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Calif. Bans Shark Fin Sales

May 24, 2011 4:48 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Assembly came to the defense Monday of endangered sharks targeted by fishermen who amputate their fins then toss the live sharks back into the ocean. The Assembly approved AB376, which bans the sale, trade or possession of shark fins, a delicacy that costs hundreds of dollars a pound and is used to create a soup that is popular among some Asians.

Poultry Antitrust Hearing Set For Today

May 24, 2011 4:44 am

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments on whether to expedite a federal antitrust lawsuit challenging a poultry producer's purchase of a plant in Harrisonburg. George's Inc. filed a motion last week seeking to expedite the lawsuit filed by the Justice Department.

Smucker Announces 2nd Coffee Price Hike

May 24, 2011 4:41 am

ORRVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Coffee drinkers will get another jolt at the supermarket: the company that sells Folgers and Dunkin' Donuts brand coffees has announced its second double-digit price increase this year. J.M. Smucker Co. said Tuesday the list price for most of its U.S. coffee products will go up 11 percent, on average, because costs keep rising for unroasted beans.


Photo Of The Day: Pork Gets A Little Cooler

May 24, 2011 4:36 am

(AP) — In this March 3, 2011 file photo, meat dept. manager Kevin Morlan prepares to package boneless pork loins at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will announce Tuesday, May 23, 2011, that it has lowered its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees.


PROCESS EXPO 2011 Achieves Key Milestone

May 23, 2011 5:06 am

McLean, VA (FPSA)  –   The Food Processing Suppliers Association ( FPSA ) announced today that it has reached a milestone of 190,000 square feet for the 2011 PROCESS EXPO trade show. The show will be held November 1 – 4 at McCormick Place (South Hall) in Chicago. “We couldn't be more pleased with the progress of the show,” said Scott Scriven, Chairman of the Food Processing Suppliers Association and President of Weber, Inc.

Kraft To Pay $8.1M In Pollution Settlement

May 23, 2011 5:01 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. will pay $8.1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over pollution at a former factory in Attica, Ind. The lawsuit, filed in 2009 and representing nearly 130 families, claimed pollution from a former Kraft factory contaminated the groundwater beneath their homes and spread cancer-causing vapors.

New App Could Encourage Wage Lawsuits

May 23, 2011 4:59 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Workers who don't trust the boss to keep track of their wages can now do it themselves with a new smart phone application from the Department of Labor. But employers worry that the time sheet app, along with other new initiatives, could encourage even more wage and hour lawsuits.

UK Cadbury Probe: Kraft 'Steered Close To Contempt'

May 23, 2011 4:56 am

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers said Monday they still have "significant concerns" about the takeover of chocolate maker Cadbury by Kraft Foods Inc. — more than a year after the controversial deal. The Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee also strongly criticized Kraft's chief executive Irene Rosenfeld for refusing to appear before parliamentary hearings into the takeover.


Campbell Earnings Rise 11 Percent

May 23, 2011 4:50 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Campbell Soup Co. said Monday that its fiscal third quarter earnings rose 11 percent as sales increases in its snack, food service and international businesses offset a decline in its core U.S. soup, sauce and beverage division. Its U.S. soup sales were hurt as it shifted away from heavy discounting in the first half of its fiscal year.

Photo Of The Day: Slumping Soup Sales

May 23, 2011 4:47 am | by Campbell Earnings Rise 11 Percent

(AP) — In this file product image provided by Campbell's Soup Co., a can of Vegetable Beef soup displaying new labeling, is shown. Campbell Soup said Monday, May 23, 2011, its fiscal third quarter earnings rose 11 percent as sales increases in its snack, food service and international businesses offset a decline in its core U.


PACK EXPO & Anuga FoodTec Announce Strategic Partnership

May 20, 2011 5:00 am

(Arlington, VA) – PMMI, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO family of trade shows, and Koelnmesse GmbH, producer of Anuga FoodTec, today announced a strategic partnership to enhance the resources available to attendees at the largest food and beverage processing shows in North America and Europe.

Mother Sues Four Loko Over Son's Death

May 20, 2011 4:51 am

CHICAGO (AP) — A distraught mother who claims in a wrongful death lawsuit that Four Loko alcoholic drinks contributed to her 15-year-old son's death appeared in Chicago on Thursday to publicize the suit and warn others about the dangers the drinks pose. Karla Rupp of Centreville, Va.

McDonald's CEO: Fast Food Is About Choice

May 20, 2011 4:48 am

McDonald's Corp. CEO Jim Skinner came out swinging Thursday when asked about Ronald McDonald and whether the burger chain hooks children with junk food. Skinner, speaking at the company's annual shareholder meeting at McDonald's headquarters outside Chicago, said that newspapers ads Wednesday calling for Ronald's retirement had prompted an outpouring of support to his office, with parents and customers asking Skinner "to defend their right to choose.

Sara Lee To Lay Off 62 Workers

May 20, 2011 4:45 am

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. will lay off 62 workers in Chester County starting June 30, and the facility there will close by the fall. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry reported the coming layoffs this week. The employees are part of Sara Lee's household and body care division.

Plant Closes 2 Years After Deadly Explosion

May 20, 2011 4:42 am

GARNER, N.C. (AP) — Production of Slim Jim snacks is ending at a plant in Garner where an explosion killed four people in 2009. The closing of the ConAgra plant Friday puts 200 employees out of work. ConAgra announced in February it intended to close the plant. Investigators have said contractors were purging gas lines at the time of the blast, causing the building's roof to collapse.

Photo Of The Day: Stink Bug Threatens Orchards

May 20, 2011 4:39 am

(AP) — In this Thursday, April 14, 2011, file photo Tom Haas stands in his Cherry Hill Orchards in Lancaster, Pa. Stink bugs wiped out up to 40 percent of Haas’ peaches last season. The peaches looked so bad that he let the fruit fall to the ground, where it rotted away over the winter.


Cheese Recalled For Listeria

May 19, 2011 4:51 am

(FDA) —“Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” is being recalled by Schratter Foods Incorporated, a Fairfield, New Jersey-based food distributor, because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

CEO Leaves Hershey For Del Monte

May 19, 2011 4:48 am

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — After leading The Hershey Co. to three years of strong performances, CEO David West is leaving to take the top job at the smaller Del Monte Foods Co., a surprise move that sent the candy maker's shares plummeting Wednesday. Del Monte Foods, the San Francisco-based food processor, said that West will become its CEO on Aug.

Jack Daniel's Unveils New Bottle

May 19, 2011 4:44 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The maker of Jack Daniel's said Monday it is rolling out a taller, slimmer bottle and simplified label for the popular whiskey made in rural Tennessee. The new packaging for Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 -- known as Jack Daniel's black label -- accentuates the bottle's familiar square shoulders.

Tenn. Pushes Beer Bill To Lure Brewer

May 19, 2011 4:40 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A California beer maker that produces some potent suds is seeking a site for a new brewery, and some Tennessee lawmakers are pushing legislation that they hope will persuade the company to build it in East Tennessee. Tennessee's Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 10-0 to advance the bill establishing state guidelines for high-alcohol beer to a full floor vote.


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