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Hostess Unable To Reach Deal With Baker’s Union

November 21, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Twinkies and other snake cakes, said late Tuesday that it failed to reach an agreement with its second-biggest union. As a result, Hostess plans to continue with a hearing on Wednesday in which a bankruptcy court judge in White Plains, New York, will decide if the company can shutter its operations.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Support Nutritional Disclosure At Restaurants

November 21, 2012 10:02 am

In a recently completed survey of restaurant user attitudes, Technomic found that 65 percent favor nutritional labeling in restaurants, with the strongest demand for listing of calories and sodium content. Seventy percent of consumers say they care that chain restaurants disclose calorie and other nutritional information on their menus.

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Smithsonian Explores Wine, Food In New Gallery

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Julia Child's kitchen is returning to public view as the National Museum of American History opens its first major exhibit about food. Child donated her kitchen to the museum in 2001. Now it serves as the opening story for the gallery opening Tuesday, showing her influence on culinary arts, food television and the way Americans view cooking.

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Canada Beef Sales Hold Steady Amid XL Foods Recall

November 21, 2012 1:00 am | by The Canadian Press

The fallout from a massive tainted beef recall is still being felt as the Harper government prepares to pass legislation aimed at making the food system safer. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Canadian beef sales, domestic and international, have not declined in the wake of the XL Foods scare.

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Oysters Available For Holiday Tables

November 21, 2012 1:00 am | by KEVIN McGILL,Associated Press

Tradition will hold tor Cajun chef John Folse this Thanksgiving. "I'm confident enough that I've got a big ol' pot of oyster dressing going right now," Folse said, when asked about the availability of Gulf of Mexico oysters more than two years after the BP oil spill — and months after Hurricane Isaac raked the Louisiana coast.

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Pesticide Accusations Hurt Teavana Shares

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Shares of tea maker Teavana, which Starbucks is in the process of acquiring, fell on Tuesday after a short-seller of its stock, Glaucus Research Group, said it found pesticide in its teas. Teavana responded that its teas are safe, and Glaucus stands to benefit by making claims that would hurt Teavana stock.

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Judge In BPI Lawsuit Recuses Himself

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

A federal judge overseeing a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit filed by a South Dakota beef processing company against ABC News has recused himself from the case. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from the case that is being heard in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota.

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Photo Of The Day: The Wonka Experience

November 21, 2012 1:00 am

Unwrapping this fall at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Sweet! Hollywood is a colorful, colossal candy extravaganza that lets both kids and adults immerse in the splendiferous joy of chocolate and lollipops, jelly beans and bubble gum, and, at last, the amazing world of eminent chocolatier Willy Wonka.

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Coffee Company Adding 200 Jobs

November 20, 2012 12:45 pm

A company that makes coffee and other beverage products in Concord, N.C. says it will add 200 jobs over the next five years. S&D Coffee Inc. said Monday it will spend $97 million to expand its operations. The company produces roasted whole bean and ground coffee, specialty coffees, hot chocolate, tea and other products. It supplies restaurants, hotels, vending machines and offices.

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Dietician Weighs In On Arsenic In Food

November 20, 2012 12:43 pm

Recent reports about arsenic in rice have sparked a great deal of panic among U.S. consumers. However, the average American who eats a variety of whole grains doesn’t need to stress about arsenic, according to Loyola University Health System registered dietitian Brooke Schantz, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN.

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Vt. Inmates Process Holiday Potatoes

November 20, 2012 12:41 pm | by WILSON RING,Associated Press

A number of Vermont prison inmates are helping some of the state's needy families by processing thousands of pounds of potatoes destined to become part of Thanksgiving Day feasts. Inmates at the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor have been cleaning, sorting, weighing and bagging thousands of pounds of potatoes that will be distributed via food banks in time for Thanksgiving.

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Hormel 4Q Profit Rises

November 20, 2012 12:39 pm

Continued strong sales of Spam and Jennie-O products helped Hormel Foods as its net income climbed 13 percent in its fourth fiscal quarter. The Austin, Minn., company also increased its annual dividend by 13 percent to 68 cents per share.

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Green Mountain Coffee Names Coke Exec As New CEO

November 20, 2012 12:37 pm

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. has picked a new CEO, Coca-Cola executive Brian Kelley, as the coffee company deals with slowing sales growth. Kelley, 51, will also become president and join the board, effective Dec. 3. The stock climbed 12 percent in premarket trading Tuesday.

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Consumer Trends: Misconceptions About Food Production

November 20, 2012 12:33 pm

Today, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance released findings of a new survey about Americans' perceptions on food production. The survey, released in conjunction with The Food DialoguesSM: New York, revealed Americans increasingly believe food production is heading in the right direction.

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Calif. Sells Out Of First Pollution Permits

November 20, 2012 9:44 am | by JASON DEAREN,Associated Press

California sold out of the first pollution permits issued as part of a landmark offensive against greenhouse gases at an inaugural auction that regulators said Monday went smoothly. The effort to curtail carbon emissions involved the sale of 23.1 million permits — each allowing for the release of one ton of carbon — for $10.09 apiece, the California Air Resources Board said.

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Flowers Foods Rises On Hostess Brands Possibilities

November 20, 2012 9:42 am

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares jumped in Monday trading as investors bet that the bakery company may benefit from the liquidation of Hostess Brands Inc. Hostess, which makes a number of well-known products such as Wonder Bread, Twinkies and Ding Dongs, was in bankruptcy court Monday to start the process of liquidating itself.

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Campbell Soup 1Q Slips As Company Repositions

November 20, 2012 9:41 am

Campbell Soup's net income slipped 8 percent in the first quarter, as the world's biggest soup maker booked charges related to closing its oldest U.S. plant and a push into the faster-growing premium juice market. The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm baked goods and V8 vegetable juices, on Tuesday cited the moves to reposition its business for the decline in its quarterly profit.

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Airports Rated On Health Food

November 20, 2012 9:39 am

Travelers looking for a healthy meal on the go stand a better chance in Newark, N.J., than at other airports. That's the conclusion of a physicians' group, which ranked Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last. The report looked at the percentage of restaurants at an airport that offered at least one vegetarian meal that was low in fat, high in fiber and contained no cholesterol.

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Judge Asks Hostess To Mediate With Union

November 20, 2012 9:36 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Hostess Brands Inc. and its second largest union agreed on Monday to try to resolve their differences after a bankruptcy court judge noted that the parties hadn't gone through the critical step of private mediation. That means the maker of the spongy cake with the mysterious cream filling won't go out of business yet.

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Photo Of The Day: Promoting Ontario Processing

November 20, 2012 9:32 am

Sparked by private label dollar share hitting a record high of $59.9 billion in 2011, members of the Ontario Food Cluster attended the PLMA 2012 Private Label Trade Show to highlight the cluster’s reputation for reliable, sustainable sources of agricultural raw materials, state-of-the-art automated food processing methods, and world-class food safety.

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