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Consumer Trends: Convenience Stores Gaining On Fast Food

December 13, 2011 9:21 am

CHICAGO, Ill. (PRNewswire) — As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on their most recent convenience store foodservice purchase, 27 percent indicated that if they had not bought their meal from the convenience store in question, they would have purchased it from a fast-food restaurant.

Consumer Trends: A Very Boozy Holiday Season

December 13, 2011 9:10 am

DENVER, Colo. (PRNewswire) — Newly released data that looks at the drinking patterns of more than 200,000 criminal offenders monitored 24/7 for alcohol consumption shows that even when Big Brother is watching, drinking increases nearly 27% between Thanksgiving and January 2nd. Denver-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.

Employers Posted Fewer Jobs In October

December 13, 2011 8:34 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in October, a modest decline from a three-year high hit in the previous month. Companies and governments posted 3.3 million jobs in October, down from 3.4 million in September, the Labor Department said. October's level was the second highest in the past three years.

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United Natural Foods Achieves LEED Gold Certification

December 13, 2011 8:30 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (PRNewswire) —  United Natural Foods, Inc. today announced it has received LEED® Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its Lancaster, Texas distribution center.  Demonstrating a long term dedication to sustainability and the environment, this is the Company's fourth LEED® certification.

Study: Increasing Whole Grains May Up Calories, Too

December 13, 2011 8:26 am

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (PRNewswire) — The terms whole grains and fiber cause a "whole lot" of confusion and can add up to a "whole lot" of calories for consumers looking to increase the fiber in their diets. According to a three-part series examining fiber in Nutrition Today, consumers who eat more whole-grain foods to up their fiber intake could increase their calories by more than 1,200 per day unless they carefully read the Nutrition Facts label and choose higher-fiber versions of the foods they already eat.

Cargill Workers May Be Recalled

December 13, 2011 8:19 am

December 13, 2011 SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — About 50 remaining laid off workers at Cargill Inc. in Springdale may be recalled by Christmas, a company official said. "We hope to resume ground turkey production in Springdale before the holidays, just as soon as we get the final go-ahead from the appropriate authorities," Cargill spokesman Michael Martin told the Springdale Morning News for a story published Tuesday.

Wine, Beer Options Would Expand In Pa. Bill

December 13, 2011 8:17 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The options in Pennsylvania for people to buy wine and beer from private retailers would expand under a bill approved Tuesday by a state House panel that also would keep the state-controlled liquor stores open. Republicans, who supported the bill in a party-line vote, called it the only privatization legislation that has won a committee vote in Pennsylvania since Prohibition.

Distiller Donates Spuds To The Needy

December 13, 2011 4:14 am

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine vodka and gin company is donating potatoes used in its distilling process to help the needy. Maine Distilleries says it will donate one pound of potatoes to food banks in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for every bottle of its Cold River vodka and gin sold in those states during the first three months next year.

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Farmers Have One Of Best Years Ever

December 13, 2011 4:12 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois farmer made so much money this year he made loan payments on one tractor a year in advance and exchanged some older ones for newer models. An Iowa farmer upgraded his combine and also paid off debt, while an elderly Oregon farmer poured into retirement funds a bundle of his $2 million take from a well-timed sale of much of his turf and equipment.

Tracing Oysters From Gulf To Plate

December 13, 2011 4:08 am

(GSMFC) — Have you ever looked at an oyster and thought it was high tech?   Well, it’s happening. The latest electronic technology is being applied to following that oyster—on the half shell, in a po-boy, or in some sumptuous seafood gumbo—from the Gulf of Mexico to your table.

Sara Lee Buys CoffeeCompany

December 13, 2011 4:03 am

UTRECHT, The Netherlands (PRNewswire) — Sara Lee Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire CoffeeCompany, a leading Dutch cafe store operator where KRC Capital is a major shareholder. With this acquisition Sara Lee will boost its branding platform and strengthen its presence in the growing segment of young out-of-home coffee consumers.

Chinese Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips

December 13, 2011 4:00 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — A group of more than 100 Chinese fishermen filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking compensation from ConocoPhillips China, blaming oil spills from some of its offshore wells for damage to their sea cucumber catches. The fishermen are seeking 490 million yuan ($78 million) from the energy giant, which operates offshore wells in China's northeastern Bohai Bay along with state-run CNOOC, said their lawyer, Zhang Jingwei of the Beijing Yingke Law Firm.

Photo Of The Day: Farmers Have Banner Year

December 13, 2011 3:55 am

(AP) In a photo taken Oct. 31, 2011, central Illinois farmer Dale Hadden feeds his Angus beef cattle on the family farm near Jacksonville, Ill. Hadden's farming operation is doing especially well this year for any of a number of reasons and will use this as an opportunity to funnel some of these profits into new machinery and paying off some land.

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Consumer Trends: Shocking State Of Global Food Inequality

December 12, 2011 10:34 am

SEATTLE, Wash. (PRNewswire) — A huge disparity in world food consumption has been revealed in new study that shows the countries that consume the least amount of calories in fact spend the most on food. The new data visualization developed by FoodServiceWarehouse.com , analyzes the daily calorie consumption for the top twenty and bottom twenty food consuming countries in the world and compared this to the average percent of income spent on food.

Dannon Places First Super Bowl Ad

December 12, 2011 8:05 am

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Dannon Co. says it will advertise its yogurt during the Super Bowl for its first time ever. The yogurt maker said Sunday that its television advertisement will be shown during the third quarter of the game. The company says it is the first yogurt company in history to advertise during the football event in February, which is considered one of the top marketing opportunities of the year.

Sysco Gets $26M Military Food Contract

December 12, 2011 8:02 am

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC was awarded a military contract worth up to $26.2 million to provide food and beverage support for the Department of Defense and non-defense customers in North Carolina. Food services will be provided to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard under the contract, which was announced Friday.

Arrow Brand Dog Food Recalled

December 12, 2011 7:59 am

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana feed supply company says it is voluntarily recalling a dry dog food distributed in Louisiana and Texas. DeRidder-based O'Neal's Feeders Supply Inc. recalled its Arrow Brand dog food because corn had higher-than-acceptable levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold byproduct.

Diamond Delays 1Q Results As Investigation Continues

December 12, 2011 7:57 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods Inc. said Monday that it will delay filing its fiscal first-quarter results due to an ongoing investigation by its audit committee into the accounting for its walnut payments. Its stock slid $8.50, or 21 percent, to $32.06 in morning trading Monday. Over the last year, the shares have traded between $26.

Pa. Liquor Privatization: What About Beer?

December 12, 2011 7:52 am

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State lawmakers have been talking a lot in recent months about getting the state out of the wine and liquor business. Supporters are promising shoppers better deals on Chianti and a wider selection of vodka if the private sector gets involved. That's left some consumers — the ones who prefer their alcoholic beverages with a foamy head and the flavor of hops — asking the obvious question: "What about beer?" "They could let grocery stores sell beer," said Gary Sasso, of Bethlehem, who was picking up cases of Stella Artois, Sam Adams and Newcastle Brown Ale at Tanczos Beverage in the city for a weekend gathering.

Seafood Co. Sues Over Cancelled Lobster Contract

December 12, 2011 4:11 am

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire seafood supplier is suing over the cancellation of a contract that supplied lobster to military personnel in Afghanistan. Orion Seafood International Inc. says it provided hundreds of thousands of pounds of frozen Maine lobster tails from 2009 through the first half of 2011 before the contract was abruptly canceled.

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