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Ocean Spray Expands Craisins Recall

December 6, 2011 3:48 am

LAKEVILLE, Mass. (PRNewswire) — Ocean Spray today added five additional Best By code dates to its voluntary recall issued November 25, 2011 of a limited number of production lots of its Original Flavor Craisins® Dried Cranberries in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages in the western U.

Photo Of The Day: Radioactive Baby Formula

December 6, 2011 3:42 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, a canned powdered milk for infants Meiji Step, manufactured and sold by Japan's major food and candy maker Meiji Co., is shown. Traces of radiation spilled from the hobbled Japanese nuclear plant were detected in baby formula Tuesday in the latest in a string of contaminated food turning up in this nation.

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Idaho's Red Meat Production On The Decline

December 5, 2011 5:32 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The amount of red meat produced in Idaho has declined during the last decade, the Idaho Cattle Association says. And the United State Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service said red meat production at Idaho packing plants in October was down 80 percent from the same time last year at 3.

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Cargill Blames Economy For Job Cuts

December 5, 2011 5:31 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Food-industry conglomerate Cargill Inc. said Friday it will cut up to 2,000 jobs to reduce expenses in a weak economy. Cargill, which has 138,000 employees, said most of the cuts will occur in the next six months. "These are difficult decisions but are necessary to better position the company for continued growth," said spokesman Mike Fernandez.

Six Chinese Charged With Poaching Sea Turtles

December 5, 2011 5:28 am

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A court in the Philippines charged six Chinese fisherman with poaching endangered sea turtles in proceedings Monday aimed at protecting threatened wildlife along the country's coastline. Authorities discovered a batch of giant green turtles after intercepting the fishermen's speedboat in waters off the western province of Palawan on Friday, said military spokesman Maj.

Two Horse Meat Plants Being Considered In Wyo.

December 5, 2011 5:26 am

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A state lawmaker says at least two groups are considering opening horse slaughterhouses in Wyoming now that Congress has cleared the way for such operations. State Rep. Sue Wallis is a Republican from Recluse and a member of the group United Horsemen, a non-profit group which supports horse slaughter.

Kraft CEO Rosenfeld To Head Global Snacks Biz

December 5, 2011 5:23 am

NORTHFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc., which is splitting its business into two publicly traded companies, has named Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld to head the global snacks company after the breakup. Rosenfeld, 58, will serve as chairman and CEO of the snacks business which will include brands such as Trident gum and Cadbury chocolate.

Consumer Trends: Fair Trade Loyalty A Myth

December 5, 2011 4:57 am

MELBOURNE, Australia (PRNewswire) — A major UK study shows consumers are switching between fair trade and non-fair trade brands, despite what they claim. Victoria University branding expert Dr Maxwell Winchester surveyed 8,000 UK shoppers and found even those claiming a commitment to ethical shopping were more likely to buy large national brands than fair trade when both were available.

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Consumer Trends: Younger Generation Taking Over In The Kitchen

December 5, 2011 4:55 am

CHICAGO (PRNewswire) — While Baby Boomers have been given credit for launching America's cooking craze and nurturing it over the past few decades, Baby Boomers' children, the Millennial generation (aged 17-34 in 2011), are now poised to take over and start stirring the pot. According to a new Mintel report, younger cooks may lack skill in the kitchen, but make up for it with their enthusiasm.

Consumer Trends: Top Buying Trends for 2012

December 5, 2011 4:49 am

DUIVEN, the Netherlands (PRNewswire) — Innova Market Insights has identified ten key trends to impact the food and beverage market through 2012 and beyond. The top trends relate purity, authenticity and sustainability, as consumers continue to look for products with added value, despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.

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.

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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.

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