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Consumer Trends: 2011 Food & Beverage Product Pacesetters

April 25, 2012 1:14 pm

SymphonyIRI Group announced today the most successful food and beverage and non-foods consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands in its 2011 New Product Pacesetters report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. New products are the lifeblood of the CPG industry, reinforced by the fact that, despite prolonged economic difficulties, 22 percent of consumers are always looking for new products to try.

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J&J Snacks Income Up 20 Percent In 2Q

April 25, 2012 10:13 am

J&J Snack Foods Corp. said Monday that its net income rose 20 percent on the strength of its foodservice unit and Icee-branded drinks.

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Study: Wash. Wine A 'Bright Spot' In The Economy

April 25, 2012 10:10 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

The study commissioned by the Washington State Wine Commission, the industry's leading promotional group funded by member growers and wineries, shows Washington wine contributes $8.6 billion annually to the state economy and nearly 30,000 jobs.

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South Korean Stores Pull U.S. Beef Over Mad Cow

April 25, 2012 10:07 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE,AP Business Writer

Two major South Korean retailers pulled U.S. beef from their stores Wednesday following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow. Reaction elsewhere in Asia was muted with Japan saying there's no reason to restrict imports.

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Burger King Promises To Go Cage-Free

April 25, 2012 10:05 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press

The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift Wednesday when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017.

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Mad Cow Discovered In Calif.

April 25, 2012 10:02 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA and TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

A non-descript building in the heart of California's dairy country has become the focus of intense scrutiny now that mad cow disease has been discovered in a dead dairy cow. The finding, announced Tuesday, is the first new case of the disease in the U.S. since 2006 — and the fact that the discovery was made at all was a stroke of luck. Tests are performed on only a small portion of dead animals brought to the transfer facility near Hanford.

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Photo Of The Day: Mad Over Beef

April 25, 2012 9:57 am

Two major South Korean retailers, including Lotte Mart, suspended sales of U.S. beef Wednesday following the discovery of mad cow disease in a U.S. dairy cow. Reaction elsewhere in Asia was muted with Japan saying there's no reason to restrict imports. The letters on a card at left top read " Starting from the 25th, we will temporarily stop the sales of the US beef. Thank you for your understanding".

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Wash. Sells Liquor Stores For $31M

April 24, 2012 1:06 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

The Washington state Liquor Control Board announced Monday that bids for Washington's 167 state-run liquor stores totaled about $30.8 million in an auction prompted by a voter initiative kicking the state out of the booze business.

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Pa. Lawmakers To Live A Week On $35 Worth Of Food

April 24, 2012 1:03 pm | by KATHY MATHESON,Associated Press

A congressman, the Philadelphia mayor and a trio of Pennsylvania state legislators pledged Monday to live on $35 worth of food for the next week in what they said was an effort to show how hard it is to subsist on government benefits.

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Higher Prices Lift Hershey 1Q Profits

April 24, 2012 1:00 pm

The candy maker said Tuesday its first-quarter profit rose 24 percent as higher prices and cost cutting helped offset higher ingredient costs. The company raised its sales forecast for the year and its shares rose 3.5 percent in premarket trading.

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Consumers, Food Inspectors Deliver Poultry Petitions

April 24, 2012 12:58 pm

Consumer watchdogs, concerned citizens and federal food inspectors represented by the American Federation of Government Employees delivered nearly 150,000 petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture opposing proposed changes to the poultry inspections process they say will impact the health and safety of the American public.

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Feds Accuse Wash. Farm Of Rehiring Illegal Immigrants

April 24, 2012 12:54 pm | by MANUEL VALDES,Associated Press

A Washington state herb farm that was forced to fire nearly 90 illegal immigrants because of a government audit rehired some of those workers, paid them cash and asked them to work at night because production began to drop, according to court documents filed Monday.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Organic Market Passed $31 Billion In 2011

April 24, 2012 12:52 pm

Driven by consumer choice, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. Of this, the organic food and beverage sector was valued at $29.22 billion, while the organic non-food sector reached $2.2 billion, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) 2012 Organic Industry Survey.

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U.S. Sen. Says Whole Foods Policy Hurts Fishermen

April 24, 2012 10:00 am

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is asking Whole Foods to reconsider a decision to no longer sell seafood it doesn't consider sustainable. In a letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb Monday, Brown said the decision has more to do with political correctness than sound reasoning.

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Shrimp Processors Object To BP Settlement Terms

April 24, 2012 9:58 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press

A group of Gulf Coast shrimp processors asked a federal judge Monday to hold off on giving his preliminary approval to portions of BP's proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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U.S. Asparagus Industry Sees Slight Recovery

April 24, 2012 9:55 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press

Asparagus farmers crushed for decades by a flood of South American imports have begun to expand production again in the hope that healthy eating trends and demand for homegrown vegetables will help bolster prices and sales of their stalks.

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Kellogg's Bleak Outlook Raises Stakes On Pringles

April 24, 2012 9:51 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers

Kellogg's lowered forecast for 2012 is raising the stakes on the breakfast food giant's purchase of Pringles earlier this year.

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Muscatine Residents Sue Corn Plant Over Pollution

April 24, 2012 9:47 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A Muscatine plant that manufactures corn-based products emits so much pollution that it has damaged homes, cars and property across the city, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

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Photo Of The Day: Asparagus Resurges

April 24, 2012 9:44 am

U.S. asparagus growers are replanting fields following a decades-long downturn.

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Beam Buys Pinnacle Vodka For $605M

April 23, 2012 1:08 pm

Beam Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy the Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack rum brands, along with other related assets, for $605 million in cash, from White Rock Distilleries.

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