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Government Of Canada Invests In Food & Beverage Exports

June 15, 2012 12:42 pm

Canadian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament Paul Calandra (Oak Ridges-Markham) announced today an investment of $765,000 to the Canadian Food Exporters Association (CFEA) to raise awareness of Canadian products at important international trade shows.


Report: Kan. Harvest Yields Quality Wheat So Far

June 15, 2012 12:36 pm

Industry groups estimate the Kansas winter wheat harvest is about 75 percent complete, with reports indicating a good quality crop so far.


Program Provides $20 In Vouchers For Fresh Produce

June 15, 2012 12:34 pm | by SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Low-income older adults and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program participants can now use vouchers to purchase fresh, local produce at farmers markets and farm stands across Pennsylvania.


Consumer Trends: Cost Affects Organic Purchasing Decisions

June 15, 2012 12:00 pm

A new survey reveals that nearly three in four U.S. adults would be more likely to buy organic food items if they were less expensive than regular grocery items.


Using New Media, Chinese Try Out Food Activism

June 15, 2012 9:50 am | by ALEXA OLESEN,Associated Press

A cheeky and informative food scandal database, 'Throw It Out the Window,' is a homegrown resource that tries to alert the Chinese public to the many dangers lurking at the supermarket and on the restaurant table.


Coke To Enter Myanmar For First Time In 60 Years

June 15, 2012 9:46 am | by CANDICE CHOI & MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press

The Coca-Cola Co. plans to start selling its drinks in Myanmar for the first time in 60 years, following the U.S. government's decision to suspend investment sanctions on the country for its democratic reforms.


China Says Tainted Food Found At Wal-Mart

June 15, 2012 9:44 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says it has removed two food products from shelves in China after regulators found they contained banned chemicals.


NYC Ban On Big Sodas Could Face Legal Test

June 15, 2012 9:42 am | by SAMANTHA GROSS,Associated Press

The city Board of Health, appointed by the mayor, is expected to approve a measure banning sugary drinks in servings larger than 16 ounces after a three-month comment period. It could take effect as early as March, unless the critics who accuse Bloomberg of instituting a "nanny state" can get the courts or state lawmakers to step in. It's not just businesses and industry groups that could sue. In theory, any individual affected by the ban could bring a legal challenge.


Diamond Foods Faces Possible Delisting

June 15, 2012 9:38 am

Snack maker Diamond Foods Inc. is facing possible delisting of its shares from the Nasdaq stock exchange after missing a Monday deadline to file three quarterly reports.


Photo Of The Day: Soda's Slippery Slope

June 15, 2012 9:00 am

If New York City bans big sodas, what's next? Large slices of pizza? Double-scoop ice cream cones? Tubs of movie-theater popcorn? The 16-ounce strip steak? Opponents of the proposed ban may use that slippery-slope argument along with other legal strategies to try to block the first-in-the-nation rule.


Cheese Recalled For Listeria

June 14, 2012 12:50 pm

Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, Wash., is voluntarily recalling Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar produced on August 30, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


Food & Beverage Industry Growth Trends

June 14, 2012 12:47 pm

Against the backdrop of a stagnant economy, food and beverage companies have significant cash on the balance sheets, and intend to increase capital spending on new products, mergers and acquisitions and technology to fuel growth, according to a recent survey by KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm.


Krispy Kreme To Open 80 Stores In India

June 14, 2012 12:45 pm

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp. said Wednesday that it reached a deal with Citymax Hotels Pvt. Ltd. for the development of 80 Krispy Kreme franchise stores over the next five years in India.


New York To Restore Tax Break For Craft Brewers

June 14, 2012 12:43 pm | by MICHAEL GORMLEY,Associated Press

New York brewmeisters can celebrate with some Saranac beer brewed in the foothills of the Adirondacks or Brooklyn's Monster Ale now that state officials have found a way to restore a tax break for craft beer brewers.


Beef Plant Fined $186K After Electrocution Death

June 14, 2012 12:42 pm

A beef-processing plant in western Wisconsin has been cited with 11 safety violations after a maintenance worker died by electrocution in December.


Consumer Trends: China Beer Consumption Hits 50B Liter Mark

June 14, 2012 12:34 pm

It's the largest beer market in the world and it seems that when it comes to its importance for manufacturers, there will be no half measures—as latest research from Mintel reveals that China's beer market grew by 29% in volume terms in the five years to 2011, to reach an all-time high total volume of 50 billion liters for the first time in 2011.


Stuffed Chicken Recalled For Undeclared Allergens

June 14, 2012 10:18 am

Antonelli's and Sons, a South San Francisco, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,534 pounds of a raw stuffed chicken product because of misbranding and undeclared ingredients, including known allergens.


Smithfield Foods 4Q Profit Falls

June 14, 2012 10:07 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM,AP Business Writer

Smithfield Foods Inc. said Thursday that its fourth-quarter profit fell 19 percent on lower margins on fresh pork and higher selling costs.


Pork Production More Sustainable Than 50 Years Ago

June 14, 2012 10:02 am

A new study finds that while pig farms of the 1950s may be remembered as idyllic, they were not as sustainable as those of today. This becomes clear as the metrics most associated with sustainability are revealed from their 1959 baseline – a 35 percent decrease in carbon footprint, a 41 percent reduction in water usage and a 78 percent drop in land needed to produce a pound of pork.


Food Coalition: GMO Labeling Bill ‘Deceptive And Costly’

June 14, 2012 9:59 am

"This measure is riddled with loopholes and special exemptions that make no sense," said Bill Dombrowski, President & CEO, California Retailers Association, "We don't think requiring labels on foods made using modern biotechnology are necessary. But creating a hodgepodge and nonsensical labeling regime is only going to confuse and mislead consumers."



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