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Consumer Trends: Opportunities For A ‘Better Burger’

August 8, 2012 12:47 pm

The limited-service burger segment is the largest menu segment by revenue in the restaurant industry. It is driven on one hand by McDonald's, which accounts for half of the segment's business, and on the other hand by a growing number of "better burger" concepts, upscaled fast-casual burger players.


McDonald's Does Breakfast At Midnight

August 8, 2012 9:54 am

McDonald's says some of its locations are offering items from the breakfast menu — such as Egg McMuffins, Sausage McMuffins and hotcakes — starting at midnight.


Fewer Trans Fats Cited As Kids' Cholesterol Drops

August 8, 2012 9:52 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer

Some experts think that while most kids may not be eating less or exercising more, they may be getting fewer trans fats. That's because the artery-clogging ingredient has been removed or reduced in many processed or fried foods such as doughnuts, cookies and french fries.


Beverage Companies Pay Big Money To Conserve Water

August 8, 2012 9:50 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

There is no total available for how much the beverage industry has invested in water conservation projects in the past five years, but experts believe it's more than $500 million dollars.


Soybean-Sucking Bugs Reach Miss.

August 8, 2012 9:47 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press

Kudzu bugs, pea-sized Asian insects with hearty appetites for soybeans as well as the weed they're named after, have hitchhiked from Alabama to western Mississippi. Farmers and entomologists in Arkansas and Louisiana are keeping a wary eye out for an invasion.


Canadian Lobstermen Protest Cheap Maine Lobster

August 8, 2012 9:45 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Canadian lobstermen set up blockades at factories, and six to eight plants in Atlantic Canada stopped processing operations Tuesday amid intensifying protests demanding that the plants not accept low-priced Maine lobster.


Photo Of The Day: Spending Millions On Water

August 8, 2012 9:43 am

Beverage companies have been teaming up with environmental groups to preserve and conserve water and watersheds, most recently Dr. Pepper with the Nature Conservancy on watersheds that the company draws on directly for its product.


Dried Basil Recalled Due To Salmonella

August 7, 2012 12:45 pm | by The Canadian Press

A recall order has been issued for Spice Kingdom brand dried Egyptian Basil due to possible Salmonella contamination.


Price Hikes Help MillerCoors 2Q Profit

August 7, 2012 12:43 pm

Beer maker MillerCoors said Tuesday that higher prices and cost management helped lift its net income by 10 percent in the second quarter.


Campbell Completes Acquisition Of Bolthouse Farms

August 7, 2012 12:42 pm

Campbell Soup Company announced it has completed the acquisition of Bolthouse Farms from a fund managed by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, for $1.55 billion in cash.


Snyder’s-Lance Returns To Profit In 2Q

August 7, 2012 12:39 pm

Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. returned to profitability in its second quarter as it faced lower expenses related to the merger of its two businesses.


USDA: Half Of U.S. Corn In Poor Condition

August 7, 2012 12:37 pm

The USDA says the condition of the country's corn and soybean crops hasn't gotten much worse in the past week but large portions remain in poor shape amid widespread drought.


Consumer Trends: Americans Concerned About Drought’s Impact

August 7, 2012 12:35 pm

With the recent USDA forecast that food prices will rise throughout the next year due to widespread drought, many Americans report they are concerned about the upcoming high costs.


New Allergen Labeling Rules Take Effect In Canada

August 7, 2012 10:00 am

New allergen labelling regulations for most foods sold in Canada took effect last Friday.


Wash. Wine Bottle Plant Up And Running

August 7, 2012 9:57 am | by ERIK OLSON,The Daily News

The Port of Kalama facility made its first production-quality wine bottles last Wednesday, ushering in a new era for a plant that seemed destined for mothballs three years ago.


Honey Board Addresses Consumer Confusion

August 7, 2012 9:54 am

"Lately, there has been some confusion about honey and honey filtration," said Bruce Boynton, CEO of the National Honey Board. "The term 'ultrafiltration' has been misused in association with traditional filtration methods commonly used by many U.S. honey packers, leading some consumers to believe that any honey without pollen is not real honey. The truth is that honey is made by honey bees from the nectar of flowers and plants, not pollen."


Hershey School Changes HIV Policy

August 7, 2012 9:48 am | by MARK SCOLFORO,Associated Press

A 9th-grader from the Philadelphia area was considering an admissions offer by a private boarding school after it announced a new policy to treat HIV-positive applicants the same as others.


Food Exec Sentenced For Embezzlement

August 7, 2012 9:46 am

A former marketing director of a Central Valley frozen food company will serve time in prison for embezzling nearly $450,000 from the company.


Photo Of The Day: Abuzz Over Honey

August 7, 2012 9:45 am

The National Honey Board wants to clarify any misconceptions about honey.


Economy Generates 163K Jobs In July

August 6, 2012 1:01 pm | by PAUL WISEMAN,AP Economics Writers

The U.S. economy generated jobs last month at the fastest pace since February, a sign it is resilient enough to pull out of a midyear slump and grow modestly even as the rest of the world slows down.


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