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Some Food Brands Take A Stand In U.S. Gay Marriage Fight

July 30, 2012 10:03 am | by PATRICK CONDON and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press

While fast-food chain Chick-fil-A set off a furor opposing same-sex unions this month, other companies — including big names like General Mills and Nabisco — are brushing off fears that support for gay marriage could hurt their bottom line.

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Photo of The Day: Fifth Of U.S. In Worst Stages Of Drought

July 30, 2012 10:00 am

A report showed the drought's intensity is rapidly increasing, with 20 percent of the nation now in the two worst stages of drought.

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Danone Sales Grow 7.7 Percent In First Half

July 27, 2012 10:59 am

French food and drink company Danone reported Friday that its revenue grew 7.7 percent in the first half of the year, as it continues to expand in Asia to offset stagnant growth in its core market of Europe.

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Starbucks Cuts Outlook As Economy Struggles

July 27, 2012 10:57 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks managed to sell pricey lattes and wrangle its way out of the Great Recession stronger than ever. Now the coffee chain is again being pressured by a slowing global economy.

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U.S. Drought Rapidly Intensifying

July 27, 2012 10:55 am | by JIM SUHR,Associated Press

The drought covering two-thirds of the continental U.S. had been considered relatively shallow, the product of months without rain, rather than years. But Thursday's report showed its intensity is rapidly increasing, with 20 percent of the nation now in the two worst stages of drought — up 7 percent from last week.

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Chick-fil-A Sandwiches Become A Political Symbol

July 27, 2012 10:51 am | by BILL BARROW,Associated Press

Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain known for putting faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, is standing firm in its opposition to gay marriage after touching off a furor earlier this month.

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Fire Destroys New Orleans Bakery

July 27, 2012 10:47 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

A fire has gutted a bakery that pleased New Orleans' tastes for generations with its locally iconic line of fried snack pies.

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Consumer Trends: Fast-Food vs. Fast-Casual

July 27, 2012 10:42 am

Look for a blurring of the lines between fast-food and fast-casual restaurants, with operators in each sub-segment tweaking their concepts with new unit designs and convenient service formats in order to remain competitive.

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Berkshire Unit Buys Restaurant Food Distributor

July 26, 2012 3:01 pm

A subsidiary of Warren Buffett's company is buying a national restaurant food distributor.

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Japan Sought Whale Activist’s Arrest In Germany

July 26, 2012 3:00 pm | by FRANK JORDANS,Associated Press

Japan asked Germany to arrest Paul Watson, the founder of environmental group Sea Shepherd, days before he skipped bail and apparently fled the country.

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Agriculture Is Bright Spot In Calif. Economy

July 26, 2012 2:58 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

As counties across the Golden State begin releasing annual reports on crop revenues, they show prices earned for many commodities are setting records, and not just by a little.

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Dr Pepper Profit Rises 3 Percent

July 26, 2012 2:56 pm

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. said Thursday that higher prices for its portfolio of sodas, teas and juices helped lift its second-quarter net income by 3 percent.

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University Releases New Wheat Variety For Drier Areas

July 26, 2012 2:55 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON,Associated Press

A new hard red winter wheat variety that was more than a decade in the making has the potential to be a top performer in drier areas of the state, South Dakota State University officials say. That could translate into millions of dollars for farmers.

Photo Of The Day: Conventional vs. Organic Wheat

July 26, 2012 2:52 pm

The Organic Center recently released the first two of six reports, which examine the nutritional superiority of organic grains compared to "natural" and conventional varieties.

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White Castle Plans New Frozen Foods Facility

July 26, 2012 12:49 pm

Family-owned and Ohio-based White Castle plans to build a new frozen food facility creating 100 permanent jobs in Vandalia.

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Price Hikes Boost Hershey’s 2Q

July 26, 2012 12:46 pm

Hershey Co. lifted its profit outlook for the year Thursday after raising prices had boosted second-quarter net income 4 percent.

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Corn, Soybean Prices Climb As Hopes Dim For Rain’s Help

July 26, 2012 12:44 pm | by SANDY SHORE,AP Business Writer

Prices for corn and soybeans are climbing as hopes fade that rain can benefit parched crops across the nation's heartland.

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Senate Panel Considers National Standards For Hen Cages

July 26, 2012 12:43 pm | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The freedom of a hen to flap its wings and move around became an issue of congressional concern Thursday as a Senate committee discussed legislation to set national standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens.

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Taste Testing The New Diet Sodas

July 26, 2012 12:41 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The Associated Press asked a panel that included a food blogger and Bruce Bozzi, who heads marketing at The Palm steakhouses, to come to its New York City headquarters to gauge how the latest generation of low-calorie sodas stack up to the originals. The verdict? Soft drink makers have a long way to go.

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Consumer Trends: Dining Behavior Impacts Food Sales

July 26, 2012 12:36 pm

Fickle consumer sentiment in retail sales was evident in the June figures for our nation's food and beverage stores. By contrast, some consumers find higher menu prices at dining establishments easier to digest, as this sector saw a recent boost, according to latest figures from the Census Bureau as analyzed by The Food Institute.

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