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Photo Of The Day: Washington Privatizes Liquor Business

March 9, 2012 9:46 am

Washington state begins the process of fully privatizing its alcoholic beverage business on Thursday when a public auction of state-run liquor stores opens online, marking a historic change for a state that has tightly controlled its booze since the end of Prohibition.

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Smithfield 3Q Profit Falls On Higher Costs

March 8, 2012 12:51 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods posted a 61 percent decline in third-quarter earnings Thursday on higher costs and charges related to the pork producer's share of a Spanish processed-meats company.

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Bad Weather Ups Food Prices

March 8, 2012 12:47 pm

International food prices have risen for the second time in two months, a U.N. agency said Thursday blaming bad weather in major exporting countries among other factors that have reversed downward price trends.

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Growing Mushrooms For Packaging

March 8, 2012 12:46 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

Mushrooms are a key ingredient in the pale, soft blocks produced by the thousands in an upstate New York plant that are used to cushion products ranging from Dell Inc. servers to furniture for Crate and Barrel.

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Coca-Cola Paid CEO $21.2M In 2011

March 8, 2012 12:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Coca-Cola Co. gave its CEO a pay package worth $21.2 million last year, up 10 percent from the previous year, as the world's biggest soda maker sold more of its drinks and expanded overseas.

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Celebrities Brew Coffee For A Cause

March 8, 2012 12:40 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

Celebrity coffees are just a fraction of the overall market, but he trend of celebrities working with high-quality roasters to make coffee for a cause "can only be a good thing," says Miles Small, owner and editor-in-chief of CoffeeTalk magazine, based in Vashon, Wash.

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Consumer Trends: China Beef Market Has Potential For Growth

March 8, 2012 12:36 pm

Although currently China's beef market is still in the primary development stage, it is likely to get more growth opportunities with the support from government policies, which is expected to guarantee an adequate supply of cattle sources from the upstream area to meet growing downstream demand.

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USDA To Tweet Food Recalls

March 8, 2012 9:57 am

Anyone with a Twitter account can now be among the first to know about food recalls with a new service the Department of Agriculture is rolling out.

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Distributors Hit Brown-Forman 3Q Earnings

March 8, 2012 9:55 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp.'s fiscal third-quarter profit fell 5 percent, suffering a supply-chain hangover as distributors bought less inventory after stocking up in anticipation of price increases.

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Seattle Group Plans Harvestable 'Food Forest'

March 8, 2012 9:52 am | by MANUEL VALDES,Associated Press

A plot of grass sits in the middle of Seattle, feet from a busy road and on a hill that overlooks the city's skyline. But it's no ordinary patch of green. Residents hope it will become one of the country's largest "food forests."

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Taco Bell Unveils Doritos Taco Shell

March 8, 2012 9:50 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press

The Mexican-style chain plans to roll out Doritos Locos Tacos at midnight on Wednesday at its nearly 5,600 restaurants nationwide. The fast-food chain, a unit of Yum Brands Inc., calls the tacos that use shells made out of Nacho Cheese Doritos the biggest product launch in its 50-year history. It plans to introduce a Doritos Cool Ranch taco shell this fall.

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FDA Says Recalled Shrimp Is Safe To Eat

March 8, 2012 9:42 am

The recent death of a South Bend man after he ate shrimp containing bacteria was a "rare and isolated incident" and there is no ongoing threat to the public, a northern Indiana health official said.

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Photo Of The Day: Food Forest

March 8, 2012 9:40 am

Organizers in Seattle plan to create a "food forest" which will offer city dwellers a chance to pick apples, plums and other crops right from the branch.

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Miss. County Sells Land For Peanut Plant

March 7, 2012 12:58 pm

Leflore County has agreed to sell 30 acres in the Industrial Park at $5,000 per acre to the peanut processor Clint Williams Co.

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ConAgra Completes Acquisition Of Del Monte Canada

March 7, 2012 12:56 pm

ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that it completed the acquisition of Del Monte Canada from Sun Capital Partners.

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Warm Winter Could Mean More Farm Pests

March 7, 2012 12:53 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER,Associated Press

The mild winter that has given many Northern farmers a break from shoveling and a welcome chance to catch up on maintenance could lead to a tough spring as many pests that would normally freeze have not.

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Man's Death May Be Linked To Recalled Shrimp

March 7, 2012 12:49 pm

Northern Indiana health officials are investigating whether a South Bend man's recent death may be linked to recalled shrimp.

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$10M Tyson Verdict Overturned

March 7, 2012 12:47 pm | by CHUCK BARTELS,AP Business Writer

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed a $10 million jury verdict against Tyson Foods Inc., granting the company's request for a new trial based on allegations of juror misconduct and a mistake on interpreting the law.

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Consumer Trends: School Breakfast Trends

March 7, 2012 12:45 pm

The got breakfast? Foundation recently completed its 2012 survey of food service directors to assess current trends in School Breakfast Programs.  One key finding: Breakfast sites have expanded beyond the cafeteria to alternate sites with the biggest gains reported in kiosk locations and breakfast in the classroom.

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World Championship Highlights Art Of Cheese Making

March 7, 2012 10:01 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Watching 40 judges in white lab coats nibble on cheese and then spit the samples into garbage cans might not sound like an elegant evening to most people, but hundreds of cheese lovers have paid $25 each for a close-up view of Wednesday's World Championship Cheese Contest finals.

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