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Distiller Donates Spuds To The Needy

December 13, 2011 4:14 am

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — A Maine vodka and gin company is donating potatoes used in its distilling process to help the needy. Maine Distilleries says it will donate one pound of potatoes to food banks in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for every bottle of its Cold River vodka and gin sold in those states during the first three months next year.

Farmers Have One Of Best Years Ever

December 13, 2011 4:12 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois farmer made so much money this year he made loan payments on one tractor a year in advance and exchanged some older ones for newer models. An Iowa farmer upgraded his combine and also paid off debt, while an elderly Oregon farmer poured into retirement funds a bundle of his $2 million take from a well-timed sale of much of his turf and equipment.

Tracing Oysters From Gulf To Plate

December 13, 2011 4:08 am

(GSMFC) — Have you ever looked at an oyster and thought it was high tech?   Well, it’s happening. The latest electronic technology is being applied to following that oyster—on the half shell, in a po-boy, or in some sumptuous seafood gumbo—from the Gulf of Mexico to your table.


Sara Lee Buys CoffeeCompany

December 13, 2011 4:03 am

UTRECHT, The Netherlands (PRNewswire) — Sara Lee Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire CoffeeCompany, a leading Dutch cafe store operator where KRC Capital is a major shareholder. With this acquisition Sara Lee will boost its branding platform and strengthen its presence in the growing segment of young out-of-home coffee consumers.

Chinese Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips

December 13, 2011 4:00 am

SHANGHAI (AP) — A group of more than 100 Chinese fishermen filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking compensation from ConocoPhillips China, blaming oil spills from some of its offshore wells for damage to their sea cucumber catches. The fishermen are seeking 490 million yuan ($78 million) from the energy giant, which operates offshore wells in China's northeastern Bohai Bay along with state-run CNOOC, said their lawyer, Zhang Jingwei of the Beijing Yingke Law Firm.

Photo Of The Day: Farmers Have Banner Year

December 13, 2011 3:55 am

(AP) In a photo taken Oct. 31, 2011, central Illinois farmer Dale Hadden feeds his Angus beef cattle on the family farm near Jacksonville, Ill. Hadden's farming operation is doing especially well this year for any of a number of reasons and will use this as an opportunity to funnel some of these profits into new machinery and paying off some land.


Consumer Trends: Shocking State Of Global Food Inequality

December 12, 2011 10:34 am

SEATTLE, Wash. (PRNewswire) — A huge disparity in world food consumption has been revealed in new study that shows the countries that consume the least amount of calories in fact spend the most on food. The new data visualization developed by , analyzes the daily calorie consumption for the top twenty and bottom twenty food consuming countries in the world and compared this to the average percent of income spent on food.

Dannon Places First Super Bowl Ad

December 12, 2011 8:05 am

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Dannon Co. says it will advertise its yogurt during the Super Bowl for its first time ever. The yogurt maker said Sunday that its television advertisement will be shown during the third quarter of the game. The company says it is the first yogurt company in history to advertise during the football event in February, which is considered one of the top marketing opportunities of the year.


Sysco Gets $26M Military Food Contract

December 12, 2011 8:02 am

POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) — Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC was awarded a military contract worth up to $26.2 million to provide food and beverage support for the Department of Defense and non-defense customers in North Carolina. Food services will be provided to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard under the contract, which was announced Friday.

Arrow Brand Dog Food Recalled

December 12, 2011 7:59 am

DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A Louisiana feed supply company says it is voluntarily recalling a dry dog food distributed in Louisiana and Texas. DeRidder-based O'Neal's Feeders Supply Inc. recalled its Arrow Brand dog food because corn had higher-than-acceptable levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a naturally occurring mold byproduct.

Diamond Delays 1Q Results As Investigation Continues

December 12, 2011 7:57 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diamond Foods Inc. said Monday that it will delay filing its fiscal first-quarter results due to an ongoing investigation by its audit committee into the accounting for its walnut payments. Its stock slid $8.50, or 21 percent, to $32.06 in morning trading Monday. Over the last year, the shares have traded between $26.

Pa. Liquor Privatization: What About Beer?

December 12, 2011 7:52 am

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State lawmakers have been talking a lot in recent months about getting the state out of the wine and liquor business. Supporters are promising shoppers better deals on Chianti and a wider selection of vodka if the private sector gets involved. That's left some consumers — the ones who prefer their alcoholic beverages with a foamy head and the flavor of hops — asking the obvious question: "What about beer?" "They could let grocery stores sell beer," said Gary Sasso, of Bethlehem, who was picking up cases of Stella Artois, Sam Adams and Newcastle Brown Ale at Tanczos Beverage in the city for a weekend gathering.

Seafood Co. Sues Over Cancelled Lobster Contract

December 12, 2011 4:11 am

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire seafood supplier is suing over the cancellation of a contract that supplied lobster to military personnel in Afghanistan. Orion Seafood International Inc. says it provided hundreds of thousands of pounds of frozen Maine lobster tails from 2009 through the first half of 2011 before the contract was abruptly canceled.

Oyster Dispute Heads To Capitol Hill

December 12, 2011 4:07 am

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE, Calif. (AP) — A creaky wooden scow piled high with gnarled oysters slides over the water toward wooden racks hung with rows of the shellfish on Drakes Estero, a stunning estuary teeming with marine and bird life. Then oystermen in green waders haul up 100-pound strings of the bivalves for Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

Ga. Brings Back Homegrown Olive Oil

December 12, 2011 4:01 am

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Jason Shaw says his first fall harvest yielded fruit for no more than 500 bottles, just enough to sell at select tastings and to share with restaurant chefs in hopes of priming their palates for more. Friends suggested Shaw sell his limited batch for $100 a bottle, like a fine wine.

House Of Raeford Recalls Contaminated Chicken

December 12, 2011 3:58 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House of Raeford is recalling more than 4,100 pounds of cooked chicken breasts which may be contaminated with a bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday that the chicken may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can lead to listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease.

OSHA Cites Cargill Meat Solutions

December 12, 2011 3:56 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. for 23 violations at its Milwaukee ground beef production plant. The agency is proposing fines of $146,400. OSHA says Cargill failed to develop "normal operating procedures" for starting ammonia refrigeration systems and conduct equipment inspections and testing at required times, among other things.

Photo Of The Day: National Park Takes On Oyster Farm

December 12, 2011 3:50 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Tuesday Dec. 6, 2011, workers clean and sort oysters at the Drake's Bay Oyster Co. in Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif. For more than 100 years oyster farmers have culled delicious bivalves from the salty waters of a pristine bay tucked amid the green rolling hills of Point Reyes National Seashore, located about 50 miles north of San Francisco.


Meat Industry Criticizes USDA's New Antitrust Rule

December 9, 2011 6:13 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new but stripped-down antitrust rule Thursday regulating meat companies that's far less sweeping than initial reforms that ran into strong opposition from businesses and Congress. The department published the final version of the rule after more than a year of heated debate that pitted the nation's biggest meat companies against many farmers and ranchers.

Small Corn Surplus Likely To Keep Food Prices High

December 9, 2011 6:11 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The U.S. government barely changed its estimate for next year's U.S. corn surplus, which is expected to stay small and keep high food prices high. The Department of Agriculture estimates farmers will have 848 million bushels of corn on hand at the end of next summer, up less than 1 percent from last month's forecast.


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