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Flowers Foods Closes Lepage Buyout

July 23, 2012 9:53 am

Flowers Foods Inc., maker of Nature's Own bread, Tastykake treats and other baked goods, has completed its $370 million acquisition of Lepage Bakeries Inc.

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FDA: Shellfish From N.Y. Harbor May Be Contaminated

July 23, 2012 9:52 am

The FDA is warning people not to eat raw or partially cooked shellfish harvested from New York's Oyster Bay Harbor because they have been linked to cases of foodborne illness in several states.

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Lobstermen Finding More Odd Colors In Their Catch

July 23, 2012 9:49 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

In recent years, accounts of bright blue, orange, yellow, calico, white and even split lobsters — one color on one side, another on the other — have jumped, leading scientists to ask why they're getting more reports of rare-colored lobsters showing up in fishermen's traps.

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U.S. Has Fewest Cattle In 4 Decades

July 23, 2012 9:46 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN,Associated Press

A widespread drought that's forcing ranchers to sell off animals has helped shrink the nation's cattle herd to its smallest number in at least four decades.

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Cargill Recalls 30,000 Pounds Of Beef

July 23, 2012 9:44 am

Hannaford Supermarkets is alerting consumers that Cargill Beef is voluntarily recalling 29,339 pounds of ground beef that may contain salmonella.

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Photo Of The Day: Quirky Crustaceans

July 23, 2012 9:41 am

Scientists are seeing a boom in the number of blue, orange, yellow and calico-colored lobsters in the past two years, leading them to ask why they're getting more reports of rare-colored lobsters showing up in fishermen's traps.

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Smithfield Foods To Refinance Debt

July 20, 2012 1:08 pm | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

Smithfield Foods Inc. said that it will refinance its debt with a $650 million public offering of senior notes.

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Lettuce Photo Gets Burger King Workers Fired

July 20, 2012 1:04 pm

Burger King says three workers were fired after a photo posted online appeared to show an employee stepping on lettuce in bins at a northeast Ohio restaurant.

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Senate Kills Measure To Curb Offshoring

July 20, 2012 1:03 pm | by ANDREW TAYLOR,Associated Press

Senate Republicans on Thursday killed a measure backed by President Barack Obama that would encourage companies to bring overseas jobs back to the United States.

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Starbucks Opening 3 New Juice Stores

July 20, 2012 12:59 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Seattle-based company on Friday will announce the opening of three more Evolution Fresh Inc. juice stores, in addition to the one it opened earlier this year.

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Dole May Sell Packaged Foods Business

July 20, 2012 12:56 pm

Dole Food Company Inc. says it is considering a possible sale or spin-off of its packaged foods business as part of its current strategic review of the company.

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Consumer Trends: Aging Population Looks To Food For Health

July 20, 2012 12:53 pm

The rising population of aging health-conscious consumers is driving demand for food products that support good health now, as well as medicinal treatment for conditions that arise in later years.

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Rain Too Late For Indiana Corn

July 20, 2012 10:09 am | by RICK CALLAHAN,Associated Press

A top federal farm official who spent two days touring drought-stricken Indiana farms said Thursday that most of the state's corn crop is in such bad shape that this week's rainfall likely won't boost yields.

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Cheese Recalled For Improper Pasteurization

July 20, 2012 10:08 am

New York agricultural officials say Tita Corp. of Queens in New York City is voluntarily recalling some fresh cheese products due to improper pasteurization.

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Heat, Drought Make More Flavorful Produce

July 20, 2012 10:06 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Temperatures above 100 degrees and droughtlike conditions have brought an expected benefit for peppers and other crops: Their flavors became unusually concentrated, producing some of the most potent-tasting produce in years.

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Alaskans Suffer Loss Of King Salmon

July 20, 2012 10:03 am | by MARY PEMBERTON,Associated Press

Some of Alaska's largest and best rivers are closed to king fishing because state and federal fisheries managers have determined that the largest of the salmon species, also called Chinook, aren't showing up in enough numbers to ensure sustainable future runs.

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Heineken Offers $4.1B To Raise Tiger Beer Stake

July 20, 2012 10:00 am

Heineken said Friday it is offering $4.1 billion to buy out its partner in the Singapore-based maker of Tiger beer, attempting to neutralize a Thai tycoon's competing bid for influence over the brand as the Dutch brewer expands in emerging markets.

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Photo Of The Day: The Drought Gets Spicy

July 20, 2012 9:56 am

The heat and drought across the upper Midwest have taken a toll on corn and soybeans, but other farmers have noticed the hot, dry weather concentrates flavors in some produce making it the spiciest in years.

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Food Prices In Wisconsin Nudge Higher

July 19, 2012 1:14 pm

A survey by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says the average price of groceries nudged upward slightly during the period from April to June.

Administration Seeks Drought Help From Congress

July 19, 2012 1:13 pm

The Obama administration called on Congress Wednesday to assist farmers suffering from the worst drought in 25 years.

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