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Kraft To Sell Gevalia Coffee In Stores

April 15, 2011 4:48 am

TARRYTOWN, New York (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc. plans to start selling its Gevalia coffee brand in grocery stores in August, raising its stake in the increasingly competitive coffee industry and going up against former partner Starbucks. Gevalia, now sold only online or through mail order in the U.

City Sells Naming Rights To Product Placement Documetary

April 15, 2011 4:43 am

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Come April 27, there will still be a city with roughly 31,000 residents tucked into the Allegheny Mountains. What there won't be is a city named Altoona. That's because the city has sold its name to make some money — and to help documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock make a point.

FBI: KFC Founder Received Death Threat

April 15, 2011 4:39 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — As it turns out, Colonel Harland Sanders wasn't the only one keeping secrets. Newly released documents from the 1970s show the FBI investigated a death threat against the iconic KFC founder and pitchman, creator of the secret recipe for the chain's fried chicken.

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Ex-UNICEF Head Joins Nestle Board Despite Protests

April 15, 2011 4:36 am

GENEVA (AP) — Former UNICEF head Ann Veneman took a seat on the board of Swiss food and drinks company Nestle SA on Thursday despite pleas from nutrition advocates who oppose the company's marketing of breast milk substitutes. Shareholders in the Vevey, Switzerland-based maker of Nespresso, Nescafe, Gerber, Perrier, Jenny Craig and Haagen Daz approved Veneman as the newest member of Nestle's 14-member board.

Photo Of The Day: Crafting Indian Mozzarella

April 15, 2011 4:29 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Oct. 17, 2010, Indian workers make mozzarella cheese at a factory in Golpura village in Haryana state, India. Italian Giuseppe Mozzillo, 28, hooked up with an Indian business partner, raised 500,000 euro ($712,000) and took out a 400,000 euro loan to make mozzarella from the milk of the original buffalo, in a nation with scanty refrigeration and little taste for European-style cheese.

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Cargill Earnings Rise 23 Percent

April 14, 2011 4:59 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) — Privately held Cargill Inc. reported net earnings of $1.1 billion for the latest quarter, up 23 percent from a year ago even as the company faces rising commodity prices. The agriculture company has been trimming expenses but also is on a buying spree, purchasing Unilever's condiments business in Brazil this year, along with other acquisitions.

Sioux City Gets $2M To Demolish Morrell Plant

April 14, 2011 4:57 am

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City is getting a $2 million federal grant to help cover the cost of demolishing a former meatpacking plant and redeveloping the site. KCAU-TV says Wednesday that the city's application for an Economic Development Administration grant was approved. The John Morrell & Co.

Police: China Milk Poisoning Caused By Grudges

April 13, 2011 5:02 am

BEIJING (AP) — State media say police suspect a couple in northwest China poisoned milk from a local farmer, causing three deaths, because of anger over business disputes. Xinhua News Agency quotes police as saying they found nitrite was added to milk from Ma Wenxuan's farm near the city of Pingliang in Gansu province.

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Dessert Maker To Open Bakery In N.C.

April 13, 2011 4:56 am

PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) — The economic picture in Robeson County is a little sweeter, thanks to about 340 new jobs coming to Pembroke. Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Tuesday that Steven Roberts Original Desserts and Tickleberry Desserts will open a bakery, with plans to invest $4 million in the facility.

Bat Disease May Increase Pesticide Use

April 13, 2011 4:54 am

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A group of researchers says the threat posed to bats by a fatal disease isn't just a threat to the animals but to American agriculture, one they believe farmers and consumers alike scarcely appreciate. Bats save American farmers at least $3.7 billion a year in pest-control costs by eating insects that feed on crops, a benefit that could be in jeopardy as a disease that has killed more than a million bats in the Northeast spreads to the Midwest, the researchers said in a paper published in the April 1 edition of the journal Science.

Suntory Introduces Recycled Plastic Bottles

April 13, 2011 4:49 am

TOKYO, April 13 (Kyodo) — Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd., a group company under Suntory Holdings Ltd., said Wednesday it will introduce recycled plastic bottles for part of its soft beverage products in May. Suntory Beverage & Food will become the first Japanese soft drink manufacturer to use recycled plastic bottles as material for new bottles, it said.

Silgan Buys Graham Packaging For $1.28 Billion

April 13, 2011 4:46 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer packaging maker Silgan Holdings Inc. said Wednesday it will acquire Graham Packaging Co. in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.28 billion. The companies say the deal will create a stronger force in creating packaging for beverage, food and consumer products ranging from sports drinks and beer to personal care products and motor oil.

Photo Of The Day: Batty Over Pest Control

April 13, 2011 4:42 am

(AP) — In this June 8, 2005, file photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department a colony of bats fly at sunset in central Texas. Bats save American farmers at least $3.7 billion a year in pest-control costs by eating insects that feed on crops, a benefit that could be in jeopardy as a disease that has killed more than a million bats in the Northeast spreads to the Midwest, the researchers said in a paper published in the April 1 edition of the journal Science.

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Salomella Prompts Spinach Recall

April 12, 2011 5:04 am

(FDA)-- Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling 2,939 cases of 9 oz. Bag Spinach with Product Codes starting with H081 and H082, UPC Code of 7127913204 and Use-by Dates of April 6 and 7 out of an abundance of caution due to a positive test result for Salmonella from random sample testing. The company is not aware of any illnesses reported in connection with the recall and no other Fresh Express products are included in the recall.

Graphic Packaging Buys Sierra Pacific Assets

April 12, 2011 5:01 am

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Graphic Packaging Holding Co. said Monday its international arm has agreed to buy substantially all of the assets of Sierra Pacific Packaging Inc., which makes folding cartons, beverage carriers and corrugated boxes. Graphic Packaging International said the deal will give it a strategic location to serve customers on the West Coast.

Japan's Beer Shipments Fall 10.9 Percent

April 12, 2011 4:58 am

TOKYO, April 12 (Kyodo) — Total shipments of beer and beer-like drinks in Japan fell 10.9 percent from a year earlier to 33.34 million cases in March, industry data showed Tuesday as brewers struggle with damage to their plants and power outages caused by the massive quake and tsunami last month.

Colorado Rejects Full-Strength Beer Sales

April 12, 2011 4:56 am

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers rejected a proposal Monday to allow convenience stores, gas stations and grocery chains to sell full-strength beer, bringing a halt again to a debate that is almost an annual tradition at the state Capitol. Lawmakers voted down the proposal after more than 2½ hours of arguments.

Applebee's Mistakenly Serves Toddler Alcohol

April 12, 2011 4:54 am

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — The Applebee's restaurant chain says it's changing the way it serves juice after a toddler was mistakenly given a small amount of alcohol at a Detroit-area location. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report Tuesday that Applebee's will pour juice for children from single-serve containers at the table starting this week.

Photo Of The Day: A Tasty Deal

April 12, 2011 4:52 am
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Flowers Foods buying Tasty Baking for $34.4M

April 11, 2011 4:23 am

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Flowers Foods Inc. is buying Tasty Baking Co., maker of Tastykakes, for about $34.4 million in cash. Flowers, a packaged bakery foods maker whose brands include Nature's Own and Whitewheat, said Monday that the deal will expand its geographic reach, bring in new customers and broaden its snack product line.

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