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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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Pepsi Plant To Close

April 23, 2012 1:06 pm

A Pepsi-Cola franchisee says it's closing its soft drink plant in Huron. The Huron Plainsman reports that the last day of production will be May 17. Ten full-time employees are affected.

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Starbucks To Open At Disney

April 23, 2012 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks is about to perk up "the happiest place on earth." The Seattle-based coffee chain on Monday is announcing a partnership to open a store inside each of the six Disney properties in California and Florida.

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Watchdog: Mexico Should Probe Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal

April 23, 2012 1:02 pm | by GALIA GARCIA-PALAFOX,Associated Press

Government officials declined on Sunday to comment on the allegations contained in a New York Times report that said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. failed to notify law enforcement after its own investigators found evidence that millions of dollars in bribes had been paid in Mexico to spur the company's rapid expansion there.

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Blast Kills 1 At Norway Dairy Plant

April 23, 2012 12:57 pm

An explosion ripped through a Norwegian dairy plant building in the country's southeast on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding three others, a Norwegian broadcaster reported. Rescuers also sought five people believed to be missing.

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Consumer Trends: Fewer Americans Thinking Green

April 23, 2012 12:54 pm

Since the summer of 2009, the Harris Poll has been tracking Americans' attitudes toward the environment as well as their engagement in various environmentally-friendly, or "green," behaviors. The latest installment finds that many green behaviors, including those capable of saving consumers money, continue to decline. And perhaps more alarming, considerably fewer U.S. adults now express concern for, and awareness of, environmental issues.

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McDonald's Ever-Changing Menu Boosts Profits

April 23, 2012 10:01 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's ever-evolving mix of affordable menu items and new offerings like the Chicken McBites is helping the chain solidify its dominance in the fast-food industry.

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Romney's Budget Would Cut Food Inspections

April 23, 2012 9:58 am | by ANDREW TAYLOR,Associated Press

Reducing government deficits Mitt Romney's way would mean less money for health care for the poor and disabled and big cuts to nuts-and-bolts functions such as food inspection, border security and education.

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Nestle Buys Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Business For $11.85B

April 23, 2012 9:54 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Swiss food and drink giant Nestle SA announced a deal Monday to acquire Pfizer Inc.'s infant-nutrition business for $11.85 billion in a bid to boost sales in emerging markets.

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Pizza Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

April 23, 2012 9:52 am

Albie's Foods of Gaylord says about 310 pounds of fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza calzone products were produced on April 10 and shipped to customers in Michigan and Indiana. The recall covers packages containing 48 4.5-ounce pieces of Albie's Pizza Calzone.

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FDA Outlines Rules For Nanotechnology In Food

April 23, 2012 9:50 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

Regulators are proposing that food companies that want to use tiny engineered particles in their packaging may have to provide extra testing data to show the products are safe.

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Photo Of The Day: Mustard Wins Big

April 23, 2012 9:46 am

Beaverton Foods, Inc. won six total awards and two Gold Medals at the 18th annual “World-Wide Mustard Competition” held at the National Mustard Museum in Middleton, Wis., in April.  Nearly 300 mustard entries entered the competition, which honors mustards from all around the globe in 18 categories.

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Nestle Boosted By Emerging Markets

April 20, 2012 1:06 pm | by JOHN HEILPRIN,Associated Press

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA forecast Friday that 2012 will be a challenging year but reported that first-quarter sales rose a healthy 5.6 percent from a year earlier, fueled by strong growth in emerging markets and higher retail prices.

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Kraft Signs Deal With Costa Coffee

April 20, 2012 1:03 pm

Kraft Foods Inc. said Friday that it signed a deal that will allow Costa Coffee stores to sell its Tassimo single-cup coffee machines in the United Kingdom and make Costa beverages available using the machines.

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Pass The Hemp Vodka

April 20, 2012 1:02 pm | by MARK THIESSEN,Associated Press

Purgatory, a hemp seed vodka, is the newest flavor from the Alaska Distillery, the Wasilla-based company which made a mark two years ago with the introduction of its smoked salmon-flavored vodka.

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Chronicling The Livestock Antibiotics Debate

April 20, 2012 12:58 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Health Writer

The bacon you had for breakfast is at the center of a 35-year debate over antibiotics. That's because the same life-saving drugs that are prescribed to treat everything from ear infections to tuberculosis in humans also are used to fatten the animals that supply the chicken, beef and pork we eat every day.

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Union Ends Brief Strike Against Coca-Cola Distributor

April 20, 2012 12:52 pm

Teamsters members are going back to work after a brief walkout against two Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated operations in West Virginia. The union says 86 members of Teamsters Local 175 went on strike Thursday morning at the company's facilities in Charleston and Logan. Another 67 union workers honored picket lines at facilities in Bluefield, Clarksburg and Parkersburg.

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Four Accused Of Distributing Contaminated Cheese

April 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Four people are accused of ignoring U.S. Food and Drug Administration orders and distributing more than 110,000 pounds of contaminated cheese. Some of it contained salmonella, E. coli and other potentially harmful bacteria.

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Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Boost Nutraceutical Ingredients Market

April 20, 2012 12:44 pm

An increasing number of clinical studies confirming the health benefits of nutraceuticals and their broad applications in food, beverages, dietary supplements, and pediatric and adult nutritional preparations has provided support for the growing use of nutraceutical ingredients.

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Ark. Ice Cream Plant Reopens

April 20, 2012 10:03 am | by ALLEN REED,Associated Press

Gov. Mike Beebe celebrated the return of Yarnell's Ice Cream Thursday morning and got to take the ceremonial first bite of the Arkansas treat. The governor joined Yarnell's officials, who announced the return of ice creams, frozen yogurts and ice cream sandwiches. The Searcy-based ice cream producer laid off 200 workers and halted production in June after nearly 80 years of business, citing of declining sales and rising food and fuel prices. It had borrowed $7 million from state agencies in the years leading up to the closure.

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