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Proposed USDA Rule Seeks To Streamline Label Approval

December 6, 2011 7:32 am

WASHINGTON (USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a new rule that will allow establishments to label a broader range of products without first submitting the label to FSIS for approval, should it become final. Under the proposal, FSIS will continue to verify that labels are accurate, not misleading, and in compliance with all labeling features.

Tenn. Gov. Pushes For Quicker Chicken Farm Permits

December 6, 2011 7:26 am

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that his administration is trying to speed up the time it takes for poultry farms to get environmental permits. The Republican governor said after a speech to the Farm Bureau that his goal is for the state to strike the "right balance between our stewardship responsibilities and making certain we're providing product and providing jobs.

Group Sues Green Mountain Over Earnings Report

December 6, 2011 7:23 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Louisiana retirement fund is suing Vermont's Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. after the value of the company's stock dropped following a critical report about its operations and a lower-than-expected earnings report. The lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Burlington by the Louisiana Municipal Police Employees' Retirement System alleges Green Mountain overstated the company's successes and the subsequent drop in stock price wiped out billions of dollars in shareholder value.

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Leucadia Acquires Majority Of National Beef

December 6, 2011 4:05 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Leucadia National Corp. is acquiring a majority stake in National Beef Packing Company LLC for $867.9 million in cash. National Beef, based in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the largest beef processing companies in the United States. It makes box beef, ground beef, hides and other products that are sold to retailers, food service providers, distributors, the U.

Radiation Found In Japanese Baby Formula

December 6, 2011 4:02 am

TOKYO (AP) — Traces of radiation spilled from Japan's hobbled nuclear plant were detected in baby formula Tuesday in the latest case of contaminated food in the nation. Major food and candy maker Meiji Co. said it was recalling canned powdered milk for infants, with expiration dates of October 2012, as a precaution.

State, College To Help Fill Jobs At Chobani Plant

December 6, 2011 3:58 am

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Representatives with the Idaho Department of Labor and College of Southern Idaho plan to visit the headquarters of New York-based Agro Farma to learn what kind of skills workers will need at a Chobani yogurt plant that will create 400 jobs when it opens sometime next year in Twin Falls.

Wine Industry Flourishes In Michigan

December 6, 2011 3:56 am

LAKE LEELANAU, Mich. (AP) — A state thirsting for good economic news is toasting the success of an up-and-coming industry: winemaking. Vineyards and tasting rooms are springing up rapidly in Michigan, where fertile hillsides near the Great Lakes provide ideal settings for cool-weather varieties such as riesling, pinot grigio and chardonnay.

Ocean Spray Expands Craisins Recall

December 6, 2011 3:48 am

LAKEVILLE, Mass. (PRNewswire) — Ocean Spray today added five additional Best By code dates to its voluntary recall issued November 25, 2011 of a limited number of production lots of its Original Flavor Craisins® Dried Cranberries in 5-ounce, 10-ounce and 48-ounce packages in the western U.

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Photo Of The Day: Radioactive Baby Formula

December 6, 2011 3:42 am

(AP) — In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, a canned powdered milk for infants Meiji Step, manufactured and sold by Japan's major food and candy maker Meiji Co., is shown. Traces of radiation spilled from the hobbled Japanese nuclear plant were detected in baby formula Tuesday in the latest in a string of contaminated food turning up in this nation.

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Idaho's Red Meat Production On The Decline

December 5, 2011 5:32 am

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The amount of red meat produced in Idaho has declined during the last decade, the Idaho Cattle Association says. And the United State Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service said red meat production at Idaho packing plants in October was down 80 percent from the same time last year at 3.

Cargill Blames Economy For Job Cuts

December 5, 2011 5:31 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Food-industry conglomerate Cargill Inc. said Friday it will cut up to 2,000 jobs to reduce expenses in a weak economy. Cargill, which has 138,000 employees, said most of the cuts will occur in the next six months. "These are difficult decisions but are necessary to better position the company for continued growth," said spokesman Mike Fernandez.

Six Chinese Charged With Poaching Sea Turtles

December 5, 2011 5:28 am

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A court in the Philippines charged six Chinese fisherman with poaching endangered sea turtles in proceedings Monday aimed at protecting threatened wildlife along the country's coastline. Authorities discovered a batch of giant green turtles after intercepting the fishermen's speedboat in waters off the western province of Palawan on Friday, said military spokesman Maj.

Two Horse Meat Plants Being Considered In Wyo.

December 5, 2011 5:26 am

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A state lawmaker says at least two groups are considering opening horse slaughterhouses in Wyoming now that Congress has cleared the way for such operations. State Rep. Sue Wallis is a Republican from Recluse and a member of the group United Horsemen, a non-profit group which supports horse slaughter.

Kraft CEO Rosenfeld To Head Global Snacks Biz

December 5, 2011 5:23 am

NORTHFIELD, Illinois (AP) — Kraft Foods Inc., which is splitting its business into two publicly traded companies, has named Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld to head the global snacks company after the breakup. Rosenfeld, 58, will serve as chairman and CEO of the snacks business which will include brands such as Trident gum and Cadbury chocolate.

Consumer Trends: Fair Trade Loyalty A Myth

December 5, 2011 4:57 am

MELBOURNE, Australia (PRNewswire) — A major UK study shows consumers are switching between fair trade and non-fair trade brands, despite what they claim. Victoria University branding expert Dr Maxwell Winchester surveyed 8,000 UK shoppers and found even those claiming a commitment to ethical shopping were more likely to buy large national brands than fair trade when both were available.

Consumer Trends: Younger Generation Taking Over In The Kitchen

December 5, 2011 4:55 am

CHICAGO (PRNewswire) — While Baby Boomers have been given credit for launching America's cooking craze and nurturing it over the past few decades, Baby Boomers' children, the Millennial generation (aged 17-34 in 2011), are now poised to take over and start stirring the pot. According to a new Mintel report, younger cooks may lack skill in the kitchen, but make up for it with their enthusiasm.

Consumer Trends: Top Buying Trends for 2012

December 5, 2011 4:49 am

DUIVEN, the Netherlands (PRNewswire) — Innova Market Insights has identified ten key trends to impact the food and beverage market through 2012 and beyond. The top trends relate purity, authenticity and sustainability, as consumers continue to look for products with added value, despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.

Consumer Trends: Corporate Holiday Meals And Parties On The Uptick

December 5, 2011 4:44 am

COLUMBIA, Md. (PRNewswire) — A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Catering Executives, found that more than half the respondents – 60 percent – indicated that corporate holiday party business will increase this year. This compares to two years ago, when only 30 percent indicated that the corporate holiday party would show growth.

Consumer Trends: Restaurants Roll Out Unique Flavors To Attract Diners

December 5, 2011 4:41 am

CHICAGO (PRNewswire) — A precarious balance has been struck in the restaurant industry, with prices being held as low as possible to attract frugal consumers, while rising commodity costs chip away at profit margins. A new study by Technomic shows that current market forces are making craveability and culinary expertise increasingly relevant to consumers, many of whom say they are more interested in experiencing new flavors as they dine out.

Consumer Trends: Americans Sweet On Tart Cherries

December 5, 2011 4:35 am | by Cheers to Tart Cherry Juice

LANSING, Mich. (PRNewswire) — American palates are indicating a new appreciation for a combination of sweet and tart tastes. In fact, while sweet still ranks third among America's favorite flavors, tangy is now 5th (up from 6th) and sour 9th (up from 10th). It's no coincidence that tart cherries – with their unique sweet-tart taste – are showing up in more new products and menu items.

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