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Florida Only State With Official Chef

February 15, 2012 10:08 am | by TAMARA LUSH,Associated Press

Justin Timineri is part culinary ambassador, part farm expert and part cheerleader for Florida-grown food. Technically, he's a state employee working for the Florida Department of Agriculture — and he's the only full-time state chef in the nation.


Peanut Company Seeks Another $1M In State Aid

February 15, 2012 10:05 am | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Birdsong Corp. wants another $1 million from Mississippi to expand its peanut processing plant in Aberdeen. The Mississippi Development Authority, though, is cool to the idea. Kathy Gelston, MDA's chief financial officer said that the proposed $2.2 million expansion offers no new jobs and that the company refused a loan offered by the authority. Earlier the state gave the company $1 million.


Kellogg Buys Pringles; Diamond Deal Falls Through

February 15, 2012 9:57 am

Kellogg has popped up to buy the Pringles chip brand from Procter & Gamble for $2.7 billion after a similar deal with Diamond Foods was derailed by accounting problems and an executive shakeup at Diamond. The addition will help Kellogg with its goal of becoming as big globally in snacks as it is in cereal. The Pringles business will add to Kellogg's stable of snack brands that include Keebler, Cheez-It and Special K Cracker Chips.


Photo Of The Day: Florida's Official Chef

February 15, 2012 9:52 am

Justin Timineri, Florida's State chef, grills Star Melon Shrimp Kebabs at a tailgating party before the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Timineri travel through Florida showing people how to use the state’s produce and seafood in recipes.


Mexican-American Youth Add Pounds, Lose Native Dining Habits

February 14, 2012 1:03 pm

A University of South Carolina study shows that Mexican-American youth gain pounds as they move away from the dietary habits of their native country, a move that is putting them at risk for serious health problems.


FDA Requests $4.5 Billion To Support Food Safety & Public Health

February 14, 2012 12:59 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a budget of $4.5 billion to protect and promote the public health as part of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget – a 17 percent increase over the FDA enacted budget for FY 2012. Industry user fees would fund 98 percent of the proposed budget increase. The FY 2013 request covers the period from Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept 30, 2013.


The Psychology Of Downsizing

February 14, 2012 12:52 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

Call it the alter-ego of super-sizing. Researchers infiltrated a fast-food Chinese restaurant and found up to a third of diners jumped at the offer of a half-size of the usual heaping pile of rice or noodles — even when the smaller amount cost the same. 


Sazerac Seeks To Douse SinFire Whiskey's Flame

February 14, 2012 12:48 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

SinFire Cinnamon Whiskey is marketed as a "sinful spirit." Sazerac Inc. thinks it's an idea that's sinfully close to its own brand of cinnamon flavored alcohol, Fireball Whiskey. Sazerac has sued the makers of SinFire, Hood River Distillers, in federal court in Louisville, asking a judge to declare that the Hood River, Ore., company violated its trademark in trying to sell the booze in the U.S. 


U.S. Food Recalls Skyrocketed At End Of 2011

February 14, 2012 12:45 pm

Food recalls across the nation increased 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 and affected over 80 percent more units compared with the previous three-month period.


Consumer Trends: Shoppers Say Retailer-Prepared Food Is Restaurant-Quality

February 14, 2012 12:38 pm

Recent consumer research by food industry consultants Technomic indicates that retailers' prepared food offerings have evolved to the point that they are viable alternatives to all types of restaurants. Forty percent of consumers surveyed in Southern California agreed that "prepared foods from retailers are restaurant-quality foods at better prices." Nearly two-thirds say they've seen significant improvements in the quality and variety of retailer prepared foods over the past five years.


Snack Maker Expects Big Growth From Whole Foods

February 14, 2012 10:06 am | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press

A South Dakota company created to provide a healthy snack for American Indians expects its sales to grow by a third this year after seeing its product picked up by national grocery chain Whole Foods Markets.


LED Lights Extend Meat Shelf Life

February 14, 2012 10:04 am

A switch to LED lights in refrigeration units could save the retail meat industry millions of dollars each year, according to research from Kansas State University. Kyle Steele, recent master's graduate in animal sciences and industry, Silver Lake, Kan., found that using light-emitting diode, or LED, lights in refrigeration units both saves energy for meat retailers and extends the shelf life of some beef products.


McDonald's Tells Suppliers To Stop Using Hog Crates

February 14, 2012 10:00 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

McDonald's Corp. said Monday it will require its U.S. pork suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out crates that tightly confine pregnant sows, a move that one animal rights group predicted would have "a seismic impact" on the industry.


SPX Awarded Contract To Create Dairy Plant In China

February 14, 2012 9:54 am

SPX Corporation today announced that its Flow Technology segment has been awarded a contract worth approximately $40 million by Bright Dairy & Food Co., Ltd. to establish a new dairy processing plant in Shanghai, China capable of producing pasteurized fresh milk, ultra-high temperature (UHT) long shelf life milk and yogurt.


Seven Sweet Secrets Of Chocolate Making

February 14, 2012 9:50 am

Valentine’s Day is one of chocolate’s biggest days of the year, so IFT took the opportunity to reveal seven secrets about how the sweet confection is made. 


Photo Of The Day: McDonald's Embraces Humane

February 14, 2012 9:46 am

McDonald's Corp. said Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, it will require its U.S. pork suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out the use of stalls that confine pregnant sows. Smithfield Foods had already announced plans to phase out the stalls.


Flowers Foods Posts Weak 4Q Results

February 13, 2012 1:50 pm

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares fell in trading Friday after the bakery company delivered disappointing fourth-quarter results and full-year guidance.


Food Safety Researchers Comment On Raw Milk Dangers

February 13, 2012 1:48 pm

Martin Wiedmann and Rob Ralyea, Cornell University researchers and experts on food safety, comment and the danger presented to farmers and consumers by the raw milk movement.


Mayo Clinic: Overeating May Double Risk For Memory Loss

February 13, 2012 1:44 pm

A new study from Mayo Clinic supports the idea that “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” The study, released today, suggests that eating too much may double the risk for memory loss in people age 70 and older. This research will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28.


Tenn. And Ky. Beef Profits Hit Record Highs

February 13, 2012 1:41 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER and RANDALL DICKERSON,Associated Press

There's reason for optimism down on the farm, providing that's a beef cattle operation in Tennessee or Kentucky. The mid-South states are the center of cow-calf beef production east of the Mississippi River. Kentucky ranks eighth nationally and Tennessee is ninth. 



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