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Wendy's CEO: Our Wounds Were 'Self-Inflicted'

January 31, 2012 9:57 am | by CHRISTINA REXRODE,AP Business Writer

Wendy's new CEO on Monday called the dour results of the past few years "self-inflicted wounds" and vowed to do better, laying out plans that included hiring top-tier workers and reclaiming market share from higher-end competitors like Five Guys and Smashburger.


Starbucks Shipped More Than 100M K-Cups In 2 Months

January 31, 2012 9:52 am

At the end of 2011, just two months after the launch, Starbucks Coffee Company shipped more than 100 million K-Cup® packs and achieved a weighted All Commodity Volume (ACV) distribution across all channels of approximately 71 percent.

Photo Of The Day: Starbucks Heads To India

January 31, 2012 9:42 am

John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific, attends a press conference in Mumbai, India, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. Starbucks said it will open its first outlet in India by September, through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages.


Pinnacle Foods Expands, Creates 65 Jobs In Iowa

January 30, 2012 1:08 pm

Pinnacle Foods Group LLC officially opens a 17,000 square foot expansion to their Fort Madison canned meat factory today. The newly expanded location brings 65 jobs to Fort Madison, Iowa. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds joined Mayor Steve Ireland and local government officials and Pinnacle Foods executives to celebrate the grand opening of the facility at today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Vermont Utility Seeks 'Cow Power'

January 30, 2012 1:05 pm

A Vermont utility is looking for more farms that want to participate in its project that uses farm waste to help generate electricity and more customers willing to pay extra to use the power.

Hershey Expands Cocoa Community Programs In Africa

January 30, 2012 1:03 pm

The Hershey Company today announced its plan to reinforce cocoa sustainability efforts by accelerating farmer and family development in West Africa, where 70 percent of the world’s cocoa is grown.


Hostess Asks Judge To Cut Union Commitments

January 30, 2012 12:58 pm

Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies that filed for bankruptcy reorganization earlier this month, has asked a judge to slash some of its commitments to union employees, saying it's the only way it can emerge as a viable company.

Raw Milk Farm Suspends Production After Illnesses

January 30, 2012 12:55 pm

Health officials say six people in Pennsylvania and Maryland who consumed raw milk from the same farm have been stricken with illnesses that suggest the product may contain harmful bacteria.


Consumer Trends: Diners Demand Health & Convenience For Family Restaurants

January 30, 2012 12:51 pm

While the restaurant industry as a whole spent 2011 in a recessionary slump, the family midscale segment has been the most negatively impacted and the next few years aren't expected to show an upward swing.


IFT To Host Wellness Conference

January 30, 2012 10:12 am

IFT will be hosting the fifth Wellness conference March 28th and 29th. The conference will offer attendees a unique blend of unbiased perspectives, news about emerging trends, and information on how organizations within the food industry are penetrating the health and wellness sector. Wellness 12 will offer professionals involved in developing, producing, and bringing healthy foods to market with a unique combination of the latest advances in the healthful foods arena and the practical knowledge to apply these advances to their own product development initiatives.


Mislabeling Prompts Beef Recall

January 30, 2012 10:07 am

A Minnesota wholesaler is recalling more than a ton of beef sirloin products because the labels fail to indicate that one ingredient is milk, a possible allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says J&B Group Inc. of St. Michael is recalling about 2,645 pounds of products. The products were made between January and September of last year, and were distributed for institutional use in Montana, North Dakota and Texas.


BP Spill Brings Funding To Gulf Agriculture

January 30, 2012 10:05 am | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI,Associated Press

For decades, farmers and fishermen along the Gulf of Mexico watched as their sensitive ecosystem's waters slowly got dirtier and islands eroded, all while the country largely ignored the destruction. It took BP PLC's well blowing out in the Gulf — and the resulting environmental catastrophe when millions of gallons of oil spewed into the ocean and washed ashore — for the nation to turn its attention to the slow, methodical ruin of an ecosystem vital to the U.S. economy.


Starbucks To Open First India Store

January 30, 2012 10:01 am | by ERIKA KINETZ,AP Business Writer

Starbucks will open its first outlet in India by September through a 50-50 joint venture with Tata Global Beverages, the companies said Monday. "We're going to move as fast as possible in opening as many stores as we can so long as we are successful and so long as we are embraced by the Indian consumers," said John Culver, president of Starbucks China and Asia Pacific.


Pecan Growers Caught Up In New Mexico Drug Busts

January 30, 2012 9:56 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

Federal authorities said Friday they've taken down two major drug trafficking and money laundering operations in different parts of New Mexico, one involving an Albuquerque firefighter and the other southern New Mexico pecan growers.

Photo Of The Day: Oil Spill Draws Attention To Gulf Coast

January 30, 2012 9:52 am

In this Dec. 16, 2011 photo, rancher Dallas Ford talks about his cattle in Tivoli, Texas. Ford has put in new fencing to keep his cattle in separate fields to prevent them from chewing the grass too far down and force them to drink out of strategically located troughs.


Deli Sandwich Pulled For Listeria

January 27, 2012 4:05 pm

M.E. Thompson, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL is recalling its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Sub Sandwich, UPC 0543200194, with an expiration date of January 19th and January 22nd because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 


Vt. Farm Purchases State Mobile Poultry Processor

January 27, 2012 3:59 pm

A Vermont farm has bought the state's mobile poultry processing unit for $61,000. The owners of Tangletown Farm in Middlesex say the unit will allow them to expand their business and play a larger role in Vermont agriculture. Lila Bennett and David Robb say they're working on a plan that will allow other small farms to use the unit.


50 Percent Of Food Inspections Failed In China In 2011

January 27, 2012 3:57 pm

AsiaInspection, a leading provider of quality control services for businesses importing from Asia, today announces the AsiaInspection 2011 Q4 Barometer, a quarterly synopsis of Asia-based manufacturing and the quality control services industry.


Taco Bell Rings In Breakfast

January 27, 2012 3:55 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Yo quiero Taco Bell breakfast burrito! The Mexican-style fast-food chain that's best remembered for a 1990s ad in which a Chihuahua proclaimed "I want Taco Bell" in Spanish, introduced a breakfast menu Thursday at nearly 800 restaurants in 14 states.


FDA Detains OJ Imports After Finding Fungicide

January 27, 2012 3:41 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration has detained several shipments of imported orange juice after finding traces of an illegal fungicide. The government says the juice is safe to drink. But the fungicide, carbendazim, is not approved for use in the United States, so any juice that contains traces of it must be detained. It is used in other countries to combat mold on orange trees.



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