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PepsiCo, Ocean Spray Announce Alliance

January 17, 2012 4:12 am

PURCHASE, N.Y. and LAKEVILLE, Mass. (PRNewswire) — PepsiCo and Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. today announced they have formed a strategic alliance in Latin America.  As part of the alliance, PepsiCo will have exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute a portfolio of cranberry- and blueberry-based beverages through its Latin America Beverages division.

Poultry Shares Rise On Cheaper Corn

January 17, 2012 4:10 am

Shares of poultry producers rose sharply Thursday as corn prices plunged. Corn is one of the most expensive ingredients for chicken feed, and one of the biggest costs of production for companies like Tyson Foods Inc. Poultry producers have been squeezed in recent years by rising corn prices.

Snack Co. Purchases Ice Cream Maker

January 17, 2012 4:07 am

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Chicago snack food supplier has completed acquisition of an Arkansas ice cream maker and plans to make its products available to retailers across the state. In a statement released Monday, Schulze & Burch Biscuit Co. said its management will meet with retailers to present the Yarnell's Ice Cream Co.

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Idaho Leaders Look To Repurpose Potato Plant

January 17, 2012 4:06 am

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Eastern Idaho leaders say they're still working to find a new purpose for the J.R. Simplot potato processing plant in Aberdeen. The Simplot company announced last fall that it would close the plant in 2014, eliminating about 290 jobs. Former Pocatello Mayor Roger Chase told the Idaho State Journal that the importance of the plant to the town of less than 2,000 people can't be overstated.

FDA Says Orange Juice Is Safe

January 17, 2012 4:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. acknowledged Thursday it was the company that alerted federal regulators about low levels of fungicide in its own orange juice and in competitors' juice, prompting juice prices to rise and increased government testing for the residue. The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency have said orange juice is safe to drink and the levels found are below levels of concern.

Photo Of The Day: Dublin Dr Pepper's Demise

January 17, 2012 4:00 am

(AP) — Lined up are some of the last bottles Dr Pepper produced in Dublin, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012. Under an agreement, the Dublin Dr Pepper bottler will end production of the drink that Jeff Kloster's family has been bottling for more than a century. Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.

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Consumer Trends: International Flavors, Culinary Creativity Top Campus Menus

January 16, 2012 9:02 am

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (PRNewswire) — College students returning to campus from winter break won't have to go far to find their favorite home cooked meals served with a side of culinary creativity.  Hundreds of colleges and universities across the country will offer new menus from ARAMARK featuring international flavors and more seafood, vegan and vegetarian entrees.

Ralphs-Pugh Celebrates 100 Years

January 16, 2012 7:48 am

BENICIA, Calif. (Ralphs-Pugh) — The Ralphs-Pugh Company is celebrating its 100th year in business. The company was founded in San Francisco, Calif., in 1912 by William J. Pugh as a distributor of rubber goods and products focusing on agriculture and food processing. Two years later, Pugh and his father-in-law, Isaac Ralphs formed a partnership and began manufacturing custom conveyor belts and belt slitting machines.

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Cattle Association: Beef Plant Arson 'A Domestic Terrorist Attack'

January 16, 2012 7:37 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NCBA) – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Bill Donald issued the following statement regarding alleged animal rights extremist attacks on Harris Ranch, located in Coalinga, Calif. While law enforcement has not confirmed who was responsible for the attacks, the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, publicly released information on Jan.

Conn. Governor Backs Expanding Liquor Sales

January 16, 2012 7:33 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy plans to ask state lawmakers to expand the hours of alcohol sales in Connecticut, including Sunday sales at liquor and grocery stores. Malloy has called a Saturday news conference in Enfield to outline his plan, which will include allowing liquor stores to open on Sunday.

Recalled Beef May Contain Foreign Materials

January 16, 2012 7:30 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USDA) — RSW Distributors, LLC, a Forest City, N.C., establishment is recalling approximately 3,104 pounds of seasoned diced beef products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall include: Cases containing 4 (four) 8-lb.

Canadian Meat Inspectors Union Warns Of Food Safety Cuts

January 16, 2012 7:22 am

OTTAWA — The Conservative government's plan to slash spending on food safety could put Canadians at risk of another crisis like the deadly listeriosis outbreak, says the federal meat inspectors' union. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's latest spending plan proposes deep budget cuts, and the union says the food-safety program will be hit the hardest.

Va. Alcohol Sales Rise

January 16, 2012 3:53 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginians bought more alcohol in the state's beverage control stores and restaurants as the state agency saw a record profit in the last fiscal year. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said the agency has seen retail sales increase to record levels consecutively for the past 13 years, even as discussions continue about privatizing the state's liquor stores.

Orange Juice Worries Continue On New Supply Concerns

January 16, 2012 3:50 am

It's been a bungee-jumping kind of week for orange juice futures. Orange juice for March delivery rose 3.6 percent Friday to close at $1.846 per pound on expectations that Mexico's orange crop may have been damaged by drought. During the wild week, the price jumped to the highest level in nearly five years Tuesday, then fell 11 percent over Wednesday and Thursday.

America's Obesession With Overseas Food

January 16, 2012 3:47 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Which food revelation was more shocking this week? Did it blow you away that low levels of a fungicide that isn't approved in the U.S. were discovered in some orange juice sold here? Yawn. Or was it the news that Brazil, where the fungicide-laced juice originated, produces a good portion of the orange pulpy stuff we drink? Gasp! While the former may have sent prices for orange juice for delivery in March down 5.

Local Dr Pepper Brand's Demise Worries Texas Town

January 16, 2012 3:43 am

DUBLIN, Texas (AP) — Dublin didn't invent Dr Pepper, but no other place has embraced the soft drink quite like it has. A dozen or so signs and murals around town tout the virtues of the local version of the drink, Dublin Dr Pepper, which was first bottled in Dublin in 1891, six years after it debuted in Waco.

Neb. Bill Would Impose Higher Fees On Food Sellers

January 16, 2012 3:39 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A bill that would raise the ceiling on permit fees for restaurants, grocers and pushcart vendors is critical to maintain food safety in Nebraska, an industry lobbyist said Friday. The measure, which would apply to businesses that sell or process food, finances the state inspection program that ensures food is properly stored and prepared, said Kathy Siefken, a lobbyist for the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association.

Photo Of The Day: Far Flung Food

January 16, 2012 3:34 am

(AP) — In this Feb. 27, 2008 file photo, a Vietnamese woman works at a fish market in Nha Trang, Vietnam. It might have surprised you to learn in recent news that Brazil tops Florida as the world's largest orange juice producer. You probably also didn’t know most of our apple juice comes from China.

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FDA Awards Funding For Preventive Controls Alliance And Training

January 13, 2012 6:47 am

BEDFORD PARK, Ill. (IFSH) — Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH) will coordinate a national food safety alliance designed to assist the human and animal food industry in complying with upcoming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)-related preventive control regulations.

Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends For 2012

January 13, 2012 6:43 am

Washington, D.C. (ELFA) — The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) which represents the $628 billion equipment finance sector, today revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012.  Given that every year U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies spend in excess of $1.

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