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Cattle Prices Rise As Texas Ranchers Rebuild

May 9, 2012 12:45 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

Last year's historic drought forced ranchers to cut their herds because they had no grass and couldn't afford high hay prices. Hundreds of thousands of cattle were slaughtered or sent out of the state, leaving Texas, the largest livestock producer in the nation, with its smallest herd since the 1950s.

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Consumer Trends: Top Sweets & Snacks Trends

May 9, 2012 12:41 pm

Fun fruits and shared sweets, foreign flavors and healthy snacks are emerging as the 2012 trends to meet the ever-evolving appetites of consumers.  Thousands of new confectionery and snack foods will be revealed May 8 – 10 during the 2012 SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® in Chicago. The SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO® features the hottest new products from more than 560 companies leading the industry with the new flavors that meet consumers' tastes and invite them to unwrap a little happiness.

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Molson Coors Shuffles Execs As Profit Drops

May 9, 2012 9:44 am

Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Tuesday that its first-quarter net income dropped 4 percent, hurt by the cost of its pending acquisition of StarBev, but earnings still topped analysts' expectations thanks to higher beer prices. The brewer also shuffled its executive ranks, naming a new head for the unit that will hold StarBev, a new CEO for its U.K. and Ireland business and a new chief financial officer.

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R.I. Park To Honor 'Chocolateville'

May 9, 2012 9:42 am

Rhode Island's newest park is set to be dedicated in Central Falls this weekend as a tribute to the city's history as a center of chocolate manufacturing. The Blackstone Valley Tourism Council is formally dedicating the Chocolate Mill Overlook in Rhode Island's smallest city on Saturday.

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Gov't Spending $4M To Help Farmers Markets Accept Food Stamps

May 9, 2012 9:39 am | by ALLEN G. BREED,AP National Writer

The federal government is spending $4 million to help hook up farmers and low-income customers. Currently, fewer than a quarter of the nation's roughly 7,100 farmers markets are set up to use the Electronic Benefit Transfer system, or food stamps. But Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture, said she hopes these grants will bring another 4,000 of those outlets on line with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Frozen Food Company To Pay $84K To EPA

May 9, 2012 9:37 am

An Idaho frozen food company has agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $84,000 for failing to report its possession of hazardous chemicals to safety officials.

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Waters Closed, Oysters Recalled After 14 Illnesses

May 9, 2012 9:36 am

Louisiana health officials say they closed a harvesting area and ordered a recall of oysters taken from there since April 26 after 14 people became ill with norovirus.

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Photo Of The Day: Funding Food Stamps

May 9, 2012 9:33 am

The federal government is spending $4 million to make such markets more accessible to food stamp recipients.

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Safeway Aims For Crate-Free Pork

May 8, 2012 12:23 pm

The nation's second-largest grocery chain says it will adopt purchasing policies that favor more humane treatment of pigs. Safeway Inc. announced Monday that it's planning to stop buying from suppliers that use pig gestation crates.

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Report: Schools Should Lead Fight Against Obesity

May 8, 2012 12:22 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

Schools should be a cornerstone of the nation's obesity battle, but to trim Americans' waistlines, changes are needed everywhere people live, work, play and learn, a major new report says.

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Kraft Pushes Dressing Beyond Salad

May 8, 2012 12:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Salad dressing on your fish? How about on your stir fry? In a new ad campaign launching next week, Kraft Foods Inc. is hoping to boost sales by encouraging consumers to use its dressings in a limitless variety of dishes — as a dip, a spread, a marinade or perhaps a glaze. In case the message isn't clear, the packaged foods giant is even rebranding its lineup of dressings as "Anything Dressing."

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Kosher Food Maker Settles Working Conditions Case

May 8, 2012 12:17 pm

Twenty former food manufacturing employees who complained about working conditions have reached a $577,000 settlement with a Brooklyn kosher food manufacturer after engaging in a five-year campaign that led more than 120 supermarkets to stop selling the company's products.

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Mushroom Farm Workers 'Didn't Have To Die'

May 8, 2012 12:15 pm

Three men who died at a Fraser Valley mushroom farm after being overcome in a shed by a mix of toxic gases, despite repeated warnings from workplace safety authorities, didn't have to die, a coroner's inquest has been told.

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Consumer Trends: Predicting Children’s Snack Choices

May 8, 2012 12:12 pm

Attitudes, relationships, intentions and personal behavior control are all factors that could affect a child’s decision in either reaching for an apple or grabbing a bag of chips, according to a new study out of the University of Cincinnati.

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Dutch CSM To Sell Bakery Operations

May 8, 2012 10:04 am

Dutch company CSM NV plans to sell its main operations, the bakery ingredients division, which makes processed flour and products such as bagels, English muffins, pizzas, tortillas, and sweet glazes.

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Diamond Foods Names New CEO

May 8, 2012 10:03 am

Diamond Foods Inc. on Monday named food and beverage industry veteran Brian Driscoll as its president and chief executive officer, three months after ousting its top executives for their role in a payment scandal.

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Vermont Ranked Top In Locally Grown Food

May 8, 2012 10:01 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Vermont has 99 farmers markets and 164 CSAs, with a population of fewer than 622,000, according to the 2012 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, which relies on U.S. Department of Agriculture and census figures. Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii rounded out the top five.

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BPI Closing 3 Plants Amid 'Pink Slime' Uproar

May 8, 2012 9:59 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday.

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Pepsi Sued By Heirs Of Formula Developer

May 8, 2012 9:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The heirs of the man who helped develop the formula for Pepsi are suing the soda company over their right to share with the public documents detailing their father's invention. The daughter and son of Richard Ritchie say PepsiCo Inc. is interfering with their ability to market or sell the rights of their father's life story and documents detailing his 1931 soda formula. The suit seeks a declaration that their disclosure of the documents would be protected by First Amendment rights and wouldn't be considered a trade secret violation.

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Photo Of The Day: King Of Local

May 8, 2012 9:47 am

Local food is big in Vermont, which ranks as the top state in a new Locavore Index, based on the number of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture farms where customers pay ahead for produce and other foods throughout the season. Vermont had 99 farmers’ markets, 164 CSAs, based on USDA data, and a population of 621,760, according to 2010 census.

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