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Lawsuit: Alberta Beef Plant Put Profits Above Food Safety

October 3, 2012 12:30 pm

A lawsuit alleges that XL Foods processed beef products knowing it had poor quality control systems and that it put profits above the safety of consumers. The statement of claim has not been proven in court and a judge will determine if it may proceed as a class-action lawsuit.


Monsanto 4th-Quarter Loss Widens

October 3, 2012 12:27 pm

Monsanto's fiscal fourth-quarter loss widened as its operating expenses increased. The agricultural products company's adjusted earnings beat Wall Street's estimates, but its revenue fell short of expectations and it provided a full-year earnings forecast below analysts' estimates.


Coca-Cola Pulls Ads From Vietnamese Piracy Site

October 3, 2012 12:25 pm | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press

Coca-Cola has pulled its advertising from a popular Vietnamese website notorious for providing unlicensed downloads of Western and local songs. The company abandoned after The Associated Press alerted it to local and international concerns about the website.


U.S. Labor Secretary Tours Vt. School Dairy Farm

October 3, 2012 12:22 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

The students, faculty and staff at the Vermont Technical College are embarking on a new adventure as they implement a federal grant designed to make people ready to work in unique agricultural businesses, a new training system that could be copied by other schools across the country, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Tuesday.

Nasdaq Cancels Some Kraft Stock Trades

October 3, 2012 12:19 pm

Kraft Foods Group Inc.'s shares opened at $45.55 Wednesday before surging to $58.54. Nasdaq says it is looking into "potentially erroneous transactions" and will cancel all trades above $47.82 that happened during a one-minute window at 9:30 A.M. EDT.


Chiquita Brands Names CEO

October 3, 2012 9:28 am

Produce company Chiquita Brands International Inc. has named Edward F. Lonergan as its CEO and president to help with its turnaround efforts. Chiquita previously announced a cost-cutting plan aimed at saving $60 million annually by streamlining its administrative and manufacturing costs.


Ranchers See Increase In Grass Thefts Amid Drought

October 3, 2012 9:24 am | by RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

With drought drying out grazing land and driving up hay prices, some ranchers in New Mexico have started cutting neighbors' fences or leaving gates open so their cattle can graze on greener pastures. Authorities in other drought-stricken states say they've seen similar fence cuttings, along with thefts of livestock and other material.


Kraft Marks First Day As Independently Traded Company

October 2, 2012 10:08 pm | by SOURCE Kraft Foods Inc.

Tony Vernon, CEO of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., Tuesday joined employees in the company's Northfield, Ill., headquarters to ring the Opening Bell of the NASDAQ Stock Market and kick off the new food and beverage company's first day of trading as an independent company. 


Top 10 Innovative Products Revealed At Trade Show

October 2, 2012 10:03 pm

Canadian grocers and industry delegates voted on the innovative products at the grocery industry conference and trade show. Attendees had the chance to test and review hundreds of new products for the year ahead. Products were evaluated based on three criteria: most unique, most buzzworthy and best consumer response.

AGP Co-op Expands Production Of Soy Feed Additive

October 2, 2012 10:00 pm

Ag Processing Inc. plans to expand one of its soybean processing plants in Minnesota to boost production of a soy feed additive for cattle. AGP said Tuesday it plans to invest millions of dollars in expanding the Dawson, Minn., plant, but the company did not say exactly how much the project will cost.


Photo Of The Day: Dogs Gather To Protest Food Quality

October 2, 2012 9:56 pm

Dogs of all sizes, shapes, ages and breeds united today to “Doggupy” New York City’s Union Square Park, turning out for a demonstration to demand nutritious, real, whole food and call for an end to the inferior kibble that they’ve been fed for too long.


Smart Balance Moving HQ To Boulder

October 2, 2012 1:13 pm

Smart Balance, Inc., a company that specializes in gluten-free diets, plant-based diets and other health foods, is moving its headquarters to Boulder, Colo. The company, now based in New Jersey, announced Tuesday that it will also change its name to Boulder Brands, Inc.

Consumer Trends: 10 New Trends In Dairy

October 2, 2012 1:00 pm

In the September 2012 issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Contributing Editor A. Elizabeth Sloan’s article discusses the latest trends in the dairy case. Here are 10 interesting statistics regarding consumption of new and innovative dairy products in the U.S.


Utah Taking Public Comment On Clean-Air Plans

October 2, 2012 11:38 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press

Utah regulators called Monday for stricter controls on industrial emissions to reduce sooty pollution that typically settles in the heavily populated Wasatch Front for weeks in bowl-shaped valleys that trap smog. Regulators opened a month-long public comment period Monday on three sets of comprehensive clean-air plans for northern Utah.


Canada Adds More Meat To Growing Recall

October 2, 2012 11:34 am

Another day, yet another recall of beef products from Alberta's XL Foods. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says in an updated health hazard alert released overnight that dozens of additional products, including roasts and sausages, have been added to a long list of recalled beef.


Thailand Extends Expensive Rice Subsidy Scheme

October 2, 2012 11:32 am

The Thai Cabinet has extended a rice-buying scheme that has been plagued by complaints of corruption and threatens the country's long-time reign as the world's top rice exporter. The Cabinet approved a tentative budget of 240 billion baht ($7.8 billion) to buy 15 million tons of rice at above-market prices from farmers for another year.


Humane Society President Seeks Seat On Tyson Board

October 2, 2012 11:31 am | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press

The president of the Humane Society of the United States said that he's seeking a spot on Tyson Foods Inc.'s board of directors in an attempt to convince one of the world's largest meat companies to move away from cramped cages for pregnant pigs.


Kraft, Mondelez To Trade As Separate Companies

October 2, 2012 9:17 am

Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International are set to begin trading as two separate public companies on Tuesday. Kraft Foods Inc. decided to spin off its global snack business in March. That company, called Mondelez International Inc., will be home to global brands including Oreo, Cadbury and Nabisco and trade under the ticker "MDLZ."


Molson Coors Combines European Units

October 2, 2012 8:00 am

Molson Coors Brewing Co. said Monday that it will combine its U.K. and Ireland business with its recently acquired businesses in Central Europe. The maker of Coors Light and Miller Light had acquired StarBev this summer to expand into central and eastern Europe.


Authorities: Oregon Farmer Eaten By His Hogs

October 2, 2012 8:00 am

Oregon authorities are investigating how a farmer Terry Vance Garner was eaten by his hogs. After Garner did not return from a trip out to feed his animals on Wednesday, a family member found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure, but most of his remains had been consumed.



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