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Photo of the Day: Wine Goes Under the Sea

February 22, 2013 9:26 am

Bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in protective steel cages, left, are ready to be loaded onto a boat in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Mira Winery of St. Helena, California, submerged four cases of wine in Charleston Harbor on Wednesday to see what effect the ocean has on aging the wine. Similar experiments with ocean aging have been conducted in Europe.

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Quinoa Boom Stressing Bolivian Highlands

February 21, 2013 12:22 pm | by PAOLA FLORES,Associated Press

The growing global demand for quinoa by health food enthusiasts isn't just raising prices for the Andean "super grain" and living standards among Bolivian farmers. Quinoa fever is running up against physical limits. The scramble to grow more is prompting Bolivian farmers to abandon traditional land management practices, endangering the fragile ecosystem of the arid highlands, agronomists say.

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Debate over Delaying NYC Soda Rule Continues

February 21, 2013 12:18 pm | by JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press

It's up to a judge whether a first-of-its-kind size limit on sodas and other sugary drinks will take effect in three weeks. Beverage-makers and sellers, seeking to hold off enforcement while a lawsuit plays out, faced off in court Wednesday with city officials. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling didn't immediately rule or say when he would.

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Feds Announce Charges in Chinese Honey Import Case

February 21, 2013 12:16 pm | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press

Five people and two companies have been accused of flooding the market with cheaper honey from China and avoiding $180 million in duties, federal officials said Wednesday. The Chinese honey was declared as other commodities and shipped through other countries to the United States to avoid anti-dumping duties, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

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Beer Companies, DOJ in Resolution Talks

February 21, 2013 12:14 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice is talking with beer makers Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo about potentially resolving a legal challenge to their $20.1 billion deal. The beer companies and the government are asking the court for a stay of all litigation proceedings until March 19. There is no guarantee a resolution will be found.

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Feds Indict 4 in Peanut Butter Salmonella Outbreak

February 21, 2013 12:11 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press

A federal grand jury indicted four former employees of a peanut company linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that killed nine people and sickened hundreds, leading to one of the largest recalls in history. The 76-count indictment was unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Georgia.

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Consumer Trends: Food Recalls Hit Two-Year High

February 21, 2013 12:00 pm

Food recalls documented by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement reports during the fourth quarter of 2012 reached a two year quarterly high, according to the ExpertRECALL™ Index released today. This activity represents an average rate of approximately six food recalls being documented every day in the fourth quarter.

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Daily Sound Bite: Vt. Considers New Syrup Labeling System

February 21, 2013 10:11 am

As the Vermont maple syrup industry vies for a bigger place on the world stage, the state Senate has passed a measure along to the House that would revamp the way maple syrup is labeled in the state. The new grading labels would bring Vermont maple producers in line with the way the rest of the world and, legislators hope, make it easier for producers to sell product abroad.

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La. Brewery Expanding Operations

February 21, 2013 9:37 am

What started years ago as a love of brewing beer and sharing it with friends and family has blossomed into a profitable multistate beer business for a family in St. Martin Parish. The Knott brothers of Arnaudville, Karlos, Byron and Dorsey, and their families on Monday officially welcomed visitors to Bayou Teche Brewing's new facility.

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Smucker Decides to Keep Memphis Plant Open

February 21, 2013 9:35 am

Strong demand for peanut butter and a $6 million tax break persuaded J.M. Smucker to reverse its decision to close its Memphis plant. According to The Commercial Appeal, the Orrville, Ohio-based company announced Monday it will invest $55 million in new equipment at the plant and add 65 jobs.

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Vt. Hopes to Sweeten Syrup Sales with Grade Changes

February 21, 2013 9:33 am | by DAVE GRAM,Associated Press

Would fancy grade maple syrup by any other name taste as sweet? Vermont lawmakers are pondering that question as they consider whether to drop the state's traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one. The change pits tradition versus a desire to be a bigger player in world markets.

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Horsemeat Scandal Spreads to Czech Republic

February 21, 2013 9:31 am

The Czech Republic became the latest country to detect horse meat in food products labeled as beef in a widening European food labeling scandal, officials said Wednesday.The discovery was made by the state-run Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority. DNA tests detected horse meat in lasagna Bolognese made by frozen food processor Tavola S. A. Comigel and sold at a Tesco store in the western city of Plzen.

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Kellogg Recalls Special K Cereal

February 21, 2013 9:29 am

Kellogg's has issued another cereal recall, this time involving three package sizes of Special K Red Berries due to the possible presence of glass fragments. The Battle Creek, Mich., company said the nationwide, voluntary recall involves 11.2- and 37-ounce packages and a 22.4-ounce twin pack. The packages have specific UPC codes and "Better if Used Before" dates stamped on them.

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Photo of the Day: Grading Maple Syrup

February 21, 2013 9:27 am

In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 photo, 18 different grades of maple syrup are displayed in East Montpelier, Vt. Vermont lawmakers are considering whether to drop the state's traditional maple labeling system in favor of an international one.

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ConAgra Raises Profit Forecast

February 20, 2013 12:14 pm

ConAgra Foods is raising its earnings forecast to account for its $5 billion acquisition of food maker Ralcorp and better-than-expected results from its consumer foods and commercial foods segments. The food company, whose brands include Banquet and Chef Boyardee, said Tuesday that it now foresees adjusted earnings of about $2.15 per share for fiscal 2013.

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Wholesale Prices Rise on More Expensive Food

February 20, 2013 12:13 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

More expensive food and soda helped drive up a measure of U.S. wholesale prices in January, though overall, inflation stayed tame. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent last month, the first increase since September, the Labor Department said Wednesday. Food prices jumped 0.7 percent, after a steep decline in December. Gasoline and other energy prices fell.

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Supreme Court Seems to Favor Monsanto in Patent Case

February 20, 2013 12:11 pm | by MARK SHERMAN,Associated Press

The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer. None of the justices in arguments at the high court seemed ready to endorse farmer Vernon Hugh Bowman's argument that cheap soybeans he bought from a grain elevator are not covered by the Monsanto patents.

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Ex-Hostess Workers Eligible for Federal Aid

February 20, 2013 12:08 pm

Iowa workers who lost jobs when Hostess Brands went out of business are eligible for federal income, training and job search benefits. The maker of Twinkies and other snacks ceased operations in November, laying off dozens of workers at a Waterloo bakery and distribution center, as well as truck drivers and local retail employees in Iowa.

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Serbia Withdraws Suspected Toxic Milk

February 20, 2013 12:07 pm | by DUSAN STOJANOVIC and JOVANA GEC,Associated Press

Serbian officials ordered some brands of milk taken off store shelves on Wednesday despite earlier claims that they were safe and not dangerously contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing toxin. The order came after widespread public outrage over allegations that health authorities have for weeks been hiding the results of lab tests which reportedly show that much of the milk sold in Serbia contains high levels of aflatoxins.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Love Canned Food

February 20, 2013 12:00 pm

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) launched Cans Get You Cooking, a multi-year, fully-integrated campaign launching nationwide during National Canned Food Month this February. The campaign kicks off with an integration with ABC's The CHEW, as well as a robust consumer-facing public relations program, partnerships with in-store registered dieticians and a trade media advertising campaign.

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