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SBA Head Looks Beyond Loans To Help Small Business

May 24, 2012 9:58 am | by JOYCE M. ROSENBERG, AP Business Writer

The Small Business Administration is probably best known for the loans it makes to small businesses, but Karen Mills, the head of the SBA, also focuses on counseling and mentoring services that are available to business owners, and where they can go to find that help.


Gulf Fishermen Still Reeling After Oil Spil

May 24, 2012 9:22 am | by CAIN BURDEAU, Associated Press & JAY REEVES, Associated Press

Gloom infects the hard-working shrimp and crab docks of this gritty fishing town as the second full year of fishing since BP's catastrophic oil spill kicks into high gear.

Kraft Shareholders Give 'Mondelez' Thumbs Up

May 24, 2012 9:03 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Kraft Foods Inc. says shareholders approved the name "Mondelez" for its new global snack food business, which may put to rest the snickering that initially greeted the name.


Texas Lawmakers Study Food Shortages Across State

May 24, 2012 9:01 am | by CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press

Texas lawmakers should pass laws that make it easier to produce and sell fruit and vegetables in poor communities to promote better health, farmers and activists testified Tuesday.


Loach's Whiskey Expert Brings Scotland To Cannes

May 24, 2012 8:59 am | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Charles MacLean is out of his element in Cannes, a town consumed by cinema and celebrity. His element is Scotch whisky — "uisge beatha," he says, giving it its Gaelic name. The water of life.


Medvedev Chats With U.S. Cowboys

May 24, 2012 8:57 am

Russia's prime minister paid a visit Wednesday to a farm that has imported cattle from the United States and also some American cowboys to help the Russians develop their struggling meat industry.


Photo Of The Day: Gulf Seafood Industry Still In Slump

May 24, 2012 8:54 am

Usually fishermen in Lafitte, La., are upbeat and busy in May, the month when shrimpers get back to work in Louisiana’s rich waters. But this spring, catches are down, docks are idle and anxiety is growing that the ill effects of the BP spill may be far from over.


Consumer Trends: 20 Years, 20 Trends In Food Culture

May 23, 2012 12:00 pm

Thumbs up and thumbs down for the foods and beverages trends we’ve applauded and booed in our more than 20 years immersed in the exploration of mainstream and fringes of food culture. Here is a sampling of trends that have influenced food culture in sweet and sour ways.


Iowa City Schools Served Recalled Lettuce

May 23, 2012 9:59 am

Lettuce that had been recalled over fears of Listeria contamination was served at Iowa City Community School District schools.


Tempeh Starter Yeast Recalled Over Salmonella

May 23, 2012 9:57 am announced the recall of Tempeh Starter Yeast and Super Starter Yeast on Tuesday. The products were distributed nationwide and abroad and were imported from Indonesia.


Small Dairies Go Under As Milk Prices Sink Again

May 23, 2012 9:53 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

While the number of dairy cows in the U.S. hasn't changed much, the number of dairy farms has been dropping as small farms either go out of business or consolidate to become more competitive and cost effective.

Ralcorp Completes Buyout Of Petri Baking Products

May 23, 2012 9:50 am

Ralcorp Holdings Inc. has completed its acquisition of cookie company Petri Baking Products Inc., the food maker said on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

National Beef Sued Over Wages

May 23, 2012 9:49 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Workers at a Kansas slaughterhouse are seeking unpaid wages and overtime from National Beef Packing Co. in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of some 2,000 employees at the firm's Liberal plant.


Demand For Spam Is Up, Along With Hormel Profits

May 23, 2012 9:18 am

Foodmaker Hormel Foods Corp. said Wednesday its fiscal second-quarter profit rose 17 percent, boosted by strong results at its Jennie-O Turkey Store business and higher demand for Spam.


Photo Of The Day: Seeing Yourself In Cheese

May 23, 2012 9:15 am

Champion cheese sculptor Troy Landwehr carves Lesley Yamasaki's head from a block of cheese to feature on select Cheez-It boxes. Yamasaki cast the most votes for winning "Top Cheese" Hot & Spicy in the Cheez-It Facebook contest.


ConAgra Foods Acquires Pita Chip Business

May 23, 2012 9:10 am

ConAgra Foods Inc. has acquired the pita chip business of Kangaroo Brands for an undisclosed sum, the food company announced Tuesday.

Funding Available To Farmers To Improve Irrigation Water Efficiency

May 23, 2012 9:09 am

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation, is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in five select locations throughout California.


Giant Eagle Issues Recall For Bagged Lettuce

May 23, 2012 9:04 am

 The Giant Eagle supermarket chain is recalling bags of garden salad because of possible Listeria contamination. 


U.S. And Canadian Food Recalls Spike Over 3-Year Period

May 23, 2012 9:02 am

 A growing trend is affecting virtually all sectors of the food supply chain. From common ingredients to ready-to-eat items, food recalls are up over 250 percent  since 2008. 


Corn Planting Almost Complete, Ahead Of Schedule

May 22, 2012 12:14 pm

Corn is high, healthy and way ahead of schedule, the government says in its weekly assessment of the growing season.



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