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Behind The Music: Farm Aid's Work Helps Farmers

September 21, 2012 12:34 pm | by PETER JACKSON, Associated Press

Farm Aid is synonymous with star-studded rock concerts, like the one expected to draw 30,000 people to southeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday. But the real work of the organization happens mostly behind the scenes across rural America every day.

Consumer Trends: What We Eat Is Who We Are

September 21, 2012 12:23 pm | by SOURCE SAI Marketing, Inc.

"Food Elitist or Food Realist? Consumers are picking sides in the food culture war." That's how Bill Melnick, Director of Strategic Planning for SAI Marketing, Inc. describes how food has become a class marker of the highly-educated, upper-middle class consumer.

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Fans Go Bananas For Soft Serve Fruit

September 21, 2012 12:13 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, For The Associated Press

So-called soft serve fruit is having a moment, recently becoming a darling of the mommy blog set, showing up on ABC's "Good Morning America," inspiring a new countertop kitchen appliance, even spawning a product line and small chain of shops, the New York City-based Soft Serve Fruit Co.

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Analysts Raise Estimates For ConAgra

September 21, 2012 12:08 pm

Two analysts raised their forecasts for ConAgra Foods Inc. on Friday, citing the company's strong fiscal first-quarter performance and easing commodity costs. For the year, ConAgra said it now expects adjusted earnings of $2.03 to $2.06 per share, up from its previous forecast of $1.95 to $1.99 per share.

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ConAgra Foods Investors Hold Meeting In Omaha

September 21, 2012 12:07 pm

ConAgra Foods shareholders will gather in Omaha on Friday afternoon to hear an update on the company's performance and ask top executives questions. Investors should be in a good mood after the quarterly earnings report ConAgra released Thursday.

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U.S. Scientists Question French GMO Study

September 21, 2012 12:04 pm

A study by French researchers claiming ill effects on laboratory rats fed genetically modified corn and given water spiked with herbicide has been rejected by American scientists who questioned the motives and methods of the authors. U.S. scientists claim that the intention of the study was to "negatively influence public opinion" regarding GMOs.

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Photo Of The Day: Matt Damon Joins Foodies To Fight Cancer

September 21, 2012 10:10 am

This Sept. 18, 2012 photo released by the Family Reach Foundation shows actor Matt Damon, right, and Chef Ming Tsai participating in "Cooking Live With Chef Ming Tsai and Friends" to benefit the Family Reach Foundation and its mission to help families fighting pediatric cancer in New York.

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Sanderson Farms Sues Miss. Union Over Complaints

September 21, 2012 10:02 am | by HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press

Sanderson Farms Inc. has sued a union, claiming its union representatives filed meritless complaints with federal agencies and made slanderous statements to news organizations. The union filed documents Wednesday to have the case moved to federal court in Mississippi.

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Doritos Super Bowl Contest Teams With Michael Bay

September 21, 2012 9:45 am | by MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press

Doritos is upping the prize for its annual "Crash the Super Bowl" contest, bringing in Michael Bay, a big name movie director who is no stranger to crashes himself. The Frito Lay snack chip brand's seventh annual contest allows viewers to submit their own Doritos commercials. Fans vote on their favorites to appear during the big game.

ConAgra Plans More Acquisitions After Profit Jumps

September 21, 2012 9:42 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that its profit more than doubled in the fiscal first quarter as it added to its roster of brands and benefited from one-time investment gains. The Omaha, Neb.-based maker of Banquet, Chef Boyardee and Marie Callender's raised its dividend and earnings outlook for the year, sending its shares up more than 6 percent.

Rainfall Easing Drought In Some Corn States

September 21, 2012 9:41 am | by JIM SUHR, Associated Press

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday showed that recent rainfall benefited parts of the Corn Belt, coming too late to help already damaged corn crops but still likely to plump up maturing soybeans in the fields. The report shows about one-fifth of the contiguous U.S. remains in the two worst categories of drought — extreme and exceptional.

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Food Prices Projected To Reach Record Highs

September 21, 2012 9:39 am

According to a report released Thursday by the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR) group, food prices are likely to reach an all time high the first quarter of 2013 and will present a challenge for the livestock industry.

Consumer Trends: Canadians Committed To Local Food

September 20, 2012 1:00 pm

As Canadians begin to bring in the fall harvest and prepare for Thanksgiving celebrations, a report from BMO Bank of Montreal underscores Canadians' commitment to local food. The BMO study suggests that most Canadians try to buy local products when they shop for groceries and are willing to pay a premium to put local food on their kitchen tables.

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Starbucks Turns Up Heat On Coffee Brewer Market

September 20, 2012 12:28 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks Corp. is about to turn up the heat on the single-serve coffee market, and someone might get burned. The Seattle-based company says it will start selling its new single-serve brewer online this week for $199. The machine will be rolled out in its ubiquitous cafes next month.

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General Mills Profit Climbs On Yoplait Overseas

September 20, 2012 12:26 pm

General Mills Inc. is benefiting from its acquisition of Yoplait International, even as it struggles to expand its yogurt business at home. The Minneapolis-based maker of Cheerios, Betty Crocker and Hamburger Helper said Wednesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 35 percent as its purchase of Yoplait International lifted sales overseas.

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USA Rice Federation Responds To Arsenic Study

September 20, 2012 12:20 pm | by SOURCE USA Rice Federation

The USA Rice Federation, which represents U.S. rice growers and all segments of the U.S. rice industry, yesterday issued a statement in response to a Consumer Reports article on arsenic in rice. The group begins by saying, "We understand that 'arsenic' is an alarming word, but we believe it is important for consumers to know that arsenic is a naturally occurring element in our air."

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Malting Facility To Open In Burlington, Wash.

September 20, 2012 12:13 pm | by MARK STAYTON,Skagit Valley Herald

Microbreweries and home-brewers across the nation may soon be looking to Skagit Valley for one all-important ingredient needed for their varieties of beer: malt. Thanks to a partnership among entrepreneurs, grain researchers, local farmers and the Port of Skagit, Skagit Valley Malting, LLC will soon start moving equipment into a 11,745-square-foot building at the Bayview Business Park in Burlington.

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Recall Of XL Foods Ground Beef Expands

September 20, 2012 9:22 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has again expanded its health hazard warning about ground beef products from XL Foods of Alberta. The warning about the beef sold is a variety of stores across much of the country is due to concerns about possible dangerous E. coli contamination.

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Coloradoan Wins $7 Million In Popcorn Lung Lawsuit

September 20, 2012 9:19 am

A suburban Denver man who was diagnosed with "popcorn lung," possibly from inhaling the artificial butter smell of the microwave popcorn he regularly ate, has won a $7.2 million verdict against Gilster-Mary Lee Corp., The Kroger Co. and Dillon Companies Inc.

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Heineken Tightens Hold On Tiger Beer

September 20, 2012 9:18 am

Heineken NV says it has taken another step closer to winning its struggle to take over Asia Pacific Breweries, maker of Tiger beer. The Dutch brewer said Wednesday it has agreed to buy an 8.6 percent stake in APB from Thailand's Kindest Place Group Ltd. for around $960 million.

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