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Ga. Ag Commissioner Calls For Guest Worker Reform

February 10, 2012 12:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press

Georgia's agriculture commissioner traveled to Washington on Thursday and urged members of Congress to reform a federal agricultural guest worker program to make it easier for farmers to use. Commissioner Gary Black told a House subcommittee that Georgia farmers are struggling to find workers, and the current guest worker program is too cumbersome to make it viable. Black, a Republican, said he was encouraged to see interest on the issue from federal lawmakers from both parties. 


Snyder's-Lance Posts 4Q Profit

February 10, 2012 12:54 pm

Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance Inc. swung to a profit in the fourth quarter as it moved away from costs tied to the acquisition that combined the two companies.


Vita Coco Settles Nutrition Lawsuit

February 10, 2012 12:49 pm

The makers of Vita Coco have settled a lawsuit claiming its top-selling coconut water drinks do not provide the nutrients promised. As part of the agreement, All Market Inc. said it will change its labels to more accurately reflect the "natural variability" of coconut water starting in May. The company will also provide up to $5 million in refunds, vouchers and charitable donations as part of the settlement.


Consumer Trends: Downsizing Beats Calorie Warnings

February 10, 2012 12:45 pm

Studies have shown fast-food calorie postings do little to deter diners from overeating. A better approach may be for restaurants to simply ask consumers if they’d like smaller portions, according to a new Tulane University study in this month’s Health Affairs.


Iowa Governor, China Official Note Importance Of Ag Trade

February 10, 2012 10:22 am

Gov. Terry Branstad and China's consul general are stressing the importance of trade in advance of a visit to Iowa by China's vice president. Speaking Wednesday at a Statehouse news conference, Consul General Yang Guoqaing noted that China's relationship with Iowa is vital because the state is an agricultural powerhouse. He says it's in the interest of both Iowa and China to increase trade.


Crippled Wine Bottle Plant To Reopen In July

February 10, 2012 10:19 am | by ERIK OLSON

Workers at the Bennu Glass plant have chiseled away tons hardened glass from the crippled melter of the wine bottle plant here, and a new furnace and 100 employees should be ready to restart the shuttered plant in July, company officials say.


University Designs Model To Improve Fish Farming

February 10, 2012 10:17 am

The university hopes that framing the development of recirculating aquaponics facilities as a holistic and synergistic systems-based endeavor will enable a robust analysis of the environmental, social and economic benefits that will make fish production more sustainable.


Report: Canada Has Higher Foodborne Illness Rates Than U.S.

February 10, 2012 10:14 am | by By Paul Clarke, THE CANADIAN PRESS

A new food safety report released by the Conference Board of Canada says rates of food-borne illnesses in Canada are higher than the United States. Canadians suffer more often from salmonella, e. coli, campylobacter and yersinia than Americans, according to the report prepared by the Centre for Food in Canada. 


Tribe Sues Beer Companies For Alcohol Problems

February 10, 2012 10:11 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota said it is demanding $500 million in damages for the cost of health care, social services and child rehabilitation caused by chronic alcoholism on the reservation, which encompasses some of the most impoverished counties in the United States.


Photo Of The Day: Improving Fish Farming

February 10, 2012 10:06 am

A small-scale aquaponics demonstration lab at UMass Amherst. Such recirculating aquaculture systems include various water treatment devices connected through flowing water. The waste stream is diverted to a hydroponic garden where plant roots strip out nutrients. Clean water is then recycled back to the fish holding pens.


Tassimo T Discs Recalled For Burn Hazard

February 9, 2012 1:04 pm

Tassimo espresso T Discs manufactured by Kraft Foods Global Inc., of Northfield, Ill.; sold at department, mass merchandise, home improvement and other stores nationwide and online from August 2011 through February 2012. The recall involves Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob brand espresso T Discs.


Coca-Cola Enterprises Earnings Jolted By Energy Drinks

February 9, 2012 1:01 pm

Coca-Cola Enterprises, which bottles the soda company's products in Europe, said Thursday that its fourth-quarter net income rose 17 percent on increased prices and strong growth for energy drinks. The Atlanta company earned $113 million, or 36 cents per share, compared with $97 million, or 28 cents per share, during the same period a year earlier and revenue increased 6 percent to $1.89 billion, matching expectations on Wall Street.


Experts Expect Beef Prices To Climb For Next 2 Years

February 9, 2012 12:56 pm | by BETSY BLANEY,Associated Press

The smallest cattle herd since the 1950s likely will mean higher beef prices at the supermarket for the next two years. Experts said beef prices could climb as much as 10 percent a year in 2012 and 2013, and the increase could be even greater if demand from other countries increases. 


Military Food Gets Nutrition Upgrade

February 9, 2012 12:54 pm | by NANCY BENAC,Associated Press

Hold the mystery meat: Military bases will soon be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services. First lady Michelle Obama and Pentagon officials planned to announce the effort Thursday during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, where the military has been experimenting with the idea through a pilot program designed to improve the quality and variety of foods served on base. 


PepsiCo To Cut 8,700 Jobs

February 9, 2012 12:51 pm | by MAE ANDERSON,AP Business Writer

PepsiCo is trying to put some fizz back into its business. The food and drinks maker announced a restructuring on Thursday that includes cutting 8,700 jobs globally and plowing money into advertising drinks like Pepsi and Mountain Dew in North America.


Consumer Trends: Soup And Salad Are Popular Restaurant Items

February 9, 2012 12:49 pm

Whether it's a cup or bowl, side or entree, 61 percent of consumers now order soup at least occasionally during restaurant visits, up from 52 percent just two years ago. Salads have grown even more, nearly half of consumers now order salad all or most of the time compared to 34 percent.


Tainted Liquor Kills 22 In India

February 9, 2012 10:15 am

Officials say at least 22 people have died and more are sick after drinking toxic bootleg liquor made from cough medicine in eastern India.


Wis. Battle Brewing Over Homebrew Proposal

February 9, 2012 10:13 am | by BARBARA RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press

A fight brewed in the Legislature Wednesday over a proposal to clarify whether Wisconsin residents can make and serve beer outside their homes. Supporters, many home brewers, testified during a packed state Assembly committee hearing that they just want to continue brewing and sharing homespun suds as they have for years. But industry officials said the bill risks necessary state rules and regulations — especially those that apply to alcohol distribution. 


Creator Of Lemonheads Dies At 93

February 9, 2012 10:11 am | by KAREN HAWKINS,Associated Press

Candy company executive Nello Ferrara lived a sweet life. The man who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls routinely serenaded the restaurants where he dined and held mandatory family dinners every Sunday, said his son, Salvatore Ferrara. 


Caterer Accused Of Violating Kosher Food Laws

February 9, 2012 10:08 am | by FRANK ELTMAN,Associated Press

The owner of one of Long Island's largest catering companies has been accused of seriously violating Jewish law by having workers prepare kosher and non-kosher meals in the same kitchen. The allegations come from the former chef and general manager of Morrell Caterers, who claim they were instructed to prepare non-kosher meals in one of three kitchens operated by the company. Among observant Jews, kosher law defines what foods are fit for consumption and how they must be prepared, and the mixing of kosher and non-kosher products is strictly forbidden. 



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