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Hershey Commits to Sustainable Cocoa

March 27, 2013 12:41 pm

During the past half-century, The Hershey Company has helped family cocoa farmers and communities develop more productive agriculture practices, build educational and community resources, and improve labor practices. The company is now expanding these initiatives to modernize cocoa farming to increase farmer incomes, attract new farmers and improve cocoa growing communities.


Daily Sound Bite: Consumers Wary of GMOs Turn to Organic Foods

March 27, 2013 12:40 pm

As high-profile attempts to legislate labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have crept into media coverage, more American families are becoming aware of unlabeled GMOs in foods, according to a new study conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).


Mont. Beer Brewers Battle with Tavern Owners

March 27, 2013 12:39 pm | by MATT GOURAS,Associated Press

Montana tavern owners faced off against craft brewers at the Capitol Tuesday, arguing the upstart competition has been allowed to unfairly flourish with too few restrictions. Both sides packed a state House Business and Labor Committee hearing looking at two bills.


Former Hostess Bakery in Alaska May Reopen

March 27, 2013 12:38 pm

A former Hostess bakery and outlet in Anchorage may soon reopen under new ownership. Sunrise Bakery closed in November after Hostess was unable to reach an agreement with union workers outside Alaska. Franz Bakery, based in Portland, Ore., announced last week that Sunrise was among properties of bankrupt Hostess Brands Inc. for which it submitted the winning bid at auction.


Former CEO of Mamtek Released from Mo. Jail

March 27, 2013 12:36 pm

The former CEO of a failed artificial sweetener facility has been released from a Missouri jail after posting $10,000 bail while awaiting trial on theft and fraud charges, officials said Tuesday. Bruce Cole was released Monday after the cash bail was paid, Randolph County jail officials said.


Consumer Trends: Parents Aware of Unlabeled GMOs

March 27, 2013 12:00 pm

Results from the latest consumer survey conducted for the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reveal that as U.S. families are becoming increasingly aware of the presence of unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods in the marketplace, they turn to organic as the food labeled by law to not have been made with genetically engineered ingredients.


Convenience Food Maker Announces Va. Expansion

March 27, 2013 9:29 am

An international company that produces convenience foods for 7-Eleven and other retailers is adding 350 new jobs at its Stafford County plant. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Ireland-based Greencore Group's plans Tuesday. He said the company will spend $5.75 million to expand the food processing facility.


New Beer Distribution Rules Clear Texas Senate

March 27, 2013 9:27 am | by MICHAEL BRICK,Associated Press

The Texas Senate has approved new rules to help small brewers expand. Under a bill passed 31-0 on Monday, changes to the beer industry's pricing structure would accompany an overhaul of regulations that apply only to craft breweries. The bill still must pass the House.


Hot Chicken Takes Over Nashville

March 27, 2013 9:25 am | by CHRIS TALBOTT,AP Music Writer

Born as cheap, flavorful fare for Nashville's working class community and offered late into the night for its party-goers, hot chicken has long been a staple in town. But its reputation has grown in recent years. Taylor Swift and B.o.B. even featured one of the city's best known hot chicken shops in a video they did together.


Consumer Confidence Falls in March

March 27, 2013 9:23 am | by MARCY GORDON,AP Business Writer

Americans are less confident in the economy than they were last month as massive government spending cuts have stoked economic uncertainty. It's just the latest swing in the way Americans feel about the economy. Their views have fluctuated between optimism and angst over the months as they've weighed an advancing stock market and housing recovery against new economic challenges.


Montana House Backs Raw Milk Bill

March 27, 2013 9:20 am

The Montana House is backing a measure that would allow small-scale dairy farmers to sell their unpasteurized milk directly to consumers. House Bill 574 would allow farmers with as many as 15 lactating cows, 30 lactating sheep or 30 lactating goats to obtain permits exempting them from certain regulation.


Photo of the Day: Hot Chicken

March 27, 2013 9:19 am

In this Friday, March 23, 2013 photo, a diner reaches for a piece of hot chicken at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tenn. Hot chicken — fried chicken with varied amounts of seasoning that make the heat level run from mild to extra hot — is a signature dish of Nashville.


USDA Looks To Help Producers in Rural Areas

March 26, 2013 12:32 pm | by MEG KINNARD,Associated Press

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack was expected in South Carolina on Tuesday to announce the expansion of the so-called StrikeForce initiative, which already operates in 10 states. The goal of StrikeForce is to help farmers, food producers and other businesses get access to money for projects such as new wells, greenhouses, community gardens, kitchen space, and summer meals for low-income school children.


2013 To Be Strong Year for Food M&A

March 26, 2013 12:30 pm

With today's $3.3 billion SuperValu supermarket deal as an example, 2013 looks to be a strong M&A market for sellers in the food and beverage space. Here’s a look at M&A in F&B in 2012/2013. The number of announced U.S. M&A F&B transactions increased by 5.8 percent last year, making it the best year for transactions by volume since the record-setting 2007.


Daily Sound Bite: Canadian Mining Killing U.S. Fish

March 26, 2013 12:27 pm

A new study by researchers at the University of Montana found that the pollutants from the Canadian mining industry, including a metal-like element called selenium, are finding their way downstream into Montana and threatening fish populations there.


Mount Vernon To Sell Washington’s Rye Whiskey

March 26, 2013 12:26 pm

Rye whiskey using George Washington's own recipe will soon go on sale at the first president's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. The presidential home reconstructed Washington's distillery and will make more than 1,100 bottles of unaged whiskey available beginning April 4. The bottles sell for $95 each.


Monsanto, DuPont Choose Licensing Agreements over Suits

March 26, 2013 12:25 pm

Agricultural products giant Monsanto and DuPont on Tuesday said they reached a deal to dismiss pending patent lawsuits against one another and entered a series of multi-million dollar licensing agreements. The lawsuits included antitrust and first-generation Roundup Ready soybean patent lawsuits pending in U.S. federal court in St. Louis.


U.S. Sen. Durbin: Stop Marketing Energy Drinks to Kids

March 26, 2013 12:24 pm

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is asking energy drink companies to stop marketing their products to children. The Democratic senator from Illinois sent a letter Monday to the CEOs of Red Bull, Rockstar and Monster asking for an explanation for the companies' sponsorship of sporting events that target children.


Consumer Trends: Americans Lack Trust in Food Industry

March 26, 2013 12:00 pm

Nearly 6 out of 10 Americans have little knowledge about food production, according to a new white paper, "Building Trust in What We Eat," released today by Sullivan Higdon & Sink (SHS) FoodThink. In fact, FoodThink research shows Americans know more about movies, politics and music than what's on their plates.


Manufacturing's Energy Use Down Since 2002

March 26, 2013 9:43 am

Total energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.  Manufacturing gross output decreased by only 3 percent over the same period. Taken together, these data indicate a significant decline in the amount of energy used per unit of gross manufacturing output.



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