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Fresh Del Montel 2Q Profit Rises Despite Fewer Banana Sales

July 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Weaker sales of bananas, other produce and prepared foods pulled Del Monte's revenue down in the second quarter, but net income rose 63 percent thanks to lower charges and expenses.


Whale Activist On The Run Vows To Continue Work

July 31, 2012 12:48 pm

Paul Watson, the fugitive founder of environmental group Sea Shepherd, vowed Tuesday to continue disrupting Japan's whaling fleet when it heads for the southern oceans this winter, despite authorities in at least three countries seeking his arrest.


AB InBev Revenues Up

July 31, 2012 12:46 pm

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, the world's biggest brewer, says its second-quarter revenues rose by 4.7 percent despite a slight decrease in the volumes of sales.


Coca-Cola, Take Recycling Upscale

July 31, 2012 12:44 pm

In hopes of giving products made from recycled materials a little more cachet, musician and The Coca-Cola Co. are partnering to make a line of clothing and gear called Ekocycle. The idea is to brand recycled products with a hipper image that resonates with young consumers.


Consumer Trends: Building Trust In Food Labels

July 31, 2012 12:39 pm

A recent survey showed health professionals, scientists, government health and regulatory bodies and health-related associations were the most trusted sources of food product information.


U.S. Consumer Spending Flat

July 31, 2012 10:11 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

Americans spent no more in June than they did in May, even though their income grew at the fastest pace in three months.

Cantaloupes Recalled For Listeria

July 31, 2012 10:10 am

Burch Equipment LLC, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling 580 cases of whole Athena cantaloupes due to the potential for being contaminated with Listeria.


Some Farmers Struggle As Drought Kills Vegetables

July 31, 2012 10:08 am | by DINESH RAMDE,Associated Press

Small fruit and vegetable farmers throughout the Midwest are struggling with unusual heat and a once-in-decades drought.


Assets From Failed Sweetener Plant To Be Auctioned

July 31, 2012 10:05 am

The bondholder trustee for a failed artificial sweetener facility that was supposed to have brought more than 600 jobs in central Missouri said it will auction off assets this fall because it could not find a buyer for the plant.


Coca-Cola Move Seen As Early CEO Succession Test

July 31, 2012 10:03 am

The Coca-Cola Co. is streamlining its business and raising the profiles of two key executives, a move that could better position them to eventually succeed CEO Muhtar Kent.


Photo Of The Day: Parched Produce

July 31, 2012 9:58 am

The potato yield at King's Hill Farm in Mineral Point, Wis., is about one fifth of the expected yield, but is the farm's only salvageable crop after the other crops perished in the drought gripping large sections of the Midwest.


ConAgra Buys Bertolli, P.F. Chang’s Frozen Brands

July 30, 2012 12:59 pm

ConAgra Foods is adding the Bertolli and P.F. Chang's brands to its line of frozen foods that already includes Healthy Choice, Banquet and Marie Callender's products.


East Coast Fisheries Chief Faces Challenges

July 30, 2012 12:57 pm | by JAY LINDSAY,Associated Press

New England's fishing industry is in the middle of what some fear is a fatal squeeze between fishery science, which shows key species in poor health, and federal law demanding tough cuts to protect the fish.


Maine Expects Largest Blueberry Harvest Since 2000

July 30, 2012 12:55 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

This year's crop is projected to come in between 90 million to 95 million pounds, with the monthlong harvest kicking into gear the first week of August. If the yield reaches 90 million pounds, it would be the largest harvest since 2000, when production reached a record 110 million pounds.


Cal-Maine Has Strong 4Q

July 30, 2012 12:53 pm

Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods says its net income grew more than five-fold in its fiscal fourth quarter as it produced and sold more eggs in the period on stronger consumer demand and got a lift from a one-time gain related to a joint venture.


Coca-Cola Streamlining Operating Structure

July 30, 2012 12:51 pm

Starting next year, the world's largest beverage company says its business will be built around three units: Coca-Cola Americas, Coca-Cola International and a bottling division, which will oversee the company's bottling operations outside North America.


Consumer Trends: Canadians Confident In Food Safety

July 30, 2012 12:48 pm

Canadians are confident in Canada's food safety system, according to results from a recent study commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).


Mich. Ag Dept. Head Works To Improve Food Safety

July 30, 2012 10:14 am | by DAVID RUNK,Associated Press

Jamie Clover Adams notes that ensuring food safety remains at the core of the department's mission. With more funding for the coming budget year approved by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder, she said, the department is stepping up those efforts.


Unemployment Could Stay High As U.S. Economy Slows

July 30, 2012 10:12 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

High unemployment isn't going away — not as long as the economy grows as slowly as it did in the April-June quarter.


House To Vote On Drought Relief, Farm Bill

July 30, 2012 10:10 am | by JIM ABRAMS,Associated Press

The House, under pressure to extend relief to drought-hit farmers and ranchers before Congress begins its summer recess, is expected to take up legislation this week to revive several expired disaster assistance programs.



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