thursday in a state House committee, which ultimately postponed a vote on a bill that would prevent farmers from cutting cattle tails for sanitary reasons. The bill before the House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee would ban so-called docking except when performed by a veterinarian using anesthesia.


Photo of the Day: At 60, These Chicks Are Still Hot

March 8, 2013 9:24 am

In this Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 photo, Peeps move through the manufacturing process before they receive their eyes at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem, Pa. With the storied candy brand celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a quirky new TV ad campaign talks about all the things people do with their Peeps.


Daily Sound Bite: USDA Announces Food Security Initiative

March 7, 2013 12:27 pm

The USDA has announced the award of over $75 million in grants, research and education to improve food security around the world. The grants were awarded to 21 universities to help increase the availability of food in an effort to eliminate hunger across the globe.



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