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Woman Sues ConAgra For False Advertising

August 17, 2012 10:03 am | by MARGERY A. BECK,Associated Press

A Nebraska woman has filed a false advertising lawsuit against ConAgra Foods, accusing the packaged food company of intentionally misrepresenting its Parkay Spray butter substitute as fat-free and calorie-free.The lawsuit filed by Pamela Trewhitt, of Gretna, Monday in Omaha's federal court seeks class-action status to represent thousands of people it says have been deceived by the company's product labeling.


Photo Of The Day: Gold-Medal Cereal

August 17, 2012 10:01 am

General Mills has unveiled a limited-edition box of Wheaties featuring Michael Phelps.With another six Olympic medals around his neck, swimmer Michael Phelps is once again touting the breakfast of champions. General Mills Inc. on Thursday unveiled limited-edition boxes of its Wheaties cereal featuring Phelps, who now holds a record 22 Olympic medals. Phelps was last featured on the box after the 2004 Olympics.


Heineken To Take Over Distribution Of Strongbow Cider

August 16, 2012 12:52 pm

Heineken USA said yesterday that it will take over the U.S. distribution of a cider that is owned by its parent company.


New York Looks To Capitalize On Greek Yogurt Craze

August 16, 2012 12:50 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

New York officials promised Wednesday to try to cut regulations and costs for farmers and producers to capitalize on a national boom in Greek-style yogurt.


Anthrax Outbreak Strikes Colorado Cattle

August 16, 2012 12:49 pm

Two more cows have died from anthrax exposure in northeast Colorado, expanding the first outbreak of the disease in the state in 31 years to three ranches.


PepsiCo Creates New Role In Beverage Unit

August 16, 2012 12:47 pm

PepsiCo Inc. said Thursday that it will create a new position to oversee its Gatorade and Tropicana brands in North America, marking the company's latest push to build up its core brands.


Fishing Company Faces $3M In Fines For Dumping Oil Waste

August 16, 2012 12:45 pm | by FREDERIC J. FROMMER,Associated Press

A federal jury yesterday convicted a New Zealand fishing company of dumping oil waste into U.S. waters outside American Samoa and of falsifying records.


Consumer Trends: Growth Opportunities In China's Fast Food Market

August 16, 2012 12:40 pm

With the total amount of foreign fast food outlets in China set to break the 50,000 mark this year, up from 48,477 in 2011 and 36,037 in 2006, and 44 percent of Chinese consumers saying that they plan to spend more on fast food in the coming year, the potential for the sector is clear.


Johnsonville Recalls 49K Pounds Of Sausage

August 16, 2012 9:59 am

Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage is recalling some packages of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese because the product may include pieces of glove.


Nestle Loses Coffee Capsule Battle In Germany

August 16, 2012 9:56 am

Switzerland's Nestle has lost a bid in neighboring Germany to ban the sale generic coffee capsules that can be used in its Nespresso machines.


Great Lakes Apple Harvest Begins Early

August 16, 2012 9:53 am | by JOHN FLESHER,Associated Press

A series of below-freezing nights in April zapped buds that had sprouted during a rare summerlike stretch the previous month, decimating cherries, peaches and other tree fruits. While some apple orchards escaped relatively unscathed, many are producing only a small fraction of their normal output and some are coming up empty.


Starbucks Plans Bigger Juice Plant

August 16, 2012 9:50 am

Starbucks Corp. will open a bigger juice factory in Southern California to fuel the growth of its Evolution Fresh bottled drinks.


Ag Giants Spend Big To Try To Defeat GMO Labeling

August 16, 2012 9:48 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

The nation's largest agribusiness and biotech companies are pouring millions of dollars into California to stop the first-ever initiative to require special labels on foods made with genetically modified ingredients, a sign of their determination to keep the measure from sparking a nationwide movement.


Photo Of The Day: Apple Harvest Starts Early

August 16, 2012 9:45 am

Apple-picking, a cherished autumn tradition, is off to an early start in the Northeast and Upper Midwest as growers deal with aftershocks from wacky spring weather that hammered fruit crops.


Constellation Brands To Use Proceeds To Fund Deal

August 15, 2012 1:01 pm

Wine company Constellation Brands plans to use proceeds from a debt offering, coupled with available cash and borrowings under a senior credit facility, to fund its Crown Imports LLC transaction.


Frozen Food Hall Of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

August 15, 2012 12:58 pm

The American Frozen Food Institute and the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association are pleased to announce that the Distinguished Order of Zerocrats has selected three food industry leaders as the 2012 Frozen Food Hall of Fame inductees.


Organic Group Files Complaint Against Formula Makers

August 15, 2012 12:55 pm

The Cornucopia Institute, a not-for-profit policy research organization based in Wisconsin, filed a formal legal complaint with the USDA against several infant formula manufacturers that are adding two synthetic preservatives to certified organic infant formula.


Judge Strikes Down Ky. Ban On Stores Selling Liquor

August 15, 2012 12:51 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

Kentucky's seven-decade old ban on grocery stores, gas stations and other retailers selling wine and liquor is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, a federal judge ruled.


Operators Of Uninspected Slaughterhouse Arrested

August 15, 2012 12:49 pm

Gelio Hernandez and Angel Busurot were arrested last week as a result of their indictment for engaging in the inhumane slaughter of swine and the sale of uninspected and adulterated swine meat for human consumption.


Consumer Trends: Global Beef Industry Report

August 15, 2012 12:45 pm

A new Q3 report looks at the global beef industry and the production imbalance resulting from the North American drought.



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