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Kraft Pushes Dressing Beyond Salad

May 8, 2012 12:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Salad dressing on your fish? How about on your stir fry? In a new ad campaign launching next week, Kraft Foods Inc. is hoping to boost sales by encouraging consumers to use its dressings in a limitless variety of dishes — as a dip, a spread, a marinade or perhaps a glaze. In case the message isn't clear, the packaged foods giant is even rebranding its lineup of dressings as "Anything Dressing."

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Kosher Food Maker Settles Working Conditions Case

May 8, 2012 12:17 pm

Twenty former food manufacturing employees who complained about working conditions have reached a $577,000 settlement with a Brooklyn kosher food manufacturer after engaging in a five-year campaign that led more than 120 supermarkets to stop selling the company's products.

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Mushroom Farm Workers 'Didn't Have To Die'

May 8, 2012 12:15 pm

Three men who died at a Fraser Valley mushroom farm after being overcome in a shed by a mix of toxic gases, despite repeated warnings from workplace safety authorities, didn't have to die, a coroner's inquest has been told.

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Consumer Trends: Predicting Children’s Snack Choices

May 8, 2012 12:12 pm

Attitudes, relationships, intentions and personal behavior control are all factors that could affect a child’s decision in either reaching for an apple or grabbing a bag of chips, according to a new study out of the University of Cincinnati.

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Dutch CSM To Sell Bakery Operations

May 8, 2012 10:04 am

Dutch company CSM NV plans to sell its main operations, the bakery ingredients division, which makes processed flour and products such as bagels, English muffins, pizzas, tortillas, and sweet glazes.

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Diamond Foods Names New CEO

May 8, 2012 10:03 am

Diamond Foods Inc. on Monday named food and beverage industry veteran Brian Driscoll as its president and chief executive officer, three months after ousting its top executives for their role in a payment scandal.

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Vermont Ranked Top In Locally Grown Food

May 8, 2012 10:01 am | by LISA RATHKE,Associated Press

Vermont has 99 farmers markets and 164 CSAs, with a population of fewer than 622,000, according to the 2012 Strolling of the Heifers Locavore Index, which relies on U.S. Department of Agriculture and census figures. Iowa, Montana, Maine and Hawaii rounded out the top five.

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BPI Closing 3 Plants Amid 'Pink Slime' Uproar

May 8, 2012 9:59 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press

Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday.

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Pepsi Sued By Heirs Of Formula Developer

May 8, 2012 9:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

The heirs of the man who helped develop the formula for Pepsi are suing the soda company over their right to share with the public documents detailing their father's invention. The daughter and son of Richard Ritchie say PepsiCo Inc. is interfering with their ability to market or sell the rights of their father's life story and documents detailing his 1931 soda formula. The suit seeks a declaration that their disclosure of the documents would be protected by First Amendment rights and wouldn't be considered a trade secret violation.

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Photo Of The Day: King Of Local

May 8, 2012 9:47 am

Local food is big in Vermont, which ranks as the top state in a new Locavore Index, based on the number of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture farms where customers pay ahead for produce and other foods throughout the season. Vermont had 99 farmers’ markets, 164 CSAs, based on USDA data, and a population of 621,760, according to 2010 census.

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Berries Recalled For E. Coli

May 7, 2012 1:09 pm

FunFresh Foods Inc. has recalled 6-ounce packages of its World Berries Organic Cacao Nibs because of an infection of E. coli bacteria.

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OREO Celebrates 100th Year By Crossing $2 Billion Mark

May 7, 2012 1:07 pm

 Turning 100 has not slowed down this global brand, which grew nearly 25 percent in 2011 alone. 

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Tyson Reports Higher Profit

May 7, 2012 1:02 pm

Tyson Foods reported growing profit and revenue during the second quarter thanks to better pricing and shares jumped nearly 4 percent in early trading.

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A Look At The Life Of The 'Fresh Freeze' King

May 7, 2012 1:00 pm | by ROB MERRILL,Associated Press Writer

"Birdseye" is a look at the life of inventor Clarence Birdseye, who died with more than 200 patents in his name. The name sounds familiar because there's a package of vegetables in your freezer with his name on them.

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International Food Oddities: The Taste Test

May 7, 2012 12:54 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Take a panel of seven foodies and ply them with exotic versions of popular American snacks from around the world, and these are the reactions you get: tentative nibbles and scrunched noses.

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Consumer Trends: Online Marketing Helps Restaurants Personalize Offers

May 7, 2012 12:50 pm

Restaurants use online and email marketing to provide consumers the personalized offers they prefer, according to new research by the National Restaurant Association released today.

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New Pot Eatery Opens In Oregon

May 7, 2012 10:02 am | by JEFF BARNARD,Associated Press

At the Earth Dragon Edibles Restaurant & Lounge in Ashland, Ore., Kevin Wallace and Michael Shea are trying to bring Mongolian barbecue dosed with medical marijuana to a higher level, though they are still feeling their way through the fuzzy legalities of it all.

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Calif. Lawmakers: Foie Gras Ban Stays

May 7, 2012 9:59 am | by HANNAH DREIER,Associated Press

California's legislative leaders said Wednesday that they will not help a group of chefs who want to overturn an impending foie gras ban.

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Snacks In A Different Land

May 7, 2012 9:58 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Russians prefer their Lay's potato chips dusted in caviar and crab flavors. The Chinese like their Oreos stuffed with mango and orange cream. And in Spain, Kellogg's All-Bran cereal is served floating in hot coffee instead of cold milk.

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Dole May Spin Off Parts Of Its Business

May 7, 2012 9:55 am

Dole Food Company Inc.'s shares gained heavy trading Friday after the fruit and vegetable company said it is considering its strategic alternatives, including a possible spin-off of parts of its business.

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