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Lay’s Taste-Tests Fan-Nominated Flavors

February 11, 2013 9:51 am | by JOSEPH PISANI,AP Business Writer

The next Lay's potato chip will taste like chicken and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used in Thai dishes. Lay's is letting potato chip lovers decide which one of the three will be its newest flavor. All of them will be sold at retailers nationwide starting next week. After trying them, fans have until May to vote for their favorites. The flavor with the most votes will stay on store shelves.


Guatemala Declares National Coffee Emergency

February 11, 2013 9:47 am | by SONIA PEREZ,Associated Press

Guatemala's president declared a national emergency Friday over the spread of coffee rust, saying the fungus that has hit other Central American countries is affecting 70 percent of this nation's crop. President Otto Molina Perez ordered the release of more than $14 million to aid coffee growers.


France Hunting Fraudsters in Horsemeat Scandal

February 11, 2013 9:45 am | by ANGELA CHARLTON,Associated Press

Europe's horsemeat scandal is spreading and threatening cross-border tensions, as France says Romanian butchers and Dutch and Cypriot traders were part of a supply chain that resulted in horsemeat disguised as beef being sold in frozen lasagna around the continent.


Constellation and Crown File Motion in InBev Case

February 11, 2013 9:41 am

Constellation Brands Inc. and Crown Imports filed a motion Friday to ensure that their interests are represented in the government's case against beer maker Anheuser-Busch InBev's proposed acquisition of Grupo Modelo. The Justice Department says the AB InBev and Modelo deal would reduce competition by bringing two of the most popular beer brands — Budweiser and Corona — under one owner.


Photo of the Day: Coffee Crisis

February 11, 2013 9:39 am

Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina has declared a national emergency over the spread of coffee rust, a fungus that is affecting 70 percent of the country's crop. Molina said Friday that the pesticides will start being applied to coffee plants in April and that two more applications will be needed during the year.

Consumer Trends: Hispanic-Americans Drink More Coffee

February 8, 2013 12:00 pm

The National Coffee Association finds that Hispanic-Americans drink significantly more coffee than their non-Hispanic neighbors. The report, Ethnicity and Coffee, reveals that 74% of Hispanic-Americans drink coffee daily, twelve percentage points ahead of other Americans.


Daily Sound Bite: Southern Diet Linked to Stroke Risk

February 8, 2013 9:57 am

A new study reports that those who eat a "southern diet" may be at increased risk of stroke. The study defined a southern diet as one containing foods such as, "fried foods, processed meats (lunchmeat, jerky), red meat, eggs, sweet drinks and whole milk."


New Jersey Issues First Distiller’s License Since 1933

February 8, 2013 9:54 am

New Jersey has issued its first distillery license for the first time since Prohibition ended in 1933. The action clears the way for Jersey Artisan Distilling to begin producing rum at its plant in Fairfield. Alcoholic Beverage Control director Michael Halfacre says the rum will be made using classic techniques that represent the traditional style of dark rum that was made in New Jersey during the colonial period.


Industry Critiques Pa. Governor’s Liquor Plan

February 8, 2013 9:53 am | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's liquor privatization plan could result in many more retailers selling beer and wine than he anticipates, a Senate Democrat said Thursday, as industry players critiqued legislation that has yet to be introduced. Sen. Jim Ferlo, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Law and Justice Committee, said at least 10,000 retailers would qualify for the new licenses, twice as many as Corbett estimates.


Oregon to Allow Canola in Willamette Valley

February 8, 2013 9:51 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER,Associated Press

Oregon will allow canola to be grown in the Willamette Valley for the first time despite objections from organic seed farmers concerned that canola production will harm their delicate crops. The state Department of Agriculture issued a rule Thursday allowing up to 2,500 acres of the yellow-flowering canola, which can be pressed to extract oil for food or fuel.


Green Mountain Shares Tumble on Weak Outlook

February 8, 2013 9:50 am

Shares of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters slid 4 percent Thursday after the company issued a weaker-than-expected revenue forecast for the current quarter. While Green Mountain's fiscal first-quarter results beat Wall Street predictions, it said that it expects a slowdown in the overall coffee industry.


Horsemeat Lasagna Recalled in Sweden

February 8, 2013 9:48 am

Frozen-food company Findus is recalling beef lasagna meals in Sweden after tests confirmed the products contained horsemeat. The move follows a similar recall earlier this week in Britain amid a widening scandal surrounding the use of horsemeat and the mislabeling of meat products in Europe.


Connecticut Considers Modified Food Labels

February 8, 2013 9:43 am

Plans are under way to offer at least two bills during this year's session of the Connecticut General Assembly that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food. Democratic state Rep. Phil Miller of Ivoryton said Thursday that he and Democratic state Rep. Diana Urban of North Stonington, are proposing legislation. He said consumers should be allowed to make an educated choice about their food purchases.


Calif. Gov. Pitches Water Tunnel Idea to Farmers

February 8, 2013 9:42 am | by JULIET WILLIAMS,Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown waded into potentially hostile territory Wednesday as he pitched his $14 billion plan to reshape California's water-delivery system by building massive tunnels below the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He attended one of the largest agricultural shows on the West Coast, where he addressed hundreds of farmers, some of whom later said they remain wary of the latest proposal to address the state's water problems.


Southern Diet May Raise Stroke Risk

February 8, 2013 9:40 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE,AP Chief Medical Writer

Deep-fried foods may be causing trouble in the Deep South. People whose diets are heavy on them and sugary drinks like sweet tea and soda were more likely to suffer a stroke, a new study finds. It's the first big look at diet and strokes, and researchers say it might help explain why blacks in the Southeast — the nation's "stroke belt" — suffer more of them.


Coca-Cola Enterprises Profit Falls 12 Percent

February 8, 2013 9:36 am

Coca-Cola Enterprises, which bottles and distributes Coca-Cola drinks in Europe, said Thursday that its profit fell 12 percent in the fourth quarter as it dealt with rising costs and sold fewer beverages. The company, which is separate from Coca-Cola Co., said sales volume for the period fell by 5.5 percent amid "ongoing challenging conditions."


UK: Lasagna Products 60 Percent Horsemeat

February 8, 2013 9:33 am | by CASSANDRA VINOGRAD,Associated Press

Some beef lasagna products recalled from British stores contained more than 60 percent horsemeat, U.K. food safety authorities said Thursday. It was the latest revelation in a growing scandal surrounding the use of horsemeat and the mislabeling of meat products in Europe.


Photo of the Day: Deep-Fried Trouble

February 8, 2013 9:31 am

This Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 photo shows fried chicken, foreground, and fried chicken livers with hush puppies at a restaurant in Charlotte, N.C. Deep-fried foods may be causing trouble in the Deep South. People whose diets are heavy on them and sugary drinks were more likely to suffer a stroke, according to a new study released Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

Daily Sound Bite: Sagging Productivity Eats Into Corporate Profits

February 7, 2013 12:38 pm

With economic activity shrinking in the fourth quarter of 2012, worker productivity also contracted. The figure will rebound and the downturn was caused by temporary factors, say economists, but not without some impact on corporate profits.


Registration Open for PROCESS EXPO and Dairy Show

February 7, 2013 12:29 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) announced that registration is now open for the co-located PROCESS EXPO and the International Dairy Show, taking place November 3-6, 2013 in Chicago's McCormick Place.



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