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Gulf of Maine Shrimp Harvest May Be Smallest in 30 Years

March 14, 2013 9:53 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

With their quota cut by 74 percent and warnings that the Gulf of Maine shrimp population was in bad shape due to warm ocean temperatures, fishermen expected this to be a rough shrimp season. But it's turned out to be an even bigger bust than anybody anticipated.

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Wis. Gouda Wins U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

March 14, 2013 9:52 am

A Wisconsin Gouda won top honors Wednesday night at the 2013 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest, edging out entries from Vermont and Illinois. Marieke Penterman, of Holland's Family Cheese in Thorp, Wis., won the two-day competition in Green Bay with her Marieke Mature Gouda. Out of a possible 100 points, Marieke Gouda scored 98.31 in the final round of judging.

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China Accuses Coca-Cola of Misusing GPS Equipment

March 14, 2013 9:50 am | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer

Chinese authorities are investigating whether Coca-Cola Co. employees improperly used location-finding technology in violation of restrictions on map-making. Coca-Cola said Thursday it was cooperating with investigators. It said trucks for some of its bottling plants use location technology that is widely available commercially in China to improve the efficiency of deliveries.

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Consumers: What’s Really in This Food?

March 14, 2013 9:48 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

From oil in Gatorade to the amount of caffeine and other stimulants in energy drinks and the so-called "pink slime" found in beef, previously unnoticed ingredients are coming under scrutiny as health-conscious consumers demand more information about what they eat and drink, and sometimes go public via social networking and the Internet.

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Photo of the Day: Life is Gouda

March 14, 2013 9:44 am

Marieke Penterman, center, owner of Holland's Family Cheese LLC in Thorp, Wis., reacts after winning first place in the U.S. Cheese Championship Contest at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Penterman's winning cheese was an aged Gouda.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Seek Organic, Natural Products

March 13, 2013 1:00 pm

The 2013 MamboTrack Annual Natural and Organic Product Survey among 1,003 health and eco consumers reveals that conscious shoppers are increasing their spending on organics, sourcing food products, seeking out Non-GMO and buying sustainable farm-to-table food products traceable to local farmers and producers. 

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Daily Sound Bite: Sierra Nevada Selects Beer Tanks from Germany

March 13, 2013 12:21 pm

On Tuesday, 28 beer brewing tanks arrived from Germany at the Port of Charleston. The tanks are destined for Mills River, N.C., where Sierra Nevada is in the process of buiding a new beer brewing facility. The company chose to order the thanks from Germany in order to keep production as consistent as possible from one facility to the next.

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USDA Suspends Ag Reports Due to Sequester Cuts

March 13, 2013 12:15 pm

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm says it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of the automatic federal budget cuts taking effect. The reports being suspended this year include the agency's July tally of cattle, which is used by the beef industry, and milk production reports.

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Mondelez OKs $1.2 Billion in Stock Buybacks

March 13, 2013 11:14 am

Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and other snack brands, said Wednesday that its board authorized stock buybacks that could total $1.2 billion. The program allows for either 40 million shares or $1.2 billion in buybacks, whichever is less.

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Beer Tanks for Sierra Nevada's New Brewery Arrive

March 13, 2013 11:12 am

Something big was on tap at the Port of Charleston on Tuesday as workers unloaded 28 mammoth beer brewing tanks for a new Sierra Nevada brewery near Asheville, N.C. The tanks, shipped from Germany and some of them big enough to hold 3,200 kegs of beer, were lifted by an overhead crane off a ship, swung over the pier and then loaded onto flatbed trailers.

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Dole Food Stock Falls

March 13, 2013 11:10 am

Dole plunged more than 8 percent in premarket trading Wednesday after the company fell short of expectations for its fourth quarter, citing lower banana prices in North America. Late Tuesday Dole Food reported an adjusted loss from continuing operations of 59 cents per share for the period ended Dec. 29. Its revenue fell 8 percent to $888 million from $962 million.

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Analyst Endorses Chiquita's Focus

March 13, 2013 9:28 am | by The Associated Press

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has a good chance at being successful with its strategy of refocusing on core businesses like bananas and pineapples and becoming more efficient, said a Janney Capital Markets analyst after the produce company reported a big fourth-quarter loss.

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China Pulls 5,916 Pigs from Shanghai River

March 13, 2013 9:26 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press

The number of dead pigs found floating in a river flowing into Shanghai has reached nearly 6,000. The Shanghai municipal government said in an online announcement that 5,916 swine carcasses had been retrieved from Huangpu River by 3 p.m. Tuesday, but added that municipal water remains safe.

FDA Head Says Menu Labeling 'Thorny' Issue

March 13, 2013 9:23 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Diners will have to wait a little longer to find calorie counts on most restaurant chain menus, in supermarkets and on vending machines. Writing a new menu labeling law "has gotten extremely thorny," says the head of the Food and Drug Administration, as the agency tries to figure out who should be covered by it.

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To Mayor, NYC Soda Ruling Just 'Temporary Setback'

March 13, 2013 9:21 am | by JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bullishness, political realities and legal questions make for an uncertain future for one of the premier pieces of his legacy: a now-blocked ban on supersized sugary drinks. The city lost no time Tuesday getting started on the next round of the fight after a judge nixed the first-of-its-kind regulation.

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Twinkies Buyers Hungry for More Hostess Cakes

March 13, 2013 9:18 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The new buyers of Twinkies apparently developed a sweet tooth for Hostess snack cakes.Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co., which made a joint offer to snap up the famous cream-filled cakes, have also entered the contest to buy Drake's, which include Devil Dogs and Yodels.

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Feds Bust up $100M NC Crop Insurance Fraud Ring

March 13, 2013 9:15 am | by MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press

Federal investigators have unraveled a massive scheme among dozens of insurance agents, claims adjusters, brokers and farmers in eastern North Carolina to steal at least $100 million from the government-backed program that insures crops.

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Photo of the Day: Sweet Donations

March 13, 2013 8:00 am

Honorary Red Cross Cookie Chairman, Ernie Keebler, delivers a sweet treat to thank a blood donor. After each blood and platelet donation, the Red Cross and Keebler treat donors to cookies and beverages as a way to say 'thank you' for making a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Consumer Trends: Trends in Beef and Pork Entrees

March 12, 2013 1:00 pm

Beef and pork are traditional fixtures on restaurant menus and represent classic favorites on the center of the plate. But now that rising meat costs are beginning to impact restaurant prices, it's more essential for operators to learn consumers' current attitudes and preferences towards beef and pork dishes—trends that can be addressed via menu development and innovative preparations.

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Photo of the Day: Winning Cups of Comfort

March 12, 2013 8:00 am

The North American Tea Championship (NATC), held Feb. 27 - 28 in Las Vegas, Nev., evaluated premium hot teas from the fall 2012 harvest and announced the 22 best, high-quality teas in various categories, as well as the first-ever Judge's Choice Award. The Championship is the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America., and all of the winners are commercially available in the marketplace.

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