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Starbucks Perks Up 1Q Profits

April 27, 2012 12:45 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

For the quarter, Starbucks said Thursday that global revenue at cafes open at least a year increased by 7 percent, as a result of more customers and higher spending per visit. The figure is a key metric because it excludes the impact of newly opened or closed stores.

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Holstein With Mad Cow Was Euthanized For Lameness

April 27, 2012 12:43 pm

The cow that was recently discovered with mad cow disease through routine testing in California had been euthanized after it became lame and started lying down at a dairy, federal officials revealed Thursday.

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Dog Food Recalled For Salmonella

April 27, 2012 12:41 pm | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH,Associated Press

Salmonella concerns prompted Missouri-based Diamond Pet Foods to recall a second batch of dry dog food produced at a South Carolina plant where production has been suspended, the company announced Thursday.

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Consumer Trends: Reinvigorating Dairy

April 27, 2012 12:38 pm

Dairy bottlers are turning to nutritionally fortified and flavor intensive dairy products to combat a declining milk demand.

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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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