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Labor Board Rejects Claim By Crystal Sugar Workers

September 30, 2011 5:11 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has rejected a complaint by American Crystal Sugar union workers that the company failed to negotiate in good faith. About 1,300 union workers have been locked out of five sugar processing plants in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa in the company's first labor impasse in 30 years.

Rule Change Could Prompt Increase In Organic Hops

September 30, 2011 5:07 am

TOPPENISH, Wash. (AP) — Call it a hops revolution. Northwest farmers have begun planting new varieties of the key flavor ingredient in beer and working with researchers to develop ways to grow the crop without pesticides. The movement stems from a federal decision last year requiring brewers who label their beer as organic to use organic hops beginning in 2013.

University Moves To Ban Energy Drinks, Then Backtracks

September 30, 2011 5:04 am

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire's short-lived decision to ban the sale of nonalcoholic energy drinks has created more buzz than the caffeinated beverages themselves. Within four days of announcing it would ban the sale of Red Bull and three other drinks, the university first delayed and then abandoned the plan altogether.

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Lettuce Is Latest Victim Of Listeria Recall

September 30, 2011 5:01 am

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — A California farm said Thursday it was voluntarily recalling bags of chopped romaine lettuce because of possible contamination with listeria, though no illnesses have been reported. True Leaf Farms of Salinas announced the recall of 90 cartons that were shipped to an Oregon food service distributor.

Shock And Confusion At Epicenter Of Outbreak

September 30, 2011 4:56 am

HOLLY, Colo. (AP) — Eric Jensen surveys his dusty cantaloupe field and seems equally stunned and puzzled at the fate that has befallen his crop: row upon row of melons rotting on the vine. Jensen is the co-owner of the Colorado farm where health officials say a national listeria outbreak originated, making his withering fields the epicenter of a food scare that has sickened dozens of people from Wyoming to Maryland and caused 16 deaths.

Photo Of The Day: Sensational Suds

September 30, 2011 4:30 am
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Physicians' Group Takes On Wis. Cheese With Grim Reaper Billboard

September 29, 2011 5:12 am

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Foam cheeseheads are a perfectly acceptable fashion accessory for Green Bay Packers fans, just not for the Grim Reaper — especially if the angel of death is disparaging cheese in Wisconsin. The company that makes the distinctive yellow wedges wasn't pleased when it heard that a physicians' group planned to use the headwear in an anti-cheese billboard this week near Lambeau Field, home to the Super Bowl champions.

PepsiCo Hires Electrolux Exec To Fill Post

September 29, 2011 5:09 am

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s President of Global Operations, Richard Goodman, is retiring. He will be succeeded by Electrolux executive Enderson Guimaraes. Goodman has worked at the soft drink maker for 17 years, holding various roles such as chief financial officer. He had initially wanted to retire in 2010, but delayed his departure for a year at the company's request, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Spinach Dip Recalled For Listeria

September 29, 2011 5:07 am

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for spinach dip because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.  The problem was discovered as a result of routine microbial testing conducted by Publix.  The 16 ounce containers of prepackaged spinach dip were sold at Publix retail deli departments with a UPC of 41415-00062 and use by date of OCT 10 C1.

Monsanto Buys Bee-Friendly Pesticide Researcher

September 29, 2011 5:04 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Monsanto Co. said Wednesday it bought a smaller biotech research company that is developing a technology to kill crop pests while protecting the health of bees. Monsanto, the world's biggest seed company, did not disclose terms of the deal to buy the company, called Beeologics.

Fargo Brewery Names First Beer 'Wood Chipper'

September 29, 2011 4:59 am

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — First there was Fargo, the movie. Now there's Fargo, the beer. Four native sons are hoping that the name recognition generated from the 15-year-old Coen brothers flick will help launch their fledgling brewing company in North Dakota's largest city. Their first beer is called Wood Chipper, a whimsical reference to the famous prop from the movie.

Photo Of The Day: Damaged Corn Crop Could Raise Food Prices

September 29, 2011 4:28 am

(AP) — Central Illinois farmers harvest their corn crops Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 near Monticello, Ill. Food prices could rise next year because an unseasonably hot summer likely damaged much of this year's corn crop. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) Louisiana Company Files Suit Over Food Labels CDC: Cantaloupe Outbreak Is Deadliest In A Decade E.

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Louisiana Company Files Suit Over Food Labels

September 28, 2011 5:14 am

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Tony Chachere's Creole Foods of Opelousas Inc. has asked a federal judge in Lafayette to stop Big Easy Foods of Louisiana from selling products in nearly identical packaging to Chachere's. In its lawsuit, Tony Chachere's alleges Big Easy Foods, of Lake Charles, is violating state law by infringing on Chachere's trademarks and violating the unfair competition federal law.

CDC: Cantaloupe Outbreak Is Deadliest In A Decade

September 28, 2011 5:10 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit.

Australia Approves SABMiller-Foster's Bid

September 28, 2011 5:07 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's competition regulator approved brewing giant SABMiller's $10.1 billion bid for Australian brewer Foster's on Wednesday, saying the London-based company's proposed takeover would not reduce competition. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in a statement it would not oppose the deal because the merger was unlikely to seriously lessen competition for the supply of beer in Australia.

Wis. Law Pits Homeowners Against Big Farms

September 28, 2011 4:59 am

MAGNOLIA, Wis. (AP) — John Adams can't see the nearly 3,000 cows on the dairy farm two miles from his Wisconsin home, but when the wind blows he can smell them. The stench gives him and his wife headaches. They blame the big farm for contaminating their air and polluting the groundwater well they use for drinking, bathing and watering their garden.

E. Coli Prompts Tyson To Recall Ground Beef

September 28, 2011 4:51 am

Coca-Cola And Bottler To Invest $3 Billion In Russia

September 27, 2011 5:08 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA, plan to invest $3 billion in Russia over the next five years as part of an ongoing push into emerging markets. Coca-Cola, the world's largest soft drink maker, has been investing in emerging markets in order to expand its presence there.

Doritos Creator Dies, To Be Buried With Chips

September 27, 2011 5:05 am

DALLAS (AP) — Arch West, a retired Frito-Lay marketing executive credited with creating Doritos as the first national tortilla chip brand, has died in Dallas at age 97. A statement issued by the West family says he died Tuesday at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. A graveside service is scheduled for Oct.

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