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Canada Prepares To Improve Food Safety

August 10, 2012 9:24 am

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing a single approach to food inspection that will provide consistent and appropriate oversight across all regulated food commodities — either imported or produced domestically.

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Ore. Ice Cream Plant Closing, Layoffs For 75-Plus

August 9, 2012 12:53 pm

The owners of a nearly century-old ice cream plant are planning to shut it down, saying its age and location in downtown Salem, Ore., make it too difficult and costly to upgrade.

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Corn, Soybeans Pricees Keep Climbing

August 9, 2012 12:46 pm | by The Associated Press

Prices for corn, wheat and soybeans continued their long march upward on Wednesday, pushed higher by a crippling drought across the Midwest.

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Farmers Seek Pause In Ethanol Production

August 9, 2012 12:44 pm | by JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press

Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol.

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Senators Ask EPA To Relax Ethanol Rule

August 9, 2012 12:42 pm

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says she is among a group of senators asking the Environmental Protection Agency to relax renewable fuel standards to require less corn.

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PepsiCo To Claim Early Stake In Myanmar

August 9, 2012 12:40 pm

PepsiCo Inc. will start selling its drinks in Myanmar, following the U.S. government's decision to suspend investment sanctions on the country for its democratic reforms.

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Consumer Trends: Canadians Will Pay Premium For Local Food

August 9, 2012 12:00 pm

A recent 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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Canadian Lobstermen Continue Protest

August 9, 2012 9:53 am

New Brunswick fishermen staged a protest outside the Canadian fisheries minister's office yesterday in their ongoing dispute over the import of lobsters from Maine, while a U.S. senator called on the province to ensure the smooth flow of goods across the border.

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Target Products Recalled For Listeria

August 9, 2012 9:51 am

Market Pantry and Archer Farms Deli Salad lines at Target stores are being voluntarily recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria.

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Potato Chip Trends

August 9, 2012 9:49 am | by MICHELE KAYAL,For The Associated Press

Potato chips are America's number one snack, according to the Snack Food Association's 2012 state of the industry report, and Americans spent $9 billion on them in 2010, 50 percent more than on the number two snack, tortilla chips.

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Nestle Posts Strong First-Half Profit

August 9, 2012 9:47 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA posted an 8.9 percent rise in first-half profits today, but predicted that the remainder of 2012 will be challenging and warned of a slowdown in its key U.S. market.

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Global Food Prices Up In July

August 9, 2012 9:45 am | by VICTOR L. SIMPSON,Associated Press

International food prices rose sharply in July after three months of decline, driven by a spike in grain and sugar prices, a United Nations report said today.

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Photo Of The Day: Patchwork Of Potato Chips

August 9, 2012 9:42 am

Though thin and flat may be America's general standard — and bestselling variety — of this ubiquitous snack, regional and sometimes hyper-local preferences for different calibers of crunch, thickness, seasonings and endless other elements have created a surprisingly diverse culinary patchwork of chip styles around the country.

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Starbucks To Accept Square Mobile Payments

August 8, 2012 12:56 pm

Starbucks Corp. will soon be the first national chain to let customers pay with Square's mobile payment application.

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Chiquita Seeks New CEO

August 8, 2012 12:54 pm

Chiquita Brands International Inc. said yesterday that it has started a search for a new CEO and began a cost-cutting plan in an effort to turn around results.

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Coca-Cola Bottling 2Q Net Income Falls

August 8, 2012 12:53 pm

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler, reported a dip in its second-quarter profit yesterday.

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World Beer Production Hits New High

August 8, 2012 12:51 pm

A new report says the world's appetite for beer hit a new high last year, with China leading the way.

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Heineken Still Intent On Netting Tiger Beer

August 8, 2012 12:50 pm | by TOBY STERLING,AP Business Writer

Dutch brewer Heineken NV said today it will keep fighting to buy the shares it doesn't already own of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd of Singapore, the owner of Tiger beer, despite efforts to upset the deal by a Thai tycoon.

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Consumer Trends: Opportunities For A ‘Better Burger’

August 8, 2012 12:47 pm

The limited-service burger segment is the largest menu segment by revenue in the restaurant industry. It is driven on one hand by McDonald's, which accounts for half of the segment's business, and on the other hand by a growing number of "better burger" concepts, upscaled fast-casual burger players.

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McDonald's Does Breakfast At Midnight

August 8, 2012 9:54 am

McDonald's says some of its locations are offering items from the breakfast menu — such as Egg McMuffins, Sausage McMuffins and hotcakes — starting at midnight.

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