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South Dakota Looking to Add More Dairy Cows

February 11, 2013 12:32 pm | by DIRK LAMMERS,Associated Press

South Dakota is on the lookout for dairy cows. Gov. Dennis Daugaard and state agriculture officials are traveling this week to the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif., with the goal of doubling the state's current herd of about 92,000 dairy cows.

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McDonald’s Sales Fall with Tough Year Ahead

February 11, 2013 12:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's says a key sales figure dropped again in January as the world's biggest hamburger chain struggled to grow in the U.S. and saw a severe decline in Asia. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based company said global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months dropped 1.9 percent for the month. The figure is a key metric because it strips out the volatility of newly opened and closed locations.

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Mountain Dew Introduces Breakfast Drink

February 11, 2013 12:29 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If you don't like coffee or tea, Mountain Dew has a new breakfast drink that might perk you up. PepsiCo Inc. is rolling out a new drink called Kickstart this month that has Mountain Dew flavor but is made with 5 percent juice and Vitamins B and C, along with an extra jolt of caffeine.

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Officials Launch Review of XL Foods Beef Recall

February 11, 2013 12:25 pm

The federal government has launched a review of the E. coli outbreak last fall that sickened 18 people and led to the largest beef recall in Canadian history. The review is to focus on what contributed to the outbreak of the potentially deadly bacteria at the XL Foods Inc. plant in Brooks, Alta.

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Romania Denies Slaughterhouses Committed Fraud

February 11, 2013 12:23 pm | by ALISON MUTLER,Associated Press

Two Romanian plants believed to be the source of horsemeat mislabeled as beef in supermarkets across Europe declared it properly and any fraud was committed somewhere else down the line, officials said Monday. Romania is scrambling to contain the damage from the fast-growing horsemeat scandal — where the cheaper meat was substituted for beef in everything from burgers to frozen lasagna.

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Consumer Trends: Healthy Beverage Trends

February 11, 2013 12:00 pm

What's the future of the beverage industry? According to Healthy Beverage Expo, the future is nutritious and functional beverages made from high quality ingredients and pure water, marked by an undeniable accountability for the effects of processing, packaging and distribution.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Move Forward with Anti-GMO Bill

February 11, 2013 9:53 am | by ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER,Associated Press

Advocates of all-natural food in Hawaii scored a partial victory when the House Committee on Agriculture passed a measure to require labeling on genetically modified food. The committee approved the bill Thursday but amended it so it only applies to produce imported from outside Hawaii.

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Lay’s Taste-Tests Fan-Nominated Flavors

February 11, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEPH PISANI,AP Business Writer

The next Lay's potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes. Lay's is letting potato chip lovers decide which one of the three will be its newest flavor. All of them will be sold at retailers nationwide starting next week. After trying them, fans have until May to vote for their favorites. The flavor with the most votes will stay on store shelves.

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Guatemala Declares National Coffee Emergency

February 11, 2013 9:47 am | by SONIA PEREZ,Associated Press

Guatemala's president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation's crop. President Otto Molina Perez ordered the release of more than $14 million to aid coffee growers.

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France Hunting Fraudsters in Horsemeat Scandal

February 11, 2013 9:45 am | by ANGELA CHARLTON,Associated Press

Europe's horsemeat scandal is spreading and threatening cross-border tensions, as France says Romanian butchers and Dutch and Cypriot traders were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat disguised as beef being sold in frozen lasagna around the continent.

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Constellation and Crown File Motion in InBev Case

February 11, 2013 9:41 am

Constellation Brands Inc. and Crown Imports filed a motion Friday to ensure that their interests are represented in the government's case against beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed acquisition of Grupo Modelo. The Justice Department says the AB InBev and Modelo deal would reduce competition by bringing two of the most popular beer brands — Budweiser and Corona — under one owner.

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Photo of the Day: Coffee Crisis

February 11, 2013 9:39 am

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina has declared a national emergency over the spread of coffee rust, a fungus that is affecting 70 percent of the country's crop. Molina said Friday that the pesticides will start being applied to coffee plants in April and that two more applications will be needed during the year.

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Consumer Trends: Hispanic-Americans Drink More Coffee

February 8, 2013 12:00 pm

The National Coffee Association finds that Hispanic-Americans drink significantly more coffee than their non-Hispanic neighbors. The report, Ethnicity and Coffee, reveals that 74% of Hispanic-Americans drink coffee daily, twelve percentage points ahead of other Americans.

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Daily Sound Bite: Southern Diet Linked to Stroke Risk

February 8, 2013 9:57 am

A new study reports that those who eat a "southern diet" may be at increased risk of stroke. The study defined a southern diet as one containing foods such as, "fried foods, processed meats (lunchmeat, jerky), red meat, eggs, sweet drinks and whole milk."

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New Jersey Issues First Distiller’s License Since 1933

February 8, 2013 9:54 am

New Jersey has issued its first distillery license for the first time since Prohibition ended in 1933. The action clears the way for Jersey Artisan Distilling to begin producing rum at its plant in Fairfield. Alcoholic Beverage Control director Michael Halfacre says the rum will be made using classic techniques that represent the traditional style of dark rum that was made in New Jersey during the colonial period.

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Industry Critiques Pa. Governor’s Liquor Plan

February 8, 2013 9:53 am | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization plan could result in many more retailers selling beer and wine than he anticipates, a Senate Democrat said Thursday, as industry players critiqued legislation that has yet to be introduced. Sen. Jim Ferlo, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Law and Justice Committee, said at least 10,000 retailers would qualify for the new licenses, twice as many as Corbett estimates.

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Oregon to Allow Canola in Willamette Valley

February 8, 2013 9:51 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press

Oregon will allow canola to be grown in the Willamette Valley for the first time despite objections from organic seed farmers concerned that canola production will harm their delicate crops. The state Department of Agriculture issued a rule Thursday allowing up to 2,500 acres of the yellow-flowering canola, which can be pressed to extract oil for food or fuel.

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Green Mountain Shares Tumble on Weak Outlook

February 8, 2013 9:50 am

Shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters slid 4 percent Thursday after the company issued a weaker-than-expected revenue forecast for the current quarter. While Green Mountain's fiscal first-quarter results beat Wall Street predictions, it said that it expects a slowdown in the overall coffee industry.

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Horsemeat Lasagna Recalled in Sweden

February 8, 2013 9:48 am

Frozen-food company Findus is recalling beef lasagna meals in Sweden after tests confirmed the products contained horsemeat. The move follows a similar recall earlier this week in Britain amid a widening scandal surrounding the use of horsemeat and the mislabeling of meat products in Europe.

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Connecticut Considers Modified Food Labels

February 8, 2013 9:43 am

Plans are under way to offer at least two bills during this year's session of the Connecticut General Assembly that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food. Democratic state Rep. Phil Miller of Ivoryton said Thursday that he and Democratic state Rep. Diana Urban of North Stonington, are proposing legislation. He said consumers should be allowed to make an educated choice about their food purchases.

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