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Bourbon Maker Plans Attraction To Spotlight Whiskey-Making

April 27, 2012 10:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

The country's largest family-owned distilled spirits company hopes to draw thousands of tourists to a small distillery it's opening in a stretch of downtown Louisville once known as "Whiskey Row," close to the site where the namesake of its popular Evan Williams bourbon once set up a whiskey still nearly 230 years ago.

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Senate Ag Committee Approves Food And Farm Plan

April 27, 2012 10:07 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The five-year bill, which would supplant the current farm act set to expire in September, also shifts the agricultural safety net to crop insurance, consolidates conservation programs and takes aim at abuses in the federal food stamp program.

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Mich. Boar Farmers Fight Attempt To Ban The Industry

April 27, 2012 10:05 am | by JOHN FLESHER,AP Environmental Writer

The conflict over the beasts has created odd alliances among foodies, environmentalists, agribusiness, hunters, and regulators in a state that normally tries to nurture businesses but in this case wants to exterminate one.

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Food Safety Experts Play Down Risk Of Mad Cow Disease

April 27, 2012 10:02 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA and TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

"What we know is that 3,000 Americans die every year from preventable food-borne illnesses that are not linked" to mad cow disease, said Sarah Klein of the consumer advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest. "Things like E. coli, salmonella — that's where we should be focusing our attention, outrage and policy."

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KFC To Pay $8M In Food Poisoning Case

April 27, 2012 9:59 am

An Australian judge has ordered KFC to pay 8 million Australian dollars ($8.3 million) to the family of a Sydney girl left brain damaged after eating one of the fast food giant's chicken wraps.

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Photo Of The Day: Battle Of The Boars

April 27, 2012 9:52 am

Michigan farmers and ranchers are battling the state’s attempt to stamp out an industry that breeds fierce, sharp-tusked boars increasingly popular with adventure hunters and gourmands at tony restaurants.

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Czech Brewer Budvar Reports Profit Jump

April 26, 2012 1:01 pm

State-owned Czech brewery Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with American brewer Anheuser-Busch over the use of the "Budweiser" brand, says its 2010 net profit jumped 9.2 percent.

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Quick Responses Averts Market Panic In Mad Cow Case

April 26, 2012 1:00 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

The announcement that mad cow disease was found in a California cow drew a rapid response this week from the beleaguered American beef industry, which has been enduring one crisis after another for more than a year.

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Coca-Cola Enterprises Income Up 3 Percent

April 26, 2012 12:56 pm

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., which bottles the soda company's products in Europe, said Thursday that its net income rose 3 percent as it raised prices to offset higher commodity costs and a dip in volume.

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Exports Are 'Big Business' For Beef Industry

April 26, 2012 12:52 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI,Associated Press

Exports are big business for the U.S. beef industry, which shipped a record $5.4 billion worth of beef abroad last year. It was the first year sales surpassed those in 2003, when exports to Asia collapsed amid the first U.S. mad cow disease scare. Before Tuesday's announcement that mad cow disease had been found in a California dairy cow, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted exports would drop slightly this year as ranchers limit production because of drought and high feed costs.

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Fish Recalled For Botulism

April 26, 2012 12:47 pm

A Los Angeles seafood company is voluntarily recalling its smoked and dry vobla fish because it may be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause botulism.

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Consumer Trends: Social Marketing Lifts Sales By Nearly 7 Percent

April 26, 2012 12:44 pm

Social marketing, when used to build widespread consumer advocacy, generates an average sales lift of 6.7% for CPG brands, according to a recent study.

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PepsiCo's 1Q Profits Edge Lower

April 26, 2012 10:09 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo Inc.'s first-quarter net income fell slightly from a year ago, as the food and beverage giant raised prices to make up for rising commodity costs.

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Standard Test May Miss Ingredients That Cause Milk Allergy

April 26, 2012 10:07 am

The standard test used to detect milk-protein residues in processed foods may not work as well as previously believed in all applications, sometimes missing ingredients that can cause milk allergy, the most common childhood food allergy, which affects millions of children under age 3, a scientist reported here today at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

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Indonesia Halts Imports Of U.S. Beef After Mad Cow Discovery

April 26, 2012 10:02 am | by NINIEK KARMINI,Associated Press

Indonesia became the first country to suspend imports of U.S. beef Thursday following the discovery this week of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease.

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Kellogg's 1Q Slumps As Costs Rise

April 26, 2012 9:59 am

Food maker Kellogg Co. says its first-quarter net income fell 2 percent, hurt by declining demand in Europe and higher raw material costs.

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Coca-Cola Seeks First Stock Split Since 1996

April 26, 2012 9:56 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest beverage maker said Wednesday the 2-for-1 split is in line with its plan to double revenue over this decade. The Atlanta-based company's stock began trading in 1919. Since then, the stock has been split only 10 other times.

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Photo Of The Day: Beef Backlash

April 26, 2012 9:53 am

Indonesia became the first country to suspend imports of U.S. beef Thursday following the discovery this week of an American dairy cow infected with mad cow disease.

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Wendy's Rolls Out New Premium Sides

April 25, 2012 1:26 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Wendy's is combining two of its best-known menu items to serve up a new offering — chili cheese fries. The restaurant will also offer macaroni and cheese and oven-baked sweet potatoes for a limited time.

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Canada: Mad Cow Disease Won’t Affect Trade With U.S.

April 25, 2012 1:24 pm | by ROB GILLIES,Associated Press

Canada says a new case of mad cow disease in the U.S. will not affect trade between the two countries. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Tuesday both countries have implemented science-based measures to protect animal and human health. The agency also noted that U.S. officials have confirmed that no part of this animal's carcass entered the food system.

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