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Campbell Soup Rolls Out New Products

February 23, 2012 1:05 pm

Campbell Soup Co. is hoping to draw in younger consumers and meet the needs of those looking for fast, inexpensive meals, with plans to roll out a variety of soups in pouches and sauces that can be used to create dinners quickly.

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Pepsi Hopes To Gain Ground With Mid-Calorie Soda

February 23, 2012 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Pepsi hopes to win back soda drinkers with a compromise. Some people don't like the calories in regular soda, but loathe the taste of diet. So the nation's No. 2 cola company is rolling out "Pepsi Next," a mid-calorie drink that has about half the calories of regular Pepsi at 60 calories per can.

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Consumer Trends: Frozen Food Trends Highlighted At Convention

February 23, 2012 12:55 pm

The 2012 American Frozen Food Institute Convention featured a presentation on just-completed survey data highlighting current consumer preferences, trends, opinions and policymaker views of key food issues.

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Chiquita Narrows 4Q Loss

February 23, 2012 10:01 am

The bananas, pineapples and bagged salads supplier said late Tuesday that its loss in the October-December quarter narrowed from the same period in 2010. When excluding special items such as the cost of laying off employees as part of its headquarters move to Cincinnati from Charlotte, N.C., Chiquita said it lost 12 cents per share.

Obama Seeks To Lower Corporate Tax Rate

February 23, 2012 9:57 am | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

President Barack Obama is proposing to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and wants an even lower effective rate for manufacturers, a senior administration official says, as the White House lays down an election-year marker in the debate over tax policy.

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White House Chef Serves Up Plates And Policy

February 23, 2012 9:54 am | by NANCY BENAC,Associated Press

Sam Kass has a to-die-for job as personal chef to the Obama family but whipping up their meals is probably the least important part of his portfolio.

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Iraq Stops Buying U.S. Rice

February 23, 2012 9:51 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

The talk of the day among Ray Stoesser and other rice farmers is Iraq's decision not to buy U.S. rice, a stinging move that adds to a stressful year punctuated by everything from drought to unusual heat.

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Conn. Bill Looks To Label Engineered Food

February 23, 2012 9:46 am | by SHANNON YOUNG,Associated Press

Neither the federal government nor any state currently has a labeling requirement that applies to all genetically modified foods. Connecticut is among nearly 20 states considering a labeling mandate amid health concerns that supporters of the legislation have raised about such foods.

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Photo Of The Day: Plates And Policy

February 23, 2012 9:42 am

Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass's job as personal chef to the Obama family is probably the least important part of his portfolio. He also is the White House senior policy adviser for healthy food initiatives.

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Mo. Officials Cautious After Sweetener Failure

February 22, 2012 1:15 pm | by WES DUPLANTIER,Associated Press

Five months ago, the failure of a sweetener factory project in a northern Missouri town sent a jolt through the state's small towns about the risk of putting money into startup companies. Now, small cities across the state are trying to learn from Moberly's mess, with some saying they're being more careful about supporting new projects — even as they face pressure to create jobs quickly in the down economy.

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Antimicrobial Protein Protects Grapevines From Pathogen

February 22, 2012 1:12 pm

A team of researchers has found a way to ensure that your evening glass of wine will continue to be available, despite the potential attack of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf), a bacterium that causes Pierce's Disease and poses a significant threat to the California wine industry's valuable grapevines.

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Maine Removes Union Rights For Egg Workers

February 22, 2012 1:06 pm

Maine's House of Representatives has passed a bill that eliminates the right of workers at the former DeCoster egg farms to unionize.

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Jimmy John's Sued For Latest Outbreak

February 22, 2012 1:03 pm

An Iowa woman sickened by eating tainted sprouts filed a lawsuit Tuesday against sandwich chain Jimmy John's, the first stemming from a recent outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to the restaurant.

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$100K Reward Offered In Beef Plant Arson Attack

February 22, 2012 1:00 pm

Fresno County authorities are offering $100,000 for information leading to an arrest in last month's arson attack on California's biggest beef processor.

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Consumer Trends: Almonds Receive Heart-Healthy Label

February 22, 2012 12:54 pm

The American Heart Association (AHA) has certified almonds with its signature Heart-Check mark to signify that they are a heart-healthy food.(1) This symbol is the most consumer-trusted nutrition icon appearing on packaged foods — in fact, one study found that more than half of shoppers use the mark as a deciding factor when choosing to purchase a new product.(2) Consumers can now easily identify almonds as smart choice for their heart health.

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Cargill Launches Cocoa Farmer Training Program

February 22, 2012 9:59 am

Cargill's cocoa & chocolate business - in close cooperation with the Ghana Cocoa Board - is expanding its Cargill Sustainable Cocoa Program with the launch of an extensive four year commitment to farmer training in Ghana.

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Malt-O-Meal Changes Name To MOM Brands

February 22, 2012 9:55 am

Malt-O-Meal said Tuesday that it's changing its corporate name to MOM Brands to reflect a more expansive product lineup. The 93-year-old cereal company sells numerous cold cereals and instant oatmeal. The names of the individual cereals, including its original farina hot cereal, will remain the same.

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Mild Winter Endangers Maple Syrup Season

February 22, 2012 9:53 am | by HOLLY RAMER,The Associated Press

A mild winter across the Northeast is injecting extra uncertainty into maple syrup season, but many producers say they'll just go with the flow, whenever it starts. Temperatures have been up and snowfall totals have been down throughout the region this winter, raising some concern for the maple syrup crop. But syrup producers say the weather during the six-week season when sap flows matters more than the weather leading up to it.

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Texas May Cut Water To Rice Farms

February 22, 2012 9:49 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

Thousands of farmers in Texas' rice-producing region are likely to be affected by action taken in response to one of the most severe droughts in state history. With water management agencies implementing emergency plans never used before, the Lower Colorado River Authority is widely expected to announce March 1 that it will not release water to rice farmers in three counties.

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Hershey Cited For Labor Violations

February 22, 2012 9:45 am | by MARK SCOLFORO,Associated Press

Federal labor officials announced Tuesday they found nine workplace violations at a candy repackaging and distribution facility owned by The Hershey Co. and operated by Exel Inc., the site of protests last summer by foreign student workers.

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