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Chesapeake Crabs Hit Highest Level Since 1993

April 20, 2012 10:01 am | by ALEX DOMINGUEZ,Associated Press

Blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay are at record numbers, although there has also been a mysterious drop in adult females, according to an annual winter survey released Thursday. The survey found an estimated 764 million crabs in the bay, nearly two-thirds more than last year. The increase was highest among juvenile crabs, which totaled 587 million, nearly triple last year's total.

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Alabama Bans Beer Over Dirty Name

April 20, 2012 9:58 am | by JAY REEVES,Associated Press

You can buy Fat Bastard wine in Alabama, but you'll have to go elsewhere for Dirty Bastard beer. The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of that brand of beer in the state because of the profanity on its label.

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FDA Maintains Safety Of Gulf Seafood Despite Oil Spill Concerns

April 20, 2012 9:57 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

Photos of fish with sores may raise concern about long-term environmental effects of the massive BP oil spill — but federal health officials say the Gulf seafood that's on the market is safe to eat.

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Coca-Cola Addiction Cited In Woman's Death

April 20, 2012 9:53 am | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press

Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

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Photo Of The Day: Censoring A Six-Pack

April 20, 2012 9:47 am

The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of Dirty Bastard beer in the state because of the profanity on its label. Beer and wine are commonly sold in grocery and convenience stores and anyone can see the labels, so staff members rejected the brand because parents may not want young people to see rough language on the shelves, said Bob Martin, an attorney with the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Mayors To Discuss Healthy Food Initiatives

April 19, 2012 1:22 pm

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is planning to join with other mayors to discuss ways to make it easier for those in urban neighborhoods to get access to fresh, healthy food.

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Danisco Pads DuPont Profits

April 19, 2012 1:19 pm | by RANDALL CHASE,AP Business Writer

Strong performances from DuPont's agricultural and performance chemicals units, combined with its acquisition of Danish food maker Danisco last year, contributed to an increase in first-quarter earnings, the company said Thursday.

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Howard Buffett Takes On Hunger In America

April 19, 2012 1:17 pm | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

Farmer and philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, wants to enlist fellow food producers in a new campaign to fight hunger in rural America. Buffett and other organizers planned to announce the "Invest an Acre" initiative Thursday. It will encourage farmers around the nation to donate profits from the sale of 1 acre's crop to the charity Feeding America, which will use the money to support food banks in rural communities where advocates say malnutrition is a serious — if often overlooked — scourge.

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Yum Brands 1Q Income Rises 73 Percent

April 19, 2012 1:14 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC chains, said Wednesday its first-quarter net income rose 73 percent due to a successful combo — continuing strong overseas sales packaged with a rebounding U.S. performance led by its once-struggling Taco Bell business.

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Consumer Trends: Restaurant Habits Of Health-Conscious Americans

April 19, 2012 1:11 pm

A new study reveals that 74 percent of  health-conscious consumers visited a fast food restaurant for lunch in the past 30 days.   

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Starbucks To Phase Out Bug Coloring In Products

April 19, 2012 1:06 pm

In response to consumer pressure, Starbucks announced it will replace cochineal coloring derived from crushed bugs and instead use a tomato-based ingredient to color several products, including its strawberry Frappuccinos.

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NCBA: Livestock Production Mandate Compromises Animal Welfare

April 19, 2012 9:54 am

During a briefing hosted by Congressmen Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), congressional staff learned about multiple voluntary, producer-led animal care programs and about the concerns farmers and ranchers have with legislation introduced in the House that would mandate strict on-farm production practices.

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Heineken 1Q Earnings Rise

April 19, 2012 9:51 am

Dutch brewer Heineken NV says both sales and earnings rose in the first quarter, due to a combination of growth and one-time gains.

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Study: Promoting Health At Work Reduces Absenteeism

April 19, 2012 9:49 am

Workers participating in a "comprehensive" workplace promotion program had a one-fifth reduction in absenteeism during the first year, reports a study in the April Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

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Ark. Farmers Grow New Soybean For U.S. Market

April 19, 2012 9:46 am

Arkansas farmers plant about 3.3 million acres of soybeans each year, and the business may become more lucrative thanks to a new soybean variety developed by a professor with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.

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Kellogg's Promotes Breakfast In Olympics Campaign

April 19, 2012 9:45 am | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Business Writer

The food maker's campaign, tagged "From Great Starts Come Great Things," kicks off on Wednesday, 100 days before the Olympics are to begin in London. The push includes videos on Facebook, Olympic-themed packaging on a products and athlete sponsorships, all centered on breakfast. Kellogg's makes breakfast food including Corn Flakes and Special K cereal, Eggo Waffles and Nutri-Grain bars.

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Photo Of The Day: Dum Dums Unveils New Packaging

April 19, 2012 9:41 am

The Dum Dums® product line has begun a package graphics transition that will complete in mid-2012.  The updated artwork incorporates a new logo and graphics bringing more emphasis to the iconic Dum Dums brand and its core attributes of flavor variety, value and fun.

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Judge Asked To Approve BP Oil Spill Settlement

April 18, 2012 12:59 pm | by CAIN BURDEAU and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

BP and a team of plaintiffs' attorneys on Wednesday presented a federal judge with the formal terms of a proposed class-action settlement designed to resolve billions of dollars in economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Pfizer May Sell Infant-Nutrition Division To Nestle

April 18, 2012 12:57 pm

Pfizer Inc. is near a deal to sell its infant-nutrition business to the Swiss food conglomerate Nestle SA for $9 billion, according to a report Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal. Nestle appears to be beating out a joint bid from Groupe Danone and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. The deal would be one of the largest this year and could be announced as early as next week, according to the Journal report, which cited sources familiar with the matter who were not named.

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ConAgra Acquiring Tennessee Pride

April 18, 2012 12:55 pm

ConAgra Foods Inc. says it's acquiring Odom's Tennessee Pride, the nation's second largest producer of frozen breakfast sandwiches. Omaha-based ConAgra announced its plans on Tuesday, which include the company's facilities in Little Rock, Ark., and Dickson, Tenn., and its headquarters office in Madison, Tenn. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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