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Kraft 3Q Profit Up 22 Percent

November 3, 2011 5:28 am

NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc.'s third-quarter profit jumped 22 percent as higher prices helped offset increased costs for the food maker. The company reported Wednesday that it earned $922 million, or 52 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That's up from $754 million, or 43 cents per share, last year.

Survey: "Flavor Flashbacks" Among Top Holiday Trends

November 3, 2011 5:27 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (PRNewswire/National Pork Board) — Nine out of 10 Americans are looking to incorporate retro dishes into their holiday menus this year, according to the National Pork Board's second annual "Holiday Table Trends" survey. Whether you're hungry for nostalgic flavors or modern twists, set a place for pork this holiday season as trendy takes on deviled eggs and reinvented brunch classics make their way to the table.

Report: PepsiCo Buys Brazilian Cookie Maker

November 3, 2011 5:26 am

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian subsidiary of PepsiCo has reportedly purchased one of the South American country's biggest cookie and cracker producers. The O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper is reporting that PepsiCo do Brasil has agreed to pay between 800 and 900 million reals (between $460 and $517 million) for Mabel, described as one of Brazil's five biggest cookie and cracker producers with a daily production capacity of 1.

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Humane Society Files Complaint Against Smithfield

November 3, 2011 5:25 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States has filed a complaint against Smithfield Foods, saying the world's largest pork producer continues to mistreat pigs despite a corporate push to convince consumers and shareholders it treats the animals well. The animal rights organization filed the complaint with the U.

Britain: Don't Import Whale Meat From Iceland

November 3, 2011 5:25 am

LONDON (AP) — The British government is warning travelers to Iceland that bringing whale meat back with them could lead to a fine or a jail term. Iceland continues to hunt whales despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling, and the meat is widely sold there. The Foreign Office on Wednesday updated its travel advice page for the North Atlantic nation, noting that "any importation of whale meat to the U.

Photo Of The Day: Top Winemaker Declared

November 3, 2011 5:24 am

(PRNewswire) — Wine Enthusiast Magazine has announced that Bob Cabral of Williams Selyem is its Winemaker of the Year for 2011. Cabral will be honored at January's Wine Star Awards in New York City. (PRNewsFoto/Williams Selyem Winery) Coca-Cola Buys Bottler For $360M Higher Prices, Halloween Sales Boost Hershey's Profit Okla.

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Sen. Distributes 'Frankenfish' Buttons On Halloween

November 2, 2011 4:57 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich used the Halloween holiday and buttons to continue the campaign to block genetically engineered salmon that grow faster than wild salmon. Begich in a press release Monday says he and staff members delivered "No Frankenfish" buttons to every Senate office on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the issue.

Light Alcohol Intake Linked To Breast Cancer

November 2, 2011 4:54 am

CHICAGO (AP) — Whether sipping beer, wine or whiskey, women who drink just three alcoholic beverages a week face slightly higher chances for developing breast cancer compared with teetotalers, a study of more than 100,000 U.S. nurses found. The link between alcohol and breast cancer isn't new, but most previous studies found no increased risk for breast cancer among light drinkers.

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St. Louis E. Coli Probe Focuses On Grocery Salads

November 2, 2011 4:52 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Investigators were looking into a possible link between salad bars at a major grocery chain and 33 suspected E. coli cases in the St. Louis area, a state health official said Tuesday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said 26 people have tested positive for the E.

N.C. Bakery Going Strong After 81 Years

November 2, 2011 4:49 am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Amy Macdonald's passion for Dewey's Bakery cakes is mirrored in her three children. "My daughter Megan is 7 years old," Macdonald said recently at the Dewey's Bakery at Thruway Shopping Center, where she was buying pink lemonade cake squares. "She is counting the days until she can work here.

Florida Hopes To Cash In On Gap In Blueberry Market

November 2, 2011 4:46 am

HAWTHORNE, Fla. (AP) — When you think of Florida fruit, oranges, grapefruit and strawberries come to mind. But blueberries? Hundreds of small blueberry farms have opened in the Sunshine State in the past three decades, and blueberry production has increased more than tenfold in the past decade.

Photo Of The Day: Live Forever Juice

November 2, 2011 4:40 am

(FDAImports.com) — Live Forever Juice is a fake product and brand created by Maryland consulting firm FDAImports.com. It was developed to highlight the issue of FDA compliance in food labeling, especially for organic products. Intended to be over-the-top, Live Forever Juice is intentional, yet witty, honing in on some of the most common and difficult labeling errors that companies often make.

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Green Mountain Coffee Investing $180M In Va.

November 1, 2011 4:55 am

ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. is bringing a production and distribution center to southeastern Virginia, investing $180 million and creating as many as 800 jobs over the next five years, the company and state officials announced Friday. The Waterbury, Vt.

Ark. Chicken Co. Purchased By Mexican Poultry Firm

November 1, 2011 4:53 am

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Fort Smith-based chicken company O.K. Industries Inc. announced Friday that it is being purchased by the leading poultry firm in Mexico. Privately-held O.K. Industries and its subsidiary, O.K. Foods, employ about 4,000 people at poultry plants in western Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Indiana County Seeks To Draw Food Processors

November 1, 2011 4:51 am

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana economic development group has launched a marketing blitz aimed to draw food processing companies to Wayne County. The Economic Development Corporation has sent postcards to 4,700 companies across the U.S. and has created a new website to help attract businesses to the area.

Conn. Faces Lobster Die-Off

November 1, 2011 4:49 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nick Crismale made his career as a lobsterman, but lately there are not enough of the crustaceans in Long Island Sound to make it worth putting out the traps. Crismale, who dedicated himself to clamming this year, had been among the few remaining holdouts in an industry devastated by a steady decline in lobster stocks.

Le-Nature CEO's Family On Trial For Money Laundering

November 1, 2011 4:45 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The wife and son of the former head of a bankrupt soft drink maker have gone to trial on money laundering charges. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the trial of Karla S. Podlucky and G. Jesse Podlucky began Monday in western Pennsylvania. That's less than two weeks after former Le-Nature CEO Gregory Podlucky was sentenced to 20 years in prison for masterminding the scheme.

Photo Of The Day: White House Weight Loss

November 1, 2011 4:40 am

(AP) — In this May 20, 2011 file photo, White House chefs, from left, Susie Morrison, executive chef Chriseta Comerford and Adam Collick, taste the salads they prepared in the kitchen of the White House in Washington. While the first lady's campaign to lower childhood obesity rates will need time to produce results, if ever, the White House is one place where her message about eating balanced meals and getting more exercise is not only resonating, but showing results, too.

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85K Tins Of Cookies Recalled For Bacillus Contamination

October 31, 2011 5:27 am

Camp Hill, PA (FDA) — Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration, Rite Aid has initiated a voluntary chainwide recall of approximately 85,000 tins of butter cookies distributed by Rite Aid under the Rich Fields brand name because of the possibility of contamination with Bacillus cereus .

40 Laid Off Cargill Workers To Return

October 31, 2011 5:24 am

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — The Cargill Inc. plant that was the subject of two recalls of ground turkey hasn't set a date for resuming production of the product but has brought back 40 of 130 workers the company laid off. The Springdale plant has about 1,200 employees and — at full production — processes 7 million pounds of finished turkey products each week, ranging from whole birds to turkey breasts to ground products.

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