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Consumer Trends: Corporate Holiday Meals And Parties On The Uptick

December 5, 2011 4:44 am

COLUMBIA, Md. (PRNewswire) — A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Catering Executives, found that more than half the respondents – 60 percent – indicated that corporate holiday party business will increase this year. This compares to two years ago, when only 30 percent indicated that the corporate holiday party would show growth.

Consumer Trends: Restaurants Roll Out Unique Flavors To Attract Diners

December 5, 2011 4:41 am

CHICAGO (PRNewswire) — A precarious balance has been struck in the restaurant industry, with prices being held as low as possible to attract frugal consumers, while rising commodity costs chip away at profit margins. A new study by Technomic shows that current market forces are making craveability and culinary expertise increasingly relevant to consumers, many of whom say they are more interested in experiencing new flavors as they dine out.

Consumer Trends: Americans Sweet On Tart Cherries

December 5, 2011 4:35 am | by Cheers to Tart Cherry Juice

LANSING, Mich. (PRNewswire) — American palates are indicating a new appreciation for a combination of sweet and tart tastes. In fact, while sweet still ranks third among America's favorite flavors, tangy is now 5th (up from 6th) and sour 9th (up from 10th). It's no coincidence that tart cherries – with their unique sweet-tart taste – are showing up in more new products and menu items.


Sandwiches Recalled For Listeria

December 5, 2011 4:03 am

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Chicago-based prepackaged food manufacturer is recalling sandwiches distributed to Race Trac gas stations in Georgia because of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Flying Food Group Inc. announced Saturday that the potentially deadly bacteria could be items produced by its Lawrenceville, Ga.

Angel Food Ministries Officials Charged With Fraud

December 5, 2011 3:59 am

ATLANTA (AP) — Leaders of a Georgia-based ministry that provided discounted groceries to needy families across the U.S. have been indicted and face a wide range of charges, including using organization funds to buy jewelry, athletic equipment, clothes and to make a down payment on a jet.

Coca-Cola Seeing Red After White Can Backlash

December 5, 2011 3:56 am

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. is bringing red back for its annual holiday cans after a white design drew criticism from purists. The world's largest beverage maker announced in October that it was turning its iconic red cans white as part of a campaign to protect polar bears and their habitat.

'Occupy Chile' Seeks To Protect New Mexico's Chile Seeds

December 5, 2011 3:52 am

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — The distinct flavor of chile peppers from the U.S. state of New Mexico has been adopted by palates as far away as Korea. But some are worried about the future of the crop. Labor costs, relentless plant diseases and competition from cheap imports have combined to put the chile industry in a steep decline.

ConAgra Acquires National Pretzel

December 5, 2011 3:49 am

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Food maker ConAgra Foods Inc. said Friday that it completed its acquisition of pretzel maker National Pretzel Co. from Brookstone Holdings. The deal was announced in November. Financial terms were not disclosed. ConAgra gets all the assets of National Pretzel including the HK Anderson and Shultz labels, three bakeries and 700 employees.


Photo Of The Day: Coca-Cola Nixes White Cans

December 5, 2011 3:46 am

This undated image provided by Coca-Cola Co. shows the company's limited-edition white can, left, and red can, right. The company is bringing back its red cans after the limited-edition white can drew complaints from some Coke drinkers. The world’s largest beverage maker announced in October that it was turning its iconic red cans white as part of a campaign to protect polar bears and their habitats.


Wasel Appointed President For Atlas Copco Quality Air Division

December 2, 2011 10:03 am

WILRIJK, BELGIUM (Atlas Copco) — Horst Wasel, currently President of the Specialty Rental division within Atlas Copco Compressor Technique, has been appointed President of the recently created Quality Air division, effective January 1, 2012. “Horst has a vast experience in air and gas treatment from his previous functions in a customer center, in the Specialty Rental division and Gas and Process product companies.

Grape Tomatoes Recalled For Salmonella

December 2, 2011 4:09 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis-based produce company Front Row Produce is recalling some grape tomatoes that could potentially be contaminated with salmonella. Front Row Produce says it is recalling 10-ounce pint and 10-pound bulk grape tomatoes supplied by Rio Queen Citrus of Mission, Texas.

Maker's Mark In Trademark Dispute Over Wax Seal

December 2, 2011 4:06 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The red wax seal atop a Maker's Mark bottle makes the bourbon stand out on store shelves. Whether the bourbon company can keep that distinction is up to a panel of three federal judges. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday stepped into the sticky arguments over whether Maker's Mark can keep a trademark on the wax seal and enforce an injunction stopping any other liquor company from using a similar top.

Hershey School Sued For Rejecting HIV-positive Boy

December 2, 2011 4:03 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia-area teenager claims in a discrimination lawsuit that a private boarding school connected with the Hershey chocolate company violated federal anti-discrimination laws by denying him admission because he is HIV-positive. The AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania filed the lawsuit on behalf of the unidentified boy in U.

Judge Approves Del Monte Settlement

December 2, 2011 4:00 am

WILMINGTON, Delaware (AP) — A judge gave approval Thursday for an $89.4 million settlement between Del Monte Corp. shareholders on one side and the food maker and Barclays Capital Inc. on the other over Del Monte's $4 billion buyout. Investors led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Juice Group Responds To Arsenic Study

December 2, 2011 3:56 am

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire) — In response to a Consumer Reports study , released Wednesdsay, which claims the Food and Drug Administration allows a dangerous amount of arsenic in apple juice, the Juice Products Association has released the following statement: Juice is safe for consumers of all ages.

Photo Of The Day: Farmers Fear New Child Labor Rules

December 2, 2011 3:44 am

In this photo taken on Nov. 30, 2011, Stetson Meyer, 14, feeds sows on a hog farm, with his brother Shane Meyer Jr., 16, working in the rear, near Beatrice in southeast Nebraska. The U.S. Labor Department is proposing new rules for child farm workers that would keep many from driving tractors, using big equipment and working with livestock.


Ex-NBA Star Unveils New Wine For Chinese Market

December 1, 2011 4:10 am

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Former NBA star Yao Ming hopes his 7-foot star power combined with China's thriving wine market will help his new vintage score a slam dunk with Chinese connoisseurs. The recently retired Houston Rockets center on Monday released the first-ever bottles of his new Yao Ming-branded wine.

Ralcorp 4Q Earnings Fall On Charges

December 1, 2011 4:08 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ralcorp Holdings Inc. posted a fourth-quarter loss Tuesday as the food maker was dragged down by plant closure, hedging and impairment charges. The St. Louis-based company, which makes Post cereal and a variety of store-brand foods, reported a loss of $370.1 million, or $6.

FDA Considers Cracking Down On Arsenic In Juice

December 1, 2011 4:04 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is considering tightening restrictions for the levels of arsenic allowed in apple juice after consumer groups pushed the agency to crack down on the contaminant. Studies show that apple juice has generally low levels of arsenic, and the government says it is safe to drink.

Happy Meal Toys Live On After San Francisco Ban

December 1, 2011 3:58 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new city law aimed at making fast food for kids follow nutritional guidelines won't be making Happy Meals healthier, just more expensive — if you want a toy. Beginning Thursday, it will cost an extra dime in San Francisco to get a toy in a Happy Meal — a move one county supervisor called a marketing ploy prompted by the new law.


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