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Photo Of The Day: Worrying Over Water

December 12, 2012 5:27 pm

Rising demand and falling supply is spurring talk in the arid West of outside-the-box solutions like piping water from the nation's heartland and towing Arctic icebergs south to help thirsty U.S. cities like Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix that are currently dependent on the Colorado River.

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Meat Conference Announces Education Offerings

December 12, 2012 1:03 pm

A full slate of education sessions and workshops has been announced for the Annual Meat Conference, to be held February 24-26, 2013, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees will become better prepared to tackle the most pertinent issues facing the meat industry today through sessions that focus on hot topics.

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Global Corporate Deals Nearly Halved In 5 Years

December 12, 2012 1:00 pm | by PAN PYLAS,Associated Press

The value of mergers and acquisitions deals around the world in 2012 was nearly half the amount made five years ago, when the financial crisis first bared its teeth, a leading accounting and consulting firm said Wednesday. There were a little under 37,000 deals worldwide, around 9,000 less than in 2007, when many companies took part in a feverish bout of deal-making, many of which proved to be too costly for the companies to bear.

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USDA Announces Hold And Test Implementation

December 12, 2012 12:57 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that, beginning in 60 days, the Agency will require producers to hold shipments of non-intact raw beef and all ready-to-eat products containing meat and poultry until they pass Agency testing for foodborne adulterants.

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Economy Could Withstand Brief Fall Off 'Cliff'

December 12, 2012 12:53 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer

It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day. Their stalemate triggers sharp tax increases and spending cuts. Those measures shrink consumer spending, stifle job growth, topple stock prices and push the economy off a "fiscal cliff" and into recession. The reality may be a lot less bleak.

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United Natural Foods Workers Strike In Wash.

December 12, 2012 12:47 pm

A strike by United Natural Foods workers in Washington will likely lead to higher costs for the food distributor for replacement workers, an analyst said Wednesday. Employees at United Natural Foods' distribution plant in Auburn, Wash., went on strike Monday, in part because of wage issues. The workers are represented by the Teamsters Union.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Have Healthy Appetite For Breakfast

December 12, 2012 12:18 pm

According to latest research from Mintel on the breakfast food market in the US, the majority (69%) of respondents who eat any breakfast foods during the week consider Low Cholesterol or Heart Healthy claims important when selecting food they typically eat for breakfast.

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California Chefs Encourage Fresh Dining In Cuba

December 12, 2012 9:42 am | by PETER ORSI,Associated Press

A delegation of chefs from Alice Waters' celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, is in Havana on a mission to encourage change in the Cuban diet by exposing islanders to healthier dishes with more fruits and vegetables, preferably grown organically and sustainably by local food cooperatives.

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Drinks Take To The Skies

December 12, 2012 9:41 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ,AP Airlines Writer

Airlines have found a way to take the edge off the stress of flying and make a few extra bucks along the way: fancy new cocktails, craft beers and elegant wines. The drinks advertised in the back of in-flight magazines — or on sleek seatback touchscreens — are starting to resemble those at the hottest nightclubs.

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New Orleans Restaurants Revive Creole Custom

December 12, 2012 9:36 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE,Associated Press

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, some 50 restaurants offer four- to five-course meals of pan-roasted oysters, braised pork belly, duck confit, foie gras beignets and other holiday delicacies. The recipes have roots that date back to the beginning of the French city's nearly 300-year history.

Horse Slaughter Plant Proponents Want City Records

December 12, 2012 9:33 am

The group behind a proposed horse slaughter facility in Eastern Oregon says it suspects the city of Hermiston coordinated with animal-rights groups in its fight to keep the slaughter facility out of the city. The group, United Horsemen, has requested all city records and documents pertaining to horse slaughter, including any emails on the subject.

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Newspaper: Beef Industry Using Risky Procedures

December 12, 2012 9:30 am

The U.S. beef industry has been using practices that could put people's health at risk, including a mechanical meat tenderizing process that may increase the risk of E. coli exposure, according to a newspaper report. The Kansas City Star said in a series of articles that ended Tuesday that it spent a year investigating various aspects of the U.S. beef industry, looking at the largest beef packers.

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Photo Of The Day: A Creole Christmas

December 12, 2012 9:26 am

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, some 50 restaurants offer four- to five-course meals of pan-roasted oysters, braised pork belly, duck confit, foie gras beignets and other holiday delicacies. The recipes have roots that date back to the beginning of the French city's nearly 300-year history.

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IPPE Sets Record With Over 1,150 Exhibitors

December 11, 2012 12:40 pm

The 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) has set a record with over 1,150 exhibitors, covering more than 430,000 net square feet (21+ acres) of exhibit space. Comprised of the three integrated trade shows — International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and AMI’s International Meat Expo — IPPE is still growing with eight weeks left until the start of the Expo.

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Mich. Lawmakers Pass Right-To-Work Bills

December 11, 2012 12:36 pm | by JEFF KAROUB and JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

The Michigan House approved the first of two right-to-work bills Tuesday that would weaken union power in the historical labor stronghold as hundreds of protesters rallied at the Capitol. The Republican-dominated chamber passed a measure dealing with public-sector workers as protesters shouted "shame on you" from the gallery.

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USDA Updates Research Priorities For Food Safety

December 11, 2012 12:31 pm

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has updated its research priorities to keep pace with ever-changing issues and opportunities in food safety and public health related to the meat, poultry and egg products FSIS regulates.

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Analyst Raises Rating For Monster Beverage

December 11, 2012 12:27 pm

Shares of Monster Beverage rose nearly 3 percent Tuesday after an analyst upgraded his rating, saying that regulatory concerns are overstated. Mark Astrachan of Stifel Nicolaus raised Monster Beverage Corp.'s rating to "Buy" from "Hold" and set a $65 price target for the energy drink maker.

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Report: Widespread Seafood Fraud In NYC

December 11, 2012 12:21 pm

Oceana, the largest international advocacy group working solely to protect the world’s oceans, found 39 percent of seafood to be mislabeled in the New York City-area, according to a new report released today. DNA testing of 142 seafood samples from 81 retail outlets, including grocery stores, restaurants and sushi venues, confirmed that 56 samples were mislabeled.

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Consumer Trends: Top 10 Adult Beverages For 2013

December 11, 2012 12:14 pm

Technomic tapped its analysts, consultants and experts to highlight the trends shaping the drinks business in 2013. The results are based on ongoing research into spirits, wine and beer volume and sales, as well as surveys, interviews and discussions involving brand marketers, on-premise and retail operators, bartenders and consumers.

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Food Companies: The Solution To Childhood Obesity?

December 11, 2012 10:00 am

While most of the blame for childhood obesity is placed on the marketing practices of food manufacturers, research by Nancy Childs, Ph.D., professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph’s University, suggests that more attention should be given to the in-store marketing activities of food retailers, especially those that directly target children.

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