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Exotic Elephant Dung Coffee Costs $50 A Pop

December 7, 2012 12:40 pm | by JOCELYN GECKER,Associated Press

Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste. At $1,100 per kilogram ($500 per pound), it's among the world's priciest coffee.

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Consumer Trends: Flavor Forecast For 2013

December 7, 2012 12:28 pm

McCormick & Company, Incorporated has unveiled its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2013. Now in its thirteenth year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that the company expects to drive in terms of flavor innovation over the next several years.

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Ga. Food Processor Recalls 35K Pounds Of Chicken

December 7, 2012 9:55 am

A Georgia food processing company has issued a recall for about 35,800 pounds of breaded chicken products that may contain pieces of plastic. USDA officials Thursday announced the chicken was processed at Suzanna's Kitchen, based in Duluth.

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Produce Worker Pleads Guilty To Fraud

December 7, 2012 9:54 am

An employee of a defunct Alabama produce company is pleading guilty to a charge of defrauding the government through dozens of deals involving hundreds of thousands of dollars. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Christopher Alan Pfahl of Birmingham reached the plea bargain in an agreement filed Thursday.

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CDC: Language Barrier Caused Gas Leak At Tyson Plant

December 7, 2012 9:47 am | by KELLY P. KISSEL,Associated Press

Tyson Foods disputed the report, saying federal investigators misidentified the worker who caused the accident. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson told The Associated Press the worker who mixed the chemicals speaks English as his primary language and was able to read the label, but didn't.

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SodaStream To Take On Big Drink Makers

December 7, 2012 9:44 am | by LAUREN E. BOHN,Associated Press

An Israeli maker of home soda machines hopes to make a splash in the U.S. soft drink market through a global advertising campaign it will launch during Super Bowl XLVII. For SodaStream, the advertising push marks a bold — and risky — bet on tapping into the tastes of the world's largest soft drink market.

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American Crystal Still Willing To Negotiate

December 7, 2012 9:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK,Associated Press

The head of American Crystal Sugar Co. said Thursday that the company is still willing to negotiate with locked-out factory workers, but he didn't think it was a good idea to let them parade around at the company's annual shareholders meeting.

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Photo Of The Day: Language Barrier Caused Gas Leak

December 7, 2012 9:37 am

The chlorine gas leak at a Tyson plant that sickened nearly 200 people happened because a worker who couldn't read the English-language label on a barrel of chemicals inadvertently poured bleach into it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a report released Thursday.

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Starbucks Shares Boosted By Expansion Plans

December 6, 2012 1:00 pm

Starbucks Corp. shares rose Thursday after the world's biggest coffee company announced a venti-sized expansion program that will add at least 1,500 new cafes in the U.S. over the next five years.  Starbucks said Wednesday that it plans to boost the number of locations in its biggest market by about 13 percent by 2017.

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USDA Announces New Efforts To Improve Poultry Safety

December 6, 2012 12:57 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced new steps to protect consumers by improving the food safety plans required for companies that produce poultry products. Companies producing raw ground chicken and turkey and similar products will be required to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans.

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Ga. Food Processor Adding 200 Jobs

December 6, 2012 12:53 pm

Officials at a Dawsonville-based food processing company have announced plans to expand their plant in northern Georgia and add 200 jobs. The Gainesville Times Wednesday reported Gold Creek Foods plans to expand its plant in Gainesville and hire new employees in 2013.

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JBS Canada Names President

December 6, 2012 12:50 pm | by The Canadian Press

A company that took over a southern Alberta beef plant during a tainted beef crisis has appointed a president for its Canadian operations. William Van Solkema will head JBS Canada effectively immediately. Van Solkema was the president of sales and operation for XL Foods in Brooks, Alta., between 2004 and 2009.

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Consumer Trends: Nestle’s Food & Beverage Trends For 2013

December 6, 2012 12:47 pm

From fresher frozen meals to food trucks for dogs, consumers can expect to see a variety of interesting trends to tickle the tummy in 2013. Nestlé today issued some predictions destined to please the palates of all family members, including pets.

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Starbucks To Pay More UK Tax

December 6, 2012 12:43 pm

Starbucks bowed to mounting pressure over its tax affairs in Britain and revealed Thursday that it would pay about 10 million pounds ($16 million) in each of the next two years. Having been slammed by the country's lawmakers of "immorally" avoiding tax, Starbucks' U.K. managing director Kris Engskov said the firm had agreed to pay more than required by law.

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World Food Prices Drop

December 6, 2012 10:02 am

A United Nations agency says prices of basic foods fell by 1.5 percent last month, with the international prices of all commodities except dairy products dropping. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday that the decline puts the value of its November index nearly 3 percent below a year ago.

Smithfield 2Q Net Income Falls

December 6, 2012 10:00 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc. says its net income fell in the second quarter on charges for a loss on early extinguishment of debt, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations. The Smithfield, Va.-based company, whose brands include Armour, Farmland and its namesake, said Thursday it earned $10.9 million, or 7 cents per share, for the period ended Oct. 28.

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Indiana County Giving $50M To Boost Food Company

December 6, 2012 9:57 am

The Wayne County Council on Wednesday approved the bond issue as part of Sugar Creek Packing Co.'s plans to expand and refurbish the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City. The Palladium-Item reports the company will be responsible for repaying the bonds within 40 years.

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$100K Of Missing Wine Was Never Missing

December 6, 2012 9:54 am | by KATHY McCORMACK,Associated Press

New Hampshire's attorney general says the apparent disappearance of about $100,000 in wine from a state-run liquor store has been solved — it was never missing. Last December, extra cases of wine were found in the stockroom during an audit at the New Hampshire Liquor and Wine Outlet in Portsmouth.

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Fire Reported At Iowa Egg Facility

December 6, 2012 9:52 am

Authorities in central Iowa say several fire departments were called in to help battle a blaze at an egg production facility. The Adair County Sheriff's Department confirmed the Wednesday afternoon fire at Rose Acre Farms in Stuart. Chief Operating Officer Tony Wesner says all company staff has been accounted for.

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Photo Of The Day: 10,000 Free Twinkies

December 6, 2012 9:48 am

Baby's Cheesesteak and Lemonade gave away the coveted treats at its locations in Orland Park and Country Club Hills along with 2,200 chocolate cupcakes. The restaurant got the idea as a promotion after Hostess announced it was closing last month.

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